New Age seminar
I’ve had this fantasy of giving a seminar on `True Spirituality’ at
one of those New Age venues. Where people are used to hearing about themes of empowerment, intention, positive visualisation etc., I’d stand up in front of the crowd and say:
"True Spirituality is a process of loss rather than gain. The focus on what passes for spiritual in the New Age milieu – is all about procuring: Wealth, social and personal interactive powers and skills, better self image, physical wellbeing and so on. All about gain.
"In reality the Spiritual path is about loss. Losing the attachment, and identification with everything one clings to and identifies with. The only force which can bring this about is suffering: Physical, mental and spiritual suffering. Success with techniques for gaining all the things we think will bring happiness will in reality just postpone that fateful day – when everything (including the separate, limited self itself) is lost – and God is Realised.
And that’s the end of the seminar. Of course, there is a no refunds
Jim Migdoll, Australia, 2006