Why is stoicism so important to me in my practice of QBL?
The only practice that has been used in my own unification of the dimensions, my genetics and consciousness is Stoicism (or various Eastern approaches to a very similar subject). As discussed previously (in the sections on Strategic Drama - Control) there are two apparent worlds which one has to contend with on a daily basis in order to maintain mindfulness of ones own consciousness - the ''internal'' world of thoughts, and the ''external'' world of phenomena (which includes a great deal of social interaction). These two worlds cause distractions that lead one away from consciousness, the first various thoughts (selfishness, fear, desire) and the second social transactions (criticism/abuse/praise) and into the ''fallen'' delusional state of Malkuth where one considers oneself to be a physical object looking through its eyes at other physical objects, rather than the ''rectified'' state of being a mental object experiencing mental objects within an awareness of your own larger consciousness. This Inner Light is the true reality and you are in it right now. You are always in the Inner Light.
This internal world of thoughts relates to the DNA within the nucleus, the external world to the cytoplasm which surrounds it. Actions within that internal world in response to phenomena in the external world can be clearly likened to the way in which DNA, when stimulated by a change in the chemical environment of the cytoplasm, unwinds and reveals information which become proteins.
|DNA within Nucleus|
|Nucleus within Cytoplasm|
Stoicism, to me, always implies a return to the ''place''. When a social transaction causes you to get angry or jealous or afraid that emotion is being produced by *you* not by the words themselves. If one believes it is the words that are producing the emotional experience then one is as deluded as someone who thinks they look ''through'' their eyes or that they directly experience physical light. For the will to be trained one must be one's own judge in these matters. Similarly a social transaction which takes the form of praise or compliments is as likely to induce delusion as the negative. Those who cannot be their own judge will experience life as a rollercoaster of ups and downs, pulled this way and that way by other people who are equally deluded*.
|The Cell Membrane|
The devil is of course in the details. Its nice to learn heart-warming tropes about universal consciousness but if you want to practice *medicine*, either on yourself through tikkun, or on others through tikkun, or ideally both simultaneously you will need to knuckle down and learn the ''details''. The details of the system are not easy to master but in order to get the most out of the methods outlined in this blogos one must not only get their philosophical position and their personal practice in order, but also learn the ins and outs of the ''QBListic physiognomy'' for only then will you be able to truly penetrate to the heart of the ''messages'' you are '''receiving''.
''Bridle your mouth from speaking and your heart from thinking. And if your heart runs, return to the place.'' SY 1:8 Gra Version
This ''place'' is the consciousness we have been describing and your awareness of it (at all times) - the mouth speaking, and the heart thinking show how one ''falls''. This place, when experienced, is the unification, both in the sense of Achad (unity) and Yechad (singularity). The physical, spatial and observational dimensions that you exist as the centre of extend to infinity in all directions, you are the point at infinity and it is you that loses sight of that because you have not become Stoic. It is not easy to live in this place. It is a completely different environment to the ''fallen'' delusional state and one must get used to it. Run and Return, Run and Return. But Return**.
*The sad thing from a physicalist point of view is that this tossing and turning, these emotional upheavals lead to a surge in cortisol levels, a drop in the efficacy of the immune system and therefore physical sickness. I see people making themselves angry, afraid and then sick all the time. In this sense Stoicism at the very least is preventative medicine.
**Return, Teshuvah was an alternate name for Binah in the Early Kabbalah.