Saturday, July 18, 2015
We really are “spiritual beings having a physical experience”, as I have heard many people say. Additionally, that soul or spirit part is very much present in each of us and is connected, usually unconsciously, to the Source/God or love. As part of my therapeutic work with clients I connect with that part, a very meaningful experience. Part of the reason I do that is that part does not lie or deceive, as does the conscious part. In order for me to make a strong connection with my clients it is best for me to work with both the conscious and unconscious parts.
Friday, July 17, 2015
The topic in my recovery meeting today was perspective or perception and I immediately began reflecting on the changes in views that I have gone through. For my first thirty-six years, before recovery, my perspective was decidedly judgmental and fear-based. I viewed the world as a hostile place that I could deal with if I stayed on guard. I now view the world through a filter of love, a different perspective. I don’t view everything as pretty or even pleasant, in fact in many ways, conditions look fairly bleak. However, I also believe that the universe is unfolding just fine and that the outcome will be good, even if it is unpleasant.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The MD I went to yesterday, my PCP, believes she is in charge of maintaining my health and I think that I am in charge, using the information she provides me. Using the information she provides is an important first step, directing my application of the healing power of unconditional love. I subject myself to a variety of tests and inspection, an unpleasant process, in order to know how to direct healing energy, a very holistic approach. I realize that my situation is “anecdotal” and may not apply to others, but it works for me.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I went to my MD. for my annual physical today, always an unpleasant experience, since I end up focusing on my numerous physical problems for a couple of hours. In addition her role is to look for health problems, so she is problem oriented, while I am health and solution oriented. It is remarkable to me that both viewpoints are necessary for me to continue to maintain health. Both viewpoints are also important if I am to maintain an attitude of humility and acceptance.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In the past I wanted a “god with skin on” as a mentor in my recovery program and now I strive to be that for the people that I mentor. As I was saying today, the simple fact is that I am just a “silly human being”, subject to the same foibles, problems and challenges as anyone else on this planet. However, I can be much more than that simple human if I ally myself with and am in harmony with the force or power I call love or God. If I remain humble, ask for support and guidance and conduct myself accordingly, I find that I am capable of remarkable things. I strive to help other people to do something similar.
Monday, July 13, 2015
One of my clients gave me a framed photo of a majestic, old fashioned, ocean going, sailing ship, doing its thing, sailing in the open ocean. The caption reads “a ship in the harbor is safe.....but that is not what ships are for”. The photo is meant as an analogy for my tendency to lead a life of risk and exposure rather than always taking the safe alternative. For example, I just wrote and am in the process of publishing a book on a spiritual approach to life, a very personal book on an approach which I use. Recently, I have been very aware that the book will expose me to various forms of criticism, which will happen, if the book is successful. It feels important for me to “speak my truth”, though part of me also wants to remain safe.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Several years ago, during a sweat lodge ceremony, I asked, quite sincerely, to see humanity the way God does. Some time after that I came out of my morning meditation and felt only great love, compassion and understanding for myself and my fellow humans. I can only describe the feeling as being like that of a loving parent toward their own baby or infant, great love with the assumption that the behaviors of the baby will be pretty silly as they learn about life. Before that meditation my view of myself and the rest of humanity was quite a bit harsher. Through my meditative practices I have realized that God does indeed thoroughly embrace humanity and the human experience. I sense no judgement or requirements, only love.