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A Broader Perspective on our Universal Energy Discipline
(The author does not claim any opinion in this article necessarily represents that of UE school)
The founder of the Universal Energy Healing discipline (UE), Master Luong Minh Dang, had just passed away on the 12th of August, 2007. Millions of students are left with feelings of sorrow, confusion and lost. Where is UE going from here? Most are unable to guess the answer, but there is one thing they can be certain: UE will have to face many inevitable drastic and chaotic changes.
Students of UE generally belong to one of the following categories, with fairly distinct characteristics:
1. This first group includes those who found UE to be their first and only spiritual path. They are very confused, now that their Teacher is gone. However, their spiritual guides would lead them and they will continue to seek both within and outside UE. Their guardians most likely were old students of Master Dang in previous lives, thus, this group of students seem more “loyal” and tend to stay within the UE system.
2. The second group consists of those who either before or after entering UE are open to other spiritual disciplines. After Master Dang’s passing, they will continue to seek in other places. They belong to the “post-newagers’ movement”. We could appropriately call them “the wanderers”. They are mostly Western/European, “foreign” students, very few are Vietnamese. Because this group has a distinct dislike of being limited to any given system, many among them will carry out UE activities outside of the UE official system. Viewed from the greater perspectives or Cosmo level, in the long run, these people will be contributing greatly to the preservation and development of UE in the future. Thus, people in the official system should have a gentle attitude in the interactions with them instead of misplacing them as “the opposing force”.
3. The third group includes those who are disillusioned, dissenting, and they often ask “how can all these be called spiritual?”. They can’t understand the saying “follow the Teaching, not the individual”. These practitioners always ask for perfection in their teachers, so inevitably, they will continue to go through disappointments after disappointments as they go through gurus after gurus, learning as they go. Other UE practitioners should not feel unhappy about them. Such is Spirituality.
4. The fourth group contains the easy-going ones, anything goes, and they focus more on the spiritual discipline itself. These people are open to changes. If and when they decide to help out the UE movement, they will be the more stable force withstanding all the ups and downs of the UE discipline. One can’t ask from them absolute loyalty. If happy they will stay, unhappy they will leave.
5. This fifth group is people who have been working to build UE but for personal gains, be it material, fame or power. Some may not even wholly believe in UE. Note that most systems need this type of driven people to grow effectively. If UE was made up only of untarnished spiritual cultivators, it probably would not have gotten to where it is. Spiritually speaking, this group has done a great deal in building UE; their guardians are high. This group had to suffer spiritual ignorance in order to be so driven and thus successful. They should be helped and guided so that they can gradually learn to let go of their attachments for personal gains.
Summarily, all belongs to the one big UE family. Everyone is important but no one is indispensable. With or without one, all things continue to transform according to their cosmic plan. Each one practitioner is a part of that invisible movement and never outside of it. And each has his or her particular role in it.
Over the past 200 years or so, the work of spiritual “liberation” for mankind has quietly come into being. Millions and millions were born into traditional religions, and then ventured one foot out into “joining” a flowing stream, a spiritual movement. Most are not aware of their joining. In fact, they are not even aware of the existence of such stream. Looking closer, they seem to share the following common characteristics:
• They don’t really follow an absolute, sacred leader or guru, including ones of their own religions.
• They don’t treat any scripture as sacred; instead, they read books, from sacred to mundane, in a “selecting” manner. They collect whatever resonates and ignore what doesn’t. In that very same manner, they seek and practice various disciplines. Eventually, they put together a puzzle as their own personal religion. It’s a part of a bigger “religion”, a spiritual movement that has no organization, no holding, no church leader, no membership, etc.
• Most of them practice some kinds of meditation methods. These methods may be different in nature but practitioners don’t seem to have trouble exchanging knowledge and experiences. They recognize their “brothers & sisters” through the identification of spiritual seekers and few are aware that these brothers and sisters have merged into the common movement.
• Even those in the roles of Teacher/Guru in these disciplines may not be aware that they and their disciplines are a part of that spiritual flowing stream. Master Dang, Madame Thanh Hai, Master Luong Si Hang, Master Thich Nhat Hanh and hundreds other teachers from cultures such as Western, India, China, etc. are all but small rivers pouring into this silent flow. Yet, they believe they are standing independently in their own horizon.
Long ago, after Buddha’s passing, followers were divided into different teachings: Theravada, Mahayana, Tantric, etc. At the first glance, it may have seemed chaotic, but it was this so-called “chaos” that had led to what Buddhism is today. Similar things happened with Christianity: after Jesus, there were the Roman and the Orthodox Catholics, followed by the birth of the Muslim Religion. When more chaos occurred within the Roman Catholics, we saw the birth of hundreds of Protestant churches. Thanks to such “chaos” that there are now more than a billion believers of the biblical God. Similarly, after Master Dang’s departing, “chaos” is certain, and that lies within the Higher plan. Once this is understood, the UE practitioner can reside in peace in the days to come and be harmonious with all the new UE “sects” that are in the making. You will happily carry out what is needed, accept that each UE practitioner’s role is not outside of the Higher plan.
Because of its being one of the spiritual disciplines within the new spiritual flow, UE will have much more to offer; it doesn’t stop at only what Master Dang has taught. This flow is historically called a “movement”. It cannot and will not have organization as with traditional religions. Its essence is to overcome limitations caused by organization. However, any movement needs some degrees of “organizing” to provide a sort of direction. And being controlled is the last thing that it wants. Thus, there must be flexibility in “organizing but without control” for the movement to stay its own course peacefully. The work is difficult, granted, but not impossible.
(In the coming posts, we shall offer ideas on how to organize without control and some concrete solutions for UE.)
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