I haven’t seen a single minute of the conference live. I’m usually a day late in talking to you. But it doesn’t matter. Wisdom has a long shelf life.
Here are some juicy morsels from the first half of Day Four:
“Projection is the attribution of cause to someone else that makes me feel something. As in ‘If you changed your behavior I’d feel better.’ Or … ‘You make me feel good. Without you, I wouldn’t feel good.'”
Hmm. I think I do this a lot, especially on the positive side. If that cherished person wasn’t in my life, could I be happy? The quiet answer is “Yes”.
“If you witness the location of the distress in your body and allow it to be there, you bring energy to the distress. Instead you can focus on another part of your body that has no pain. Where in my body am I feeling some energized flow? I’ll go there. I’ll leave the pain.”
Hmm again. I’ve always been told to be with the pain. What you resist will persist. And now I’m invited to ignore the pain and go elsewhere. Taking a new path seems to negate my history, and I don’t want to do that. But really, shouldn’t my well-being be the main thing here?
“There are iron chains: attachment to money, power or sex. But there are also golden chains: attachment to our aspirations and ideals … What’s needed is to act impeccably regarding our aspirations while simultaneously releasing any attachment to the outcome.”
I’m training to ride my bicycle across Canada this summer. Can I visualize and accept being exhausted or injured in Ontario … and leaving the ride? Yes. Will I do all I can to prevent that from happening? Yes.
“Three of the most powerful figures of the 20th century – Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela – had that spiritual, passionate non-attached kind of power that overpowered the power against them.”
“The invitation is towards this deeper integration, to see past surfaces. Without the integration of our sexuality, you get all this intellectualization and pedophilia. Or you get these people who can talk such a good line … and are raping women. How does that work? It’s because that human being does not have the whole system integrated.”
So I dedicate myself to balance – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. All make me Bruce and all assist in letting Bruceness go.
“I’m not sure if democracy is the last stage of the big game. Will we be governed by a council of wise people? Democracy is a mess. It’s a beautiful mess, and better than anything before but there’s something beyond, something more civilized and intelligent.”
To what extent can I see outside of the box? To honour what has solidly been the case in the past and present but also ask “What’s next?”
Day Four B tomorrow.