If me writing about my life is selling, then I’ll keep on selling, thank you very much. It’s spiritual bypassing to claim that there is something wrong with selling or something wrong with suffering. There’s nothing wrong with any of it, even the spiritual bypassing. It’s totally fine for you to set yourself up as some kind of wise guru who can lead people to some kind of realization. Have at it. It’s just another flavor of suffering.

You can hang out in my “ashram” all you like, and you can try to shout down my “teachings” all you want, but it only makes you appear to my followers like an arrogant fool. People follow me because I’m not like you. I share from the heart. I share my struggle. I’m willing to expose my truth vulnerably. I sit on the floor with them. I’m not a spiritual teacher.

It doesn’t make you look strong to bully. It makes you look like a pussy. You’re welcome to bully all you like; you’re just exposing yourself to be a pussy, again and again. When you grow up and drop the teacher defense, when you are able to surrender as a child, perhaps you’ll decide to start sharing vulnerably, and then perhaps you’ll get some real followers.

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