the wheels are turning — something that you say which means a process is starting to happen
So, the big day, October 22, has come and nearly gone, and I won’t disclose more just yet other than to say, “the wheels are turning.” Oddly reminiscent of something my psychopath said, verbatim, only in her case, she was lying, and she isn’t aware that I know she said it and that she was lying and that I have proof, and she doesn’t know that I know.
The Healing Narcissist, or whatever his blog is called now, recommended a book, which I acquired:
Your Inner Will: Finding Personal Strength in Critical Times, Hardcover – September 4, 2014 by Piero Ferrucci (Author)
I’ve already read part of the introduction, and was previously familiar with the author, Piero Ferrucci, and his propagation of psychosynthesis. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in true healing. In one sense, the theories of psychosynthesis clash with the Buddhist concept of anattā (Pāli) or anātman (Sanskrit).
The ancient Indian word for self or essence is attā (Pāli) or ātman (Sanskrit), and is often thought to be an eternal substance that persists despite death. Hence the term anatta is often interpreted as referring to the denial of a self or essence. anatta is used in the early Buddhist texts, as a strategy to view the perception of self as conditioned processes (or even an action), instead of seeing it as an entity or an essence.
“Self” as used in the Western sense equates to, “I am an astrophycisit,” or “I am a cosmetician.” But our essence evolves over time, and we are not the same today as we were when we were 5 years old or 20 years old. We get hung up on our story, and getting hung up on our story produces anguish. So, Buddhists posit the idea of “no-self,” letting go of the idea of an unchangeable self. It’s very helpful when we think, “I was married, but now I’m divorced, and that hurts, and so who am I?” Or, “I was a lesbian and now I’m a transgendered man.” We are free to be whoever we are in any given moment, and that is a breath of fresh air.
On the other hand, Hindus who philosophize about tat tvam asi posit that the “self” is this:
Tat Tvam Asi (Sanskrit: तत् त्वम् असि or तत्त्वमसि), a Sanskrit sentence, translated variously as “That art thou,” “That thou art,” “Thou art that,” “You are that,” or “That you are,” is one of the Mahāvākyas (Grand Pronouncements) in Vedantic Sanatana Dharma. […]. The meaning of this saying is that the Self – in its original, pure, primordial state – is wholly or partially identifiable or identical with the Ultimate Reality that is the ground and origin of all phenomena.
This too is a breath of fresh air, even though the concepts seem to clash. We have a core “self” that is at one with Ultimate Reality. God is in us and we are in God. Very comforting. I don’t think the ideas are truly at odds. We are souls embodied in vessels of clay. We live our earthly lives in both realms. Too much emphasis on “clay” renders us into puerile and selfish beings who are self-eerving and who do harm. Misguided emphasis on the spiritual aspect may cause us to miss the necessities of our earthly existence as a vessel of clay. In the extreme, the former leads to psychopathy and the latter leads to empaths who are vulnerable and who do not use their talents wisely, and become victims.
In the introduction to Perucci’s book that I’ve read thus far, he talks about free will, a notion that has been debated for eons. It strikes me that this is the key to a balanced life. I can almost predict what he will write in the rest of his book. He has already suggested that we make different choices if we believe we had free will than we do if we believe we do not have free will. For me personally and my personal journey, I’ve always felt that I possessed free will and have made most of my choices accordingly. But at the same time, I’ve felt very limited by my disability and other factors in my life, and have been discouraged, angry, and listless that I do not seem to possess the ability of exercise my free will in many circumstances where I’d like to do things differently.
Well, we’ve all been dealt the unique circumstances of our life. Christopher Reeve, for example, became a quadriplegic after his horse-backing accident, and he had little control over what he could accomplish with his vessel of clay. But he didn’t give up, and continued to exercise control over what remained of his life with great courage. In the end, despite “circumstances,” we do have the ability to exercise our free will. And that’s what makes the difference. Do what you can with what you have, and you begin to feel you are in charge again. And that will suffice. In doing so, you take responsibility for yourself, and you can find the healthy balance between anattā and the core “self” which is a piece of the fabric with God and the Ultimate Reality. Truly, “Thou art that,” and you will (re)connect with your inner goodness.
It really is much like the steering wheel of an automobile. You may have a broken-down jalopy or a Lexus, but you are at the helm of the wheel. Take the time to learn to steer correctly. This video takes the metaphor to a level that might give guidance:
I end with this:
Change is coming and we will get there.
More on “the wheels are turning” in my personal saga shortly, when the time is ripe.
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