There are characteristic errors on the way which people can make in work on themselves. It is necessary to examine yourself regularly for the presence of any of these errors. When you find you have strayed onto one of these false paths, remember yourself and how you fell subject to it, correct the error to return to the way as soon as possible, and do your best to avoid it in future. Some of these errors feed each other.
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Talking and thinking about the Work instead of doing it. Mistaking the use of a specialised language for doing the Work. Unable to explain Work ideas in ordinary language.
Staying in a school or group for life without ever graduating. People who leave are shunned, ignored and treated as if they do not exist; a degenerate group often says something like 'Doing this will help them re-enter our group'. This results in nobody ever being in good standing when they leave, and no one ever graduates. Tragically, people actually do waste their whole lives in this way, as well as their lifetime earnings and resources.
No compunction in deceiving people outside the group to attain the wants of the group, ultimately deceiving oneself. This includes violating local, state, regional, national, and international laws. Will often think about or express ideas which have an element of truth in them but, when viewed as a whole on a larger scale, are false.
Fanatical devotion to, obedience to, or belief in a 'teacher' or system to exclusion of all others.
Forming a crystallized hierarchy based on elapsed time in the Work and closeness to the 'teacher' rather than on personal level of being, and insisting that the `form of the school' must be maintained exactly as received.
Forming a shiny new mask containing habits of dress, speech, movement, thought, and so on, in imitation of other members of the school or group and mistaking this for real inner development.
Belief that one must approach the Work with a grim determination which produces feelings of tension, discomfort, self-punishment, and competition.
Habit of making efforts only when in the presence of a 'teacher' or other members of school.
Habit of coming to school to feed off the energy of the group without making personal efforts.
Habit of wandering from 'teacher' to 'teacher', and group to group, without staying long enough or making enough efforts to learn anything.
Delusion that `Only I truly understand the teacher', or that `Only I personally am', or `only my group or school is', `in contact with higher forces' or `God'; this error occurs in several forms:
False Messiah/False Prophet Error (subset of false awakening error)
Delusion that `I personally am':
- the `teacher of the age'
- an `avatar'
- the `saviour'
- the `representative of the Christ'
- the `Christ'
Or, delusion that `I can prophesy the future as revealed to me personally by higher forces or God'. Usually such people are self-proclaimed higher beings or prophets (for example, `I am a man 7.2', `I am the Christ'). Often they will respond to questions about their `higher being status' by quoting the Christ saying `Thou hast said' from Matthew 26.64 or `Thou sayest' from Mark 15.2, Luke 23.3, or John 19.37. Their `prophecies' are often self-fulfilling.
Failed prophecies are explained away by:
- being changed after the fact
- saying they were:
- `meant to provide a test of students' valuation'
- `ridding the school of weak seeds'
Often will insist on followers adopting a `Do as I say, not as I do' attitude so as to justify their actions.
Disembodied Beings Error (subset of false awakening error)
Delusion that higher beings or higher forces guide, provide shocks for awakening, or work directly only with me or only with my school, but not with any other people or schools. Delusion that non-corporeal beings speak through me or through people in my group (channelling, mediums, and seances).
44 Conscious Beings Error (subset of disembodied beings error)
Delusion that only 44 people have ever awakened on the Earth (in Chinese culture, `44' symbolizes `double death').
Personal Salvation Error/Cock-on-the-Dungheap (subset of false awakening error)
Delusion that I personally will or can be saved, enter `heaven', survive death, and so on.
Living Presence/Renaissance/Ark/Apollo Error (subset of false awakening error)
Delusion that my group is the:
- `true school'
- `conscious school on Earth'
- `conscious school since the time of Christ'
- `true representatives or heirs of the work'
that we are the:
- `chosen people'
- led by a `god-man' who is a `law unto himself',
or that only my `school':
- will survive a soon-to-come destruction of civilization
- has a divine mission to serve as an ark of culture and consciousness for humanity
- will survive to establish a new civilisation or renaissance on Earth
Usually such groups are predominantly white middle class with token people from other races; special preparations and efforts are made to recruit wealthy, well-known, powerful, or influential people; young people with little money are recruited for their free labour, especially those from countries that were part of the former Soviet Union.
Buy Your Way to Heaven Error (subset of Living Presence/Renaissance/Ark/Apollo Error)
Buying pretty objects to `improve the impressions octave' without corresponding inner work.