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Surrender


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Volume 5, Issue 19

Part 43 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now well into their new life, around 40,000 BC in the mountains of northwestern Spain.

In the previous episode, the enemy King Stari-ki had announced himself with a loud roar. There was a standstill in the fighting though both sides were poised to resume battle. Shouting at his men, Stari-ki smiled at Blu and Ska, acknowledging them as good fighters and inviting them to join his cause. Conflicted with loyalty to their tribe’s King, they pondered their fate when suddenly their own King appeared over the escarpment, unscathed. What did they have to lose?

SrrenderBlu and Ska stepped forward almost simultaneously toward their new King, bowing slightly as they walked slowly and edgily toward the ferocious enemy band and their old King, over whom Stari-ki towered. Their old King looked smaller than he had looked before, and a bit shriveled next to the vital giant Stari-ki.

Stari-ki put his right palm against Blu’s chest to stop him and then did the same to Ska. Everyone took this to mean their acceptance into the army. Stari-ki then reached for Blu’s battleax but Blu yanked it back reflexively. Stari-ki smiled and said, “You of course will get all your weapons back soon, but as we go down the mountain together it would make my men nervous. Better to give them up for a while. I’ll make sure that none of the men take advantage of you while you are unarmed.”

“So will we,” Blu said, and the King’s smile widened. With considerable reservation, our Agents allowed themselves to be disarmed. After that it went fairly easily, without incident, as they all descended the rough slope together, Stari-ki helping his men as they needed it.

buried village

Down below, the tribe’s camp was totally covered in rock, including the dwellings. They descended still further, all the way down to the green valley; daylight had faded into dusk by the time they reached the main body of the army. By this point, Blu and Ska could see the last remnants of their now former tribe rounded up into a small cluster of young females. Apparently all of the males, warriors and slaves alike, had already been killed. Blu and Ska had hoped that they were not the only ones taken into the new King’s family, but it appeared to be only them and their old King. During the journey down the mountain, they had noticed he was now called “Aldus” and not “King”.

There was much talk and whispering among the warriors as they spotted Blu and Ska coming into view, unarmed but apparently not prisoners.

Ska felt strong arms come at him from the side and grab him. As he swung to fight, he saw that it was Ya-hay, the scout Blu and Ska had captured and treated well. He was hugging Ska, so Ska hugged him back. “All on the same team now,” Ya-hay beamed at them, and they both nodded and smiled with gradually increasing confidence. Then he and Blu hugged as well. Male hugging was not considered abominable but rather normal among warriors.   

“What about our wives?” Ska asked Stari-ki as they were entering camp. He thought about it for a moment, and then said, “Of course, you may have them to yourselves,” and gave the order to one of his men.

The two women, Izbel and Asa, Blu’s and Ska’s wives respectively, were led out of the crowd of captured women and ran to their husbands and hugged them and cried. Blu and Ska hugged back but remained ramrod straight so as to retain the respect of the other warriors. The couples were allowed to wander off freely to find or make shelter and to comfort each other. Blu and Izbel found a bower and built it up with more soft grasses to make it quite comfortable and fairly private. Ska and Asa made a small tent out of fallen logs and other materials nearby, with its own soft floor/bed, close by Blu and Izbel. 

Later that evening, the couples were startled by sounds outside their shelters and they all thought that this was when the double-cross would happen. Alas, it was just Blu’s and Ska’s weapons being returned, all of them, none the worse for wear. In fact they had been cleaned, tightened, and improved. It seemed that everything was going to be all right.

Outside their limited perception range (given that Melchizedek and Layla were gone or unconscious and only aware of themselves as Blu and Ska), once they were out of sight, Aldus said to Stari-ki, “I have never trusted those men.” And Stari-ki said, “Come, let us talk about it,” and led him back to his own large tent.

The Great Being, along with avatars that had completed the return journey and were now reunited as personality aspects of The Great Being, looked down and appreciated with high interest the poignancy of the situation. Would Melchizedek and Layla reawaken, and if they did, would Stari-ki then realize their true identities? Because it was all happening in the Free Will Zone, it was unpredictable. The entities looking down delighted in the drama of it all.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,

Bill

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The Power of Gratitude

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One rainy day I was driving a little too fast plus the cruise control was on. I got onto I-84 East and as I reached the highway itself I must have hit an oily patch for the next thing I knew I was going backwards, staring straight at Eastbound traffic bearing down on me at high speed — a truck passing a car, both coming right at me with many cars and trucks behind them.

Reflexively I righted the car and pulled off on the grassy median just as the honking truck and cars rushed past, missing me. A car pulled off and drove up alongside to see if I was alright. He said he was a Navy fighter pilot and complimented me on my reflexes, then drove off while I sat for a minute breathing deeply.

Every second is precious. Be Grateful

I bet you know what I was feeling because we have all felt it at one time or another — grateful for being alive. Life was suddenly so sweet. Every second was precious. The average workday that lay ahead was now an exciting prospect filled with interesting possibilities. The rain hitting the windshield was beautiful and I could see rainbows in each drop. The air tasted delicious.

Authentic gratitude is a very healthy emotion that I am sure increases immune response and is conducive to Flow state. As I grow older and hopefully wiser I find myself more often being grateful simply for this life, for life itself and especially for the interesting and fun life I have had so far. But any life is better than the alternative of never having existed. Even a life of pain is more interesting than eternal unconsciousness, never having a sense of self, never having even one experience.

As long as one is alive, there is the chance to fix or accept anything that is disturbing. That’s what creativity is for. Troubles can be overcome in a flash of inspiration. Life is filled with endless possibilities.

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“I Am Stari-ki”


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Volume 5, Issue 18

Part 42 of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now well into their new life, around 40,000 BC in the mountains of northwestern Spain.

In the previous episode, the carnage had escalated between the warring tribes. Melchizedek and Layla, as Blu and Ska, defended the tribe as best they could, but the enemy had encircled them. The fight of their lives ensued and Blu and Ska became killing machines, with no time to think, just to react. Overwhelmed with grief at what they were doing, our Agents escaped into inner oblivion, surrendering to the brains of Blu and Ska and continuing the butchery without remorse. Earlier episodes.

The mountains in northern Spain where our story takes place
 

A momentary lull in the fighting seemed to be caused by something Blu and Ska could not see, over the lip of the escarpment ahead from which the endless stream of enemy soldiers flowed. They heard a powerful voice shouting and could see the enemy fall back out of range of their battleaxes, turning their attention to what was coming up behind them. Blu and Ska had a minute to catch their breaths and steal a glance at each other. They noted that the man on the ground behind them had died. Only now did Blu realize it was Ja, the slave they had saved from Ya-hay. This brought a flood of mixed memories, feelings, and ideas which he had no time for, although they could have led him back to his true nature as Melchizedek.

They shared grim looks and turned quickly back to the direction of threat. Suddenly they saw a man even larger than them emerge from below, making no effort to lift his huge body, and standing tall to smile imperiously at them. He was adorned with multicolored feathers, body paint, and weapons.

Stariki“I am Stari-ki,” he boomed proudly, as if expecting they had heard of his fame. They got it that this was the enemy King and instantly they both had the same thought of killing him from this distance with thrown rocks, of which there were many of the right size at their feet. Doing so would give the idea to the enemy warriors who would then stone them to death, but at least they would have taken out an enemy King. Stari-ki easily read their thoughts and his smile broadened as he looked over the piles of dead they had created, and thought, What good fodder were these men! He sent a mental bolt to stun Blu and Ska slightly before they could put their plan into action, and then he began his performance.

“Idiots!” he yelled at his own men, picking up a rock of the right size and tossing it up and catching it in one hand. “Have I taught you nothing?” Blu and Ska came back out of the momentary fog of being stunned and realized that the enemy King must have had the same thought because he already had one rock in his hand, which meant that they were done for. They each picked up several rocks and stood prepared to get the King before they went down forever. But the King stayed their hand by what he said next.

“Hold on there! We’re all on the same side now. I can use good fighters like you. We have a great cause and you can join us in its glory. You don’t have to die now.” Stari-ki read in their minds that they were loyally picturing their own tribe’s King and were conflicted, wondering if it would be honorable to join the winning side. He shouted a command and two of his men scrambled over the cliff edge and disappeared. There was a brief standstill as the enemy and Blu and Ska all waited alertly, ready for the deadly rock-ball game to begin.

Sounds came over the escarpment and then their own King appeared, looking unscathed. He looked at Blu and Ska defensively, as if ashamed and demoted perhaps to their own approximate level in Stari-ki’s army, if they joined it. All of this was in his eyes, in that look.

“See,” said Stari-ki, “we are all one happy family now, boys. Come over to our side and I give you my word you will not be hurt.”

Blu and Ska looked at each other as if to say, what do we have to lose? But each was imagining the torture that might lie ahead.

TO BE CONTINUED

My best to all,

Bill

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Mountains in Northern Spain: photo: Mirror Online

"Stariki" image: Artist Mauro Cutrona

Horatios at the Bridge

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Volume 5, Issue 17
Part 41
of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now well into their new life, around 40,000 BC in the mountains of northwestern Spain.

In the previous episode, a surprise attack on the lower camp took out most of the tribespeople there, and with the enemy in fast pursuit, the King and his warriors took their rock-rolling battle positions while the women and children retreated to even higher ground with the elders. Then suddenly, in the midst of battle, the mountain erupted in an avalanche of rocks, burying many in both tribes. In the aftermath, it seemed briefly that the war was over. Until they realized the enemy was again in pursuit. Earlier episodes.

Melchizedek and Layla, as Blu and Ska, had requested extra spears to be made for just this point in the battle. While the inexorable enemy climbed toward them in immense force, outnumbering them ten to one, and with the large rocks all used up, spears could be thrown at the point men in the enemy’s assault force. As expert marksmen, Blu and Ska were nearly the only warriors capable of doing real damage this way, and soon the enemy was on the upper plateau and pushing back the defenders in a rout.

Our Agents had no time to path to each other, and each carried wounded as they covered the retreat by falling back more slowly than the rest of the tribe, inflicting what damage they could, and killing many.

The tribal war
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Melchi! Layla pathed at him involuntarily, shocked to see Blu use the body of one of their own as a shield to deflect a mace blow that would have killed Blu. Melchizedek had sensed the fellow tribesman had died on his shoulder but he had no time to explain that to Layla. Every second was used to preserve their two lives while slowing down the attackers as much as they could — which was not much.

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The Battle for Peña Trevinca

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Volume 5, Issue 16
Part 40
of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC, in the mountains of northwestern Spain.

In the previous episode, Melchizedek as Blu began training the tribe in the fighting skills used by the invading tribe, which Layla as Ska had learned from the prisoner’s dreams. Meanwhile the women and slaves were making tools fashioned after those captured in the skirmish with Ja’s captors. Blu and Ska also learned much about the invader King, who led by convincing his tribe that “if we do not kill, we will be killed” and that only he could save them. Blu and Ska would soon meet up with this awakened rebel King. Earlier episodes.

Peña Trevinca mountain in northern Spain

The onslaught began quietly. Having studied the placement of guards for over a week, the other tribe was able to take them out in a stealthy manner without rousing a cry. Thus they were able to enter the lower camp in force before Blu and Ska’s tribe knew what was happening.

Blu and Ska were the first to suspect that the attack was imminent. They awoke nearly simultaneously shortly before dawn and pathed to one another that something was happening, then slipped away from their wives and met in the predawn mists. They then went to waken the King. By the time they got to his tent, all hell was breaking loose.

Everyone was waking up and making a lot of excited and fearful noise. Warriors were girding for battle while assuring their families and telling them to remain calm and follow the elders to higher ground. The King was shouting orders and moving his fighting men into their pre-trained positions.

Almost everyone had a ringside view of what was happening in the nearly-abandoned lower camp. The enemy had gotten into camp before any cries of warning had gone up, and all those above could see the slaughter going on down below. A few lucky tribespeople were hastily climbing up to the upper camp, not far ahead of the racing assault troops of the enemy who appeared to be aiming for a rapid penetration. Other groups of attacking soldiers had apparently been assigned to wipe out any remaining survivors below. There was no sign of taking prisoners.

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Sleeping with the Enemy

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Volume 5, Issue 15
Part 39
of the ongoing saga of The Great Being, the One Self that manifests as each of us.

We have been following the experiences of two Agents of Cosmic Intelligence, Melchizedek and Layla, here on a mission that started in 200,000 BC. They are now in a new life around 40,000 BC, in the mountains of northeastern Spain.

In the previous episode, the tribe made the trek to higher ground while Melchizedek and Layla, as Blu and Ska, stayed behind with the King and his troops to lay traps for the coming invaders. This had been Blu’s idea. Ska had convinced the King to feed the prisoner to gain his confidence, rather than torture him. Meantime, the King, smart enough to see the wisdom in these new ideas, continues to be suspect of our Agents. Earlier episodes.

Ska concentrated on staying with the prisoner while Blu split his time as he was also training the troops for the upcoming battle. The prisoner realized that Blu and Ska had prevented his torture and were getting him food and water. He didn’t exactly trust their motives but played along with them as much as he felt he could without getting killed by his own King when this tribe was annihilated.

Although armed guards were always with them, Ska would pretend to go to sleep when the prisoner did. In this way she was able to learn much from his dreams and even played a role in those dreams, provoking more learning. Sometimes she managed to get some sleep at the same time.

This was the way that she learned the key difference in the fighting skills of the two tribes: the invaders used the buddy system, two warriors protecting each other at all times and fighting as a pair, the same thing she and Melchi did. This was surely a secret passed down from the awakened rebels now stirring up the planet. Blu and Ska passed it on to the King, explaining that the prisoner had slipped up and given them that information during loose conversation over a hearty meal they had given him. When the ever-suspicious King asked them for the exact words, Ska quickly improvised, “He referred to his ‘battle-partner’.”

So now their tribe was training in the use of this system, and also duplicating the enemy weapons as fast as the women and slaves could make them.

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