Within a LIG society, self-help gurus will face vast unemployment, lol. That being true, (as all will be provided with life’s basic necessities: food, clean water, a safe home, an annual vacation, mean of transportation, health care, ability to pay their utility bills, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION) I’m sure most of these gurus/authors can put their gifts to good use in many other ways.
Remove the stress and fear in life and we don’t need a savior, we become our own saviors!
I bought and read many spiritual ‘self help’ books over the last 20 years. Probably 30-40 books. There is no doubt they provide a band-aid, some temporary relief to a confused, ‘seeking’ population, desperate for any morsel of meaning within their existence. There was never anything I read that brought clarity to who or what I was or why I was alive, the meaning of my life or life in it’s entirety.
This is why I now promote a Living Income Guaranteed, to stop staring at the problem, to stop seeking comfort and be the solution as in giving as I would like to receive. Thus, giving clarity and meaning to each life on the planet and life in it’s entirety. The Proposal here.
But back to the topic. I will discuss one of these spiritual, self-help books here, * ‘The Power of Intention’ but I could have chosen from hundreds so it is not to ‘pick on’ this one but to use it as an example of… well, uselessness when it comes to changing yourself within and your world without. I believe the author is/was sincere, misguided and ineffectual mind you (except for his own personal financial gain) but sincere. And hey, I am just as guilty of ‘wanting’ that manifestation of wealth for self interested reasons and greed as anyone is. I bought it hook, line and sinker, didn’t materialize for me though. I believe the author would admit, if put to the wall, he knew, for the vast majority of his readers, this ‘power’ and these ‘intentions’ would not manifest.
I was going to look for passages I had highlighted but just looking at the chapter titles is enough to discuss why I now believe this book provides no useful purpose to the life of human beings.
chapter 7: It is my Intention to: Respect Myself at all Times.
In itself, this statement is not incorrect as a preferred way to live. Respect is actually more real and powerful than the idea of love. It is paramount in a compassionate society and in any relationship, be it with yourself or another. However, without even going into what the author writes within the chapter itself, he is forgetting and /or ignoring one tinsy, winsy fact; the millions of human beings who cannot even get enough food to eat today let alone go to a bookstore and purchase his book. So what is the point of posing as some spiritual leader, someone we are to look to for guidance to show us/be a role model for a ‘decent’ human being. As far as I can see he is a muti-millionaire who writes about ideas, basically positive thinking books, while living blindly to the vast suffering of the world’s poor and disadvantaged, which is billions of human beings.
How is someone born into poverty (with no advantages to take practical steps to get out of that poverty) even to begin to fathom that statement. Many people do not have the opportunity to attend school, receive proper healthcare, nutrition, housing-these are just the basics one needs to survive let alone be concerned with respecting themselves. Actually, it is understood by most people, that one deserves respect automatically as life. But time and experience in this world proves to them otherwise. They do not in fact receive respect, one and equal to the people who have money in this world, as a fellow human being. They are, instead ignored and left to suffer and then die, unnoticed, like they just don’t matter. But they are the same ‘matter’ as the rest of us, the same physical substance, in that we are all equal.
Chapter 11: It is My Intention to: Live a Stress-Free, Tranquil Life.
Really? And is this accomplished by ‘manifesting’ money and all the goodies life has to offer by meditation, prayer, positive thinking…hmmm…how about business smarts, a business aptitude, the right connections, the right ‘attitude’, the right education, the right family, enough money to get things started/moving? Yup, all of the above are what is required to financially succeed in this world and only a few ‘lucky’ ones make it at that.
It is never my intention to become so smart mouthed when writing these blogs but honestly, I just get so frustrated. Does the guru assume that some in this world are ‘special’ , ‘blessed’, ‘fortunate’ and others…well…not so much. So it is the responsibility of the ‘blessed’ ones to spread the love and light message and ‘give generously to charity’. How has this helped the world? It has not. Again, the idea of living a stress free and tranquil life is desirable but I do not see any results that his methods are working but for a few and more importantly, at the expense of the many. Earth is increasingly polarized between the rich and poor. Pretty hard to be tranquil when you are experiencing famine, watching your children wither away before your eyes and you are helpless to save them. Pretty hard to be stress free-or have the time to meditate on this idea-when you are facing eviction and you have lost your job and have a family to care for.
For humanity to live stress free and tranquil then all must be given all they need. However, perhaps I am off track, he does not speak about humanity, just the individual, self interest. Never is ‘what is best for all’ mentioned.
Chapter 10: It is my Intention to :Feel Successful and Attract Abundance into My Life.
Ah yes, there it is, the use of the almighty god of Energy! Specifically, this energy generation is designed to attract the real god of the human being-Money.
It’s just too ridiculous to go into detail but again how can one even start this process (I do get it- it’s a ‘fake it ’till ya make it’ approach as in; that’s what the universe wants/needs you to do, visualize etc, in order over time to ‘manifest’ your desires) if one does not have the time or comfortable surrounding/home/bed/food ? It is not practical, it is not fair , it is not equal. Why does the author ‘preach’ practices that people do not have equal access to? How does this assist and support human beings to solve any of the world’s very real and pressing problems? ‘Oh, it’s up to the universe, not I, I am a humble servant only’, is the kind of excuse you hear thrown out there.
So what’s the universe to do, pick and choose? No, it is us human beings, you and I, who are guilty of picking and choosing. The universe is neutral, as in ‘we are all one’. It is time for us to join the universe, in fact-for real, and not in some airy fairy way based on ‘feelings of love’ in your mind but walking breath by breath, with your feet firmly planted on mother earth and fix this bloody mess, in the physical!
Feed one another, clothe one another, heal one another, house one another = real love one another.
A teacher who walked this earth once said; ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’, I do not see this in action in these spiritual self-help books.
I see, get incredibly rich off your fellow man, and help but 1% of your readers get incredibly rich too. And the rest? I don’t see them, I don’t know them, I won’t think about them. I’ll meditate on ideas of bliss and beauty, love and light and create/manifest that- off your buck- in my own life, for my own family and let, nameless and faceless millions, starve, suffer, commit suicide, die. Why? Because one gets blinded by too much light. Time to go into the dark and dirty, get down and dirty and clean this mess up.
A Living Income Guaranteed for all, so all may live a dignified, enjoyable life, not just some! Let’s stop being hypocrites.
Join us in building a new world, in which all can participate fully, over time, to create the ideals this book suggests.
*1 The Power of Intention Published By: Hay House Inc. February 2004, United States
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