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Caring for the Soul: Part II I am certain of nothing but the Holiness of the heart’s affections And the truth of the Imagination. John Keats.

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1 Caring for the Soul: Part II I am certain of nothing but the Holiness of the heart’s affections And the truth of the Imagination. John Keats

2 Being Human Gives Access to Soul The messes that make us human. The messes that make us human. Negative moods and emotions. Negative moods and emotions. Bad life choices. Bad life choices. Unhealthy habits. Unhealthy habits. Trying to avoid human mistakes and failures, we move beyond the reach of soul. Trying to avoid human mistakes and failures, we move beyond the reach of soul. Soul may express itself in dramatic ways. Soul may express itself in dramatic ways. Severe pathologies --- sometimes severe or life- threatening. Severe pathologies --- sometimes severe or life- threatening.

3 Observing Symptoms Observance has power --- enriches experience. Observance has power --- enriches experience. Look and listen carefully to what soul is saying. Look and listen carefully to what soul is saying. Make a friend of the problem. Make a friend of the problem. Allows soul to reveals itself more. Allows soul to reveals itself more. Seeing our story we can move more freely and with less distress. Seeing our story we can move more freely and with less distress.

4 Learning to Love the Soul Importance of deep curiosity about soul. Importance of deep curiosity about soul. Taking an interest in soul requires reflection and appreciation. Taking an interest in soul requires reflection and appreciation. Reveals our complexity. Reveals our complexity. Makes us ready for the complexities of life. Makes us ready for the complexities of life. Embrace contradiction and paradox. Embrace contradiction and paradox. Requires more than a lifetime to resolve conflicts. Requires more than a lifetime to resolve conflicts. Conflicts can be creative. Conflicts can be creative. Let the soul speak. Let the soul speak.

5 Speaking on Behalf of the Negative Value in what we reject --- but a profound challenge. Value in what we reject --- but a profound challenge. May house unknown biases. [Jung’s “Shadow]. May house unknown biases. [Jung’s “Shadow]. Person we choose not to be. Person we choose not to be. Genuine evil --- absolute shadow unrelated to choice. Genuine evil --- absolute shadow unrelated to choice. Soften moralism and judging. Soften moralism and judging. Individuality born of eccentricities and shadows. Individuality born of eccentricities and shadows. Interest in the “not-so-normal.” Interest in the “not-so-normal.” Deviation from the “usual” is a special revelation of the “truth.” Deviation from the “usual” is a special revelation of the “truth.”

6 Care (Art) vs. Cure Care of the soul never ends --- implies ongoing attention. Care of the soul never ends --- implies ongoing attention. Cure implies an end. Cure implies an end. Deeper mysteries within daily turmoil. Deeper mysteries within daily turmoil. Chance for further reflection. Chance for further reflection. Change may occur without being aware --- transformation. Change may occur without being aware --- transformation. Sacredness of each individual life. Sacredness of each individual life. Appreciates the mystery of human suffering. Appreciates the mystery of human suffering.


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