Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thirteenth Principle Expanded

The respect of and for your team, your partners (Life and Business) is more important than all the laurels the world can provide.

Don't put limitations on yourself.
Don’t think yourself into a place that stops you before you start.

Stay Away From “I Can’t.”
It doesn’t work all that Well.

Learn to speak your Feelings as they are.

Know this:
Being Nice is Not a Nice Thing to do, especially when you do it to yourself.

Others will put limitations on you.
They will drop their trash, their opinions on you.

Don’t take it personally
And more importantly: don't do it to yourself.

Remember This:
Your best Thinking may not be your best Friend.
Don't bet against you before you start.
Learn to speak up and speak out.
Not your opinions ... your feelings

from the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

I quote from the Velveteen Rabbit...

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" Asked the rabbit.

"Sometimes" said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up, " he asked "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once, " said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand...but once you are Real you can't become unreal again. It lasts for always."

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Amber flame burns clear in the night.

Pain and Strain pushed out of sight.

Caring is lost in history's strange tale,

Life's just the Past made present in detail.
No one sees that Amber flame,
It slowly consumes and leaves only pain.

It smiles!

Neil Douglas – Tubb (1993)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Mythical Full-Length Mirror Of Self

Each of us, in turn, must go to a place and stand in front of The Mythical Full-Length Mirror Of Self, if we are in fact to heal. It is a place where we come to know and see probably for the first time just how much “stuff” we really carry and how it drags us down and holds us from our future. The one we were intended to have.

To Heal we must own it! And become ready to consider casting it off.

The Process of recovery is described as Uncover, Discover and Discard.

People have to know what they are up against. Where and how we carried it, and how our sense of evil spiritedness, of not being good enough, some times called incubus (from the Latin: evil spirited, devil or demon.  Things, metaphorically mostly, that most of us believe are locked down inside us and run our lives...). It  locks us into our guilt, hurt, pain and shame. How this burden of guilt, hurt, pain and shame serves as the drive engine for the behaviors that we hate about ourselves. Those behaviours we can’t seem to stop doing and the ones that are killing us, the ones, oddly enough that we are trying to give up.

Ashamed and isolated and in the middle of a world,
That is full of people who are ashamed and isolated too,
Just like me and too terrified to admit it.

So now the opportunity sits here before me,
An opportunity both figuratively and literally,
To do something for the first time,
That is constructive,
About the state of my being.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I Think My Life is a Puzzle

I think my life is a puzzle … not a chess game as I once thought … but simply a puzzle.

And I have to wonder aloud at times, “Are there pieces missing” … “is this a deck of 51?”

Thus far in my experience … if I were being honest about things … I have noticed that this puzzle is only partially completed … there really is not enough of it put together yet to really recognize what the message or the picture is … oh I can make out form … and a few things that leads me to believe that I understand … but I suspect that is my ego at work appearing to do something for me that is really beyond me for the moment.

I can’t seem to comprehend it completely … oh I can grasp the idea … I think … but the overall message seems to slide right past me …

Now it seems to be that if I can just get a few of these loose pieces into someplace in the puzzle … actually at this point anyplace is a better place to be … then my life will finally work for me the way I want it too … Round Pegs, Square Holes, Large Mallets?

Then something that I notice begins to bother me to no end … as I begin to notice what the puzzle is saying to me … the puzzle changes … right there before my eyes … it changes and I am back to not understanding … yet again …

“Is this Eternity?”... And ... “Am I rolling rocks uphill forever?”

As I look back on my life’s journey … from age 62 … try it from where ever you are … have a look and write down what you see … I can honestly say that no matter how hard I strived to get to a place call “Having Everything the way I wanted,” I never made it.

On the other hand, I have noticed that during the course of doing life that Everything is Exactly the Way It is Supposed to be but … and this is the big one … Most of it does not agree with me most of the time … But Who Said It Was Supposed to Besides Me?

So again I have to wonder aloud “is it as important that I complete the journey my way and get my prize … the one I think I want or deserve … or is it more important for me to simply begin to do the journey as it unfolds?

There's Many Ways to be a Pioneer

How about some of those unsung heroes of the past. Like that prehistoric gourmet who looked at a lobster and said, "I'm gonna’ eat that." Or the first healer who picked up a knife and said, "Let's operate, boys."

It seems to me that adventures come in all shapes and sizes. Anytime a woman goes to a hairdresser, I think, is on par with Columbus setting off over the horizon for the first time. There is not a clear idea what the result will be. Or, how about any time you fall in love. Talk about not knowing what’s over the next hill.

We live it every day. For God's sake, even getting behind the wheel and backing out of the driveway can be a sublime act of faith, as well as a monumental act of courage. This yearning for adventure must be innate in the human psyche.

Simple Fact of Life

Neurosis is intimately bound up with the problems of our time and it really represents an unsuccessful attempt on the part of the individual to solve a general problem in his/her own personal life.

Neurosis is self-division.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Are The Animals At The Zoo?

This poem is powerful and it won a Lieut/Governor's award in the early 1990"s

Are The Animals At The Zoo?
Pretty dresses, lacy dresses, little black shoes,
Seeing faces, alter spaces,
Now just who is who?

Switching places, trading places
Isn't it nice for you?
Running races, hiding places,
The monster will always get you.

Baby faces, crying faces,
Now what's the matter with you?
Secret places, dirty places
Are the animals at the zoo?

Anger crazes, heartbeat races,
Yes something’s wrong with you!
Horror traces, nasty cases,
You’re very naughty too.

My sweet baby, special baby
Yes, your sister too.
I have got you really got you,
Now what will you do?

Frozen solid numbness crawling,
What can you really do?
Dark and thick, heavy and sick,
Come on, you like it too.

Flying upward, freedoms skyward,
I'm not here with you.
Cursed response, traitors response
There is no escape for you.

Shame spawning, anger dawning,
I really do love you
Some expressing, fear repressing,
Will I ever forgive you?

Turn it inwards, pay the price,
What punishment will do.
Curly locks, coloured socks,
My God, What did I do?

Cutting stares, transparent terrors
You can't see can you?
Watchful eyes, angry eyes,
I don't know what to do

Telling lies, apple pies,
I didn't want it too
Piano keys, I want to please
Tell me what to do.

Chilling night, lonely night,
I'm dark and empty too.
Battle grounds, fearful sounds
Is your flesh crawling too?

Angry striking, love protecting,
I didn't mean to hurt you too,
How I love you, really love you,
There’s no one we can turn to.

Let’s make a deal, it won't be real,
If we forget and wish it not be true.
Misty memories, distant memories,
Just an inner dulling ache.

Dreamless nights, horror nights
How we have paid the price.
Hold your head high, the proud don't cry,
They won't know the reason why,

I believe you, you believe me,
Honest, I don't think they can see.
Life's not fair, why should I care,
What anyone thinks of me.

Trying so hard, wishing so hard
Will I ever be good enough?
Push it down, keep it down,
I really am quite tough,

I really wonder, if in the thunder,
Lie the secrets of life.
Something missing, rain is hissing
Will I ever get it right?

Inner torment, aching torrent,
I really hate this game called life.
Memories flashing, feelings gashing
Is there any end to strife?

Will Prince Charming, quite alarming
Come and make me his wife?
Stupid wishes, there are no kisses
That can remove this twisting knife.

Desperate hoping, ardent wishing,
I just want to enjoy life.
Chaotic days, lonely nights,
I see no end in sight.

Eternal pain, no fucking gain
It seems a hopeless fight.
Constant struggle, learn to juggle,
Should I end it all tonight?

There is no use, ironic universe
Instant return to make it right.
Some how cruel, this constant duel,
and painful came that we call life

Are lessons learned, anything earned?
Or is it all just useless strife?


Extracted From Romancing Mary Jane

The author Michael Poole passed recently ... and he and I had worked together for a piece of time ... then he wrote about our working together in his book, "Romancing Mary Jane, A Year In The Life of a Failed Marijuana Grower." as follows:

Marijuana is one of those issues that seems never to go away. Just the other day, it was the subject of a radio phone-in show, and I was surprised by the number of complaints about addiction. These calls didn't accord with my own experience or with the science as I understand it, though they did echo my time in psychotherapy. All through my crash and recovery I smoked marijuana occasionally, even though my shrink advised against it. It's a mask, he said. Covers what you want to uncover. Since hearing this show, I've gone back to my notes (I taped every session), not for any therapeutic reason but to review his take on marijuana and addiction.

Finding the right psychotherapist is like buying boots-if the fit isn't right, you're going nowhere together. Neil Tubb was right for me. On my first visit I did most of the talking for more than an hour, then in twenty astounding minutes he showed me my inner workings, as starkly as an oracle spreading goat guts on altar- As I left, he said it would take five to seven years of intense work for me to straighten myself out. The cure, as it turned out, required just nine months of concentrated effort, and I came through my time with Neil convinced that he had, quite literally, saved my life.

I used to enjoy my visits to Neil. He lives-or did then-near the Victoria waterfront, overlooking Juan de Fuca Strait. I'd often find him sitting outside smoking-psychotherapists have addictions too. He's large and rumpled with grey hair and beard, an EX-RCMP narc , though seemingly free of any reefer madness fantasies about marijuana. "I never found that it had much effect on me at all," he told me at our first session. "It sure as hell didn't raise my consciousness. If I'm going to do anything mind-altering, I'd much rather have a belt of rum." But mind-altering, at least with drugs or alcohol, is not a harmless diversion in Neil's view. Toking would only delay my recovery, he said, and if I kept at it long enough it could do me in.

"Because the quality of the high diminishes over time," he warned, "the quantity has to increase- For some people who have a powerful need to repress things, it turns into a boxcar train that keeps getting longer ... because I smoke marijuana, I smoke marijuana, I smoke marijuana. It doesn't give it to me any more, so I smoke marijuana and do alcohol. Marijuana and alcohol. Then I do cocaine, and it just builds."

Neil's point was that as long as patients can hide behind booze or drugs, they'll avoid facing the psychological cause of their ill¬ness. But I was certain that didn't apply to me. My addiction was self-redeeming work, not dope, and I never believed that smoking masked my inner scars. In fact, opening old wounds was not diffi¬cult for me. My collapse had been so complete, so torturous, my ego defenses were knocked flat, and facing even the most fearsome dragons in my psyche was preferable to living with the twin tigers of suicide and insanity. I guess that's why I was able to straighten myself out in a fraction of the time that Neil had predicted. I was ready.

At first I was uneasy about ignoring Neil's warnings, because he was so right about everything else. He knew exactly what ailed me and how to treat it. My family doctor agreed, prescribing Luvox, one of the refinements of Prozac. "You are so steeply in crash mode," Neil said, "nothing can be done until we get you back on the level with this drug so you can function." When the change first hit, after about six days on Luvox, I was filming herons on the Fraser River delta. Preoccupied with what I was doing, I didn't notice at first that I was feeling strangely and wonderfully different. My mood turned optimistic, free of cares and responsibilities, happy. My surroundings-tide pools, eelgrass, the flat calm sea and distant green of the Gulf Islands-all looked abnormally vivid, the colours brighter. I stopped work (it no longer seemed very important) and lay on the beach for the rest of the afternoon, just watching the puffy June clouds drift past. Driving home, I floated serenely through the rush-hour traffic, utterly without the usual frustrations. Over the next few days, as the chemical changes in my brain took hold, this new lightness of being became fixed. I began to sleep better, and my sense of burnout returned. (Carole had been complaining for months that I wasn't much fun any more.) And not only did my crippling depressions vanish; I real¬ized that I had been living for years under a cloud of constant low-grade depression, as if I were seeing the world darkly through an X-ray plate. That, too, was gone.

Although Luvox was truly a wonder drug for me, it dealt only with symptoms, not the causes of my malaise.

On Healing Real and Imagined

EXPERIENCE has taught us that most, if not all, of us are trying to think our way into a new way of living. The truth is that the miracle of change comes in the form of having the courage to do the exact opposite.

Live My Way Into A New Way of Thinking.
Thinking my way into a new way of Living.


Live My Way Into A New Way of Thinking.

Exercise (1) It has been my belief since my earliest memory that “I am alone and my world is a dangerous place”. My life seems to affirm this to me daily.
Write about this thought
Exercise (2) I have found that I only can acquire the relief and happiness that I think I want by doing something or getting something.
Write about this thought
Exercise (3) There are times when I feel I am so desperate, lost and alone.
Write about this thought
Exercise(4) I have learned that when my best efforts fail me that I have gathered habits along the way that I can depend on. These habits are creations from outside of me and they are "magical".
Write about this thought
Exercise(5) They take their form as substances, actions or facilities, things that I use daily just to get by on. I know that I can always reach out to them and they can be relied on.
Write about this thought
Exercise (6) It is sad but true that these “magical” chattels are my addictions, obsessions and/or compulsions.
Write about this thought
Exercise (7) As I still my thoughts and close my eyes, I begin to realize that I have placed the scant shadow of my faith in a place and on activities that are misbegotten.
Write about this thought
Exercise (8) I am beginning to admit to myself that my beliefs really are not true. The various forms of my beliefs, my addictions, obsessions and/or compulsions are devices that have only brought me pain.
Write about this thought
Exercise (9) I am admitting that I have no control over them; in fact I have given them all my power.
Write about this thought
Exercise (10) I also notice that they have no power of their own. They sit there like lifeless forms, shadows or ghosts, awaiting only the wind of my restlessness to stir my soul and scatter them.
Write about this thought
Exercise (11) I admit that I have been insane and I begin to wonder about what may lay before me as I begin my journey toward finding the world of my sanity.
Write about this thought

Experience Has Taught Me
That I am out of control and I know I am not happy.
That my Beliefs have not and cannot make me happy
I know I must find “different” to be happy.
Where will I look?
What will I see?
And who will help me?

Take Some Time Out To Be Silent With Him ...

"We cannot find God in noise or agitation, nature: trees, flowers and grass grow in silence. The stars, the moon and the sun move in silence. What is essential is not what we say but what God tells us and what He tells others through us. In silence He listens to us, in silence He speaks to our souls. Take some time out to be silent with Him."

- Mother Theresa

from her book "No Greater Love"

Thursday, September 9, 2010

22 Things .... From ... Understanding "Me" While Being "We"

22 Things
We Need To Understand
Accept To Make This Thing Work

1. The only person whose behaviour we have any power over is our own. We may try like hell to change others but the truth of it is We Can't ...

2. All we can give another person is information.

3. All psychological problems are relationship problems. Most easily seen in relationships ... they come out of hiding here. They are very disruptive within the bounds of the relationship ...

4. The problem relationship is always part of our present life.

5. The problem becomes our working definition of normal.

6. The problem is ever present ... affecting everything we do.

7. It is insidious ... it quietly undermines who we think we are ... quietly almost unnoticed.

8. We numb out because of it.

9. We can never seem to have the relationship we want ... Oh yes we know what it looks like ... but we can never get our needs met properly ... We don't know how ...

10. What happened in the past has everything to do with what and how we are today; the problem is we can only satisfy our basic needs in the here and now. Then once that is accomplished we can plan to continue satisfying them in the future.

11. We can't go back and get our needs met. We have to grieve our losses ... in the present ... then come to terms with who and what we are today ... then learn how to met our own needs in a creative fashion ...

12. We can only satisfy our needs by satisfying the pictures in our Imagined World.

13. We have to know where to look for the clues and cues on what to do so we can escape the ritual of our past.

14. All we do is “Behave.” This one is so simple yet so hard to see ... all we do is Behave or Not Behave ... Oddly enough Not Behaving is a behaviour too ... smile

15. All Behaviours are complete in and of themselves.

16. All behaviours are made up of four basic components: Acting, Thinking, Feeling and Physiology.

17. We choose our behaviours, but we only have direct control over the Acting and Thinking components.

18. Most Important concept ... we are responsible for what we do, how we do it ... we can claim someone else made us ____________ but in actual fact we chose ...

19. We can only control our Feelings and Physiology indirectly through how we choose to Act and Think.

20. We can actually take responsibility for what we do ... when we do it ...

21. If we can do this then we can break the SPELL John Bradshaw talks about in his book "The Family"(see page 221/222 )...

22. All behaviour is designated by verbs and named by the part that is the most recognizable.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Part (8) From Understanding Me While Being We

There is a Door and here is one of the keys
Understanding Me While Being We
Habits that Clearly Show Caring

001 Intimacy (Extracted from Terry Kelloggs Broken Toys Broken Dreams)

Intimacy is difficult because we expect it and want it right away. We seek instant intimacy. Sex, the best worst example of instant intimacy, can be the “instant gratification" for intimacy-seeking souls. Sex, courtship and infatuation all contain elements of feeling intimate, but they are not intimacy. Too much, too soon, too fast, too hard can damage the possibilities of intimacy.

Intimacy is the result of a sharing and caring friendship built between people. It is the feeling in a relationship that promotes closeness, ‘bondedness’ and ‘connectedness' without enmeshment. For someone who has spent their life struggling in enmeshed relationships intimacy is difficult to recognize. Intimacy is not the focusing on each other, or having sex or fighting with each other. Rather it is a growing - side by side - facing the same direction, facing the problems life has thrown in the way, sharing the world within and sharing the world without, and most importantly, it is the building of a history of experience, one on top of the other and allowing that sharing to cause or create an awareness - together.

The key word in the whole process is with.

With a sponsor, with a friend, with my spouse, with someone who actually cares for me, not just for who they need me to be, but for who I am, and me returning that thought by caring for them just as they are, and not as I need them to be. Oh yes, there is instant sex, instant relation¬ship, instant hot chocolate, but rarely instant intimacy.

Intimacy comes when we are pointed in a healthy direction, when we have a clear identity of who we think we are and are happy with that thought, when we endeavor to live a life of balance, when we are open to trust, and when we are willing to experience our own pain and fears and ultimately when we know, love and accept self.

002 Being Supporting
I may not necessarily agree with what you are doing but I will support you ... in my actions and in my thoughts.

003 Being Encouraging
When I see you struggling ... I will encourage you to make your journey ... the best teacher in life is life itself ... and most times we just need to go through what we need to so that we can learn the How To's of Life.

004 Being Listening/Listener
When I listen to you or to others I reassure me quietly that I am heard too ... Odd but true ... to be able to listen to my partner work at being who they are and supporting them in their attempt and encouraging them to move forward is important for them but more so for me

005 Being Accepting
Life is full of hiccups and my mistakes allow me to see more clearly where it is that I am going ... there will be times when I encounter situations and people that I am totally in disagreement with ... then I have to move my mind and heart to a place called accepting ... in doing so I may discover that what they are is morally or ethically wrong ... then I can stand my ground with purpose ... but to accept my life being what it is and how it is ... is the secret to my serenity today (AA's Big Book)

006 Being Trusting/Trustworthy
This is totally about real value ... and what is really valuable ... A Course In Miracles (see manual for Teacher’s on page 9) takes some time with this thought ... this is not about I hope he or she will not step on my toes ... this is about how I value you and how I perceive that you value me and how it is that I value me ... this is all about perception and value ... but the point is real value.

007 Demonstrating Respect and Value
In partnering we next naturally come to the need for respect. It follows that if I am in a relationship with you, then I need to respect your choices ... I don’t need to agree with them but I do need to respect them. I don’t need to try and control your choices. One of the undercurrents of saying “I love you.” often is my need for or my attempt to ... control, so I can feel safe in the face of overwhelming knowledge that I am Alone And My World Is A Dangerous Place. In showing respect for you, I allow you to be who you are and I don’t attempt to adjust you to my liking ... the way I need you to be so I can believe that I am safe. So if I am in a place called respect, I respect every belief you have and every choice you make. Again, I may not agree, but I respect ... Why? Because I love you the way you are, not for the way I need you to be. Now to balance off respect spiritually within me, I ... being in Self Love and not narcissism, I have to respect my own life, (wants, wishes, needs and desires) and thus I will not allow you to control how and who I am.

008 Willing to Talk things Through

An open Mind
An open Heart
And a Willingness To Change
To be able to talk things through
To a safe conclusion for Me
To Negotiate

009 An Exercise To Take You Into Your Future

What Beliefs Do I Follow That Lift Me Up?
What Beliefs Do I Follow That Bring Me Down?
What Beliefs Do I Follow That Are Based In Truth?
Which Of Those Beliefs Are Based On Lies?

When I notice there is something out of balance, something that brings me down, something that is a lie or out of line with the Way of Things, then there are two things to do.

First, make up a new rule/belief that encompasses you being uplifted.

Second, then say to yourself or to whoever may be present:

I’m Sorry
Please Forgive Me
I Love You

But the important thing is that you offer this up to your soul first.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Thirteenth Principle

Thirteenth Principle

The respect of your team, your partners (Life and Business) is more important than all the laurels the world can provide.

Don't put limitations on yourself.

Others will do that for you.

Don't do it to yourself.

Don't bet against you before you start.

Fourteenth Principle

Fourteenth Principle
Take Risks

"Failure is not an option"

That statement is not true.

Failure has to be option for life to be rich.



It is in the “leap of faith” that "Risk Taking Entails"

Where Life gains its flavour.

Life and its richness is in the attempting to do what you've never done before.

So failure is an option

But fear is not.

Fifteenth Principle

Fifteenth Principle

Arthur C. Clarke

Formulated the following three "laws" of prediction:

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong.

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Forgiveness, Judgement and the Way of Things

One of the more interesting facets of Forgiveness is that it can only function in the present moment. It can be about our past but it can only happen in the here and now.

Judgement on the other hand functions very well in the past and the future ... in fact it has a very difficult time functioning in the present at all. If you look at it clearly you will notice just like me that it is always about something that happened and it seems to want to prevent you from having something in your most immediate future or even further up the time line.

Forgiveness is what I do, not what I think.
Judgement is about how I think and how I look at things, not what I do.

These are two very different places in this universe. My mind can encompass both places. Now comes a slight twist; Judgement is a very necessary part of Forgiveness. Whereas Forgiveness is not necessarily a part of judgement; there is a pecking order here and if you get it backwards you can spend a great deal of time wondering just what the heck is going on. Judgement is a place you have to pass through to get to Forgiveness. Whereas Forgiveness is a place you arrive at ... then do it. Purely Subjective! You can feel it afterwards and most do. It is the release of an enormous amount of energy that had been invested in a protection racket.

To begin to move toward Forgiveness we have to see what happened and how it affected us ... what it took from us ... and what it left us with ... And that process is deeply woven in thought processes and Judgement.

Whereas when we reach Forgiveness, we recover the energy that we invested into protecting us from the afterglow of those events that hurt us deeply. Again we are sorting through thoughts. I like to call them The Ghost of Christmas Past. We think, and think is the key word here, that the pain of these lost memories still has the power to destroy us like they once nearly did.

With Forgiveness, the Ego releases those thoughts and pains of the past and the energy the Ego used to maintain its guardianship over our well being in the present moment. Forgiveness gives us back a clear mind to appreciate our future and now the Ego can invest that energy in the creativity of being us in the present.

All of this is about point of view. It is the difference between objective Judgment and Subjective action. Very powerful! ... but a point of view none the less.