Originally Posted by Yev
Well done Renie. Things make much more sense when we work them out for ourselves rather than buying into (sometimes at considerable expense!) some guru's canned philosophy. The whole SR, I/M, LoA thing makes sense for people who grew up playing computer games and always using the cheat codes. They start to believe that life is like that and that they can short-circuit the hard work and pretend there is no reality. I find the concept of SR totally depressing. If I am all that there is, and everything else is a matrix-like simulation in my head and under my control, it actually makes the pursuit of achievements and relationships meaningless. It would just be one big ego trip of my relationship with me.
I prefer to accept that I am part of nature. Other beings are just as capable of self determination as I am. My relationship with them depends on both of us working towards a common goal. Some things (eg tsunami's) are random events over which I have no control, and for which I feel no responsibility. But that does not stop me feeling compassion for the victims or prevent me from helping them.
Welcome to the wonderful world of reality and love.
It seems to me that we are all struggling for completeness. Depending on our degree of ego control, we struggle in different ways. They struggle their way, I have struggled mine (and will continue to struggle, I imagine). The thing is for us to love each other while we are at it and give each other the room and help we need to grow. We need ALL the parts, they are all equally important. A baby that cannot walk is no less competent or valuable than an Olympic athlete. They are just at different stages of development.