Ego vs learning

Chakra Master:

So you are finding your ” thought processes ” through traveling! It is interesting that some people build walls around themselves to protect them from others. Just maybe what they truly desire is a connection with others, so they do not feel separate. Sometimes, I think, our desires get twisted to the point where ” hurting others really hurts our SELF.” My gain comes at the loss of another. I do not believe man can live fruitful like that. The sub-conscious mind will not tolerate it. Just as too much stress causes ulcers, other deep held emotions can cause serious physical effects.

When you get back, you will be able to teach Rosetta Stone a thing or two about language immersion. They don’t teach what a village smells like. The inspired feelings of a tropical storm or the sounds of the local religious festival are only experienced, not taught. Thay can’t give you the shits from eating too much exotic food or drinking too much local rum.


Lyon Keating:

Oh yeah I definitely know a thing or two about building walls up in your mind to protect from certain things.  Through the years, I can say that I’ve always envisioned my life to turn out a certain way, do certain things at a certain time and everything will work out great.  However, doing that has led me away from some of the things that were “happening” right in front of me.  I protected myself from thinking or wanting other things because I always had my thoughts of where I was going firmly rooted in my head.  In the end, I don’t know what’s led me astray or hurt me or helped me more.  Going forth and looking for what I’ve always envisioned or diving into what I know is in front of me.  It’s a brutal dilemna at times and can involve hurting others to get what you want but then you’ve hurt others thus hurting yourself.  Things are truly hard to figure out sometimes.  Do I go over and venture across that mountain or do I decide to build a home here?  What will bring me more happiness?  What will make me learn more about life?  Does it ever get any easier?

If there’s one thing that can be said for Rosetta Stone instead of a full language immersion program is that you won’t get the “shits” nearly as much.  I can always do without the shits or the weird things that make you think you’re going to keel over in pain and die from some weird bacteria that’s only in the remote country you’re in…ha!


Chakra Master:

Hey, you are getting heavy on me now. I have to think! It is only the “belief” in opposites that can affect me. There really is no right or wrong.

Aristotle said, “It concerns us to know the purposes we seek in life, for then, like archers aiming at a definite mark, we shall be more likely to attain what we want.”

My ego’s characteristic busyness with non essentials is for precisely that purpose. Preoccupation with problems set up to be incapable of solution are favorite ego devices for impeding learning progress. In all these diversionary tactics, however, the one question I never ask is “What for”? This is the question I must learn to ask in connection to everything. What is the purpose? Whatever it is, it will direct my efforts automatically. Whenever I make a decision of purpose, then, I have made a decision about my future effort; a decision that will remain in effect unless I change my mind. The ego is nothing more than a part of my belief about myself.

For me, right now, living a life where my gain does not come at the loss of another is set in my belief system. sounds a little strange, does it not?

Keep in touch.

Your kindred spirit,


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