Be, Do, Have

That noted philosopher L. R. Hubbard described a hierarchy of activity called “Be, Do, Have” that was purported to be the secret to life, or one of the secrets, or something. As he explains it, to Have some prize, or satisfying result, or what have you, you first had to Do. And to Do, you had to Be.

I was watching Frank Langella being interviewed by Charlie Rose. He gave deep and compelling answers, and it took me a half hour to understand his viewpoint. Both he and Charlie we talking about Doing from an exalted viewpoint, where the Having of success came from Doing one’s own authentic Being. But Frank was speaking as an Enneagram 4/5 who set out to discover his own being over a lifetime (he is 76 now) and feels like he has homed in on the Path and has made great strides.

Charlie had a similar conversation with two other great actors together on his program, Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McClellan, and as I listened to Frank I ached to have had Sir Patrick there with him, as I could see so clearly that Frank had much to say to his inner self.

I have made what I consider improvement, but integration of Being, in personality (the context here) has eluded me. When Charlie and Frank were exulting about the satisfaction they got from their Doing I was completely unmoved; I don’t know that world at all, the world of work, careers,  praise, esteem, success, attainment.

What do you do in that case? The only way to self is to get out of God’s way, to be His adjuvant, viceroy, servant, friend. The irony is that that may be the only permanent development, submission, that can be taken with you from life on Earth. I can only hope.

Abstraction and the Platonic Universe

A.H. Almaas mentions that each approach to the Truth traverses a path through a different universe, so to speak. The body of knowledge and experiences that take place during your particular Journey Without Distance depends on you, the set and setting of your life, and the means and modes used on your path. This body of interaction he calls the Logos, after the Greek concept. For example, communion with Mary may be a part of the Roman Catholic Logos, while this might happen less often to a Lutheran Protestant.

But regardless of the onramp to the Truth, one of the abilities that can develop quickly in a dervish is perception of the world of form and meaning that sits next to our own. This world is either nonmaterial or is “subtle matter”, as it is sometimes called. It is known as the “Platonic universe” from its mention in Plato’s books. It does actually exist, but its relationship to our world is that it is separated by what we call abstraction, which means that it occupies a sort of “higher ground” ontologically. That is, elements and entities and forms in the Platonic universe are “senior” to what we see around us, because all we perceive is a sort of shadow of these forms, which could not exist for us without their “grounding” in this abstract dimension.