What a Gem

Thoughts to Contemplate by Dr. Luann Robinson Hull


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It was a Soulful Weekend…

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Thanks to all who participated in the Immersion weekend offered by Jess Jacobsen and me last weekend in Carbondale, Colorado. We did some inner exploration around our soul’s purpose and how to unlock our limitless potential, and it was exhilarating!  The mixture of lecture and practice turned out to be a winning combination that resonated with our lovely gathering of beautiful souls!

For those of you who couldn’t be there, we spent time together reviewing some of our “inner workings,” looking at why and how we get triggered, which hijacks or log-jams our peace and creative potential.  As neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux points out,

“human consciousness is the way it is because of the way our brains operate…emotions evolved not as conscious feelings, linguistically differentiated or otherwise, but as brain states and bodily responses….(and so)… Where is evolution taking our brain?”

Deutsch: Phrenologie

Deutsch: Phrenologie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As it stands now, we are not very effective at turning off our emotional states once they are triggered. The good news is that it has been proven that through the strengthening of cortical connections to certain areas of our brains, we can begin to condition ourselves to start to step back and take a breath away from our emotional states, reducing the amount of charge these emotions can cause.

That’s great, Luann. But… huh? How do we strengthen those connections in our brains?

We do this by practicing mental focus (another proven fact). There are a plethora of ways that we can engage in these practices, including meditation, yoga, conscious walking, and more.

If you are inclined, please take some time this week to explore how your days are unfolding. Are you taking some time for yourself…I mean just for you?  Do you have a regular time set aside to renew and recharge? Have you considered or are you engaged in a daily meditation practice? Are you exploring your life purpose…and taking some moments to reflect on what you want…how you can serve? Just checkin…

Let’s hold hands and stick together. Believing in you!

Love,

Luann

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Broadening Our Outlook

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Changes (Photo credit: prayerfriends)

It seems like there is some pretty significant turmoil in the world–people having trouble getting along–from the personal to the global level. Women want one thing in a relationship–men want another. The Republicans have a position–and so do the Democrats. As humans, we just plain struggle to get past our own stubborn stand on things–our feelings of righteous indignation. Why is it so hard for us to move into states of compassion and empathy for the other guy/gal? Why does our positionality laced with its fears and insecurities, so often have a stronger voice than a compassionate, loving heart?

I am no newcomer to the planet and I have been studying human behavior for over twenty-five years. I gotta tell ya, people. I am pretty frustrated. Why aren’t we making more progress? When I take off my rose colored glasses and really look at the state of humanity, I definitely see the deep threads of evil sprinkled everywhere. None of us is immune from it-both from exhibiting it ourselves and also being the unhappy recipients. We are all capable of demonstrating the most heinous deeds of hatred just the same as we can choose to offer acts of compassion from an open, magnanimous, and loving heart.  The following quote from Carl Gustov Jung, the famous Swiss Psychiatrist, who introduced spirituality and consciousness to western psychology states:

“All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble…They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This outgrowing proved on further investigation to require a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appeared on the (persons) horizon, and through this broadening of his or her outlook the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically in its own terms but faded when confronted with a new and stronger life urge.”Carl Jung

Do we really want to continue letting the challenges of life, the triggers that dig into the ditches of our heads, get the best of us? Or do we want to transcend the tendency to be driven by these unconscious patterns? I believe we each have the ability to reboot our brains and change the age-old propensity to react from fear and “urgency.” And it takes self love, courage and commitment to make those changes.

Please join Jessica Jacobson, ABT, and me this coming November 9-10 in examining the possibilities for emphasizing that “stronger life urge” in an immersion in Carbondale, CO. We will enjoy this time well-spent… together.  Jessica and I will apply our combined wisdom to support you as you strengthen your emotional intelligence and expand fully into “a new level of consciousness.” And this is where the seemingly “insoluble problems” of life will fade and eventually disappear. Show yourself how valuable you are. Treat yourself to this and join us!

Believing in you and us!

Love,

Luann