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What's up with that? I mean, as I look around, I am on this path toward naturopathy. Everybody I know or meet is going toward nursing or doctoring or acupuncturing, or working as a massage therapist, or treating addicts, or teaching yoga or meditation or nutrition, or opening up a practice, or getting a new certification, or writing a book about all the important stuff they've learned in life. We're all doing it. Some are ahead of others, but we're all going the same direction, like lemmings. Everybody's got a web page. Everybody's self-promoting, wanting to be the guru, wanting to be paid for what we know. We all are hip and cool. What next?

I wonder when the day will come that there's no money for what we know and can communicate, and the matter becomes what can we DO. Besides teach. Who was it that said those who can't do, teach? And why is it that my life is full of gurus or every stripe?? Or is it that my life is full of entrepreneurs, those who have the smarts to separate a sucker from his money for no more than an idea or an experience? And what in life is worth more than an idea or experience? And are they actually making a living with all this purveying of insight? Am I in a bubble? I must be in a tiny little cultural bubble.

I know I'm going around in circles. Seems to be status quo.

The question is, how does a guru dress? And how sincere does the smile really have to be? Because after a while, all those phoney blissed out guru smiles really get tired. It's hard to maintain the appearance of enlightenment. A lot of work, and the veneer is full of gaps.


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Dec. 7th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
I don't know very many people that fit that description. :)

Then again, I don't meet people at yoga classes or live in Portland, either. Ha ha. TBH, people in those 'fields' generally annoy the crap out of me, and I wouldn't want to spend any time with them. (Nurses are ok...they are usually well grounded.) They usually are trying to sell me something like supplements or a class. And then I feel a bit sad, because I feel a lack of genuine interest or friendship on their part. I hate the feeling that I am being hustled. If I want something, I'll buy it. Sheesh...

I like people who really have expertise in what they do. Not like the short timer credentials a lot of the jobs you mention have. Mostly, though, I like people who amuse me. I learn a lot from these whackjobs. I probably only have one friend who even vaguely aspires to being a 'healer', and he generally turns it off when he's not at work. But I would say most of my friends do not have life figured out, are acutely aware of this fact, and are astounded that we only get about 80 years to figure it out, and wished that they could figure out what the heck is going on. We also do not seem to have any desire to have someone else give us their answer.

That would be cheating. Taking someone else's answer. Or it's like those math problems you'd get in High School that you'd work on forever and bang your head against the desk only to find out in class that it was unsolvable. I do enjoy how you "show your work"!
Dec. 7th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
Guess I am in a bubble. Can't wait to get out of it! I f*ing hate all the bliss bs....much prefer down to earth, tell it like it is, admit it that we're all screwed up and clueless and love it anyway. Unsolvable....and showing your work.....adds up to journaling around in ever smaller circles until I write my way up my own ass. Here goes!
Dec. 7th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
I think you're definitely in a cultural bubble.

I remember an email reply you sent to Brady Black when I was looking for somebody to go boating with... "Everybody wants to be a boater..."

I guess it comes down to what and who you're surrounded by.
Dec. 7th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm seeing that.

Ironically, though, everybody still wants to be a boater. I mean, whenever somebody finds out that I have been kayaking my whole life, own three kayaks, used to teach and guide etc, they always say "when are you taking me on the river" and I never have a good answer for them.... I want to tell them "I'll take you kayaking after you complete a novice, beginner and intermediate class progression, have a bombproof eskimo roll, and have your own boat, paddle, sprayskirt, helmet, lifejacket, drytop, pogies, booties, chums, drybag, and shuttle car with racks." But pretty soon I'm going to start a new batch of rank beginners at the swimming pool in borrowed gear, and teach them how to roll. Urgh. Here goes.
Dec. 7th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Ha. Just say NO unless you really want to do it. I hope you charge a fee if you do end up teaching. I think your answer is totally fair and they should at least go on a rafting trip or several before getting into a kayak.

I never even considered going on a river until I took a class, and even then it was a foolhardy thing to do.
Dec. 7th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Well as is normal with me I want to do something for my friends, and it appears that this kayaking skill is something that "everybody" wants, so I share it. Pretty much none of the friends that I've helped teach have persisted in kayaking. What does that mean?
Dec. 7th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
I think it means it's a lot easier than it looks! It is scary and dangerous and takes an amazing amount of physical strength and stamina. People like you make it look easy. :)
Dec. 7th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks......yeah....I guess I wonder if my teaching sucks. I rationalize that it's just a very gradual slow learning curve. I know it took over a decade for me to get past the beginning level. ....Kayaking gets far easier when you get good at it. It's most difficult when you're beginning. Later on when the fear subsides a bit you can relax and let the water do the work. So many things in life are like that......once you learn how to set it up properly, the work does itself.
Dec. 7th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
True, that. I think activities that require physical commitment and a certain level of expertise before they become easier - kayaking, skiing, figure skating, throwing pots (;-p) also require determination and a passion for the activity. I, for one, thought I wanted to kayak but what I really wanted to do was be on the river. Sitting in a duckie is just fine with me - I've been there, done that, and had no desire to continue with the learning curve. The unavailability of a regular practice site probably made the decision easier.

I don't think your teaching has much to do with it, though. I've found you to be quite articulate and compassionate when teaching or demonstrating moves, both on the river and off (yoga, for instance).
Dec. 7th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if you had a lovely river running through your back yard it would all be different. Nobody gets to be a good kayaker living in Arizona. All the good kayakers that live in Arizona learned somewhere else. But throwing pots you can do right there....and it is fun to hear that you are getting so consistent that you get a piece for every lump. AWEsome.
Dec. 7th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
I am turned off by those that try to market their "knowledge" in that sense. when I see practitioners that take general practices and put their own "twist" on it and then try to market it as some new technique that can cure, it's upsetting as plenty of similar methods are used by many who don't try to market it as a claim to fame. to me it doesn't make sense to try to claim one is the creator of any type of healing system as it takes a number of contributors to create and they are often based on principles established by many others.
Dec. 7th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Yep. Pretty much any certification you can pay money for these days could be painted in the way you describe. I'm pretty tired of paying money to be sold shit. And any healing system that works will be based on the same basic principles because we are living organisms and we operate based on the principles of life. ... ...
Dec. 8th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I see a lot of new age know-it-alls, but mostly they're just the same struggling fools we all are - but with a phony blissed-out smile.
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