This is an older book but, nevertheless, great. Long talks about, in minute detail, the way many of us are hooked into the system without ever noticing the extent we are indoctrinated. He shows many, many alternative ways to approach our human needs without being brainwashed consumers.
I love the way Long thinks. He has an amazing ability to see through all sorts of "crap" (sorry) and get right down to what is real, distinguish between real need, want and pure indoctrination. He's hugely innovative, creative and daring.
Marianne has a wonderful lifestream talk/class Monday nights at 7:30. I highly recommend it.
It's about two hours . . . Marianne talks, some meditations, question and answers, which are really useful.
You can sign up on Marianne's website and watch it on your computer.
In my psychic reading practice I see young women struggling with a relationship. They're generally miserable and exhausted from the effort. And what I see psychically is no amount of effort can help because of differing values.
One partner has one definition of the nature of reality, purpose in life, goals in life, direction in life.
The other partner has very different views.
One example is when one partner is on a spiritual path, their whole goal in life to expand in consciousness, and the other partner's goals are to succeed at work and attain material things.
You can't change a person's values.
Who they are, what's important to them, their goals and ambitions are exactly the path that they should be on. It's right for them. It's a path where they can best learn what they came here to learn.
To argue values, to argue paths is futile. There can be no compromise. Because each compromise is a major sacrifice of values for the person. And that's not a compromise.
My recommendation for a harmonious relationship is to aim to meet someone who shares your values and goals.
When the couple shares values it's easy to negotiate difficult situations because their aims are the same. Compromise is not about giving up values.
If you're struggling in your relationship with no apparent way out, maybe you need to think about your values and take appropriate action from there.
Found this great website, Life Reimagined that leads you through a serious of questions -- all online -- to help you get clear on what you want to do in the next phase of your life.
It is well done and helpful.
I've said this often and can't say it enough. No matter what anyone says about you, if it does not resonate as true for you, simply forget about it. Do this especially with authority figures: doctors, therapists, lawyers, teachers, parents . . . .
At any given point in time you know yourself best. You will not miss anything by listening to them and ignoring yourself, ignoring what your gut tells you, efforting to take in something or do something that does not feel right. If it's really your lesson, it will come to you again to learn it, hopefully in a better opportunity.
With Freud we've entered a new era of psychotherapy, the assessment of why the human being is what she is. In my opinion, we've not gotten very far since. Worst of all, so much of what is out there in general information, psychotherapy, medicine, etc., is either false or misleading. Just enough to do plenty of damage -- instead of help, as it is supposed to do.
This is especially true for people who tend to be different from the majority of folks. There is pressure there to do it like the rest of them, be like the rest of them, and, yes, even in our rather enlightened age, the conviction that some authority out there knows better than the individual.
I think back on all the many authority figures, especially therapists, who were simply neither educated enough, healed enough or evolved enough to help me and instead did damage.
I especially remember one who in couple's therapy asked us to look at each other and report what we saw. Well, I came back with "I see myself."
The mocking I got for that I am sure made his day in self-gratification in diminishing the client and feeling his superiority.
Thinking back I see now that being psychic and deeply connected to Source what I saw was accurate: Oneness. I was seeing with spiritual eyes.
Obviously he had no such capacity, nor even the simple ability to understand what was going on.
There were so many incidences of this kind that did damage to me, made me wrong, missed the whole point of who I was, that honestly I'd love to get those *** together and tell them a few things.
So, honor yourself, listen to your gut. Ignore anything negative anyone says about you that does not resonate and in any way puts you down. You are the authority of your own life, inviolate and sovereign. Trust yourself.
I discovered there actually was a documentary film made as to how A Course in Miracles came about.
I love that book. I love the story as to how it came about. I've read pretty much everything there is to read as to that development, but it was great to actually hear and see the people involved as presented in this documentary.
Helen Schucman was an amazing psychic. Reading the story, if you have any psychic gifts at all, will validate your experiences.
She was fore-mostly an academic, a scientist, and her own psychic gifts appalled her. The fact that a voice spoke to her, had her take down the Course, that she was a channel was scandalizing to her. She struggled her whole life with being a channel for the Course, with that entire side of her being.
All this was taking place in New York in the early 60s, a time when very little existed in the general public about clairvoyance, the paranormal or any of the psychology we have today. It's tough being at the front of a new wave of consciousness.
This is a great documentary about the entire experience and the content of the book.