Saturday, July 09, 2005
There is No Life to Risk
My mother and I gasped at the prospect and we wondered why anyone would want to risk his life for a job. I suddenly had a thought: "There is no life to risk." The moment I had that thought I knew it to be the truth.
After the programme, I went to have a bath so I could be in silence. I then had clarity about the notion of "no life to risk." Of course, it makes so much sense.
Richard Branson's quest in the form of the many challenges he puts himself through is based on pretending that the universe is in parts and that all is separate from you. You see danger all around you in the form of rivers, mountains, animals, oceans, forests, the weather, people. This is what gives the impression that one is putting one's life at risk against the odds. The excitement is an illusion. What if you realise there is only One in all? Thus, everything is on your side not against you. It would be pointless getting into a challenge hanging upside down on a plane, standing on top of an air balloon or whatever when you know that you can't fall because your consciousness is one with everything around you. If you know that Mt Everest is you, where is the challenge climbing a mountain that will not let you fall? Richard Branson's challenge becomes pointless. You can't risk a life when everything is on your side.
THERE IS NO LIFE TO RISK!
Trust the One in me to ruin my fun. I think I'll still continue to follow their adventure, you know, pretend their adventures are real. It makes for good television.
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