Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Zen and the Art of Seeing Clearly Perhaps for the First Time …

Zen and the Art of Seeing Clearly Perhaps for the First Time
A series of 28 short essays on health and healing … as a direction not an event … 

EXPERIENCE has taught us that[1] the process of being out of touch with our true feelings induces grandiosity and compulsivity
Grandiosity and compulsivity are clear symptoms that the demon is quietly waiting, (quietly waiting for opportunity to arise and act out in your life) and that the core problems have yet to be addressed. This insight often comes forward during some form of counseling or intimate sharing; it is generally when we get the first indicator that something is hiding in our blind spots and is having a profound effect on our lives. 
Often it gets pointed out to us that we really don’t have friends or that our primary relationships are becoming progressively more non-intimate or . . . and there are hundreds of “or’s,” and our journey does not truly begin until we begin to notice. 
It is a given in this business that paradox is a factor in dealing with life on life’s terms
Coming to terms with making my worst feared foe my friend and confident is a lot like leaning into the proverbial left hook
When one comes to terms with the paradox that codependency was once our adversary but now it needs to swing from foe to ally and as our ally can be called upon at any time for wise counsel … wise counsel being defined as applications of wisdom picked up on the journey through life  … when we are able to be in that place in our consciousness … of applying our wizened experience to our next circumstance … life takes on a richer, deeper meaning. 
With the experience of codependency as counselor or mentor, there seems to naturally develop an awareness of the value of time and an appreciation of life in all its many twists and turns.  Love takes on a dynamic most would not have imagined … but … and this is the hurdle we must all get over … but … only if we are willing to face the demon of codependency sitting there in the middle of the path … right there obstructing our journey.  If we shy away from the demon-on-the-path, we deprive ourselves of any possibility of gaining its’ wise counsel in our future dealings with life … and it follows that we will always be lacking somewhat in the expression of our love and our interplay with all the intricacies of life … lacking the necessary clarity we will need to be able to see and appreciate life and love … to its fullest potential.
I quote from Peck “When we shy away from … … the ever changing nature of things, we inevitably shy away from life[2].”


Answer More Of These in Your Journal … In Long Hand[3]

27)  What crisis brought you to a point of considering a recovery process?
28)  What situation specifically led you to formally want to begin the work of the Steps?
29)  When did you first recognize your behaviour as your problem? 
30)  Did you try to correct it? 
31)  If so, how? 
32)  If not, why not?
Noticing and Accepting
Are Two Different Places In My Consciousness And Should Never Be Confused With Each Other … They Are The Stepping Stones To Wise Counsel
For your Journal It was late afternoon when I came upon this place; (be that real or imagined) … tell the story of this place and tell the story of your experience there; in long hand, in your journal …

Photo Alvida Russ 1

[1] Taken from Experience Has Taught Us ---175 Missing Pieces …
[2] Taken from the Road Less Traveled Scott Peck author …
[3] Experience Has Taught Us: Searching for the Willingness to Change … Neil Douglas Tubb Author

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