A Day with My Fungi Friends
The other day my friend Fungus came to visit. We had a notable adventure; much greater than I had bargained for. Here’s a report of our times together. I won’t share every moment minute by minute, bogging you do down in superfluous details. You don’t need to hear about how I rolled around on my bed, sat in the shower laughing, and played Bruce Lee in my living room. Instead, I will share the profound lessons that came from our time together. Here’s an overview, so you can decide if this is for you. 1) Love is not a human emotion. 2) Technology and Nature. 3) Strength Training and Functional Movement- Uni-Lateral vs Bi-Lateral 4) The Art of Wishing People Well Warning, I’m going to start lofty. I may sound crazy in this first section, so brace yourself. Love is not a human emotion. Now, it CAN be, as love comes in many different flavours. But there is a specific flavour that originates beyond the human form. During an expanded mystical state, when you poke your head out of the human apparatus and merge with the field, you realise there is love there. This love is Existential. A sense of pleasure and joy pervades the cosmos, beyond the confines of a limited human experience. A human being is a small part of the whole, yet the Whole has a life of its own. When the Whole is aware of itself, rather than focusing on just one small part, it experiences a metaphysical orgasm. There is great pleasure and love. This is due to the recognition of Oneness and Absolute Good. Let us unpack the notion of Absolute Good. We humans usually think of “good” like this: anything which serves our survival. We therefore have a counter notion of “bad”: anything which threatens our survival. In this way, good and bad are relative. What is good for one may be bad for another. The clearing of land is good for an agricultural corporation, and bad for the rainforest. Therefore we have relative good and bad. But if you tally up all the wins and losses, pains and pleasures of every being, what you get is Absolute Good. This is because Existence is a net-positive. Think about it. Compared to a nihilistic void of nothingness, the fact that we are alive at all is a pure miracle. To have something rather than nothing, to have life itself, is Absolute Good. Without it, there would be no value. This metaphysical recognition of Oneness and Absolute Good is what I’m referring to as Love. The next insight is about the effects of technology. During the peak of my trip, I started fiddling with my laptop and phone to try and film something. I was struck by a very adverse effect. The light seemed blinding, piercing through my eyes and scattering my nervous system. I felt waves of cortisol flow up and down my body. I also felt a strange pull to explore the internet, which would have taken me off track from my task. I slammed the laptop shut, turned off my devices, and placed them in a separate room. I became aware of the sharp distinction between modern technology and biological life. We have been inhabiting this earth for millions of years before electronic devices entered the scene. They provide a very novel form of stress to our system. Blue-light, EMF radiation, AI trying to market and manipulate you, is just the surface of what may be happening. Therefore, it pays to exercise caution. Stay aware of this stressor and have chunks of the day where you are free from any device. Another key insight related to functional movement and strength training. I saw the value of uni-lateral movement. This refers to using one leg or arm at a time, or perhaps having one leg in front of the other. Examples include step-ups and lunges. The seed of this was planted when Naudi Aguilar from Functional Patterns said that the squat is not the most important exercise. He prefers uni-lateral leg movement, trunk rotation, and arm extension, because humans are designed for walking, running, and throwing. In my heightened state I could see the value of uni-lateral movement. When you isolate just one limb, you essentially double the amount of focus on it. There is increased bandwidth for mindfulness. This kind of training also promotes greater symmetry. I realised that my push-ups are asymmetrical, as my right shoulder is weaker than my left. I suddenly had the desire to do one-armed kettle bell bench-press, to help my right shoulder and chest fire properly. With bi-lateral movement, we often compensate with our stronger side. But with uni-lateral movement we can address each side more thoroughly. The last transmission was about wishing people well. One hundred and one faces of people I had known flickered before my eyes. Friends, acquaintances, enemies. I felt the strong sense to wish them all well. Not just in mere words, but to really mean it from the heart, to really want them to be happy. This was especially true for my enemies and haters. Rather than seeing them as adversaries, I saw them as fellow human beings. We are all cut from the same cloth. I could see the root cause of their contempt. It came from a wounded place, an internal battle zone of limiting beliefs about themselves and the world. When people don’t like you, it’s because you’re expressing what they are suppressing. When some people see my love and light, my ambition for growth, it reflects to them where they are blocked. Sometimes others don’t like you because your spirit irritates their demons. I have known this for a while, but rather than seeing them as demons I now saw them as fellow human beings afflicted by challenge. I felt pure compassion for them, and wished them well from the heart. It was quite the journey. Not all rainbows and butterflies, many moments felt more like being caught in a murky riptide. Yet it was worth it for all the gems I walked away with. That’s what I love about this kind of voyage. It’s not purely pleasant, but for an earnest explorer of growth and healing, it’s a locomotive worth jumping on every once in a while.