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Elizabeth Towne: Human beings fear past, present and future; themselves and their enemies, not to mention their friends; fear what is without and what is within; fear of the devil and God, too. Fear is a habit.
Love your enemies ..
The next adventure I had on the internet demonstrates a little what Jesus was up against. Truth still gets you into trouble, even where you would hope it wouldn't.
Everything immediately went wrong. I gave them my email address at the website, not realizing that the autoresponder was on and every message they sent was answered with a thank you email. In a group that is not done, of course. The group moderator was not pleased at all. I was summoned to stop spamming. I reasoned that I was just being confronted with my old fears in order to conquer them. I should have been warned by then, because usually my contacts with people are completely harmonious. If that is not the case, it is time to ask the Holy Spirit for help and to find out if the undertaking is part of the divine plan for my life. Well, as is sometimes the case, I thought I could just carry on and do as I pleased. I didn't stop to think.
In this group you have to write an introduction. That also has to be done within a certain time period, because they don't want people who just hang around and do not contribute anything. That was quite difficult for me. While I was thinking about it, I began to receive emails that indicated a conflict in the group. At first I received a lot of messages, that had been sent before. Then I received the next email from the list moderator (I have used fictional names).
In a message the group moderator writes:
I apologize to list members for all these e-mails from Sarah (my substitution for her real name). I am not sure if she is on autoresponder or what. I know this is annoying. I have written her offlist.
How dare you make such an absurd apology? I did it intentionally. NOW HEAR
THIS:I have already sent an unsubscribe notice to the website but they have
not stopped. I want every single one of you to cease and desist sending
these silly emails to me. It has been a waste of my time. STOP. Do you all
get the message loud and clear ? I signed up to have intelligent
conversation with people who were interested in New Thought. All that I have
seen is New Age drivel and sales prospecting . Take me off your mailing
lists- I am not interested in you or what you are selling. Good-bye.
I have manually unsubscribed Sarah. No more of our e-mails to the list
will go to her.
And I have enjoyed the recent discussions and sure hope they continue.
A very brave member of the group immediately wrote a letter to Sarah, who would not be able to read it anymore.
1. Hi Sarah,
Flaming Letters are so much fun .... aren't they?
I hope you had your fun writing yours and are feeling better now.
Moving on to your intentional barrage of mails (which you took so much pride in) what was the point?
Assuming you are right and all of us at the New Thought Marketing Discussion Group are fools incapable of intelligent conversation, does it make our money any less green? If a famous cliché is to be believed we even part with it easier, so I fail to understand the smartness of your own actions.
Would anybody in this group ever like to do any business with you? You seem like a person who loves to do intelligent things but I fail to understand the logic or intelligence in this action.
And all because you didn't know how to unsubscribe from a group??
I'm not much of an expert on New Thoughts so let me wind up with an old thought .... "Best Wishes" (XXX)
The 2nd reaction illustrates very clearly the basis for Sarah's grievances:
2. Hi all,
I also love this group and don't often say anything. However, this letter from Sarah has me feeling that my work is so essential, could not help but ask you for your advise and ideas. I'm writing a book .
The letter then continues about a book the writer is working on, on a plan for nutrition, that according to her could overcome anger, rage and violence.
This is a group that claims to have its roots in the New Thought!
She then continues to write:
Ah, yes, Sarah. She is typical of the kind of person I am hoping to reach. I would imagine that her diet leaves a lot to be desired and can be responsible for her anger and rage at us. Although there are a lot of New Thought techniques that will work, many people can't even relate to them until they change their lifestyle to a healthier one and stop stimulating their fight or flight response. (I do have some NT techniques in the book.)
The next email did not comment on Sarah, but used this opportunity to show her loyalty and reinforce the ingroup feelings:
I, too, enjoy this group and look forward to its ongoing community. And our interest in one another. Lana (a name I invented for the group moderator) has and is doing a wonderful job of holding the space and intention for this group. Thanks, Lana.
Two more comments:
These events helped me to write the following introduction:
Your group seems quite lively to me. But I have not yet actively participated in any group.
Recently I built a website, absolute1.net with spiritual ebooks, many free and offering writers (including myself) the possibility to publish.
Two of my books are available there. The first is an inspired work "The Light in the Lord's Prayer", and the second "Alex in Elfinland" is a book for children
(any size, any age). I am working on a third book about prosperity. It contains views of other writers as well as mine. There is also a kids page with literature for kids.
The site is in Dutch too, since I currently live in Holland. Originally I came from Surinam, a former Dutch colony in South America, to Holland in 1969.
I translate books that I love and that are out of copyright into Dutch and offer them on the site. Also I have started an ebookclub where people can get free books that I consider special.
I am in the process of not only learning about site management, but also about marketing and getting in touch with the internet community. Fortunately, I have a very powerful help in the form of the Holy Spirit's guidance.
If you read my books, you will know that I am on a mission.
I am a very reclusive person; during the summer of 1998 I even 'kept' wasps in my doorpost, effectively warding off visitors. It was a convenient arrangement for both of us. But now I have to extend myself.
I joined your group because I hope to learn about marketing without trickery or other senseless manoevers.
I don't know yet what I could contribute to your group. You may not hear much from me for a while, for I have to read the other postings first. I don't want to bring up things that have already been discussed. But maybe I can share some Light and Truth with you now and then, if Spirit allows.
I followed the discussion around the lady who was leaving the group and sent some 'flameletters'. I could see a lot of pain going around. I felt sorry for all of you. I know that when you are in pain it is difficult to be authentic. But who you really are would have acknowledged your brothers pain and sent her love instead of more pain. I am not blaming you, because at heart we are all coming from the same place. Being angry and hurt and condescending is usually our first reaction when we feel attacked. However, we can choose again. (any Course students among you will recognize this!) We love each other in essence and we want to comfort each other. If
your friend did not find here what she was looking for, she could still find lasting good will. Whether she appreciates it or not, it isn't about her, anyway.
Forgive me if I have offended you in any way, I was only trying to reach your heart,
Thank You! We are always one and I love You!
I received an answer from someone who wrote a book based on New Thought and was considered some kind of group center. This I found out later. Until then he had not partaken in the 'discussion'.
I think she was a sister not a brother. Why do you want to focus on the responses that you judge as 'adding more pain?' Can one person add to or take away from another person? Can one person accurately know and even further, judge, the intention of another person? What would be the purpose in doing so for the first person?
Every question in this world, at its root, is a question about what is real.
How can I market following New Thought principles, if I am enmeshed in the actions and my imagination of perception of their intentions?
You are entitled to and welcome to your own opinion of reality and the world,
but I am happy to offer the reflection, that it has no substance or reality for me. I am not the shadow of your thought, I am my own being. I don't believe in tragedy, I believe in creativity. I don't believe in duality, I believe in unity. I don't believe in ignorance, I believe in intelligence.
From where I stand, your fundamental premise is incorrect.
The person who left the list didn't get to read the messages that you think 'added to her pain' because she was already gone. Even if she had read them, she cannot be given what she won't receive.
I had really done it. For a week I did not receive any mail from this group.
Could it be an effect of my belief that the world of dualism has to attack this message?
At first I thought I should have expressed myself clearer. I tried to formulate an answer, but when it was finished, I realized it would only make matters worse. Ego is always upset and in this case I should have listened to the signs before I joined this warparty. I decided to publish it where it could do some good. Here it is:
Thank you for your reaction. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to "walk my talk". We are connected in love. Writing to me I consider an act of kindness, though your words make me wonder what you are mirroring to me. I am sure it is my belief that some people react with anger to the truth, because the truth always confronts us with how much we have strayed from our true self.
In my opinion and Reality, you are the Christ. A wonderful being, incapable of giving pain to anyone or experiencing pain. However, I also see that I am immersed in a dream of retribution and guilt. A world in which I and my aspects have forgotten who we really are (or would it be better if I call them associations, so you don't think I see you as a shadow of my thinking? ). I have now awakened and I am coming together with my brothers, sisters, associations (what is the gender of the Christ? What a confusing world I made up), to clean up my mind. Not to receive approval, but to heal together with everyone the human thought-world, to which we are all connected. In this transformation the seekers of truth look at what the other is mirroring to us and in this way everyone becomes your savior. Because they are, of course!
I don't want to make you wrong. I don't need to be right. I prefer to be happy. I must be wrong. I know I must be wrong. Here I am, in a perceptual world, filled with terrible ideas. Thank God I am wrong!
In my introduction I only meant that it is wonderful to react with love and kindness to your neighbor, not only when they are kind, but also when they are fearful or in pain and seemingly hostile. Love your enemies ... Or anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable, pushes your buttons, disagrees with you, angers and upsets you ... It may not seem to make any difference to the receiver of your loving thoughts and words (even if they don't read them, we are connected), but it certainly makes a difference to you. It doesn't make you right, but it makes you feel good about yourself!
I prefer to be happy. I don't have to be right. I am most certainly wrong. I know I must be wrong. Here I am, in a perceptual world filled with hateful ideas. Thank God I am wrong!
I merely suggested you try this out. It's a great feeling to be YOURSELF!
I have awakened to Reality and realize I am living in my own perceptual world, confronted by my ideas about reality. Like you I feel the need to tell them how I feel. I wish I did not see the dream and the dreamers, but only awakened beings. However, I have to confront my reality.
You cannot give pain to others, when you attempt it, you are only giving it to yourself. Why would you want to be anything but loving, kind, appreciative, joyful, welcoming and peaceful? That is how I want to be. I realize I need help to do this. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could help each other to be like that all the time?
So B., thank you for your lessons! I have looked inside and everything you say is true.
And of course I should mind my own business if I want to learn about New Thought marketing. But then, who is this I? I know there is only one. What is my business then? Jesus could have stayed home and minded his 'own' business, but Truth has a way of taking you to the lies because it has to shine them away.
I am serious about healing my projections, and you have done a great job pointing out to me that I should let my perceptions be healed. Believe me, I appreciate that. For a moment I took my world far too seriously and remembered not to laugh.
You are wonderful. You are part of me and I love you! Or I could say; I am part of you! Thank You for the Light. Thank You for sharing your affirmations and thought world with me.
Later there was one short welcoming message for me from another member.
I should have understood immediately that this group cannot give me what I was looking for. My marketing is in the hands of the Holy Spirit , I don't have to learn anything about it. I learned another wonderful lesson! My brothers saved me again. Life is great!
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I have made a map in my email inbox called "my treasure chest". In that map I keep all emails filled with sweet and kind words, that I have received. Of course I also keep there all notifications of payment and donations I have received. For these tangible tokens of appreciation are what enables me to continue the work.
Most of the work I do on the website is very uplifting, but sometimes I have to correct errors or do something I find difficult. Every time I feel dispirited or burdened with too much work I take a look in my treasure chest. I read some of the emails and think with gratitude and joy about the buyers of the ebooks, hoping they enjoy the books as much as I have when I corrected the scanned file and read them, or when I wrote them. Then I feel encouraged to go on with my work.
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