Cyndi wilkins in Lifestyle, Creative and Media Professionals, English Sole Proprietor • The Healing Element Massage and Bodywork Jan 27, 2020 · 2 min read · 3.1K

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.




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.




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








Fay Vietmeier Mar 1, 2020 · #27

#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

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Cyndi wilkins Feb 29, 2020 · #25

#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';-)

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Fay Vietmeier Feb 29, 2020 · #24

@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

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Fay Vietmeier Feb 29, 2020 · #23

@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)

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Fay Vietmeier Feb 29, 2020 · #22

#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...)

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Rana Hamadah Feb 4, 2020 · #21

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Ken Boddie Jan 30, 2020 · #20

#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. 🤣

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Cyndi wilkins Jan 30, 2020 · #19

Lol @Ken Boddie...I wasn't much of a fan of Star Trek until thedays of Jean Luc Picard ... I find Patrick Stewart very sexy;-) 'Shatner' was boring and quite cheesy...to use a term I lifted from @Jim Murray;-)

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