“Through all the years of my practice from psychotherapy, from psychedelics, from meditation and yoga, I have never gotten rid of a single neurosis. They are still there. But they have gone from being huge scary monsters to delightful little schmoos. I see one coming along and I say, ‘Oh there you are again. I remember you. Tricky little thing, aren’t you?'” ~Ram Dass
My experience has been very much like what Ram Dass describes. No matter how much work I do, none of my neuroses have ever disappeared. I’ve learned to recognize them better and to befriend them so I can better moderate their impact, but they are still there. I no longer see that as failure. Rather, I celebrate it as successful monster taming every time one transforms into a “delightful little schmoo.”
“Ignoring your intuition and denying what you know in your gut is self betrayal.” ~Maryam Hasnaa
In a culture that undervalues intuition and non-rational sources of knowledge, we all have learned to discount that knowing. I’m all too often guilty of it myself. Time has taught me that ignoring that knowing always winds up being a place of self betrayal and regret.
What knowing are you ignoring or denying right now? What would it take to stop betraying yourself and act on that knowing?
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go. ~Sheila Murray Bethel
It’s so easy to float through life without answering these questions or taking a stand for them. Do you clearly know who you are, what you believe in, and where you want to go? What steps are you taking to live those realities out loud?