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Fringe Knowledge Web

Fringe Knowledge Web

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As you continue your research, there is only so much you can learn
about the rampant corruption, injustice, and exploitation in this
world before you start itching to “do something” about these prob-
lems. Perhaps you get frustrated that more people aren’t seeing the
truth, or that those who do are not taking more action. All this
reading, networking, and talking may seem like an ineffective use
of time when the world appears to be burning down before our
eyes and action is needed now.

It is this impatient attitude that leads to energy wasted in frus-
tration, haste, and self-sabotage. Be wise and remember that
preparation and timing are keys to effective action, and that timing
is decided by factors not always under your control. Acting prema-
turely misses the mark just as much as procrastination.

When energy is not being released, it must be accumulated.
When time is not ripe for action, make preparations for more
effective action. Reading, learning, sharing, discussing, building,
networking, practicing—these are all ways of accumulating the
necessary energy for later release, of setting in place the tools,

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skills, and infrastructure needed to make the best of what oppor-
tunities come.

Opportunities are like open doors. Forcing your way through a
closed and locked door is unnecessary. Notice how the most unre-
warding endeavors in life are pursued despite internal and external
resistance, despite reluctance, nagging intuition, warning signs, and
things simply not working out smoothly. Tese paths are riddled
with obstacles that increase distress and make for wasted effort.

Good opportunities open as you stand before them, requiring
only that you walk through the door. Notice how the most fulfill-
ing endeavors come with internal and external assistance,
accompanied by genuine enthusiasm and things naturally falling
into place. Any challenges found on such paths serve to add ex-
citement and transform effort into success. When the best
opportunities manifest, you will have neither doubt nor hesitation
in acting on them.

As always, there are two risks to avoid here. Te first is letting
impatience, wishful thinking, or dishonest motivation override
your intuition and better judgment. Tis leads to picking the
wrong door or perhaps prematurely forcing your way through the
right door. Te second risk is in waiting passively for a good op-
portunity to spring you out of chronic complacency. Let’s examine
this second risk more closely.

It is true that when one is on the right path, everything falls into
place naturally. But some take this as an excuse for complacency,
thinking that since all manifests at its proper time all they need to
do is sit and wait. What they forget is that being on the right path
is meaningless if one doesn’t move along it. Like a road with exits,
the right exit will come at its proper time, but parking and waiting
for that exit to arrive is a contradiction.

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It is in taking a previous opportunity to its conclusion that the
next one manifests, but people already stuck in a rut are starting
with zero momentum and must therefore jump start the process
by doing something out of their own volition. It is as simple shift-
ing focus toward something interesting or exciting and going for
it.

To summarize, preparation and action are equally important,
each having its proper time as determined by circumstance. Te
time for action is when your readiness and enthusiasm meet with
opportunity. If you encounter obstacles instead of challenges, then
double check the sincerity of your motivation, examine the sound-
ness of your methods, and check whether conditions are currently
ripe to receive your efforts. Lack of progress stems from using
force to surmount obstacles or passively waiting for opportunity to
arrive. When fear of inadequacy keeps one from taking action,
remember that time spent complaining could be better put toward
becoming prepared. And lastly, know that all falls into place most
elegantly when one stays busy enough with some positive endeavor
to keep from anticipating the next.

We are ultimately concerned with actions that enlighten and
empower others by presenting them a more truthful alternative.
For help to have any effect, the recipients must first become aware
of the choice, make the choice, then have what it takes to follow
through. It is easy to see that today’s ignorance and suffering origi-
nate with people either not being aware of the choice, being aware
but not choosing it, or choosing it but not having the fortitude or
discipline to put to work.

Tis then determines what is our responsibility and what is
theirs. Our responsibility is to enlighten and empower; theirs is to
choose and implement. To enlighten means to clearly present the
choice; to empower means to equip those who have chosen. While

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we may advise them, we cannot force them; while we may support
them, we cannot carry their weight.

Ignoring these distinctions leads to wasted energy or dysfunc-
tional dynamics. Consider preachers or quixotic activists who
attempt to impose their views on others who have already chosen
otherwise, or gurus who create an unhealthy state of dependence
by carrying the weight of their followers. To avoid these errant
ways, you must know when to inform, when to assist, and when to
back off. All this comes with experience if you learn from the re-
sults.

Stated simply, the greater your internal enthusiasm and readi-
ness is met by external necessity and opportunity, the more likely
you are acting in harmony with your higher self. Te signature of
such a moment:

“Tis must be done, I have no doubt this is the right thing to
do, and I happen to be in a position to do it. My motivation
comes from the heart and I am willing to answer its call.”

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