Assuming Responsibility for Conscious Choice and Evaluation

Many are the ways by which we give to others the locus (Latin: place) of evaluation. For example, sometimes as adults we live as extensions of our parents, unconsciously living the values, attitudes, and beliefs which they modeled during our upbringing. Your dad was a Republican; your mom a Catholic; and for years as an adult you have taken your place in the world as a Republican and a Catholic, although you have never sat down with yourself to personally evaluate your viewpoints.

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You are Your Path (Cartoon by Leunig)

Recently I posted “Treading the Path – Living in Process” about how our psychological-spiritual process itself is the spiritual path for which so many seek elsewhere. So much more elegant than I in depicting this truth is this delightful cartoon by the Australian cartoonist, Michael Leunig.

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Personal Authenticity and Existential Will / Choice

Theme of the following quotations: It is difficult to realize the spiritual state which enables the seeming non-action of the Taoist Wu-Wei practice which is suggested by living in process. Until that realization, we experience ourselves as separate selves which express authenticity through existential will, valuing, choice, and capacity to act.

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Authentic Presence Expressing as Living in Process

Theme of the following quotations: The Self is not a noun, but a verb; not a static entity, but a psychological process. Each instant the process reveals unfolding experience within and without, guided by a dynamic or Will which some call individuation, others self-actualization. The Taoist practice of Wu Wei or nonaction expresses how when we identity with this process, it unfolds naturally and spontaneously according to each moment’s necessity.

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Personal Authenticity and Moral Standards

Theme of following quotations: Sometimes the expression of personal authenticity may seem to conflict with the given moral standards of the culture in which we live. Those standards are expressions of dualistic concepts of right/wrong, good/evil, etc. Many standards vary from culture to culture. All are mental constructs which belie the natural perfection of what is, of Being from which the deepest expressions of authenticity originate.

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