Sunday, 11 January 2009

Waiting in Confinement

This is not a philosophical blog, only one in which I'm venting some feelings and impressions on this dark midwinter day.

Back in the 90s, mysticism was part of my university studies as well as my private sphere of interests. I read all of Ken Wilber and felt the ground he covered was pretty penultimate. I purchased two more recent books while in the USA, but haven't had the ability to focus on them as yet. My condition, insomnia and a lot of stressful events prevent me from organizing my life in a way so that I could fit in some reading. In general I feel that it's hard to come by any new and informative points of view, that would really strike a cord. Nothing really pulls me. I was looking at a book about adults who had an alcoholic parent when they were kids, but the description of the personality disorders that occur didn't quite fit the bill either. The book is by Janet Geringer Woititz, and I will have to try and dedicate a moment to see if eventually there are any conclusions that would be helpful. The list goes as follows: Adult children to alcoholics...

  1. ... are trying to guess what is normal. Yes, I can relate to that. But it could just as well be due to other reasons, such as the fact that spirituality is more important to me than it is to normal people, and in an unorthodox way at that. I am also artistic, which normally places you straight into the category of outsiders.

  2. ....have trouble finishing projects. Nooo, not really. Or at least I didn't used to be that way.

  3. ... lie when it would be just as easy to tell the truth. No, that's not me at all!!!

  4. ... condemn themselves without mercy. No, that's not me. I'm hard on myself but I don't do self-blame very much. Perhaps it's a matter of how you put it.

  5. ... have a hard time having fun. Well that depends on many things, not least my company.

  6. ... take themselves very seriously. Well, again it depends how you look at it. I'm not so sure I take myself so seriously, though I certainly take life seriously. I have humour, though it's not always obvious when life feels demanding.

  7. ... have problems with close relationships. Yes... but who doesn't? Especially if you don't fit the norm.

  8. ... overreact to changes they cannot control. That's an odd statement. I usually embrace changes with great zeal, but I do have trouble with feeling out of control. Does that make me a control freak? Well, again, it depends on the context.

  9. ... are constantly looking for approval and acceptance. Yes, I guess so, quite often, but I can live without it too. I don't go fishing for it that much, I think. I'm not an ambitious person and so someone else's encouragment keeps me going. Is that a fault?

  10. .... see themselves as different. Well yeah... is that really only because of my childhood? Hm, I doubt it.

  11. ... are extremely loyal, even towards people who don't deserve it. Well I certainly am loyal but I drop those who don't deserve it! Ok, I admit that when in a close relationship, I do tend to persevere too long and accept too much. This I know to be a pathology.

  12. .... are impulsive to a point where they have a lot of dire consequences to deal with. Hm, I always thought a certain degree of risk taking was a way of getting experiences of life!

So, as you can see we have once again a list that attempts to pinpoint a category of people who do, after all, have very different ways of dealing with their traumas and have grown into different kinds of insight. Will have to see if these assumptions actually expand or if it continues the same (which books like these tend to do, I might add).

There are times when I get very depressed about the beginning of my life and wonder if we can ever truly heal without having to resort to 12 step programmes. I'm afraid I'm one of those who doesn't feel drawn to any 12 method way of dealing with things either. It's in my nature to be creative and free thinking. No critique intended for those who find it useful to structure they lives accordingly! The question is, how do we know that the way we are is really a question of pathology or just a consequence of us truly being different from the norm. Eileen Aaron did us a great favour when she published her research on highly sensitive people and found that up to 20-25 % of the population are that way and would even go and hide in a dark place at times because they are so overwhelmed with too much input. That was a step in the right direction for people who are more vulnerable on the outside than others. It doesn't mean we are weak people, though. Very often people like myself have to come up with a bunch of strategies for survival and though life is not easy, we wouldn't trade in our sensitivity for normality either. Even as it is, I get bored with myself. Though one could argue that it's my personality that makes me crave for changes and a more energetic life style.

At the moment I feel very confined, but this is not a new issue. I have always felt limited as if I had had to squeeze in a limitless being into a tiny human mould. Which I probably had to. All I have really, are my intuitions. There are no books that would pertain to my situation, at least not as far as I know. I guess I have to finish my own... Some people would say it's a blessing when your work is your hobby, in other words, that you get to do what you like the most. But everything has two sides. My situation is such that I don't get to have vacations. I sit in isolation day in and day out. Is it really that odd that I feel bored with my own company and have trouble motivating myself? I'm not a complete introvert, so I crave interaction with other people in order to get the needed stimulation. I want to write and make art based on my life and not just theories made up in my armchair. It's funny how this point of view is readily accepted by normal people but spiritual people feel that you must be happy to be alone in order to realize your higher potential. Other people cannot fill that void in you, and so on. I understand that. But we were also created to move around and interact with each other. Again I am happier thinking in terms of a paradox where we need both solitude and company. Too much of either is detrimental. It's all about the happy medium as usual.

A friend of mine who also is not into the feel good spiritual way of thinking because we need to clear out emotional blocks before we can be truly authentic people lists some methods here.

They say this full moon is exceptionally strong and marked by the sign of Cancer, which is my sign and one that stands for emotions. Great. It probably means a roller coaster for me... Maybe I'm supposed to go through every human emotion there is because I've felt stuff in recent years that I never associated with my personality at all. Feelings such as rage, envy, being riduculed, feeling judgmental, even sordid revengefulness... Yikes! Though most quickly pass, I hasten to add, and don't seem to come back. It's so easy to say, chill out, let go, don't worry. Right now I feel, that the only way I could do that would be by giving up life altogether. Which in fact you can do if you reach enlightenment, so you don't necessarily have to take your life! But what has never been clear to me is the prerequisites for this. There are many paths and many stories of people who got their great insight. I also take into account the possibility that some people are already enlightened when they were born, but have chosen to take a tour among human beings in order to understand more about dualism (good and evil to boil it down) and to assist the world in its attempt to disengage from the fetters of the subconcsious mind and animal-like instincts.

I'm trying to work on a collage for Valentine's day, but it's hard to come up with ideas that don't support the sleezy and over-romantic view that all there is in life is the love of a companion. My thoughts are so foggy... I seem to have lost the little ability I had of thinking up something straightforwardly symbolic. I hope this is a sign of improvement and not degeneration! Who is to say! Indeed, romantic love can only take you that far.

Artwork: "The Mask", digital photograph by author, all rights reserved 2008


  1. Honer each mood and emotion; just be aware enough to not become trapped. We use our wisdom to "catch" ourselves before we get too deep.

    Life is simple, our thinking is complex.

    I was born on July 3, but this is also transcended. No attachments. Let the people think what they want. This is our/your journey. There is no "normal", just being.

    Normal is an attempt to define the ephemeral forms, and this is impossible.

    Cry, laugh, read, shop, dance, do yoga, etc. It is OK to be exactly who you are. Love yourself and all will "heal". Accept your life up until this point and you will arrive. When we do not accept or honor the steps in love we have taken we are attached to those very steps and live in fantasy.

    There is value for all happenings here on Earth; so let us be grateful and free. If one wants to analyze the past, seeking themselves out, then they can do this. There is no right or wrong, really. There is only growth, and each "level" of life exists for one at that certain consciousness to be pointed home.

    What I share is a direct path to now, and this is through loving and knowing who we/you are. It is continually recognized at attachment, observing wholly, and transcending it.

    All is here now. The future, the past, and the child are here now and they only want love. Love all that you are and all that you are doing.

    Concerning art, you are thinking about it. Art is not thought, it transcends thought. Thought is organization. Let your collage flow. It will flow freely without you worrying about the outcome, or if it is right or wrong.

    We grow no matter if we think we are or not.

    Suffering can be the most incredible gift so embrace EVERY energy you experience. None has precedence over the other. But, if we think something is wrong, then it is wrong because our consciousness is revealing who we are.

    When I am writing music, and I am thinking too much, I let myself flow and write anything and the inspiration then has "room" to express through me and a new song "arrives."

  2. Thank you Richard, I actually agree with everything you say, so I have little to add. It's true, art comes as it comes. I am used to being more in control on the mind's level, and so it's sometimes hard for me to let go. But not impossible. I guess in this case, I have a commission to complete and that makes me a little nervous. I try and relax about it though. Version nr. 1 is featured above the blog.

    Your singing is very lovely - are all the songs yours?

    I really wish to thank you for sharing so much of your wisdom. Trivial things have very little place in life at this point, though at times I want to escape into something, away from the gravelike standstill. Still I know I'm holding onto something. Just don't know why just yet. Perhaps there are times when all we can do is wait. I don't analyze the past, but I want to understand the present. Perhaps at times I am trying too hard to understand things that have not been revealed to me yet.

    I just added to the blog that many feelings I never had before also don't seem to come back, which I hope is a sign that stuff needs to come out from wherever it is, but it can dissipate.

    I'm however not at a point where I can really accept the suffering. I think it's something that can only be appreciated in hindsight. But it can become a block in the present. This is something that worries me... I resent the life I've had to go through. I'm sure you've felt that at some point in your own, judging by your experiences.

  3. I went to Hell, not India.

    I have been there. Throughout my life I loved all unconditionally, but not myself. I was not judging others I was judging myself and this is not the way. I have loved and served but was not serving myself, and that was a root I eventually transcended through observation.

    When I stopped blaming life, GOD, etc. for my "bad" experience, for AIDS, I harmonized. I became love. The Sun shines to shine, not to raise crops. All that I was energetically fueling in fantasy was no more, and the energy that was sustaining those dreams "returned" to me and I realized.

    When we give a part of ourselves to another "thing", how will we resolve without it? We cannot; we need to own and be thankful for all that we have experienced up until now to then not be enmeshed in the past, or the future, or "things".

    When we take out one step we have taken the journey changes, and we would not be who or "where" we are today.

    How about losing yourself to you?
    No teachings or spirituality, just the glorious you that you are now.

    Don't accept, just remind yourself to be here now. Things reveal when they do and this is fine. When we are present, it matters not the revealing. No matter how we cajole or desire, a flower blooms when it blooms. Continue flowing and one day there are just flowers in bloom everywhere.

    Yes, that is me and my music. The CD will be available soon.

    It is my honor to share.

  4. Yes, the trouble is everyone has their own experience, their own path, their origin even, so it's hard to generalize. One big problem with spiritual belief systems and why I care almost exclusively for one-on-one talks.

    Very nice to hear your experience, put in your own words. The problems are not quite the same so the solution won't be either, but one can always look for the similarities and try and take them in.

    It's great when people share openly and without conditions, that's what I want to do too even when it's stuff people rather deny. I don't think I've blamed anything or anyone, but I have been frustrated and angry with "the way it has to be" because the Universe is the way it is, and in the end it gives a similar effect.

    Maybe if I get my life in better order less energy will be wasted on futility, in fact it looks like some issues are now getting better. Let's hope...

    Am taking your words to heart! Maybe I can at least afford your CD when the time comes! :-)

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  6. Thank you ever so much Myraine, that is wonderful to hear!! :-) with my very best regards!