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Title: ACT for Spiritual Development


1
ACT for Spiritual Development
  • Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP

2
Joseph Campbells Four Functions of Mythology
  • Mystical Function
  • (Making contact with the mystery)
  • Cosmological Function
  • (Seeing the mystery through all things)
  • Social Function
  • (rationalizing social action)
  • Individual Function
  • (addressing life phases)

3
Spiritual Possibilities
  • RELATIONSHIPS
  • I AM Divinity.
  • (though not the you you think you are)
  • I RELATE to Divinity.
  • ATTITUDES
  • Say yes to the world as is.
  • Say no to the world as is.
  • Say yes after you fix up the world.

4
KundaliniHierarchy of Spiritual Energy
  • Mystery Without a Face (Rapture)
  • Mystery With a Face (Rapture)
  • Aggressive Action to Change Self
  • Compassion
  • Aggressive Action Directed Outward
  • Pursuit of Sensual Pleasure
  • Hanging on to Existence

5
Assumptions
  • Your are one being in one universe.

6
Assumptions
  • If you have the usual body parts, you have
    hands and feet. They are part of your one being.
    You also have a spirit.

7
Assumptions
  • That, too, is part of your one being.

8
Assumptions
  • Your feet are not your hands and your hands are
    not your spirit and they are all part of the one
    being that is you.

9
Assumptions
  • Conditions of the universe arose that brought
    you into existence and, one-day, conditions will
    change and you will go out of existence.

10
Assumptions
  • There is no spirit that is separate from the
    one being that is you. There is no body that is
    separate from the one being that is you.

11
Assumptions
  • The spirit of your one being will end when the
    body of your one being ends because you are one
    being.

12
Assumptions
  • The actions you take in your one life will
    affect the one universe of which you are now a
    part and that was here before you and will be
    here after you.

13
Assumptions
  • Those effects may be characterized as great or
    small, good or evil, or in a variety of other
    ways. None of us knows, for sure, what effects
    each of us will have.

14
Assumptions
  • However, each may know what effect was
    intended, if, indeed, one was intended.

15
Assumptions
  • Whatever you are going to do will have to be done
    here and now in this place and in this moment
    because there is no other place and no other
    moment.

16
Assumptions
  • If these assumptions fit for you, and you are
    looking for spiritual development, perhaps this
    mode of development will prove helpful.

17
Metaphor
  • The Spiritual Reality approach, like many other
    spiritual approaches, makes use of metaphor.

18
Metaphor
  • When I was in high school, I learned a poem
    titled, The Highwayman. The poem began, The road
    was a ribbon of moonlight.

19
Metaphor
  • If on hearing this, one were to go outside
    with scissors in order to cut up material to tie
    bows in ones hair, then we would say there and
    been a misunderstanding of language because there
    was never any literal material made of moonlight
    for anyone, including the highwayman, to interact
    with.

20
Metaphor
  • In this presentation, I will try diligently to
    point out metaphors when they are in use.

21
Metaphor
  • Even so, it may be useful not to take any talk
    too literally, especially when it is meant to
    open us to spiritual dimensions.

22
Root Metaphor
  • Diamonds are aspects of the universe found here
    on earth.

23
Root Metaphor
  • One aspect of diamonds is their potential for
    brilliance.

24
Root Metaphor
  • Before the brilliance is brought forth, it is
    only a potential within the diamond.

25
Root Metaphor
  • After it is brought forth, it is an aspect, or
    quality, of the diamond itself. It is not added
    on.

26
Root Metaphor
  • The brilliance is not something other than the
    diamond itself. The brilliance is an aspect, or
    quality, of the diamond. It is a way of being a
    diamond that has been brought forth.

27
Root Metaphor
  • If the diamond disintegrated, so would the
    brilliance. Brilliance and the diamond are one
    rather than two.

28
Root Metaphor
  • Bringing forth brilliance from a diamond includes
    cutting and polishing it.

29
Root Metaphor
  • And the cutting and polishing must be done
    wisely.

30
Root Metaphor
  • So, as with diamonds, spiritual brilliance, that
    is potential in each human being, can be brought
    forth.

31
Root Metaphor
  • We, however, are not inanimate objects. We
    dont have to wait around. We can get busy doing
    the job ourselves, and we can do it wisely.

32
Root Metaphor
  • That is just the sort of thing that this mode
    of spiritual development intends.

33
Root Metaphor
  • Hopefully, no individuals hearing or reading
    these words buy that they will literally become
    brighter through the mode of spiritual
    development outlined here or that they require
    literal cutting or polishing. Believing such
    things means there has been a linguistic error.

34
Root Metaphor
  • Yet there is some sense in which spiritual
    brightness does brighten the world where it is
    found.

35
Root Metaphor
  • And dont stop paying the electric bill because
    of the previous sentence!

36
Caution!
  • From this perspective, many spiritual
    traditions contain metaphors that we may find
    useful. Even so, we had better be careful. Many
    traditions do not make the unitary assumption of
    Spiritual Reality.

37
Caution!
  • They operate on an assumption of fundamental
    duality in which there is literally a second
    universe. Body and spirit are not of one being
    but alternate entities that sometimes war and at
    other time co-operate with each other.

38
Caution!
  • In these traditions, one aspect of the duality
    is usually to be preferred over the other,
    typically the spirit over the body.

39
From the Spiritual Reality Perspective
  • We are one being with one body and spirit just as
    we are one being with one pair of eyes and and
    one pair of ears as well as memories of the past
    and hopes for the future.

40
Metaphorically Speaking
  • The Kingdome of the Father is spread upon the
    earth
  • but men and women do not see it.

41
Metaphorically Speaking
  • This is the golden lotus world.

42
Metaphorically Speaking
  • I and the Father are one.

43
Metaphorically Speaking
  • I and my beloved are one.

44
Mind
  • In addition to our spirit and body, the one
    being we are also has a mind.
  • Our mind is largely made up of thoughts, images
    and sensations.

45
Thoughts
  • Those radio programs inside your head.

46
Images
  • Anything with a picture.

47
Bodily Sensations
  • Your heart beating faster or slower. Your hands
    feeling cooler or warmer. Your stomach feeling
    more tense or more relaxed.

48
Thoughts, Images Sensations
  • Sometimes you can control your thoughts, images
    sensations.

49
Thoughts, Images Sensations
  • More often thoughts, images and sensations just
    arrive.

Jack and Jill went up the
50
Little Miss Muffet sat on a
  • When was the last time tuffet
  • was in your head?
  • I didnt know what a tuffet
  • was until I looked it up
  • I have a good story about how tuffet
  • got in my head and no real memory.
  • Lots of stuff that shows up is like that.

51
Thoughts, Images Sensations
  • Thoughts, images and sensations come from your
    personal learning history and your biological
    history.

52
Finding Your Spiritual Self
  • It is the possessor of the body.
  • Long duration - as far back as you can remember.
  • Stable - like the eye of a hurricane.
  • Certainty of bodily control, if not control of
    thoughts, images or sensations, when you are
    there.

53
Umpire Perspective
  • Thoughts are divided into true and untrue.
  • Images are divided into attractive and
    unattractive.
  • Sensations are divided into pleasant and
    unpleasant.

54
Umpire Perspective
  • With the Umpire Perspective you sometimes get,
    bad calls, most typically with thoughts.

55
Observer Perspective
  • You see that a thing is exactly what it is and
    nothing more and nothing less.

56
Actuality Perspective
  • There is a difference between you and your
    thoughts, images and sensations. You are the
    person who has thoughts, images or sensations.
  • There is a difference between your thoughts,
    images and sensations and the actual world.

57
You can make guesses about the future, but rarely
can you make calls. A call of true for One day
I will die, exemplifies an exception.
58
I cannot walk over to the door and back.
59
I cannot stay seated, I must stand up.
60
The illusion of loosing control is like other
illusions, e.g. the sunrise and sunset. It
looks, feels and seems a way that it isnt.
61
I am a banana.
  • You are not a yellow fruit.
  • And neither are you a bunch of sounds -
    ba-na-na.
  • Did you notice the latter?

62
Formula for Human Liberation
  • By making myself do something unpleasant, and
    refraining from doing something pleasant, in the
    service of something I make more important, I
    will never have to be a slave to circumstance.

63
This was the point of high school.
  • And most of us missed it!

64
In high school you do unpleasant homework, and
dont do things that would be a lot more
pleasant.
  • Just to annoy yourself?
  • No.
  • In the service of actually learning something
    or simply making better grades.

65
Leading Principles
  • Leading Principles are like using a compass to go
    East or West rather than North.
  • Follow a compass North and you will reach
    magnetic North. The compass will spin around and
    every time you walk away it will point you back
    to where you came from.

66
Leading Principles
  • Go East or West with your compass and you will
    never come to some place like magnetic North.

67
Goals versesLeading Principles
  • Goals are places at which you can arrive.
  • Have a baby.
  • Get married.
  • Graduate high school

68
Goals versesLeading Principles
  • Leading Principles give direction rather than
    describe places to arrive.
  • When would you be arrive at
  • Be the best parent I can be?
  • Be the best mate I can be?
  • Be as educated as I can be?
  • You can always get up the next day and keep going!

69
Leading Principles
  • Give direction rather than location do so
    without regard to location.
  • Provide direction through the wilderness of life
    rather than a path through it.

70
Leading Principles
  • The path is where youve been. If you are on a
    path, it is someone elses path because NO ONE
    has lived your life before.
  • You are the only one who can do it!

71
Leading Principles
  • Start walking.
  • At what point are you unable to change
    directions?
  • That is the experience of human freedom.

72
The world is filled with contingent requirements,
  • and you have a choice as to how you fulfill them.

73
To make this slide show, I had to make it.
  • And I had a choice of the banner under which I
    went about the activity.
  • I choose to. I choose to. I choose to.
  • OR
  • I have to. I have to. I have to.

74
  • I choose to. I choose to. I choose to is the
    banner of human liberation.
  • I have to. I have to. I have to is the banner
    of human slavery.
  • And WATCH OUT for slave revolts!

75
Under which banner are you acting?
76
Heinrich Zimmer
  • The best things cant be told.
  • The second best are misunderstood.
  • The third best are what we talk about.
  • Why?

77
Because in talking about things that cant be
told (only experienced) we use the language of
things we do talk about as metaphors.
  • These metaphors are then concretized.
  • That is, people try to make hair ribbons out of
    the ribbon of moonlight that was the road.

78
Joseph Campbell said,
  • Mythology is other peoples religion,
  • And religion is misunderstood mythology.
  • Why misunderstood?
  • Same reason!
  • The metaphors are concretized and thereby
    become opaque, rather than transparent, to
    transcendence.

79
Transcendence?
  • Yes!
  • You transcended your desire not to do your
    homework and do other fun stuff and did your
    homework any way!
  • By following your Leading Principles, you acted
    in ways you didnt feel like acting.

80
Midlife Crisis
  • Getting to the top of the ladder and finding its
    against the wrong wall.
  • Typically produced by following someone elses
    agenda.

81
Formula for Human Serenity in Action
  • Let me accept (give my permission for) life as I
    find it, (as life is, was or may be) even though
    I may not approve of what I find, wisdom to see
    what would be good to change, willingness to act
    and willingness to follow through, and gratitude
    for the opportunity to live my life as best I can.

82
Giving your permission IS NOT giving your
approval.
  • That for which you give your approve is one
    thing.
  • That for which you give your permission is
    something else.
  • My wife approves of pickles in tuna fish.
  • I dont!

83
When you dont give your permission for Life to
be as it is was or may be who suffers,
  • You or Life?

84
Two Kinds of Willingness
  • Willingness with your feet.
  • Willingness with your heart.

85
Willingness with your heart is more metaphorical
than willingness with your feet.
  • You can see people moving their feet (as well
    as their hands, arms and mouth).
  • When it comes to willingness with your heart,
    Im not talking about that big muscle in the
    middle of your chest!

86
Make A Fist.
  • All it takes to have an open hand is to stop
    holding your hand closed.
  • Willingness is like that.
  • Just stop holding your heart closed and it will
    open all by itself.
  • You dont have to do something.
  • You have to stop doing something.

87
Cup Your Hands
  • Metaphorically speaking, you can hold gently
    experiences that are themselves not gentle.
  • Just let them rest there, held gently,
  • doing whatever it is that they do,
  • while you hold them gently.

88
The Buddhists the Rolling Stones agree
  • You dont always get what you want!

89
SO,
  • Simply being alive means experiencing sorrow.

90
Treat the reality that all life is sorrowful as
problem to be solved and it wont be long before
you come up with the answer.
  • KILL YOURSELF!

91
Life is best treated as an experience to be had
  • not a problem to be solved.

92
And SOMETIMES you actually get what you want!
  • You experience fulfillment.
  • Life is full of sorrow and fulfillment,
  • And the place in between!

93
Some fulfillments are like vegetables,
  • They nourish you.
  • Others are like cotton candy.
  • They taste good in the moment and have little
    or no nourishment.

94
Some fulfillments are cool.
  • Some fulfillments are very cool.
  • And some fulfillments are
  • WAY COOL!

95
Doc, how will I know which fulfillments will
prove , for me, WAY COOL?
  • I have no idea!
  • And neither does anybody else,
  • even when they claim they do.

96
PURSUING WAY COOL
  • Try different things and listen for the echo
    inside yourself.
  • Way Cool is like one instrument playing
    softly and if you follow it, it becomes louder
    and more orchestrated or it fades because it was
    an illusion.

97
Searching for WAY COOL, like searching for most
things, means going on an adventure.
  • Adventures have at least two aspects.
  • You cant know for sure how they will turn out.
  • There has to be at least some danger.

98
Thats why jumping off a one story building is
an adventure and jumping off a ten story building
isnt.
  • We know how that turns out!

99
Going into any aspect of life is like going into
a movie.
  • Theres a price of admission to be paid with
    your hands, arms, feet and mouth as well as your
    thoughts, images and sensations.
  • Will you pay?
  • Will you pay willingly?

100
You cant go if you wont pay.
  • And if you wont pay willingly, the trip will be
    bumpier!

101
Will I find ice cream WAY COOL?
  • You could ask those who never had any.
  • You could ask those who have had some.
  • You could read a book about it.
  • You could eat some ice cream.

102
Thriving requires Surviving
  • and
  • Surviving isnt Thriving

103
While all other beings are living their lives as
best they can,
  • as far as we know,
  • only we can TRY to live our lives as best we
    can.
  • We can act WITH purpose, ON purpose.

104
Happy and Unhappy are names for two
relationships we can have with our lives
containing sorrow, fulfillment and the in between.
105
  • Us
  • Our Relationship with
  • Life as Sorrow, Fulfillment and In Between.

106
HAPPINESS
  • Us
  • A Permission Giving Relationship with
  • Life as Sorrow, Fulfillment and In Between.

107
UNHAPPINESS
  • Us
  • A Permission Withholding Relationship with
  • Life as Sorrow, Fulfillment and In Between.

108
HAPPINESS IS NOT FULFILLMENT
  • UNHAPPINESS
  • IS NOT
  • SORROW

109
If you want HAPPINESS and dont get it you will
feel sad.
  • And, your sorrow isnt unhappiness.
  • You could be sad and happy by maintaining a
    permission giving relationship with life as
    sorrow, fulfillment and in between.
  • You could be sad and unhappy by maintaining a
    permission withholding relationship with life as
    sorrow, fulfillment and in between.

110
If you want HAPPINESS and get it, you will feel
fulfillment.
  • And, your fulfillment isnt happiness.
  • You will experience fulfillment because you
    wanted
  • a certain relationship with life as sorrow,
    fulfillment and in between
  • and you got that relationship.
  • At least for the moment!

111
And -
  • You can walk and chew gum at the same time!
  • You dont HAVE TO spend your whole life
    pursuing HAPPINESS.
  • Pursue whatever your WAY COOL(S) is/are and
    maintain a relationship of HAPPINESS while doing
    it.

112
This mode of spiritual development does not aim
at either fulfillment or happiness.
  • It aims at fulfillment and happiness!
  • And that aim requires developing psychological
    flexibility!

113
Spiritual Love
  • Looking out for someones, or somethings,
    long-term best interests.
  • It is a choice.
  • A choice not necessarily related to affection,
    affiliation, or sexual attraction.

114
You can love yourself, as well as others, but
maybe not at the same time.
115
The price of being a sensitive human being is
that you will feel the pain of others.
116
The price of living YOUR life will be bringing
pain, in the form of sorrow, into the lives of
others.
117
Why?
  • Because in living YOUR life, you will not
    always be giving others what they want.
  • And sorrow is what happens when people dont
    get what they want.
  • And, if you are a sensitive human being, you
    will feel the sorrow you are giving them!

118
And what the hell kind of world is that?!
  • The one we appear
  • to be living in!

119
Forgiveness
  • Forgiveness means you stop holding the facts
    against someone (e.g. your mate) or something
    (e.g. the world in general).

120
Forgiveness does not mean forgetting the facts,
excusing the facts, or anything other than not
holding the facts against someone or something.
121
If you stop holding the facts against someone or
something, that doesnt mean you couldnt start
doing it again.
122
And the fact that you started doing it again
doesnt mean you couldnt stop doing it,
  • AGAIN!

123
Forgiveness is like pushing your finger hard
against someone, or something, and then letting
go.
124
If you are pushing hard against someone else, then
  • you have to release their pain
  • in order to release yours.
  • Thats the price of admission to letting go of
    the pain of unforgiveness.

125
And how often are you pushing against something
other than an actual living being?
  • Theres no one there and yet you keep
    pushing, pushing, pushing.

126
The only pain being generated is YOURS!
127
Of course, if you want to keep pushing, a good
story can help.
  • That bitch or bastard!
  • He, she or it WRONGED me!
  • Im not going to let them get away with that!
  • They deserve a good smashing and bashing!
  • And Im just the person to give it to them!

128
Did you ever hear a story like that?
129
Did you ever tell a story like that?
130
And by the way,
  • YOU are one of the someones you could stop
    holding the facts against.
  • YOU could forgive yourself.
  • AGAIN!

131
And you could WILLINGLY stop holding the facts
against someone or something!
132
NOW WERE TALKING SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT!
133
Reconciliation
  • Reconciliation means giving them, or it, a
    chance to do it again!
  • It means going on an adventure where at least
    some of the danger is being hurt in the same way
    you were hurt the last time.

134
And what would be the point of doing that?
  • I have no idea!
  • What would be the point of YOU doing that?

135
What Leading Principle would you be instantiating
by reconciling?
  • Or by refusing to reconcile?

136
And you could do that WILLINGLY!
137
NOW WERE TALKING SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT!
138
Order of Action
  • First, willingly head in your chosen direction.
  • This is not the same as just trying to get away
    from where you currently are.

139
You cant go without leaving.You cant leave
without going.
  • To which one are you giving the emphasis?
  • Going or leaving?

140
Order of Action
  • Then, make yourself as comfortable as possible
    while you keep on going.

141
Theres nothing wrong with smelling the roses
along the way as long as it doesnt make you
late for LIFE!
142
Competence Confidence
  • You gain competence about anything the same way
    you gained it about riding a bicycle.
  • First, get on and start riding.
  • When you fall off, you dont buy either,
  • This means I cant ride,
  • or
  • It hurts so much to fall off, I wont try any
    more.

143
Competence ConfidenceYou gain confidence when
you perform successfully over time and give the
credit for your performance to yourself.
  • Not to it was Tuesday.
  • Not to the bike was red.
  • Not to the audience was friendly.
  • And not to, I just got lucky.

144
The Parable of the Skydiver
  • Skydiver dove out of an airplane.
  • Neither the regular chute nor the emergency chute
    opened.
  • Skydiver realized there were at least four
    possibilities

145
The Parable of the SkydiverFace the ground and
enjoy the ride down.
  • Start worrying about what would happen when s/he
    hit the ground.
  • Review in exquisite detail exactly how s/he got
    into this situation.
  • Work as diligently as possible to get the
    emergency chute open.

146
ACT for Spiritual Development
  • Accept the world as it is, was or may be.
  • Choose, and willingly follow, your Leading
    Principles.
  • Teach others to do the same.
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