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.
The walls of the groove cover up what the groove is really about.
I have two students with the same soul correction, both want attention. What they don’t see, what they will have a difficulty seeing is that attention is the wall of the trench… not the cause: an effect. The effect that prevents them from seeing the cause, and prevents them from living a full life.
Sometimes people get an idea of activating a capacity that is so alien to their culture, it takes a good 5-10 minutes for the history channel, the ancestors backwards, to build.
No one in your ancestry possessed that capacity... so it has been non-existent for you even culturally.
It is so unfamiliar that ego doesn't even know to protest. It is like a way of being that is totally unfamiliar... you can't see other than special people, like kung fu fighters, or shaolin monks to demonstrate it. And, of course, Aikido. I have a book, Aikido in everyday life... illustrates how this principle looks in real life... brilliant.
Your world view is hidden from your view, hidden from your awareness.
And it is, of course. World view is how the world IS for you, not how it seems.
If you have a fixed world view, than all the King's Horses and All the King's Men Could Not Put a new world view for you... unless you are willing to become flexible.
Cognitive flexibility has been more broadly described as the ability to adjust one's thinking from old situations to new situations as well as the ability to overcome responses or thinking that have become habitual and adapt to new situations.Continue reading "Are you flexible?"
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.
I love watching movies, I love reading, I am a half introvert half extrovert person.
I have met someone (Ben Settle) with similar personality, to adopt as a teacher. I start my day with reading his email. And I always find some way to become bigger from it.
On some level, in some aspect, you need to be the same as your teacher, or you won't let them get through to you... My parents were both so different from me, that I learned only two sentences worth from them, both from my father.
One of his teaching was a sentence that I misunderstood for at least 50 years... until I got what he meant.