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									The Psychology of Health, Immunity & Disease Conference
          Two-Day Intensive Training Institute
                    Hilton Head, SC
                  December 9-10, 2003

     The Journey to Wholeness:
  A Practical Psychology for Living an Authentic Life

              Kathleen Brehony, Ph.D.
      Day One - Morning
  Helping Patients Be All They Can Be

 The teleological process of growth – From
Acorn to Oak
 Jung’s Landscape of the Psyche and it’s
inherent optimism
 How to bring the shadow to
 The “Alchemical Metaphor” for
psychological and spiritual growth and how
to apply this in clinical settings
            What is “Wholeness”?
1.     Containing all components; complete: a whole wardrobe for the tropics.
2.     Not divided or disjoined; in one unit: a whole loaf.
3.     Constituting the full amount, extent, or duration: The baby cried the whole trip home.
       a.   Not wounded, injured, or impaired; sound or unhurt: Many escaped the fire
            frightened but whole.
       b.   Having been restored; healed: After the treatment he felt whole.
1.     A number, group, set, or thing lacking no part or element; a complete thing.
2.     An entity or system made up of interrelated parts: The value of the whole was greater
       than the sum of its parts.

     [Middle English hool, sound, unharmed, See kailo- in Indo-
     European Roots.]
   The Path to Wholeness:
Life as a Teleological Process
It is already inside you.

A Major Reason for OPTIMISM!
Individuation –   Carl Jung

Self-Actualization –   Abraham Maslow

Self-Realization –   Carl Rogers

The Good Red Road –       Lakota

The Pollen Path –    Navajo

Tao --   Taoism
“The common theme among these
diverse traditions is that life is a
journey, and the goal is the discovery
of one’s true nature, a transformation
of one’s view of the world, an enhanced
wisdom, and an authentic, loving
connection to all of life and to some
larger universal power.”
  -- Awakening at Midlife (pg. 20)
    Maslow’s Characteristics of Self-Actualization
    Realistic orientation
    Acceptance of self, others, and the natural world
    Spontaneity
    Task orientation, rather than self-preoccupation
    Sense of privacy
    Independence
    Vivid appreciativeness
    Spirituality that is not necessarily religious in a formal sense
    Sense of identity with mankind
    Feelings of intimacy with a few loved ones
    Democratic values
    Recognition of the difference between means and ends
    Humor that is philosophical rather than hostile
    Creativeness
    Nonconformism
  The Process of Individuation
  From Latin “individuus” – “undivided,” “whole”

 A process of psychological differentiation, having
for its goal the development of the individual
 Not to overcome one’s personal psychology and
become perfect, but to become familiar with it
 Increasing awareness of one’s unique
psychological reality, including personal strengths
and limitations, and at the same time a deeper
appreciation of humanity in general
 A spiraling, circumambulating process rather than
a linear path in the unfolding of the Self
 When we are on the path, we are at the goal
Polishing Your Diamond

The “art of personality” fulfills the
purpose of life, and that we are all born
with such a personality -- “But even a
diamond must be cut. It has the light in
it, yet cutting is required: it cannot
show that glow and that brilliance
before it has been cut. The same thing
applies to personality.”
  -- Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan

Self Growth is not a passive process.
      Jung’s Landscape
Psyche refers to the totality of all
psychological processes. It “embraces
all thought, feeling, and behavior, both
conscious and unconscious. It functions
as a guide which regulates and adapts
the individual to his social and physical

                    “My psychology          Yikes!
                       isn’t worth
                   anything if it can’t
                   be understood by
                    a Swiss farmer!”
 Jung's Model of the Psyche

                  ego                    Ego-Sel f Ax is

    Pers onal
uncons cious                          cons ci ous nes s
                      A      A    C
                  A           A          unconscious
          C           A   A       C
                                         A=Archety pe
                                         C=Com plex

       Adapted from Stev ens , 1990, pg. 29
               The Self
 The Center of the Psyche
 The “Central Archetype”
 Like the Sun in the Center of the Solar System
 Archetype of order, organization, and unification
 Unites the personality
 Responsible for fulfilling the blueprint of life
 At birth – all is the Self
 Connecting bridge to “The Unity”
 Goal is psychological wholeness and completeness
 Transpersonal, transcends the ego
 Primordial structural elements of the psyche
 Functional units of the collective unconscious
(later called “The Objective Psyche”)
 Archetype = “First,” “Original,” “Prototype”
 Primordial Images
 Blueprint for Life (like an innate releasing
mechanism in certain animals)
 Universal
 Unconscious
 Collective unconscious is distinct from the Personal
 Emotionally charged group of ideas or images
Functional units of the personal unconscious
 A group of associated “feeling-toned ideas” bound
together by a shared emotional charge
 Unconscious, highly emotional, feel autonomous
 Like split-off, partial, independent, and separate
 Vital part of everyone’s psychological make-up
 The less conscious, the greater its degree of
autonomy, and the more we will project it onto
                The Ego
 The central complex in the field of
 Organizing function of the
conscious mind
 Gives sense of identity, continuity and
personality – “I”
 Composed of conscious perceptions, memories,
thoughts and feelings
 The “gatekeeper to consciousness”
 Actually a very small part of the overall psyche
       The Persona

The part of ourselves we show to the
world. Personae from the Latin for
“Mask.” Helps us adapt to society –
to conform to the roles we play in our
relationships and culture. Social
masks allow conversation and
commerce to flow easily from one
person to another. Sometimes our
“New Year’s Resolution self.”
        The Shadow

All that is set aside, repressed, or
unrecognized. Hidden part of
ourselves that has been repressed or
never recognized. All that is banished
from the persona. Unconscious and
unknown part of ourselves. All that
we think we are not. Our unlived life.
There is gold in the shadow. Accepting
the shadow means accepting our full
              Illuminating the Shadow
1. Make a list of all the adjectives that you (or
   someone who knows you well) would use to
   describe you. Take the opposite of that word
   and write it down. That list comprises some
   of what is in your shadow.
2. Look honestly at those you immediately
   dislike or like. What is it about them that is
   similar or different to how you see yourself?
3. Ask someone who knows you well one simple
   question: “What is my greatest flaw?”
4. Look at the content of dreams and slips of the
      The Internal Masculine and Feminine

     Anima – The internal, unconscious
     feminine aspect of a man

     Animus – The internal, unconscious
     masculine aspect of a woman

Jung speaks of the anima/animus as both
archetypes and complexes. They are:
 1) unconscious
 2) charged with emotion
 3) relatively autonomous.
Relationship Between Anima/Animus
            and the Ego
Yin           Yang
Feminine      Masculine
Negative      Positive
Moon          Sun
Darkness      Light
Yielding      Aggressive
Left side     Right side
Warm          Cold
Autumn        Spring
Winter        Summer
Unconscious   Conscious
Emotion       Reason
Right Brain   Left Brain
          Psychological Types

 Basic Attitudes: Introverts(I) and Extraverts(E)
 Decision-Making Style:Thinking(T) v. Feeling(F)
 Take in Information: Intuition(N) v. Sensation(S)
 Deal with the Outer World: Judging(J) v.
 Superior and Inferior Functions
 Goal is wholeness and integration of the “inferior
       1. Energizing (direction of energy)                  2. Attending (perception)
Extrovert (E)             Introvert (I)      Sensing (S)                  iNtuition (N)
•External                 •Internal          •The 5 senses                •6th Census
•Outside thrust           •Inside pull       •What is real                •What could be
•Blurt it out             •Keep it in        •Practical                   •Theoretical
•Breadth                  •Depth             •Present                     •Future
•People, things           •Ideas, thoughts   •Facts                       •Insights
•Interaction              •Concentration     •Using established skills    •Learning new skills
•Action                   •Reflection        •Utility                     •Novelty
•Do-Think-Do              •Think-to-Go       •Step-by-step                •Leap about

             3. Deciding (judgment)               4. Living (orientation to the outside world)
Thinking (T)              Feeling (F)        Judgment (J)                 Perceiving (P)
•Head                     •Heart             •Planful                     •Spontaneous
•Logical system           •Value system      •Regulate                    •Flow
•Objective                •Subjective        •Control                     •Adapt
•Justice                  •Mercy             •Settle                      •Tentative
•Critique                 •Compliment        •Run one’s life              •Let life happen
•Principles               •Harmony           •Set goals                   •Get data
•Reason                   •Empathy           •Decisive                    •Open
•Firm but fair            •Compassionate     •Organized                   •Flexible
E Extraversion People who prefer Extraversion tend to focus on the
outer world of people and things
I Introversion People who prefer Introversion tend to focus on the
inner world of ideas and impressions.
S Sensing People who prefer Sensing tend to focus on the present and
on concrete information gained from their senses.
N iNtuition People who prefer Intuition tend to focus on the future,
with a view toward patterns and possibilities.
T Thinking People who prefer Thinking tend to base their decisions on
logic and on objective analysis of cause and effect.
F Feeling People who prefer Feeling tend to base their decisions
primarily on values and on subjective evaluation of person-centered
J Judging People who prefer Judging tend to like a planned and
organized approach to life and prefer to have things settled.
P Perceiving People who prefer Perceiving tend to like a flexible and
spontaneous approach to life and prefer to keep their options open.
Regarding Typology: Jung's model is
concerned with the movement of energy and
the way in which one habitually or
preferentially orients oneself in the world.
      Prayers Based on MBTI Types
ISTJ: Lord, help me to relax about insignificant details
beginning tomorrow at 11:41.23 a.m. EST.
ISTP: God, help me to consider people's feelings, even if most
of them ARE hypersensitive.
ESTP: God, help me to take responsibility for my own actions,
even though they're usually NOT my fault.
ESTJ: God, help me to not try to RUN everything. But, if You
need some help, just ask.
ISFJ: Lord, help me to be more laid back and help me to do it
EXACTLY right.
ISFP: Lord, help me to stand up for my rights (if you don't
mind my asking).
ESFP: God, help me to take things more seriously, especially
parties and dancing.
ESFJ: God, give me patience, and I mean right NOW.
      Prayers Based on MBTI Types
INFJ: Lord, help me not be a perfectionist. (Did I spell that
INFP: God, help me to finish everything I sta
ENFP: God, help me to keep my mind on one th - Look a bird -
ing at a time.
ENFJ: God, help me to do only what I can and trust you for the
rest. Do you mind putting that in writing?
INTJ: Lord, keep me open to others' ideas, WRONG though
they may be.
INTP: Lord, help me be less independent, but let me do it my
ENTP: Lord, help me follow established procedures today. On
second thought, I'll settle for a few minutes.
ENTJ: Lord, help me slow downandnotrushthroughwhatIdo.
        What is unconscious
will be projected onto others
and into the world.
        Wholeness requires
withholding projections and
bringing what is unconscious
into consciousness.
            Holding the Tension of
            the Opposites by
            Integrating Dualities

 The Transcendent Function:
The psychic function that arises from
the tension and conflict between
consciousness and the unconscious.
   Relative Proportions:
Conscious and Unconscious
What Does It Mean to be Conscious?

 From the Latin conscius, meaning “knowing with
others, participating in knowledge, or aware of.”
 Includes all the things we are aware of and know
 An understanding of “knowing that we know”
 Sometimes builds slowly and sometimes comes
like a blinding insight
 Awakening
 A dynamic process of growth, change, and
 Consciousness best defined on a spectrum or
continuum rather than “all or none”
   Consciousness is best thought of as manifesting
    in steps, layers, dimensions, sheaths, levels or
                   grades -- holarchy

Vijnanas -- Buddhism
                                         Layers of
                                         consciousness --

                        Kabbalah     Spectrum of
   Koshas - Vedanta                  Consciousness –
                                     Western philosophers
                                     (e.g., Ken Wilber)
               The Johari Window
                        Known to Yourself          Unknown to Yourself

 Known to Others      Open Self – Known to        Blind Self – Unknown to
                      Yourself and Others         Yourself but Known to

Unknown to Others     Private Self – Known to     Unknown Self –
                      Yourself and Unknown to     Unknown to Yourself and
                      Others                      Unknown to Others

          A model for awareness in interpersonal relationships
             Joseph Luft, Ph.D. & Harry Ingham, MD, 1955
The Alchemical Metaphor

   “We are born to be
 awake, not to be asleep!”

   -- Paracelsus, 16th Century Swiss
      The Power of Alchemy

“The truth of alchemy is discovered
 when we accept it as metaphor –
      an intricate allegory – for
  consciousness and as a clearly
 defined path for both spiritual and
   psychological development in
 which suffering and loss are seen
        as initiating events.”
          From: After the Darkest Hour
Stages in Alchemical Transformation

 Nigredo: “The Blackening”
 Albedo: “The Whitening”
 Rubedo: “The Reddening”
    The Vitality of Transformation

 Like the Buddha WAKING UP
 Realize the values of the first half of life
are not sufficient for the second half
 Change in philosophy and worldview
 Psychological and spiritual maturity
 Coming to our senses
 Live differently – with greater joy,
meaning, and passion
In the absence of some traumatic
event that initiates the beginning of
individuation in a younger person,
this process is a task reserved for
the second half of life.
At midlife, we know that the time
left for this momentous work is
running out.
     Day One - Afternoon
          The Midlife Passage
 Crisis and opportunity
 The unique developmental tasks of the midlife
 A differential diagnosis between midlife
symptoms and DSM-IV criteria
Why the pursuit of passion and meaning at
midlife is so important
 How to release old patterns of behavior that no
longer serve
 Six practical strategies for psychological and
spiritual growth at midlife
1. What is Midlife?
2. Why Midlife can be
  dangerous and difficult?
3. How to use Midlife for Self-
     There are lots of us in Midlife…

81 Million Americans between the
ages of 35-55.

10,000 Americans turn 50 every day
(one every 10 seconds)
    Midlife is a specific
developmental period of life.
   How we get off track…

We are born whole but quickly
become shaped by family, religion,
culture, gender role, etc. etc. etc.
Midlife Gives Us Wake-Up Calls

        Physical
        Psychological
        Emotional
        Relational
        Professional
        Spiritual
Sometimes Midlife is a

    “Danger” and “Opportunity”
Sometimes you just hear Peggy Lee

              Is that all there is,
              my friend? Is that
                  all there is?
Midlife Demands a Change in

 Consciousness is Awareness and Self-
Major Illusion: Things Don’t Change
Most of us grow when life pushes us to do so

 What the             You know what I’m going
 hell is he          to do this weekend, honey?
  talking                I’m going to grow.
 Knowing an Underlying Secret

1.   Select a number between 1 and 10.
2.   Multiply your number by 9.
3.   If you now have a two-digit number, add
     them together.
4.   Think of your number and subtract 5 from it.
5.   Imagine that your number can be translated
     into a letter of the alphabet, where 1=A,
     2=B, 3=C, 4=D, and so on.
6.   Think of the name of a country that begins
     with your letter.
7.   Take the last letter of your country’s name
     and think of the name of an animal that
     begins with that letter.
8.   You should now have the name of both a
     country and an animal.
            The Answer

There are no Kangaroos or
  Koalas in Denmark!

 Nor are there Cobras or Cats in the Dominican Republic.
An Underlying Secret of Mathematics

            “The Rules of 9”

                  Rule #1:
When any number is multiplied by nine, if
the individual digits in the resulting product
are added together, they will ALWAYS total
nine as long as you keep summing the
digits produced at each step until you get
a one-digit number.
    That Number will ALWAYS be 9.
The Underlying Secrets of Midlife

 Realization: Life is half-over
 We recognize our mortality in a new way.
 Life as we have known it is now over.
 A major change in consciousness.
 Losses and change initiate a path to a new
sense of meaning and greater passion.
The ego has believed that everything revolves around it.


                                               The Self
  At Midlife, the Self is asking –
“When will you get around to me?”
In the first half of life, we devote our
     psychological resources to
      developing the persona.
The Shadow Knows…
Repressed Shadow Material Can
Explode Out Like a Dam Bursting
In our culture we tend to discount
   the inner life but that doesn’t
       make it any less real.

 Unconscious versus Conscious Midlife Passages
We don’t like to think about or
   talk about the losses
  associated with Midlife
     Poised for the Hero’s Journey

“We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we
had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god. And where
we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves. Where we
thought to travel outward, we will come to the center of our own
existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we will be with
all the world.”
                -- Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
   Stages of the Hero’s Journey

The Call
The Separation
The Adventure
The Return (Hero is ALWAYS changed)
The Agony of the Chrysalis
 Rowing & Flowing:
The Sailboat Metaphor
To be Conscious is to be AWAKE!

 Seeing Ourselves Differently

Schopenhauer -
What do we do with this new-found insight?

          Stay just as we

                            Move to Tahiti as Gaugin

                                       Um, are you
                                        sure you
                                       don’t want
                                       to call your
                                         wife and
The Journey is frightening and we
have a natural desire to get over it!

               JUST DO IT!!!!!!!
Holding the Tension of the Opposites
Tools for the Journey
Meditation, Prayer, Silence
Creative Expression
Physical Body
    Stay in the Present

“Stay here, quivering with each
moment, like a drop of mercury.”
            -- Rumi
On Tigers and Goats
 Late Bloomers &
Don’t Die Guessing
       Day Two - Morning
    The Dark Night of the Soul
 Why suffering offers both danger and opportunity
 Real versus “Neurotic” suffering
 12 strategies for letting go of unnecessary
 Why we are destined to search for meaning
 The power of optimism and internal locus of
control and their effects on resiliency
 12 practical strategies for growth through hard
Better or Bitter?

The Phoenix
“What does not destroy
 makes me stronger.”

    -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Expansion of Consciousness
The Expansion of Consciousness Leads
        The Search for Meaning
   “Once an individual’s search for meaning is
successful, it not only renders him happy but also
 gives him the capability to cope with suffering.”

   -- Viktor Frankl,   Man’s Search for Meaning
     Real versus Neurotic
 “Real suffering burns clean; neurotic
suffering creates more and more soot.”
-- Marion Woodman (Author and Jungian Analyst)
            Real Suffering Cannot be Avoided

“Real suffering is an authentic and realistic response to the
ragged wounds of living a human life. It’s also unavoidable and
an essential part of every human life. Illness, loss of loved
ones, disappointment, decline, death, limitations, and
imperfections startle and shake us. But they awaken us to find
meaning, dignity, and significance in our lives. They open the
heart to pure compassion and newfound creative energy. Real
suffering is useful. It propels us to new levels of consciousness
and self-knowledge. It is through suffering and pain that we
break down our habitual barriers between ourselves and others
and allow for the entrance of a transpersonal, transcendent
perspective: a full appreciation of our intimate and profound
spiritual connections.”              -- From “After the Darkest Hour” pg.
  Neurotic Suffering Can Be Avoided
Neurotic suffering offers no meaning. Jung called
it “an unconscious fraud,” declared it bogus and
with no moral merit. Neurotic suffering is a flight
from the wounds of life and an unconscious – and
unsuccessful – attempt to heal them. Neurotic
suffering is a refusal to discover the meaning in
our pain through a childish insistence that things
should be as we want them to be and not as they
are. It is expressed as self-pity and envy toward
people whose lives seem better or less difficult.
   -- From “After the Darkest Hour” pg. 22
On the True Nature of Reality
The Absolute Truth About Life
The Wheel of Life
The Consolation of Philosophy
(De consolatione philosophiae)

  Anicius Manlius Severinus
  Boethius (480-524 C.E.)
Everyone’s life is a drama

        The Story of Kisagotami

“God sends rain on the righteous
    and unrighteous alike.”
         -- Matthew 5:45
   Buddhism’s First Noble Truth
           “Life is Suffering.”

Accurate Translation:
   Life is dukkha.
discontent, dislocated
       A Few True Things
• Change is the natural order of the
• Change always incorporates loss
• We cannot control all the events of our
lives but we can control our responses
to them
• There are hidden gifts in suffering
We cannot determine the events of our life,
 but we can determine our responses to
            Gifts Hidden in Suffering
             Turning Lead Into Gold

“God does not want us to be burdened because of
sorrows and tempests that happen in our lives, because
it has always been so before miracles happen.”
 -- Julian of Norwich, 14th Century Mystic

 “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the
                    treasures of life.”
                       -- Joseph Campbell
How prepared are you for the
inevitabilities of a human life?

       • Straw Houses
       • Illusions
The Problem with Straw Houses
                  Overflowing Glass

Stress, suffering, pain,
hard times, challenges

                                   How full is
                                  your glass?
Principles of Deductive Logic

         A specific conclusion will be
          accepted based on one or
             more premises. If the
          premises are true, then the
        conclusion must also be true.
              Thus, if A (a general
          statement) is true and B(a
          specific statement) is true,
         then C (the conclusion)must
           also be true. Yada, yada,
    Deductive Reasoning Syllogism
A. All normal dogs are born with one head and
   four legs. (General Statement)
B. Dorothy is a normal dog. (Specific Statement)

C. Dorothy has one head and four legs.

      Hey, that’s true!
                           Here’s the
Negative Self-Image Leads to Suffering

The unconscious cannot
differentiate between false versus
true premises as it draws all of its
conclusions by way of deductive
logic syllogisms.
Premise A**: I am worthless, stupid,
and will never amount to anything.
Premise B: I failed my exam.
Conclusion C: I truly am worthless
and stupid. I’ll never amount to
**Premises based on one’s history, experience, belief system,
  Ways You Can Tell You Are Adding to Your
   Suffering Through Negative Self-Image

 “That’s just the way I am.”
 “I could never do that well.”
 “People like me can’t ______ (be
successful, change, overcome obstacles,
learn to tap dance, fill in your own “can’t”).
 Any number of Self-Fulfilling Prophecies.
Commonly-Held Illusions and Suffering

   Life is fair.
   I’m immune from Life’s realities.
   I’m in total control. I create my life.
   If something bad happens to me, I
  must have done something to deserve
      Beyond Resiliency
“Resiliency” from the Latin resilire – “to spring back.”
Luck, Destiny & Free Will
Good Luck? Bad Luck? Who Knows?

  “Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is
 clear? Can you remain unmoving till
   the right action arises by itself?”
          -- Tao te Ching
The Three Fates

           Lachesis – The Lot
          Klotho – The Spinner
         Atropos – The Inflexible
                   Locus of Control
                     (A Continuum)

    Internal                             External
Locus of Control                      Locus of Control

Free Will                Vs.           Destiny
Rowing AND Flowing

  The Middle Way
           The Path With Heart

“Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Then ask yourself and yourself alone one
question…Does this path have a heart? If it
does, the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of
no use.”    -- Don Juan, Yaqui sorcerer
    Ways We Add to Suffering
• Resistance to change
• Expectation that life is always fair
• The illusion of egoism
• Failure to take responsibility for responses
• Ruminative suffering
• Failure of compassion
• Unconscious approach to life
      12 Strategies
Growing Through Suffering
#1 Discover a Larger Perspective

   The Eagle Nebula – 7 Million Light Years Away
    Some Ways of Discovering a Larger
 Explore religious & spiritual traditions
 Read about your own tradition
 Take classes in philosophy, metaphysics
or other disciplines
 Investigate your family genealogy
 Look to nature
 Write down or sketch your thoughts and
#2 Turn Toward Compassion and
          Help Others

  Look at the things you say to yourself
 when you’re in pain
  Find a voice that expresses
 compassion to others AND to yourself
  Fuel your compassion with action –
       #3 Recognize and Stop Self-Imposed

 Listen to the wake-up calls about the things you do in your
 Look honestly at your feelings about yourself
 Surround yourself with good company and lovingly avoid
negative people
 Forgive yourself
 Change your inner self-talk
 Don’t set perfectionistic goals
 Celebrate your strengths and achievements
Gravel in Your Knee Can Hurt for a Lifetime
 Holding on to a Negative Self-
 Believing in Illusions
 Avoiding fixing things that can and
will lead to suffering
#4 Practice Mindfulness

“Stay here, quivering with each
moment, like a drop of mercury.”
            -- Rumi
         Practice Mindfulness

 Practice daily meditation
 Read books about mindfulness
 Tap into community support (e.g., yoga)
 Find your unique path
 Live in the present moment
 Let yourself feel everything
          #5 Grieve

“We’re healed from suffering only by
 experiencing our grief to the full.”
         -- Marcel Proust
 Recognize and acknowledge when you are
 Let yourself feel the pain
 Sometimes find diversions
 Express your sorrow, Talk about it
 Forgive yourself
 Take care of your physical self
 Be aware of “anniversary reactions”
 Get help if you need it
 Help others through their grief
    #6 Build Good Containers

“No Soul is desolate so long as there is a human
 being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.”
                  -- George Eliot

“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our
                 -- Thich Nhat Hanh

 Shore up your connections in your
family by frequent contact
 Create a family from friends
 Build your containers BEFORE you
need them
 Be a good container to others in your
 #7 Count Your Blessings &
   Discover the Power of
“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of
 the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or
 opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”
               -- Helen Keller
Optimistic versus Pessimistic Cognitions During Hard Times

           Optimistic              Pessimistic

            Temporary               Permanent

             Specific                Pervasive

             External                Personal

         Source: Martin Seligman, Learned Optimism
           Blessings & Optimism
 Always, and particularly during hard times,
look around at the blessings in your life
 Calm your mind through meditation, yoga,
quiet time alone, and nature
 Look at your own levels of optimism and
pessimism. How do you rate yourself?
 Share the blessings you have with others
#8 Find Courageous Role Models &
         The Hero Within

 “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long
run than outright exposure. Life is either a
     daring adventure or it is nothing.”
             -- Helen Keller
  Role Models & The Inner Hero

 Sit quietly and reflect on your heroes
 Study to learn more about them
 Write a story – how would your hero
deal with your present challenge?
 #9 Keep a Sense of Humor

“Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the
             beginning of prayer.”
             -- Reinhold Niebuhr

 Don’t ever be afraid to step back
from your suffering and laugh
 Share your laughter with others
     #10 Express Your
“There is no grief like the grief
   which does not speak.”
  -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
            Express Yourself
 Talk about your suffering with a friend of
 Listen to others when they need an ear
 Express your suffering through art or
ritual          Process
                 and the
                Story of the
              Chinese Potter
#11 Silence, Prayer & Meditation

  “There is nothing in all creation so
        like God as stillness.”
          -- Meister Eckhart
      Silence, Prayer & Meditation

 Set aside time each day to meditate or pray
 Read, practice and learn about the many types of
meditation and prayer
 Discover the joys of prayer and meditation with
others through a place of worship
 Learn to love silence
 Ask your friends and family to keep you in their
#12 Come to Your Life Like a Warrior

“The difference between an ordinary person and a
  warrior, is that a warrior takes everything as a
challenge while an ordinary man takes everything
          as either a blessing or a curse.”
           -- Don Juan, Yaqui Sorcerer
The Search for Shambhala
The ABC’s of Living as a Warrior

  A    Awareness
  B     Bravery
  C    Compassion
  D    Discipline
              Live Like a Warrior
 Gently but honestly look at yourself and your
life in relations to the four warrior characteristics.
Where are you strong? Where do you need
 Work out a specific plan to keep yourself
physically, psychologically, and spiritually strong.
 Every morning ask yourself one question:
“What do I need to do today to take greater
responsibility for my life and live with the
passionate vitality of a warrior?”
       This being human is a guest
“Open the door to your guest house.
Say “yes” to all of your life. Choose to
live joyfully even in your pain. Love
yourself and everyone else. Be
present always – alive to every
moment. Grieve when you should,
fight when you can, accept when you
must. But above all, say yes.”
    -- From “After the Darkest Hour” pg. 262
       Day Two - Afternoon
     The Illusion of Separateness
     and the Power of Connection

 Resolving the dialectic between the ego and the
 What we know about belongingness and health
 Why connection is and antidote to illness and a
precursor to vibrant health
 Ten vigorous approaches to help patients enrich
their relationships
            Become a Lake

“We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.”
             -- Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk
The Landscape of Connection
 The Biology of Belonging
 The Psychology of Belonging
 The Nature of Attachment
 The Failure of Attachment
 The Evidence for the Power of Connection
 Social Capital and Where We Collectively Stand
 The Usual Suspects
 A New Paradigm/Honoring the Wake-Up Call
 A Thousand Words for Snow
    A Social Animal

“By our very natures, humans are prepared
to be social animals. We are biologically and
psychologically prepared for attachment and
bonding. Our need for connection is – from
birth and beyond – a fundamental survival
     -- Living a Connected Life
       Some Evidence for
       Human Sociability

 Infants cry at sound of another infant’s cry.
 Menstrual synchronization.
 Without touch and closeness, infants die.
 Fine tuning of thousands of physiological events
– blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature,
sugar levels, hormones and salts are affected by
others and they, in turn by us.
 Heart-to-Heart.
        Attachment is Not Just In The Brain

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.
For that which is essential is invisible to the eye.”
     -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “The Little Prince”
         Attachments of the Heart
 The heart forms in the developing fetus before the brain (within the
first 18 days post-conception) and a regular heartbeat can be measured
within days of that.
 Heartbeat is “auto-rhythmic” self-initiated from within the heart itself.
 Generates the strongest electromagnetic field produced by the body
(40-60% more amplitude than the brain).
 Electricity generated by the heart can be measured in the brain waves
of another person when people are touching or near one another
(measured up to 12 feet).
 Entrainment – heart cells from two different people will begin to beat
together even when in two separate petri dishes – synchronization.
Human Infants and Baby Sea Turtles

    Compared to every other species,
    human infants are born premature
    and must continue to develop
    outside the womb. We’re
    biologically hardwired to ripen
    through loving, secure experiences
    with caregivers.
 Psychology and Biology of Belongingness
     Brain Development in Infants

 75% of Brain develops after birth through experience
 100 billion neurons and trillions of glial (“glue”) cells
 Interconnections are most critical and forming
 Changes 100,000 times more rapidly than an adult brain
 Consumes far more calories than adult brain (65% v 15%)
 Pre-wired and Pruning (“use it or lose it”)
 Synaptic pathways
      Renée Spitz Research – 1940’s
Infants taken from felon mothers and raised in “sterile
nurseries” where they were fed but not handled or cuddled:
 Failed to thrive and were diminished in height and weight
for their age
 Developed brains that were 20-30% smaller than normal
 25% died within the first year. 37% died within the second
 Ironically, 40% of the infants who contracted measles died
when the mortality rate outside the institution was only .5%
 Scored 72 on the WISC (average intelligence is 90-105)
                               John Bowlby
               “The Father of Attachment Theory”
                               Bowlby said human attachment
                               was much more like imprinting in
                               geese and less like the reward
                               and punishment schedules that
                               allowed behaviorists to make
                               rats run mazes or shape pigeons
                               to peck levers. Attachment is
                               innate and neurologically based -
Konrad Lorenz and baby geese   An instinctive reciprocal
                               relationships with implications
                               for the survival of the species.
Harlow’s Monkeys – 1960s
  Infant rhesus monkeys separated from
  their mothers were apathetic, sometimes
  hyperagitated, aggressive and given to
  outbursts of violence. The were socially
  inept, highly fearful, failed to interact
  normally, showed inappropriate sexual
  responses and often rocked like autistic
  children. As adults – the females were
  not able to care for their offspring,
  would not breastfeed, and behaved
  violently toward their babies.
Attachment: An Exquisite Dance
        Mother/Infant Proximity
           & Breastfeeding

 Balances levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) in
the infant and sends messages to the brain to make
 Flood of prolactin and oxytocin in mother
(“mothering hormones”)
 Infant’s core body temperature coordinates with
that of her mother (called “thermoregulation”)
 Interval of their heartbeats is the same
     Fathering and Attachment
 Not as clear as research with mothers – probably
because little research attention has been paid to
attachment and human fathers
 New research is documenting dramatic endocrinological
changes for fathers in preparation for and after the birth of
offspring. Clear effects of paternity in several species of
mammals and rodents and most species of birds
 Human fathers – reduction in salivary testosterone in
response to infant’s cries
 Fathers’ levels of cortisol, prolactin and testosterone
changed dramatically during partner’s pregnancy
  Infants Are Born Ready to Relate

 Hearing is fully developed at birth –
the developing fetus has taken in 60%
of the sounds surrounding his/her mother
 Even 2-day old infants show a decided preference for
human sounds and music over all other sounds
 Preprogrammed to look for and see human faces – will
orient to a mask if it has two eyes, a smooth forehead, a
nose and moves. A mouth is not necessary! Between 3-6
months, infants smile – “innate releasing mechanism”
 Can discriminate between miniscule changes in emotional
responsiveness of people around them
       Erik Erikson’s 8 Stages
 of Human PsychoSocial Development

1. Trust/Mistrust (Infancy – ages 1 or 2)
2. Autonomy/Shame (ages 2-4)
3. Initiative/Guilt (ages 4-6 – formal school)
4. Inferiority/Inferiority (“school age”)
5. Identity/Identity Diffusion (Adolescence)
6. Intimacy/Isolation (Young Adult)
7. Generativity/Self-Absorption (Adulthood)
8. Integrity/Despair (Maturity)
    Mastering Trust/Distrust
When an infant learns to trust others, herself, and the
environment when her physical and emotional needs are
met and she is free from uncertainty, feels safe and
protected, develops secure attachments, and knows that
others will help and care for her. With this early
experience, the infant will grow into a person with
abilities to form and maintain relationships. She will
have positive expectations about others and a long-
standing belief in her own worthiness and the
expectation that the world can be a safe place.
Failing to Master Trust/Distrust
If the infant cannot (for any reason) master the
challenge of trust/mistrust, she will carry
remnants of this uncompleted task into the next
and subsequent stages of development and
mover through life with high levels of fear and
insecurity. As an adult, she will see the world as
an unfriendly, unpredictable, and chaotic place
and will be unlikely to develop deep and intimate
relationships with others.
        Types of Attachment
1. Secure – Upset at mother’s departure and easily soothed
   when she returned (about 70% of infants tested this way
   in the “Strange situation”)
2. Insecure/Avoidant – May or may not be distressed at
   mother’s departure but avoided or turned away from
   mother on her return
3. Insecure/Ambivalent – Distressed at mother’s departure
   but seeks both comfort and distance on mother’s return.
   Crying and reaching to be held but attempting to get away
   once picked up. Actively or passively showed hostility to
                    Mary Ainsworth et al
     Attachment: When Things Go Wrong

   “Needy,” lonely, disaffected, pessimistic
 High levels of psychological (e.g., low self-esteem,
depression, anxiety) and physical problems (e.g., failure to
thrive, infections, chronic illness)
 Antisocial: sometimes aggressive or violent
 Difficulties with trust, intimacy & affection
 Attachment Disorders form a continuum bounded on one
end by “secure attachment” and the other by the most severe
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) e.g., Romanian Orphans (1960s – 1990s)
              Reactive Attachment Disorder
                      Sad Statistics

 Attachment disorder is transmitted intergenerationally. Children lacking
secure attachments with caregivers commonly grow up to be parents who
are incapable of establishing this crucial foundation with their own
children. Instead of following the instinct to protect, nurture and love their
children, they abuse, neglect and abandon. The situation is out of control.
Consider the following:
 The number of children seriously injured by maltreatment quadrupled
from 1986 (140,000) to 1993 (600,000).
 Three million cases of maltreatment were investigated by Child
Protective Services in 1995. Over one million were confirmed as serious
abuse and/or neglect with risk for continued maltreatment. Surveys
indicated the actual number of cases are 10 to 16 times higher.
Child Protective Services are unable to handle the vast increases; only
28% of seriously maltreated children were evaluated in 1993 compared to
45% in 1986.

            Symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder

1.   Behavior: oppositional and defiant, impulsive, destructive, lie and steal, aggressive and
     abusive, hyperactive, self-destructive, cruel to animals, irresponsible, fire setting.
2.   Emotions: intense anger and temper, sad, depressed and hopeless, moody, fearful and
     anxious (although often hidden), irritable, inappropriate emotional reactions.
3.   Thoughts: negative beliefs about self, relationships, and life in general ("negative
     working model"), lack of cause-and-effect thinking, attention and learning problems.
4.   Relationships: lacks trust, controlling ("bossy"), manipulative, does not give or receive
     genuine affection and love, indiscriminately affectionate with strangers, unstable peer
     relationships, blames others for own mistakes or problems, victimizes others/victimized.
5.   Physical: poor hygiene, tactilely defensive, enuresis and encopresis, accident prone,
     high pain tolerance, genetic predispositions (e.g., depression, hyperactivity).
6.   Moral/Spiritual: lack of faith, compassion, remorse, meaning and other prosocial values,
     identification with evil and the dark side of life.

 Our History MAY Become Our Future

 Habits are formed through repetition
 Psychological and neurological “ruts”
 (Synaptic pathways)
 Negative self-image, internal self-talk,
 self-defeating beliefs
 Lack of skills required for intimate connections

   The Good News! People can change through insight and action!

   Specialized Therapy is necessary for severe cases of attachment disorder.
        When Things Go Right

“Secure adults find it relatively easy to get close to
 others. They’re happy, socially competent people
with high levels of resiliency and persistence. They
   don’t worry about being abandoned or having
   someone close to them. They’re “emotionally
  intelligent,” empathetic with others, solve many
 problems on their own but aren’t reluctant to ask
 others for help when they need it. They maintain
      close, intimate connections with others.”
               – Living a Connected Life
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Well, You Got To Have Friends

Loneliness breaks the spirit
        -- Jewish Proverb
           The Power of

“If you could do just one thing that would lengthen
     your life, help you stay psychologically and
 physically healthy, and support your healing when
   you did become ill, you would maintain strong
     connections to other people. The effects of
 belongingness are so potent that if they could be
       bottled, they would need FDA approval.”

              -- Living A Connected Life
         The Early Evidence

As early as 1897, French Sociologist
Emile Durkheim observed that one
could predict rates of suicide by looking
at the quality of social ties in an area.
In areas where there was strong “social
solidarity”, suicide rates were low.
Areas where social ties were weak had
much higher rates of suicide.
       The Roseto Effect – 1950s
A small town in Pennsylvania – A close-knit community of
Italian immigrants who lived longer lives than people in
neighboring towns and were virtually free of heart disease.
Had they found the alchemical Elixir Vitae?
No! They had high levels of social cohesion, trust, and
mutual respect. They were connected.
From 1979 to 1994, eight large-scale
community-based studies confirmed
what those early researchers found
in Roseto.
              Scientific Studies
Five decades of medical and epidemiological
research has shown the powerful and positive
effects of connections on:

 Heart and cardiovascular disease

 Stroke
 Respiratory Diseases
 Cancer
 Allergies, Colds, and other Infectious Diseases
 Depression, Stress and other Psychological Problems
   Positive Effects of Connections
In his book Love and Survival: The Scientific
Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy,
physician Dean Ornish summarizes the power of
connections this way: “I am not aware of any
other factor in medicine – not diet, not smoking,
not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs,
not surgery – that has a greater impact on our
quality of life, incidence of illness, and premature
death from all causes.”
                Interesting Gender Difference

 When women are stressed – they move toward greater
connection with other (“Tend and Befriend” rather than
“Fight or Flight”).
 Men under stress tend to “hole up.”
 Women respond to stress with a surge of brain chemicals
(such as oxytocin) that buffer the “fight or flight” response,
pushes them toward social contact, which releases more
oxytocin which calms them further. Estrogen (a female
hormone) has an enhancing effect on oxytocin whereas
testosterone (a male hormone) reduces it.
  Klein, Laura & Taylor, Shelley (UCLA Stress Research Lab), 2002
      “Social Capital”

Social capital is the “glue” that holds
societies together and refers to the
quality and depth of relationships
between people in a community.
    The Collective Benefits of High Social Capital

 Joining one group cuts your odds of dying over the next year in half.
Joining two groups cuts it in quarter.
 Communities with higher levels of social capital produce children with
higher SAT scores and higher performance on a broad range of testing.
 Communities with higher social capital have lower dropout rates, higher
retention, and less youth violence.
 The more connected we are in our community, the less colds, heart
attacks, strokes, cancer, depression, and premature death we experience.
 The higher the social capital, the less murders and violent crimes in our
 Blood donations are higher in communities with high social capital.
 Road rage is reduced in communities with high social capital.
 Measured happiness goes up when we are socially connected in mutually
respectful, trusting relationships based on exchange and reciprocity.
         The Sorry State of Our Connections

 Family dinners and family vacations or even just sitting and
talking with your family are down by one third in last 25 years.
 Having friends over to the house is down by 45 percent over
the last 25 years.
 Participation in clubs and civic organizations has been cut by
more than half over last 25 years.
 Involvement in community life, such as public meetings is
down by 35 percent over last 25 years.
 Church attendance is down by roughly one third since 1960s.
 Philanthropy as fraction of income is down by nearly one
third since the 1960s.
      How Connected Are You?
      How many of your neighbors’ first names do you know?
      How often do you attend parades or festivals?
      Do you volunteer at your kids’ school? Or help out senior citizens?
      Do you trust your local police?
      Do you know who your U.S. senators are?
      Do you attend religious services? Or go to the theater?
      Do you sign petitions? Or attend neighborhood meetings?
      Do you think the people running your community, care about you?
      Can you make a difference?
      How often do you visit with friends or family?

The Social Capital Community Benchmark Study –
   The Usual Suspects
for our Dwindling Social Capital
         Mobility
         Where You Live
         Sprawl
         Not Enough Time
         Television
         Technology
         Breakdown of Traditional Families
         Women in the Labor Force
         Generational Effects
 U.S. Census Bureau reports that residential
mobility has been exceedlingly constant over
the past 50 years, but if anything, we’re
relocating LESS now than in the 1950s (when
social capital was high by every measure)
 1950s = 20% of Americans moved each
year compared to 16% (1999).                    Dismissed
 Adding to the stability of present-day
communities, home ownership in 1999 was at
a record-setting high (67%).
                   Where You Live

 Residents of large metro areas compared
to small-town counterparts are less likely to
join groups, attend club or public meetings,
attend church, or visit with friends.
 BUT – metro residents are only about
10% less trusting and join different kinds of   Dismissed
groups – More nationality-based and                 !
political clubs while smaller cities have
more veterans’, fraternal, agricultural,
service, and church groups.
 Suburban sprawl has created an
environment in which most Americans no
longer live where they work
 The average commuter spends 72 minutes
every day behind the wheel and most
commute alone (2/3 of all car trips are made   Get back in the
alone)                                          lineup, son!

 Commuting represents twice as much time
as the average parent spends with kids
 Every ten minutes of additional commuting
time cuts all forms of social capital by 10%
      Not Enough Time
 Time-use studies show that leisure
time from 1965 to 1985 actually
increased by 5 hours per week
 The average American schedule has
more than 40 hours a week that could    Dismissed
be used to make deposits into our           !

social capital account
 Question of priorities, not of time
 Americans spend more hours alone in front of their TV sets
(3-4 hours per day) than in any other activity except work & sleep
 TV watching accounts for more than ½ of all leisure time activity
 Heavy television watchers are more likely to be pessimistic,
overestimate crime rates, and spend less time engaged with others
 The only leisure time activity that is associated with decreased
(rather than increased) social capital                                Get back in
                                                                      the lineup!
 “The data suggest that most Americans would rather watch
Friends than have friends.” – Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone
 Longer work hours are associated with more (not less) civic
engagement and connections (e.g., report 30% less TV)
 Some studies suggest that people who
spend a great deal of time on the Internet are
less connected to other socially.
 Other studies have shown that technology
has enormous power to create and maintain
relationships.                                      The Jury is Out!
 “The Digital Divide” is a serious social issue.
 Conscious use of technology needs further
      Breakdown of Traditional Families

  Strong families increase social capital – at the core of our
sense of connection, belongingness
 Changes in basic structure of family: number of married
Americans has declined from 74% (1974) to 56% (1998); ½ of all
first marriages end in divorce
 BUT, the sharpest jump in the divorce rate occurred in the
1970s – “long after the cohorts who show the sharpest declines in
connection and social trust had left home”
 Traditional family structure only associated with churchgoing     Dismissed
and youth-related activities. Single and divorced people are more       !
likely to attend club meetings and hang out with friends. Married
folks more likely to have dinner parties
 Divorce and changes in structure of families have only a
moderate effect on social capital
        Women in the Labor Force

 In the 1960s only 37% of women held jobs
outside the home, 60% of women now do (2003)
 Men belong to more groups, but women spend
more time with the ones to which they belong
 Women who work outside the home actually
spent more time with clubs and organizations           !
than women who did not work outside the home
 Working outside the home or not, women still
spend more time in informal socializing than men
      Generational Effects

 Throughout the life cycle, people born before
1932 experienced more civic involvement, trust
between people, feelings of belongingness, and
relationships to neighbors and groups             Get back in
                                                  the lineup!
 “The Greatest Generation” vote more often
(double the rate for other generations), trust
people more (60% compared to 25% for their
grandchildren) and are more engaged in civic
and neighborhood life – they’re more connected
      Robert Putnam et al. Saguaro Seminar
 John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Analyzing the Guilty Suspects
        Putnam's Guesstimated Explanation
        for Civic Disengagement, 1965-2000

                                    Generationtal Efx
                                    TV Generation

       Generational Effects         40-50%
       TV                           20-25%
       TV Generation                10-15%
       Sprawl                       10%
       Work/Time Pressures          10%
         A Terrifying Prophecy
“Creating (or recreating) social capital is no
simple task. It would be eased by a palpable
national crisis, like war or depression or natural
disaster, but or better and for worse, America at
the dawn of the new century faces no such
galvanizing crisis.”
            -- Robert Putnam (2000)

                                      …until now
September 11, 2001
   A Changed and Changing World – Post 9/11?

Americans dramatically shifted their stated
priorities after the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001. Multiple polls showed
we said we wanted closer connections, and
more time with our friends and family. But,
unfortunately, this shift in values didn’t last
very long. By the spring of 2002, the surveys
showed we were back to business as usual.
    Honoring the Wake-Up Call

 Crisis and Opportunity
 Paradigm shift
 Establishing Values & Priorities
 Respecting the Yin
       What is Old Can Become New

Indigenous Cultures are strong in places where ours is weak:

 Native American Tribes
 Hawaiian hanai and ho’oponopono and aloha
 Canela people of Brazil
The Downside of “Belongingness”
 Al-Qaeda, Nazisim, Aum Shinrikyo, Gangs

   Everything of substance casts a shadow

      Closed systems
      No respect for individuality/diversity
      Patriotism becomes jingoism
      “Us” v. “Them”
      Deference to authority and        conformity
      Fragments, polarizes & abuses
     Collective and Individual Balance

Both ruthless collectivism and rugged individualism are
unbalanced and destructive to human life. Either one in its
extreme form fails to provide the kind of society that
allows human beings to flourish in their individual
achievements and freedoms while nestled in the loving
embrace of community, social responsibility, and safe
Integration of Dualities

           As in all dualities, the
           wise strive to “hold the
           tension of the opposites”
           to integrate and balance
           opposing forces as we
           walk in both worlds.
           Yin                           Yang
         Feminine                       Masculine
          Passive                        Active
           Dark                           Light
           Eros                           Logos
        Right Brain                     Left Brain
           Moon                            Sun
“Shady Side of the Mountain”   “Sunny Side of the Mountain”
          Yielding                     Aggressive
        Unconscious                     Conscious
          Emotion                        Reason
 Relatedness, Communalism       Individualism, Separatism
       Open Systems                  Closed Systems
A Thousand Words For Snow
       Assumptions for the Model

1.   Everyone needs a variety of people and relationships in their lives
2.   Relationships are not static; they change, as do our lives and needs.
3. Think of the “rings” in the model as semi-permeable membranes
4. It is the inner circle of relationships – those with whom we are
   connected by the heart – that constitute our “tribe” or true safety net.
   These are the containers that serve as our containers for emotional and
   spiritual growth
5. With the possible exception of our biological family, most relationships
   do not begin within this inner circle
6. Don’t mistake the “map” for the “territory” – life is really more complex
   than any model can describe
    The World At Large

 Global Planet
 Non-local Consciousness, Subatomic Particles
and Random Event Generating Machines
 The Power of Love
 More opportunities for connection than you
may ever have realized
 Mitakye Oyasin and Namaste
Not Quite Strangers
 & Acquaintances

    We may have hundreds of people in our network
   of “not quite strangers” who are wrested from the
   great web of being
    Friendship develops when one person says to
   another, “What! you, too? I thought I was the only
   one!” (C.S. Lewis)
     Moving Closer to the Center

 Shared values more important than shared interests.
But shared interests are a good place to start
 Move relationship out of its original context (e.g., ask a
co-worker to your daughter’s wedding)
 Original context makes a difference (Chinese saying:
“We will often forget those we’ve laughed with. We will
never forget those we’ve cried with.”) A refiner’s fire
 Unexplainable chemistry
Friends For A Season or Reason

        May have a number of “casual”
       friends but are tied together for a
       season or reason
        When season or reason changes,
       friend may not be so close
        Our expectations should be realistic
        These friends may become attached-
       at-the-heart with time and nurturance
        Attached-At-The-Heart Friends

 “My friends are my estate.” Emily Dickinson
 “A Friend is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.” Aristotle
 “One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.”

 “Friends are the masterpiece of nature.” Emerson
 “Friend, our relationship is this that wherever you put
your foot, you feel me in the firmness under you.” Rumi
 “Friendship? Yes, please.” Charles Dickens
   Our Safe Harbor
 Plato – searching for our missing half
 Fictive Kin and Aunt Franny
 Last a lifetime, call at 3 AM, good times/bad times
 Celtic Anam Cara (“Soul Friend”)
 Ceremonies pledging unconditional loyalty:
   •“Blood brother” (Native American)
   • Hawaiian pili hoaloha
   • German & Swiss Duzen (to address informally)
The State of YOUR Safe Harbor
  A Map To Connection
 Your Friendship Values
 Know Thyself
 Social Skills
 Acceptance – Are you a friend?
 Boundaries: Armor, Gelatin, and semi-permeable membranes
 Communication Revolution
 Good Times/Bad Times
 That Time Thing
“We have all known the long loneliness and
we have learned that the only solution is love
and that love comes with community.”
          -- Dorothy Day, humanitarian and founder
             of the Catholic Worker Movement, 1933
        Your Friendship Values
 Values are the foundation upon which
everything else relies
 Conscious understanding and living one’s values
 Yogi Berra – “If you don’t know where you’re
going, you’ll end up somewhere else.”
 Rocks in a Mason Jar
     Know Thyself

 You can’t have a better relationship with
anyone else than the one you have with yourself
 What do you bring into your relationships?
 How well do you know yourself?
 The Persona and The Shadow
 Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
 “To know others is to be wise, to know oneself
is to be enlightened” – Tao Te Ching
                        Social Skills

 “Great news!      1. Verbal Aspects
You can learn
  social skills
just like I did!
                       Self-Disclosure
   Let’s do
    lunch!”            Me, Me, Me – The Song of Narcissism
                       Listening Skills
                   2. Non-Verbal Aspects
                   3. Cognitive Aspects (self-defeating beliefs
                      and negative self-talk)
                   4. Emotional and Physiological Aspects
  Acceptance: Are You A Friend?

 Similarities and Differences
 The Futility of Seeking Perfection
 Unconditional Love and Acceptance
 Giving AND Receiving
     Armor, Gelatin & Semi-permeable Membranes

 The importance of Interpersonal Boundaries
 Turning Toward, Turning Against, Turning With
 Unable to risk v. Co-Dependency
 When friends hurt/Toxic relationships
 Schopenhauer’s Porcupines
Communication Revolution

1. Express Yourself
    Self-Disclosure
    Clarity
    Assertiveness
2. Advice and Truth
3. The fine (and lost) Art of Listening
4. The gift of communication technology
   at the top of Mount Haleakala
    Good Times/Bad Times

 “Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity
than in prosperity,” Chilo (6th Century BCE – Greek)
 Two Travelers and the Bear (Aesop)
 Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (“Friendshifts” – Jan Yager)
 Shared Interests/Shared Values
 History and Remembrance
          That Time Thing

“If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve
got to know what’s important and then give it all
you’ve got,” -- Lee Iacocca

   Identify your use of time
   Analyze your present situation
   Develop a plan – short and long-term goals
   Implement your plan
   Re-evaluate your use of time
Lessons From Toulouse
     Be patient, persistent, never give up
     Welcome the stranger
       Finding Your Pack

“Wolves love to howl. When it is started, they
instantly seek contact with one another, troop
together, fur to fur. Some wolves will run from any
distance, panting and bright-eyed, to join in,
uttering, as they near, fervent little wows, jaws
wide, hardly able to wait to sing.”
                – Lois Crisler, Arctic Wild

      There is no house like the house of belonging.
                    David Whyte, poet
         Day Two - Afternoon
  Spirituality, Healing and Clinical Practice
 The connection between spirituality and health –
what the research tells us
 A paradigm shift integrating science and soul
 Ethical considerations in spirituality and healing
 Reframing illness as an opportunity for spiritual
 The metaphysics of health
 How to forge healing alliances with patients
 Toward a new psychology of clinical behavioral
         Spirituality, Healing, and
         Clinical Practice in 1910

“Nothing in life is more wonderful than faith -
- the one great moving force which we can
neither weigh in the balance nor test in the
crucible…mysterious, indefinable, known only
by its effects, faith pours out an unfailing
stream of energy while abating neither jot
nor tittle of its potency.”

Sir William Osler (1910). “The faith that heals,” British
Medical Journal, 1:1470-72.
Spirituality, Healing and Clinical Practice

     Separation of Religion and Medicine
      occurred between 1400 and 1800

 Illness first addressed in religious/spiritual
 First documented surgical operation
 First hospitals to care for sick in general pop
 For 1400 years, church controlled medicine
 Many early physicians were priests or monks
 First nurses came from religious orders
 Modern psychiatric care had origins in “moral”
treatment of the mentally ill
             Spirituality and Health:
              What People Believe
 84% of Americans think that praying for the sick
improves their chances of recovery; 28% think
religion and medicine should be separate
 70% of Americans say they pray often for the
health of a family member. Just 52% say they pray
for world peace and 27% say they pray for financial or
career success
 72% of Americans say they would welcome a
conversation with their physician about faith
 72% of Americans say they believe that praying to
God can cure someone – even if science says the
person doesn’t stand a chance
              Source: Newsweek Poll, 2003
                 More Factoids

 More than half of American Medical Schools now
offer courses in “spirituality and medicine” – up
from just three a decade ago
 NIH will spend $3.5 million over the next several
years on mind/body medicine
 Harvard Medical School held a conference on
spirituality and health, focusing on the healing
effects of forgiveness
 More than ¾ of the more than 35,000 online
prayer circles are health related on –
a popular interfaith web site
             The Empirical Data
                   Hypothesis                                  Strength of Data
Church/service attendance promotes longer life                 Persuasive
Religion or spiritual protects against                         Moderate
cardiovascular disease
Being prayed for improves physical recovery                    Moderate
from acute illness
Religion/spirituality protects against cancer                  Inadequate
Religion/spirituality improves recovery from                   Very weak
acute illness
Religion/spirituality protects against disability              Very weak

Religion/spirituality slows the progression of                 Very weak
   Source: Powell. L.H. et. al. “Religion and Spirituality: Linkages to Physical Health”
   American Psychologist, Vol. 58, No. 1, January 2003
            Life Expectancy:
One of the clearest health benefits of religion:
     churchgoers live longer than others

        Attendance           Death Age

       No Church                 75

      Less than                  80
    Once per week                82

       More than                 83
            Living Well:
 Churchgoing promotes healthy habits:
Weekly attenders are more likely to make
            positive changes

     Life Change         Likelihood

    Less Depressed        +131%

    Quit Smoking           +78%

    More Exercise          +54%

   Stopped Drinking        +39%
     U.S. Life Expectancy at Age 20
        by Religious Attendance


75                                    Blacks

      Never   <1/wk-1/wk   >1/wk
 Study sample: reviewing findings from
three national surveys totaling more than
5,600 older Americans
 Study results: Attending religious services
was linked with improved physical health or
personal well-being.
 Other studies: 12 other studies published
since 1980 found persons in organized
religious activity had higher levels of life
 Levin JS, Chatters LM. “Religion, health, and psychological well-being in older
adults: findings from three national surveys.” Journal of Aging Health
  Meditation, Prayer, Chanting

 Changes brain activity
 Improves immune response
 Lowers heart rate and blood
 Reduces the body’s stress response
          The Evidence Mounts…

In a national trial of 750 patients
undergoing heart catheterization or
angioplasty, patients who were prayed for
and who also received a special program of
music, therapeutic touch, and guided
imagery had death rates 30% lower than
the group that received standard care or
the group who was only prayed for.
Source: Mitchell Krucoff, M.D. Duke University. Research
reported at the American College of Cardiology, October
           …And Mounts
In a survey of 1,500 people, results
showed that people who forgive
easily tend to enjoy great
psychological well-being and have
less depression than those who hold
Source: Neal Krause – University of Michigan School of Public
Health, 2003.

“There’s a physiology of forgiveness. When
you do not forgive, it will chew you up.”
Herbert Benson, M.D. Head of the Mind/Body Medical Institute,
Harvard University
Mind/Body Connection Well Documented:

   Progress in psychoneuroimmunology
   Stress and the immune system
   Health behaviors and immune function
   Stress and wound healing
   Social support as a buffering factor
   Cancer incidence and metastasis
   Progress in cardiovascular physiology
   Stress and cardiovascular function
   Health behaviors and cardiovascular function
      Meditating nuns have increased activity
      (red) in regions used for concentration

Source: Andrew Newberg, M.D. Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine,
Director of NeuroPET Research, and Assistant Professor in the Department
of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
   Meditating nuns have decreased activity
   (yellow) in areas promoting a sense of self
   (e.g., ego)

Source: Andrew Newberg, M.D. Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine,
Director of NeuroPET Research, and Assistant Professor in the Department
of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
           Why Integrate Spirituality
       Into Healing and Clinical Practice?

“For the more than 70 percent of the
population for whom religious commitment is
a central life factor, treatment approaches
devoid of spiritual sensitivity may provide an
alien values framework... a majority of the
population probably prefers an orientation...
that is sympathetic, or at least sensitive, to a
spiritual perspective. We need to better
perceive and respond to this public need.”
Bergin and Jensen, Psychotherapy 1990;27:3-7.
          Spirit and Science
  Is there a fundamental “disconnect”
  between the nature of spirituality and the
  methods of modern science?
There are problems with using scientific methodologies to
investigate essentially existential questions. For example:

 How do you measure the power of prayer?
 Can one person’s prayer be stronger – and more effective –
than another’s?
 How do you separate the health benefits of going to
church/synagogue/mosque from the fact that people who attend
religious services tend to be less depressed and smoke less than
those who don’t?
 Most research has been done using attendance at church as a
variable of interest. Measuring “spirituality” rather than church
attendance is a more complex research issue.
         Are Spirituality and Science
             Mutually Exclusive?

“Religion and science seem to be mutually
exclusive perspectives.”
Stark (1963). Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 3:3-20.

“Religion and science are mutually exclusive realms
of thought whose presentation in the same context
leads to misunderstanding of BOTH scientific theory
and religious belief.”
National Academy of Science (1984). “Science and creationism: A
view from the National Academy of Science.”
Ken Wilber’s Four Quadrant Model
Four Quadrants Simplified
  Dangers in the Integration of
    Spirituality and Health

1. We will impose our own spiritual
beliefs on patients/clients

 2. Infer that people who are sick are
somehow spiritually inadequate
                     Negative Effects
 Used to justify hatred, aggression, prejudice
 Judgmental, alienating and exclusive
 May be restricting and limiting, rather than
 May induce excessive guilt (not enough “faith”)
  (NOTE: Seriously ill patients who thought God was punishing or
  abandoning them were up to 30% more likely to die over the next
  two years (Source: Kenneth Pargament, Ph.D. Green State
  University (Ohio) – study with 600 patients)
 May encourage magical thinking, sacrifice of
 May be used instead of medical care
  • Failure to seek prenatal, obstetrical, and other medical care
  • Failure to vaccinate children
  • Stopping of medication to demonstrate faith
            Illness does not result
       from a lack of spirituality or faith

 Suzuki Roshi (who brought Zen from Japan to
the U.S.) died from liver cancer
 Saint Bernadette died at age 35 of
 Sri Ramana Maharishi – the most revered
saint in India – died of stomach cancer
 Siddhartha (the Buddha) died from
food poisoning
… and even the Dalai Lama has to
wear glasses!
            Physicians’ Top Five Barriers
        to Addressing Patient Spiritual Needs

      Lack of Time                                       71%
      Lack of Training as to how                         59%
      to take a spiritual history
      Uncertainty about how to                           56%
      identify patient’s with
      spiritual needs
      Concern about projecting                           53%
      own beliefs onto patients
      Uncertainty about how to                           49%
      manage patient’s spiritual
Ellis, M.R. et al. “Addressing spiritual concerns of patients’ family physicians
attitudes and practices.” Journal of Family Practice, 1999; 48 (2), 105-9.
      Application of Spirituality to
         HealthCare Practice
 Take a religious/spiritual history
 Identify religious/spiritual needs
 Orchestrate resources to meet those needs
 Keep patient-centered
 Support religious beliefs patient finds helpful
 Address religious/spiritual issues???
 Pray with patients???
 Prescribe religious practices to non-religious???
 Network with local pastors/parish nurses

    Source: Harold G. Koenig, Duke University Medical
    Center. Address to Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine,
    San Antonio, TX, November 2001
          Respectful Questions
 Is faith (religion, spirituality) important to
you in this illness?
 Has faith (religion, spirituality) been
important to you at other times in your life?
 Do have someone to talk to about
religious matters?
 Would you like to explore religious matters
with someone?
 Recommended by American College of Physicians-American Society of
 Internal Medicine End-of-Life Care Consensus Panel. Lo, B., Quill, T., &
 Tulsky, J. (1999). Discussing palliative care with patients. Annals of
 Internal Medicine, 130, 744-749.
              Summary of Research
             on Spirituality and Health
 Our current health care system has its origins
and roots in religious practice
 Religiously involved people generally have
greater well-being and better mental health
 Religiously involved people generally have
better physical health and live longer
 Religiously involved people generally need
and use fewer health services
 Sensitive application of these research
findings to clinical practice should be
    Source: Harold G. Koenig, Duke University Medical Center.
    Address to Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, San Antonio,
    TX, November 2001
        Thank You. Mitakuye Oyasin.

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