more teachers! What do I do? (Updated April 3 2007)
get many requests from people who want a teacher and want to join one of our
Recently, our teachers have for the most part retreated into their monasteries for the end times.
The monks/priests that went into retreat, are faced with waiting upon a variety of free will and non free will decisions and events, to determine if one day they will again emerge and try to help anyone, if there is anyone capable of being helped.
Before going into retreat they said that they wish the best to all of you, and love you all with all their heart, and weep for those who have become lost and not found.
They also said that the best bet in lieu of them, was to use the self improvement techniques of the GRO (golden rule organization) and start your own mini growth self help systems within your family, faith, or lack of faith, strangers, roomates or whatever.
The CLO holds that, in the absence of their teachers, living by the GR principles/virtues, are the most important means to a return to consciousness and oneness with God/the Universal Spirit.
People working together with others under those principles, while fraught with great difficulty since many are still arguing because of their own selfish agendas and
egos, can help make progress if sincerity is truly present.
Unfortunately, it does not replace having a teacher at all, but the way the world is going, you don't really have many choices but to do the best you can with what you have.
This is where the
title of this topic comes in. "What do I do now?" We have left a legacy of helpful
information and tools for those who really, really, really want to change and
make their way back to the Universal Spirit/God. They include (obviously) the
Lost Teachings book and secondarily the Golden Rule Workbook. They also include products
that can help you change, but nothing replaces the books, and even more so, the
"real work" that is normally done with a teacher.
A teacher's primary
function (as you may have read in the Lost Teachings) is to give you
constructive criticism based on the skills they've developed. Thus they
are like mirrors of yourself because the compassion, unselfish Love and clarity
of mind they have worked so hard to develop themselves, gives them the ability to
know you better than you know yourself. They "see" right through you and
tell you the truth about yourself. Thus, they are tools that someone who
wishes to grow can use to learn to connect with their own inner voice (which should
be the same as what you're hearing from a teacher). Granted, these truths and
constructive criticisms "sting" and can come out very intensely,
depending on your level of humility verses your self's wanting to block the
criticisms the teacher is offering. Thus, a teacher is often the recipient of negativity
from those he loves and is trying to help. Which, again, due to their compassion
and unselfish Love for all those who are lost in darkness, is just one of the
sacrifices they make to help bring the light of truth and spirit to those who
want it. You can't change unless you first see yourself and that your selfish
separate self has done everything in its power to prevent you from seeing
Thus, the primary function of the GR workbook is to see yourself both
by doing SELF analysis and by soliciting constructive criticism from those you
know, who also see you grow and help you grow. Of course, this takes a great deal
of humility - regardless of whether the criticism/truth is from a fellow monk, a
teacher, supportive friend or whomever. Because as soon as people start bringing up your flaws to you, your natural self response is to get
defensive rather than being appreciative of something being shown to you that
will help you grow. It also takes discernment, because most of the people around
you don't want to see you grow and change because that means passing them by (unless they also want to grow and
change). So you will also get a lot of
criticism from people who "want to keep you down in the hole they're in". That is NOT the kind of criticism that is helpful to your spiritual
goals. Which is one of the problems of using the GR workbook or listening to
criticism from just anyone.
With a teacher or other people who share your
views and goals, the criticism is generally going to be on the spiritual side of
the type that can help urge you on, inspire you, and help you towards your
spiritual goals of reuniting with God. With a teacher in particular, that is
ALWAYS the case. But there are very clever selfish people out there who want to
keep you down or want to keep control over you or want to keep you as a
possession, who will use your own beliefs and desire for constructive criticism
against you. For instance, they will say you're being selfish because you aren't
giving them what they want or behaving the way they want you to.
But in these
times and circumstances, you don't really have many choices but to do the best you
can, which is why we recommend the workbook. It might not really help or work
things out for you, but then again, it might. It gives you a step by step guide
for having meetings, discussions and using constructive criticism and
affirmations as best you can, whether it's with others who want to join you in
your journey or all by yourself, if that's all you've got.
We have been
very surprised by the lack of people getting the workbook. The Lost Teachings
book is in it's sixth printing and one of the best sellers of independently
published books, yet the GR workbooks have only sold about 1% of what the Lost
Teachings have sold. And this is very sad to us because it is so very helpful
and it's also very universal. There's virtually no one with a good heart
regardless of religion or lack of religion who can find fault with the concepts
of the golden rule and becoming more caring and harmless. It doesn't talk about
the things that people can disagree about, like Atlantis, reincarnation,
alternative theories of creation and ancient monasteries in the Himalayas, etc.
And frankly, all of those things are interesting, but they are of no use in becoming
a more compassionate, harmless and helpful person, nor will they get you any closer to the
Universal Spirit. Someday soon the workbook will be modified into more of a
"self help" book rather than a "spiritual self help" book,
in hopes that it will reach more people and help in the ways that truly matter.
that teachers will no longer be available, this book will have even more
significance than just as a self help or New Year's resolution aid. It's not just
a "reading" book - it is a work-book. In other words, it has specific
exercises and other things to do which help with self improvement. For instance,
there are pages you can tear out of the book that have affirmations printed on
them which you can put on walls, doors, inside closet doors (if you want to be
discrete) or even in front of the toilet if you want (if you want them to be very
indiscrete but effective [or should I say "butt" effective]).
are also pages of affirmation recommendations that cover virtually any kind
of change a person might want to make. There are also pages where you fill in
your goals in life and others that you write down your desires and fears on.
This not only helps you ground these things out, but also lets people you might
choose to work with in a group or club/meeting setting know where you're coming
from and possibly help you better and vice versa.
It also gives many tips on how
to improve your relationships with anyone: (providing they're willing of course
- you don't want to be preaching or pushing your ideas onto people) spouses,
friends, family, strangers, etc. And above, you've already read the other ways it can
help replace a teacher.
AND GADGETS WE USE OURSELVES TO MAKE SELF IMPROVEMENT EASIER:
GR Workbook of course.
small inconspicuous device that looks like a pager. You can wear it on your
waistband or slip it in a pocket. At any time interval you set between 1 minute
and 24 hours it will silently vibrate reminding you to wake up out of the
"Matrix" for a moment; think about what's really real and important to
you in life; possibly do an affirmation; remind you to re-read the Lost
Teachings for a half hour a day; meditation; whatever. Its uses are only
limited by your imagination. It can even be used as a meditation timer if you
meditate (for instance, if you're doing six, 5 minute meditations in a row, you
can set it to 5 minutes and without having to check the time, you can stay in
your meditation state and seamlessly go on to the next meditation. This helps
you get into a deeper state overall instead of doing 6 separate 5 minute
meditations). But wait, there's more, it can also be used as a handy egg timer.
We've recently dropped the price from $59.95 to $49.95 to make it more
affordable for you. It's better than any price we find anywhere, even though we
shortchange ourselves a bit.
MotivAider - If
you work on computers for any length of time at home or use them for work, this
handy little program (which doesn't interfere with any other programs you're
working with) will flash an affirmation on your computer screen at intervals you
preset. You can choose from a large variety of affirmations we have prewritten
for you or create your own custom ones. You can also change the length of time
the message appears on your screen all the way down to as fast as the
"subliminal" level to where you never see the message, only your
subconscious sees it. You can even install it on a co-worker's computer,
set it to a super fast level and use it to pick up girls, or on a monk's
computer and train them to pee in their bed at night. But seriously, this is a
great tool for those of us who use computers. And if you own a business it can
even be used to remind employees of company success goals. It can also be used
by children to help them work on specific issues while they're messing around
with their computer.
Vibrational Sounds - For
this time of year and typical New Year's types of resolutions, the "Healthy
Habits" &/or "Weight Loss" could be particularly helpful.
Also if you're having a hard time regarding stress or emotional issues, the
"Stress" and "Emotional Healing" CD's are recommended.