Who is “Everybody”? Part II

In summary, people who are marketing their spirtual epiphanies, I mean, sharing them, are people who’ve already tasted success. They are people of means. Their spiritual ‘success’ journey doesn’t start at a bottom point and progresses upward, they start at a fairly high level.

Not fair.

I can no longer take these people or their discoveries seriously. I’m waiting for someone to write a book who has been dirt poor and has a high school education–and who isn’t a Baptist minister. Whatever they’ve done to turn their poverty into prosperity is the message for the masses. 

 Educated, degreed, yuppified gurus have  no credibility. How can I relate to teachings espoused by the elite that are obviously meant for their peers? They haven’t figured out anything. Until they can reveal a formula which is applicable to everyone from all backgrounds, they haven’t really discovered anything.

 The rich have always delved and dabbled in esoteric teachings, the occult, new age, and other marginal spiritual practices to alleviate boredom. They’re not really looking for a way to make their lives better. Why would they need to do that? At one time,  long after it was a crime punishable by death, witchcraft was the ‘new age’ practice among the aristocracy. Then it was seances. And then it was TM. And after that came the ashrams, and yoga, and the spiritual sherpas going by the title Rimpoche. You see where I’m going.

I’m looking for something that will not just comfort or palliate, but a teaching that is truly instrumental in shifting hopelessness into happiness. Not just a suggestion of personal power, but a demonstratable, repeatable process for exercising will.

How does an ordinary person with no physical means transform her life? The lost bee finds the flower.  I can’t remember the name of the man who wrote that, but I love that thought.

 I am the lost bee.

 

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4 Responses to Who is “Everybody”? Part II

  1. Luana says:

    Hello Lost Bee:

    The journey seems to have become easier for me when I remind myself to not judge and scrutinize. I do agree with the total weirdness of the “wealthy guru”, who commands exhorbitant fees for his guiding hand in my enlightenment. I recently picked up an excellent book by a lady named Sonja Barret, entitled The Holographic Canvas. There is a chapter about this very subject, and the inherent deceptive quality of the different gurus we may look to along our way. Check it out! It might be your flower…

  2. grizelda3 says:

    Thank you Luana,for your comment and for the recommendation of Barret’s Holographic Canvas.

    Blessings on your journey,

    –griz

  3. What an interesting perspective. But you see, the yoga and the gurus come from a land of poverty. In US the New Age adepts might be highly educated and not too poor (although that is also debatable) but at origin the Easter philosophies are spread by beggars to anybody who wants to listen. And they have been very successful in “shifting hopelessness into happiness” the way you beautifully put it. Indian people are considered to be among the poorest in the world and yet in the top of the happiest nations. So maybe they have found something there.

    Sure, in my personal opinion, not every philosophy from the east is easily adaptable here, because they do have a land of plenty there, with no winter, while over here existence is much harsher. But that is probably another discussion.

  4. grizelda3 says:

    Lori, thank you for commenting.
    India is an interesting culture which has given birth to some of the greatest spiritual practices like Buddhism, Jainism, and the Yogic disciplines.
    But it’s also a culture that has not escaped the confines of patriarchy and the caste system. These are people who revere rats and murder their daughters. I don’t know, but I suspect that the revered gurus are of the brahman caste and have voluntarily given up creature comforts in the pursuit of detachment. Buddha was a prince, after all.

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