Anthony deMello is one of my biggest heroes, the person I would choose to have dinner with if offered a guest from across the ages. I love my spiritual guides to be funny, as well as wise. deMello was also a writer, a Jesuit priest – some of whose opinions were condemned by the Catholic church – only adding to his credibility, an Indian and a psychotherapist. ‘Awareness’ was the first book of his that I encountered, back in the 1990’s. My copy is well-worn now, and well traveled, but I still keep going back to it, re-reading it and loving it all the more. The book is a series of lectures that he gave at spiritual conferences. Compiled after his early death in 1987, the lectures are in his own words.
His principal message to us all is to wake-up – to become aware, but he knows that we don’t really want to.
He says, “People don’t really want to grow up, people don’t really want to change, people don’t really want to be happy. As someone so wisely said to me, “Don’t try and make them happy, you’ll only get into trouble. Don’t try and teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and it irritates the pig.””.
As Scott Peck would say, laziness is the most common barrier to Spiritual Growth.
Over to you folks.