by Mahmoud Nedgemee
A Great deal of confusion surrounds the question of so-called spiritual guides and teachers.
Many, aware of the problem and afraid of looking impatient or immature, will say “I am going to wait for the ‘right’ teacher” and preen themselves on what is really a form of vanity. The ability to conceive of high quality is the property of many who are simply not ready yet for “the best.” This puts them on all fours with people who run around frantically in private jets closing big business deals and who therefore think they are “working” when in fact they are merely learning by direct experience something of the limits on greed.
Self-indulgence is not the same as working, no matter how expensive the health-club membership.
But, it may be necessary to work it out of ones system.
In just the same way, it may be vitally necessary for some–many, in fact–to “waste” time, sometimes decades or whole lives, on participation in “wisdom circles” that are no more than cults. The rate at which error is cleared up is an individual matter.
Afterward, the “real” teachers may appear.
THIS Much may be said here safely–the secret protects itself in any case–there are not-a-few people now at the end of outer entertainments who can start to benefit from the work with “active imagination” or alchemy, in the form in which C G Jung and his colleagues reintroduced it in the twentieth century. A corollary is that if the work as described is done ethically and with self-awareness, ones immediate entire social atmosphere will improve greatly.
By definition this information cannot be abused as the unstablized personality will simply either sneer at the claim or else just make a thorough a mess of it, “trying to get laid,” as si‘ Smit’, er, Smeeth would put it.
Therefore there is no harm in putting forth the following title of a useful book:
Encounters With The Soul, by Barbara Hannah
THIS Title is widely-available online, through Amazon and Alibris booksellers.
[Emmett R Smith
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[24 July 2006]