This is How We Walk on The Moon: Reading the Kybalion for Tactical Advice During the 2016 NLCS
The Cubs lost Game 3 of the 216 NLCS to the Dodgers in LA last night to fall to 1–2 in the 7 game series. Two straight shutout losses.
On my drive into work, the sports talk was starting to get dark. Lots of looking for answers, second-guessing Joe Maddon, hints of disgust, rumblings of gallows humor. Then the reaction of disgust to the negativity. And now Cubs nation is infighting.
I got this text from a friend summing up the current situation,
“everyone is negative….whats the deal with that?”
Another friend texted, “sky is falling.”
Another friend texted he’s a realist, “So in the back of my head, I’ve always felt they would find a way to blow it.”
Cubs Nation is aware of its own negativity, yet also assumes there is nothing they can do about it. That isn’t the case.
Care needs to be taken immediately to control what you can control. Your attitude. Your thoughts. The mental game of life.
Think I’m full of malarkey? Here’s what Joe Maddon, philosophical guru of the Cubs had this to say at the start of his Game 3 postgame presser:
“It’s more of a mental trend than a physical trend. You have to be able to push back mentally as much as anything right now. Because when it comes down to work, you don’t need any more batting practice or video study or data information. You just have to mentally hang in there and keep pushing back until you get it.”
Remember this is the Playoffs. The regular laws of Baseball no longer exist. The better team no longer wins. The team with more magic wins in the bizzarro world of the playoffs.
Like Joe Maddon said, it almost isn’t even a physical game anymore, but mental. Like chess or something.
Hunter S Thompson said, “When the going gets weird, the weird go pro.”
Ok, lets go pro. Let’s dive deep.
This is what I would do if Maddon told me I needed to “push back mentally” prior to tonight’s Game 4.
I would pull out my copy of The Kybalion and read through The Seven Universal Laws outlined therein. The Kybalion, by the way, was first published in 1908, the year of the last Cubs World Series, which is a tidy if not profound coincidence that I did not realize before beginning this post. The book makes the claim that it appears in one’s life “when the time is appropriate.”
I would use these principles to follow Joe Maddon’s instruction to push back mentally.
Law #1- The Principle of Mentalism- Everything we see and experience in our physical world has its origin in the invisible, mental realm. What you think, you manifest. This is The Secret. (Literally the secret that gave title to the book “The Secret”.)
Apply this law by visualizing images of having already won the 2016 World Series. Focus on how great it feels. See the team dog-piling on the mound. See the ticker tape falling on State Street.
Law #2- The Principle of Correspondence- “There is no separation since everything in the Universe, including you, originates from the One Source.” And because of this Law, anything is possible. Especially a World Series.
Law #3- The Principle of Vibration- Everything, as in everything in existence, is a vibration. The baseball, the players, your thoughts. Everything can be found on the spectrum of vibrational energy depending on its quality. Unconditional Love is high vibrational quality, hatred is low. And Like attracts Like.
Don’t put poor quality vibrations into the world with thoughts of hate, doubt, and negativity. Focus instead on what you want to attract. Peace, Love, and Ticker Tape.
Law #4- The Principle of Polarity- Everything has poles, an opposite. Everything is identical in nature but different in degree. The example is hot and cold temperatures. Another example is the Major League standings. Every MLB team is essentially the same, different only in degree.
Apply this Law by picturing Anthony Rizzo’s broken bat base hit in the 9th inning of Game 3. Rizzo has been historically cold at the plate in the post-season. And how intriguing that his broken bat single was as weak as a ball can be hit. Now visualize the polar opposite of that hit and what that will look like. See Rizzo blasting moonshots in the midst of his historical hot streak. And the ticker tape raining down on State Street.
Law #5- The Principle of Rhythm- To everything there is the swing of the pendulum. The rhythm between the opposites. What was cold can become hot. The team that hadn’t won a World Series since 1908 won it in 2016. Isn’t the parade amazing?
Law #6- The Principle of Cause and Effect- “Every one of your thoughts, words or actions sets a specific effect in motion which will come to materialize over time. To become the master of your destiny, you must master your mind for everything in your reality was first a mental creation. Know that there is nothing like chance or luck. They are simply terms used by humanity in ignorance of this Law.”
Apply this Law by visualizing what it feels like to have just won the World Series. Believe that all the causes were in place and the effect was a glorious, heartwarming World Series victory.
Law #7- The Principle of Gender- Everything embodies the yin and yang of both masculine and feminine elements. “It is said that there must be a balance in these two forces. Without the Feminine, the Masculine is apt to act without restraint, order, or reason, resulting in chaos. The Feminine alone, on the other hand, is apt to constantly reflect and fail to actually do anything, resulting in stagnation.”
Apply this Law before each pitch, by visualizing the Cubs hitter at the plate having a perfectly balanced at-bat, perfectly assessing each pitch for its relative usefulness, and a perfectly balanced and timed swing with equal measure of restraint and attack. Visualize the opposite for the Dodger batters, visualize them as ever so slightly unbalanced.
The Song of the Day is by Jose Gonzalez, a cover version of Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk on the Moon”.
I find it useful when I need a mantra to center my thoughts in the midst of trying to accomplish a very big goal.
“Every step is moving me up. This is how we walk on the Moon.”
Listen and visualize finding one of Anthony Rizzo’s homerun balls up there.