Turning Psychological Pain to Sweetness

Most of us run from our pain – or at least we try to. Just as we might take an aspirin to ease our pain, so to we take too much food, television watching, internet surfing, video gaming, drinking, drugging, gambling, etc. to numb our soul’s inflammation. It’s natural; as animals we seek pleasure, and avoid pain. Yet some pains we feel are emissaries, sent forth by our deeper nature as guidance to a more authentic and fulfilling life.

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Reclaiming Your Wholeness with Unconditional Positive Self-Regard

I wonder whether, like most of the persons I meet, you divy yourself into parts of which are good and bad, likeable and dislikeable, spiritual and unspiritual, etc… On the one hand, you turn towards, embrace, and proudly present to others your “better” qualities. On the other hand, you turn from, disown, and closet your “worse” parts.

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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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