A fresh way of finding meaning in the Cohen Drama is that Cohen found his Spot, and the winds of fear and anger could not move him during the hearing. He kept his center because he had found his center.
What Cohen’s attackers conveniently miss is that he lied to protect their president. So if he had been truthful in the past, he would have called their president a crook in the past, and not be going to jail, but then he would have been attacked for telling the truth that Trump is a crook. Now that he is saying Trump is a crook, he lies. . A classic double-bind. Damned if you don’t lie, damned if you do.
This important because your SPOT is in the double-bind where you are damned if you do or damned if you don’t. We experience that DB as anxiety and it leads to a panic attack and even suicide, as the terror of uncertainty, not knowing who you are, what to do, where to go, what map to follow, is the terror of being lost and not knowing where you are.
Cohen held his seat. Cohen could not be made to react. Like a matador, the bulls could not gore him. Cohen found his Spot.
And is what Buddhism is all about: finding your Spot where you are not moved by the winds of t he mind, your own and others. Mind is mind. Fear is fear. Anger is Anger. You Spot is like the eye of a mind hurricane, the axis of the wheel, and the Matador who is not gored by the bull of the world with its horns of opposites.
Can you see the bull fight as a ritual for finding your spot (the Matador) and not being moved by the horns of dilemma, the horns of the double-bind, which is what Cohen did in real time?
Can you keep your seat with the winds of the mind attack you? If you can, you are a Buddha. (metaphor warning).
Unless we can see ourselves in the world’s drama, we cannot know ourselves. You are the world and the world is you, but at the same time you are not the world. There are two logics needed, but we are only taught how to use world logic where I am not the world and the world is not me. That is the basic ground assumption, the uninvestigated assumption, of our modern world view.
Ironically, Trump was elected because during the debates he could not be gored by the other bulls. He kept his Center; no one could move him from his Spot. One bull after another tried to unseat him an failed, so Trump activated our longing for the ONE who cannot be moved. And so he continues to thrill his roaring crowd when he deflects the Bulls of the whole world. It matters not which party the bull is, or even if it’s the law..what matters that he is does not lose h is Spot. No one can touch him…the Teflon Matador. That what we like to watch.
The irony (oh, I love irony) is the Cohen was Trump in the hearing because no one, no matter how angry they got, could unseat him, could make him flinch or retaliate with the same anger. Cohen demonstrated the same strength that make they love and protect Trump…as their center.
You see that? Those who come to Trump’s bull fights roar with his skill at deflecting the charing bull like a martial arts master. The crowd displaced their own center and puts it in Trump, and the bull is the world that is trying to gore them.
In mythology the Bull is the consort of the Goddess, and her sacrificial animal. The two horns are the crescent moon, the pairs-of-opposites the catch us in double-binds like Cohen was caught in where you are gored no matter what you choose. Lose/Lose.
Remember how Trump told his crowd that They would get tired of winning. They would no longer be gored by the world as long as they make him their symbolic mythic matador. All they have to do is cheer him when the bull of the world attacks and he once more make a fool of the bull.
You see the matador wins because the Bull has lost his Spot. There can be only One Spot in the bull ring. Whomever holds that Spot, that center cannot lose.