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On another occasion, we were drinking coffee at the Mall. Arik always seemed to appear an hour late for our meetings. We had met 6 years ago, and I had found his talks so compelling, I practically begged him to give me more. He was rather secretive about his past, but he did say, “I am a product of a school”.
We were talking about the people who were hurriedly walking, as if late for an appointment. I told him I was no longer in a hurry to be anywhere because I was retired. I said I was so happy to be retired so I may spend the days with my studies.
“Well, are you ready to collapse time?”, he declared.
“Collapse time?”, I grinned incredulously, “What are you talking about?”
Arik said, “You know, time can be canceled, thought can be canceled”.
I was mildly confused and smiled, “Arik? Why would I want to do that? It sounds impossible. And, anyway, what’s the point?”
“The point is Max, to taste the blood of life. You don’t have it now, you know. Life. You’ve got a memorized, artificial life you take as being real. You’ve imitated every person you have ever met. The giant hoax has you like a chicken in a shoebox. I can see the layers of your education wrapping your heart like many banana leaves, but you do not even know it.”
“As lies”, he said. “This is your illusion of yourself”. He grabbed my pen and a napkin and wrote the following;
A – Autonomous; S – Separate; L – Long-lasting; I – Independent; E – Entities; that is S – Special. “This is AS LIES in English. That is your sickness of crazy-lost. Cannot make it more simple than this, Max. I made it into your language with an easy way to remember. Think long and hard about your illusory life. Just take just one, like Long lasting. You people think you’re not going to die? You think you are a separate entity- this is crazy-lost. And Special. Whoa, you are all so darling special. That’s the false person thinking. This is crazy-lost.
When I had first met Arik and talked with him, I thought his comments were insulting and his demeanor condescending. But, when I suspended my attitudes- I seemed to get rewarded with insights into myself and others that were strangely different, but refreshing.
And, he always seemed to end a train of thought with, “And, you don’t even know it.” Or, “You can’t even see it.” This had me hooked on the wish to see and know what the heck he was talking about.
“What do you mean I don’t have life, Arik! That is absurd!”
He looked at my eyes for a long time, then down at his coffee. “Real life lies outside of linear time, and I can show you how to make it vertical if you pay attention”. “You have to really want it, Max”.
For the longest time, I was wary of Arik. Did he want something from me? What was his motive in his willingness to talk to me? When I had finally dropped my suspicions of him after many meetings, I knew he was well-meaning and guileless. Indeed, as good a friend a man could have. He obviously had a sincere interest in me. He told me I was damaged as a human being, but still teachable. (I was 61 years old!). I had to find out what he meant. Even if he was telling me things I didn’t want to hear. And, it usually was.
“So, Arik, please tell me, how may I re-teach myself?”
He started, “You use thought to understand everything in your life- that’s trying to do it with imagination. Granted, there is a world of Life you do not see, but it doesn’t lie within your imagination. You see, if you dream up a fantasy-life into existence that seems sweet and pleasant – on the other side of that dream will lie misery. What is required of you is to abandon both sides and place yourself outside that whole thought-life altogether? On the thought-level, you are always vulnerable to its reverse.”
“You have placed yourself in a teachable position by admitting your lack of knowledge. So we will climb the mountain together, out of the thought-life, which is the same as the time-life. The bell of Truth will guide you out of your dream. Then he became ominously serious saying, “But, only if you really want it, Max.”
We ordered more coffee, and I asked, “Gee, Arik? Is everyone dreaming?”
“Everyone is dreaming who has not found the blood of Life”. And he proceeded, “You have seen reverses in your life, but you still prefer living in the jungle hoping a snake won’t bite you. Snakes inside you and outside you. But, you fake it, hoping your fellow people won’t see your weakness. To awaken from that dream will lead you to the blood of Life. What your people tell you as truth is fake -and they fake it along with you. They flat do not know any better. But, as you climb out and awaken, you hear the bell and it’s tone matches what you yearn for inside your heart. You haven’t learned what it means yet- to meet the world with your heart. Once you have mastered this, you have command over first, yourself, and then the entire world.”
What he said had made me rather excited. “Do you have contact with this Blood of Life, Arik? How is this done?”
“Slow down, man. It will be long hard work for you because you are covered with many leaves. You have to make yourself transparent by burning off the many logs of your cage inside. I can tell you that you will have wished you had done that many years ago instead of following your worm of curiosity into dreamland. It isn’t as simple as just changing clothes. But, the blood of Life will appear just as swiftly as you make yourself ready for it.”
“Why should I even believe you Arik?, I said. “This sounds too fantastic, like some kind of fairy-tale. Tell me, what is the blood of Lifelike”?
“You will want to kiss God in gratitude for your arising. A surge of strength will fill your body, and your heart is pounding with so much joy, you can hardly contain yourself. You will laugh for the first time, then you will keep laughing like a small child in awe of your new-found treasure. The relief of not carrying yourself around anymore is indescribable. Beauty is everywhere and Gods face is smiling back at you. You’ll feel love for the first time. (Arik emphasized the word, FEEL.)You’ll see, God has been waiting for you all this time- but you wanted to hang on to that idiot inside you whose kidnapped you all these hard years. You’ll know that Life was too sacred to ever end. You are always safe in The blood of Life, invulnerable and untouchable. Far above -it’s innocence cannot be shared with the thieves, gangsters, pouncers, and sneerers below you. The angels will congratulate you because you have arisen from that tangled mess of your memorized self”.