Creating a Structure of Living that Supports an Inner Life

In my work, I get to see the underbelly of our social order: the patterns of unhappiness and hardship which we suffer alone, but which are shared by others in epidemic proportions. These are the disorders of society which breed widespread personal unhappiness.

James Hillman, Jungian analyst, alludes to just such a societal disorder when he comments that one of the hardest things which he has to treat is his clients’ schedules. Hillman notes that their schedules are their defenses against change. Said another way, your personal organizer is your defense. Your to-do list is your personal tyrant. Your busyness is your soul’s captor. We haven’t the time to allow into our lives the changes that would be a salve to our souls.

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Authenticity and Approaches to Personal Transformation

Quotations theme: The drive towards self-actualization impels us towards transformation. How do we consciously cooperate with this drive in a way that complements our authenticity? Do we slice and dice ourselves according to others’ dualistic notions of good and evil? Do we subordinate the person to objective moral laws? Or might we allow the unfolding of our nature within the field of presence?

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Life’s Trump Card

Imagine your playing a card game. A very unusual card game. Matter of fact, it’s a game you play every day. It’s called, “Life.” Every day, you’re dealt the cards of your life situation. Every day the same other player wins. You can’t beat him, but you can learn how to split the winnings.

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Is Being Good, Good Enough?

We all have parts of ourselves which we don’t like. Perhaps it’s the sadness from which our forced laughter distracts us. Or the envy we feel for someone’s good fortune. Or the anger that occasionally bursts forth much to our embarrassment. For many of us, these dark and difficult feelings are unacceptable. They don’t measure up to our assumed standards of decency, goodness, or spirituality. So what are we to do with them?

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A Life of Your Choosing

Too many of us live lives which we do not want, but we feel helpless to change. For some, their hopes and passions have almost expired entangled in the thorns of drudgery or unwanted situations. Others spend their days in the stupor of a thankless job in which they have no interest except a paycheck. Still other persons live in enslavement to the debt which our materialistic culture encourages. If we asked any of these persons, “Is this the life you want?”, most would emphatically reply, “No!”… and then continue on as they were.

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