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This article is the first nineteenth in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life.

Musashi’s 21 Principles

Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi.


Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help

musashi principle 19

Musashi Principle 19 | Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help

The gods help those who help themselves.

The gods help those who help themselves. They ignore the whiny, the sick, the poor and the stupid. The gods encourage the brave–they have no time for fools, whining about their lives, disregarding the gift of life bestowed on the unworthy like a spoiled child at Christmas who didn’t get all the presents on his list. He throws a fit. He wants more gifts.

If you want a better life–make it better. The gods create momentum. You start. They carry.

Once you begin, whatever you want to do and work past an hour, you enter flow; your work becomes easy.

Momentum, like compound interest, is powerful. When an avalanche gains momentum people die; no one can stop an avalanche, like no one can stop you when you’re on a roll, executing your duty like a computer program initiating a self-destruct-sequence. Even death can’t stop your momentum.

Musashi wasn’t religious

musashi wasn't religious

Musashi respected the gods but never depended on them. The gods don’t want your baggage. The gods help the hero who goes farther than the normal man.

Musashi relied on himself. Musashi held himself to the level of a god while staying humble, learning from every teacher along his path.

Most egos are attached to their heart like a parasite boring deeper into the ventricles, circulating life to every limb.

You’ll never be worth a damn if you think you aren’t. The great artists don’t think–they live through their work.

The flow state is divine assistance

Flow is a state of being. You’re challenged–but competent. Flow is the learning place. The realm of true purpose.

Flow is looking up at the clock after an hour of work on Saturday afternoon to see the one hour worked, was actually seven, and now you’re sitting at your desk while the moon illuminates your keyboard at 3 am–the time most normal folk quit drinking.

musashi flow

Flow is divine assistance. The flow state opens when the artist dissolves into their art–letting go of ego–forgetting worldly problems.

Jordan Peterson calls flow: The place between chaos and order in his book: 12 rules for life: An Antidote to Chaos.

Prolific inventors, artists, and entrepreneurs rely on the flow state to produce their best work. Below are book recommendations on flow.

Flow books:

Gods Create.

gods create

Some humans are gods. Gods create. In the beginning, the Bible said God created. Most people stop creating after they put their last colored pencil in their lunchbox after sixth-grade graduation.

People can be gods. Great people bring life into the world, birthed from an idea, from a great mind–no different than the Gods of the people, written by the people. From nothing to everything–from an idea to an iPhone.

You can become a god. The kingdom of heaven exists in the world between chaos and order; not too easy, not too hard, a perfect combination of challenge and familiar, keeping you engaged for hours until the sun peeks out from behind the blinds for the start of your morning. You haven’t slept at all.

The gods helped Musashi because he didn’t ask for it

The gods are cat-like in their nature. Try to touch them and the gods abandon you.

When you’re paying attention, begging, needing, searching for divine intervention you’ll hear no response. The dial-tone is dead. No love-letters in the mailbox kissed by Aphrodite, with a spray of her perfume.

While you’re working, the Gods stand behind your desk-chair, massaging your shoulders, removing the tension from your back–your head feels lighter against your shoulders: the flow state is the quiet divine. The Gods keep your mind centered while in their kingdom. Flow.

Musashi took responsibility

Musashi took responsibility for himself and the gods paid him a worthy allowance.

The more work Musashi did; the bigger the bill daddy took from his weathered, leather wallet to pay the lonely warrior.

The formula is simple: walk farther down the path and earn bigger rewards for your travel. Your destiny is a list of chores created by your parents: mark off all the boxes for rewards beyond imagination.

Musashi Principle 19 | Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help


This article is the first nineteenth in the series: Musashi’s 21 principles for life.

Musashi’s 21 Principles

Each principle has its own article expanding upon the wisdom of Miyamoto Musashi.

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