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Spiritual Anorexia and The Masters of Disguise

Spiritual Anorexia and The Masters of Disguise


"Creation is born from a balance between expansive freedom and working from within...The magical and mysterious octopus perfectly illustrates this balance."
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The octopus symbolizes complexity, diversity, mystery, vision, intelligence, illusion, variability and insight. Many cultures across the globe associate the octopus with magical powers as it enters your awareness to awaken you...and this has certainly been a period of 'Great Spiritual Awakening' for many.


This is a perfect opportunity for everyone take the time to reflect upon the next chapter in their own lives...The story line will be different for everyone of course...We are all directors of our own play...Choose your characters wisely as you set the stage. Decide for yourself what is important for you.


Move beneath the surface and dig deeper. After you diagnose what you may or may not be willing to live with, pave a new path by seeking alternatives...Modify the negative dynamics of any experience in your life by shifting perceptions and asking yourself..."What can I learn from this?"


If you continually just play the odds' in life you are not an active participant in your own play...You are merely sleepwalking...An extra just 'waiting in the wings'. Here's your chance to get in the game. Stop taking everything at face value. Ask questions and think for yourself, Sometimes it takes a 'wrecking ball' to pave the way to something new.


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Theoretically speaking, we are a nation of the starving, suffering greatly from a severe case of 'spiritual anorexia'. We try in vain to divert our attention away from our own potentially serious and persistent mental imbalances instead of taking a good long look at ourselves from a spiritual perspective.


Please do not misinterpret my meaning. I am not referring to the biological causes of mental illness. That is a very serious and altogether different subject deserving of its own attention. Here, I am referring to ailing human spirit, where finding a balance in our emotional state to improve upon our physical, mental and spiritual health is paramount.


We are so focused on our 'outer world' by constantly attempting to fill the void with work, excessive spending, alcohol, drugs, multiple partners, idiotic political games or meeting the expectations of others, that we lose sight of our own 'inner self worth'. We continually make excuses and surrender our dreams, choices, traumas/dramas and struggles in relationships to what we call fate instead of taking charge of our own lives.


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Turning points for interventions are the times in our lives when we are faced with a 'challenge of faith'...Be it an illness or seemingly insurmountable situation or loss, these are the opportunities to reach for something more...To become someone better than we were before.


Living with a sense of purpose requires great inner strength. Sometimes we sleepwalking humans need moments of being alarmed enough to awaken to the changes necessary to move forward on our path. An existential crisis for example, or threat thereof, can rock us to the core and shake us from our complacency. It creates a crack in that outer shell to allow us the vulnerability required for deep healing and insight to occur.


Now we are better able arrive at our own truth about the things that are of the most concern to us by being more acutely aware and tuned in to our own natural senses. The world has more than its fair share of unscrupulous people, and you have come too far to be taken advantage of by the 'deceitful'. What is your intuition telling you?



References:

https://alfredadler.edu/sites/default/files/Saari%20%28reduced%29.pdf

http://wayofthewhale.com/blog/?p=572



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Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#34
Well said, Cyndi.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #29

#33
Oh, she's listening Ken Boddie...The question is...are we? Yes...I have noticed the transformation...Too bad she had to send us all to our rooms so she could take care of herself...We were doing a lousy job!

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #28

#32
I’m not convinced she’s listening to us, Cyndi. She’s self preserving. Have you noticed how blue the skies are with greatly reduced air and road traffic? Makes me wonder what she’s got up her post virus sleeve.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #27

#31
That sounds like a gift from the divine Ken Boddie...Mother Nature must have been listening to our collective complaints about there never being enough time in the day to take that walk or engage in regular exercise. Now we have all been gifted the 'time' to get our collective shit together. Happy to see you engaging in healthy pursuits instead of some others I see heading for a twelve step program when this is over;-)

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #26

A timely reboot, Cyndi wilkins, in view of the present lockdown. I must admit to having benefitted greatly by working from home, both spiritually and physically. The loss of my 2.5 hr total daily commute to and from work now permits me to pursue daily Tai Chi, along with daily walks and low impact workouts while still kicking ass at work I need to book myself in soon, however, for a lube and oil change and a retread. 😂

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #25

Great time for a 're-boot' on this one...I hope everyone is well and staying safe.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #24

#28
"When I change the illusion, I change my life." Precisely the message in this article Cheryl...Thanks for sharing that beautiful poem. Adapting to change is one of the biggest challenges we face in this crazy little illusion called 'life'. The secret for initiating change is knowing when the time is 'ripe' for it...and there is no better time than the present;-)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #23

#25
Cyndi wilkins Hello Cyndi~ it is written: "All sunshine makes a desert” ~ Arabic proverb Humans have the tendency to want to be constantly in “sunshine” Not recognizing the negative consequence in their life ... in their spiritual life Another thought occurs to me ... something I read that always stayed in my heart & mind “Pain is the only instrument sharp enough to cause change” I agree ... people don’t have to “suffer” or “hit rock bottom” to change or “wake up” but such circumstances can be attention getting How we respond to such “suffering” “pain” ... life challenges tells all “Circumstances do not make a man they reveal him” So many complexities ... People so often turn to denial or numbing themselves ... unable to find the desire or resolve to “awaken” ... to get to the root of the problem ... to find healing

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #22

#25
Cyndi wilkins Hello Cyndi~ All sunshi it is written: "All sunshine makes a desert” ~ Arabic proverb Humans have the tendency to want to be constantly in “sunshine” Not recognizing the negative consequence in their life ... in their spiritual life Another thought occurs to me ... something I read that always stayed in my heart & mind “Pain is the only instrument sharp enough to cause change” I agree ... people don’t have to “suffer” or “hit rock bottom” to change or “wake up” but such circumstances can be attention getting How we respond to such “suffering” “pain” ... life challenges tells all “Circumstances do not make a man they reveal him” So many complexities ... People so often turn to denial or numbing themselves ... unable to find the desire or resolve to “awaken” ... to get to the root of the problem ... to find healing

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #21

#24
“Living with a sense of purpose requires great inner strength.” Acquiring such strength is usually the result of suffering and persevering through some trials... True_ We all have them...and 'all those who wander are not lost'...just not awakened. Certainly no one 'consciously stands in the 'beat me up so I can be a better human' line...As you say, suffering is a great teacher...provided we awaken to the reasons why we may be having such an experience. But the truth is, none of us need suffering as a means of awakening...However, the history of 'human nature' clearly shows the necessity to 'shake us from our complacency' by rattling our cages a little...or a lot! Think outside of 'The Box'...and don't be afraid to color outside of 'The Lines';-)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #20

Cyndi wilkins (cont) ... “We are so focused on our 'outer world” ... we neglect the inner ... “Living with a sense of purpose requires great inner strength.” Acquiring such strength is usually the result of suffering and persevering through some trials Who wants to suffer to acquire inner strength ... no lines forming here ;~) How difficult in mere human strength I am ever grateful to be strengthened in my inner being with faith in God and the knowledge that I am not alone 2) I love your rich insight & comment about the octopus: “Able to regenerate her discarded limbs...Reminding us that as we free our energy of the distractions of old emotional baggage 3) “Merely sleepwalking” “just waiting in the wings” reminded me of the lines from “I dream of flying” … I glide down … There is so much NOISE !!*!! People rushing here & there … some seem bent on purpose … … others seem “wanderers in search of nothing" ~Tausif I think their eyes are open … … but I’m not sure they’re awake Many people are hiding behind smiles … but I’m not sure they’re happy … Hardly anyone looks up … https://www.bebee.com/producer/@fay-vietmeier-pennsylvania/i-dream-of-flying-209378

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #19

Cyndi wilkins Cyndi~ I got sidetracked on the post you mentioned this one caught my eye ... the title speaks volumes Reading brought to mind this question: “Are you starving at the Buffet Table of Life?” ~ Dr Karl Benzio of the Lighthouse Network used this rich question in one of his “Transformational Thoughts”... “Stepping Stones” He is uniquely both a psychiatrist & a pastor ... a man of wisdom who writes into life struggles ( issues of mental health – addictions ) but his Wisdom extends to all ;~) Truth: “Theoretically speaking, we ARE a nation of the starving, suffering greatly from a severe case of 'spiritual anorexia'. We try in vain to divert our attention away from our own potentially serious and persistent mental imbalances instead of taking a good long look at ourselves from a spiritual perspective. ... the ailing human spirit, where finding a balance in our emotional state to improve upon our physical, mental and spiritual health is paramount. For years I have said: Physical problems require physical cures & spiritual problems require spiritual cures What an apt description of our condition: “spiritual anorexia” (part 1)

Fay Vietmeier

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #18

#2
Randall Burns I hope this finds you well ... I liked your comment ... it reminded me of times when we might question being still or being stuck After a good nights rest ... or brief hibernation greeting a new day with expectancy seems more possible ;~) While everyone feels "locked" in their circumstances, unable to change or grow, and as cliché as this sounds, every day is a new day, a new beginning and an opportunity for that change and growth. The moment is NOW, and it is a giant step to realize and grasp this notion. Just do it; what's stopping you? (except you...)

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #17

#19
I’ve heard that Patrick Stewart is popular with the ladies, Cyndi. Must be that refined English accent. As for William Shatner, I heard he started a clothing company, but ‘Shatner pants’ just wouldn’t sell. 🤣

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #16

Lol Ken Boddie;-)

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #15

#17
You are obviously not a fan of Star Trek, Cyndi, nor of Spock’s Vulcan logic. 🤣

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #14

#16
Ha! At the risk of my mind going straight to the gutter I'll leave that one alone;-) However, you did not answer my question...What exactly is a 'spoctopus?'

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #13

#15
OK got it now, Cyndi. Sometimes I’m slow to pick up, these days. Must be old age, which brings me to ‘dysfunctional appendages’. I’ve got one of those ... but I’m surely not shedding it, no matter how much my progress is impeded. 🤣😂🤣

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #12

#13
Ken Boddie...The tentacled creature fits beautifully into this piece as she is a master at regeneration...shedding her dysfunctional appendages so she can move more freely in her watery world...For us that is symbolic to the 'psyche'...as dragging around our old emotional baggage does nothing but impede our progress. When we lighten our load, we free our energy to be used in more productive ways. BTW...What's a spoctopus? LOL

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #11

#1
hey, Pascal Derrien, it’s not unusual that Kat should have an octopussy friend. 🤣

Ken Boddie

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #10

I just love the incitement, Cyndi, for us to get off our backsides and move forward. After all, nothing changes unless we change things ourselves. But I’m not sure where the tentacled creature from the ocean fits into this. I have an eight legged friend called spoctopus who would argue how illogical this is. 🤗

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #9

#11
Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee... Oh yes, she is an extraordinarily crafty creature! She operates just beneath the radar so as not to give away her position...This reminds us not to show our hand until the prize is well within reach, lest many an opportunist snatch it from our grasp. Thank you all for your input and for sharing this buzz...I've been a bit out of touch in the writing department lately...It is nice to come back to some friendly faces;-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Cyndi wilkins You captured my attention from the first line ""Creation is born from a balance between expansive freedom and working from within...The magical and mysterious octopus perfectly illustrates this balance." You remind me of my recent post on "Creativity Sweet Zone". Your quote and the need to balance the external and internal forces are i complete alignment with the findings and examples of my post. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/creativity-sweet-zone Reading on you wrote "The octopus symbolizes complexity, diversity, mystery, vision, intelligence, illusion, variability and insight". Immediately, you reminded me of the VUCA Model. VUCA stands for Vagueness, Uncertainty, Complexity and Variability". So, the octopus found VUCA before we humans did!. You wrote later on "Living with a sense of purpose requires great inner strength". This is excatly the topic I exchanged comments with Harvey Lloyd today on my most recent post https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ali-anani/implantation-of-hope For all above, I am proudly sharing your post

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

1 year ago #7

lovely buzz Cyndi wilkins! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #6

#7
I would be honored to co-write an article with you Kevin...You can message me on the details tomorrow. Reflexology is a fascinating subject;-)

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #5

A fascinating creature to be sure Kevin Baker... Able to regenerate her discarded limbs....Reminding us that as we free our energy of the distractions of old emotional baggage, we lighten our load as we proceed along our path in life....We experience with that release a renewal of energy that moves us through any barriers more vitality and ease.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #4

#2
Thank you kindly dear Randall Burns...I know your message speaks from experience...I love seeing you back here and appreciate you lending your voice...I hope you are doing well my friend;-)

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

1 year ago #3

You are a very fortunate man Pascal Derrien if you received a visit from an 'octopus'...This spiritual totem serves as a strict reminder to take care of ourselves and avoid immersing ourselves so deeply in our tasks that we forget to live...A very poignant message in light of the tragedy we experienced here yesterday with the loss of Kobe Bryant, his beautiful young daughter and several of their friends in a helicopter crash...Godspeed to you all.

Randall Burns

Randall Burns

1 year ago #2

Great inspirational post Cyndi wilkins. I absolutely agree. This line resonates with me; "This is a perfect opportunity for everyone take the time to reflect upon the next chapter in their own lives..." While everyone feels "locked" in their circumstances, unable to change or grow, and as cliché as this sounds, every day is a new day, a new beginning and an opportunity for that change and growth. The moment is NOW, and it is a giant step to realize and grasp this notion. Just do it; what's stopping you? (except you...) Good job Cyndi!

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #1

The rocky path is preferable to the rolling shallow “patch” I was told by an octopus recently ....

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