When one is enjoying the good life, and not in pain: the greater devote resources to prevention, the lesser have only a passing interest in prevention.
When one is not enjoying the good life, and in pain: the lesser seek the cause outside themselves and take palliative medicines; the greater seek the cause inside and take curative medicines
The holistic argument is akin to a rich soup being comprised of many ingredients cooking together over time. The problem’s solution is multifactorial. It takes a look at the big picture, yet may miss the tree for the forest.
The reductionist argument is akin to a specific venom needing a specific antivenom. The problem’s solution is unifactorial. It is narrowly focused, yet may miss the forest for tree.
The lesser is rigid in its mind and heart; being rigid it is easily broken.
The greater is flexible in its mind and heart; being flexible it is not easily broken.
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Our present macrocosmic snapshot is winter; the waxing anew of light after the solstice point of maximum darkness; January–named for Roman Janus, the two-faced god of beginnings (yang) and endings (yin) associated with doorways and gates (entering is leaving, leaving is entering); Capricornus the sea goat–a being who knows both the water’s murky depth (yin, emotion, fish) and mountain’s lofty height (yang, mind, goat–certain wild species of which are endemic to those higher altitudes). Interestingly, Capricornus’ counterpart in Hindu myth is Makara, a hybrid being composed of land and sea creatures who was also associated with gateways and thresholds.
Winter, from the angle of Oriental Medicine and philosophy, consonates with:
the functional systems of Kidneys and Urinary Bladder;
sleeping early and waking late;
the mental faculty of will/determination;
the emotional states of fear and fright
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> one ingredient in pain syndromes affecting mind and body is chronic, persistent fear
> to cure certain types of pain, then, requires we modify the mind-heart in a way that purifies it of fear
> to purify the mind of fear requires we honor its presence, yet not falling into the trap of parading it around, introducing it as a cherished companion
> to purify the mind of fear requires that we give up any deceptive games whose rules stipulate we pretend fear is not there when actually it is there
> to admit we harbor fear is, in certain cultures, akin to not being a man, to being a wuss, a pussy, a punk, a little bitch; being social creatures who often dread the notion of being kicked out of the in-group, we may internalize such values to maintain our tribal membership–thus our mass affliction of walking around as self-divided-against-self
> one antidote to fear (Kidney, yin) is courage (Heart, yang); yet if fear is imprisoned in the depths of our psyche how can it receive the guidance, training, wisdom, love necessary for it to level up to courage?
> when fear is brought out into the clear light of day in the presence of upliftment-oriented intent, it receives the guidance, training, wisdom, love necessary for it to level-up to courage
> fear is like a plant wilting because it is not being exposed to sufficient light; the plant is our body, the light is truth, not being exposed to sufficient light is mind mired in ignorance; sickness is the result
> love is like a plant thriving because it is being exposed to sufficient light; the plant is our body, the light is truth, being exposed to sufficient light mind aspiring to wisdom; health is the result
> to discern love from fear involves actually wanting to discern love from fear and rendering oneself teachable to the Real Self
> to discern love from fear involves keeping good company with those whose hearts are more evolved than our own, and making ourselves teachable to their example
> to discern love from fear involves learning to listen to the inner environment; fear is tight, cramped, urgent, agitated, rigid, impatient, manipulative; love is relaxed, flowing, calm, flexible, willing to not get its way for the moment, non-manipulative
> in the midst of anxiety/agitation borne of fear, it is possible with practice to find the calm power of truth; when fear submits itself, surrenders to a greater truth and states clearly I want to free myself from this state of suffering, I am ready to do the work–not just once, not just here and there, but daily with a genuine attitude of commitment: the result is healing
> when fear does not submit itself, does not surrender to a greater truth and does not state clearly any intent to heal, or if there is a statement of intent lacks a genuine attitude of commitment: the result is continued pain
> though one be habitually mired in fear, with right practice one can discern love as an option and, seeing the fork in the road, make a clear decision; making the right decision, courage and health wax, fear and disease wane
> fear dissonates with clear conscience; love consonates with clear conscience
> fear is the natural and logical result of the lies we tell, the painful secrets we keep, the truth we hide from
> courage is the natural and logical result of the lies we do not tell, the painful secrets we do not keep, the truth we do not hide from
> the daily practice of loving self is a foundation of that structure called Good Health
> loving self is letting the Real Self into every available nook, crannie, and crevice of oneself; it involves surrender, giving up control
> one helpful affirmation: this day, I love and honor myself for all that I am, and all that I am not; this day, I love and honor others for all they are, and all they are not.
> where we hate, we fear; where we hate others, we hate ourselves; pain in mind and body is the natural result
> where we do not hate, we do not fear; where we do not hate others, we do not hate ourselves; good health in mind and body is the result
> where we pridefully refuse to follow the timeless principles of Integrity, we walk around in fear; pain in mind and body is the result
> where we humbly submit to the timeless principles of Integrity, we do not walk around in fear; good health in mind and body is the result
> one root condition for courage is faith: faith in oneself, faith in Life, faith in one’s connection to Life, faith that one is worthy of Life
> one root condition for fear is lack of faith: lack of faith in oneself, lack of faith in Life, lack of faith in one’s connection to Life, lack of faith that one is worthy of Life
> one cannot detect fear’s presence if the mind is disordered, undisciplined, and running in many places at the same time; lack of meditative practices
> one can detect fear’s presence if the mind is ordered, disciplined, and not running in many places at the same time; training in meditative practices
> if fear is the disease, truth is the medicine; healing is an ongoing process of reuniting self-levels which have been separated; to heal, then, is to abide in truth, to revert to truth where self-levels are in non-truth
Copyright (c) 2019, Justin Jaucian