Healing and Transformation

Healing and Transformation

We are Inside a Bubble of Perception

posted by David G Arenson ND

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In Carlos Castaneda’s book, “Tales of Power,” the sorcerer, Don Juan explains what perception and why it is so important:

“We are inside a bubble. It is a bubble into which we are placed at the moment of our birth. At first the bubble is open, but then it begins to close until it has sealed us in. The bubble is our perception. We live inside that bubble all our lives. And what we witness on its round walls is our reflection. The thing reflected is our view of the world. That view is first a description which is given to us from the moment of our birth until all our attention is caught by it and the description becomes a view.”

How does one change one’s perception and feel whole and complete in an increasingly noisy, confused, stressful and relentlessly out of balance work environment?

The answer, of course, is quiet time away from one’s routine.

Retreat time is a time to find peace, introspect and discover one’s own answers. Personal retreats are becoming more and more necessary as a way to relax and revitalise as well as rest and reflect. These don’t have to involve exotic locations; on the contrary, they can be created within the home. The importance of having quiet is not to be under-estimated.

What people are seeking is seeking them. What people are seeking is inside of them already. It is waiting, it is asking them to wake up. It is tapping them on the shoulders.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Andre Gide.

The true journey is within, and each person already has what he needs for this journey. Everyone is imbued with the necessary personal skills and ability to take this journey. Don’t look back…

The Happiness Index

posted by David G Arenson ND

 

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Consider another way of viewing the world. Since 1971, Bhutan has promoted the idea of a Gross National Happiness index being used to replace Gross National Product as the most important criteria by which development is measured.

According to Guardian Weekly in 2012:

“The country has pledged itself to remain carbon-neutral and to ensure that at least 60% of its land mass will remain under forest cover in perpetuity. It has banned logging and has instigated a monthly pedestrian day that bars all private vehicles from its roads. In a world beset by collapsing financial systems, gross inequity and wide-scale environmental destruction, the tiny Buddhist state’s approach is attracting a lot of interest. Last year the UN adopted Bhutan’s call for a holistic approach to development, a move endorsed by 68 countries. A UN panel is considering ways for Bhutan’s GNH model to be replicated globally.”

The core of Gross National Happiness is the importance of the quality of a nation’s feelings. Wealth is empty if people are miserable. To identify the value of happiness should surely be paramount?

The Roots of Discontent

posted by David G Arenson ND

 

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“Discontent is the first necessity of progress.”

Unhappiness and feelings of emptiness are familiar to many. What are the roots of our discontent?

In our current system, everything is driven by feeding a system with an insatiable appetite. Without demand, suppliers cannot survive, so it is imperative that demand is stoked, fueled, twisted, and ensured by whatever means ethical or not.

The system is so entrenched that it doesn’t know how to stop unless by raising production and consumption.

Consumption can only keep increasing via an ever-expanding population base, planned obsolesce in products that break down quickly, creating new fads and fashions, and constantly seeking to “fill the void” people feel from being consumers.

It’s a battle to keep this system going with marketing people more and more challenged to create more devious, delusional and empty promises to feed the insatiable spiritual hunger people feel. The more empty the consumption, the more that hunger grows. Eventually the whole system will implode. It has to. When the economic tsunami hits, what will you do?

What if I told you that that whole system was based on deception and the fundamental message being sold is “you are not enough?”

Call it the delusion of economics, or economics of delusion.

The whole system cannot survive if people keep consuming more and more of things they don’t need, ultimately spiritually depleting them. Many end up shallow and miserable because of chasing a false dream.

What if really all human beings are 100 percent worthy 100 percent of the time…

Most people have been misled to believe that happiness is outside of them, that there is some idealised destination, some material possession that if they can gain a hold of, then all will be well. If they can get this external “thing” and grab onto it, hold it tightly, then they will feel whole and complete. In fact, our whole society is geared towards consumerism.

Personal identity and self-esteem are linked to an external factor that may or not be achievable. Fortunately, most goals are achievable, they just take time, resources, circumstance and opportunity. Many give up when they face hurdles and worse, fall into despair when they “fail” to achieve their objectives.

It is virtually impossible to reach all goals, unless they are realistic. It is also impossible for life not to deal unpredictable cards, for the unexpected to occur.

That we should panic and self-destruct when something unexpected and uncalled for occurs, shows how naive and incomplete our education has been as human beings. It reflects our need for wisdom. It’s no accident that depression, anxiety and suicide are so common in our societies. We are seeking something external. We are seeking wholeness from something far out of reach. The void stems from seeking something outside of ourselves.

Henry Miller said something evocative that rings true and provides wisdom – “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

It is not needed that we change where we are, or where we are going; what is required is to see our world anew.

 

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Allowing Others to Hurt us

posted by David G Arenson ND

 

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Firedance Julia Gray

Cruelty;
Betrayal;
Hurt;
Sadness;
Guilt…

the list of difficult emotions goes on…

So long as we allow it to!

All these emotions are “suffering” (mostly) at the hands of another person or people.

Every person on this planet has felt hurt justifiably or unjustifiably—it’s the human condition. Can one escape it? Hardly. To be human, is to suffer the same fate.

How do others hurt us?

It’s impossible to escape feeling hurt unless you reach a state of “enlightenment.”

Read the following idea, re-read it, allow it to percolate, imbue it with your awareness, and see how you feel with it:
Regarding feeling hurt at the hands of other people, on a fundamental level, they can only do this if we let them.
I’m really curious how you reacted to this as a reader. Feel free to come back to that idea of choice and responsibility for our every feeling and thought.

We are responsible for what we feel. It doesn’t justify the actions. I still feel some rancour when I think about how some people have behaved towards myself and others.

I felt that their cruelty was being rewarded, that I was somehow “right” to feel the way I did at the hands of those who “wronged” me. I felt that how they treated me was unforgivable.

Can another person truly hurt you? Does anybody have that right?

Yes. If we give it to them.

On a practical level, aren’t those who inflict suffering on others the very people who need our help and compassion?
In our hearts, how can we feel this level of saint-like unconditional love? Is that even possible?

How do we heal from cruelty, suffering and despair?

More sensitive people (like me) are more easily hurt, and it’s not really just a question of allowing. I think it’s a path and journey of maturation. We are always developing as human beings. We never stop learning and evolving.
The more experience gained from suffering, the more wisdom, empowerment and understanding.

On a mystical level, all is chosen, so all is responsibility. So from a spiritual level, there really are no victims!

I have felt the pain of being a victim, yet I am aware that is an illusion, and perhaps what we call ego. I still feel that suffering however.

I have feelings, emotions, I am a human being after all, not a statue!

I have worked through it, yet I am not immune from feeling again the feelings.

If people have power over another and they abuse it, then it can affect a person’s life. Certainly in my case, I’ve even had a job situation that had great ramifications that I still feel today in terms of opportunities not coming my way. Could it be as easy as just walking away? Is that even realistic?

There is always a spiritual reflection for that which we experience in a physical sense. Nothing happens by accident without its lessons. It doesn’t mean we need obsess over every detail.

Patterns present themselves for a purpose, and there is always an underlying lesson.

“When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Aside from engendering compassion for others (by keeping them in our prayers, for example), I will end with some key advice for dealing with people (You know which people I am referring to!):
It’s important to protect ourselves from people who unwittingly drain us or make us feel bad within our private and professional lives. This requires conscious boundary-setting and awareness of self-responsibility.
Godspeed…

May you find the healing, self-responsibility and empowerment that you yearn for. It’s there for you…

Waiting for you to CLAIM it…

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