July 7th, 2005

Romantic Love & Religion

Romantic Love & Religion: Reclaiming Your Inner Sacred Self. Book review & excerpt

Robert Johnson, in his book “WE”, examines the essence and meaning of ‘romantic love’, using the story of Tristan and Iseult. In examining this story, he shows the unconscious beliefs about love shared by both sexes and shows how these attitudes are expressed symbolically in the Tristan myth. He then breaks down the illusions we often have of love myths in themselves and beautifully redefines what love should and can be.

The Sacred is real, and we seek it. It is a universal psychological and spiritual force which will enact itself whether we are aware of it or not. With consciousness, it can lead us to a vivid autonomous inner life which contributes positively to our own well-being and those around us. If we do not become aware of its power and correctly place it in our lives, it will keep us bound, dependent, driven and in torment. Much of the book uses ‘he’ because it is addressing the male, but this dynamic equally applies to females. With thoughtfulness, apply this knowledge to the dynamics and methods of Training in Power. .Collapse )

Trainer, Think on These Things

You are a beautiful spiritual warrior, doing the best you can. That you are an individual, doing your own journey and minding your own business, doesn't mean you can ignore what is going on around you, spiritually, emotionally or physically.

That you have not had a bad experience with a priest, parent, physician, leader or teacher does not mean you can explain, justify, and dismiss other’s experiences. What would you do if someone came to you and reported that your incredible doctor was hurting people? What is your emotional reaction? If you took it personally you might launch into a defense of the clinic, medicine and by implication the doctor, and say to them “you are evil to say these things”. You might say that this clinic does much more good than bad, so leave it alone. You might say "I have been helped" and “I have not had that experience” and indicate you don’t want to talk about it. Would you then avoid that person? Would you avoid all the people that person talks to? Would you then avoid all the people that begin to come forward to speak out? Could you be rallied into a battle against 'them'?

Faye Fitzgerald is doing several things not in alignment with spiritual law. The forty + ex-members of Training in Power on the yahoo group site must be saying SOMETHING! This number is only a fraction of those who have left because of the great incongruences in the training. I continue to wonder why trainers don’t want to talk about it? Why so many don’t return phone calls, emails? Why trainers dismiss critical analysis publicly yet behind the scene try to make changes, happy that changes are happening. I wonder why trainers cannot freely discuss ANY issue with trainers and ex-trainers alike? I wonder when trainers say ex-members are just angry, misguided and aren’t letting them do their own journey in peace, or even trying to take them out. I wonder why they say ex-members are evil and will get bad karma for this exposure.

All these things have been heard about or said to ex-members of the training. It is said they just couldn't take it, this type of training. This is not true. It is very sad to many of us that in camaraderie, in united silence, it is still a common practice to not want to discuss issues with ex-trainers, and it is an accepted condition to be forced to discuss issues only with very trusted peers. It is a tragedy to close ranks against those who have spoken so freely, yet use their critical analysis to make changes; they are just dead canaries. It is an insult to good people to cut off dialogue by simply saying it is not your experience, not your job, to each their own.

Trainers, when it does become your experience, when you do begin to feel an incorrectness or realize an error, when you do come to your power to excersize your right to disagree, where will you go to be heard, who will you tell, and what will happen to you when you are dismissed?

Before there is a common good there must be a willingness to listen. There must be an attempt at receptivity, respect, kindness and inquiry. There must be a mutual awareness of humble value, that the teacher can learn from the student, and that the student is a sovereign nation, not to be made over into the rules of another nation, but lifted to their own individual expression of power.

Many blessings. Diane