Archive for November, 2006

024 – To Where?

Where is this Work taking us? What can we expect to be after we get there?

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023 – Thinking or Hopping?

Learning how to think in a new, balanced way can turn the events of life into stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks. It won’t just happen though.

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023 – Negative Emotions

Negative emotions are usually upon us before we have the chance to stop their expression. Here are some ways to handle some of them.

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022 – Psychological Entropy

A crucial part of the Fourth Way is joining in ourselves the science of the West with the wisdom of the East. It’s not always pleasant but it can be extremely fruitful.

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022 – Lying

A new understanding of lying and what the Work means when it says we lie.

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021 – Why Bother?

The road is long and difficult with little hope of reaching the final destination in the time we appear to have. Why bother?

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About Esoteric Talks

"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.