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YOU ARE THE PATH YOU SEEK. Your psychological/spiritual process is the Path. Whether you turn left or right, whether you go forward or back, you cannot stray from your path. Perhaps that is why one Teacher said, 'When doing the Work your are doing the work; when not doing the Work you are doing the work. (Cartoon by Australian cartoonist, Leunig)
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CAN WE RECALL WHAT WE HAVE IN COMMON with those who do not share our political convictions?
The two years of campaign acrimony have done so much damage. Partners, families, and communities have become polarized. Across the divides, civil discourse is a tenuous as a spider web thread.
Let's spin some additional threads of goodwill by remembering that the passion of those who disagree with us is as firmly rooted in their love of Truth and love of the Good as is our own passion. There is beauty here.
And amid the vast Uncertainty in which we boldly take our stands with certainty, the frailty of our humanity betrays all of our assertions. And there is beauty here too.

EVERYTHING IS AWESOME.... NOT! What a peculiar, first-world delusion to sing, "everything is awesome." Only in a make-believe world like Lego-land is it true. Yes, those of us who live a middle-class life in developed countries live better than kings and queens of old. Running hot and cold water rather than walking 3 miles to a well; secure shelter rather than a tent or cardboard box; food on demand at the supermarket rather than sucking a pebble in your mouth or eating dirt to do away with your hunger, etc... Most unfortunately, for the majority of humanity everything is not awesome and too often is awful. For me, the "downer" is not this truth but the first-world sing-song trance that ignores how most of humanity suffers. Can we remember the others - and do something to help?

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From Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), this clarification of true and false autonomy: "A saner man would have found himself, often enough "in formal opposition" to what are deemed "the most sacred laws of society," through obedience to yet more sacred laws, and so have tested his resolution without going out of his way. It is not for a man to put himself in such an attitude to society, but to maintain himself in whatever attitude he finds himself though obedience to the laws of his being, which will never be one of opposition to a just government, if he should chance to meet with such." False autonomy defines itself though opposition; true autonomy simply express the law of your unique being.
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The mental health field views a human being through so many different theoretical models. The model that underlies my therapy practice is called "humanistic." What it means is quite simple: you and I exist somewhere on the spectrum of personal growth. As we work on ourselves, we develop. The more we develop, the more we actualize our unique human potential.
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Today when updating my Psychology Today profile, I found myself writing this introduction to my counseling and authenticity coaching practice: "Embracing an AUTHENTIC LIFE of your own results in a more fulfilling relationship to yourself, others, and Life itself. I guide adult individuals to become their authentic selves thereby resolving issues that result from living insincerely. Clients who thrive while working with me commit to their inner work whereby they discover themselves and develop their unique human potential. They value personal wholeness more than goodness. They take their existence and the call to an authentic life seriously. I meet my clients with those same values, offering them the unconditional respect and acceptance with which they can unfold."

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The greats of one generation often become the unknown to following generations. So it is with the name, Albert Schweitzer who died in 1965. He was a world-renowned German theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary in Africa.
Schweitzer is SO relevant to today's post-modern world situation. His gift to today is a revelation he experienced when pondering the moral crisis of Western civilization. Wondering 'what ethical value could serve as the basis for life, he was struck by the intuition, "Reverence for Life".
In Schweitzer's words, “Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil.”
What could be simpler and more to the point in a world torn by war and a planet raped by greed? Set Life uppermost in the hierarchy of values. Yes to what promotes life; no to what undermines it!

As songwriter Paul Simon notes in one of his songs, it is so easy to let the things that really matter in our lives "slip slide away" whether through inattention, denial, or avoidance. The words which were left unsaid; the amends which haven't been acted upon; the little things which denial and avoidance shunt aside. Though so easy to do, slip sliding away our lives has a cost. Philosopher Ayn Rand alluded to this cost when she remarked, "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

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