Hello fellow “everyday, unassuming guru seekers”,
The emails are coming hot and heavy. I am sorry I cannot respond to all of them. I hope you are learning from these wonderful tribe members who are willing to bear their souls so we may all learn from them. Ron (below) offers a great opportunity for all of us to take a second look at ourselves.
I’m at a point in my life where I am beginning to think philosophically. I’ve made plenty of money. I wield a lot of power in the corporate world. I am a prominent person in my community. I’ve got a large boat, three homes, and am quite the socialite. I am always on the go, getting awards and trophies for my work and effort in many areas of life.
BUT – here’s the big BUT – now I have a nagging feeling that I spend way too much time on shallow things – things that society will say means something, but I’m not so sure any more. I think you know what I mean.
So now I turn to you and ask you, as an ordinary guru, what is it that is missing that I am not getting?
Any advice will help, Ron K.
If you have perfect eyesight, you don’t run all over town searching for the perfect pair of glasses to improve your eyesight, do you? At least, I hope not. Unfortunately the world will teach you to believe that there is a perfect pair of eyeglasses out there that will give you even better than 20/15 vision. (20/15 is considered the best!). When you buy into it, your life becomes frantic trying to find those glasses. No pair ever quite does it. Desperately seeking that kind of perfect sight could be a fright, do you agree?
The next time you feel that you’ve got to do something fantastically new, or achieve another trophy, or win another award, or buy an even bigger boat in order to feel successful and happy, ask yourself this: “Who is this ME that will feel successful and happy?” What you’ll find is that this ME is not really you. This ME is the “you” that you created yourself to be in childhood moments of failure and pain, and you did it to try to please others so they’d like you. That ME will never please you, Ron. It can’t. It’s not you. That is the conclusion that you are coming to at this point in your life, and it is well worth looking deeper into.
Who is the authentic ME that dwells inside of you, Ron? And what would you do that would truly please that ME? What have you done that has truly pleased that ME? C’mon now, think about it.
I have a friend who is literally worth a billion dollars. He loves to sit in his garden and talk to the vegetables as they grow. I mean it. Nothing thrills him more. “It’s so peaceful; it’s bliss. There’s nothing like it,” he says. It’s blissfully peaceful because it pleases the authentic ME that dwells in the deepest part of him. Getting in touch with that ME is the biggest thrill of all, Ron.
Great inquiry, Ron … Blessings, Rob
This is a big one for all of us. It matters not whether you are rich and powerful, and a bigwig in your community or just a hard working individual who’s barely getting by – the question is; “Who is this ME that you are working hard to please? Is it the authentic you, or is it the false self that you created in childhood moments of failure and pain; that self who spends all of his energy thinking you will be happy if only you can impress and please everyone?
Wow, again I say, “That’s a big one.”
Blessings and Love to all of you, Rob
PS – Understanding new knowledge, like what is offered above, is like sitting in front of a warm fire after coming in from the cold. Can you feel it?
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