Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spiritual Wounds

One of the greatest human problems is the idea that "I am not good enough." This issue affects each of us to some degree and to that extent we are all wounded.

Emotional wounds are one of the most common reasons for human suffering. It is an inner rawness and hurt that doesn't seem to go away. It is like an infection, an inner wound that has festered.

Someone may begin to think that perhaps what happened to them, was deserved because of something they did or the way that they were. They may find it easy to lash out at people who love them, and have done them no harm, and to even blame God for troubles and hardships. Then it is a spiritual wound and demons seem to keep coming back to torment the person.

The result is inner turmoil, and a desire to escape or suppress reality. This can be in the form of overeating, drinking, smoking, porn, spending binges, etc. When a person indulges in escapism, addictions can form, and open the door to spirits of addiction, which makes the addictions hard to break.

A bad temper is a common symptom. It becomes easy to lash out or have sudden outbursts of anger, hate, resentment, etc. It can be difficult to deal with everyday chores and responsibilities or to fully feel and receive love or to be in a one-sided relationship where you felt as if you were the one doing all the giving, all the caring, while receiving nothing in return?

Codependency is associated with providing care for and rescuing others in order to quell feelings of inadequacy and shame and gain external approval and validation.

"The Blues" is one of the most popular musical forms, and is also a way of life for many people. The term blues may have come from "blue devils", meaning melancholy and sadness associated with the intense visual hallucinations that can accompany severe alcohol withdrawal. It represents the world of harsh reality: a lost love, cruelty, oppression, and hard times.
Maudlin is an adjective: to be tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental or effusively sad or full of self-pity; extremely sentimental. When a person indulges in escapism, addictions can form which are hard to overcome.

Transcendence means "going beyond." It is the act of surpassing usual limits. Although death is certain we have the innate ability to think about perfection or bliss. In a way to imagine what lies beyond a boundary is to have already transcended it.

The difference between what we think and what we feel is the essence of the human condition. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality. The phrase "Is the glass half empty or half full" can be understood also as the basic philosophical question. The  question demonstrates that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.  Any particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a  test to determine an individual's worldview.

Transcendence represents the unfolding of a personal style. In religion, transcendence is the concept that there is perfection beyond all things human or physical. Mystical experience is thought of as a particularly advanced state of self-transcendence, in which the sense of a separate self is abandoned.

Perhaps the soul is the self, the "I" that inhabits the body and acts through it. Without the soul, the body is like a light bulb without electricity. With the introduction of the soul, the body acquires life, sight and hearing, thought and speech, intelligence and emotions, will and desire, personality and identity.

Even among the animals who live in groups, the strongest usually have the most babies. It is nature's way of insuring species survival. But the strongest are also likely to be the most aggressive. Since humans invented weapons, the idea that "might makes right" is a problem. The more lethal weapons become, the bigger the problem. And the problem has reached the point where a few could destroy all.

So it is obvious that we need to pay more attention to the difference between strong and wise. On the one hand we are wired to praise, admire, emulate, and elect strong leaders.

On the other hand those who are for peace, kindness and thoughtfulness may seem old-fashioned and irrelevant. The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix.

Once combatants are convinced that God is on their side, compromise becomes unlikely and cruelty knows no bounds. This fanatical bigotry has spawned terrible theocracies. The result has been that secularism evolved organically.

But the separation of religion and politics has seen a substitution of religion with economic interests. This fundamental reallocation of authority has delivered science into the hands of the greedy and resulted in a moral vacuum.

Unconstrained robber barons have embodied secularism at its very worst and have also fostered fundamentalist movements rooted in a profound fear of annihilation. When secularization has been applied by force, it has provoked a fundamentalist reaction – and history shows that fundamentalist movements which come under attack invariably grow even more extreme.

The "One Percent", refers to the tiny percentage of people who control most of the wealth. And divide between the wealthy and the poor is greater that ever before and growing alarmingly.

Plutocracy is a country or society governed by the wealthy. An autocratic power grab is underway to enthrone corporate power and moneyed elites to rule unilaterally over our government, economy, and environment. There’s nothing conservative about that.

For decades, big corporations have wreaked havoc on our democracy from impoverishing the working class, profiting off military conflicts, poisoning the environment and food supply and taking over public schools. Perhaps, their most destructive target is the broken political system.

Religion and even morality apparently have simply been set aside and ignored. Global plutocracy has the appearance of being potentially the greatest threat humans have ever known. Perhaps it will distract us from our private concerns and turn our attention to the greater good.