Kabbalists say: the bible is code. They, of course, mean: the Old Testament, the 5 books of Moses.
If the Bible is code, then it is not a story... or if there is a story there, it is itself code: meaning an illustration of a principle.
Egypt stands for slavery. Slavery to whatever people are a slave to: riches, significance, sex, entertainment, desire to receive for the self alone, their racket, the racket with which they extort goodies from others, justify their nastiness, their domination, their haplessness.
If you want to become more, grow, evolve, self awareness is important but it is not enough. Meditation is not enough. Having a person to model yourself after is not enough. Reading is not enough. Understanding is not enough either.
Something is missing, the presence of which would make the most difference, and could take you through the barrier to full knowledge of your machine.
What machine, you ask?
This is the same as when you mention to someone that their little voice is always talking... What little voice they ask?
You create your future with your words... spoken or unspoken.
What is a future?
A future is not real... and yet it appears real. There is no past in reality and there is no future. Only the present moment, how things are.
The past lives in your memory, 80% is words, 20% is perception organs information. But even those 20% are "colored" by what you said about it.
I have had quite a few Irish clients who were disciplined by their parents, mostly the mother. It was a ritual. Pull down your pants, fetch the paddle or the ladle or the hairbrush for your mother... lie over her knees, and there you went. You knew what you did that didn't meet your mother's expectations of you.
And you know, when you are unhappy all you can see what doesn't work. a d see it as big, monumental, maybe even tragic.
In my dream I attended a seminar. Lots of things were as I remembered: the people, the teacher, the girl sitting next to me. Only I changed. I got dumber, fatter, and with a whole lot less hair. One dude sitting behind me in the class even remarked me. The teacher called on me and shamed me in front of the class.
..that is one of the disappointing things you learn when you do work with me. I won't feed you baloney like "you are a spiritual being having a human experience..." and other garden variety horse manure.
The other half-sentence is just as disappointing: "you can't get out of this life alive..."
These two half-sentences address 70% of the popular delusions of humanity.
...when someone, finally, out of the blue, comes into your life and gives you what you haven't been able to get from anyone, even though you have been trying and trying and trying... in vain.
And then you feel love. No, I mean LOVE... if I could I would make the letters as big as a house. Love. really.
You see, my soul correction, "Forget Thyself" instructs me to listen to someone smarter than me, so I don't have to learn everything the hard way, but, of course, listening to the instructions is not part of my soul correction, in fact the opposite of it.
A little understood aspect of integrity that screws up your integrity...
Integrity is between you and you. There are things you do with other people, but integrity is an inside job... if you don't like what you did, if you don't think you did a good job, it doesn't matter what other people think... you are not happy with yourself.
And so far so good, most anyone can get that... but the story doesn't end here.
Sometimes you do everything you said you would do, you do it on time, you did it complete and thorough, and yet you are not happy with yourself.
Yesterday, still recovering from my strenuous weekend, lol, I watched TED talks for a few hours, all on Emotional Intelligence.
They were all profound, and nice, and useful... and yet.
Emotional intelligence, measurable in percentages, is the ability to be appropriate to life, to dance, to get stuff done, to rest when it is time to rest, and work when it is time to work, and to love, and appreciate, and say what you need to say, when it is appropriate.
To look at things from more than just one fixed point of view, to be able to empathize, have compassion, express instead of stuff it...
You see why emotionally intelligent people get ahead in life... they are easy to be around because they are OK with themselves.
What people, psychologists, writers, etc. teach is surface.