reply to post by Manula
If I may, I'd like to address all of the issues raised in your OP. I've only a little time right now, but I will answer all of them eventually.
Service to self and service to others (law of one)
This is actually a symptom of something I strongly believe in. Evil is absolute service to self. That is my definition of it. Evil will serve no one
but itself...this is portrayed by every evil character in existence, whether it be out of fear or ambition or greed. Good always serves everyone else
before it serves itself. This is also portrayed by every good character in history. It will give up that which it values most before allowing its
friends or family or even the innocent to suffer. Following this, I believe that evil and good are two sides of the same thing. We must serve
ourselves, and we must serve others. The point to it is balance. Balance is one of the most important aspects of life, and this service issue actually
teaches us it.
Additionally, dividing people into groups of "sinner" and "righteous" is counterproductive when teaching about understanding. Division only brings
prejudice. A common cause, as in a lot of people learning different parts of the same thing, will create unity. At least until we are more advanced
than Homo Sapiens.
Wanting and wishing causes suffering
This is very true. In fact, I often say that perfection is the absolute lack of desire. The moment you stop wanting, is the moment your life becomes
perfect. For example, there are two men. Both are looking at a shack in a swamp. The one man, who loves to hunt frogs and wrestle alligators, takes
his whiskey dirty and feels at home among insects (not to mention having mudbogging as his list of skills on the resume), will look at this swamp and
think it is perfect. Why? Because he wouldn't add anything else to it.
The other man is a business owner who likes his cars shiny and his eggs sunny side up. He will look at the swamp and be horrified...why? Because he
wants lots of things in life. But this swamp isn't one of them.
Of those two men, one found perfection because he didn't want a lot out of life. Thus, wanting and wishing can bring suffering...especially if you
have to make sacrifices to fulfill those desires.
We are all one
Yes. I believe this. Consider the Newtonian assertion that matter is neither created nor destroyed. What is matter? Energy. Energy given form. Energy
bound to a low enough vibration that it actually takes shape on our vibrational field. And if everything is made up of energy, then we are too. The
very same energy, in fact.
This is part of the reason I don't care for the doctrines of Judaism. They make so many assumptions, and many of those assumptions are incorrect. They
refuse to agree with anything scientific, especially if it implies that their "God" is anything less than perfect.
But what's our definition of perfect? You already know mine...and I know it differs from person to person. I doubt you'll find a better definition
than mine...and if you do, you just proved my definition to be correct. Argue that one.
Existence of higher self (good self) and lower self (bad self);
Tosh. A weak attempt to separate negative from positive...when actually, they are both necessary for our reality to work. Positive supports survival,
and negative reinforces positive. It is best to have an emotional definition to a concept, correct? Negative provides this. There is a reason both
sides of human nature exist. Unfortunately, we haven't learned to curb the materialistic side...
I believe in this as well. New souls aren't "created"; old ones are reused...for whatever reason. A giant cosmic cycle is all this is. Energy is
neither created nor destroyed.
Besides, there are tons of accounts of little kids recounting past wars that they never witnessed.
Karma is the electrical system for the energies in this world. Without karma, there is no sandbagging, and no water-works to keep the pressure stable.
That's where all of this bad and good stuff comes from...karma. Every action creates energy which affects the system in whatever way.
Denying of the self as the way to happiness
I've already addressed this, but I'll go a little deeper into it. Tell me...if you focused entirely upon serving yourself for happiness, exactly what
would you feel proud for doing on your deathbed? What accomplishments would you remember, that weren't done for someone else?
Would you be able to find happiness in a bottle? In a bank account? In a gorgeous blond willing to do whatever you wanted? In having every person know
and love you for being popular, which you did by being someone who is only special by corporate standards?
Exactly how would you make yourself proud of having been alive, if you only serve yourself?
These are the responses I have made to the "New Age" (so-called) concepts. In truth, they are "Rediscovery" concepts, as they have existed for
thousands of years...but I digress.
Who else knows these truths?
edit on CMondaypm262659f59America/Chicago23 by Starchild23 because: do I need a reason?