The Four Quadrants

The  Four Quadrants
The Four Quadrants

Monday, May 28, 2007

The “Gating” of Attention to Symbolic Realities

What inhibits our growth and development and prevents real healing? We live in a society where we are taught, since childhood, not to pay attention to what feels important. We find we have to adjust our needs to the world and can only meet them symbolically. We develop "acceptable" substitute, symbolic, deflected, “should”, or trivial activities. From early on, we develop mental structures that, before we even know it, "gate" our cognitions and feelings to regressive secondary or symbolic realities. Our preconscious gaiting mechanisms determine what gets entered into our experienced reality.

These realities become all that we know and can even imagine as reality, even if we imagine ourselves as spiritual beings. Our lives, for the most part, become only a symbolic acting out of what we originally “knew” and wanted. We become “should-ists” rather than "is-ists”. We become obsessed with following (or resisting) “shoulds” and “responsibilities”. We end up believing our own propaganda and story about our lives and "happiness" (or lack of it). Currently many of us do a "spiritual bypass" using “spirituality” as a way of avoiding what is in front of our face.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Naked Awareness - Naked Pain

Let naked awareness touch naked pain

Unlock that which is bound up

The unbearable is bared one writhe at a time

Don't hide from the wounds you don't know you have

Crack open futility and hopelessness to reveal the unfelt

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Quotations and sayings from Dr. Carr

(Continually under construction)

One man's "too much intellect" is another man's "to simple and unthinking"

Create your life out of whole cloth

Most stimuli are really responses

Consciousness first, other concerns second

That which is not allowed doesn't get heard

You have no business spending a lot of time in your head if you're not yet firmly based in your heart

People with big egos either tout themselves, or put down others who tout themselves

Too much control eliminate possibility

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