Brothers and Sisters In Zen Boozism,
Welcome to Lesson Seven of The Seven Bars Of The Soul Course. This lesson will focus on the Fourth Bar Of The Soul, which is all about emotions and feelings. It’s easy to get carried away with emotions and feelings, especially if you go throwing booze on top of them. So, try to use some caution in these parts of yourself or you might wind up making a bigger mess than you reasonably expected to. There’s no avoiding making a mess when you embark on haphazard booze-fueled journeys of self-discovery, it’s just a matter of how big it is and how much damage it causes.
We’re mentioning messes here in the Fourth Bar because that’s where they’re most likely to happen, emotions and feelings being the most volatile parts of ourselves are almost bound to go exploding after being poked and prodded with the stick of self-illumination. It’s just common knowledge.
As is our way, let’s start this lesson off by re-hashing what we already know about the Fourth Bar Of The Soul:
The Forth Bar Of The Soul (A Re-Hashing)
This bar is located by the heart, which is usually in the chest. We’re going to call it “The Lunar Lounge”. Those who frequent this bar tend to be lovebirds or lonely poets. There’s a fair amount of wailing and emotional outbursting from former lovebirds/ brand new poets. Here is where the happy and the lost gather, in almost equal numbers, to bask in their good fortunes or lament their losses. The ambiance is romantic (or maudlin, depending) with soft lighting, quiet slow music, and lots of private booths for kissin’ and/or crying.
The bartenders will match your current emotional state with the perfect drink every time. They don’t mind most of what goes on in here, but they do have their lines, so be mindful not only of what you say but how you say it.
Associated Booze: Anything with more than 4 ingredients, champagne, and wine.
Alchemical Phase: Conjunction
What To Do While You’re There
When visiting the Forth Bar it’s a good idea to keep in mind that everyone here is not thinking, they are just feeling. Thoughts and feelings should get along together just fine, but as we all know, this is often not the case. The whole point of going through the process of Alchemical Transformation is to get your thoughts and feelings to work together, almost as one thing. This union of thought and feeling- mind and heart- is the goal of all metaphysical work and is often referred to by the available literature as “The intelligence of the heart”. Booze Wizards just call it “Being Cool”.
The First bar focuses on meeting basic survival needs while the Second deals with wants and enjoyments. In the third bar, we were concerned with who and what we are. That’s heady stuff. Now, in the Fourth Bar, we’re asking ourselves how we feel about all that.
In the Lunar Lounge, as we call it, you’ll be jobbed with the task of sorting through and objectively accessing your emotions and feelings. Are they in balance? Are they based in reality or do they come from the long-gone past? How does the condition of your other inner bars make you feel? It’s recommended that you go ahead and find out for yourself.
Entering the Fourth Bar is pretty easy. Booze of all kinds is a natural emotion enhancer. This makes finding out how you really feel about something as simple as putting a load on and taking note of your emotional state.
Normally, the Booze Wizard works alone, but this time you might want to take a friend along. Why not try grabbing a friend, putting on a load and going through the earlier bars, with an eye on how you feel. The friend is needed for this experiment because booze is only half the equation. The rest of the power needed to blast out of our normal minds and into the mystic headspace of the Booze Wizard is provided by conversation- not just any conversion but rather drunk talk. The most ridiculous and magical of all the talks.
As you fill yourself with your inner illuminator of choice and discuss the current state of affairs with your friend, be sure to keep a notebook around to record your observations.
As always, repeat the process sober. Only you need to be sober. The friend can be in any headspace they prefer.
Feelings and emotions are powerful things. Great sources of power, power that can be used to make the life we want for ourselves just as easily as it can keep us locked up with fear. There’s a need for caution here, and there always will be. Our emotions tend to make up a large part of our personality and mucking about in them is going to cause you to question all manner of things that were assumed to be fact. That’s a good thing, but it can be destabilizing if you aren’t ready for it.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about the Lunar Lounge. Have fun exploring yourself and I’ll talk to you next month.
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.