Wisdom to Joy - On Enemies and the Compass
demon and compass needle
On Enemies and the Compass

Spiritual Compass has only 2 Directions, Enemies and Angels

Whether something is benevolent or malevolent depends on what one’s goal is. Spiritually, there are really only two directions on the compass: toward Goodness—the One Thing—and away from it. How do we tell which is which? Rules cannot account for all situations and changes. Vices are internal enemies, and make one vulnerable to external enemies. Any desire can become a vice if it overwhelms one’s desire for Goodness. Reading the spiritual compass occurs by feeling resonance with Goodness. Eventually one can realize that all enemies are really opportunities or angels in disguise.
Current revision: September 24th, 2021 (first version 2020 May 13th); recording: April 2021. New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
watch video - On Enemies and the Compass - Part 1 Benevolent and Malevolent
Watch Part 1 Benevolent and Malevolent

Benevolent and Malevolent


listen to audio - On Enemies and the Compass - Part 1 Benevolent and Malevolent Listen  (4:59)

Watch Part 2 Only Two Directions

Only 2 Directions


listen to audio - On Enemies and the Compass - Part 2 Only Two Directions Listen  (8:39)

Watch Part 3 Reading the Spiritual Compass: Not It

Reading the Spiritual Compass: Not It


listen to audio - On Enemies and the Compass - Part 3 Reading the Spiritual Compass: Not It Listen  (9:34)


Watch Part 4 Reading the Spiritual Compass: Resonance

Reading the spiritual Compass: Resonance


listen to audio - On Enemies and the Compass - Part 4 Reading the Spiritual Compass: Resonance Listen  (9:02)

Watch Part 5 No Real Enemies

No Real Enemies


listen to audio - On Enemies and the Compass - Part 5 No Real Enemies Listen  (5:49)

Watch Full video
listen to full audio - On Enemies and the Compass Listen  (37:19)

Read
Slides

(1.9 MB)
Read slides - On Enemies and the Compass
Read paper - On Enemies and the Compass
Referenced works:
"God"
Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa: A Biography from the Tibetan, W.Y. Evans-Wentz, ed., 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 1969), p. 261. Real Intelligence p. 4-6 or video/audio 2 Opinions
Truth Firstp. 1-5 or video/audio 1-2
Heal Thyselfp. 8-10 or video/audio Key Three: Find the Root
Power, Pride and SpiritualityPart 3 Confidence and Pride, p. 5-6 or video/audio 3
Matthew 8:16, 8:31-32, 9:33-34, 12:38; Mark 1:34, 1:39, 5:8, 7:26, 9:25, 16:9; Luke 4:35, 4:41, 8:29, 11:14, 13:32
Matthew11:30
The Lord's Prayer Matthew 6:10
The Gayatri mantra
Humans Prefer Cooperation
Wisdom leading to joy, Cognitive perception of spirituality and the spiritual path, Principles for healthy human societies, Focusing on goodness
The content of these presentations has been garnered through observation, contemplation, hopefully insight, and, most importantly, experience. Ideas and assertions are simply presented for consideration. The effort is not to prove or convince, but rather to present ideas for one’s own thought, research, innate common sense, and experience.
References are included only if information is specific and may not be generally known. No offense whatsoever is taken at any disagreement or counter-assertion. Many disagreements are due to semantics. Take whatever is useful and ignore the rest. If something fits and is useful, wonderful!

Deep gratitude is expressed to developers and everyone who has assisted in making open-source software available to all. These presentations have been made possible by LibreOffice (Open Office), Audacity, SimpleScreenRecorder, RecordMyDesktop, Glimpse, Gimp, Inkscape, ImageMagick, Pitivi, ffmpeg, OpenClipart, PublicDomainVectors, and Linux. Appreciation is also expressed to FreeThesaurus.com. In addition, gratitude is expressed to all the wonderful artists who have made their work available, for pictures speak to the soul. Gratitude is also expressed to people who have contributed comments that have helped to improve these presentations, and for the expert advice of Sweetwater, which made possible the quality of these recordings and the continued sanity of the editor.

This website does not collect personal information or store "cookies," and does not maintain a mailing list. To see new postings, simply visit the website periodically, and pass on links to others if something here may be helpful to them or to the world.

The brilliant spectrum in the banner is the closest representation of the absolute joy of a realm of which I have memory since childhood. No one owns the spectrum. It is used here because of its joy.
In case it seems that it took a lot of work to create these multi-media presentations, it was negligible compared to acquiring the inner-standing required to write the content.
Topic index
home page
circular image
Artist acknowledgements: Nicubunu (flag) @ openclipart.org; Nihongo (demon), Ekaterina Magur (baby angel), Yupiramos (angel) @123rf.com, unknown artist (waves) @ publicdomainvectors.org, Ahmet Yamak (pastel background), Taweesak Chalyakhan (yellow background) @ dreamstime.com.
On Enemies and the Compass, op. 17
Copyright by Truth First Association 2017-2022. All rights reserved.
Paper may be printed, copied, or distributed in its entirety.
Privacy Policy