I have heard of a teaching that comes from (or so it was told to me) a lineage of medicine men and women of Turtle Island (North & South America and Australia). The basic gist of it is that, as humans, the way that we waste most of our energy is by trying to be liked. People are going to love you, like you, be neutral to you, dislike you, or hate you. And there’s really not a lot that you can do about it, its by and large a futile pursuit to try and get them to change that attitude. There’s a lot of freedom in that realization
Anyway, I love this video by Charlie Kaufman. So true and inspiring
We do love this (via @realitysandwich ) manifesto by Jonathan Zap - Echoes of Robert Anton Wilson, Korzybski. Right up our alley. We particularly like how this approach offers an alternative to “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” when we are inevitably exposed to “truths” that once seemed to work for us, but no longer do. Or partially do under certain circumstances. And likewise, how to come to terms with the all too human shortcomings of gurus and spiritual teachers , or parts of philosophies / belief systems that we do not wish to accept dogmatically. (Hopefully everything)
I particually enjoyed Jonathan’s take on the “Law Of Attraction”, and channeled material in general, a topic which i will post more on here later. I have mixed feelings about the “Law of Attraction”. At times I’ve felt it to be incredibly beneficial to espouse this philosophy, at other times I’ve seen it used by myself and others as a rationalization for avoiding confrontation and a way to subliminally fault and assign blame to those who are facing challenges or going through hard times. I see the benefits of optimism (optimists are proven to live longer with less disease) , and I also see how thinking that way endowed me with a lack of compassion for others and myself. The dilemma is that we tend to think in the Aristotelian “either/or”. Meaning that either this is fully True, or fully False.
This manifesto does a nice job explaining a sort of non-Aristotelian “both/and” approach. Something that as adepts on various spiritual paths, we at The Dharmageddon collective have found to be an almost essential approach for dealing with deep truths that seem to be born of paradox. For more on this idea, and for anyone delving into the occult, mysticism, UFO’s, etc. (i.e. everyone) we highly, highly recommend reading Robert Anton Wilson’s explanations of “Maybe Logic” as well.