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Dogshit Reality

Frog's Leap, Rutherford, California, USA

January 31, 2009



Dogshit Reality: classically characterized by the robed, beaded, self-realized master, the Saint  walking with his clamoring, adoring disciples, ministering to them, accidentally stepping in dogshit.

This essay, Dogshit Reality, is the companion piece to Low Road.




I know you didn't need me to write this essay to explain it to you. You already know what dogshit reality  is. Everyone does. It's the down  and dirty  component of life, the nasty  component of life, the component of life which happens to  you almost always unexpectedly and unwantedly. You'd rather it didn't happen at all. As soon as it happens, you'd like to wish it away. You'd like to undo  it and you can't. You must  deal with it right here  and right now.

We say we're responsible for everything we do. We take responsibility for our actions. Yet arguably even a saint would have to swallow hard to keep his word (and his cool)  in this regard taking responsibility for accidentally stepping in dogshit. It's never deliberate. It never shows up as something amazing or wonderful or awesome. It shows up as an immediate, urgent major hassle. It commands your attention. It's dictatorial.

It's basic. It impacts everyone equally. It comes with the territory  of being human, of living on Planet Earth. You can't ignore it, and if you do ignore it, you ignore it at your own peril. I'd like to suggest that the down and dirty, even the nasty component of life epitomized by dogshit reality  is really a wake up call.

Whenever it shows up, dogshit reality, the simplest, basic level of reality for human beings living on Planet Earth, is always a measure of how much we're paying attention, of how much we're aware of our surroundings  - in a word, of how much we're awake. There's nothing to do about dogshit reality  other than to factor it in  to daily living and to allow for it ie to create it as it is. Neither is there any point in voting against  it. In fact, voting against dogshit reality  isn't an option we have anymore - our being here  is living proof we've already  cast our votes. Clearly, dogshit reality  won by a landslide.

As I said, I know you didn't need me to write this essay to explain dogshit reality  to you. What I think is useful, however, is to examine with you, is to inquire into  with you the extent  of dogshit reality  in our lives.

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There are those amazing, wonderful, awesome, even miraculous  moments in which we have breakthroughs  in our lives, in which we discover who we really are, in which things we've been struggling with or putting up with or trying to change forever  simply clear up and vanish just in the process of life itself, in which life suddenly and discontiguously  starts working in areas which always failed before. And then, in contradistinction, in the midst of frolicking along the sidewalk, there are those moments of having our reverie  stopped stone cold by stepping in dogshit ie by the dogshit reality  moments.

What I'd like to suggest here, what I'd like to bring forth  in this essay is the possibility that in life, it's all dogshit reality  - all of it. In this essay I'd like to bring forth the possibility that for us human beings, our life on Planet Earth is really one long dogshit reality  moment. Really!

But here's the thing:

To bring forth the possibility that for us human beings, our life on Planet Earth is really one long dogshit reality  moment, I'm not asking you or expecting you to suffer  through your preconceptions of what dogshit reality  is, of how awful  it is, of how you'd rather not have to deal with it at all. Rather, I dare you to rearrange  your preconceptions of what dogshit reality  is. I dare you to consider the possibility that living life at the level of dogshit reality  is the highest, the most magnanimous  level at which a human being can live life.

In effect I'm asking you to consider the possibility that if you can't deal with or are unwilling to deal with and master living life at the level of dogshit reality, then you leave yourself no chance, zero possibility  of ever mastering living life at all.



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