demystifying the unmoveable on the spiritual path


A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…Albert Einstein

the brilliance of exquisite fragility….

There is a great debate, and in many cases a sharp divide, between practitioners of psychology and those of spirituality. On one end of the spectrum, most of mainstream psychology does not concern itself with issues of consciousness and spirit, and rejects what is not scientifically quantifiable. On the other end, many contemporary spiritual traditions view the psyche as an unreal construct and believe that psychological work is an indulgent reinforcement of the story of the false self. Many mainstream psychotherapists miss out on the benefits of spiritual wisdom, and many teachers of Western spirituality make grave errors by rejecting the psychological domain and thus not cultivating skills and practices to work with it effectively. Spiritual understanding comes from a direct perception of a greater intelligence, force or power. Psychological work helps unravel the complex strands that constitute our personal psyche- patterns and wounds that, if not tended to, can impede our growth and block our perception of spiritual realities. When spirituality and psychology come together, there emerges a more holistic vision of life……Mariana Caplan

we are up against the war on ourselves… isolating superstition of ‘not enough’….bystanders of our own lives when we get stuck….the only anecdote to this primal confusion is love….not a superficial love, but the love of becoming conscious…a re-balancing of sacred humanness….

Empathy is not some mushy activity that women practice when they have coffee together. It is encoded in our brains, part of our natural equipment for adapting to our environment. Speaking from the heart and listening with compassion, we heal ourselves and each other. In its variant forms, this is the work of alchemical transformation- from individual psychotherapy to the highest levels of international diplomatic negotiations and conflict transformation. Healing comes when we know how to do this well. When we really get it that everyone alive experiences sorrow, fear, and despair, when we can tolerate these dark emotions in ourselves and others, they transmute to gratitude for life. They open us to a meaning system in which empathy and compassion are elevated to their true importance for ourselves and the world. We are no longer isolated in ‘my’ problem or ‘my nation’s problem’ but can move out into an enlarged, interconnected sense of Self or of universal consciousness. This kind of love is the Divine at work in the lives of humanity. Compassion is the gold in the accumulated sludge of humankind’s sorrows…….Miriam Greenspan

2 thoughts on “demystifying the unmoveable on the spiritual path

  1. I think Albert learned to walk the line in between spirit and science, the same way Jung did .. They pushed the boundaries, yet produced enough qualitative science to not be branded heretics, like Wilhelm Reich for example. Dogma and creed are as rife today in both spiritualism and science that one is hard pressed to rise above, or even try to unite either. Division is the order of the day. To control the masses there must be division, and THEY do it so well. Then there is The Way of The Fool. As Ann Davies tells us, In Hebrew, Aleph, the Ox,mthe super conscious mind, knows the world is our playground, mistakes are inevitable, yet by patience and love it endures to know itself through the reflection of its divine spark in time and space ….

    • This is why I love the work of Roger Walsh & Frances Vaughan and transpersonal psych studies….the beginnings of a ‘true’ blending of psych and spirit…..we keep our deep knowing alive by honoring this great rift with attention….the continual discarding of dogma….the respect and love and patience indeed…..And in addition to The Way of the Fool, there is James Hillman’s work and Thomas Moore and Clarissa Pinkola Estes…..all abiding into and out of ‘depth spirituality’……thank you g.f.s for rounding up our courage….

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