Lesson One: What I have to teach is my way of thinking. It is not Whitakerism, it is not the Final Truth. What it is a highly educated man with tons of experience who has developed a way of thinking that is distinct and works in certain ways. That is the first lesson in thinking I have to teach here: We are not Orientals with a Master who teaches Immutable Truth.

I am a white man who hopes you mutate the hell out of what I say. The Oriental Master wants to be eternally right. A white teacher wants to teach you what he's got. But if it stops that, the Honorable Tse-Wang is delighted, but I will have failed completely.

Let me give you an example. Copernicus was as wrong as the Old Testament cosmography he contracted. Whereas the Church declared that the Old Testament said the earth was the immovable center of the universe, and all else revolved around it, Copernicus was just as insistence that the SUN was the immovable center of the universe. So the battle between the Church and Copernican cosmology was a battle between two absurdities.

But Copernicus led to the end of the Old Testament nonsense. And since Copernicus based his ideas on entirely on the idea that he was reporting observable facts, he opened the door to Newton and the Hubble Telescope. Copernicus would have been delighted, just disappointed that he didn't live to see more of the truth revealed.

So what I have to offer to you is something much more precious than some Indian Guru or some Master of Wisdom in the Orient. It is a building block, and you are expected to keep moving.

This is a MUCH harder lesson to learn than simply quoting some Book of the Bible or some form of Wordism.

This leaves the entire burden on YOU. Most people prefer just to "get it right," to learn to repeat words that will protect them from thinking on their own. It's SCARY to think on your own. You don't have some priest to go to and reassure you are right.

And that is why people seek out Doctor so and so or Father so and so or some line in the Old Testament. There is no way for you to know whether you are building on sand or on rock. That is an aloneness we have all been taught to avoid.

But that is also the aloneness that Lawrence Brown described as "the burden and the glory of Western Man."

That's lesson one.