Mental health professionals Brandon Jacobs and Joel Ybarra of Real Life Counseling discuss consciousness, contemplation and growth. Find out more about Real Life Counseling at RLCwichita.com.
48 - The Path to Non-Duality 2 - Beyond Morality and Right Belief
We discuss our belief systems' role giving structure to our morality and ability to know what is true. These are structures that are helpful for a time and then it is helpful for our spirituality to move beyond them, into a non-dual way of knowing and experiencing God and reality.
47 - The Path to Non-Duality
We discuss our personal paths to non-duality. We are all raised to think from a dualistic, black-or-white perspective, but inevitably our experiences lead us to a place where that type of thinking no longer works. We must find something larger that helps us interpret our experience and the world around us with a different mind.
46 - Non-Duality is the Goal
Judging everything – our circumstances, our inner experiences and other things and people – is a tendency we all have, and widely accepted as a normal way our brains work. It is a necessary function of our thinking in the first part of our lives, but then it is important for us to take on a non-dualistic or non-judging stance. It helps us have a more whole experience and be able to accept life as it is, rather than how we wish it was.
45 - Hold Your Identity Loosely
We often want to define ourselves and set ourselves apart from others by identifying ourselves with a category or group and by being the heroes in our own stories. We also seek to establish a sense of comfort and stability at all costs. Life comes along and hands us interruptions, irritants and inconveniences that seemingly throw us off course, but perhaps those things that don’t seem to fit can be incorporated into an inclusive whole.
44 - Expanding Consciousness: Letting in Reality
Growth as human beings means expanding our container to let in more and more reality. We often don’t engage in this type of work because it means we will leave behind comfort, safety and others who are like-minded, but expanding consciousness doesn’t mean we are better than others or that we cannot continue to agree and hold space for others’ views. In fact, it means the opposite: we have more space for good, bad and different.
43 – Preservation and Progress: Nurturing Healthy Growth and Change
There are two seemingly opposing forces at work in all living organisms: the drive to change and the drive to stay the same. The conservative/progressive divide in our culture indicates this dynamic is at work intensely right now. We must continue to talk to one another, believe change is possible and practice awareness of these seemingly opposing forces. Healthy growth happens through providing the necessary conditions and building to the point where insight and learning takes place.