An essay by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend.
From Vision to Success
[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha’Tara]
It begins as an awakening, a life-pulse that says in unambiguous terms: serve others. A flash of light. A vision.
And so the mind responds, over-riding the body-brain built-in impulses at self-protection and self-pleasing. An intense moment of insane joy is experienced, that eureka, that “what if” possibility moment. “I can lose myself in service of others. I will no longer need to worry about myself. I can actually be free.” Euphoria.
Gradually the body-brain entity returns on-line and begins the slow, arduous task of complying to the urgent demands of the insane new mind. “Do this, do that, go, move, move! Nothing is impossible.” It complies.
The mind doesn’t see, doesn’t count, the costs, but the body does. It begins to rebel. Not openly. Something like getting sick – guaranteed get-attention device. This brings OTHERS to comfort it. That’s good. That’s getting things back on track. It learns. The mind is not invincible.
To help others, says the brain, you need your health.
The mind recognizes the necessity of this and acquiesces. Must heal the body.
To help others, says the brain, you need money.
Having compromised over the health issue, the mind rationalizes this to be correct: need money. Money not earned directly must come from OTHERS. Need to set up a system to raise the money. Means raising consciousness. Means advertising.
Advertising is a complex matter, says the brain. You need to hire professionals for that. You need to become popular, tour, lecture. You need to have a focus for your intended help, so supporters and donors will understand; feel a part of something tangible.
Yes, yes, that is sensible, agrees the mind. I need to make the world aware of my desire to help. I need to develop a specific area of help. Maybe write a book. Do a signing tour, give emotional speeches. Touch millions. I need a registered non-profit organization for this purpose. I will need a private jet and limousine service to save time and assure reliability and security for myself and staff.
And the vision morphs into a charitable organization whose primary focus becomes raising money so that there is money to run the organization, pay the board of directors, pay the staff, meet the operational costs of raising more money and have some left over to provide limited help to that target group the organization and its supporters recognize to keep the organization legitimate.
The mind is no longer troubled because it spends ninety percent of its available resources taking care of business. Such is necessary and proper and legal. It will be a while yet before the mind realizes it’s back in its old prison and it will never realize that the “help” it is now giving is not real.
The trap has sprung shut.
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|Reviewed by John Coppolella
|A euphoric moment, a freeing liberation of consciousness, a license to dream, without which nothing worthwhile would ever be accomplished. It has been written here. The question is how to stop thinking and act on impulse and instinct to successfully fly away from the chains of reason before the tragic end of the dream turns returns us to reality again? Where is the tipping point? Every time I had in my grasp I did it before it I had a chance to realize I couldn't. I have a saying which has become my motto: In order to do the impossible I have to do the impossible. Truly, in my life if I had realized it was impossible, I would have never achieved it.
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|Some will heed the call...some will not...
with ultimate reasoning being that of themselves,
A powerful vision *Regis* and much appreciated
|Reviewed by Micki Peluso
|Regis, This was an awesome commentary on why we feel the need to help others. among all the things she said, it's basically beacuse it makes US feel good--not that that's a bad thing. Congratulate her for me!!
|Reviewed by Vicky Semones
|Regis - thank you for bringing this essay by Sha'Tara to our attention. What a corrupt journey from a moment of altruism. She does seem to understand the ego mind...|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|So true. So quickly the altruistic vision turns to greed. Self worth is defined in monetary terms and not in good deeds. Great insight into the process of charity gone mad.
|Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg
|the mind just runs, better to observe its insanity and not get caught in its self perpetuating illusion|
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|The truth, short and sweet, but now I asked, how will I my mind defeat? Bless ya Regie, enjoyed it as always.|
|Reviewed by John Domino
|Great write Regis, "We can handle the truth but it does not mean we have to like it." Amen!|
|Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
|Very inspirational article. Thank you, Regis|
|Reviewed by Paul Berube
|Great article, Regis.|
|Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci
|Isn't that just the way it goes! I like the way you broke it down.
|Reviewed by Fawn Caldwell
|Interesting Regis--Makes me think of how politicians and big business runs/thinks/operates--Well phrased and thought out--|