health helper 754: examining the jewel

To the extent we are motivated by unhealthy fear, poor decisions are made; poor results manifest. To that same extent, we suffer with disease in mind, in body, in mind-body.

To the extent we are motivated by healthy anti-fear, poor decisions are not made; poor results do not manifest. To that same extent, we do not suffer with disease in mind, in body, in mind-body.

Because the human experience is in some ways like a jewel with many faces, there are some places in our psyches wherein we are motivated by ignoble fear; there are some places in our psyches wherein we are motivated by noble anti-fear. Thus, the serious student of health is intent on progressively deepening self-search, self-reflection, self-facing in the name of unearthing and clarifying the various levels of motivation and, from here, making intelligent decisions which support a life of progressively durable happiness.

The shadow from which we hide is the shadow that controls us.

Reflection Session Questions/Things to Think On

* Where in your life, right here and now, do you suffer? This is a good starting place to seek out and bring forth fear.

* As a patient succinctly put it, denial is a mutha–. Since denial itself is a root cause-condition for suffering, making unconscious denial conscious is therefore of utmost importance for the serious student of health.

* “For whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” —Mt 23:12

* To bring out to the village a diamond buried deep within earth requires one to both dig assiduously and search meticulously. This means the daily practice of rigorous self-examination done with good-mindedness. So, then: in your own being, where have there been, where are there right here and now thoughts, words, and actions tainted with unhealthy fear? Admit three instances of it to yourself, recognizing this as merely a starting point.

* Admission is a prerequisite to atonement. Atonement is a prerequisite to forgiveness. Forgiveness is a prerequisite to uplifting what’s downtrodden.

* Name five examples of noble attitudes consonating with healthy anti-fear?

* The Pathwork Lectures state our three core afflictions are pride, self-will, and fear. Like three sides of a triangle they are not disconnected from one another.

* Buddhism posits there are three poisons: ignorance, attachment, aversion. How does fear relate to these?

* To neutralize acid, mix in base; to neutralize base, mix in acid. To purify fear, mix in wisdom.

* One level of human motivation seeks to preserve and/or enhance our position in the social fabric. The flip side of that coin is fear of losing a cherished position.

* One level of human motivation seeks to do what is integrity-consonant and not do what is integrity-dissonant regardless of preserving, enhancing, or losing position in the social fabric.

* sometimes WYSIWYG; and at other times what appears to be good superficially may be not good at the core; what appears to be not good superficially may be good at the core

Copyright (c) 2021, Justin Jaucian

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