~ Sunday, January 18, 2004 ~
I saw an advertisement for the School of Practical Philosophy in the subway a few days ago, and actually remembered to check out the website. From it I have gleaned the following choice quotes:
The weekly topics include:
Using a simple exercise to connect to the present moment.
Discovering your true nature; reaching your full potential;
Whatâ€™s in the way?
Who am I? What is this creation? And what is my relationship to it?
Letting go of worry, doubt, and fear.
The true use of mind.
The Unchanging and Eternal.
Increasing your awareness.
Going beyond the limits of ego - Being Free.
Philosophy In Action:
Near the end of the term, students are invited to the Schoolâ€™s country property for a day of Philosophy in Action. In a quiet, beautiful environment, students have the opportunity to practice the principles they have received in class.
Practical Philosophy continues after our Introductory Course with classes that advance and guide students to open their awareness more fully and connect more deeply within themselves. Students may stay as long as they like; for a term, a year, or a lifetime.
With each continuing class the mechanisms and ideas which limit the view we have of our Self and of the world weaken and fall away. The exercises become more potent and students find they are distracted less and are more easily able to focus their attention fully. After a few terms the practice of meditation is offered, providing a vehicle for a keen clarity and the very deep inner peace that is the heart of our true nature.
Maybe I'm growing too sceptical, but this organization just seems to smack of cultishness to me. They'll take the students to their private country property where they can practice the ideas they've learned? That's kind of spooky. It's also weird that their logo looks so much like the old logo for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...not the new one, which makes the J.C. more prominent, but the old one that showed up in shimmery gold lettering at the end of the "who broke my window?" commercials, and others. Isn't it odd that a philosophy school would want to present itself in the same way as a particularly image-conscious flavor of Christianity? (Hmph. I would link to an example of the old LDS church logo, but it doesn't seem to exist anywhere online, not even on the wikipedia. Gone without leaving a trace...image conscious, indeed.)
Ah. I might have been right. This isn't proof, but it's certainly curious.
Current Music: Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin
~ prattled by Miriam at 10:39 p.m. [+]
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