Towards Integral Thinking

Dr. Michael LaitmanQuestion: Suppose that a person goes through a ten session course of integral education. In what form can he disseminate this knowledge further?

Answer: I don’t think that a ten session course makes it possible for a person to disseminate further, even if he is a psychologist and comprehends the main idea. In spite of it all, he must think integrally, at least to a particular degree, and not only know how to build a connection with others (perhaps psychologists have this ability), he needs to know towards what he is leading them, in the name of what he is working; otherwise there will be no inner strength. Even if he does everything that you do mechanically, I don’t see any possibility of this getting positive results. Therefore, there is something that he doesn’t have.

So, he will deviate from the way and everything will get mixed up; he will adopt our method and transform it into something else. In spite of it all, he must live the method. Even if a person doesn’t have a “point in the heart,” he still needs to undergo comprehensive training. At the very least, this should be a one year course.

Question: You say that there must be a higher goal for people. They need to live this. In the name of what do they need to disseminate?

Answer: We don’t tell them that the world and the crisis demand this. We explain the structure of the system of creation, the system of interaction between the person and the world. And then it becomes clear to them that the person needs to be constructed precisely in a form like this and not another, that he must be integrated into the general picture of the world, and only then will we reach balance, and only then will we be in the right connection, and only then will we become healthy people in mind and body.

We must bring people to this gradually, not preaching to them but guiding them to illumination. And suddenly it will be clear to them what the reason for all the maladies and problems is: The problem is in our relationship with the unified system of nature. And then they will see toward what the intentions of all their activities must be. From the understanding of the global picture, they will begin to understand what absolute mental health is for example, or what the problems in the family and education are.

All of this must be summed up in balance with nature, in being like it. And to be similar is possible through cooperation, as long as the cooperation is in mutual responsibility, mutual connection, and mutual love.

This can be presented to people as universal harmony, for whose sake they must study and disseminate. I don’t know to what degree it’s possible to speak with them about the soul, even though today nothing is hidden any more.

Question: Must there be something in this goal that directs them toward spirituality?

Answer: For most people it’s not compulsory to aspire to purely spiritual categories. What is important to them is the world as an ideal picture, the harmony of humanity with all of nature. There are people to whom this matters. Nevertheless, they don’t need to reach particular heights. After all, a basic sense of responsibility in regard to humanity to some extent is latent in every person.

If you say: “Donate a dollar so that harmony will dwell in the world,” he will give this dollar. But to sacrifice himself, he will not agree.

Question: What is better to do in conditions where resources are limited? Should one talk about this for two hours to a hundred teachers, let’s say, or bring two teachers to a higher level.

Answer: You cannot be sure that if you work with two for a few months you will get the desired result. And if you light up the eyes of a hundred people, there is hope that at least someone, through our method, will continue to go further.
From Kab TV’s “Through Time” 9/16/13

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