June 2018
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The Last Shaman- A Worthwhile Movie

This Netflix movie was released last year.  It is the journey of James, who suffers from depression. He has lost his ability to function and  find meaning in his  life. It is as though he literally and spiritually came unglued and is trying to put the pieces back together again.   He goes through conventional channels including a hospital stay and trying prescription medicine to bring him out of his depression.  ( HIs  father, who happens to be a doctor, is desperate to help James.  He reaches out to a colleague for help and is told that psychiatry really knows very little about how the brain works!  This statement  is then followed with another statement confirming the exploits of the pharmaceutical industry to make money at the expense of suffering individuals.)

James gives himself 12 months before he has 'a license to kill himself."   He embarks on a trip to Peru seeking  answers and the guidance of a shaman .  The movie takes the viewer through his recovery.   James shares his insights.  He mentions that he learned to receive his self-worth from people and this external  to himself, such as praise, money, education, etc.   He  doubts that the external acceptance from others truly feeds the soul.

James also uses medicinal plants to cleanse his body and shares this process in this film.  The viewer sees the natural medicines and rituals that James undertakes.

After spending much time alone in a rural area in Peru working with his shaman, he recognizes that  the answers are in him.  It seems that he has found his inner library or inner resources.  He returns to his home recognizing that he is more alive which is one of the things that he began his search looking for when he embarked upon his village. Perhaps it is not surprising that upon returning to the United States James finds himself spending time in the woods and on farmland.

Synchronicity and Intuition

Swiss psychologist Carl Jung coined the term "synchronicity and defined as "The coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer."  Think about the times in your life when highly improbable events  have occurred.  You might  have been thinking about someone and the person called.  (I had this happen this morning.  I was in the kitchen thinking that I needed to get a product to someone and the personal called and asked about it.)   Perhaps you have had the experience of saying the following to someone: "I was just getting ready to ..."  Maybe you have thought or said "Your timing is just perfect." Maybe you didn't want to go to an event and did so only to keep your promised  and then  something that you could not have planned for happened.

Yes, highly improbable events and they happen.  Not only do they happen, but they do so more often than many of us can account for  or notice.  Synchronicities are the guideposts, the miracle happenings that bring us joy, reminding us that everything is connected.  When you get on the right wavelength of that connection to reach your goals in life, synchronicity seem to guide you there more frequently and more quickly.

Perhaps we can engage our intuition through thoughts, prayer, and or meditation to guide or show us the synchronicities in our lives.  Perhaps intuition can and does play a role in synchronicity.  What do you think?

Intuition Plays a Role in business

Most business people acknowledge that rely on their gut when making  decisions.  Few say that they base their entire decision-making on their inner knowledge, awareness, feelings or thoughts.   Many believe that the two go hand in hand.  We have our factual data and then we have information from sources not always known or readily apparent to us and we make decisions.

Choices Made In A Fast Paced World

Today in a fast paced world, we make choices without having access to all the pertinent data. Often the time to collect the information is not always possible or practical.  Time is not always the solution.  The data isn't always available We have to go with our gut.   We have no choice.

I believe that we come to our conclusions and take action drawing on a pool of information based up knowledge of people, situations, history and from a lot of nonverbal cues that we have collected.  Not everyone will say I go with my gut, but they may tell you that it made common sense, it was a logical decision or a practical one.  In the end, they came to a conclusion.

"What Do I Know About This?"

Many people make poor choices either when then ignore their instincts.  One client confirmed that he was highly successful at hiring except the one time when he felt pushed to hire a perspective employee.  His staff was behind in their work and were pressuring him to hire help.  That "help" was a disaster and was fired six months later.

Another client couldn't bring himself to fire a well liked employee because he didn't want to disappoint his staff or the employee.  It took him six months to do what his gut told him needed to happen.

Some people don't pay much attention to the components of their decision-making.  It may be automatic with little awareness.  It is helpful to understand the  process partially because with consciousness decision-makers can have conversations with others and can have an inner dialogue to make beneficial selections.  One can ask oneself " What do I know about this?"  "Who can I reach out to for more information?"  " Are there ways of gathering or obtaining more data?"

Do A "Check-In"

There are ways in this busy world of taking a few minutes to do a "check-in" and listen to the voice inside that often has many answers and ideas.  Breathe slowly and ask yourself what it knows about a person or situation.  One of the best techniques that someone can do is to take time to reflect and slow down. Meditate on a situation for a few minutes.  Write down your challenge and notice what thoughts arise.

You aren't alone in trusting your instincts.   In fact, you have lots of company.  Scientists and business people espouse the virtues of the sixth sense. Steve Jobs called intuition “more powerful than intellect.”

There it Was. Yes it was right there on Ted Talks!"What Really Matters At The End of Life"

I didn't trust doctors very much and had and still have a long list of grievances with them.  It was personal.  Doctors had impacted the lives of family member.   One doctor, my father's last neurologist,  told me that my father had early stages of dementia.  He obviously wasn't paying attention, or perhaps, he thought my father was another patient.  My father's memory had declined to the point where he no longer recognized friends or family members and would ask "Exactly where do I know you from?"  I knew what early stages were and my father was far beyond early.  Given that he was diagnosed thirteen years earlier, it was highly unlikely that it would remain in the "early"  stages.  Then there was the doctor who billed my father's insurance company for a hospital visit the morning after my father died. Then and then there are too many more that include, lies, misinformation, promises, bad decisions and you fill out the rest.

It is not just my experiences.  The experience of others has made me include doctors with the other two notorious Ps politicians and police.  In fact, it is unlikely  that you don't have stories.  Perhaps you have resentments too.

My resentments/irritations are intertwined with fear.  I don't want to be in their system, in their clutches, having to trust them and wondering if their medicines have side-effects and what they are and having to look up what doctors tell me to detect their lies.  My feelings border on either paranoia or healthy skepticism depending upon your viewpoint.

Resentments Cause Disharmony

It recently occurred to me that it would be good to release my bad feelings as I know that resentments basically cause bodily disharmony and work against the person who has ill thoughts and feelings, meaning me.  How was I going to do this?  I tried understanding the medical profession.  Ok.  They didn't receive nutrition training.  That was clear.  They make mistakes.  We all do.  Some of their errors injure or kill people.  Some of their mistakes make some people worse or do not heal the ailments that were promised.  Haven't we all made promises that we didn't keep?  Still I had a charge around the medical profession.

I posed a question again.  How could I release my over-the-top prejudice that ultimately was only harming me?  I knew if i asked the question enough,  answers would come to me.  It always had.  About two weeks ago, an answer presented itself  as they often do when we aren't looking.  I was on my computer watching Ted Talks.  Somehow i found myself watching a talk about death and dying.  A man by the name o B. J. Miller who manages pain at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco was talking about his work.  In the middle of a talk about how to live meaningfully while preparing for death he said that most people enter the medical profession with good intentions and then other things happen.  There was the line , the one sentence that I had been waiting for.  "Most people had good intentions" and I took it in.



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