Since it’s Veteran’s Day, I share memories of my father as the two-faced Dragon. It’s a powerful talk, I thought, because it share the only two real moments I had with my father who spent most of his life, and my growing up at sea. I call may talks now Insight Improve because I create my talk from something on my shelves of archives from spiritual journey.
If you want to make the dragon fire, you have to hold both sides of the dragon, the good and the bad side together. In Avatar, the Last Shadow was the dragon of death, but death had two sides: death and life. You have to jump on the dragon, a final mad act, in order to hold both sides of the dragon and ride the fire of transcendence.
I use my everyday mind and life experience both literally and metaphorically. There are the facts of my history, but the facts of my history when I put them in a story are metaphorical to all our experience. My particular experience through the alchemy of metaphor because a universal experience, at least that I was I aspire to do. But in order to do that I must practice surrender to the truth of the factual history. In this way our particular history becomes transparent to the universal that is subjective. My objective history can become transparent to your subjective truth. If you feel my story as your story, then I have succeeded. Life is a Two-faced Dragon. Learn to ride it. Let The Avatar and the Voyage to Pandora by your guide.
Life is a two-faced dragon. This is the working metaphor for tonight. A working metaphor is one with which you can use to name ambiguity, or situations where you cannot choose your way out. This is the double-bind where (Zen master do this with koans) no matter what you choose, you are damned or wrong. The either/or of the choices is the two-face dragon. Either face with eat you. What do you do?
You jump on the dragon. As the Niki commercial says: You Just Do It! This is the fearless action that transcends the calculated choice that is concerned with the fruit of your choice or action. The fearless choice is not concerned with the future and the results of your choice. You are beyond choice when you leap on the two-face dragon. This is the choiceless choice, said J. Krishnasmurti.