Regarding religion or meditation, it makes no difference whether a practitioner is a scientist, a mental health professional or an employee at a temp agency.
A practitioner's social class, titles, or occupation should be irrelevant if he or she claims to have benefitted from a teaching that is supposed to transcend ego.
For it is ego that is concerned with social class, titles, and prestige.
It is worth noting that most ordinary folks would find it quite difficult to re-enter the job market and get employement if they have been out of the job market for a decade or more.
A person in such a predicament would have to do re-entry classes, and get advice from a job counselor on how to deal with years long gap in work history if they cant say they were out of work due to raising a family, etc.
And they would probably have to start in quite humble jobs, prove themselves as reliable, and from there, work their way up.
Only on the New Age circuit can one have a year's long employment gap in one's resume and not be searchingly questioned about it, as an ordinary job seeker would be.
are you saying unemployment is a form of "self realization" or ego diminishment? or, re-entering the job market as a form of enlightenment due to its "humility" and seeking the advice of those more advanced so as to re-establish their footing which in turn leads to a stronger sense of self and a potentially stronger ego?
Your first example involved a 10 year lapse in employment. The second example involved a 1 year lapse.
Earlier I mentioned a story Tolle tells on his Findhorn CD involving another "new age guru" known as Byron Katie.
He speaks of Byron (a woman) visiting a woman in the hospital. This woman had an advanced cancer and Byron says, "problem? I don't see a problem here!" the bed-ridden woman says, "NO problem!?!? I'LL SHOW YOU A PROBLEM!!" Tolle then says that the woman lifted her bedsheets to reveal that one leg was about twice the size of the other. Byron says, "oh...you think that both legs are supposed to be the same size?" Tolle then says that the women laughed hysterically for probably the first time in a long time.
WHAT KIND OF INHUMANITY IS THIS passing itself off as enlightened counselling!?!?!? WHY, WHY would Tolle repeat this!?!? Obviously my repulsion towards Byron Katie's "advice" is personal as his audience chuckled along with him.
The human mind that Tolle referred to as not being capable of "grasping very much" is certainly validated with that preceeding example; HIS!! Something indeed greater than the mind in its complexity has decreed a symmetry and balance that is encoded within the DNA that cannot be scoffed at with a trivial "oh! you think that both legs should be the same size!" Cannot Tolle SEE how foolish this sounds!?!?! This was one of first glimpses into inhumanity passing itslef off as "enlightened" indifference. OR? are you just reading the words of a poor, wounded, "ego" here, with its "story" and its dissatisfactions as to how "I" think the world should look? Of course, cancers are happening NOW, and a leg that has increased twice its size IS a problem. But to Byron Katie, it's just another name for joy.
That there are moments when acceptance is really the only option, then, of course "submitting" to the mystery of cancer may be your only viable option. But do NOT deny this lady her "story", her personal mythology, or whatever you wish to call it. Tolle spends ALOT of time trying to diminish other people's "stories", the fictions of the "little me". In doing so,he's invoking dualism into his theories and causing further splits. Either those stories are a manifestation of what IS, the divine "suchness" of what is or they're not. Of course, that cancer is a manifestation of the "divine" is probably what led Byron Katie to see "no problem".
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/03/2008 03:21AM by Hugh Manatee.