Some people write or talk to me about their hesitancy or resistance to taking steps forward on their path of discovery. One of my favorites is:
There is a fear of being duped by a Spiritual Teacher
Fear of being mislead by a teacher. Fear of being duped and giving away a trust in myself. What is discernment, what is judgment? When am I doing which?
I find this reasoning kind of funny. A person is using their fear to guide their thought process away from taking actions. Why should we trust our fears? Isn’t it usually our fears that more often mislead us in our thinking and actions?
Often this kind of “fearful thinking” is called skepticism, and often by people who claim to be skeptics. However, in this case the fear is using this tool of skepticism to be fearful of something different, and keep other fears in place by preventing action. A more skillful use of skepticism would be to apply it to these fearful thoughts. Until you apply skepticism to your fears, fears will use that tool of skepticism against your own emotional well being.
To balance challenging your fears of a teacher, don’t go leaping in with both feet towards what any teacher tells you either. It is reasonable to be skeptical of a Spiritual teacher, or even therapist, just don’t be fearful. Take your time time getting to know them and see what they are like, and if it is a good fit for you.
You might find some good guidance on evaluating a Spiritual Teacher from Jack Kornfield’s book, “A Path With Heart.”
Chapter 16 is entitled: You Can’t Do It Alone: Finding and Working with a Teacher
I don’t buy into the Law of Attraction. You don’t always attract what is in your consciousness. You only need one instance to prove a law invalid. Christ had his body beaten and crucified but it wasn’t something he attracted because he had it in his consciousness. He was treated that way because of beliefs other people held in their consciousness
Nelson Mandela spent years confined to prison, but not because it reflected his consciousness. He was held in prison because other people held in their consciousness beliefs of apartheid. You don’t always attract what is in your consciousness. Sometimes you are the recipient of what other people express from their belief system.
If something is a law it operates all the time everywhere. The law of gravity is a law because it applies to everything we know everywhere we can measure and test it. If it only worked sometimes or in some places it wouldn’t be a law. The same with the Law of Attraction. It’s too inconsistent. It’s only a theory that doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. It’s not a “Law.” It’s a Myth of Attraction. If it really worked a lot more people would have what the want.
The evangelists stopped by my door this morning. They brought their bibles and were sharing the message of Christ. They were two nice ladies so I spent a few minutes with them. We got to talking about love and one woman said, “That’s what we should do. We should love more.”
Saying that, “We should love more,” implies that we aren’t loving enough. It’s kind of an indirect way of putting your self, or someone else down for not doing what they were supposed to do. I don’t think that was Christ’s message.
His was more like. I love you just the way you are.
People are not in love with their suffering. Rather I’d say that either it saddens them, or they hate it. In either case their emotional reaction of hate and sadness to their suffering causes them to suffer more.
What is important to breaking this cycle is the awareness that our emotional reactions are not something that we control. But this very idea that we are not in control,,, this frightens people more. So to avoid their fear they cling to the idea that it is reasonable or justified to hate or feel sad about their condition. In effect they close themselves off to the truth out of fear of acknowledging something that is already happening.
The human being is a pod. It is essentially a cocoon,,, for a seed of consciousness to mature and become self realized. Most human beings live their lives in varying degrees of unconsciousness, never giving birth to a fully mature consciousness.
This article makes sens if you look at things from a scientific viewpoint. However, the scientific viewpoint doesn’t account for how awareness, consciousness, and the penetrating force of LIfe impacts the brain. If you don’t include consciousness as one of the parameters that you are observing you will miss the cause and believe erroneous conclusions.
Selflessness, Core Of All Major World Religions, Has Neuropsychological Connection
ScienceDaily (Dec. 17, 2008) — All spiritual experiences are based in the brain. That statement is truer than ever before, according to a University of Missouri neuropsychologist. An MU study has data to support a neuropsychological model that proposes spiritual experiences associated with selflessness are related to decreased activity in the right parietal lobe of the brain.
The study is one of the first to use individuals with traumatic brain injury to determine this connection. Researchers say the implication of this connection means people in many disciplines, including peace studies, health care or religion can learn different ways to attain selflessness, to experience transcendence, and to help themselves and others.
This is like claiming that leaves create chlorophyll by ignoring the role of sunlight. But understandable because these scientists haven’t yet figured out how to measure consciousness, and those other elements that affect matter. But that’s not surprising when you consider that as far as they are concerned, those things don’t exist. It’s kind of a Catch-22 where they will never see the impact from something because they have already concluded it isn’t there. It is quite difficult to find something when you assume it doesn’t exist.