Great Wisdom Dating Way Back to My Childhood, with Thanks to “Father”
I sat and drank tea with an old acquaintance recently and listened to his “it’s all about me story”, for what seemed like an eternity.
Indeed a closed loop torrent of self indulgence, diluted only by the occasional; “of course it’s been easy for you” meaning me, not him.
Before he dived right back into his; “it’s all about me story” of seemingly endless drivel.
I could have acted out, had I wanted to, the; willing ears, open heart game to that unfolding before me.
However and in truth I wasn’t inclined to do so, preferring instead to have as little of my peace interrupted as humanly possible.
Such was my impeccability throughout the entirety of this one way discussion. That the guy eventually ran out of steam as I suspected he would and glad was I when that happened. Because I knew then that he’d take a hike and leave me alone, to enjoy my peace, given I hadn’t invited him to join me anyway.
He who knows not and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, “Shun him”
Talk about adding insult to injury however; the hilarious thing is and given the utter rubbish that this guy had just spewed in my direction for the better part of 40 minutes. He eventually closed his rambling(s) down by saying; “I’m glad I’m not you though Baz, because everyone knows that you’ve always been a looser and weird, do you know that?”.
I on my part simply smiled at the guy as I passively continued drinking my tea, because in truth I had nothing to give him or say to him for he was an ignorant and a fool who didn’t even know how much of an ignorant and fool he actually was.
However the irony of this guys in my face affront, all but made me wet my pants. Given that; here was a guy who’s clearly lived his entire life within some self-righteous fuzzy logic that some how affords him the right to spew his crap as he see’s fit. Whilst in that process; also insulting others and evidently freely too.
Yet here was a guy who’d proactively imposed himself upon me, with absolutely no comprehension of the scale of his own incongruence and glaring ignorance too or indeed how insulting his conduct, his views and his overall lack of self awarness or sensitivity truly are.
In essence an impoverished soul living out an utterly impoverished existence, all part of him being fast asleep and in the better part; inherently foolish and truly ignorant. Which isn’t my problem, it’s his and only he can bring about inner change and that’s why it was better for both me and for him, to simply smile and allow.
Four Great Pillars of Wisdom That Played Their Part in Building a Shaman
I’ve always loved the timeless wisdom that my grandad shared with me way back when I was about 8 years old and overflowing with questions. Albeit it really has taken me the best part of this mortality to get to that point where I can live all of it in its entirety re: my closing comment above and not feel in the least bit uncomfortable with the same.
He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool, “Shun him”
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a student, “Teach him”
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep, “Wake him”
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise, “Follow him”
My grandad Robert Edgar whom we all called “Father” was my first great mentor and he read the above out to me from his readers digest as we took a tea break from our gardening.
So intrigued was I by those four statements that he wrote each one out on a separate plank of wood, indeed four planks of wisdom that we then used to build a garden shed. Indeed the building of which shaped me and shapes me to this day.
For years I looked for those lines of wisdom and read them every single time, that I went into that shed to bring for my grandad his; hose pipe, his garden spade, his garden fork or indeed his deckchair et al. Pillars of wisdom, indeed a doorway and an eternal key, that my grandad graciously and consciously passed onto me.
Sleep sound “father” until we meet again, you were my anything and everything during the darkest days of my childhood. For I knew then as I respectfully honour you now and every single day of my mortality.
That you were an earth god and better am I for knowing you and sharing your love, insight and wisdom. Amen
Authors Concluding Notes
I believe that there is learning in all things and if anything my tea time break graphically illustrated to me that I was neither egocentric, nor in the least bit fazed by those with no understanding of the process.
In fact and if anything all that really happened was that my awareness gently reminded me that I was no longer the Barry Hardy of old. No longer the guy so selfless and therein so very willing to jump right in there and try with all his might to some how help those who clearly need help.
In his place; “Barry Hardy the shaman”, the guy who can sit back and allow and with a high degree of impeccability. For he was forged in fire the result of many years of suffering and sacrifice in the abyss of personal healing. A painful process which is a calling and most certainly no fatuous rite of passage I can assure you.
A journey and a process which carries with it no arm band of honour or indeed any spurious paper based accreditation either, nevertheless a process with the power to change anything and everything, forever and ever. Amen
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