[quote="Skylann, post:5, topic:298378"]
Just to throw this out there, here's a list of some of the ideas that I have either integrated or am inclined to integrate:
-Life is hard. Life isn't always fair.
-Work on changing yourself before you try to change others.
-Judge not. Observe others, but judge not.
-Do not identify with negative feelings. They are in you, but they are not substantial to you. As badly as you might feel, you don't have to let negative impede nor influence you.
-People have problems. Their problems are not your problems. Let them work their problems out. Meanwhile, be happy.
-Let go. Of what? The past and the future for starters. Live the moment.
-Let go. Of what? Things. Other people. Be detached from the world.
-Compassion/love (?) can be painful. Painful like a surgeon or a medicine. Good for you, but painful.
-Wake up to your inner potential. Wake up and fly!
I'm open to any comments, opinions or recommendations. Please, your thoughts.
Fr. De Mello was big on us going through life asleep. He did advise us to wake up, but...
I see some overlap between what he teaches and Christianity. The detachment from material things is fine. Yet, the emptying of self, via detachment from the world, the lack of concern about others and their problems is contrary to the teachings of Christ. He taught that we are to love our neighbor, and chastise/correct the sinner without judgment. His concept tends toward actualization from within, rather than by God's grace, which comes from without. Christ teaches the denial of self, not the detachment or emptying of self There is a lot of Buddhist influence in this emptying/detaching.
To be blunt, I would avoid him like the spiritual plague that some of his ideas are. They lead toward the self and not toward our Creator. They remove God from being in charge and place us in charge. Notice that the emphasis seems to be on the light within us and not the light of Christ. The new age movement has adopted some of these beliefs. Knowing the tendency toward excess that is inherent in the human ego, this is not good.
How deep are you into this?