catch #1 jiving vs doing /De Ropp
- From - "The Master Game", Robert De Ropp
Catch #1: Talk-Think Syndrome: Talking
or thinking about the Work
instead of doing it.
Catch #2: Starry-eyed Syndrome: Fanatical devotion to and belief in a teach=
or system to exlusion of all others.
Catch #3: False-Messiah Syndrome:
Delusion that I personaly am a teacher
Catch #4: Personal-Salvation Syndrome:
Delusion that I personally can be
saved, enter "heaven" survive death,etc.
Catch #5: Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Syndrome: Habit of making efforts only when =
in presence of teacher or with other
members of group.
Catch #6: Hunt-the-Guru Syndrome:
Habit of wandering from teacher to
teacher, without staying long enough
to learn anything from any of them
Overdependence, the fourth example of
the wrong work of the emotional brain
occurs in certain people, usually
high in viscerotonia or somatotonia,
when they have "found their faith"
or "consolidated their belief".
This generally means that they have
become members of some cult or
settled themselves at the feet of
some teacher to whom they listen in
starry-eyed rapture, accepting as
"gospel" any information he chooses
to offer them.
The phenomenon is very common in
India, where guru worship(along with
cow worship) constitutes a national
vice. It is also common the West,
for the Christian tradition, with its
emphasis on the Good Shepherd, on sheepishness and on the "believe and
ask no questions" attitude has always
encouraged this form of emotional overdependence.
The Starry-eyed Syndrome represents
one of the most frequented and most
favored cul-de-sacs on the Way. Its
popularity is understandable enough
It results from a human craving for certainty, for consolation, for
guidance and for obedience.
Despite all their big talk about
freedom, men still wish to be slaves
They want to be told what to do,
what to wear, what to think, what
to believe. This saves them from the
effort and suffering involved in
thinking for themselves.
Once they have hung about their necks
the lable stating their "faith" they
protect that label with a passionate intensity and will gladly kill
anybody who dares to question the
truth of any of the statements on
The Starry-eyed Syndrome is a form
of the wrong function of the
emotional brain that is very hard to correct. The ancient assertion:
"If you believe what I tell you,
you will be saved. If you don't
you will be damned," has been used
for centuries by priests of various
religions for their own profit.
It is an integral part of the
world's oldest confidence trick. It
is still played today and is still profitable, though the sophisticated
members of a science-based society
might be expected to know better
than to fall for such a trick