Many authors who are ,on topic, are inspiring us to own our heritage, being born with a mission! In my third post, (Dec. 2013) I mentioned Dr. Brené Brown’s Whole Hearted people, are using Compassion of the Heart to perceive in terms, which are common to Buddhism and indirectly Taoism and several Western philosophies, whether they know it or not. Also, in those early posts, three dimensions of body, mind and spirit were used by Dr. Victor Frankl to talk of our dimensions including the Greek “Noetic” for spirit, to avoid people’s tendency in last Century, to dismiss the terms like spirit and spiritual as “religious,”
Dr. Brown has been researching shame and found people she that would call “Whole Hearted,” as they are willing to be vulnerable to shame in order to introduce ideas in conversation. More recently, Dr. Brown has suggested the vulnerability is a gift in situations where courage or whole heartedness could be revealed. Vulnerability, I think, predisposes us to handle situations that would be avoided by the faint hearted.
Recently, I have had one or two opportunities to communicate with persons who might feel vulnerable and yet, they followed through with an initiative. I encouraged them to go forward in the situation they faced, as they felt vulnerable to embarrassment. I think our cultures have not made way for the Spiritual or Noetic dimension in our thinking.
1. As Freud mentioned we have a will to pleasure as children.
2. Later, in adolescence, Adler pointed to a will to Power
3. but Frankl’s will to Meaning shows up in early adulthood.
Yet, our educational system seems to entertain the first two challenges but a minority get to wrestle with the third on their own. Frankl would suggest that our cultures think, mostly two dimensions, in problem solving. It seems to me, that most people view others as “how high?” and “how wide?” but most are not seeing with any depth. Frankl has mentioned this in term as dimensional ontology.
Frankl’s Will to Meaning, is the desire to make situations and people have meaning in our lives. A two dimensional person would not worry about such things, as being meaningful and the human two-dimensional problem solving is, at times, without much meaning. It is clear to me that the third or Noetic dimension must be factored in. We might think better of a Body, Mind, and Heart. Yet, it is my experience that the laws in society are two dimensional or black and white, and the colour or Heart is often missing.
I also think that immature people fail in marriage, because one or both partners are thinking only of Body-Mind. If this is simplistic, we may see that the Heart (inherited conscience) is under-developed and one or both have not had sufficient Will to Meaning. In other words and in Frankl’s terms: “The Meaning of Life is derived from taking Responsibility for the challenges set before us.”
This “taking Responsibility” is necessary to go beyond two-dimensional solutions for each challenge. I would also mention the News media, and many statements in conversation; carelessly use the word responsibility, when they really mean blame! Also, going beyond the two-dimensional thinking, with depth and colour of the Heart, makes it humane or Meaningful. It thus makes a good picture of Dr. Brown’s Whole Hearted person! Thus, we can say the view goes beyond the black and white law codes or orthodoxy of some religions, with Dr. Frankl’s chosen term: the Noetic Dimension.
Moreover, it implies a determination to find solutions beyond black and white laws and orthodoxies. Thus, we can now understand how Dr. Brené Brown’s Whole Hearted people report their “courage to feel imperfect,” and thus an act with worthiness, without numbing the vulnerability with medications. These ideas are basic to “Transpersonal Psychology.” If your interest is stimulated, one can Goggle it in Wikipedia. From my perspective, this topic needs another blog, because the Heart carries an inherited conscience and of wisdom in life! It is not surprising to me that adults seek programs promoting Spiritual Expression, at whatever age, as life-long learners:
For example: https://www.facebook.com/RiverdellSpiritualCentre