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Aug
26

Shattering Illusions

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Hall of mirrors, Petrin Hill, Prague. 1998 

Most of us have willingly entered a house of illusions, perhaps at a carnival or some circus event. Perhaps we’ve walked into a house of mirrors and were suddenly faced with distortions of our senses. Even though we know that what we are seeing is an illusion, we are nonetheless subject to the illusion. It feels real. Our depth and motion perception is affected. Our brain misinterprets the information it is receiving and gives us a false image.

We often live in illusions, some conscious and many unconscious.

How often do you and I choose, willingly, to live in a house of illusions? We may refuse to face the truth about our finances or our weight or a diagnosis we’ve been given by the doctor. We may prefer a world of fantasies which require nothing of us relationally. We may choose to numb our reality through drugs, alcohol, pornography, shopping, gambling, etc.

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Aug
16

Facing Sorrow and Pain; Finding Healing

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grievingMy son quizzed me about a recent flurry of “unfriending” on facebook that had to do with an ended relationship. Although he had nothing directly to do with the relationship, just because he was a friend of the “ex”, he was “unfriended”.  Several others, including myself, had been “unfriended” after this relationship ended.

It was obvious that this individual had quickly moved to eradicate all evidence of the painful end of her relationship.

Oh, that it were that easy to erase pain! Just one click of a button, an “unfriending” or two, and viola!, the pain is gone!  (or at least all the reminders of the pain is gone. ) We all know that doesn’t really work. I know because I’ve tried it many times.  While we may be able to get our pain out of sight initially, that living entity is going to eventually come kicking and screaming out of its grave for things buried alive are, well, still alive!

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