The Seven Bars Of The Soul Lesson Five: The Second Bar

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Zen Voodism,

Can you believe it's lesson five already? How does the time pass? I'm aware that that question is usually a statement, but times are a changing.

As promised, this lesson we're going to focus on the second bar of the soul, or bar number two. Before we get into what we're gonna go on about, let's take a moment to get retrospective about what we already know about the Second Bar:

Bar Two Or The Second Bar Of The Soul 

The second bar is located a few inches above the first one, right below the belly button and it provides a stark contrast to the first bar. This place is all about the good times- in fact, we're going to call it "Goods Times Cafe". The lights are low, the joint is clean. The regulars are always laughing. There's no shortage of live music, happy hours, or free food. This is the place to go if you're looking for a body to rub up on or some chemical contraband or just want to dance and laugh the night away.

The bartenders are solely concerned with your pleasure. They'll make sure you find what you're looking for, no matter what that is.

Associated Booze: Your favorite drink.

Color: Orange

Alchemical Phase: Dissolution

Now that we've had our retrospect, let's get on to our protospect and get down to brass tacks. The First Bar is concerned with survival. Reproductive sex, shelter, food, and water (but not booze), not so much at the second bar. The Second Bar is all about pleasure. It's about what makes you happy. Whatever that is. Could be anything. It's up to you to know what makes you happy, not me.

As you might see, the First and Second Bars from a pair: survival and enjoyment. It's a shift from eating whatever is around to eating what you like. It's about sex as a physically satisfying and potentially spiritually rapturous experience as opposed to just doing it to make sure there are more babies being born than there are people being eaten by wolves.

Those, I'm sure you are capable of deducing, are two different ways to approach the ugly bumping.

Last lesson we introduced the concept of being sober as an important of your booze wizard education. I did this to establish within your mental mind the concept of duality. It's a good and fine thing to see each of the Bars Of The Soul in insolation, but it is a beauty to behold them spinning in harmony with each other. A person can't begin to understand harmony by isolating things, they got to mix 'em together.

When the First Bar within you is doing well and fine, the Second Bar can open for business. That is to say, after the survival needs are met one can move on to enjoying (and fermenting) the fruits of their labor, it's time to enjoy them.

One of the best ways to find out what you enjoy is to get as drunk as possible on your favorite booze and pay attention to what you wish you were and what you wish you had and what you wish was different in your life. That part is simple and fun- just like the Second Bar. All you need to do is get a load on and reflect upon the happiest moments of your life. Be sure to take notes.

The hard part comes the next day when you read your list of things which would bring you happiness and then begin the pondering process in order to determine why you don't have those things.

It's a Duality, isn't it?

Next time, we'll take a look at the Third Bar Of The Soul, which is all about your sense of self or you do you think you are?

Yours In Zen Voodism,
B.F. Smith
Alchemist Of The Blues

B. F. Smith (photo unavailable), also known as "The Alchemist of the Blues", is a time-traveling Bluesman/Alchemist and founder of "Zen Boozism- The Path of the Booze Wizard." When he's not investigating chrono-anomalies or having the blues, he runs a mail order mystery school which mails out mysteries to those enrolled and then schools them.