Archive for November, 2010

233 – Terms

We receive a question about terms, words and their meanings according to the Fourth Way teachings.What’s the difference between unconscious and subconscious and what does it matter?

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233 – Spotlighting

Unlike moonlighting, spotlighting can help us to see through the imaginary pictures we have of ourselves that block our path to development. It’s like moonlighting in that it takes more work.

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A very difficult Work teaching is that this earth is called a pain factory. Something inside us balks and objects most strenuously to this teaching. We insist, in the face of evidence to the contrary, that life doesn’t kill us, can be consistently good, easy and happy, or at least should be. If we’re not born rich, beautiful and intelligent it’s up to us find the secret of how to make life the way we think it should be. Many read self-help books that promise to show us the secret.

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Today I was thinking about some life challenges a friend is facing and has been facing for some months now. When people we love have big problems to meet, issues to face and decisions to make we want to help. It’s nearly always a bad idea because it very often robs them of the opportunity to develop. Then, in a flash, I remembered the esoteric story of Peter and the other disciples caught in a storm while out on the sea in a small boat. Remember that story?

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232 – Suggestibility Zone

The hypnotism of life affects us because we live in the suggestibility zone. When we don’t think for ourselves, something we rarely do, life events will think for us and operate us from the outside.

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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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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.