I have been receiving lots of comments and opinions regarding my coronavirus podcasts and blogs. I must say that I respect every comment I have received so far. They have been thoughtful, well written, sincere, and educated. A number of health care professionals have commented and it is interesting to note that even among them opinions varied widely.
I did post the first one, however please forgive me, but I am not going to post them all and here is why: The purpose of the blogs and podcasts regarding the virus goes deeper than just the opinions and perspectives. I do not want the forest to be lost to the trees. My point is about the application of the knowledge I offer (paradigm identity, etc.) to life, particularly when the issues are emotionally charged.
You see, I have witnessed through the years that many people love the spiritual depth of my teachings until emotions and identities get threatened. It is easy to be deep and spiritual when everything is rosy, but what about when it really matters. How do we behave then?
Spirituality is about expanded awareness. Spirituality is the vessel that holds all perspectives, paradigms, emotions, and thoughts in wisdom and insight. This of course applies not only to the Coronavirus, but to everything, for example: the border wall, economics, sexuality, politics, religion, race relations, personal and interpersonal relationships etc.
I believe Buddha called it ‘the middle way’. But as with all deep spiritual teachings, how people interpret ‘the middle way’ is all over the place, diverse and more often confused than understood.
Here is another quote for you: “The only true knowing is knowing that you know nothing.” Wisdom lies in the transcendental field of ‘no-thing-ness’. Yet most are very uncomfortable with that when it matters most. Instead we grasp at the straws of thingness and insist it is “the truth”.
How about, “paradox is the nature of existence”—simultaneously valid yet contradictory realities. At one point I encourage you to ‘take a stand’. At another point, I say we know nothing. To understand this, think “reality continuum”. Are we One, or are we separate? Wisdom is the integration of polar opposites. It is the field of extremes in conflict and contradiction held in the equanimity of balance and harmony… passion and dispassion together simultaneously. Opinions not held in the context of wisdom cause narrow vision, judgement, anger, hatred, and all this world’s problems.
So again I say that I was impressed by the mature manner in which the comments and opinions were expressed. I am not saying that the makers of those points were wrong or out of balance… not at all. In fact, I respect those people for ‘taking a stand’. Yet in the context of purpose of my blogs, podcasts, teachings, and my very life, those comments, I fear, would take us off point. Therefore, I will not be posting them as they may serve to only cloud the points I try over and over again to make about the nature of true spirituality.
Jus today I was contemplating something similar.
That Jesus if for everyone and every thing and against nobody for any reason for any thing
How does that make sense?
It only makes sense when it is you and your reality.
Nobody else gets it and it’s futile arguing one way or many others
Jesus is just is, and it’s really that simple.
One filter for looking at how people are reacting to the pandemic is the stages of grief.
1. Shock 2. Denial 3. Anger 4. Bargaining 5. Depression 6. Testing 7. Acceptance
According to Chinese medicine grief is processed in the lungs, and COVID-19 is a respiratory problem.
On a psychological perspective if someone has had traumas in their life or has difficulty with dissociative tendencies, or anger issues, then those should be worked with first before diving into core content, or truly exploring the depth of their being. Possibly some dialectical behavioral therapy in a field of compassion would be appropriate. Is there any underlying personality disorders, like being Borderline, Histrionic, Anti-social, Narcissistic, with the individual, or parents?
Monitoring energy while doing spiritual chanting or meditation to not get lost in dissociative bliss, or believing that expansion or inflation of self is truly an enlightened state versus developing and exploring different dimensions of reality and finding universal truths within themselves. What is our veils to love? Do we put on masks to veil and shield us from love. What is wrong or right with giving someone a hug? Or merging with others in both a positive or negative sense? What is the function of having separate boundaries, but also how do those boundaries keep us stuck in concepts or ideas that limit our experience of non-duality, of something greater than ourselves? Not easy work, takes strength, courage, will, love, support, nurturing, curiosity, power, mindfulness, value etc. All the facets can be explored in depth and inquired into on a individual basis with weekend intensives alone. What is your relationship with nurturing, mothers milk essence, cleanliness and germs for example? Both with giving a sense of pure fullness but also supporting and developing the immune system with the soil and dirt. Goes on and on with infinite individual relationships.