8 of 8 – Snippetts of Eros – Disciples, Mentors, Lovers
The year of wonders is what 2012 is supposed to be. Yours truly offers snippets of her favorite books. All on yesterday’s forbidden themes. Let’s see if their mysteries are revealed.
Eros is a story that staved the loneliness of her first years in the Caribbean, when she was missing her former Matrias, California and Italy.
What is mentoring? Who are our mentors? Who are our disciples? Is this way of learning based on love? That’s one of the main themes. Mentors and disciples have fallen in love with each other since time immemorial. Yet the very question has become a taboo. Why? We love ourselves in another that comes to resemble us as a disciple whose knowledge we’ve mentored. We protect that resemblance, we protect that love. Isn’t that a win-win? A world where it is safe to learn is a world where it is safe for disciples and mentors to love.
Here are yours truly’s reflections back in 2007. Eros: A Journey of Multiple Loves, has the full story.
“And so when I arrived at the university I was looking for a mentor, an interlocutor who would also function as a portal to the worlds I did not know. . . . I found what I wanted even though I sometimes wished I had not because the challenge was often too strong. Gnosis is a mode of knowledge based on love, and it sometimes demands unconditional love. It is often practiced in response to the dysfunctional medicalization of love produced in mainstream psychotherapy discourse. I received the knowledge I wanted and found the self-knowledge I was looking for, even as I learned to surrender to this practice in the process” (79).
The narrative continues as Gaia proceeds to become a mentor in her own turn. Oh blessed be!
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