Re: No wonder Harold did a lot of editing!
- Hi Mish,
The problem that many Eckists have, with reading Ford's
book "Confessions," is that they are fearful of the book and believe
that words which criticize Eckankar are negative. Therefore, why
would someone, an Eckist, that is so pure, positive, and spiritual
<smile> want to expose theirself to negativity? They forget,
however, that negativity surrounds them and all of us, and that one
should not deny it exists. Negativity (conflict) is a means to
personal and spiritual growth... is it not?
Many current Eckists who have "read" Confessions of a God Seeker
actually did a speed read because of their fear. They feared that
doubt would enter their minds and that Eckankar would not be able to
withstand the scruntiny of truth which they have denied seeing and
questioning over the years. Therefore, these Eckists (and some
former Eckists) did a "Paul Twitchell" and skimmed Confessions, but
did so with a closed or semi-closed mind. People, in general, are
fearful of change and of having comfortable delusions and
rationalizations shattered. Eckankar, and religion in general, is
like having your own private and indestructible "spiritual" security
blanket. Yours keeps you safe, it's always better than the next
person's, you are always farther along with a personal relationship
with the Inner (Whatever), or can see from a higher perspective...
right?! This is simply how our minds (and egos) work and there are
those who take advantage of this.
Paul Twitchell was not unique when we look at history. There are
thousands and thousands of con men and women doing their own unique
scam at any given moment! This has always been the case! Some of
these people even have good intentions, at times, but what they sell
is what they can see we all want and need. Is it any wonder that
both financial and spiritual security (peace of mind) is such big
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Proof of this confusion is readily seen in the posts by eckists on
the non-official eck chat sites--if you care to check out Chela Chat
and Hu Chat. They seem to have a problem agreeing about what is
meant in the teachings! As for karma, eckists, instead of getting
rid of it, seem to rope more and more of it in, because they feel
they have to deal with certain situations/relationships instead of
saying "I pass." LOL!
Many struggle hanging in unhealthy relationships because they are
looking for the higher meaning of it all--and try to make something
work that is too badly broken to begin with. I believe that eckists
are taught to be delusional more than any other thing and this is
what they are "learning from the teachings!" LOL!
Too bad they won't read Ford Johnson's book "Confessions of a God
Seeker" so that a light bulb might be turned on in their muddled
minds. It's really sad. This also applies to those former eckists
who continue to cling to the "truths" they learned in eckankar--they
still want to believe that they evolved because of those special eck
The truth is (IMO) that they will not evolve until they let go of
this delusional eck thinking--and until they accept the fact they
were duped by the false/deceptive teachings in eckankar, these
individuals will also continue to operate in a delusional state of
consciousness and remain stuck, much like the eckists who remain
trapped in eckankar right now.
Happy Holidays to you too, and of course to everyone else who
participates by posting and/or reading here!
- Hi Ingrid,
It seems that this Eckist doesn't understand his place in the
hierarchy. Under the RESA structure one must be a team member and
follow the rules (spoken and unspoken), know the Mahanta's mission,
but especially comply with the written guidelines. Does he know
there are even guidelines for postering? I was quite an enthusiastic
vahana at one time, but eventually mellowed when I continuously saw
the overwhelming flaws. How could such flaws exist in H.I. chelas
and the Eckankar org if this was the highest spiritual path in all
of the universes of Sugmad?! This was very confusing, didn't make
sense, and caused me a lot of conflict! This chela (a 4th?) will
never be trusted with a higher initiation if he cannot work within
or understand the RESA structure. The standards are much stricter
for today's Eckists than in the past. However, this is the big
problem with Eckankar... all of those old timer H.I.s that reject
the Guidelines! I don't blame them! Eckankar has become very
controlling, narrow of focus, and a top heavy business (religion)!
And, that glass ceiling of initiation (the 7th) is starting to show
more cracks! LOL!
Today, we met an eckist who has brought quite some members to
Eckankar. He is confused, too, because he has been a member for 24
years now and really has done more than his share - but still no 5th
initiation. The thing is that he isn't very complying to the
guidelines, has never sent in any initiation reports and such. He
knows that he doesn't fit and that this is why. He was excluded from
vahana work by the resas. He said that some months ago, he had seen
that a postering workshop was planned and asked himself why he was
not asked because that was what he had been doing for 20 years or
so. Well, he is still very much into the "higher/lower/master"
stuff, but we have given him the website address for background
information about Eckankar.
The Eckist I spoke of wanted to know in one sentence what Ford's
book was all about. No way to tell him in one sentence! It's even
not possible to describe Eckankar in one sentence. I finally broke
it down to "I can have all the love and protection I need without
They are still stuck in that higher/lower thinking. Just as this
Eckist said that a certain tincture he is making comes from
the "highest and purest" source. I told him that it was highest and
purest because his heart was in it. So weird, at least for me, to
think that there is a "highest" out there whereas we can find it in
our own heart if we are pure and honest!
Happy Holidays to all, too!