summer wrote:Maybe we are on page 4 because you are such a fun person to talk with.
I'm sure that must be it!
Or it could be that I find myself a fun person to talk with, he says with an embarrassed grimace.
Who is saying that it is a problem to try and help others?
We are supposed to work on ourselves instead, because "me and my situation" is the only thing that matters. An ongoing drum beat, part of the ritual dogma, repeated over and over in many threads. Read Din above as a place to start.
I would say that it is our basic nature to want to help others. It is how love operates, with no thought needed at all.
No thought at all?
How much thought goes in to the writing, publishing and distribution of Tolle's books, the organizing of his speaking schedule, the reservation of retreat venues, etc, etc?
How much thought goes in to the creating of this web site, policing the spammers, moderating thousands of posts, and so on etc?
We accept these gifts of others exerting thought and effort trying to help us, and then go on to say helping "just happens" and that the New Earth will somehow miraculously just arrive, who knows how, no effort required.
Imho, this myopia arises out of an excessive focus on me and my situation, blinding us to all the effort and thought that others are deploying on our behalf.
As you mentioned once, when we pass a burning house our automatic response will be to help in any way that we can. We will just do it.
Yes, agreed. But our response will be more effective if we have studied fire fighting techniques, and use thought to apply the techniques to this specific fire. Without that preparation, we will probably just run around screaming "Help! Help!" and those trapped in the fire will perish.
But then, I have no desire to be a teacher..
Yes, this is true of you, and one of your charms. You've distinguished yourself on the forums with your gentle quietness, and lack of the blowhard gene. Those who would make the best teachers are not interested, isn't that always how it goes?
I enjoy the holistic balance between our styles.
We all are one, and it takes more than one. Someone like me is needed to sweep the bullpoop out of the barn, and then someone like you is needed to sweep the sweeper out of the barn.
In end, what might be left is a simple universal message many could hear, and someone kind and patient like yourself to deliver it.