View Full Version : Hypocrite or Learning?
05-21-2006, 12:29 PM
Hi, this has been brought up in a couple of threads lately, so I thought I would make an editorial (LOL, isn't that what I ALWAYS do?) LOL about it.
I see so many rigid ideas, strict thought patterns and belief structures, and I'm not pointing fingers here, I'm talking about MYSELF. LOL
I used to believe that eating meat was the only way to eat and to lose weight, that is how I was brought up, I have changed that thinking.
I used to believe that God was outside of me, watching my every move, and that I was going to burn in hell, because I wasn't perfect. I have changed that thinking.
I used to believe that I could eat just a little cooked food, and that food addiction was a cop out, I have changed that thinking.
I used to believe that I didn't need to take suppliments, or probiotics or enzymes and I would be fine, I have changed that thinking.
I used to believe that honey was the best thing to wash my hair and body with, I have changed that thinking.
I used to believe that if you help people they will appreciate it, I have changed that thinking.
I used to believe alot of things, I believe differently now, does that make me a hypocrite? or have I evolved, learning new things, and making new choices.
You see we learn from so many different sources, we have parents, teachers, friends, news media, and people on the street.
I've received some of my most profound learnings, while not even realizing it.
Sometimes I need to hear something a gazillion times to "get it" other times, I need to only experience it once, and I "get it" and then, there are times, I think I will NEVER "get it" and so I keep doing what I am doing.
so, please understand, that something I posted last night, or last week, or last lifetime isn't necessarily the same way I feel today, or this minute or next lifetime.
I, along with every being am learning at my own pace, and hopefully, I will learn fast, as it isn't always pleasant. LOL
And we ALL learn, it is inevitable.
what we learn, how fast we learn, how lovinginly we learn, this is all up to us, each individual, but learn we will.
05-21-2006, 12:32 PM
Wow...amen to that RP! Thank you! :)
05-21-2006, 12:35 PM
The more I learn, the more I realize how much more I have to learn. Ah, to be a teen again when I knew everything.
Great post, keep on learning, and I'll be there right beside you. :)
05-21-2006, 12:45 PM
Rawkie, thanks so much.
I posted this in another thread, and thought I should just start a new one too.
As I'm still learning. LOL
raw la la la, ha ha ha my motto now.
Seasiren (love that name, by the way)
YEP, when I was a teen I knew everything too, how come we don't anymore?
wow, the good ole' days, how funny you are.
I think true wisdom, isn't knowing alot, it's knowing that you DON"T know it all. now THAT is TRUE wisdom.
05-21-2006, 12:52 PM
I agree... Learning is a great part of life. Too bad many people stay trapped in past actions and thoughts. I think if you are not learning you are not living.
SO TRUE Rawpriestess! We're always so quick to judge ourselves and others.... I know I am. We/I have our own "perspectives" which are hard to neutralize.
05-21-2006, 01:37 PM
Within everyday, every moment and encounter we have.....our eyes are open to new things and new ideas. This is such an important part of growth and wisdom. How sad to be a person who is so set in their beliefs that their mind, soul or heart never grows. This is a beautiful trait that I find in this online raw community.....so many like minded people.....we are all going to outlive the SAD world with so much health, vitality and WISDOM (everchanging :) )
Have a beautiful day everyone :)
05-21-2006, 01:58 PM
great post as always. I hate knowing what I think right now may change it drives me crazy. but I know I must acept it and enbrace the flow of all. slightly off topic but RP what do you use to wash you hair now? adn I remeber reading that you use honey to wash the dishes do you still or use soemthign else?
05-21-2006, 02:43 PM
No I don't use honey anymore for anything.
I mostly use water to wash my hair with, but occasionally I use coconut milk straight from the coconut or horsetail tea, that I make using our horsetails that grow along the lake, high is silica. I've also been known to just blap up my leftover salad or breakfast and toss it on my head LOL
works good, then I go rinse off.
I think my grandkids would like doing this too. LOL
I use strawberries on my face, and olive oil.
as for dishes, I hate to say, I have gone back to using borax into a liquid and using the liquid to do dishes with.
this is easy, go to the store and buy boraxo or any borax, put 1 T into 1 cup of water, stir, allow to sit, the liquid is the soap, you can make a couple batches out of the 1 T of borax though, and it is extremely cost effective.
although I hardly ever have to wash my dishes, I don't like avocados, and don't eat alot of oil dishes, so fresh fruit and veggies need no washing up after, and my dishes and cutting boards never see meat or dairy, so no sanitation to worry about.
if I've made some realy gooey stuff, I just soak in warm water, removes most everything.
As far as if I do have something oily, I use the borax, but 1 cup of the borax mixture lasts me about 6 months, I hardly ever use it.
We are sooooooo conservation minded.
I tell everyone to use 1/2 of what they are using now in terms of how to transition off of soaps and things, you'd be surprised how easy it is to just use 1/2 then use 1/2 of that, then 1/2 of that, pretty soon, you aren't using anything, and you don't even notice.
I use lemon juice as a rinse for dishes and to wash alot of things with.
I still use hydrogen peroxide in my kitchen and baking soda too.
05-21-2006, 02:47 PM
ryana, about the thinking part,
think back to when you were a child and you were told to NOT talk to strangers, well this served you well as a child, but was a problem when you got to go to kindergarten, and a REAL challenge as you grew older.
so, many of our beliefs/thoughts work for us for a while, then we change and they change.
it's not what you know that makes you wise, it's that you KNOW you don't know ANYTHING that makes you wise.
I think I will make this my mantra for a while. LOL
This is so true, and such a lovely post! There have been days where I learn something and it just clicks, I have a total epiphany, and I can't BELIEVE who I was and how I thought just the day before.... I think that way about when I ate cooked food, it's interesting.
05-22-2006, 10:01 AM
A most excellent post! I think as we grow in age and wisdom, we do change our viewpoints and habits. That's progression. It's when we don't explore, when we're rigid in our thinking and habits, that we stagnate. To be able to try new ways, whether or thinking or of washing your hair, is exciting, fun, educational, and in support of growth.
Joe always says we're either "green and growing, or ripe and rotting," and I believe that is the most profound statement I've ever heard.
Regarding our consumption of products, we have certainly been brainwashed, haven't we? Into believing that we need to use soaps, shampoos, antibacterial anythings... and now the television tells us every 5 minutes about pharmaceuticals that we should "ask your doctor about!" It's just nuts!
I, like you, rarely use detergent in the kitchen. When I use my food processor, I give it a rinse in hot water and only use soap if what I'm making is particularly oily. I do use a drop of detergent when washing things that go directly into the mouth, like spoons and forks. But really, that's only for the comfort of company.
I saw this great thing in a museum in Germany. It was a wooden rack on the wall that held 4 spoons and 4 bowls, one for each member of the household. Each person had their own personal bowl and spoon and that's what they used. They alone were responsible for its cleanliness and replacing it after use. It seems such a civilized idea... no more stacks of dirty dishes. We do a bit of that in our house. We also reuse the same napkin for a week before washing it.
Anyway, I'm digressing.... I loved your post.
05-22-2006, 11:30 AM
rp thanks for the borax sugestion. and yes your right about not knowing anything. but i've always been a truth seeker and the though of i believe was truth changing always drove me nuts. just to maintain sanity I had to develop the ability to admit i have no clue about anything and to be honest I never will. i find that kinda depressing.
05-22-2006, 12:25 PM
RP, I love this post. I was just talking about this to my partner the other day. When we got together almost 4 years ago we both thought it would be (of course) forever. What in the world is forever anyway? She can't seem to understand that my life has changed in so many ways and I finally realized I was in a relationship with someone I didn't want to be with on a long term basis. Of course, this is hard but sometimes (all the time for me, it seems) our belief systems change and people don't change with us. That is okay. That is when it is time to search out what your soul needs and where your life is going.
I made a big decision but I am so happy about the decision because now I feel so free. Free to think what I want, believe what I want and do exactly as I want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone in the process.
I have come to realize that the older I get sometimes the less I know-REALLY!!! I also reserve the right, at ALL times to change my way of thinking and to change my mind at will. WE EVOLVE AND PROGRESS. This is what life is all about.
Me, like you RP have been places most people have not been. Do you think we could have been to those places if we had stayed in the same thought patterns all of our life? I don't think so. Thank God/Goddess that I have a brain that learns new things on a daily basis.
I am now FREE!!!!!!
Look to this day, for it is life, the very life of life-------LIVE IT!!!!!
05-22-2006, 12:41 PM
thanks all for your kind words
we do that with our towels, and when I lived alone, for many years, I just had one bowl, one pan(I was cooked) one fork and one knife and one spoon that I could get to easily, I washed as I used them, I had others for company, but those few things were always out on my counter, and life was easy.
I can see the simplicity in a small shelf with everyones bowl and spoon on it,
that is indeed perfect.
05-22-2006, 12:42 PM
Isn't life a wonderful learning and growth process?
makes one smile at oneself, especially when I look back just a few short years ago, as to what I thought was sooooo important then, LOL
I am such a funny human being, well, actually we all are.
Here is to US, the great big crazy bunch of us,
Let's live life with PASSION!
05-22-2006, 01:15 PM
omg tell me about it RP!!! I have changed my mind in the lapse of one week, and all because I started posting and reading in this board! I have been through 32 years of my life and I change my mind maybe 3 times a day in a daily basis. :eek: how much is that?
love and light...
05-22-2006, 04:22 PM
This is such a great post. I wanted to comment on it in the other thread. I'm glad you started this thread! And I agree... with Raw we change what we agree with as we learn more. I'm constantly learning and changing myself.
05-22-2006, 04:41 PM
Wow Rawpriestess, you are so wise. I love your posts and this one is no exception. I definately agree with you.
I used to think the way I ate with an eating disorder was healthy, well I changed my mind.
I used to think the way I ate after I left the hospital was healthy, and I have changed my mind.
I used to completely avoid saturated fat but as long as it is raw I have changed my mind on that
I used to think I was worthless and I have changed my mind
I used to strongly desire death and well I have changed my mind on that
I seem to change my mind on something every day, for (at least I believe) I like to keep my mind open and yearning for new knowledge and new things I can soak up and incorporate into my life and my knowledge. I know I don't know everything, I don't know anywhere near everything. But I do like to think that I am quite capable of taking in knowledge and deciding for myself what my opinion is on it and if it is right for me. if that makes any sense. Maybe I am just rambling. I just wanted to thank you for this post, RP, it is wonderful :)
05-22-2006, 07:10 PM
We grow and grow everyday and with every step we realize so many new things we have yet to learn and how little we really know.
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