Posts Tagged ‘Self-Observation’

Inquisition

The Inquisition was an ecclesiastical tribunal established by Pope Gregory IX c. 1232 for the suppression of heresy. It was active chiefly in northern Italy and southern France, becoming notorious for the use of torture. In 1542 the papal Inquisition was reinstituted to combat Protestantism, eventually becoming an organ of papal government.

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241 – Ways and Means

Self-Awareness, Self-Remembering, Self-Observation. Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my! These three esoteric ideas are the foundation of practical work on ourselves.

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239 – Being Dull

It can be a dark day when we begin to see how dull we really are about ourselves. Our big blind spot is how we imagine we know ourselves.

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235 – Strip Show

When we really begin to understand what this Work aims at we realize we’re in a strip show. It’s more a matter of taking it off than it is of adding more. What are you willing to take off?

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232 – Disliking

Everyone has someone that rubs them the wrong way better than anyone else in life. According to esoteric teachings these people are valuable to us. What makes the people we dislike the most the most important to our work?

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231 – Watching

It’s so easy to observe myself and see how I am but I don’t change. What’s wrong?

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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.