Tuesday, April 16, 2013


On Seeing Clearly Perhaps for the First Time
EXPERIENCE has taught us that[1] when the process of accepting life not working the way we think it should often leaves us deeply shaken. 
John Bradshaw said, “The disease of my disease is the hole in the cup of my soul ... There is an insatiable child inside (of me) that was ruling my life.”[2] 
To heal ourselves and grow, each of us has to do what everyone else has to do to come to spiritual completion.  We have to surrender to the Greater Way of Things and experience the Original Pain that can only be discovered from our childhood; it is the pain we have kept bottled up inside for so long and we now avoid like the plague ... it is there that the secret lay for healing.
Opening the second eye[3] is a more profound event.  It requires something pro-active to happen.  It requires an exchange between the seeker and the universe.  The exchange happens on the path (and only on the path) as the seeker surrenders into the greater unknown. This always equates to surrender into the fear.  It isn’t but that is what it seems to equates to.
Fear is defined in the Course in Miracles as the Absence of Love and it is a given in this business that it is far easier to hang on to what I know then it is to face the demons that hold me fast and frozen in my place. 
As Scott Peck points out, we have to go through the pain, to embrace it, to process it, to reduce it and transform it; that is the only way out.
 Dignity Of Daring
Only to the extent that a person exposes themselves, (over and over again) to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within him.  In this process lies the Dignity of Daring … Only if we venture repeatedly through zones of annihilation can our contact with the Divine Being (which is beyond annihilation) become firm and stable.  The more a person learns wholeheartedly to confront that which threatens him, the more the depths of Reality are revealed to him and the possibilities of a New Life Happening for them. Then the possibility of Becoming a Co Creator with the Creator is opened[4].
The Only Way Out Is Through  ... Simple, Just Hard To Do
27)  What are you afraid of?
28)  What are you afraid of about the concept of surrender, if anything?
29)  What convinces you that you can't act out successfully anymore?
30)  Do you accept that you’ll never regain control, even after a long period of abstinence from your old behaviors?
31)  Can you begin recovery without a complete surrender?
32)  What would your life be like if you surrendered completely?
33)  Can you continue your recovery without complete surrender?

[1] Taken from Experience Has Taught Us -- 175
[2] John Bradshaw on the Family
[3] Taken from Zen and the Art of Walking Lightly
[4] Karlfrued Graf Von Durkheim The Way of the Transformation

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