Thursday, April 26, 2018
The beginning of the spiritual journey
Wow! What a wounded person. She has learned how to adapt to protect herself. She is very smart and has learned not to be hurt any more. However, the strategy adopted for protection is very isolating and constraining. It can become very suffocating. Rather than withdraw and isolate to protect herself, might it not be advantageous to learn how to stand up for herself and deflect the blows? My friend, Al, calls this strategy, "spiritual akido."
So, I said to Sheila, "While your withdrawal and isolation works for self protection, it also has some disadvantages of loneliness and the loss of the possibility of love. Might it not be better for you to come out of isolation and when people try to hurt you, you deflect their attack and side step it?"
Sheila looked puzzled and asked, "You mean there might be a better way?"
I said, "Certainly."
Sheila said simply, "Tell me more."
And was the beginning of Sheila's spiritual journey.