Excerpt from “Wisdom, guides”

TABOR: The Apprentice’s Book of Reflections by D.B. GaNung

Excerpt from “Wisdom, guides”

If greater value is sought, then it must be assumed the cost will be equivalent. If it
is wisdom one seeks, the difficult and many truths of life, then some long periods
must be spent wandering through an abysmal state within. If one proceeds through
this forest without a guide, then there is real danger of getting lost (temporarily at
least). This erratic wandering coupled to unnecessary suffering can be exhausting
and the cause of many failures. But with a guide it can become a great adventure
that strengthens the mind and sometimes the body as well.

Excerpt from “Potential, lost”

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Excerpt from “Potential, lost”

Potential can be lost easily in two ways. The first is a failure to act on it while it is
reactive within oneself. Such inaction drives the potential down into the
unconscious once again. As individuals we must wait until it can build up sufficient
charge to overcome the force by which it was denied.

The other way potential is lost is when it isn’t acted on with sufficient seriousness.
In such instances toying with one’s potential is a way of dismissing it. This time the
energy it brings is usually discharged through any series of frivolous projections.

Excerpt from “Envy, projection”

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Excerpt from “Envy, projection”

We might think “I wish I were like that,” but that thought can become envy. When
envy is caught up in wishfulness it can convert itself to a form of worship. Yet in all
likelihood it is only the wish for a character attribute. Now this can also become a
sexual need twisted together with the envy, then it is an inadequate solution for
personal development rerouted and by that momentarily short-circuited. In more
proud people, envy flips to jealousy. This can be a general hatefulness soured with
negative turn-down attitudes. In turn this can result in a consuming self-pride with
very little substance, obviously coming short of the mark for all the display of
arrogance.

Excerpt from “Wealth, free information”

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Excerpt from “Wealth, free information”

When rich people pump me for all my knowledge, I know they are through with me.
Then, because they are richer, I am supposed to quit the area, my usefulness exhausted,
and this always proves to have been an humbling but instructive experience from the rich
—who consequently rarely have any use for what they learned.

It is as if one is giving to one’s parents and then after the gift, one is disturbing them
by hanging around too long.

Excerpt from “Moods, valid”

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Excerpt from “Moods, valid”

Moods are the process we use to integrate the many sides of an issue into our feeling
values. By containing ourselves through a silent process of sorting ourselves out, we
stabilize in accord with our own nature, and that is the center out of which we’ll
grow better at evaluating life.

Overwhelming moods can also result from imbalance; too much of something
causes it to become compensatory for some other development. This often happens
in areas as food or a lack of physical activity. Sometimes discipline is lacking;
sometimes it is blocked by other problems.

Excerpt from “Opposites, differentiating experience”

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Excerpt from “Opposites, differentiating experience”

To ignore opposites when they reveal pertinent polarities is as wrong as applying this
principle to everything. Living a more balanced life without undue emphasis or
premature integration allows the moment to develop its full value in retrospect.
Attempting to resolve things while they are still developing is almost sure to limit
the potential for growth. Allowing an experience to be more or less absorbed forms
a sense of containment that can assist later upon contemplation. One can sift and
sort things by discovering the binding and often contradictory truths that wind
through it all—a pair of opposites in tandem.

Excerpt from “Fashion, time”

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Excerpt from “Fashion, time”

A period of time might be seen as relative to your place only but the truth is this
same time period is relative all over the world. One need only to scratch a bit
beneath the cultural veneer to find the ongoing imitative current not only present,
but ready to develop the fashionable popular themes.

The absence of opportunity to develop according to the times is consistently felt and
is the means by which some feel they are less fortunate. If a promising youth were
removed from the repressive aspects of a social condition there arises an aptitude
that will fashion itself via current trends.

Excerpt from “Complex, conscious”

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Excerpt from “Complex, conscious”

The many different aspects of consciousness have each an underlying complex
supporting them. These complexes are the means through which iceberg below the
tip connects to us and our bodily habits.

Complexes are like a crystalline structure as well as a seedbed of all that we have been
and could be. Symptoms of a complex made neurotic come out through
autonomous behavior patterns. Healthier minds have an aura of soulfulness about
them that comes through the physical body. No matter how crippled or deformed
the body, a soul more complete can shine through. A complex can sometimes be
revealed through the shadow.

Excerpt from “Wisdom, achieving”

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Excerpt from “Wisdom, achieving”

The plunge into the depths of oneself is a trial from which only a newly minted
individual can surface. The symbols of silver and gold suffice to emblazon this
attainment.

Guidance is required. Those who make it have likely suffered long for the hard-won
golden nuggets of new consciousness. Attributes required to combat bouts of
sluggishness are an effort coupled with a keen eye on various virtues. The
battlegrounds are where we’ve given way to inane indulgence or overwhelming
compensation. If we live a life victimizing ourselves for the very lack of developing
own potential we bring about a very unsatisfying life. This would be a life of various
illusions or compensatory behaviors in lieu of the life we thought we’d live.

Excerpt from “Consciousness, differentiated”

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Excerpt from “Consciousness, differentiated”

The mind, as the discriminating element of the soul, exists to create more conscious
awareness along with ordering and running the responsibilities in the world we exist
in.

A demand that irrational things be made perfectly clear in presentation would be a
defection from the awareness of how things are ordered in the natural world and
man’s humble place in these affairs. Making allowance in the rational for a certain
inaccuracy in the irrational behaviors allows another dimension to enter. Parallels
can be found to suit the personality, so to loosen it up.