How we think

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Are you like me and often surprised when someone thinks differently from you?

At the same time, when I am surprised to see how differently a friend and I may think -- this is when I see clearly how my thinking is not what it used to be. I see the strides I have made. I see the contrast between my old ways of thinking and my new ways of thinking,  and it is certain that my new ways are closer to God's. Closer in thought and closer in deed.  Still a long way to go, but closer.

There was a time in my life -- a long time in my life -- when my first thought was: "What's in it for me?" That's stating it as brutally as I can. At the time I didn't see myself as selfish. I'm pretty sure that it didn't occur to me that I wasn't as giving a person as I liked to think I was. I cringe now at some of the selfish things that I did and was so sure I was right.

In fact, there was a time when I was on the money-making track. Of course, I never did make it, yet if determination were the key, I would be rich! I went to seminars. I read books. Some were very fine and had principles, and yet the thrust was on making money, and I went kinda crazy and spent money and acted on suggestions that, in my right mind, I never would have.  But I idolized the seminar leaders and I convinced myself that it was all right to kid myself that something was true when I knew plain well that it wasn't. I really knew better than to network with people just because I thought they could help me get ahead.

At that time I was into smart thinking, and I was into effort.

Now I am into no thinking and no effort! It is such a relief!

I do believe that we get rewarded for all the good we do, yet that's not the same as looking for a direct line from what we do to a pay-off.

I like the theme of the song from A Sound of Music that says: "Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good."

I remember a true story about a young man who stopped to help an ordinary-looking guy in an ordinary car fix a flat tire.  I forget the names of the two men. The man who had the flat tire was famous, and he never forgot the young man who had stopped to help him change his tire. And when the man who had the flat tire died, he left his millions to the simple young man who had never thought about any kind of reward but the reward of helping someone from the goodness of his heart.

Can we possibly imagine any of the Great Ones saying: "What's in it for me? How is spending time with this person to my advantage?"

In God's employ, it was impossible for such thinking to occur to the Great Ones. Not for one minute.

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Gloria the Sound of Music quote has always been one of my favourites.

In my case, I think I am surprised that I am so naive in how others think. I imagine they will think as I do, but so many still have their own "agenda."

I also believe we attract people to us to help us grow.

And perhaps the wolves in sheep's clothing are sent for our spiritual growth.

Love & Light..

I'm not so sure that we can do away entirely with the idea of a pay-off. At least I don't seem to be able to. Maybe one kind of progress is being able increasingly to handle delayed gratification. Maybe another being able increasingly to share the pay-off.

Maybe just continually refining the definition of what the pay-off is. I feel like I'm getting better at this but I would still like to win the lottery.

I would like to win the lottery too. That's honest. But to use people for pay-offs, that's different.

Beloved Charles, you know that Heavenletters is an enterprise entirely from heart. Somehow they are mine to do, and I love to do them. That doesn't mean I wouldn't love Heavenletters to make it big! I wouldn't mind being wealthy etc.

Millions of people work for a living. They work for that paycheck. That's honest and forthright.

Did I mislead in the blog I wrote?

If either of us wins the lottery, let's share it with the other! Of course, you'd better see that I buy a ticket every now and then!

All the Great Ones, before becoming greats ( and some among them also afterwards), lived in seclusion because they knew nobody was going to be "to their advantage", except the Master. So, very wisely, they simply didn't waste their time with people, without feeling guilty for that. Of course I am talking from a soul's perspective, where much discernment is.
From an ego's perspective, my conclusion is that we always look for some advantage in any situation and any people we meet, very rarely we act spontaneously, renouncing even to that subtle gratification of feeling good and generous, thus very spiritual and...a bit superior.

True, Emilia, we pounce on gross advantage-seeking, making it the daily headline, and overlook the subtler forms of it – or even TO be able to overlook them. But what does it matter, really? We are fast approaching the time where everyone will clearly know that nothing, nothing at all, goes unnoticed. Nothing goes unnoticed even now, but our collusion of pretense still holds much of the time. Soon we will happily drop all pretense and become great ones who like to have money and delicatessen, to pull each other's leg, to have our ego chased by other great ones and jingle our Tiffany diamonds. No one will know us.

And since all of us without exception are destined to become great ones, I would not agree to having to live in seclusion as a prerequisite. Of course, I also don't fancy wasting my time with people. There must be some point of balance. Spontaneity, aka innocence, hast to be possible regardless.

Gloria Dear, I have been reading your blog for quite a while now. I remember the tales you told us about your classes and your pupils. Never have I detacted any selfishness. You would like to win the lottery? I know that if you did and you probably made plans while you were waiting for the draw. Who can I help with that money. And yes You might even have thought of a bigger appartment for your self but First Where is the money best spend for the good of most, And that Is our GLORIA and that is why we love you. Jack

O dear Jochen, we have crowds everywhere, even crowds of great ones now. I wonder who will bake the croissants in the early morning or sweep the floors. One more reason to escape into my secluded garden where there is only Me to orchestrate the whole thing and, yes,"no one will know us".

Beloved Jack, when you see others, you are seeing yourself.

That is such a beautiful image Senora. Where did you find it? Everything about that image is magnificent.

I agree about the image, Senor. I had searched in Google, images of thinking, and I loved that image. I can't seem to find it again, though I did find many wood carvings, but not the identical one yet. Next time I'll keep track.

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