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Jul 14, 2010

dgypsy asked about the effects of child paddling, and the subsequent disregard by her mother of the what-seemed-unfair trauma of being paddled by a school teacher at 9 years old.  What lessons were learned?
 
dgypsy eludes to problem of disconnect from the teacher, school in general, and her mother.  THIS IS TOTALLY UNDERSTANDABLE and PREDICTABLE.  Any half-asses shrink knows this. 

Never emotionally resolved, these HURTFUL incident's evolve into lifetime interrelational suffering...a sense of non-trusting, easy-reactivity, and readiness to easily disengage from others. This is how it looks, and is actualized, over a life span, as self-protective measures compensate whenever personal security seems in any way threatened.

The dispassionate comments by a few of the above commentators on the news articles, but especially dgypsy's self-disclosure,   are stupid , and for dgypsy   can easily add to her sense of betrayal.

Can't we Care4 each other?

signed, dgyps_Jack.

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Posted: Jul 14, 2010 11:52am
Dec 2, 2009

(Peace Studies Assignment, to Share)

Again education gives language and explanation to my random intuitions derived from contemplation on human events, and what causes what. Religions evolve by adaptation; new religions are created in answer to discord with mainstream thinking. They may be either conservative (creating fundamentalism’s) or forward-looking…as with Zen. Or uniquely, by stepping back into the ancient past and restoring elemental divine naturalist practices, as with Wicca and Druidism…or with new environmental interrelatedness activism like Earth Day, Greenpeace, Native American animistic or shamanistic revival, and Radical (ecological) Feminism, we can move forward.

The common thread (as I now discern it to be) is in the idea of "eclectic spirituality"…defined as "practices that promote inner peace and a feeling of harmony between oneself and the outer world and a sense of the interrelatedness of all elements in the universe". This is seeing beyond the "superficial to the essential relatedness, even oneness, of all beings". Be this as it may be…

The "surprise" comes in the realization that it is the perhaps-oldest shamantic-based religion- Jainism – remains, in present time, the most absolutely pacifistic of all religions. The others preach peace yet excuse their complicity in war as somehow having noble or sacred purpose. Gandhi makes it clear that only by acting with the correct ‘means’ can the ‘ends’ accomplish rightness of outcome. The text gives examples of sacred texts and practices of great religions across the time spectrum of civilization that allow for war…even ‘religious war’.

In ascetic Jainism, however, even the ‘house-holder ethic’ disallows the extreme of war as a necessity in worldly life of the laity.

Even the Tao Te Ching, the great work on compassionate civility, alludes to a ‘house-holder ethic’, like a duality, regarding weapons and violence. At once it warns of the use of weapons and violence (Chapter 31)…and then offers a way to conduct war compassionately (when necessary). It also warns of violence begetting future violence (Chapter 30).

As the text explains, it is from the sacred texts of religions that mankind finds justifications for war. Only "scriptures (like those of the Jains) that allow no harm whatever can avoid being used to justify the use of violence".

In contrast, tonight our American President, Mr. Obama, recent winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, reported to the global populace the necessity of sending 30,000 or more bodies (and their adornments of nuclear-waste weaponry) onto Mid-eastern battlefields. This he explained is to "promote peace and security in the region" and to quell the "threat" of another "terrorist attack" on American soil. No surprise here.

 

Eclectic spirituality is an assemblage of ideas from a variety of belief systems, with which to synthesize ones own unique system of spiritual beliefs. It might include a "sense of interrelatedness, an attitude of respect and reverence, and a contemplative approach to experiencing reality" which results, with knowing, in inner peace and peace with the world. This seems good. Letting go of the pain of certain experiences, other suffering, disillusionment, competition, and life in general, we seek a way of transcendence. In our culture, we are not many.

 

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Posted: Dec 2, 2009 10:37am
Nov 5, 2009

Obama's greatest gift...light at the end of the tunnel.  Of course, those of us already part of the elitist mainstream core need more greed, not more HOPE.  I sort of like the shift in prioroties...perhaps we will become a community someday.
Next we must suffer economic disaster when China calls our debt to China due...to save the people and religion of Tibet; that will be the real test of Obama's, and our collective, strength and courage. 
The only other thing I can think of is to take the profit motive out of private contracts for military and public 'goods and services' - sort of a mandatory patriotism for the capitalist pigs.
O, and while we're at it, how about a return to representative democracy...and a return to peace and freedom.  Jack.

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Posted: Nov 5, 2009 7:47am
Oct 28, 2009

Peace Building: there is no other sustainable alternative for human survival and Gaia balance.
act now!

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Posted: Oct 28, 2009 11:09am
Oct 16, 2009

...for adding me to your group roster.  Now, I will explore and learn. Jack, Oregon USA.

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Posted: Oct 16, 2009 10:52am
Aug 17, 2009

..... The Gaia Imperative

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Posted: Aug 17, 2009 10:09am
Aug 15, 2009

Peter Senge describes it eloquently when he said, “You listen not only for what someone knows, but for what he or she is. Ears operate at the speed of sound, which is far slower than the speed of light, which the eyes take in. Generative listening is the art of developing deeper silences in yourself, so you can slow your mind’s hearing to your ears’ natural speed and hear beneath the words to their meaning.”

This kind of listening is a place of grace. It is a mysterious and magnetic force that pulls people into that quiet attentive presence, which allows us to unfold and know ourselves. This is what I think my husband tried to tell me when he said that listening can be a shelter, too. I didn’t yet understand the healing and reciprocity that occurs when you step inside another’s experience completely. Judgment is replaced and what is left unifies the speaker and the listener so that both people walk away somehow enlarged and expanded.

Often, words don’t really describe things nearly as well as they describe our relationship to them. This is where misunderstanding comes from; in our rush to communicate we often hear the words, but not the heart of what is being said. Slowing down and paying full attention to the people you love gives you the chance to heal and connect in a way that words cannot. I am learning about the power of a loving silence, which gives the people you care about the chance to figure out what is inside of them.

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Aug 11, 2009
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Posted: Aug 11, 2009 9:24am
Aug 5, 2009
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: Oregon, United States

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Thank you for signing the "Help Stop McDonald's Cruelty Now!" petition at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/238088688.

 

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Posted: Aug 5, 2009 10:11am
Jul 22, 2009
Focus: Environment
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States

Thank you for making your voice heard now and telling your member of Congress to protect America's natural heritage by cutting our global warming pollution.

www.edf.org/warmingwildlife 

Climate Change & Wildlife Ecology 101

 

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