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A little manipulation by the Coach. ;-) Posted by John on December 19, 2001 at 10:44:04:
In Reply to: Re: Rat-Tat-Tat, Rat-Tat-Tat... posted by lou on December 18, 2001 at 10:10:00:
Lou, yer a stand-up guy. And I'm proud of you.
You've been doing what a warrior does in these times, using your head and being awake, and coming up with *something* at least, that's intelligent,
and loving, and contributes to the situation.
Here, from Lou, you have seen a demonstration of contrition, Ladies and Gentlemen. Look it over. There's no loss of dignity in this. It is spoken like
a real Man, a real Woman.
"I was wrong. I made a mistake. I wasn't sensitive enough. I may have hurt you. I saw the truth of it. And I feel contrite. What else can I say?"
Beautifully done, my Man. I'd gladly fight in your platoon for peace and harmony, any time, anywhere. And what about the rest of you in this class?
As we go along, are you examining the part that your own Being/Self has played in these recent uptight classroom events?
Are you still stuck in judging any of the things that have happened here? Are you still uptight about anything going on here now? Do you still hold a
grudge against any of your classmates? — Or have you come to peace about these studies we are doing here, have you come to harmony working
with these observeable Selfish human behaviors that have been holding sway *in all of our lives*, getting in the way of our freedom to do and create
the best of what each of us was born with to do and create? Does your body feel loose and at rest inside? Are you really all cool with each other by
I can think of several of you (and with no blame and no bad feelings whatsoever) who could discover the reality of contrition in your realm of
experience right now. This is a great opportunity for those of you, if you jump on it! If you have been reflecting on the things that I've been coaching
here, this is the golden opportunity to catch on to the experience of contrition, if you haven't caught on already.
Contrition has appeared, from time to time, in our Classroom Talk sharings in the past. Now, after so many bad feelings have gone around among us,
and among some of each other, now is the time when your Self-examination, your honesty, your setting aside all of the justifications you had before on
a shelf (where you can get them back if you need them), and your mindful awareness . . . . . and doing a little (ahem) *Soul-searching* might yield you
spectacularly useful results, Folks. Knowing the experience contrition in one's Being is one of the greatest things a mindful warrior can learn.
Here's an out-and-out manipulation, heh-heh (i.e. where I'm manipulating you to get you to do what I want you to do), hee-hee. If any of you Folks
would like to give me a birthday/Christmas gift, give me the satisfaction of seeing you showing some sincere contrition towards one another about
this class engagement that I've been working on these days.
With much love . . . just be who you are; that's good enough for me . . . (and back to work on my next class . . .)
Your Artist, Hard Worker, Student coach is happily at work this morning.
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