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The Obstacle is the Way (not what you might think)

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Many of us who long ago recognized the evil in the TWI viewed, for a time, maybe long time, maybe short time, The Way AS the obstacle. An obstacle that distracted us sometimes for decades, sometimes less.

On this forum (specifically "About the Way" forum) there are stories of wasted years that Victor Wierwille "stole from us."

For me, it's been more than three decades (33 years, more or less) since I "copped out" or rather escaped the cult. That's no longer how I choose to look at the situation. That's not to say that I was (we were) wrong in viewing that reality in that way. 

Wierwille sold us a myth. A story. A cult. A subculture. And yes, a family of sorts. I long ago shed WayBrain. BUT now, I no longer look back and regret my time being part of that dysfunctional subculture.

GOOD things happened after I left twi. But so did things we traditionally consider bad. Difficult things. Obstacles. Challenges.

The transition to acceptance of and growth into the new perspective took years. The obstacles became the path to achievement, accomplishment and growth. They often weren't pleasant.

As (included in the book above) Ben Franklin said (probably more than once), what hurts, instructs.

Rather than ramble on, I'll just say that I've found the book tremendously insightful and inspiring.

Obviously, I highly recommend the book to you.

Maybe you can find it in your local public library. I obtained it from Amazon (Kindle version) for $1.99. I subscribe to a daily email that Amazon sends out with books at special low prices, often $1.99.

Beats the hell out of paying $100 for a class (or hundreds to thousands for variations on PFLAP or Momentus) these days. And your life is YOURS to live as you see fit.

There's no group to join but it will likely provide great insights for self-determination.

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For the record, the book has not changed my world view that much, or my political views at all. But it has made me more able to move with confidence toward my goals.

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Howdy - I just saw this and realized this is what you were talking about! Yes, I've heard of this book but haven't read it, only parts. It's going to be on my list.

I do think this perspective is a very useful one and is a way of allowing our lives to move forward in all categories of growth and aging. Less solution and more process, more "tools", a way to do whatever it is worth doing and even more so less "the way to do it" but like a welcome mat for the get 'er done mentality. I often think Marcus O'Aurelius was talking to me when he wrote "Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one."

I've still always got a minute or two for for it but duty always seems to come calling, invited or not. :dance:

 

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Some good things have happened to me in my life.  Some very bad things, too.  And some very difficult things.  I've had several jobs, lots of different types of training.

I think everything in my life has been aimed at NOW, to make me who I am and what I am.  I am more relaxed, more happy, or perhaps content, in my skin than I have ever been.  I think that's about acceptance of what has been, what is now, and what may come in the future.  From my PoV, I have gained much confidence that God is with me in all things, and will always be with me.  (Non-Christians will have a different PoV and might talk about self-acceptance or some such, well, that's their PoV.)  Everything is temporary, and I look forward with interest to the future (both immediate and ultra-long-term).  Those things that were bad, or difficult, become retrospectively good things.  (I suppose the "good things" change in value too, but I prefer to keep them in the "good" category.)
 

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On 8/6/2019 at 1:40 AM, Twinky said:

Some good things have happened to me in my life.  Some very bad things, too.  And some very difficult things.  I've had several jobs, lots of different types of training.

I think everything in my life has been aimed at NOW, to make me who I am and what I am.  I am more relaxed, more happy, or perhaps content, in my skin than I have ever been.  I think that's about acceptance of what has been, what is now, and what may come in the future.  From my PoV, I have gained much confidence that God is with me in all things, and will always be with me.  (Non-Christians will have a different PoV and might talk about self-acceptance or some such, well, that's their PoV.)  Everything is temporary, and I look forward with interest to the future (both immediate and ultra-long-term).  Those things that were bad, or difficult, become retrospectively good things.  (I suppose the "good things" change in value too, but I prefer to keep them in the "good" category.)
 

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That's a timely comment here, Twinky. Was talking about this with someone recently. I'm going to digest your comments, they're very succinct and kinda lit up in my brain just now. Thanks. : )

Grace and mercy, leading to redemption and salvation are the big tools I see over and over in my life. In day to day mundane stuff as well as the Big Things. It's a very functional usable process - grace is the favorable open environment to live in and extend to others, and mercy is the sensitivity to the fact that I live in the current moment of a string of moments that will need to be seen in their entirety in order to understand them, which I'm sure is why God is and can be the only true Judge over all. Not "getting what's coming to us" now (mercy) is really very natural, from God's point of view. When I maintain good will towards others and forgive, I really can live as God has provided for salvation through Christ. 

Peace n love! 

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On 6/20/2019 at 1:54 AM, Rocky said:

For the record, the book has not changed my world view that much, or my political views at all. But it has made me more able to move with confidence toward my goals.

And has empowered me to view life's challenges more confidently. 

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