Endings – The End of The World Help Desk

Life, Society

seer and sage


Here again at the end of the world help desk to advise those who meander this far out.

Today’s Topic: Shopping.

I have a personal series of questions I ask myself whenever I buy something. After my divorce in 2001, I needed to rethink how to live my life more simply.

Casey’s End of the World Shopping Rules.

When I buy something, I ask myself:

  1. Will I want this thing at the end of the world?
  2. Will this thing be helpful at the end of the world?
  3. Will this thing last till to that point of the end of the world happening?
  4. Would this fit into a small car as I drive away from the end of the world?
  5. Would this thing work/be practical at the end of the world? If not, what is required to make it so?
  6. Is this thing helping the world come to the end of the world? (Otherwise: Can I find alternatives that are not as hard on the world)

I don’t think the world is ending. These are very practical questions to help you minimize and have a better life. I ask these questions since I don’t want to waste money on something I don’t need, won’t last, nor serve me as times change.

Question #6 is a hard test. In a consumer society, most things are being produced in a manner that creates bigger problems. It’s worth taking time to understand how your products are produced and the impacts of each product you live against. In the modern consumer society, we quickly get out of touch with the world, because we don’t understand the footprint of the products we buy.

Also, there are different styles of the end of the world events. How the end of the world is about to happen, changes the answers a little. I don’t like zombie or nukes or aliens invasions So I prefer a more end of society version where things go quiet for a little while: A Quiet Earth version you might say.


Endings are beginnings.

So for me, the end of the world means how do I want to start living in a new world. I have been building and exploring a new world every day since May 2001, and so many new worlds have presented themselves to me since then.

I think it’s possible to take the end times fire and transfer that fire to our actions to drive a dynamic life. Once we simplify our life, reduce down the consumption that burns us out, we then have more time to be creative, play, and live.

Turn it all around to discover the fire in your soul.

Additional Tests

There are many additional good tests you can add on to help you live in a better way.

Igor’s Rule of Speed

  • Only buy shoes you can run in, just in case you need to flee from something at the end of the world.

Please post any that you use in the comments below.

Personal Closings

Within time, I shall fade away
closing eyes merging so
Within time, I shall fly away
closing eyes to softly go
Within time, I shall be free
closing myself; tasting fiery darkness
Within time, everything clears
closing eyes slowly opening
Within time: beginning to ending
opening senses enfold completeness
Within time, I shall be newly born
opening myself, revealing me
Within myself, becoming eternal
{ merging softly to darkness}
opening completely
revealing me

This is an intensely personal poem of self-reflection. This page is a personal ending purely for me :), coming to closure with my Personal Tao.

For me, the poem corresponds to events in my life: fading with depression, watching damselflies, catching fireflies, discovering personal awareness, flowing with personal acceptance, awakening in renewal, and a final surrendering to my nature. The poem combines with the following story:

As a child, I would close my eyes.
Discovering a place of no thought, no action, no feeling.
Into the empty place of completeness and nothingness.
Revealing the Tao.
As an adult, I close my eyes.
Having the sun enwrap me in a breeze of peace.
Life across time: of all moments, which touch upon me.
Touching upon a larger eternal nature
Discovering the freedom to be what I am.
I can merge this into a vocalization of feelings:

Acceptance mixing with wonder.

Of understanding my Personal Tao.

To be alive touches upon the creation of my swirling path.



Writing the book’s first ending, Closings, was a major, life-changing moment: I had finally managed to grasp a Personal Tao. After finishing it, I had others review the work. One friend cried upon reading it, while another read the last section and crossed it out. The range of responses surprised me but illustrates how personal the Tao is for each of us.

This book has been a guide, opening paths of discovery into the empty space of living. I have gone as far as I can, literally to the edge of my pattern. A Personal Tao continues within the journals of your life; as a time of exploration, action, and freedom. Beyond this is a realm of revelations: the uncovering of secrets to fill your empty space. This becomes a work we all contribute towards. Each person is testing the world, jotting down notes to consider, taking the time to be alive: discovering a Personal Tao.

Over time I will post closings from others upon the Personal Tao web site.

I sincerely hope this book is of some assistance to you, as it has been for me.

A gentle bow
Peace on your journey.

Endings are beginnings.

The book hasn’t ended; the original Personal Tao book had a little over a hundred pages, the revised book extended through the web site now clocks in with 2000 written pages of material spread across 300 web pages! The book is now multimedia with videos, online retreats, audios and physical classes.

Enjoy life, dance, and take a slightly larger viewpoint on your projects to see how you can expand them to be more than your expectations. I know this has been the case for A Personal Tao.

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Frank Herbert

“It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
Paulo Coelho

Let’s Look Beyond Endings

So in this closing lets open a beginning. A friend wrote to me:

I’m hoping the new year will be…

Hope seemingly gets entangled in our endings and beginnings. We strive with hope to an ending we envision; we hold hope for an inspiration of a good start ahead. Yet hope alone changes nothing.

There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth… not going all the way, and not starting. -Buddha

Hope shouldn’t be entangled with either the beginning or the ending. The true secret of hope is that it always should then be focused into a next step within the now. A next step to inspire a breath or action to live against rather than to stare towards.

“As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Hope alone changes nothing, as hope itself contains no action. Rather hope is there to inspire action. Without an action to follow hope, a person gets stranded at the end of the last story they came out of… To reach a destination, it takes a start of just the smallest of actions. To set up an action, we use the smallest of pauses to make a difference. A difference is what we seek, so you must plant a seed of action within the pause of now for a difference to occur. Surprisingly, a good deep breath is a great place of pause to work from as it is also an action. Even a breath is enough of an action to start seed, a step ahead into a new and more complete life for yourself.

We make life and solutions to be complicated: since as a person, we can see into the future. We see everything that should be happening and so, all the future sight, often becomes just paralysis. Because it’s impossible to apply all that action we can see happening over years of desires to be within a single moment…

People tend to want all the steps laid out and then be pushed into each step. As if muses were to be called upon to pitchfork us forward to our inspiration. Taoist practice won’t lay out a plan nor push you into a step. Instead, Taoism shows you how to be true to your essence and how to have the strength to step ahead one step at a time into your own future. The Taoist approach isn’t for everyone. But the Taoist approach is pretty simple.

  1. Don’t worry about the details
  2. Take a moment to smile :)
  3. Pause, examine the possibilities, not in futures you desire, but rather within a moment of pause to be yourself. It’s within that pause. That options of steps become visible.
  4. Take the step which most naturally matches to heart / your essence.
  5. Yet never forgetting your breath/focus when needing a break. Since to breathe is to be at one with yourself. Each breath will prime you up to take the next step ahead.
  6. Repeat

I wish for you
An inner peace in any given moment and
A solid edge to always climb against
As you move ahead in your stories.
From start to finish to start again.

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Live life kindly, gracefully, with modesty while embracing a colorful story to enjoy!

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I have my laptop I need for my work, my music and favorite films sat on a hard drive, I have my jeans, some sneakers and T-shirts. And a Ford Mustang to drive away from the end of the world. Other than that I don’t need anything. My wife on the other hand has literally hundreds of pairs of shoes, many never worn. One day I started dumping them all in a big pile in the basement where they remain to this day. Still so many pairs upstairs you frequently can’t open the laundry room door because the stacks of… Read more »

My rule since 2006, the 2box rule. This rule comes from a Canadian friend who’s been evicted from her house and had to stay in her car for a while. She sticked with it. Everything I have fits 2 big moving boxes, (ok, 3 today). This implies to live in furnished flat, of course. But then moving becomes very simple (taxi/train) and life way lighter. New stuff always replace old ones, which are given to charities. Only the essentials.

Hmmm….a Ford Mustang….

Very freeing to picture this ‘end’ for it is really ‘beginning’

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