ToTM #88 The Medicine Ball Talk
David Franco asks a birthday question on how to surrender. He reaps the benefit of an extended answer regarding wrong struggles, working in the face of indifference, the significance of emotional states, work will and discipline, identifying the waking state. The crucial formulation presented is the paradigm of the Work (a modern myth or parable) as a circle of 30 people in a sealed chamber taking turns holding a medicine ball- -filled with 150 pounds of nitroglycerine. What happens when you can't hold the ball any longer, your turn is over- -but the other 29 people are all asleep? Mr. Gold also presents the short form version of the Work: "Get it?" "Got it. " "Good!"