Taking the Plunge

“It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders correct them eventually.“ – Abraham Maslow

I have been slow in taking a plunge for some years, beginning with (toes in the water) the first edition of my book. It took me 200 pages before I used the words “spirit or spiritual” because I was aware that readers might “smell smoke” and conclude that these words portend religion that, to many, would be getting “duped” by or “who knows why?” This has been the case with the previous posts, although the word “inspiring” in the name would mean “filled with spirit.”

In the previous post, I talk of outsmarting the ego-mind saying: “Dr. David Banner’s book, LOVING IT ALL; LIVING WITH AN AWAKENING HEART, has arrived here and it utilizes a typology of nine personality types from the Enneagram system to find how you can defeat your ego-mind in its bid for individuality, as it places Love as the ultimate strategy!” Actually, the back cover of David’s book says: “This book uses the spiritual technology of Enneagram to illustrate the nine primary delusions of the ego, and shows how to uncover underlying virtues.”

Why am I making such a big deal of this? I might add here that David has an important question: “With all the bright people in the world, why are we facing imminent social, economic, political and environmental collapse?” Furthermore, he points out that: The root problem lies with the ego: a fiction made up by our minds assuming a separate self and a hostile world in which the ego needs to struggle and manipulate to survive. We cannot see reality from the stance of the ego; we can only see its projections based on the past. So our endless struggles will get us nowhere. . ..”

 Actually, he is offering the spiritual technology that releases love, which is our natural style. David goes on to say: “Learn how to transcend the limited ego and move into a present-moment awareness of reality and the joy that it brings to you and to your world.” I might add that the present-moment awareness is central to Mindfulness Meditation practice (mentioned in earlier posts)!

I would add that recently my beginning studies of A Course In Miracles (ACIM for short) also offered the same perspectives as David has voiced. Furthermore, author, Marianne Williamson is quoted by David here: “ Love. . .is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.” Elsewhere, she says: “A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.” It is inspiring to me to read other authors who echo some of the sentiments in my previous posts.

I do not apologize for not taking this plunge in my blog-posts. I know that I feared, that a reader might misinterpret my intent, talking about “spiritual matters,” but that has been shifted to self-forgiving and love, a feature of my sense of being On-Purpose. I would love to hear from readers of this post, who perhaps took the plunge with me and my risky writing.   Speaking of risky writing, I can only imagine two American Psychologists, who dared to transcribe ACIM and publish through The Foundation of Inner Peace, in June, 1976. If you are surprised at this remark, consider the field of Social Science (including Psychology), finding out the Psychologists would publish what seemed “unscientific” in those days. Yet, in recent years, we have science and spirituality blended by the Institute of Noetic Sciences in California!



5 thoughts on “Taking the Plunge”

  1. Hi Paul
    I find it amusing that you had to pussyfoot your way through 200 pages before you introduced spiritual notions.
    This is understandable given a large prejudice in the scientific community toward views of a created designed universe.The Richard Dawkins travelling road show suggests that scientists are far too sophisticated to accept such primitive notions all the while presuming to speak for all scientists which it would seem he does not.
    I assume this same schism exists in the pychological field and hence the challenge to bridge that schism in current thinking and popular imagination.
    Keep on keeping on Paul !

    1. Thanks for your remarks, Brian, especially your sense of humor. We need it in this polarized or dualistic Western society. In grad-school, I actually rewrote the Lord’s Prayer and pinned it to my office door:
      Oh Scientific Method, which art in text books; Hallowed be thy name.
      Give us this day, our subjects run and forgive us our type 2 errors, as we forgive false positives.
      And lead us not into speculation but deliver us into the Journals.
      For thine is the t-test, and the F -test and the KY Square, forever!
      Probability < 0.01
      Just keeping on! Paul

  2. Thanks Dustin, This time risky writing seem to include some typos in my eagerness to publish these ideas. I must admit I am inspired by people with ideas to overcome suffering on the planet. I know from experience that many are awaiting ideas like David Banners to “pull the fat out of the fire.” Love and Joy to all, Paul

  3. Love your risky writing, Paul : ) Your posts resonate deep & inspiring truths. Thank you for your risks & plunges. They serve us all through inspiration, guidance, remembrance, and example. Blessings, always.

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