Those witty Greeks defined the crisis as follows: an event that is, or is expected to lead to, an unstable and dangerous situation affecting an individual, group, community, or whole society. I should like to expand on this definition in terms of psychological meaning and application, a crises is also a time, a unique time, at a point in our lives in which we can learn many things about ourselves, it is a time when we are most vulnerable and most naked, with little defense of our ego, it allows a glimpse into WHO WE ARE. I imagine a crises as standing before a fork in the road, we have a choice to make? What we can do in a crises, is too take that time and look deep withing ourselves, a crises allows us in our most vulnerable times to muster the strength to take a look into our deep thoughts and complexes withing our mind, a crises is a great opportunity to learn from ourselves, to learn from that deep person within the outer person.
"The most difficult part is having the strength of will to self-reflect during a crises."
So, the news outlets and mainstream scientists are actually questioning the remote possibility of an "alien mega-structure" encircling a star 1460 light year's away, these certainly are exciting times we are living in, and if this does indeed turn out to be true, that simple notion of "not being alone in the Universe" will fundamentally change things quite a bit.
The idea of the daimonic typically means quite a few things: from befitting a demon and fiendish, to be motivated by a spiritual force or genius and inspired. As a psychological term, it has come to represent an elemental force which contains an irrepressible drive towards individuation.
In The Soul’s Code, Hillman (1996) offers the acorn theory as an alternative to explaining human life in terms of genetic determinism or as a sheer accident. The idea for the acorn theory came from Plato’s "Myth of Er" in The Republic. Following Plato, Hillman asserts that every soul (psyche) is granted a unique daimon before birth, and this daimon has chosen a pattern that individuals must live while on earth. The daimon leads the soul into the world, but the daimon is forgotten at birth. Although forgotten, the daimon remembers the destiny of the soul and guides the person through life, “therefore the daimon is the carrier of your destiny”. Prior to birth, people chose the body, parents, place, and circumstances most suited to the soul. We are summoned into the world with a calling. From this, Hillman concludes: (1) the daimonic call is a fundamental fact of human existence; (2) people should strive to align life with the call, and (3) come to understand that accidents, illnesses, and all maladies are in the service of fulfilling the call.
Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness.
Money has become less important as I get older, sure we need some to survive, but nonetheless it is less of a focus, so a gift for you today is below
Zen Story: Heaven and Hell
Hakuin, the fiery and intensely dynamic Zen master, was once visited by a samurai warrior.
“I want to know about heaven and hell,” said the samurai. “Do they really exist?” he asked Hakuin.
Hakuin looked at the soldier and asked, “Who are you?”
“I am a samurai,” announced the proud warrior.
“Ha!” exclaimed Hakuin. “What makes you think you can understand such insightful things? You are merely a callous, brutish soldier! Go away and do not waste my time with your foolish questions,” Hakuin said, waving his hand to drive away the samurai.
The enraged samurai couldn’t take Hakuin’s insults. He drew his sword, readied for the kill, when Hakuin calmly retorted, “This is hell.”
The soldier was taken aback. His face softened. Humbled by the wisdom of Hakuin, he put away his sword and bowed before the Zen Master.
“And this is heaven,” Hakuin stated, just as calmly.
Remember back to when you were a kid and that time of the year came around, the pumpkin was put on the table on top of the daily newspaper and the carving began, cutting that circle in the pumpkin top, pulling it out and having to sift through all the insides, they were gross but yet strangely fascinating at the same time, most of us were both repulsed and drawn to it at the same time. We squeezed it in our fingers, watched it ooze out of our fists maybe we threw it at each other, but however gross it was we had fun with all the guts. And don't forget about the seeds, boy were they delicious, toasted with a hint of salt.
Therapy is the direct adult-equivalent of the art of cleaning pumpkin guts.
Perhaps the greatest vexation to ever trouble people, the aggregate of all problems that we will face in life might stem from the fact that we define ourselves only in terms of our body and our environment, maybe, just maybe, it is our endemic struggle to discover that we are perhaps much, much more than just our present body, that we are much more than just a thinking, feeling meat-robot, but rather that we are an everlasting consciousness that persists even in the face of our current masters destruction.
Cory Ian Shafer