Last week I caught a segment on a news show about Joe Vitale. I was extremely interested as I recently read his book and wrote about it on the blog on Monday. Well after watching the segment I have a bone to pick with the reporter as well as with Joe himself.
I’ll start with the reporter.
The basis of what Joe teaches is that we are responsible for our life experience. This also goes hand in hand with the Law of Attraction. From my own experience, I believe in this law. It is obvious to me that my life is a reflection of my beliefs about myself. It’s also easy to say this because my life has been by far a positive experience. So during Joe’s interview he was asked the common question that is always used to “take down” LOA teachers. What about people who are suffering? (He used Haiti as the example.) The thing is there are people who are born into horrid conditions and spend a lifetime existing there and there are also those who escape and make new and better lives for themselves. No one wills this suffering on themselves. It is not their “fault,” most people are completely unaware that their thoughts or attitudes create their existence. I’d say even that a lot of people unconsciously never expect more or different from what they already have. So in cases people who are born into poverty stay poor, some people face crisis after crisis or one tragedy after the next, and some deal with lifetimes of health issues. I do not think any teacher of the Law of Attraction is ever blaming people for their own suffering, they are simply bringing to light that each person is responsible for improving their own lives if what they truly desire is an improvement. In today’s society we are inclined and encouraged to look to other sources to save us. It really is politically incorrect to admit that life really is one big self-fulfilling prophesy.
Now for Joe…
The book I read that he wrote was based on something called “Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono.” The only thing he could really share about the technique is the mantra because the rest of it is confidential. In order to get the full technique you must attend a training conference and sign a confidentiality agreement. I didn’t look into it b/c those two ideas were enough to turn me off immediately, but I’m sure the training cost thousands of dollars. Now I get that he has risen to a certain level of fame and that there are countless people trying to get access to his teachings, but I don’t think healing and spiritual growth of this kind should be limited to wealthy people. If something is legitimate and true it should be accessible to the masses. Which brings me back to the news story. A woman was interviewed and she had paid $5000 to spend an evening with Joe. $5000 for a few hours of one on one time with him?!?! In that moment I realized why the Law of Attraction and related movements get a bad rap. With price tags like that placed on spirituality it hardly appears that the practitioner is in it for the joy of helping others.
Needless to say as I watched the news program in between my dad and my sister I didn’t dare mention that I had read and LOVED Joe’s book. It quite saddened me that he had fallen from my pedestal almost as quickly as he arrived there…. Fortunately though I can keep the mantra and I believe there are some resources online from the original teachings on “Self I-Dentity Ho’oponopono.”
I should end this with “I’m sorry, I love you, Please forgive me, Thank you” as I acknowledge there is quite a bit of judgment here! It definitely struck a nerve with me…