Purpose, Personal Power, and Commitment, and Why We Do This Work
Last night the Mindshifters group in Woodstock, IL watched the first half of Dr. Michael Ryce’s lecture titled: Purpose, Personal Power, and Commitment. This is a powerful talk which helps outline a way to define one’s life purpose and then use that purpose to focus and intensify one’s creative energy. The process and the rationale for doing this are clearly laid out by Dr. Ryce in the first hour of this lecture. It is based on identifying what you are naturally good at doing and what you love to do and then dedicating yourself to using those things to help make the world a better place.
After the video we opened the group for questions and several members had been deeply moved by the process outlined in the video. One member in particular found that she was in agreement with most of the teachings in the video and stated that she had felt that way most of her life, but did not have the specific tools for making these things a reality in her life. She stated that she was grateful to have found this work and these tools. She also raised a difficulty she was having related to the idea of trying to stay in the space of Love, when people around her are being unreasonable or even abusive. This led to some comments from different group members who were all genuinely trying to offer support for this member. Different people made it clear that there is nothing in this work which tells people they have to just sit back and take abuse from others, in life or in relationships.
This did not really get to the point for the person raising this issue, so we asked her to be more specific and she got very emotional and told a brief story about how her mother had recently gotten ill and when she took her mother to the emergency room, the staff there said they could not help her and suggested that she put her mother in a nursing home. She knew this was not the thing to do and found another hospital where they treated her mother for a urinary tract infection and things began to get better. However, this person was still visibly upset and had great difficulty telling this story without breaking down in tears. As we helped her identify what she was feeling and continually reminded her to use her breath to soften the tight and rigid places within her, she began to identify her deep sadness. As the group supported her in doing a modified version of the Reality Management Worksheet process, she was able to identify several goals she was holding which were fueling her anger, fear and sadness. As the group supported her in canceling those goals and looking to see what was beneath them, she got in touch with memories of being three years old and being sick and in the hospital and being separated from her mother for ten days when she was “in isolation”, during which time all she wanted was to be with her mother.
As she cried and breathed and got in touch with the deep pain and fear that she felt at age three, she began to realize that the sadness and fear she is feeling as an adult today are just echos and the stimulation of energies she locked away in her mind and body when she went through these traumatic events as a child. The group worked with her for about forty minutes of processing, breathing, identifying goals, canceling goals and asking to be shown the hidden parts of her mind which were causing her pain. At the end of that time we asked her to think about the recent events with her mother and all the trauma they had just been through to see if she could get in touch with the deep sadness and fear which had been so overwhelming just forty minutes prior. She was calm and relaxed and stated that she felt none of the upset with which she began the process.
This was a powerful session of processing, integrating, and healing for this person. The rest of the story is that this session happened in our group where twelve other people were present and holding the space of Love and breathing with this person. Of those twelve other people, no less than six spoke out about how powerful the session was for them because of their own issues with children age three, or their own traumas from age three. One member revealed that she currently has a three year old who is being treated for cancer and that this session helped her realize how important it is for her to dismantle her anger and fear so that she can just be present and Loving with her child, who is too young to understand why the energy of fear and anger would be radiating from her mother. Another member related that she almost lost her daughter at age three. Another member related that she had significant traumas and losses in her life when she was three and that the processing in the group was very significant for her to understand where she has more healing work to do.
I was, and am still, in awe of the quality and commitment of the people who gather each week for this Loving and Healing process and the powerful benefits they are creating for themselves, their families, and their friends.
For more information and FREE access to these tools visit Dr. Michael Ryce’s website at www.whyagain.org
We Come From Love, We Are Made of Love, We Are Love! Everything else is false.