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CONVERSATION / SPEECH



As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in his conversation is the test of a man.  The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does a man' speech disclose the bent of his mind.  Praise no man before he speaks, for it is then that men are tested. (Sirach 27:5-7)



TIME



Limit the time you spend among fools, but frequent the company of thoughtful men. (Sirach 27:12)



WRITING / THINKING / CLARITY



"The Underground Grammarian will expose and ridicule examples of jargon, faulty syntax, redundancy, needless neologism, and any other kind of outrage against English.



Clear language engender clear thought, and clear thought is the most important benefit of education.  We are neither peddlars nor politicians that we should prosper by that use of language which carries the least meaning.  We cannot honorably accept the wages, confidence or licensure of the citizens who employ

us as we darken counsel by words without understanding." (Richard Mitchell, The Graves of Academe, Boston-Toronto:  Little, Brown and Co, 1981, p. 27).



"The words we write demand far more attention than those we speak.  The habit of writing exposes us to that demand, and skill in writing makes us able to pay logical and thoughtful attention." (ibid., p29)



SCHOOLING / EDUCATION



"Schooling is done in public places, but the roots of an educ- ation can grow only by private people....  It is only in a mind that the work of a mind can be done." ibid, p82)SUCCESS



How to succeed:

1) do what everyone knows should be done



2) do it longer or harder



3) do it differently (Earl Nightingale)



THINKING



There are two ways to slide easily through life:  to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.  (Alfred Korzybski)



WANTS



We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are--that is the fact.  (Jean Paul Sartre)



MANIPULATION / OPENNESS / HONESTY



"...dishonesty and scholarship are uncomfortable bedfellows, as someone has put it, but dishonesty and indoctrination are well suited to each other." (Mitchell, Graves, p140)



PSYCHOLOGIST



One who takes the obvious and mixes it with the incomprehensible.  (Mitchell, Graves, p59)



GOVERNMENT / BUREAUCRATS



The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents (Jefferson) Quoted by Mitchell, Graves, p7.



JOURNAL WRITING



"The best book you could possibly read about self-realization and success is the one you write yourself. (Wydro, p25)



"More important than what happens to you or around you is what happens in you." (ibid)



THINKING



Thought is creative!



Are your patterns of though self-limiting; are they based on rational thinking, accurate observation, appropriate feelings?

(Wydro, p29)



QUESTIONS / ANSWERS



An answer is an answer only if we recognize it as an answer.



likewise, a question is a question only if we recognize it as a question.



ORDER



Order comes out of confusion; never order out of order.  Confusion is the cause of order.  Confusion makes order necessary.



To create a new order in our thinking, in our living, in our society, we must first create confusion.  How do we do that?



FREEDOM



Freedom is choosing what we like (desire, want) and willing what we choose.

Freedom is in the drive, the direction, the act of volition.



SOUL / CHOICE



Spirit expressing consciously as a thinking individual.



Choose, soul, choose to act completely in accord with unchangeable, immutable, universal law.



THINKING



No one can eat or exercise for you.  Neither can anyone really think for you.



CONSCIOUSNESS



The evolution of consciousness is a progression in awareness in which reason plays a vital part.  It's a do-it-yourself proposition. 



The prodigal son of the New Testament represents the soul becoming in the light of the idea of the evolution of consciousness.



TRUTH



Truth is what reason responds to.



EVOLUTION / INVOLUTION



Involution happens inside of us -- it's the process of establishing priorities.  Evolution happens outside of us -- it's the process of manifesting our priorities.



TRUTH



It's not sufficient to be just a seeker of truth; it's also important to be an original thinker -- one who thinks for himself or herself.





THEORY



Work with the theory which is most logical to you according to your highest light. 



THINKING / SPEECH / FEELING



The thoughts we think, the words we speak, the work of our hands, all bear much fruit.  Once the seed is planted, the fruit has started.  As a tree blooms and bears fruit, so our thoughts and words and feelings bear fruit to satisfy our every need.

(Daily Word, September, 1982; Proverbs 12:14)



LETTER WRITING



"One of the most special ways to build a relationship consciously is to write letters....  A letter is something you can live with, get your teeth into and read between the lines.  It takes a little more of yourself to write a letter, but a little more goes a long way" (Flying, p66)









COMMUNICATION / COMMUNICATING



"When someone is valuable, precious and open to you, go out of your way to let him know it.  mAke the world special for someone else" (Flying, p67)



RELAXATION / INTERNAL ATTENTION / STIMULATION



People seem strongly addicted to external stimulation.  They seem always to want to be knowing what's going on out there.  On the other hand, others seem most of the time to be sensitive only to their own thoughts and feelings and to be insensitive to what's going on out there.  (TOF, pix)



The greatest enemy can be within, too much worry, strain and pressure. 



Part of the ability to relax is the ability to attend immediately, at will, to internal conditions rather than attending immediately and compulsively, unwillingly, to environmental conditions (TOF, p7) 



GROWTH / RELAXATION / CONCENTRATION



Some authors associate the healthy life, the successful life with the ability continually to enlarge one's experience, both the breadth and depth of it, along with the ability to relax under pressure and the ability to concentrate whenever necessary. 



I notice sometimes I do not work well under pressure.  Perhaps you have noticed the same.  I tend to give in under pressure, or to avoid pressure, especially the pressure arising from living with extremely competitive people.  I could be more aggressive and more competitive -- not worrying about whether I'm being aggressive or competitive but just be myself and express myself openly letting the chips fall where they may. 



JOURNAL WRITING



Many writers mention the value and importance of keeping a journal.  Wydro is most convincing on this subject.  He suggests a morning entry and an evening entry.  The morning sets the tone for the day.  The evening reviews the day and may suggest an attitude for the coming days.



THINKING / BELIEVING



Do not believe in what you have heard.  Do not believe in traditions because it is rumored and spoken of by many.  Do not believe merely because of the written statement of somebody older and famous.  Do not believe in conjectures.  Do not believe merely in the authority of your teachers and elders.  After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it (A Gautama, the Buddha).







OR (to paraphrase)



Some believe in what we hear.  Some believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations.  Some believe a thing because a lot of people repeat it.  Some believe merely because someone older and seemingly wiser is supposed to have said it.  Some people believe in predictions.  Some believe merely on the authority of their teachers and elders.  Rather, I urge you believe only after careful observation, thoughtful analysis and reflection, and then only if what you believe is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept the belief and live up to it (Gautama, the Buddha).



CLASS / STYLE



Class is that indefinable something which puts one apart from others.  It has nothing to do with station in life, or wealth, or intelligence, or upbringing.  Money cannot purchase it.  Education cannot bestow it.  Someone born of poor and lowly parents may have it, while another born of noble and wealthy family may lack it.  It's a way of conducting oneself, a style of living, an inner quality that disposes one to move among others with a natural grace, a natural intelligence, a natural goodness that transcends race, color, creed and place (07-07-1982).



DEDICATION / COMMITMENT



"The only true happiness comes from dedicating ourselves to a purpose; that people, ideas, causes -- these are for the one possible escape -- not merely from selfishness, but from the hungers of solitude and the sorrows of aimlessness" (J. Goldsmith).



LEARNING /* GROWTH / PRIORITIES / VALUES / PERCEPTIONS



Priorities!  Values!  Perceptions!  How important! How inextricablyinterwoveninto the fabric of our lives.  So much living done without a consciousness of our priorities, our values and our perceptions.  The uniqueness of our personalities consist of this incredible mix of priorities, values and perceptions, which we're always testing, challenging, conditioning, destructuring, restructuring, rearranging.  If too static, we cease to adapt our priorities, values and perceptions.  We stagnate in growth and cease to learn.  To learn is to be willing to change priorities, values and perceptions.

CONVERSATION / SPEECH



As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in his conversation is the test of a man.  The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does a man' speech disclose the bent of his mind.  Praise no man before he speaks, for it is then that men are tested. (Sirach 27:5-7)



TIME



Limit the time you spend among fools, but frequent the company of thoughtful men. (Sirach 27:12)



WRITING / THINKING / CLARITY



"The Underground Grammarian will expose and ridicule examples of jargon, faulty syntax, redundancy, needless neologism, and any other kind of outrage against English.



Clear language engenders clear thought, and clear thought is the most important benefit of education.  We are neither peddlars nor politicians that we should prosper by that use of language which carries the least meaning.  We cannot honorably accept the wages, confidence or licensure of the citizens who employ

us as we darken counsel by words without understanding." (Richard Mitchell, The Graves of Academe, Boston-Toronto:  Little, Brown and Co, 1981, p. 27).



"The words we write demand far more attention than those we speak.

The habit of writing exposes us to that demand, and skill in writing makes us able to pay logical and thoughtful attention." (ibid., p29)



SCHOOLING / EDUCATION



"Schooling is done in public places, but the roots of an educ- ation can grow only by private people....  It is only in a mind that the work of a mind can be done." ibid, p82)



SUCCESS



How to succeed:

1) do what everyone knows should be done



2) do it longer or harder



3) do it differently (Earl Nightingale)



THINKING



There are two ways to slide easily through life:  to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.  (Alfred Korzybski)



WANTS



We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are--that is the fact.  (Jean Paul Sartre)



MANIPULATION / OPENNESS / HONESTY



"...dishonesty and scholarship are uncomfortable bedfellows, as someone has put it, but dishonesty and indoctrination are well suited to each other." (Mitchell, Graves, p140)



PSYCHOLOGIST



One who takes the obvious and mixes it with the incomprehensible.  (Mitchell, Graves, p59)



GOVERNMENT / BUREAUCRATS



The functionaries of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents (Jefferson) Quoted by Mitchell, Graves, p7.



JOURNAL WRITING



"The best book you could possibly read about self-realization and success is the one you write yourself. (Wydro, p25)



"More important than what happens to you or around you is what happens in you." (ibid)



THINKING



Thought is creative!



Are your patterns of though self-limiting; are they based on rational thinking, accurate observation, appropriate feelings?

(Wydro, p29)



QUESTIONS / ANSWERS



An answer is an answer only if we recognize it as an answer.



likewise, a question is a question only if we recognize it as a question.



ORDER



Order comes out of confusion; never order out of order.  Confusion is the cause of order.  Confusion makes order necessary.



To create a new order in our thinking, in our living, in our society, we must first create confusion.  How do we do that?



FREEDOM



Freedom is choosing what we like (desire, want) and willing what we choose.

Freedom is in the drive, the direction, the act of volition.



SOUL / CHOICE



Spirit expressing consciously as a thinking individual.



Choose, soul, choose to act completely in accord with unchangeable, immutable, universal law.



THINKING



No one can eat or exercise for you.  Neither can anyone really think for you.



CONSCIOUSNESS



The evolution of consciousness is a progression in awareness in which reason plays a vital part.  It's a do-it-yourself proposition. 



The prodigal son of the New Testament represents the soul becoming in the light of the idea of the evolution of consciousness.



TRUTH



Truth is what reason responds to.



EVOLUTION / INVOLUTION



Involution happens inside of us -- it's the process of establishing priorities.  Evolution happens outside of us -- it's the process of manifesting our priorities.



TRUTH



It's not sufficient to be just a seeker of truth; it's also important to be an original thinker -- one who thinks for himself or herself.





THEORY



Work with the theory which is most logical to you according to your highest light. 



THINKING / SPEECH / FEELING



The thoughts we think, the words we speak, the work of our hands, all bear much fruit.  Once the seed is planted, the fruit has started.  As a tree blooms and bears fruit, so our thoughts and words and feelings bear fruit to satisfy our every need.

(Daily Word, September, 1982; Proverbs 12:14)



LETTER WRITING



"One of the most special ways to build a relationship consciously is to write letters....  A letter is something you can live with, get your teeth into and read between the lines.  It takes a little more of yourself to write a letter, but a little more goes a long way" (Flying, p66)









COMMUNICATION / COMMUNICATING



"When someone is valuable, precious and open to you, go out of your way to let him know it.  mAke the world special for someone else" (Flying, p67)



RELAXATION / INTERNAL ATTENTION / STIMULATION



People seem strongly addicted to external stimulation.  They seem always to want to be knowing what's going on out there.  On the other hand, others seem most of the time to be sensitive only to their own thoughts and feelings and to be insensitive to what's going on out there.  (TOF, pix)



The greatest enemy can be within, too much worry, strain and pressure. 



Part of the ability to relax is the ability to attend immediately, at will, to internal conditions rather than attending immediately and compulsively, unwillingly, to environmental conditions (TOF, p7) 



GROWTH / RELAXATION / CONCENTRATION



Some authors associate the healthy life, the successful life with the ability continually to enlarge one's experience, both the breadth and depth of it, along with the ability to relax under pressure and the ability to concentrate whenever necessary. 



I notice sometimes I do not work well under pressure.  Perhaps you have noticed the same.  I tend to give in under pressure, or to avoid pressure, especially the pressure arising from living with extremely competitive people.  I could be more aggressive and more competitive -- not worrying about whether I'm being aggressive or competitive but just be myself and express myself openly letting the chips fall where they may. 



JOURNAL WRITING



Many writers mention the value and importance of keeping a journal.  Wydro is most convincing on this subject.  He suggests a morning entry and an evening entry.  The morning sets the tone for the day.  The evening reviews the day and may suggest an attitude for the coming days.



THINKING / BELIEVING



Do not believe in what you have heard.  Do not believe in traditions because it is rumored and spoken of by many.  Do not believe merely because of the written statement of somebody older and famous.  Do not believe in conjectures.  Do not believe merely in the authority of your teachers and elders.  After observation and analysis, when it agrees with reason and it is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it (A Gautama, the Buddha).







OR (to paraphrase)



Some believe in what they hear.  Some believe in traditions simply because they have been handed down for many generations.  Some believe a thing because a lot of people repeat it.  Some believe merely because someone older and seemingly wiser is supposed to have said it.  Some people believe in predictions.  Some believe merely on the authority of their teachers and elders.  Rather, I urge you believe only after careful observation, thoughtful analysis and reflection, and then only if what you believe is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept the belief and live up to it (Gautama, the Buddha).



CLASS / STYLE



Class is that indefinable something which puts one apart from others.  It has nothing to do with station in life, or wealth, or intelligence, or upbringing.  Money cannot purchase it.  Education cannot bestow it.  Someone born of poor and lowly parents may have it, while another born of noble and wealthy family may lack it.  It's a way of conducting oneself, a style of living, an inner quality that disposes one to move among others with a natural grace, a natural intelligence, a natural goodness that transcends race, color, creed and place (07-07-1982).



DEDICATION / COMMITMENT



"The only true happiness comes from dedicating ourselves to a purpose; that people, ideas, causes -- these are for the one possible escape -- not merely from selfishness, but from the hungers of solitude and the sorrows of aimlessness" (J. Goldsmith).



LEARNING / GROWTH / PRIORITIES / VALUES / PERCEPTIONS



Priorities!  Values!  Perceptions!  How important! How inextricablyinterwoveninto the fabric of our lives.  So much living done without a consciousness of our priorities, our values and our perceptions.  The uniqueness of our personalities consist of this incredible mix of priorities, values and perceptions, which we're always testing, challenging, conditioning, destructuring, restructuring, rearranging.  If too static, we cease to adapt our priorities, values and perceptions.  We stagnate in growth and cease to learn.  To learn is to be willing to change priorities, values and perceptions.





CREATIVITY / CREATIVE PROCESS



RECEPTIVITY, or opening with a calm unbiased mind what the current situation or "problem" is.

INTUITION, or flashes of insights and inspiration which are very fugitive but can be prolonged.

CONCENTRATION of the mind so as tobring "vertical" energy (of greater voltage) and focus into the "horizontal" situation or "problem".

IMAGINATION or generation of possible cretive solutions.

MEMORY or a structuring and deep correlative reserve.

SYNERGY or the powerof synthesis and seeing wholeness or interrelations of all aspects in balance and

MANIFESTATION or the power to actualize what is discovered or seen (in daily life or in tangible form).

[taken from Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Fall Newsletter, 1983, p12]





SPIRITUALITY / RELIGION / PSYCHOTHERAPY



Task Force for Spiritual/Theological/Religious/Development in Adults and Psychotherapy.  Extablished by the California State Psychological Association.  For information: Frances K. Heussenstamm, Ph.D., 606 Wilshire Blvd, #502, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  [in Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Fall Newsletter, 1983, p5]

Spirituality versus religion: "the courage to look within and to trust." What is seen and what is trusted appears to be a deep sense of belonging, of wholeness of connectedness, and of openness to the infinite.

Questionnaire mailed to 1400 clinical psychologists belonging to CPA.  2/3 male;1/3 female.  Mean age: 48.

Majority reported that spirituality is relevant for them personally and for their clinical practice.  Less than half participate in any traditional religious institution.  Jungians unanimous in their acceptance of spirituality; behaviorists in least agreement. 

Acceptance seem most influenced by a personal experience of transcendance.

Study to probe how therapists deal with clients reporting spiritual experiences.