February 24, 2013 ~ “And the Truth Shall Set You Free”

We’ll explore the art of truth-telling…

Sunday February 24, 2013 ~ “And the Truth Shall Set You Free”

Debbie Ford “Honesty and Integrity” – YouTube

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32 [KJV]

In Memoriam:

Debbie Ford, author of ‘The Dark Side of the Light Chasers,’ dies
(1955 – 2013) – Read a letter from her family

Debbie Ford explains what is meant by our “shadow” – YouTube

Carl Jung once said that the shadow “is the person you would rather not be.”

In video clip above, Marshall Rosenberg describes the self-honesty — acknowledging the shadow — inherent to the self-connection process, i.e. bearing witness to his ‘wolf show’ as a precursor towards coming from an energy of his choosing (rather than his programming).

(For those who have perused this blog extensively — specifically Tab-IV: awareness-of-the-shadow — it will come as no surprise that this theme strikes a resonant chord.)

Jung: On The Shadow

Unfortunately there can be no doubt that man is, on the whole, less good than he imagines himself or wants to be. Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is. If an inferiority is conscious, one always has a chance to correct it. Furthermore, it is constantly in contact with other interests, so that it is continually subjected to modifications. But if it is repressed and isolated from consciousness, it never gets corrected.

“Psychology and Religion” (1938).
In CW 11: Psychology and Religion: West and East. P.131

Beneath Courtesy of The Fearless Heart

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Blame, Responsibility, and Care

Aung San Suu Kyi’s response came from within herself and her Buddhist tradition

by Miki Kashtan

One of the core milestones on the path of consciousness transformation is the moment when we can fully integrate the radical awareness that our emotional responses to the world and to things that happen to us are never caused by another person. This awareness stands in stark contrast to our habitual speech, which states that we feel what we feel because of what someone else did. Instead, we learn, if we apply ourselves deeply to this practice, that our emotions are only caused by the meaning we assign to what someone did, and that meaning is generated from within us, not by the actions.

How We Create Our Experience

The version of this path that is specifically taught as part of training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is the idea that our feelings emerge from our needs. For years, I was teaching NVC in exactly that way, naming feelings as caused by our needs, categorizing them into those feelings that arise when our needs are met and those that arise when our needs are not met. Over time, this neat package became more complex, as I realized that whether or not my needs are met is, in and of itself, an assigned meaning to what happens rather than some “objective” reality that is “given” by what happens.

Note: the picture at top is from the movie, The Lady, starring Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi.

Click here to read the Questions about the above post, by Miki Kashtan, and/or to join her to discuss on a conference call: Tuesday February 26th, 5:30-7 pm Pacific time. This is a new way that you can connect with Miki and others who read her blog.  They are asking for $30 to join the call, on a gift economy basis: so pay more or less (or nothing) as you are able and willing.
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