I emerge from this retreat grateful for the necessary guidance needed to navigate the mysteries of human becoming. It is a strange beauty indeed that we human beings can’t go it alone. We need each other. Not because we are flawed and weak but because the magic of our awesomeness is only unleashed through the power of vulnerability that is born through real intimacy.
The onus is on us. As consumers in the alternative medical marketplace (a $34 billion business in the U.S. in 2007), we must remember a timeless commercial caveat: Buyer Beware.
There is a ton of momentum pushing us to have a particular emotional experience of life. Much of our suffering is experienced through our emotions, which are passively and unconsciously recorded as implicit memories in our brain 24/7. We also inherited patterns of emotionality from our ancestors, retracing back for seven generations. So, our hard-drive is overloaded with patterns that seem to be beyond our conscious control.
December 28, 2011 by admin
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