Archive for January, 2011

242 – Mapping

Mapping our internal world is a must if we’re going to learn to navigate it. The Work has maps. All we need to do is learn how to stay out of the places that cause us problems.

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242 – Being Mechanical

It’s often quite easy to see when others are being mechanical. When we’re being mechanical we often think we’re working. Mechanical effort doesn’t lead to an increase in consciousness.

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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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241 – Being Right

What could be more deadly to our potential progress than this poisonous addiction? Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts. (Proverbs 21:2)

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240 – Being Guilty

There’s little we won’t do again after we’ve paid with some token feelings of guilt. Let’s have a fresh look at guilt and some of the supporting characters.

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240 – Divorce

When the Work finds us we’re divorced. It aims at healing that if we are willing. There is an inner union that needs to take place in us if we wish to reach our true spiritual destiny.

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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.