Monday, March 26, 2012

Staves In A Tub

Griffy the Cooper

The cooper should know about tubs But I learned about life as well. And you who loiter around these graves Think you know life. You think our eyes sweeps about a wide horizon, perhaps, In truth you are only looking around the interior of your tub. You cannot lift yourself to its rim And see the outer world of things, And at the same time see yourself. You are submerged in the tub of yourself. Taboos and rules and appearances, Are the staves of your tub. Break them and dispel the witchcraft Of thinking your tub is life! And that you know life!

Edgar Lee Masters wrote the Spoon River Anthology in 1915. It is a collection of short poems that describe life in the fictional town of Spoon River. There are two hundred and twelve different characters in the work, and two hundred and forty-four accounts of different life experiences. Each poem is an epitaph written by a dead citizen of Spoon River. The characters speak without facades. They have no reason to fear the consequences of being honest. Each character constructs a picture of life the way they should have lived it, or they explain why they lived it the way they did. Griffy the Cooper is one of the characters that lived in Spoon River.

We all want to live some of our experiences over again. We want to use the insight we have now, and apply it to the past or the future. The past is what defines us, and the future is what tempts us. Our tubs are filled with past memories and future expectations, and they often hinder us from living in the now. A large chunk of our beliefs are rooted in the past so we bring a considerable amount of baggage to our daily decision making process. We forget that we are much more than the cells we depend on in this physical life. Our beliefs emerged us in a tub of taboos, rules, and appearances and we act out these tub mates like the thespians we aspire to be.

Our tubs are anchored to other worlds. These other realities are filled with the same sort energy that creates what we create in this reality. The rims we design around our individual and mass tub restrict us from experiencing other aspects of these worlds until we have the fortitude to accept the fact that we create our own experiences through our thoughts and beliefs.

Consciousness is energy in action, and it creates an enormous amount of tubs. We see the results of our own tub creations in the economic and political turmoil we bathe in daily. The sense that we must separate, restrict, and isolate one tub from another keeps us submerged in the stagnant water of fear. Our ability to expand our awareness, and experience the freedom to elect, govern, and accept leaders that lead with fundamental innate values is stymied by our inability to see past the rim of our own tub.

We live in a world of diverse tubs. Some tubs are filled with awareness; others are half full, and others are a quarter full. There are tubs that we label “empty,” but there is always some awareness floating at the rim of every tub. The ability to create our physical experiences is forged into the foundation of every tub and rim.

Individual tubs are supported by a complex belief structure, and that structure is always under construction. We have the tools and the insight to look over the rim of our tub at any point in linear time, and experience other realities that expand our beliefs. Expanding our beliefs about the self and our mass reality is a natural aspect of our consciousness. We do it using the contrast we create economically, politically, and religiously, but we can also expand the nature of the self by becoming aware that we are staves in tubs of own making.

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