Bigotry, ARTICLE ON (Warriors' Journeys)

Author: Theun Mares. Link to original: http://www.toltec-legacy.com/public-articles/list.html (English).
Tags: Bigotry, Toltec Teachings Submitted by Warriorskeep 06.02.2017. Public material.

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into Russian: Слепая приверженность [проявление 31 тёмного самоцвета], статья 1 (Путешествия Воинов). Translated in draft, editing and proof-reading required.
Submitted for translation by Warriorskeep 06.02.2017

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At my first retreat, I had agreed to share a room with another participant. When we met, it soon became apparent that we had a lot in common. That was until we started to discuss the concept of "Shortcomings". This was a new concept to me, and as far as I knew, it wasn't mentioned specifically in any of Th├йun's books! My new acquaintance shared with me that "your shortcoming is your ticket to freedom" and therefore a vital piece of the puzzle.

I asked him what his shortcoming was, and he replied, "Bigotry".

My first felt reaction was one of horror, namely; "What a dreadful shortcoming to be burdened with!" I remember saying, "Oh, that must be awful." But to my surprise, my room-mate declared that it was quite the opposite; that in fact, because bigotry is so rife as we go about our life, there are many, many opportunities to learn about oneself.

As someone with a background in NLP, I recognised the neat reframing, and remained unconvinced.

That evening in the bar, I engaged my room-mate in an argument, the content of which escapes me now. What I do remember though is "pinning" him to the floor, in the sense of not letting him go till he agreed with me. :)

The next day in the retreat room, I shared with Th├йun and the group what had occurred. Th├йun suggested that I should therefore know what my shortcoming was. I shook my head. I had no clue. He said, "It's Bigotry."

For about two seconds, I felt like a condemned man. :) My room-mate's words about the benefits of this shortcoming suddenly became very attractive!

As I learned more about this shortcoming, and looked at my behaviour patterns through this lens, I could see evidence in many different times and places.

I had found "being right" and "having knowledge" to be a way to gain power over others. In action, it might appear to be a desire to dominate, but behind the scenes I was terrified of being "found out" and for many years felt "a fraud". Much of this coming from gaining information as opposed to knowledge. So the apparent knowledge I had was mostly a facade. I wasn't so much interested in evolving myself, as impressing others, winning arguments, showing I knew better.

Shortcomings arise from the Dark Jewels, and in this respect Bigotry is the Active Shortcoming, whilst Prejudice is the Passive Shortcoming, of the Dark Jewel termed Reason/Logic. The behaviours that manifest through this shortcoming are many and wide-ranging.

One of the saddest aspects for me, looking back, is how having found this route to protecting myself, I stayed with it for so long, without ever honestly exploring "Why?"

Going back to my room-mate's comments about your shortcoming being your ticket to freedom, as time went on, and I had the opportunity to stalk myself with respect to this shortcoming, I could see his point. There were so many opportunities to see the pattern in action, to gain a measure of clarity, and not-do it to learn something new.

Even as I write this, I know that this shortcoming isn't going away and whilst in the beginning, I wish it was :), I continue having to be wide-awake if I am to learn still more about myself through this shortcoming.

To transmute, piece by piece.