We share a bit of wisdom from the pen of Gary Zukov, who has authored the Dancing Wu Li Masters and The Seat of the Soul. The concept of wisdom requires that we set aside the rationality of our conscious minds and create an awareness of higher-order concepts. Higher-order concepts make sense. But it is a different kind of sense because it involves transcending the stories we typically use in our daily lives. As therapist and author Milton Erickson wrote, the conscious mind is dumb and limits us to rational thought while the subconscious mind captures wisdom, or more of the essence of our being. Thus, if the stories by which we live our daily lives are not serving us well, we need to look to ideas that lift us out of the old patterns in which we may be stuck. So, we encourage you as the reader to consider each of the ideas presented here thoughtfully, and to reflect on how they may be useful in solving some problems that up until now may have seemed insoluble.
Ray Becvar, Ph.D.
From Gary Zukov in the Seat of the Soul:
If you are unkind to yourself, you will be unkind to others, and if you are negligent of yourself, you will be that to others. Only by feeling compassion for yourself can you feel compassion for others.
If you wish the world to become loving and compassionate, become compassionate yourself. If you wish to diminish fear in the world, diminish your own. These are the gifts that you can give.
Give yourself permission to choose the most positive behavior in each moment.
The perception of power as external that separates nations is the same that exists between individuals, and the love, clarity and compassion that emerge within the individual that chooses consciously to align itself with its soul is the same that will bring sexes, races, nations, and neighbors into harmony with each other.
Do not suffer in aloneness. There is no such thing.
You cannot not evolve. Everything in the Universe evolves. It is only a question of which way you will choose to learn as you evolve. This is always your choice, and there is always wisdom in each choice.
When you assume responsibility for what you experience and share what you experience in a spirit of companionship, that is the same as forgiveness. When you hold someone responsible for what you experience, you lose power.
Your consciousness affects every cell in your body, and every cell in your body affects your consciousness.