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Software Images icon An illustration of two photographs. Images Donate icon An illustration of a heart shape Donate Ellipses icon An illustration of text ellipses. Gerardus' Grist! IMost people, even though they don't know it, are asleep. They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up.
They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence. You know, all mystics - Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion - are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure. But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.
Last year on Spanish television I heard a story about this gentleman who knocks on his son's door. Jaime answers, "I don't want to get up. The father shouts, "Get up, you have to go to school".
J aime says, "I don't want to go to school". And the father says, "Well, I am going to give you three reasons why you must go to school. First, because it is your duty; second, because you are forty-five years old, and third, because you are the headmaster". Wake up, wake up! You've grown up. You're too big to be asleep.
Wake up! Stop playing with your toys. Wisdom from Anthony de Mello! Most people tell you they want to get out of kindergarten, but don't believe them.
Don't believe them! All they want you to do is to mend their broken toys. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success". This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That's all. Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don't really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful. Waking up is unpleasant, you know. You are nice and comfortable in bed. It's irritating to be woken up. That's the reason the wise guru will not attempt to wake people up.
I hope I 'm going to be wise here and make no attempt whatsoever to wake you up if you are asleep. It is really none of my business, even though I say to you at times, "Wake up! If you profit from it, fine; if you don't, too bad! As the Arabs say, "The nature of rain is the same, but it makes thorns grow in the marshes and flowers in the gardens".
Oh, no, no, no, no, no! Don't expect me to be of help to anyone. Nor do I expect to damage anyone. If you are damaged, you did it; and if you are helped, you did it. You really did! You think people help you? They don't. You think people support you?
There was a woman in a therapy group I was conducting once. She was a religious sister. She said to me, "I don't feel supported by my superior". So I said, "What do you mean by that"? And she said, "Well, my superior, the provincial superior, never shows up at the novitiate where I am in charge, never. She never says a word of appreciation". I said to her, "All right let's do a little role playing. Pretend I know your provincial superior. In fact, pretend I know exactly what she thinks about you.
So I say to you acting the part of the provincial superior , 'You know, Mary, the reason I don't come to that place you're in is because it is the one place in the province that is trouble-free, no problems. I know you're in charge, so all is well. She said, "I feel great". Then I said to her, "All right, would you mind leaving the room for a minute or two?
This is part of the exercise". So she did. While she was away, I said to the others in the therapy group, "I am still the provincial superior, O. Mary out there is the worst novice director I have ever had in the whole history of the province.
I n fact, the reason I don't go to the novitiate is because I can't bear to see what she is up to. It's simply awful. But if I tell her the truth, it's only going to make those novices suffer all the more. We are getting somebody to take her place in a year or two; we are training someone.
I n the meantime I thought I would say those nice things to her to keep her going. What do you think of that"? They answered, "Well, it was really the only thing you could do under the circumstances".
Then I brought Mary back into the group and asked her if she still felt great. Poor Mary! She thought she was being supported when she wasn't.
The point is that most of what we feel and think we conjure up for ourselves in our heads, including this business of being helped by people. Do you think you help people because you are in love with them? Well, I 've got news for you. You are never in love with anyone.
You're only in love with your prejudiced and hopeful idea of that person. Take a minute to think about that: You are never in love with anyone, you're in love with your prejudiced idea of that person. Isn't that how you fall out of love? Your idea changes, doesn't it? Did you really trust them? You never trusted anyone. Come off it! That's part of society's brainwashing. You never trust anyone. You only trust your judgment about that person. So what are you complaining about?
Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello
No tags were found Choose the book you like when you register 4. You can also cancel your membership if you are bored 5. Mixing Christian spirituality, Buddhist parables, Hindu breathing exercises, and psychological insight, de Mello's words of hope come together in Awareness in a grand synthesis. In short chapters for reading in quiet moments at home or at the office, he cajoles and challenges: We must leave this go-go-go world of illusion and become aware. And this only happens, he insists, by becoming alive to the needs and potential of others, whether at home or in the workplace. Here, then, is a masterful book of the spirit, challenging us to wake up in every aspect of our lives.
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Actually it was the second time I heard it mentioned that got me to pick it up. I decided to pick it up because he said every time he re-reads it, and he re-reads it more than any other book, it gives him an extended sense of peace. He also told a quick anecdote. They can enjoy it and still have way more than enough to leave to their children and grandchildren. I think if you read it at the right time in your life—for me, it brought a lot of peace.
Their key features are introduced, and the main challenges and opportunities associated with the technologies are analysed. In all cases, a crucial change is underway: reality or, at least, the perception thereof is seen as increasingly less stable, and potential for manipulation is on the rise. In fact, it transpires that personalisation of perceived reality is the likely outcome, with increasing societal fragmentation as a result. Mediatisation is used as a broad-ranging metatheory that explains the permeation by media of everyday affairs to explain the degree of impact that synthetic media have on the society. Recent developments in digital media have enabled them to transcend the traditional representational and mediating role in-between individuals and their physical and social environments, becoming increasingly generative of the same environments instead.
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