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ecently I’ve been reading, No Man Is an Island, by Thomas Merton. He was a Trappist Monk, so […]

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One of the most amazing things about esoteric ideas is their hidden power.
. . . when we witness it in action it can be mind blowing.

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This concept of placation goes against a profound esoteric truth that most find extremely difficult to understand. The idea is self-development and goes generally like this: The only one who can develop you, change your mind or alter your behavior is you.

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Someone who works at a bank recently shared with me some things she had learned in a workshop she attended as part of her training. As the world of business becomes more global there is more competition. Some American corporations are finally realizing service is the area that can make or break their business. Unfortunately, many publicly traded companies are managed by boards who put profit before service in a primitive approach to business.

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According to Gurdjieff, Grief is a positive emotion. He said, a positive or Real emotion, comes from Higher Emotional Center and has no opposite. It has no tinge of self-emotion. We can imagine an emotion not contaminated with self-interest, but that’s usually as good as it gets with us in our ordinary state.

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Because imagination satisfies every center, we’re quite happy thinking that when we talk to someone they understand our meaning, as long as they smile and nod and say something somewhat appropriate in response. We also believe that we understand what someone else is saying to us, that their meaning is clear to us, or that we can make it clear without much effort.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.