Saturday, May 3, 2014
The ego and intellect lead me to make largely fear based choices, which are very good and sometimes important for survival and protective purposes. What is commonly called the heart or God part of me leads me to make love based choices, which are very good for my spiritual growth and development. For example, I am a mental health therapist and my intellect/ ego says that I should never give my services away and that I should be on guard against people trying to take advantage of me, anxiety producing and very tiring. However, acting out of love, within limits, I frequently give my services away, with the assumptions that some people will take advantage of me and that overall, most people will return the favor and I will be given what I need, a much more relaxed approach. Both approaches are completely valid, one of them feels better, to me, and advances the integrity of the universe.
Friday, May 2, 2014
During a recovery meeting today I mentioned that within myself I have encountered both a dark, negative, potentially destructive part and a love/God, very compassionate, nurturing part. I also mentioned that I have found that loving/God part in all of the individuals I have had the privilege of working with, even the most antisocial. As the Quakers have pointed out, we all have the love or God part and we can all choose to act on it, which is my choice. To me, it feels right to make that choice. Unfortunately, due largely to cultural and soul age factors, others often make the more negative choice.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The other important lesson from the events I described yesterday is a sense that as Sylvia Fraser says in The Book of Strange “We as a species seem to have been created as vessels of consciousness. Apparently, the deeper, spiritual journey is not requested of us but demanded, with the stakes being higher than earthly happiness and perhaps even life and death.” We, as a species, place a great deal of importance on the feeling of happiness, and the processes of life and death, which is very understandable, given the brevity of life on this planet, a very necessary and important point of view. However, taking a more long term or eternal view, the presence of life, death and suffering is not a big deal if it promotes our appreciation and understanding of love and our connection to the earth and all of the things on it.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
On the way back from Mexico. An event took place that seemed, intuitively, to have some weight to it, an event that I should pay attention to. I have learned, over time, to pay attention to such events. What happened was that, as we were driving along at 35-40 miles per hour, we approached a road kill which was being devoured by around half a dozen or so turkey vultures. As we approached they all took off, but the last of them waited too long and ended up crashing into the window right in front of me, killing the bird, breaking the window, setting off the crash bag (which did not actually deploy) and startling me. Within less than a second, I flashed back to a similar event in which a crow crashed into a window right in front of me, in my home a few weeks earlier. Both events reminded me of getting hit by stone fragments in the sweat lodge. Shortly after the event, the driver commented that “his buddies are probably eating him now”, which, in turn, reminded me of a previous scene where one dog was eating another dog, similarly, struck and killed by a car. Through meditation and contemplation, I have gotten as far as realizing that I should be alert/pay attention for some sort of startling breakthrough and that it will probably have something to do with life, death and survival, but that is as far as I have gotten. My intuition tells me that there is more.
Monday, April 28, 2014
I just returned from a weekend, spiritual retreat in Mexico, a wonderful weekend of connecting with each other and God or love. Much was absorbed and experienced by all of the participants. It was also an exhausting experience with a great deal of intense information exchange. As a result, I need to spend the next few days doing a lot of resting and quietly processing the events of the weekend. That means a lot of meditation, contemplation and rest, until I feel balanced once again. I just realized how different my current approach is from my historical approach of plunging right back into life and not respecting what just took place.