Tactics Without Strategy!

Sun Tsu pointed out that "Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat." The utter folly of entering a war without a plan to end it, is self-evident; particularly when we notice our tendency to swat at petty criticisms, and chew on overcooked and unresolved details. Sound familiar?!

13 Responses to “Tactics Without Strategy!”

  1. on 15 Aug 2018 at 8:28 pm Deb

    I feel like this applies to the road trip I took in July and early August. The conflict is inside myself – to go or not go on the trip at all, anxiety and adrenaline related to bridges and drop offs by mountainous roads, and simultaneously having the need to keep going anyway, and whether to follow through with this move or not. I guess it’s between my limited perspective mind (fear based) vs love based, expanded and connected true nature. There’s a part of me that wants to keep everything the same no matter the cost to me and my life. ALL it wants is (perceived) control, familiarity, low risk. I think it’s freaking out as I expand more. But no matter how much my hands were shaking or how hard my heart was beating on roads I experienced as really scary for a variety of reasons, I kept going. I danced with that energy, talked to it, told it to have a seat, hugged it, opened to it, or had it run along outside the car when it got super annoying. It’s disappointing to me that part of me seems to have turned into a real fraidy cat, but as I drove, the part that was sure, clear and expanded gained confidence and sometimes I forgot to be scared.

  2. on 15 Aug 2018 at 1:02 pm Russ

    “the powerful urge to compare the content of this moment with another is simply nonsensical” – And with that, consciousness is free to emerge into the present. Very powerful and very helpful. Thank you Keshav, you nailed it!

  3. on 14 Aug 2018 at 7:27 pm Betty

    My thoughts have lately been alternating between the past, what I had and lost, and the future, where will I live, where will I work. And in the now, there is a dis-ease. And then the question of what to do about that. Reading Keshav’s posts, and hearing Cherise tell of just letting go and the relief it brings, (and as often seems to happen, when we let go it seems to free up the universe to do its thing) I know that I have to surrender to what is, even the feeling of not being well, and just let go of trying to control how things are or how they will be.

    Water out of balance for sure, the need to know. And fear of the unknown. There is this knowing that until I let go, I am standing in the way of some greater plan than I might concoct, and that when the time is right all will be revealed. And from the place of non-resistance, all is well, all will always be well. I ask you all to please send energetic support so that I will end this (imaginary) war and let peace break out.

  4. on 14 Aug 2018 at 6:23 am ceejaypea

    Indeed, Keshav, one great “they say” remark says ‘We learn from the past’. Another says ‘History repeats itself’. We live in the results of using these kinds of thinking, and see what happens when we ‘live by the past’. The distancing assures that nothing useful happens. Other than greed (one enormous motivator), what is the reticence against awareness? What might presence lead to that is so daunting? Namaste.

  5. on 12 Aug 2018 at 7:28 pm Keshav Howe

    How can we end any war, of any making, without being fully present with the subtle and eternal nature of life?! We all know that the most common escape tactic is to compare this moment with another. Time and Distance are the weapons of choice.

  6. on 11 Aug 2018 at 7:40 am ceejaypea

    Thank you, Betty – we are on exactly the same page. Namaste.

  7. on 10 Aug 2018 at 8:44 am Betty

    Thanks, Carol. My observation is that acceptance of what is goes hand-in-hand with presence which then gives me the clarity with which to proceed. And empathy, is listening without a personal, separate self getting involved to compete with the imagined other, discovering that they are one with us. Even with those that do things that we abhor, it is possible to feel empathy and recognize that, in spirit, we are one with them. To see it any other way is to be in separation.

  8. on 10 Aug 2018 at 5:23 am ceejaypea

    Relevant to the question of strategy vs tactics, the musical group The Monkees had a song called ‘Zor and Zam’ – They gave a war and nobody came. Namaste.

  9. on 10 Aug 2018 at 5:18 am ceejaypea

    The primary strategy of life for me has come to be acceptance and empathy. As a result I take in more of what is going on, without judgement or censure, and am increasingly able to put’ myself’ in the place of others. This helps me to know that I am others and then everything looks so different. Namaste.

  10. on 08 Aug 2018 at 8:32 am sasanijjs

    I find that not resisting resistance has been a huge help in letting go of the misunderstood battle with mind. It is easy to let go when there is no punch to follow. That resistance is always a reminder to not take thoughts and reactions seriously. To watch through the eyes of awareness instead the eyes of a separate sense of self is such a major shift in attention. Presence is incredibly fluid and loving whereas left or right becomes too painful. I have noticed a shift in the way my eyes feel when I am locked into presence. It is the same feeling as the magic eye book.

  11. on 04 Aug 2018 at 12:16 am Keshav Howe

    Terrific insight. Yes, Diane. Then our actions are in alignment with the innate and harmonious nature of Self. All "mistakes" are seen as simple wake up calls or necessary course corrections. An ease of being accompanies the tactic to consciously allow those opportunities to reveal themselves. Doubt and disappointment fall away into irrelevancy. No more windmills to battle. So very simple. 

    That graceful shift in strategy allows us to directly experience the ways that we "unenlighten" ourselves. A clear path forward is self-evident when we commit to enjoy every step along the way.

  12. on 03 Aug 2018 at 10:57 pm Betty

    So, fast forward to the part where we realize the war is imaginary and irrelevant when we finally open to awareness?

  13. on 02 Aug 2018 at 7:40 am Diane

    For me the strategy to end the war within is to continually re-frame challenges into opportunities to expand the framework of my perception. I will meet Doubt with a look at what is underneath to bring me back to presence. The strategy is to open me up more and more to truth which is love and freedom.

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