A Flow-Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and
The Achievement of Goals, Attainment,
and the Role of Inner-Work
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We could call this an introduction to a class for connecting the dots, meaningfully and usefully, in the management of stress. That is, as related to priorities & goals, intuition, confidence, etc - as we explore and discover the relationships among certain inner elements. We may call these elements sources of power, except that prior to such dot-connecting and organizing, they may be felt/considered more as sources of curiosity or even trouble than as sources of power. What Elements? We are referring to such as the "Inner Child" and where/how that comes from & why; the storage of memories as related to the Inner Child; one's beliefs as related to the aforementioned, and how one organizes various beliefs.
Such a "Belief System" so connected then forms an infrastructure. This infrastructure is both personal & cultural, physical as well as existential, as it ties the mental to the emotional, and the emotional to the physical as the formative experiences effect the connective tissue (postural with habitual holding and movement patterns, thence the term "Body Memory). We can, with these charted, connect dots back to all the elements noted on the chart, "In The Mgt Of Stress". Plus we can, even more usefully, connect the dots for the implications of these relationships among these elements.
The "Inner Child": To put it in general terms, albeit in somewhat lay-technical psychological jargon, the "Inner Child" is a the persona(s) of the emotional body, made up of complex sets of coping mechanisms (mental/emotional patterns of thought and external activity created by the body-mind), such as those that may protect the psyche from certain interrupted processes and painful memories related to basic emotional and/or physical needs, but which are only partially and/or temporarily fulfilled by the mechanisms, until the 'issues' that gave rise to the mechanism(s) are sufficiently resolved or healed. That was just a starter-kit explanation and much more, put in many different ways, is at the "My Cells - My Children - Inner-Communications" page.
Please Note: While all this refers to the individual and his/her "personal growth homework" which would most like entail some therapy, in this author's highly educated opinion, such therapy should not impart shame or stigma, since most every person on this planet could very much benefit from such homework.
"MultiVortexChalice inMultiSynth-Cntrs Sphere&DblStar a1A [w/HiLwVortices]" sig'd, © Chris Pringer July'11
[ This reads both horizontally and vertically
(which is part of the whole metaphor it speaks to) ]
in Right Brain Logic
--Prose by Christopher Pringer
Note about the term, *Intention*:
From an Eastern philosophical perspective (and as used here), "Intention" pertains more to *Being* than *doing*, to *motivation* than *goal*, and implying that what comes from such *Presence* will naturally accomplish what is most needed. More about that at "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" at the Evolution Trends page (about Mankind's potential for maturity, creativity, health, and enjoyable sustainability), and "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'."
If some folks were to see how I live and hear of my having written an essay on abundance, they would be sure that I was either a comedian, a hypocrite, or a blathering idiot. My response to that would be, "well, that's understandable , given the usual definitions..." for abundance or success - primarily based on the degree to which one "understands" karma, belief patterns, and life decisions about what might be called ones priorities. [And no, that does not mean that everyone with an equivalent understanding needs to live as I do. I know, "phew!" (HA!)]
In any case, I am happy to say that I am rich in many ways that are not associated with how the image of 'success' has been promoted in the media. And essentially that: further understanding of the definitions, values, and concepts regarding such terms as 'magnetism,' 'achievement,' 'attainment,' and 'true abundance' would be a valuable thing in this post-Reaganomics era, and I hope to provide at least some clarification in the essays, "Attainment And Achievement -- The Alignment Of Beliefs, Desires, And Needs", "Whole Being Integration In Manifesting Abundance...", and (this page) "Achievement of Goals, Attainment, And the Role of Inner Work: A Flow Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and ...", referred to as "The Goal Chart", and which includes "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (this page, Aug'11).
The term 'karma' may also deserve some attention, and that is given in essays "Victims, Compassion, & Responsibility -- Notes on The Emotional-Body, Denial of Pain, & 'Easy Answers' (Not!)" and "WHY PAIN? Notes on Pain, Awareness & Denial." Pertains to Physical and other levels - Aspects in Developing a Practical Approach with Compassion.
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Excerpts from "The Real Cause Of Addiction"
by George Monbiot
"In Rat Park, all the rats obviously tried both water bottles, because they didn't know what was in them. But what happened next was startling.
"The rats with good lives didn't like the drugged water. They mostly shunned it, consuming less than a quarter of the drugs the isolated rats used. None of them died. While all the rats who were alone and unhappy became heavy users, none of the rats who had a happy environment did."
"...Professor Alexander argues this discovery is a profound challenge both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. In fact, he argues, addiction is an adaptation. It's not you. It's your cage."
"...Loads of people should leave the hospital and try to score smack on the streets to meet their habit.
"But here's the strange thing: It virtually never happens. As the Canadian doctor Gabor Mate (http://drgabormate.com/) was the first to explain to me, medical users just stop, despite months of use. The same drug, used for the same length of time, turns street-users into desperate addicts and leaves medical patients unaffected."
"...Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It's how we get our satisfaction. If we can't connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find -- the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe. He says we should stop talking about 'addiction' altogether, and instead call it 'bonding.' A heroin addict has bonded with heroin because she couldn't bond as fully with anything else.
"So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection." [Ref. to Richard DeGrandpre's book The Cult of Pharmacology.]
"...There is an alternative. You can build a system that is designed to help drug addicts to reconnect with the world -- and so leave behind their addictions.
"This isn't theoretical. It is happening. I have seen it. Nearly fifteen years ago, Portugal had one of the worst drug problems in Europe, with 1 percent of the population addicted to heroin. They had tried a drug war, and the problem just kept getting worse. So they decided to do something radically different. They resolved to decriminalize all drugs, and transfer all the money they used to spend on arresting and jailing drug addicts, and spend it instead on reconnecting them -- to their own feelings, and to the wider society. The most crucial step is to get them secure housing, and subsidized jobs so they have a purpose in life, and something to get out of bed for. I watched as they are helped, in warm and welcoming clinics, to learn how to reconnect with their feelings, after years of trauma and stunning them into silence with drugs. ..."
"...Human beings are bonding animals. We need to connect and love. The wisest sentence of the twentieth century was E.M. Forster's -- "only connect." But we have created an environment and a culture that cut us off from connection, or offer only the parody of it offered by the Internet. The rise of addiction is a symptom of a deeper sickness in the way we live -- constantly directing our gaze towards the next shiny object we should buy, rather than the human beings all around us.
The writer George Monbiot has called this "the age of loneliness." (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/14/age-of-loneliness-killing-us)
"The full story of Johann Hari's journey -- told through the stories of the people he met -- can be read in "Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs", published by Bloomsbury. The book has been praised by everyone from Elton John to Glenn Greenwald to Naomi Klein. You can buy it at all good bookstores and read more at www.chasingthescream.com. ...more updates on the book and ...at the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/chasingthescream
Including some things we seldom consider addictions
A Modern Business Example, "Sugar Peak Advertising"
(No, that's not an actual name, at least not that I know of, *yet*. But yes, this is an actuality, I talked at length with two of the solicitors that called. -Feb'13)
This new advertising business puts your business front and center in the search engine results - but only until someone else is put there (of course?). Who stays there and how long is based on how much and when you pay them and maybe upon the search engine ratings analytics, or how they find that useful to manage. There are actually a number of different search-engine firms (six or seven) presented as independent firms. In fact, they are working semi-cooperatively, semi-competitively, offering rates based on expected returns and the customer's profits. [Actually, there have come to be any number of contractors in franchise operations presenting themselves as if working for Google - cp, Aug'15] So, when an customer's ratings and returns plunge - after enjoying the peak, and there is a pause in the customer's payments, in spite of re-motivation efforts by the sales rep, then another adverting firm (of that group) soon calls to solicit with basically the same pitch: "for only $200~/mo..."
Hence another round-robin sugar-high, depression-fall, and the roller coaster goes on. Until it's figured out - If or whenever it finally is, investments-down-the-drain later. But for the advertiser, there's always another customer, they get to continue to say that their adverting works - based on their own "analytics" (and how they apply that). HOWEVER, with some foresight...
The good part:
Like any tool, especially one that puts all other tools (or perspectives) aside, the real advantage comes in using it like you would best use sugar- enjoy the high of the advantage but strategically so, knowing it won't last, giving to it only as much of you as it is worth for as little time as it is worth it, balancing it with more solid nutrition, minimizing its side-effects, and not getting hooked on the high. On the other hand, [the "Sugar Peak Adverting"] feeds a system based on manipulating search engine results, making the search results work according to actual investment.
If you are a substance or behavior addict, chances are you will experience challenge in maintaining clarity, capacity to scope-in/ scope-out -- seeing both the detail view and broad picture view, while also noticing or "bulleting" the essentials in between, and maintain context. "Trick": Breathing into the process of scoping-in and scoping-out assists gaining & maintaining clarity and context. A useful question might be, "if that makes sense, in and of itself, can it then be applied metaphorically to other situations?"
Have you ever had someone respond to your perspective about something with [such and such] "says it all"? I have found that to be a phrase that generally indicates a very singular vision. Which (capacity for singular vision) has it's advantages. Not much of lasting value can be accomplished without it.
Example per above Metaphor:
Fundamentalists of all sorts tend to use phrases that simplify a situation to meet their own belief system and related agenda. (Fundi's are hooked on some form of very controlling structure, whether it's about religion or fishing, or a kind of therapy, or...) Their "agenda" is to prevent other ways and means of doing or being from entering effectively into any situation that they are concerned with, and may try to convince others to believe as they do. They tend to get very "high" when they feel things are going their way, and very "low" (agitated or depressed, or worse) when they feel their directions are threatened. Some political extremists get very invested in creating or passing on conspiracy theories due to an apparently ever-increasing need for inducing the "Shock Effect" (of fear-based sensational/phenomenological experiences) while causing others to feel helpless in the face of supposedly impossible odds of winning. They are unwittingly encouraged by those who feel a complementary need to experience that (shock effect) in order to have confirmed their helpless/hopeless feelings in response to certain situations.
Most every human has tendencies to be very focused on one thing or another to the point of "addiction". Here's where "The Good Part" and "The Moral" come in. To the degree we can apply such balancing approaches to actual situations, to that degree we are free from the addiction (per this and other sections on this page, and...). Twelve Step programs are examples of working programs, albeit formal, for applying means of controlling addictions. Some adherents to this path do get rather fundamentalist, even evangelical about it, but so long as the program keeps them off "the stuff" (whatever that is for them) and accomplishing worthy goals (hopefully, whatever that is for them), then I applaud their hard work and earned rewards. Same goes for religious fundamentalists, if that prevents them from being destructive in their relationships, certainly if through that path they learn to become more loving to others, or at least tolerant of others (physically close & distant) to the degree of non-violence. For those for whom less structure accomplishes the same benefits and rewards... well, more power to them!
Because both goals and addictions are about true needs and (or vs) desires, with addictions often working against the accomplishment of goals, as well as the process of setting realistic goals. Which can have dramatic effects on multiple levels of health, another "practical" reason, if not the primary one. And this site is primarily about mind-body preventive health maintenance. You can also use the search engine at the bottom of any page at this site, using keyword, "addict" for related articles or notes at ChaliceBridge.Com. [-cp]
"MultiVortex 3D Chalice w/Horizontal Vortexes" (4&5x2)
© by Chris Pringer 2013
The horizontal vortexes symbolize the dynamics or energetics on the material plane as part of the process of (a soul and personality) being a chalice of higher universal energies.
"Dove & Multi3D-Chalice5'12(2) Vortex10Da Over Earth on OvalCvBkgr(Blr)" © Chris Pringer June'12
"3D AtomicPi Chalice V&H Vortex9[X] w/ChaliceSphere&Star Flower Of Life3 onTeal" © Chris Pringer, Sept 2012
"Questions for Invoking for World Change"
click to see full size at the World Healing Prayers page
You can see some of my work framed at Fine Art America here chalicebridge.com framed prints or go straight to my gallery at Artist Websites of Fine Art America. Thank you!
My daughter (8 yo) and some friends to my right in 1991.
OR ELSE: You may suffer the consequences of mind-blowing "Spread Too Thin On the Ever-Expanding Chalice-Bridging Matrix"
Besides, learning is eternal - EG: it can't all be done in 5 minutes. I know, it's difficult... just keep repeating, "MORE endorphins, LESS adrenaline, there really IS ground under my feet..."
ON THE OTHER HAND: One of my first mandalas was entitled "Synthesis". I can't say that wearing a "Synthesis" shirt will cure this groundless state -of begging for extreme circumstances just so you can locate the center of things- but who knows! You can always find out for yourself via the Web Page for "Synthesis" Shirts from Chalice Productions -where you can center yourself between mandalas silkscreened on both sides of a shirt!
Also related to the above topics are these essays:
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