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Let me give you an example. If you heal an activity such as eating food, you will be creating islands of well being throughout your day. Whenever you eat, you will be reminded consciously or unconsciously of the virtues and any tensions and worries about food will be eliminated giving you greater vitality. Your diet will naturally improve and you will digest food more efficiently supporting your health and improving your clarity of mind. You will be less inclined to overindulge or be swayed by misleading advertising, thus saving you money and you will begin to consume more compassionately. You can choose any activity to heal and uplift such as: getting up in the morning, listening to others, walking and dreaming etc etc. As well as activities do not overlook other areas such as your appearance, your body, instincts and emotions etc. Further examples are archetypes such as the Protector, the Teacher and the Lover etc. You will see positive changes not only in the chosen area but, to varying degrees, all other areas too.
Here is a technique for healing a particular area of your life:-
*Exercise Thirteen: Individual Areas*
*Exercise Fourteen: Reclaiming Your Power*
Summary of Exercise Fourteen: Reclaiming Your Power
This exercise will help you to view your past from a higher viewpoint. By asserting your personal responsibility many deep-seated resentments will collapse within you. As you are ultimately responsible for yourself so is everyone else: much deep
seated guilt and self recrimination will collapse within you. You will feel lighter and brighter as many of your complicated
strategies to get attention, protect yourself from imagined slights and subconscious self punishments melt away, revealing a
wonderful simplicity that contains all natural and effective strategies in its innocense.
The Darkness Within
In the highest sense, all concepts are equal. It is only our ignorance, coloured by past experience, that makes us prefer or
detest one concept over another. There are some concepts that humanity as a whole has shunned and pushed to the darkest
and most remote corners of their minds. As you know, when a concept is repressed an area of darkness \ semiconsciousness
forms where, over time, many foolish beliefs become lodged. Concepts such as suffering, pain, death, loneliness,
abandonment and evil etc, etc deeply repulse the average person. This powerful repression takes up a lot of energy on a
moment to moment basis and the false beliefs can have a crippling effect on our everyday lives. Because they are particularly
abhorrent, or at least seem to be, it takes great bravery and compassion to reintegrate them back into our consciousness.
That is why I recommend this exercise only to those who already have a good virtuous base of mind. Reintegration of
shunned concepts does not mean that we become attracted to them. Reintegration means that we have reestablished a state
of equilibrium with them: we are neither attracted nor repulsed by them. For example: when confronted with hatred, our
minds do not then recoil from it and so fall into semiconscious habit, we remain present, absolutely conscious, with all our
inner qualities available to deal with the situation in the most appropriate way.
*Exercise Fifteen: Embracing the Darkness*
Summary of Exercise Fifteen: Embracing the Darkness
Death and decay are natural processes within you. When you withdraw your attention energy from a belief or habit it begins to decay and die. The cells of your body are constantly dying and being replaced by healthy and vigorous new cells. In both these cases and others, the beneficial processes of decay and death can be inhibited and disrupted if the consciousness shuns the corresponding concepts. Furthermore death and decay are inescapable facts of life. By deeply accepting this we will not fall into the trap of becoming too attached to things that by their very nature are transient and fleeting. Such attachment is the cause of suffering.
If we fear failure and shun the concept within us we will tend to not even try and so achieve nothing anyway - wasting opportunities. Or we will strive so hard that all the fun is taken out of our striving, we fall into ruthlessness and then become devastated if our goal eludes us after all. Furthermore every failure contains within it the keys and subtle clues for future success. Thus if we let our minds recoil away from our past failures then we are denying ourselves proper access to the valuable data which they contain.
If we fear rejection and abandonment, we may find ourselves acting against our better judgement merely to pander to those who do not have our best interests at heart. We may feel constrained to the mainstream and feel unable to resist unhealthy traditions or practices because of our deep felt need to feel accepted.
Each of the negative aspects in these examples can be easily resolved by reintegrating the corresponding concepts and
applying the other techniques in this book. Can you think of any other examples of benefits arising from reintegrating
shunned concepts? If you cannot and you are serious about liberating your vast potential, then you should try hard to come
up with some examples of your own: independent and creative thought, along with a healthy curiosity, are all essential characteristics of a successful inner worker.
Improving Your Practice
To improve your practice you should first become aware of any problems that you have concerning it and then direct your efforts accordingly. For example, if you are afraid to change, you should work on your bravery. If you are disinterested, you should work on your curiosity and if you feel incapable, you should work on your majesty. By doing this, you are actually turning the problem into a stepping stone to success.
At the moment you may see this book as mere entertainment- a distraction from your everyday problems. You may feel
that the exercises will only have a slight beneficial effect on you or be holding other limiting ideas about your practice. This
book is in tune with that part of your nature that wants the best for you. It is a comprehensive reminder of things that, deep
down, you have always known. As you reread this book keep in mind that profound changes for the better are not only
possible: they are inevitable as long as you apply yourself to the exercises. To achieve profound inner cleansing and
transformation, a great desire and determination are needed as well as skilful means. This book provides the skilful means but you must provide the desire and determination yourself.
*Exercise Sixteen: Boosting Practice*
By gently relaxing even more, allow a profound and loving sense of concern for the well being of every part of yourself to support and heighten the good work that you have accomplished.
Focus your attention on the concept of your inner Healer and your inner Liberator. Become aware of their power flowing through you, changing your awareness.
Now allow yourself to embody the concepts of the perfect student and the perfect patient. Let your concepts of being a
student and being a patient become one with the white light of the virtues. Visualise the wonderful light transforming and
uplifting you in many beneficial ways, making you ready to study effectively in accordance with your highest good.
If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer you. I believe that this virtue-based inner medicine is an evolving science of great benefit to Humanity. I welcome any insights or contributions you personally have to offer.
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