New Emerging Writers Literary Agency

Chapter 7

Introduction & Interview With Dion
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
And So ... Back To The Future!
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
How Are We Doing?
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Interview With Dion
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14

Open Book, Spinning

The Erotic Adventures Of A Young Girl





There was a lot of talk among the dealers and the senior staff about what the Maoists might do and what would the new Republic be like and will the royal family leave Nepal and what was the Maoists attitude to the Casinos going to be and the Doc said the plastic cup dispenser still hadn’t been replaced and I told Jack I thought too much about everything and he asked me such as what and when I said the Maoists taking over the country and overthrowing the King and the money coming in to Casinos when just ten minutes from here sixty per cent of the population is living below the poverty line and the Doc and his fixation on a broken plastic cup dispenser Jack said instead of trying to change people and things and events which at best can be only local and temporary and cosmetic we should be changing the source of the problem which is our self and if we change our self we change the world and maybe inspire others to change their self and their world and we could have a New World or a Golden Age tomorrow if everyone woke up and resolved not to steal or deceive or hurt anyone and not to cause our self or others any more pain and suffering but the reason why we create the world in the way we do is because it is a reflection of the inner conflict and turmoil and restlessness and fragmentary nature of the mind and the world we believe to be out there is an exact picture of what is wrong with our mind but we should not simply dismiss the world and all that happens even if it is illusionary because without illusion there is no liberation and without pain there is no pleasure and without ignorance there is no knowledge and without sound there is no silence and without this there is no that.It was almost dawn, the skyline a deep orange, as we walked up the hill to the hotel.

            “How much did we win” I asked him, holding his hand, wearing his shawl, and walking up the hill, together, to the hotel.

            “Almost fifteen thousand dollars” he said. 

             I laughed, and put an arm around his waist, as we walked.

            “We’re lucky for each other” I said.

            “Yes” he said “We are”.  


It seemed I had now moved in with Jack; partners, lovers, my Father was funding me to find my own way, and the New Radicals were just a memory, a tune that no longer resonated with me.

           ‘Happy?’ Jack asked.

            I hugged him tighter.

           ‘Very happy’ I said.


Jack said some people have too much past and live with guilt regret anger resentment and bitterness and others have too much future and live with fear and stress and tension and worry and hardly anyone lives in the now but uses it merely as a springboard into an imaginary future or to retreat into memories of the past and live in constant fear and unhappiness and frustrated and alienated from their own real selves and each other and the world and the universe they inhabit but what is hidden or unconscious can be made conscious and brought into the open if the person is honest enough by observing dreams or by observing emotions but the most important is to observe the mind or rather the seemingly endless stream of thoughts passing through the mind and it is this identification with the mind and believing that the mind is who you are that is the root cause of all problems.


This time I managed to get undressed in the bed under the sheet.

            “Not bad” Jack smiled at me “So, what do you want to talk about?’

             I laughed. He had my sense of humor, dry, verging on sarcasm, but not quite, and we made love several times with the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door and missed breakfast then fell asleep in each others’ arms.


I dreamed my dream of love, again; I dreamed my dream of freedom, and I dreamed my dream of joy.


Almost everybody is unconscious and asleep and dreaming they are awake because they are all suffering from the same ailment and thinking has become compulsive and they have forgotten how to stop and they believe this phantom self they have created is who they are but waking up and discovering who you really are is simple if you just stop the noise going on in your head and the incessant chatter that usually doesn’t stop even when you sleep.

           “And then what?” I asked.

          “When someone recognizes and accepts they are insane it’s the first stage of treatment and the first step toward sanity because when anyone recognizes the dysfunctional nature of the mind and that he or she and everyone around them is insane and part of the apparent collective insanity of mankind it is the first step toward recovery and the discovery of who he or she really is”    


We strolled back to the Casino and sat in the restaurant.

          “Even the most powerful systems of card counting, the ones too difficult for the average player to manage, having to handle running counts, conversion to true counts, and side counts of aces, only give you from one to one and a half per cent advantage, if you make no mistakes, with all the distractions there are in a crowded Casino, and over maybe several hundred hours of play” Jack said “Who’d want to make an investment like that? But, that’s not what card counting is about”

          “So, what is it about?” I asked.   


Jack said the phantom self is created early and it can’t really be avoided because we are given a name which our parents choose and an education and a culture and maybe even a religion which has nothing to do with who we are or our real self but we become identified with it and as we grow it hardens and becomes solid and completely hides the existence of our real self and itself seems real to us and because it hides our real self it creates a false idea or belief of separateness from our real self and the ego is formed and creates fear and a sense of isolation constantly threatened with a need to defend itself or attack and seeking fulfillment in things but frustrated and self-destructive.


          “Without counting cards, even playing perfect Basic Strategy, you have, maybe, a half to a one per cent disadvantage” he said “That means in the long term you lose but if you know you have a slight advantage or maybe just enough to break even because you have some idea of the cards still left in the shoe you can choose your moment to bet big and make a lot of money”

           “Even with the Ace/Five count?” I asked.


We are now living unconsciously and unaware that behind the illusion of separateness and of names and forms and birth and death we are that which is nameless and formless with neither beginning nor end but we fight to maintain the illusion all the same because we believe our continuing existence depends on it but nothing that is transitory and impermanent is real and only what is permanent has any reality but while we believe only things that have name and form are real and that which doesn’t is unreal we are trapped in illusion because our mind is our worst enemy but we cherish it and protect it and defend it as if it was our dearest friend. 


           “What makes the basic Ace/Five count a good system is that it’s almost undetectable and you don’t have to pay quite as much attention to it as you do with other more complicated systems so you don’t attract unwanted interest from Pit Bosses and removing fives from the deck gives you a bigger mathematical advantage than removing any other card and the more aces remaining in the deck at the same time gives you a better chance of getting blackjacks which gives you an extra bonus”

           How much do you think we can win?” I asked him.

          “How does a million dollars sound?” he said.

          “Wow!” I said “Is it really possible?” 


Jack said the ego-mind is acutely vulnerable and that’s why it is so defensive and attacks anything or anyone it perceives to be a threat but all you need to do is observe it and become aware of its deceptions and its defensive methods and tricks then you create a gap between it and you and begin to be aware there is a watcher and this is the real you and is often your first truly conscious experience of beginning to awake and the first step toward freedom from the mind but it will react and tell you that this is all mumbo-jumbo or yet another philosophy or religion or delusion or simply absurd or anything to pull you back into unconsciousness but if you persist and keep watching without inner comment you’ll be aware of a deeper level of consciousness and a stillness beyond anything you have ever experienced and soon the gap between the thought-stream and the observer will become increasingly longer and your awareness of the dysfunctional nature of the ego-mind will be clearer.


           “Yes …” Jack said “Here it’s a lot less sophisticated than it is in say the USA and you can get away with stuff here you wouldn’t have a snowball in hell’s chance of pulling off there” I said “The Casino business here is less than twenty years old and the staff are not that well trained and although they know about card counting, and can spot it if it’s not well camouflaged most of

them don’t know about back counting or front counting or shuffle tracking and with two spotters and using two tables and keeping what we’re doing well camouflaged it’s possible but we have to have V.I.P status to bet big enough to do it” I said “Be whales and let them know we’re worth at least one hundred thousand dollars”


What you are doing is what everyone else is doing and is the reason you have never recognized it for what it is; living either in the past or the future and believing that one or the other can somehow solve your problems when in fact the only problem is the mind and how can the past or the future do anything about that and its useless trying to use the mind to resolve the problem when its the mind that has created the problem in the first place.


         “And are we?” I asked.    

         “Yes” he said “But we need a new story. You need a new name and we need a different backdrop”        



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