reply to post by 0mage
well, I mean no disrespect by this mind you, that is where we disagree.
I believe in the self teacher. You can have mentors, guides, but ultimately you need to learn to learn. To teach yourself.
I think that is where most schools of thought fail. They rely so heavily on the prestige system that it is almost all about the masters and not about
I once had a Sensei that would tell us "teach yourself" he was the sort of guy that actually went to Asia to learn martial arts and lived the warriors
way. He did not have a dojo, he visited his friends and when he came the formal teachers stepped aside to let him have a class or two. He was a deep
philosophy kind of guy.
The way he put it was like this. All you are taught you will one day lose along the way. You will hold it while it is important but throw it away once
it is not. What you learn for yourself you will not throw away since it becomes part of you. He was not insulting the sensei's, he was making a point.
That there is no greater teacher than the self.
Like being given a tool set and using it to act like a lock smith to open a door. Once you are inside you might say "well why do I need these tools" I
am already inside. When you find the key you become the key.
If that makes sense.
I have never been a big fan of "masters". they too often are based entirely on their own opinion and that of people still learning what it means to be
a master. A true master will say there is no such thing. Just someone with perspective. That we all have a "master" inside us, or at least that ideal
we ascribe to them.
also what you describe as faith sounds more like ethos to me. If I were to say that to do this technique for example that you need believe the way I
do, it would be a lie. I might find it more useful in a teacher student relationship since it puts everyone on the same page, but that is another
failure of schooling in our time.
Everyone is universally different. Wonderfully so.
You can do as I do, as you do. Christian, agnostic, some other thing I never heard of....whatever. it is how you apply what you learn that will shape
you "need to believe" if that is what you are referring to. Yes. Your reality will answer to you, but only when you command, not when you plead out of
desperation. To command in peace, and give in an hour of desperation shows true faith.
there is of course the total surrender. That is important, but IMO is entirely personal. Only you can decide what that power is. What is the
meaningful sacrifice for you. Others can guess, but never know for certain.
Surrender to your own truth, surrender your truth. in that way you surrender to truth. All else is a lie. A mind killer.
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