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There is a number of life areas (physically, mentally and spiritually) that we have to conquer, master, control and direct in order to establish and sustain a well balanced life style and healthy psyche (i.e. establish self-determination). These life areas can be identified as follows...
  • Life Area 01
  • Life Area 02
  • Life Area 03
  • Life Area 04
  • Life Area 05
  • Life Area 06
  • Life Area 07
  • Life Area 08
  • Life Area 09
  • Life Area 10
  • Life Area 11
  • Life Area 12
All the above indicated life areas spin around one central life area (our compass in life or GPS) which provide the necessary momentum (i.e. the emotional energy and power) igniting the process of dealing with the different areas of our life in a upward spiralling deployment context (i.e. the switching "on" of our energy system-spiral). The personal growth and development process - or lack thereof - is supported by what is known as our Kundalini energies that encircle all of our areas of life and our life phases of growth and maturity, from the day that we are born to the day that we "exit" this planet of ours.

The above is from a "scientific" and "academic" point of view, which frequently provide a workable "diagnostic-prognosis" structure to identify life areas of concern. The goal of this "identity wheel" facilitation point of departure, isn't merely an effort to eliminate or "getting rid of" "mental illnesses", BUT...
Key to initiate, develop, establish and sustain an ENDURING presence of ROBUST mental and emotional health, which materialize as emotional maturity and a balanced sense of self-determination.

Question This makes a whole lot of sense... but what is the actual implication for REAL life as we experience each and everyday?

"Translating" an enduring and robust psyche into practical or real life terms, differs widely from one person to the next and it is - therefore - nearly impossible to reliably describe its impact in "common terms". However, a speech delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen, at the 1999 Graduation Ceremony (Villanova University, Pennsylvania), when she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate, is as an excellent portrayal of what is generally meant with a ROBUST psyche life...

I'm a novelist.
My work is human nature. Real life is all I know. Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. You will walk out of here this afternoon with only one thing that no one else has. There will be hundreds of people out there with your same degree: there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living.

But you will be the only person alive who has
sole custody of your life.

Your particular life. Your entire life...
  • Not just your life at a desk, or your life on a bus, or in a car, or at the computer.
  • Not just the life of your mind, but the life of your heart.
  • Not just your bank account but your soul. People don't talk about the soul very much any more.
  • It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit. But a resume is a cold comfort on a winter night, or when you're sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you've gotten back the test results and they're not so good.
Here is my resume:
  • I am a good mother to three children.
  • I have tried never to let my profession stand in the way of being a good parent.
  • I no longer consider myself the centre of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh.
  • I am a good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows mean what they say.
I am a good friend to my friends, and they to me. Without them, there would be nothing to say to you today, because I would be a cardboard cut-out. But I call them on the phone, and I meet them for lunch. I would be rotten, or at best mediocre at my job, if those other things were not true. You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are.

So here's what I wanted to tell you today...
Get a life.
A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger pay-check, the larger house. Do you think you'd care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast?

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over Seaside Heights, a life in which you stop and watch how a red tailed hawk circles over the water or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a sweet with her thumb and first finger. Get a life in which you are not alone.

Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work.

  • Pick up the phone.
  • Send an e-mail.
  • Write a letter.
Get a life in which you are generous. And realize that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around. Take money you would have spent on beers and give it to charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Be a big brother or sister.

All of you want to do well... but if you do not do good too, then doing well will never be enough. It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, and our minutes. It is so easy to take for granted the colour of our kids' eyes, the way the melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It is so
easy to exist instead of to live.
I learned to live many years ago.

I learned to love the journey, not the destination.

I learned that it is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get. I learned to look at all the good in the world and try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely and utterly. And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned.

By telling them this...
  • Consider the lilies of the field.
  • Look at the fuzz on a baby's ear.
  • Read in the back yard with the sun on your face.
  • Learn to be happy.
  • And think of life as a terminal illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion as it ought to be lived.
Thus... Imagine life as a game in which we are juggling five balls in the air. They are WORK, FAMILY, HEALTH, FRIENDS and SPIRIT (i.e. soul) and we're keeping all of these balls in the air. We will soon come to understand that work is a rubber ball. When we drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - Family, Health, Friends and Spirit - are made of glass. When we drop one of these balls; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damage and even scattered. They will never be the same. We must truly understand the value of... working efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to our family, friends and have a proper rest. Always keep LIFE in a balanced harmonious fit.

A balanced life is a harmonious and blissful life!
In essence ignorance is a lack of understanding mainly due to the incident-isolation trap that we regularly set-up for ourselves; and then when we fall into it, we are hugely surprised by the "unexpected unfairness" of people and life in general. Ignorance mainly develops and steadily grows ever so strong, because of the many assumption that we make each and everyday.

We assume that to achieve our dreams is natural, automatic and that it will take care of itself as time goes by; after all, we are doing it since the day that we were born. We assume that we will reach our optimum level of self-actualization, if we are patient enough, give it some time and wait for the ultimate opportunity to miraculously appear. We also assume that we can rely on people (ourselves included) to go ahead and empower themselves, through the gaining of experiences, learning from mistakes made, successes achieved and use digested feedback as a barometer for our achievements... quite a ridiculous assumption, when we do not even have a mission statement, vision statement, value statement, legacy statement and/or minimum standards to begin with. We also, arguably, assume that we know things, understand the dynamics of various situations and know how to deal with problems in the proper context... without guidance, making an effort or being facilitated to do so.

This is our main ignorance of the truth - dreams, visions, missions, values, legacy, minimum acceptable standards and efficiently dealing with change doesn't just happen - because we have some skills, academic training, attend a workshops or visit a psychologist or two. We need to be guided, assisted and focussed in life far more than we tend to think or are really prepared to acknowledge. We need to identify purpose and meaning for ourselves and then actually ACT on it, because when we assume (incidentally the mother of all problems) that things will just happen and "turn out right" in our lives, we fail to take the appropriate actions - SMART-ly - when only a small effort, tweak or adjustment could make a huge difference. For example: something as small and seemingly insignificant as following the direction of our dreams and passions in life.

Key Ignorance is a growing steadily stronger each day due to the many assumptions we make and our mental laziness or "refusal" to interpret situations, events, circumstances and incidents for what they really are.
The result of an acute blind pot is that we unwittingly step into some form of inhibitory trap in life.
The incident-isolation trap is the direct opposite of a holistic mindset, strongly influenced by the dissected frog trap and acutely driven by stupidity (a self-destructive combination cycle of fear & ignorance). The incident-isolation trap, may - at first - seem pretty confusing but - as with most things in life - it is actually quite simple.

In essence, the incident-isolation trap comes into effect when we isolate an incident (i.e. situation, event or occurrence) from the rest of our circumstances. In doing so we identify the "culprit", focus on it and try to eliminate or surgically remove the incident from our lives, to restore harmony once again. In doing so we lose sight of the totality, context and dynamics in which the particular incident occur and this approach often result in either using the power of brutality, lots and lots of confusion, frustration, helplessness or the following of a quick, easy and instant recipe to "solve the problem". Unfortunately, the root causes of the incident (when dealt with in isolation) aren't really confronted, addressed and conquered, there are merely a temporary relieve of some of the acute symptoms.

The underlying source or root cause of the incident remains safely intact (with only some of the symptoms alleviated) just to surface again... later... under different circumstances, with "new" symptoms appearing and which frequently results in destructive recurring patterns. To prevent this unwise dealing or coping with incidents (both the positive/pleasure and the negative/pain), we have to enhance and "improve" our holistic mindset and lessen the impact of the dissected frog trap on our thoughts, in our reasoning, our choices and actions. In other words... we have to conquer our fears, overcome our ignorance and restore our whole brain decision making processes.

For example...

A 17 year old drug addict from a broken home, has terribly destructive interactions with the rest of the family and his relationships are characterized by physical and/or verbal aggressions, tantrums, threats of suicide and manipulations. His father (remarried), refuse bluntly to deal with him any longer, because of the turmoil that he consistently causes in his new family. His mother is in a constant state of panic, depresses and stressed out; always anxiously awaiting the worst. His brother (19) left home, because he cannot stand the situation any longer and his sister (16) - still at home - is in a frequent battle with him and her over protective and "blind" mother. To make things just a bit more difficult, the older brother is in the clutches of gang and the sister is pregnant with the child of a 40 year old married man.

Now, for the incident-isolation trap: All "evidence" points towards the 17 year old drug addict who is the root cause for all the family turmoil and problems. Thus, when he is rehabilitated, family harmony could be restored and then they could start with the long and uphill task to deal with residue of the incident.

However, this is merely the easy way out, a short term relieve and an illusion that things can be somehow restored. Because, the divorce, drug addiction, gang affiliation and unwanted pregnancy are merely symptoms of the TRUE root cause... inappropriate believe systems and dogmatic thought patterns as accompanied guilt trips. By "ignoring" and a "fear" to deal with the true root causes all these years; pressures steadily mounts in the psyche of all those involved, which gradually escalated into the insurmountable problems and crisis that the family is experiencing at the moment.

Key The incident-isolation trap subtly "force" us to see and deal with incidents out of context, removed us from the situation's dynamics and result in a misinterpretation of the holistic dynamic system of the incident.

In essence, the incident-isolation trap initiates, give life to and sustain LAB-Factors!

Question How wise would it be to treat a brain tumour by drinking Panados/Disprins when experiencing constant headaches?
Being an independent-team player describe an individual's ability to perform effectively within a differentiated group of people, when solving all kinds of problems. Acting independently implies an ability (i.e. specialized knowledge) to resolve your particular segment of the problem (individual responsibility) in such a manner that the group (consisting of various specialist) can all benefit from your contribution (group accountability). Thus, being an Independent-Team player, implies a competency to independently address and solve a particular or specialist problem, within a situational interdependent context. An independent-team player should always be seen in parallel with being a generalist-specialist.
This is a very... very... dangerous and subtle trap!
Inflated Sense of Superiority is a cognitive bias in which incompetent people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their sourcing incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to recognize and appreciate their mistakes. The incompetent therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as quite above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly competent underrate their own abilities and suffering from illusory inferiority. This tends to result in situations in which less competent people rate their own ability much higher than more competent people. It also explains why true competence tends to weaken self-confidence. Competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent level of awareness and understanding.

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