They shouldn’t sidetrack by bringing in 2012. (A few otherwise quite insightful teachers, such as Alberto Villoldo, who promote the pop new agey ideas about 2012.)
No. Also, don’t know what is best for them or their students.
What happens when I believe that thought?
I set myself up as right and them as wrong. I experience separation. I want to defend my own view. I go into stories defending my own view, fleshing it out.
Where does my mind go? I tell myself they are naive. Engage in sloppy thinking. Get caught up in blind projections. Mislead themselves and their students. Distract from the essence of their teachings and insights, which is all about what each us can discover here now. Encourage passitivity and fatalism by promoting beliefs about something fixed in the future. Discredit what is of real value in their teachings. Accept seriously flawed reasoning about the Maya calendar, not aligned with any serious research. Don’t see that even if everything seems to point at something happening in the future (which in itself is dubious), it doesn’t mean it will happen or that it is helpful to focus on it. It only encourages blind projections in their students. (Which is a good idea if it that is an explicit intention and the students are given tools to work with it, but a less good idea otherwise.)
Who would I be without it?
More receptive. Still see it as projections and maybe not so helpful to focus on, but without the drama. A sense of us. More freedom in how to relate to it, and what to say or do, depending on what seems appropriate in the situation.
They should sidetrack.
Yes. Everything in their history tells them they should.
Also, it does bring up projections in their students, which gives them an opportunity to work on it. (For instance if/when their hopes get crushed.)
And it brings up beliefs (and projections) in myself, so I get to inquire into those beliefs.
I shouldn’t sidetrack.
Yes. The advice, as usual, is for myself. When I get caught up in beliefs and shoulds around these things, I sidetrack myself. I get caught up in the drama instead of relating to it in a more clear and practical way.
Also, when I get caught up in beliefs around it, I sidetrack myself from the essence of their teachings. I am less receptive to what is of more and practical value to me in their teachings.
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