Character in Chrysalis
Do an internet search for "Character Defects" and
you will discover that there are lists of these
"flaws" and they are not only found within the
community seeking recovery.
We do not hold the patent on how our characters
have come to have traits that we may
not be proud of possessing.
It is my belief that these aspects of our character are
not "defects"...WE are not defects but, rather, we
have perhaps developed"distortions" of traits
that are actually our gifts.
Our distortions were likely created as a way of
coping. For example, an ability to persevere had
become a problematic form of stubbornness.
One challenge is to look back at the development
of your character, to become aware of where
instances of trauma, wounds, and fear influenced
the shape of your character. Where did strengths
become exaggerated? How did inherent skills get
twisted and put toward a negative use?
“Your character defects are not where you’re bad,
but where you’re wounded.
But no matter who or what causes the wound,
it’s yours now and you’re responsible for it.”
— Marianne Williamson
Responsibility = Ability to Respond
From "Practical Recovery"
"A brief investigation into the “literature” on the process of removing defects of character reveals that the defects referred to are
often things like anger, fear, jealousy, pessimism, perfectionism, anxiety, depression, materialism, competitiveness, being hyper critical, self-indulgence, and so on. I think it is fair to say that no human has ever existed that did not experience at least one of the aforementioned “defects.”
One of the most egregious injustices extant in the helping professions is the attempt to pathologize natural human qualities. The promulgation of the defects of character idea is an example of the injustice of pathologizing our humanness. Telling someone that anger, or self-indulgence, or fear are character defects is as ridiculous as telling someone that breathing is a biological defect. As with anything, problems may arise if there is excess anger, self-indulgence, jealousy, etc. Indeed, excessive involvement with anything is likely to be problematic. Even excessive, rapid breathing can result in hyperventilation. However, there is no problem, or defect, in the experience of anger, or jealousy, or fear themselves.
If we cannot help but feel angry, fearful, sad, and jealous at times, and we are told that feeling angry, fearful, sad, or jealous is a flaw and a failure, then success is essentially rendered impossible. Rather than turning natural human emotions into defects, more time could easily be spent highlighting and building on strengths. Many of the so-called defects in the recovery world are actually strengths that are misapplied. Someone who puts great effort into concealing substance use and goes to great lengths to acquire a substance is exhibiting exemplary creativity and determination. Helping people use such strengths in a way that does not result in feelings of guilt and shame is much more helpful than insisting they think of themselves as defective."
The Lightness of Being
"We Are Not Saints" But...
Scientists found that neurons in mammalian
brains were capable of producing photons
of light, or “Biophotons”!
The photons, strangely enough, appear within
the visible spectrum.
Scientists have an exciting suspicion
that our brain’s neurons might be able to
communicate through light. They suspect
that our brain might have optical communication
channels,but they have no idea what could be
Even more exciting, they claim that if there is an optical communication happening, the Biophotons our brains produce might be affected by quantum entanglement, meaning there can be a strong link between these photons,
our consciousness and possibly what many cultures and religions refer to as Spirit.
This raises the question, could it be possible that the more light one can produce and communicate between neurons, the more conscious they are?
If there is any correlation between Biophotons, light, and consciousness it can have strong implications that there is more to light than we are aware of.
Just think for a moment. Many texts and religions dating way back, since the dawn of human civilization have reported of saints, ascended beings and enlightened individuals having shining circles around their heads.
"From Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, to teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, among many other religions, sacred individuals were depicted with a shining circle in the form of a circular glow around their heads.
If they were as enlightened as they are described maybe this shining circle was just a result of the higher consciousness they operated with, hence a higher frequency and production of biophotons.
Maybe these individuals produced higher level of biophotons with stronger instensity because of their enlightenment, if there is any correlation between biophotons and consciousness.
Even the word enLIGHTenment suggests that this higher consciousness has something to do with light.
But one of the most exciting implications the discovery that our brains can produce light gives, is that maybe our consciousness and spirit are not contained within our bodies. This implication is completely overlooked by scientists.
Quantum entanglement says that 2 entangled photons react if one of the photons is affected no matter where the other photon is in The Universe without any delay.
Maybe there is a world that exists within light, and no matter where you are in The Universe photons can act as portals that enable communication between these 2 worlds. Maybe our spirit and consciousness communicate with our bodies through these biophotons. And the more light we produce the more we awaken and embody the wholeness of our consciousness.
This can explain the phenomenon of why the state of a photon is affected simply by consciously observing it, as it is proven in many quantum experiments.
Maybe our observation communicates something through our biophotons with the photon that is being observed, in a similar fashion as quantum entanglement, like light is just one unified substance that is scattered throughout our Universe and affected through each light particle.
Of course, nothing of this is even close to being a theory. But asking questions and shooting such metaphysical hypothesis might lead us closer to the truth and understanding of what consciousness is, where it comes from, and what are the mysteries that hide within light."
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