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Lovely post Jonas. I remember I started following you over on Medium back when you were still very involved with New Thought.

Though New Thought still a transpersonal take that I enjoy, I agree with you that there's a lot of it that is toxic, and in many ways it's been taken out of the context of its original intentions. What comes to mind for me is "The Science of Getting Rich" and how Wattles wanted it to be used as a mindset tool for socialism (IMO), but it eventually got coopted into "The Secret", and the focus shifted to a "spiritual" form of Randianism.

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Wow, so nice to see you here, Erik, after all these years. That’s such a fascinating take; I’d love to hear more about the Wattles/socialism thing. And yeah, I really do think a lot of the NT stuff is/can be good. But it’s a slippery slope, for sure. Thanks for your thoughts!

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Mar 24, 2023Liked by Jonas Ellison

Being both a parent and grandparent, I love telling next generation kins to embrace self-reliance: "No one is gonna help you but yourself." But I explain that this is not absolute. It's more of a personal battle cry that encourages not giving up easily on set goals. I make sure I tell them that their loved ones will of course be there to help and assist them when needed, and without being asked. The self-reliance motto is just there for that needed fighting spirit attitude when push comes to shove. But having said all these, I make it clear that in the end, it is still our loving God and Father who reigns supreme. "Man proposes, God disposes."

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You’re a wise soul, Felix!

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Very AWESOME JONAS! Thanks you for your ponderings!

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This one I'll be able to mull over for a couple of days. Thank you!

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