Friday, May 17, 2013
Carla is a medical doctor who tends to be quite analytical, work long hours, and have a very busy mind. After learning about the inside-out nature of life, Carla's mind settled down quite a bit- all sorts of unnecessary thinking dropped away. Within that new mental space and mental quiet, she began to realize that she lived in different feeling states throughout the day. She sometimes experienced anxiety and depression in response to some adverse life events that had plagued her for many years. But the more Carla realized about the inside-out nature of life the more the repetitive thoughts that caused these feelings dropped away.
But recently Carla had been feeling quite down about a difficult case she was handling. It wasn't going well, and she was worrying about it. Then, she said, she realized she could change her thought, and then it changed! She said she felt much better after that.
'Did you really change your thought?' I asked her. 'How did you do that'?
There was a pause.
'When most people say that, they mean something like that they replaced a negative thought with a positive one, as in positive thinking, or...
Friday, May 10, 2013
I wanted to share an experience I went through a few weeks ago that was incredibly helpful and enlightening. Through a series of misdiagnosis following (I have to admit) a bit of stupidity and neglect on my part, I landed up with a very serious eye problem. My eyes were bleeding ,bruised, watering and half closed - not a pretty sight!
As my eye sight continued to deteriorate and I started to look like I was auditioning for Robert Pattison's role in the Twilight movies, I had an unexpected shift and developed" new eyes" as the week progressed. I had often heard Syd Banks and others talk of "looking inside" and never quite resonated with those words. I suppose when I shared the principles with others, I used different words to say the same thing but would never have used those particular ones , as while I intellectually related to them , that was where it ended for me.
What happened that week was truly humbling and enlightening. As my vision deteriorated, the world around me began to blur and lose its sharpness. I couldn't rely on my sensory perception- my camera lens perception of reality....
Friday, May 3, 2013
Recently I was walking in the street and found myself crying. I’d spontaneously started thinking about my late wife, Elana, and the pain of her loss had made me cry. It was a simple, pure and very meaningful experience. It seemed appropriate to me to embrace the thoughts and feelings that were coming my way, knowing that they were profound and purposeful; I simply waited to see where they would take me. I cried for a few moments, as I remembered the sense of love and respect I had for her in her lifetime and that remains with me even 12 years later. But as quickly as they had come, those painful thoughts were replaced by new thoughts of gratitude; gratitude for the 11 years I spent married to Elana; gratitude for having had such a special woman in my life; gratitude for all that she gave me. I dwelled on that gratitude for a few moments before new thoughts came along, my tears dried, and I was on my way again. The whole experience took less than a minute. But it was a rich and deeply meaningful minute for me.
One of things that I value so much in my life nowadays is my lack of fear of my own experience. I know that my experience is just fine; and even when it...