Thursday, November 05, 2009
The danger is that, when we combine our patterns with esoteric knowledge ~ which has been stored and conveyed by people caught inside their own patterns ~ what it does is provide esoteric rationale for staying inside our patterns.
For example, if we recognize something as a pattern through esoteric knowledge, it becomes fairly easy to let go of it. And if we recognize something as an esoteric teaching that is turning into a "pattern" ~ a belief system ~ we can also let go of it easily enough. But when we unconsciously use esoteric knowledge to strengthen and justify our patterns, we are really stuck in them. The reason is that the combination of intellectual knowledge with emotionally invested drives convinces us that we have found Truth with a big T. Actually, we have just found a perfect esoteric match for our patterns.
All esoteric teaching and "pathwork" is for the mind, and it is attractive to the mind because the mind knows that it will never really work, so the mind gets to play with its awakening, without ever being all the way undone by it. If it really worked, we wouldn't go near it.
The mind cannot ever co-operate with, much less bring about, its own awakening.
IMO, all these teachings are valid as a means to understand what I just stated above. At that point, to me at least, they become entirely without value or interest. This coming from someone who just published a book about them, and really wants you to buy it!