Tar-Baby: ‘Dying To Myself’

I am happy to die as long as I can be alive to watch myself doing it.


A fatal loop must trip up the pilgrim who seriously wants to end it all.

Unless you are working your way back along the Self-Negating Expression, unwinding the full Self-Loop, knowingly rounding the Circle, this ‘Dying To Myself’ can become an extremely tricky business.

Drawing by E.W. Kemble from: 'The Tar-Baby', by Joel Chandler Harris, 1904

Trying to negate myself is like taking on Uncle Remus’ ‘Tar-Baby’. The harder I try to negate myself the firmer I reinforce myself as Me.

Any attempt to nullify the ‘I’ using the ‘I’, befuddles, stupefies and ultimately immobilizes the ‘I’. [A state taken by the devout as further confirmation of divine oversight.]

You don’t have to ‘Die to Yourself’. There simply is no ‘Independent and Separated ‘Self” there to die to.

And by the time you see that, you would have died to yourself many times over. Much more than any routine ‘Dying to Yourself’. Not to worry.

Shūnyam, the construct of the Self-Negating Expression, is expressly designed to get you out of this fix. Without it as a guiding-rail, you will spin interminably in self-referential loops.