Book of Face: Chapter 13, Verses 1-13
Getting Back to Where I Once Belonged
I think I lost my way a little, out there on the road.
I lost the perspective, I forgot the reason I endeavoured on this enterprise.
I lost the Way.
And so I’ve decide to bring it back, back to where I started from. Back to where I once belonged.
Let’s get back on track.
13 is 1
Chapter thirteen is about going back to the beginning, back to the start.
13 is 1
This isn’t just random (is there such a thing?).
I believe (is ‘know’ too strong a word?) that the world (existence) operates in cycles.
The Earth goes round’ the Sun, the hands go round the clock, plants bloom in the spring, lay dormant in the winter and bloom again next year. Trees grow, drop seeds, they fall over, and new ones take thier place. We are born, we live, we have children, we grow old and die, and our children inherit the Earth.
Round and round it goes,
Where it stops, nobody knows.
(Does it stop?)
Everything moves in cycles.
And I believe that those cycles follow a pattern. *
1 is the beginning,
12 is the completion,
and 13 is 1,
the new beginning,
the first number in a new cycle.
13 is 1
But ‘oh dear’ you may say. ‘What an unlucky number to start on.’
Everyone knows that 13 is bad luck.
Well I don’t believe that.
In fact I feel that 13 is a great number (one of my favourites).
But why does it have such a bad wrap?
Well if 13 is the new beginning, then it is the number of change.
And change is good.
Well for some.
For others, change is bad, very very bad, and must be stopped at all costs.
Status quo, that’s what we like.
Good old reliable status quo.
It lets us know where we are, where we stand, how things work, how society functions, and how we fit into the giant machine of humanity.
No change, not for me, no way.
And that is why thirteen is bad luck.
Change is bad. Stay away from that.
The powers that be, and the powers that were, don’t want change, they might not be sitting on the top when the whole thing gets shaken up.
Stay away from thirteen.
The thing is, change is not easy.
It tumultuous, filled with difficulties, requiring new ways of operating.
The change around us, requires a change within us.
And that is a frightening prospect to many.
We like things the way they are, it’s comfortable to play the record on repeat.
It’s a whole other thing to smash your record player and pick up a banjo.
And that is why we fear thirteen.
We resist change out of fear.
A fear of the unknown. Of what’s to come, when we don’t know what’s coming.
Fear – you strike again!
As you may (or may not) be aware, I take issue with fear.
It’s not healthy.
Caution is alright. It means we’re aware of potential risks and act to mitigate them. It means we wear our helmets while riding our bikes, not that we’re too afraid to ride.
Alarm is alright. It means we’re reacting quickly to new stimuli, a situation that requires immediate action to protect ourselves. It doesn’t mean we wrap ourselves in bubble wrap and Kevlar to be safe all the time.
Concern is alright. It means we care for the well being of others. It doesn’t mean we exist in a manic state of worry.
Fear is otherwise.
Fear is the mindkiller. Fear is the tiny death that brings total oblivion.
Fear is what holds us back.
Fear is what prevents us from being bold.
Fear is what keeps us from embracing change.
And change is what we are.
Every moment of everyday is change.
We have the potential of being part of that change.
Or we can attempt to resist it.
But resistance is futile.
At least in this respect.
We are change.
We are quadrupeds stood upright.
We were homo erectus, and we have become homo sapiens.
What will we become?
We are change.
We must not fear it.
We must not stand against it.
We must embrace it.
For thirteen is the new one.
Back to the beginning.
So this is chapter thirteen,
which is much like chapter one,
but not quite the same.
The cycles seem circular,
but that’s just how they appear.
We don’t come back to old beginnings,
we come around to a new beginning.
A spiral. *
Similar but not quite the same.
We come back to old ways, in new places.
New ways in old places.
Similar, but not quite the same.
We move forward to a new beginning.
A new one.
He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
― John Lennon
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett
* You may be left wondering why or how I have come to the conclusion of a spiral nature to existence, and the 12 part cycle.
Well fear not, these questions will be tackled in greater depth in Chapter 13.