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Emerging out of hiding

I have had two DailyOm meditations sent in the past two days which seem to have special meaning for me at this point in time – call it synchronicity or just blind chance, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact that they have meaning to me and they came at a time when I could hear them, at a time when I could learn from them.

The first meditation:

“Simply going through the motions of life

puts us directly in the passenger seat

when we should really be

in the driver’s seat.”

(Daily Om, March 14, 2012)

The meditation hardly needs any explanation, probably needs no explanation at all. That said, I will just go onto the next meditation <smile> Seriously, it is a question we all have to ask ourselves. And now, the second meditation:

Sometimes the motivation to help others

may be an extension of a deep desire to heal

a wounded part of ourself.

(Daily Om, March 15, 2012)

I like this desiring to help others heal is an extension of one’s own work of healing. None of us exist in a vacuum. If one can’t treat others with respect, one cannot be respected. If one can’t treat oneself with respect then others will take this as an invitation unconsciously add to the wounding. Thinking . . .


Written by Robert G. Longpré

March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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  1. helping others as a process or self-healing is an old tried and true good thing to do.


    March 16, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    • 🙂 I most definitely agree with you, especially since that is my preferred means of earning a living. 🙂


      March 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

  2. However one must be made aware of the danger lurking in “the helping professions.” Adolph Guggenbuhl-Craig writes in “Power and the Helping Professions,” of “the unavoidable power challenges presented in the shadow side of ministering to others.”

    John Ferric

    March 17, 2012 at 8:14 am

    • Yes, shadow does present itself. This is why it is necessary for any and all in these professions to continue to have their own stuff monitored. All analysts are required to find and use a guide for their continuing analysis so as to deal with issues of transference and counter-transference.


      March 18, 2012 at 11:11 am

  3. According to Guggenbuhl-Craig the critical issue is:
    “Within the therapeutic relationship, when the analyst does look honestly at his shadow, he must be honest in sharing this with the analysand. This is crucial for therapy to proceed and demonstrates to the analysand that the shadow must be faced no matter how painful it is. Otherwise everyone is fooled and the analysis is worthless and harmful.”

    Does the “monitoring” you describe deal effectively with this?

    John Ferric

    March 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    • The “pre” aspect. First, he must become aware of shadow intruding. Once the therapist/analyst is aware, there is “usually” a sharing as you suggest via Guggenbuhl-Craig. The analysand has to be able to understand what is happening. If the analysand/client not yet ready (to into his/her own pain to be hearing much of anything), then this must wait until a “ripe” time for that client/analysand.

      That said, I do invite our shrinks, therapists and analysts who are listening here to add their understanding from their practice.


      March 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

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