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Madness, Reading, and the Soul

 

Dreams last night popped with shocking images, some horrifying. They set me right and got me back on track. There’s nothing like a bit of shock and horror to shake up the soul. Oddly enough (or maybe not), I feel better. The week of doing depth therapy with traumatized patients, clearing the way through dark forests and troubling times, is settling ~ mind clearing. I think I’ll write, do hot yoga, great meals, and lots of love all weekend.

Soulful times generate soulful living. Reading is integral to my daily life, takes me into soul. There’s a place inside that can be nourished, satisfied, only through reading. I have to enter in visionary worlds that sometimes are horrifying, land me in a realm of madness as the protagonist encounters light and dark energies in daily life. It’s a time of conflict and pain, no resolution except by going through what needs to be gone through.

Reading visionary fiction is a lot like dreaming. In dreams, we can’t help, force or cajole, what’s going on or about to happen. I know there are people who try and control their dreams. The psyche does not take well to being controlled. There’s always kickback when we attempt to manipulate, conjure, what we want to happen. Old religions did this via prayer, thinking they knew what was best and wanted to force the hand of their god to comply. Healthily, sanely, we live in accord with life, letting events and dreams play themselves out as we consciously decide to find our way through tight spots.

Life is tough. Reading helps. Settling into an old chair, taking up a book we’re into and letting our mind go with the flow of the words and paragraphs and scenes – the story of a life and the mysteries and magic that take them by surprise – does something to us. It nurtures and strengthens our imagination. Stories make a difference in the quality of our life.

Madness is a private thing. It’s a matter of quality living. When we’re in touch with our private madness, we discover an imaginal world similar to the stories we’ve read. Feeling out of control, wanting to slow it up and shut it down, wishing things away only to make things worse is part and parcel of private madness. It’s our way of learning if we listen and give it a chance to speak.

So, give yourself some soul time. See if there might be a visionary novel that’s whispering your name. You’ll find that your unconscious mind guides you to just the right literary medicine. Trust your instincts, browse through your favorite online or brick-and-mortar book retailer, and pick up a copy of a story that just might touch your private madness and forever touch your soul.

Live Deeply…Read Daily”

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There’s a Plan Going On In Our Life

There is a plan

There’s a plan going on in our life. We can’t see it day to day, but it’s there. We’re busy living out our stories. Meaning happens once time passes and we look back, we see it all had a purpose.

We get into trouble due to anxiety that pops us out of soul. When I treat patients in depth psychotherapy or write visionary fiction, I’m caught by the power of anxiety. With patients, it lures them out of self. It takes them down dark alleys of despair. Characters in visionary stories lapse into waves of overwhelming stress, a toxic situation that clouds their mind and at least temporarily cripples positive behavior.

Reading visionary fiction taps us into a realm deeper than our anxieties. We step into another imaginative space and time that offers us a way out of a mental rut. The imagination, as psychologists have explored, opens us up to psychic energies that pop the top of our rule-bound heads off—they get what’s old and worn out and present an invigorating challenge and life-changing revolution.

The soul knows

The imagination is the home of the soul. It knows how to take us back inside so we find ourselves again. Dead-end troubles in life, as visionary fiction highlights, often tear us out of what’s true and real. They shake up the good and make us believe there’s only bad. The soul, the source of age-old inner wisdom, knows better. It knows the way back inside. It gets what’s terrible and awful and says voila I  have something new for you. It has a plan to get us into the new, the better, the revolutionary.

Some say it’s a leap to believe in soul. Actually, there’s no leap. There is no stretch of mind or faith. Soul simply is, whether we believe in it or not. Mind-numbing pain jettisons us into a wall that forces a decision to either believe in self or not. That’s soul or soullessness. It’s a plain as a New Mexico sunshine-day reality and depth psychological psychic truth.

If you’re up against an emotional/spiritual wall, stop and take a deep breath. Maybe it’s time to get real quiet, do a little online or favorite bookstore search, and read. Go to an imaginative place that speaks to you with a read that offers a tug. There’s a gentle or strong pull to reach out to that bookshelf or click the online button and download. As you start with the first word, sentence and paragraph you’ll feel like you’re settling into a well-worn chair in a warm and comfy home. A soul place. Read and take to heart the visionary story.  It will speak to you and show you the way. There’s a plan going on in our life, and the soul knows what it is.

“Live Deeply . . . Read Daily”

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Thoughts Are Real

Thoughts are real. They exert a force on everyday reality. What we see and dwell on mentally can become manifest. Best to sensitively tend the mind to be in accord with the wisdom of nature and the way of all things.

 

The unconscious mind

After a week of intensive psychotherapy, I’m reflective. Pondering what I’ve experienced with patients brings to light hidden jewels. The suffering of real people living real lives highlights the workings of the unconscious mind. Where there are conflict and pain, thoughts have been transformed into habitual attitudes. They are largely unconscious. Deep psychotherapy explores vital feeling states, memories and dreams. The lived stories of real people inevitably generates emotional and spiritual drama and, hopefully, transformation.

The unconscious mind slowly reveals to ardent seekers that long-held thoughts and feelings in adulthood cause life situations. In visionary stories, the protagonist must face off with the ghosts they’ve been running from. There’s no outrunning the ghosts of the past. Once they’re faced, revelations begin. We learn their message. They always have a message. And, we see, that our thoughts and feelings have long birthed reality.

 

Reading and the power of mind

On the weekend, I sink into reading. During the week I take in research in depth psychology, readings that nurture professional growth as a seasoned psychotherapist. Then, once I’ve finished seeing weekly patients, I turn to stories. I read, I write, I explore the unconscious mind with all of its numinous symbols and images. The new novel I’m writing takes unexpected twists and turns as light energies meet dark, natural magic and evil come to a reckoning. Stories illuminate the mind, help us to understand the power of the mind.

We birth our realities as adults. As children, things happened to us. We were vulnerable. Hopefully, as adults we grow into self-empowerment, reading deeply and regularly assisting the development of sensitivity to the conscious and unconscious worlds. We learn that thoughts are real. They exert a force on everyday reality. What we see and dwell on mentally can become manifest. Best to sensitively tend the mind to be in accord with the wisdom of nature and the way of all things.

 

“Live Deeply . . . Read Daily”

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