i am working to deepen my praxis, an endless loop of practice-theory-reflection. meditate-cultivate-motivate. collaborate-educate-evaluate. i am transitioning away from ways of knowing that no longer moving me forward in the development of self. In lessons from my comm(unity) ‘bless and release’, move from an old shore to new. i am transforming my reality. shifting my paradigm. i overstand anew. these are the eyes i am trying to see the world through, ‘look at things without any opinion otherwise you’ll never look at reality. look at things without any philosophy, without any prejudice, without any dogma, creed or scripture.just look, without arroganceAnd see the cause of ignorance, and overstand‘ i want to really see. to no longer participate in willing blindness. to move forward with an open heart, vulnerable skin, and purpose.

i have listened to this track an embarrassing number of times today. once at the gym while lifting. once while writing a note to someone who i love dearly. twice while writing this and starting to write about ethics for my ‘research proposal'(will most likely post this writing today or tomorrow, still trying to clean up my thoughts into something coherent)

*apologies. i am not that savvy. technology frustrates me. could not figure out how to embed from rapgenius.com for lyrics. bad at transcribing. copied from rapgenius. if you want to annotate and engage with these lyrics on rapgenuis do it….here![Hook]
Are we addicted to the struggle or committed to success?
Are we focused on the positive or holdin’ onto stress?
Not sayin’ thing’s perfect but in many ways I’m blessed
Learnin’ how to take the negative and flip for the best
Everyday bring challenge, every challenge is a chance to advance
The power is right in our own hands
From a youth full of rage, to a wise grown man
Here I am, life is beautiful now, I overstand
[Verse I]
I’m lookin’ forward through my rear view mirror in hindsight
Gotta be more than just a G if you keepin’ your mind right
Better be ready for the battle or focused on my fight
I ain’t sittin’ on no sidelines watchin’ them highlights
I’ma be in the game playin’ to win but learnin’ from setbacks
Strengthen my weaknesses and masterin’ what I’m best at
Power of refinement until you get right and exact
It’s all in your mind, but that depends on where your head’s at
Life is a chess match and lessons come from your mistakes
Try not to end up in checkmate no matter whatever it takes
Long as you’re breathin’ then you can be problem solvin’
Stayin’ involved, evolved, world keeps revolvin’
For the cause be all you can from the mornin’ to the sunset
You never have no regrets
Took the journey to the edge of your fate and then lept
Not just understandin’ but overstandin’ is the objective
{keep it open, in perspective}
Just let me be what I am
Take my destiny in my hands
By my actions you can judge where I stand
And I hope one day you’ll overstand
[Verse II]
Change come from the inside out
No fear, live free, let the truth ride out
I’m steady, shakin’ off the shackles of the old me
Wakin’ up daily, meditation, feelin’ so free
They hate to see you change {yeah}
But they don’t understand {no}
Unless you see for yourself, then you won’t comprehend
The caterpillar don’t care what you think about him
He was born to be fly, his nature gonna bring it outta him
By the struggle I was never broken, I was broken open
I tapped into a source that was omnipotent
Had to shift my focus to my higher purpose
Ain’t nothing weak about broke, it takes a fighter’s courage
People say they want a revolution
But steady holdin’ on the slave ideas, afraid of evolution
In life we live and learn, it’s practice, theory, practice
Wisdom is organically grown, its not pre-packaged
{it’s forward baby, never backwards}
[Refrain x1]
[Verse III]
We think we found the absolute truth
But only to discover it’s a labyrinth, we go from one maze into another
So many chambers and angles, peelin’ the onion layers
Within it all I see the same gang, just different players
So I rebel from the prison cell of the pigeon hole
And dare to be myself, original
A man lives on principles –I don’t posture to be popular
Born to be a leader not just a blind follower
[Verse IV]
It’s family before the dollar, your priorities in order
And like Bruce Lee say: “Be the water, be the earth, be the wind and the fire.”
Elevate, take it higher
It’s instinct, fulfill your needs and your desires
But we go to be compassionate, considerate, the people’s advocate
Eradicatin’ ignorance through experience
The more you live, the more you learn and you grow
It has a positive effect on all the people you know
{it’s motivation}
I hope that you will overstand [x2]
{look at things without any opinion
Otherwise you’ll never look at reality
Look at things without any philosophy, without any prejudice, without any dogma, creed or scripture
Just look, without arrogance
And see the cause of ignorance, and overstand}

{Change is necessary to evolution
The universe contains incredible diversity
And you cannot experience it all within the confines of one comfortable lifestyle
Look ahead to what you will think of your life at it’s end
You will probably not want to look back and say it was cozy and dull
Thus, react positively to what seems to be disaster
Remember that what seems now to be disaster may be an important step toward evolution
And may even be identifiable as such at some point in the future
Every great loss takes you out of a rut and starts life anew
Be grateful for the time you had and your former happy state
And look forward eagerly to the new phase
Information age.}




3 thoughts on “overstand.

  1. Thank you for introducing me to this amazing song! Very beautiful and wise indeed!!
    Your reflections resonate. I wish for this unadulterated, direct knowing that I think you are talking about. Even our own words and thinking get in the way. I’ve tried to live several hours of a day without forming a word or sentence in my head, but for me it was very challenging. I was hiking for most of it, then sitting in a room at Gethsemani. Perhaps you’ve experimented with this?
    My other thought, also while listening to the song, was about a Recipe for Surviving and Thriving that I may want to try to write with my brother David up in Minnesota. This is a brand new idea, but I did outline a general framework. I’m wondering whether it might be useful in my work with the Presbyterian Church USA, with folks who are fed up with Empire, and are looking for ways out or around…
    It is so fresh that I hesitate to paste it here (didn’t even self-edit yet!) – and note that the bullet points are just illustrate the kinds of things that might go in a section – and are just the tip of a future iceberg…
    Any thoughts are welcome. ANY! 🙂

    Outline with a Little Flesh on the Bones (for illustration purposes only at this point)
    1) Personal spiritual shift toward increasing freedom, passion, purpose, non-attachment, courage, and unconditional love & corresponding lifestyle changes and social engagement
    • Describe the critical flaws in our current, dominant mindset and approach to reality.
    • Highlight some examples that point in the right direction
    • Summarize the needed mindset and approach for surviving and thriving.

    2) Social, cultural, economic & institutional relationships at
    a. Local
    • Present living examples of place-based, self-reliant, interdependent local socio-economic systems using framework of spiritual, environmental and social (economic and cultural) practices and relationships
    b. State
    • Present living examples of food sovereign, equitable, coordinated, self-reliant, interdependent state/provincial socio-economic systems using same framework
    c. National and
    • Present living examples of food sovereign, equitable, coordinated, self-reliant, interdependent state/provincial socio-economic systems using same framework
    d. International levels
    • Present some attempts and current efforts, and more realized vision

    3) Recipe for surviving and thriving: Springboard for the Great Turning
    a. Spiritual practices & relationships
    • Meditation, dream work & other inner work such as family constellation, shadow work, etc.
    • Reading/listening to/studying from various wisdom traditions, such as Taoism, Buddhism, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and so on;
    • Individual and group counseling; other therapies
    • Awareness without a center located in the self
    • Learning non-attachment to lower ego and material trappings of Empire

    • Sensing the Divine/God within
    • Feeling other people through deep listening and empathic journeying
    • Knowing you are the other
    • Unconditional love and caring regard for self and all

    b. Nature practices & relationships
    • Developing survival skills: e.g. carrying ones water and food; building basic shelters; dismantling and rebuilding things, etc. i.e. learning how not to depend on the comforts and conveniences of Empire
    • Learning from other beings: micro-organisms, plants, animals
    • Learning from other peoples: e.g. growing food in hotter, drier land from desert dwellers

    • Entering the other in nature – earth, water, air, wood, plants, animals
    • Knowing you are the other
    • Treating nature as you want to be treated with unconditional love and caring regard

    c. Social practices & relationships (includes human relationships, culture, institutions and economies)
    • Human Relations: e.g. developing neighborhood and village policies
    • E.g. Eating with and living with people with various difference and challenges

    • World Parliament made up of democratically-elected representatives from each country
    • Fair Trade rules and practices aimed at wellness and mutual prosperity, with disputes taken up by representative committee of World Parliament

    And let me know if you’d like to do some writing for this! Or you could be our Devil’s Advocate and tear stuff up!
    Best, andrew

    • Andrew,
      i would be honored to help with some of this writing. i hope less to play devil’s advocate and more to provide perspective was not thought of before. i am going to take a few days to sit with everything, and will send you some reflections/initial thoughts.

      speak soon

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