More Info About Rights

From Marsha:  Here’s a little excerpt from a workshop of Dr. Bob’s that gives a little different way of looking at situations where I think I have rights.

Now the next one up here says, you gotta stick up for your rights.  Now in the U.S. we’re very obsessed with our rights.  I think everbody knows that, don’t you?  You got all sorts of things you’ve been told are your rights.  There’s a thing in the constitution called the Bill of Rights.  If you read them, they’re not rights at all.  Anybody can take ’em away from you.  And so if anybody can take it away from you it’s not a right.  We don’t have a right to even be alive ‘cause any joker with a club or a rock or knife can take it away from you right quick.  So a right’s something that can’t be taken away from you.

I sometimes turn on the television.  The other night I had very little to do sittin’ by myself.  So I turned the television on; and tune into these programs where they discuss controversial subjects.  I took a yellow tablet, a pencil and my little remote to change stations.  So I watched one program for a little while, then went over to another and another — for one hour I listened to these people propound on all the problems of the world; and I made a mark everytime they mentioned somebody’s rights.  In one hour I had 68 marks — 68 times they’d been propounded about somebody’s rights.

Now there’s an interesting thing about the idea of rights.   If you have rights, I don’t.  If I have rights, you don’t.   So let’s say we had a house somewhere and I determined I had a right to have my dinner on the table prepared by you at 6:00 every evening.  I think I have that right ‘cause after all I’m payin’ the rent here.   And you have the right, according to you, to go out and eat in a nice restaurant because you’ve taken care of all the household things.

And so if I have my rights, you don’t have any, is that right?  And if you have yours, I don’t have mine.  Now let’s go through that in any direction you want to with the idea of rights — If I have rights, you dont have them; and if you have rights, I don’t have them.  So we’re gonna start violence.

So if you eliminated all idea of rights, and you don’t have any — I don’t have any — nobody else has any rights, we’d probably begin to see that perhaps we all have gobs of privileges.  You know violence just may come to an end very quickly.

So if we begin to see our conjured up so-called rights as privileges instead,  I might want to see that I am thankful for them; and if nothing else, at least show my appreciation in some way or other..

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“Why” questions properly put.

The fallacy of “why” questions has been discussed frequently throughout the website. It is said that you can only answer a “why” question with another “why”, such as: Why does it get dark at night? Why does the sun go down? Why does the earth rotate? Any “why” question therefore creates an infinite loop in the brain which goes on and on and on.

The mental picture given was a “little pointer” that goes from brain cell to brain cell looking for the answer and the brain cell says, “I don’t know”, so it goes to the next brain cell and when it has completed the whole brain, it starts over again.

Recently I ran across a little more explanation of the “why”, but also what one can do to circumvent the infinite loop.

See below as Dr. Bob answers a “why” question.

(Bob, why do I find it necessary to continually ask why questions.)

You’re looking for an answer to come from the past because you assume there is a hidden “cause” back down there in the past that’s gonna bite you. All “why’s” ask for blame.   All blame must have been before this moment.   The question is unanswerable in its present form.

Asking a question in a proper way brings a question/answer immediately.  The “why” question is out of time.

When we say “what” such as “What is going on” or “What am I doing” – one asks for information; and when you use those questions, you will notice that there is information in present time. Either of these questions could be answered.

It sounds like a very simple little thing. It sounds like you’re nitpickin’, but the human mind is a very delicate instrument; and a hair in it can throw it off like a hair in a fine watch can. So this can be a very worthwhile experiment to keep in mind when you’re observing self.

I decided to try the experiment of using the question of “What’s going on?” and/or “What am I doing?” on a recurrent why question in the mind; and lo and behold, I did get a different answer.

Last year I lost a once a month gig that I had been doing for years.   I could get no explanation from email or phone call as to “why” I was cancelled.   I got lots of guesses from within, but no facts. The “why” came up with – there wasn’t enough funds, the woman who hired me quit, I played a song or songs that offended a resident – like the wrong religion, too silly or simple, etcetra, etcetera.

If the “why/blame” was her, I was angry.

If the “why/blame” was me, I felt guilty and didn’t know what to feel guilty for; and started questioning any material I sang.

If I didn’t know what to blame I was fearful. I began to think that I would lose all the other little monthy gigs.

The point is that the “why” question would continually come to mind any time there was any kind of association come up in the mind.

So when the record began replaying yesterday, I rephrased the question to “What am I doing?” The answer came up immediately in present time with

“I am tormenting myself over something I cannot get an answer to or change in any way.”

I wonder how many other why questions are in there that I’m not aware of. Now the quest is to remember, remember, remember!

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Mushkil Gusha

There has always been turmoil in the world.  However, of late we observe an escalation of destruction, anger, fear, hatred and blaming – not just in the US, but across the globe.

Could a group of like-minded people concentrating on one thing for 20 minutes, once a week, affect this?  Could this exercise contribute peace to each of us, to the world and make even a small difference?  We invite you to join in and see.

For 20 weeks, every Thursday from July 7th through Nov. 17th, we’ll be sending you an email to commemorate the evening of Mushkil Gusha.  And every Thursday at 8pm in each of our own time zones, we hope that you’ll join us in reading out loud or telling the story of Mushkil Gusha. Our aim is that someone will be reading/telling the story about “The Remover of All Difficulties” in every time zone of the world.  If everyone reads at 8pm their time, it will be a moving wave of Light, taking 26 hours to cross the globe, from Eastern New Zealand to Western Alaska.

We encourage you to reach out to friends or family to join us. If they want to be added to our list (private, blind, and never shared) and receive weekly reminder emails for this project, they can contact us at teachings@marshasummers.com.

This is an ancient story, read for hundreds of years on Thursday evenings.  It is a reminder and an encouragement to allow wondrous change.  “If you do this, the people who are in real need will always find their way.”  We hope you will join us!

*** Note:  Find the story: http://www.marshasummers.com/innerman/mushkilgusha.htm

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Seeds of Spring

A quick note to let you know that we have new materials on the website at www.marshasummers.com.  Check out “Excerpts” for 3 new talks (Sex, The Party Story, and Being Contrary.)

The drop-down menu under “Basics” now includes Books, Pamphlets AND Handouts Dr. Robert Rhondell Gibson (Dr. Bob) passed out over the years. Learn how to effectively Avoid Prosperity or… How to Raise a Delinquent.  Also you’ll find 2 poems with beautiful messages that he passed out over the years.

Under “Workshops” we’ve added “The Fourth Way.”  Are we Aliens here to build a colony?

Project Preservation continues to gather Dr. Bob’s materials from around the world to put in the “ark” that is marshasummers.com.  For those who asked how they could help out, we could use more Proofreaders to simultaneously listen to the audios (see “Links” section) and proofread what’s been transcribed.  If you’re interested, (or have comments, questions or ideas to share) feel free to contact Tina:  drbobark@gmail.com.

Marsha and gang

Teachings@MarshaSummers.com

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“Where Am I”

We have often heard of self-remembering and the four valid questions — “What Am I?” “Where Am I?” “What’s Going On Here” and “What Can I Do?”     Great questions to experiment with.

But there’s an alternate answer to “Where am I?”. We can observe where our attention is in the present moment.   If our attention is somewhere in the “past” either in regret,  accounts receivable or self pity, then we are not in the now – the present moment.

If our attention is in the “future” and pondering “what if this happens” or “that happens” or in “planning”, we are looking for comfort, pleasure, attention, approval and feeling important in the future or we are trying to plan for an escape from pain, feeling ignored or rejected, or escaping a sense of inferiority, not being needed or important. Then, again, we are not in the now – in present time if you please.  It could be said that we’re “out of time”.  Can you “live” in the past?  Can you “live” in the future?    Nothing can be done in the past or the future – only now!

So in answer to “Where Am I”, I can say “I am here.”

It can jog me out of my reverie or my day dreams which are all illusion and fantasy.

Therefore, I can say, “Here I am – I’m listening and watching.” What better place to be – here – now!  I’m living this moment fully with rapt attention.  (definition of rapt: completely fascinated by what one is seeing or hearing right now!)  I’m on the job reporting to my partner within – X.  It’s an experiment worth working with today.

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New Workshops Posted

Check out the latest Workshops posted on the site by clicking the Workshops menu button above.

You will see Rodey, NM – 1979, Roswell, NM – 1975 (just posted yesterday) and Santa Ana,CA School – 1977

So keep checking the website for new materials.

Also we have added a new feature to the “Basics” in that we are in a process of completing verbatim transcriptions of the original 48 tapes and adding those transcriptions at the ends of the original pages.  To date we have done the first 3 tapes.

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