Posted by Racer on June 1, 2008, at 9:23:55 [reposted on June 15, 2008, at 20:00:32 | original URL]
In reply to Re: Marylin Monroe, posted by bulldog2 on May 31, 2008, at 18:27:38
> Tolle talks about the ego which is programmed behavior..it composed of thoughts and emotions. Tolle talks about a certain life essence that gives our form life. He says we have to realize we're not the ego. Ego separates us from us from our spiritual component.
> It's a life that's what native americans lived at one time. Very spiritual people that were very connected with their environment.
I'm very glad if you found this book helpful. When I read your first post, I felt a bit -- it's hard for me to put it into words, but I felt as though you were saying there was ONE path to the answer, and I resented that. That's only my reaction, and I may have been primed for that sort of thing based on what the last few days have brought in my life. Still, I know when I post here, I try to be careful not to say what someone should do -- only to suggest possibilities I think would be helpful. I do that to try to be sensitive to others who've found something else to be more helpful.
Also, be very careful of what you read about Native Americans. For many, many years we heard of how well integrated into their environment they were -- and there's a problem with that... For one thing, "Native American" is as specific as "Asian" or "Caucasian." There were many, many tribes, all of which had very different cultures and practices. Some tribes may have lived more spiritual lives, some may have lived in harmony with the natural world -- and it's now known that many tribes devastated their natural resources as completely as some groups do today. That idea of living in perfect harmony with nature is a myth, and it's not even a very old myth.
I hope you understand what I'm trying to say, because I'm very happy to hear you've found something you feel is helpful for you. I just don't like feeling as though something's wrong with me if it isn't helpful to me...