For the Benefit of all Beings

I am watching The Secret, from 2006. Most of what they say about The Law of Attraction is true. A few clarifications are necessary, though, which are also incredibly important to understand, lest we fall into the trap of arrogance and spiritual bypassing in our application of the principles.

There are no “Get out of Karma Free” cards in this game. Your personal and ancestral Karma will attract things to you as much as your thoughts do. (And so will the oppression of systems and people. Not all things are attracted to us by our thoughts. Sometimes, we get caught in the web of other people’s behaviors and thoughts like flies in a spider web.)

The Law of Karma supersedes the Law of Attraction. So if you are attempting to attract a certain thing, often, you may have to cut through a lot of karma as well as social statutes before it comes.

Also, we, as individuals, do not always know what we want. We think we do, and yet the fact is we are living in a web of materialistic and moral confusion.

It is often best to ask the Universe to provide what is in our best interest because the fact is, the universe always knows better than we do. Thinking we know what to ask for is naive.

So, yes, you may “use” the law of attraction to receive material benefits, such as wealth or a red Ferrari. But, if you do so, (use the law for your own personal and material gain), then you are mis-using this power. This will create negative karma in your life and in the lives of your children. Karma is nothing to take lightly.

Yogic Spirituality teaches this as well. All “intentions” must be set with the following caveat: may this come true ONLY if it is for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Also, we live in a society with systems in place (and individuals) that actively oppress people: non-“citizens,” the poor and impoverished, the abused, the homeless, the chronically ill, all of these folks are at strong disadvantages because of our societal constructs. Do not tell a homeless person or someone with cancer that if they just change their thoughts, they would change their reality, that, my friends, is spiritual bypassing, and abelist. Also do not tell this to a person working for minimum wage. They are there because of oppression, not Karma, and not the Law of Attraction.

Fighting oppression with the Law of Attraction is possible.
But it’s a much bigger undertaking than admonishing the minimum wage worker to simply “manifest” a better job.

Although that definitely sounds like something a rich white person from Johnson County would say ~ as well as a Trumper. (Damn, I can’t believe that guy’s president. What reality are we in?) Oh, I forgot, we manifested that. Right.

The spiritual, moral, and ethical violations of the use of the law of attraction, resulting in what the Yogic traditions refer to as a Karmic Debt.

The Karmic Debt, for example, of a Nation such as ours, founded on the hypocrisy that all men are created equal while the founding fathers owned slaves, is the president we have today.

This information is from the Yogic traditions.
My teacher was the founder of the community in Oregon where i lived. He was an old man in his 70s, and very very wise.

Getting in touch with you “Inner-Mr.-Rogers”

I THINK FRED WOULD HAVE LIKED THE MOVIE

The film was framed as an Episode of the Mr. Rogers’ show ~ a brilliant idea. There is a journalist who is writing a feature about Fred for Esquire. He’s also dealing with anger issues directed at his father ~ and that’s what the theme of this episode is really about: men’s anger work. This is so very badly needed in today’s world as we struggle to find our Sacred Masculine.

The Journalist starts off as an embittered misanthrope acting out of unresolved anger. With the help of Mr. Rogers and the cast of characters from the Friendly Neighborhood, he learns emotional maturity and emotional intelligence. This movie will hit too close to home for many men, and it will take a lot of courage for some to watch.

The character arch of the journalist is one I’m intimately acquainted with. Looking back on who I was before meeting my Inner-Mr-Rogers, I was half alive but felt mostly dead inside. I was deeply aware of how much the poison of negative emotions was corroding me, but I was truly powerless to do anything about it. Between a busy life and stress at work, the symptoms were getting far worse by the time I was in my 30s. It’s as if many social circumstances are designed around keeping the poison in us flowing.

Mr. Rogers’ superpower is empathy ~ it’s THE missing ingredient that the majority of therapists who keep “professional distance” miss. My experience with therapists is that many tend to intellectualize emotions. (And many have not checked their own baggage). We cannot achieve emotional healing that way.

Empathy is necessary.
Empathy is the magic elixir.
As a society, we have a ton to learn from Mr. Rogers.
How did Mr. Rogers achieve this ….. Boddhisatva state?

In today’s society, designed to keep the poison flowing, that’s “enlightenment.” But enlightenment is also being down to earth, being humble about that. He says in the movie, “Fame is a four-letter word. It’s what you do with it.”

So let’s not idolize him ~ which is why the movie wasn’t about him ~ but rather an episode of his show teaching a very apropos lesson. Instead, let’s ask, “How can we all get in touch with our own Inner-Mr-Rogers?”

So glad Hollywood and Tom Hanks put this out there.

I think the Mr. Rogers’ movie should be required viewing for all future presidents (and fathers).

I think Fred would have liked the movie.