We will walk through this carefully together.
And you will see the Way that is walked by the Dark Triad Man.
"Look at each moment as potentially fatal."
This is the heart of the Law.
How does this work?
You live and die within the Singularity of the Moment.
Whenever your death comes,
And it will arrive as surely as it has been intended for you,
It will be in one of those moments.
You will have a last moment!
Which one will it be?
Because one of them will be.
Understand you have a death prepared for you.
In a moment, it will arrive, and you are complete.
Be intimately aware of each moment in life!
Minor fashion violation, acceptable in the hot weather.
They did not smile.
They walked roughly twenty feet apart even though they were together.
Why was that?
Thus the exercise:
"What if they were coming to kill me?"
This is Exercising the Mind.
This is Exercising the Heart.
This is Exercising the Body.
Had they been armed, would I have stood a chance?
Based on seating arrangements, doors, available tools, and so on... probably not.
Life is like that sometimes.
That is exhausting and silly.
The point is to LOOK.
The point is to SEE.
The point is to TRAIN.
And therefore KNOW.
With habitual exercise, small habits will lead to survival.
@PraetorianSwift is superb at this.
He sees! And remembers enormous detail.
A reason he is my training partner.
"What were stark moments in which you realized you had been careless for your own survival?"
We will use the graduation luncheon example, as it is already before us.
The two men were not smiling.
Who were they?
Did I see them approaching the park behind the restaurant?
Did I observe them arrive separately or together?
These are gaps in Posture that interfere with Power.
Think about what you don't bother to notice.
Think about why you don't bother.
It was a hot day.
Thus I had my back to the wall, so that I could see everything. That is important to me as I cannot hear.
And it restricted my mobility. People to the sides of me, table in front of me, rail around me.
How real is the risk that two grim sicarios will appear to gun me down at my daughter's graduation party?
That day it was negligible, based on my life and what I knew of the guests.
"Why just that day, Ivan?"
Nothing is Static.
Nothing is Permanent.
Just like your life.
Do you understand this?
Is in accordance with the Way.
Let that be a lesson to you.
And in this lesson, we will examine the next question:
"Were your perceptions of threat more prominent with people, places, or in your own errors?"
"Ivan, do you mean where did you perceive more threats arising?"
"Or did you mean which of them inflame your perceptions more?"
Of course I mean both.
Of course I mean both at once.
When I say Tumble and Turn,
I mean it!
Do people arouse you, or do the places you encounter them push your button?
Are you more vulnerable in certain places?
Do specific people make you careless?
Are you certain?
Do you know?
"How have you been contributing to your own moments of fatal vulnerability?"
Humans are habitual, ritualistic creatures.
We fall into habits, and we build rituals.
We build life, and fall into death.
To the degree that you adhere to habit over ritual,
You are akin to the driver who closes his eyes while turning the corner.
Mindfulness is not merely "being aware of being aware".
Mindfulness is a tool of Survival.
YOU HAVE TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SURVIVAL.
This is the harshest truth many refuse to accept.
"God will save me!"
God made you an apex predator.
Fulfill His design!
Learn to see, to own, and live!
• Anyone visible behind the counter?
• Anyone visible at all in the store?
• Car parked outside with engine running?
• Facing out?
Are YOU going in?
If your hand is already on the door, you are leaving it just a little bit late.
Work to make awareness a constant.
Awareness is a sacred ritual of sorts.
And live when others die.
It is a dark world.
It becomes a beautiful experience.
There is so much to see!
There is so much to learn!
The sakura blossom, just before it drops.
That is you.
Is not the infinity of Heaven impossibly beautiful?
Does not infinite beauty exist within fleeting moments?
Do you want more of it?
Then you must live!
Survival is the First Law.
YOU have fettered aspects of your mind I cannot unlock.
YOU have limitations of your body I cannot repair.
This is where the student must absorb the lesson!
YOU are responsible for YOUR survival.
And that is always that.
The question from @ipb_media has been answered.
"But we arrive at the same place, Ivan!"
Is it my responsibility to move you?
Or to lay out principles, methods, and techniques.
Then throw you naked into the howling darkness?
An apex predator is what you are.
The weaponized human being is impossibly lovely,
And your operating system is THE NINE LAWS.
If you would walk the Way,
then read it.