Re: IMO - In My Opinion Posted by John on July 11, 1998 at 09:05:43:
In Reply to: IMO - In My Opinion posted by Deirdre on July 10, 1998 at 18:02:09:
Yes, that *is* an important part of my ego-personality-makeup. But there is more here than meets the eye. Sometimes, my "modesty" can get a little thick. Other times, as here, I "ham it up" a little, as an "artistic effect," so to speak. Who knows when I'll get another chance as good as this one to illustrate what I'm talking about from my own experiences? IMHO, if I'm not "too attached" to my "image as a teacher," it can be a very useful teaching tool to "shellack my self" now and then this way for the sake of clarifying what students need to study and understand in their own selves. Also, later, when I'm being more direct in my observations about a student's ego-personality-makeup it is more more comfortable, perhaps, if it can be seen that "John can take it as well as dish it out."
I'm reminded of a teaching in don Coyotl's correspondence:
"To be able to love like that and maintain that state of being one must constantly defy ego in any form." . . . . "Love is . . . an awareness." . . . . "In a way, true love is analogous to being resentlessly ruthless against all and everything including one's self."
I'll post more detailed responses to your other posting, and Dr. Tart's interesting metaphor (that you emailed to me), early next week.
Bye for now.
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