The rest of the course is on the Arcanorium. That story, from a radically different point of view, is the Aura. Of course, all of those terms are horribly conflicted even within themselves, but they do offer a starting point. Even the ending point of where the Aura or individual Subconscious ends may in fact be arbitrary. In a way, the Far Eastern and highest forms of Kaballah mostly seem to lead towards that unified approach. I am not, for the purposes of this course, interested in diving into philosophy.
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Really, I have always wanted to be a Professor apart from the poor treatment of non-tenured faculty in modern academia. First, understand this will be a post about self-compassion. The co-opting of the Buddhist religion by just about everyone is probably a fair critique McDonagh, In fact, it probably is the most understated form of cultural appropriation. Even in academic settings, self-compassion is often framed as a type of mindfulness.
You can separate out the technique from the religion, of course, as we will do here. However, we need to realize that these techniques tend to lead to certain changes.
Of course, while I like Taoism a hell of a lot more than Buddhism even though they are sometimes related , the perspective I am writing from here is one of a Chaos Magician with heavy Taoist leanings for the purposes this blog. So much of what is comprised within modern occult materials leads to the "Love Thyself" refrain that it is very difficult to know what exactly that even means in practice. Certainly the Left Hand Path frames the sharpening of your ego as a primary goal, as well as achievement.
Self-esteem always has a component of comparison. There is good self-esteem and a bad self-esteem. That is not the easiest goal, if you are in a bad place Breines, J. Some magics, especially sigils, incorporate a substantive level of belief and confidence-effects into the formula of efficacy. Another important point which is often given lip service is the notion of detachment. Through the magic of perceptual shifting, we can do this whenever we need to.
Imagine in all five of your senses that you are talking to a friend about their problems, limitations and failures. You might notice that you take a certain tone, body language etc.
You are working with a friend who does not judge you and who truly wants to help you, on actionable steps that you can take. Have a real discussion in your communication with your internal representation of your friend. Notice in your meditation where you place them in space.
Now have a discussion with yourself. Does that situation go as well as the constructive session with the compassionate friend? How does your tone of voice change toward yourself? Now, as a trick, try to imagine a version of yourself AS the compassionate friend. Have a conversation with yourself as that friend.
Become that friend to yourself. Remember, you have already imagined yourself as the compassionate friend, so why do you think it is more difficult using your five senses to experience that version of yourself? What other insights do you get from doing this? As a final part of the exercise, try to have yourself talk to yourself from this position of compassion and the perspective that everything is just an experience.
How does reducing that experience down to information input and not associating with that experience help you detach, improve and grow? Did you feel more motivated after talking to your compassionate friend with a solution-oriented view, or would you feel more motivated by talking to yourself in a harsh manner? Most people, as it turns out, respond much better to the compassionate solution-orientated approach Breines, J. Breines points out the fact that this harsh self-talk increases stress which actually decreases performance.
In the worst cases, it becomes crippling. Surely, when you do not have self-esteem, the language of the Self changes. It is an American lie that infects our self-being. Psychology and often, occultists would often say you need high self-esteem for magic.
The rise of self-compassion directly appropriated from eastern religions is, in fact, a reaction to the holes in the self-esteem theories. The research says that self-esteem always involves comparison to other internal or external reference points. There is always a measure of "how good you feel about yourself" in relation to other states.
The comparison eventually leads to "not-as-good" ideas and voices. Eventually this reduces self-confidence as well. Self-Compassion vs. Self-Pity then becomes the state in which we DO overly identify with a subjective reaction usually, at the basis of a comparison. Are any of the experiences more valid in themselves?
No, they are all just experiences. Or, from the NLP perspective, they are just information. Is experiencing the pain and suffering any more valid than the joy? Not really, although the joy feels better, it is not more valid, as all experience is valid. Self-pity is not adaptive to the situation and does not allow for a person to make objective judgements about the situation, only subjective judgments about themselves. On the flip side, one can easily see how a person might "Get off their ass and DO" and it would only serve as a temporary aid in their self-esteem.
In fact, it might be just enough of a boost that the person would stop taking in new information and thus, sooner or later, crash. Motivation This comes down to different strategies of motivation, only one of which is sustainable. This path of the inner critic is by far hugely destructive and it is something we struggle with for a long time even as magicians. Ask them how much they drink. This of course means that the opposite is true as well. Repeat Exercise 1 doing only the last step.
Think about and question yourself on how your motivation changes. Are you more or less motivated when using the positive self-compassion model, or more motivated by the self-critic? Repeat the last part of the exercise, drawing that compassionate self into your throat and asked it to fill every part of you with that compassion and self-love. You cannot kill your ego. Simply put, you need your ego to survive and most human communication is about influence.
That said, sometimes we can get stuck on an experience and overly identify with that experience in a way that is non-adaptive. People will act in ways that are self-destructive. On the flip side, people who claim to be without ego are lying. They just have mutated their ego to fit a certain set of expectations based on the culture of the new age market.
Essentially, their ego and self-esteem are based in how well they conform to that particular world view see the comparison. That fact makes the motivation to change and how you do it all the more important. Mindfulness means you produce more. There are countless Silicon Valley companies, including Google, using mindfulness and self-compassion techniques.
Is it really compassion they are pushing? Compassion for what? Meditation and these types of exercises lower stress which improves performance. Certainly you could transform yourself to be more present and more self-compassionate in line with what you need to do to succeed at a job. But what is going on here? You are transforming yourself to be a better, more productive slave for a corporation.
The truth is that teaching people to meditate and accept their lot a Reduces stress so lowers medical bills. Does this sound like freedom? It is hypnotic, meditatively induced compliance. Sure, a lot of the time these angry internal voices are in fact internalizations of external people but sometimes you need to step up and listen.
While new age philosophies will often deride anger, as a magician sometimes we have to ask what the anger is really about, because sometimes you should be angry! It is also mostly not possible. First, the Inner Critic is more like a collective than a singular voice.
You will have more than one of them. If you have ever talked yourself out of an idea, or harshly criticized yourself, you are well familiar with the Inner Critic. Remember a time that you were really harsh on yourself. Or, imagine what it is like when you are overly harsh on yourself.
Pay attention to your own body language, including posture, eye movement, and other cues. Notice how you talk to yourself. Hear the language you use, the tone, the pitch, the speed. Notice what pronouns you use when you talk to yourself.
Pay attention to how you structure statements and the cadence of speech. You may notice that this originates within a certain spatial area around you or from some specific position within your body. The voice s will probably make you feel uncomfortable. Move the voice to your throat area. Notice any changes. Notice how the voice changes.
Despite the discomfort, ask the voice what positive purpose it serves.
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