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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Whom Do You Admire?

Give this some thought.

Who are the people that you most admire? Pick some that are mainly your own gender. Here are some areas to look at:
  • close family
  • teachers, mentors
  • friends and colleagues
  • public figures in politics
  • business leaders
  • professionals from any walk of life
  • artists (authors, painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, singers, etc.)
  • actors
  • characters from history
  • characters from literature
  • characters from cinema
OK, you get the picture. Choose two or three that you truly admire for some specific qualities.

Now take a sheet of paper and under the name of each of these persons, write what it is that you admire about them (please: no physical characteristics...just qualities of character or behavior).

I assume you have written about some very wonderful people, even if they are unknown to all but you. The qualities you admire about them, are probably also very wonderful. Please stop reading if you have not already written out the qualities you admire. This is important. Only go on reading once that is done.

You may find that you have chosen several people whom you admire for very similar reasons, even though one of them might be someone you know personally, one a public figure, and one someone from a book you once read.

From the psychological point of view, and in Jungian terms the qualities you admire, that you have written down, say this about you: there are elements of your character that you have not yet recognized, that you don't yet accept as actually forming part of yourself. These are the elements that you admire in others of your own gender. The reason you have to admire them out there is because you have not yet recognized them in you.

Use this information to start paying more attention to any clue, however slight, in you that shows you that you do have these qualities in you in nascent form, and start bringing them to life, bit by bit, more and more every day.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Using Challenges to Grow, Instead of Fighting Problems to Overcome

When you consider a problem in your life, you possibly feel weighted down with the onerous task of solving it. Your shoulders sag under the figurative weight of whatever it is that has gone wrong. You sigh deeply within yourself, square your shoulders, and step manfully up to the plate in order to get on with it.

Recognizing that such an attitude will indeed, in all likelihood, help you solve the problem, does not mean that it is the best attitude.

For starters, look at the problem as if it were a challenge. Same situation, different word.

Doesn't it look different already?

Almost akin to thinking out of the box, isn't it?

Now begin to consider that each of the challenges (problems in your former vocabulary) you have had in the past, caused you to grow in one area or another.

Isn't that sort of a good reason to look at challenges in a whole new light? Embrace them, even welcome them, because now you know, that as you resolve whatever it is, you grow at the same time.

I remember when my mother died unexpectedly when I was 19. I was not even on the same continent as she was. But I knew immediately, even in the midst of my blackest pain, that rather than dwelling on the pain, I was to dwell on what I could learn from this - for me - devastating event. And what I learned, how I grew, was that I recognized with great clarity that when challenges enter an individual's life, there is always something to learn, always a way to grow, always something that can enrich you. My mother's so very early death was devastating, but it was enriching. Her legacy to me was this knowledge, and for that I am eternally grateful.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Joseph Campbell IV: The Hero's Journey

This is the fourth in a series of sections of a video in which Joseph Campbell, possibly the world's greatest mythologist, is being interviewed. It is just under 10 minutes long.

Previous sections of this video can be seen here:

Joseph Campbell I: The Hero's Journey
Joseph Campbell II: The Hero's Journey
Joseph Campbell III: The Hero's Journey

Radio Program November 2007

Once a month I will be posting the current list of topics for my weekly radio show.

This is what the November 2007 schedule looks like:

Nov. 7: Dignitas: A Dignified Way to Find the End
Nov. 14: Take the 21-Day No Complaint Challenge! (topic credited to Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Work Week)
Nov. 21: Past Life Regression Therapy
Nov. 28: TBA (I am in Dubai, show is taped)
Click here for radio show archives from 2004-2007 (not all are up, but you'll find more than 100!).

The show airs weekly on Wednesdays from 11 – 12 noon CET (Central European Time) which is 6 hours ahead of New York, one hour ahead of London, the same time as Paris or Berlin (except at the end of October and March, where there tends to be a week of confusion, as not all countries change to daylight saving and back, and those that do, don't always do so on the same day).

See below for equivalent times in other locations.

Ways To Listen

1) LIVE on your radio dial OCI FM 101.6 (Costa del Sol) or FM 94.6 (Costa Blanca)
2) LIVE on the web Onda Cero (Once there, click on “Internacional” on upper right)
3) Listen to nearly 100 archived audio files on my website

Equivalent Times in Other Locations: (Locally: CET)

or go to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to convert from your time zone (some of these times may not be correct at certain times of the year):

11 pm – 12 midnight: Honolulu (locally Tuesday evening)
5-6 am: New York City, Miami, Montreal, Toronto, Nassau, Santo Domingo, Barbados
6-7 am: Rio de Janeiro
9-10 am: Reykjavik, Casablanca
10-11 am: London, Lagos
11-12 noon: (LOCAL) Madrid, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Tripoli, Harare, Cape Town
12-1 pm: Bucharest, Riga, Istanbul, Cairo, Amman, Kuwait City, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
12:30-1:30 pm: Tehran
1-2 pm: Moscow, Dubai, Baghdad, Seychelles
2-3 pm: Islamabad
2:30-3:30 pm: New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai
4-5 pm: Hanoi, Bangkok
5-6 pm: Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, Bali, Taipei, Perth
6-7 pm: Tokyo, Seoul
7-8 pm: Sydney
9-10 pm: Auckland, Fiji Islands

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Enrich Your Vocabulary and Feed Hungry People From Your PC

Go to this website, http://www.freerice.com/, get the words right, and rice will be donated to the starving…

I spent 15 min on it yesterday and again 15 minutes today, and got 2,000 grains, which is something like 10 bowls of rice…no big deal in the big picture of things, but if we all do it, and not just once, but several times, plus send the information on to others, it will add up!

This website started up only on October 7th, 2007 and has already attracted enormous numbers of people. Join them, test your vocabulary (don't worry, no one is watching!), and who knows, you may come out richer in words. (By the way, if you make a mistake, they tell you the proper meaning of the word in question, and you simply try with a new word.)

It's a great cause that just costs you a bit of time, but can improve your vocabulary simultaneously! Remember we are all one, and if one of us dies of starvation, it not only reflects on us as a global community, but it is a part of us that dies.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Listing of Past Blog Posts


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Carl Jung XI: Wisdom of the Dream Part 1 of 3 (see note)

Here is part 1 of 3 of Jung's video titled Wisdom of the Dream. This one is just over 27 minutes long. If you have not watched the earlier sections, please see below.

Nine sections of a 17-part video series about dreams had already been posted here on the blog (plus one about death) as you can see below. However, it appears parts 10-17 are no longer available, and thus I have been able to find the entire 17 parts in another format, where they are split into three sections, two of which are roughly 27 minutes long, and the third is 51 minutes long. Today's 27-minute bit is already available in shorter sections below, but I add it here for the sake of continuity, and the final two sections will go up shortly.

Previous videos about Jung are here:

Carl Jung I: Death
Carl Jung II: Wisdom of the Dream - Part I
Carl Jung III: Wisdom of the Dream Part 2
Carl Jung IV Wisdom of the Dream Part 3
Carl Jung V: Wisdom of the Dream Part 4
Carl Jung VI: Wisdom of the Dream Part 5
Carl Jung VII: Wisdom of the Dream Part 6
Carl Jung VIII: Wisdom of the Dream Part 7
Carl Jung IX: Wisdom of the Dream Part 8
Carl Jung X: Wisdom of the Dream Part 9

You can also find a series of posts on this blog about dreams by clicking here.

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