Driving Your Own Boat with Your Intent in Each Moment
The Oneness Approach - What is it? The Oneness Approach refers to allowing your relationship with your spiritual source to engage your mirror neurons to create a rise in your physio-consciousness which you then share with others. This provides you your own form of enlightenment. It develops the art of your 'spiritual source' guided empathy and compassion. This approach also assumes that we each must reach for a sense of our spiritual source by whatever name we give. Thus we are able to connect with our spiritual source through our personal Oneness and through the Oneness we share with others. We allow our 'Oneness' to discover and refine our natural gifts. We learn to use each wisely thus helping to release ourselves and others from suffering. This allows the relationships we form to be filled with the sustainable joy we have to share our gifts together while serving each other's highest good.
How do the Oneness, Buddhist and Neurobiological approaches work together to relieve suffering? Combining these approaches offers three perspectives to provide a more organic understanding to the issues that can make relationships challenging. 'Engaging Your Highest Intent' is the action oriented part of this multidimensional approach. To engage our highest intent means to enter each moment of our lives with the mission given to us by our spiritual source. We engage in our world from a Buddhist perspective according to the Eight-Fold Path. We practice living our lives with moment-to-moment focus, spirit guided intent, energy and an inquisitive nature. When we discover the pain of dualistic thinking called suffering we apply the wisdom of the Eight Fold Path to integrate the new message. We are then free to differentiate, grow and further contribute to the wellness of ourselves and others.
Pain exists: Suffering may be a 'Two-Step'
When we enter into a situation that causes us pain, our body generates energy to contend with the cause of our pain. At times, for various reasons, we are unable to deal with the situation in a straight forward way. Under these circumstances we may unconsciously divert our focus and energy in ways that distract us from the painful situation. The relationships we form or alter using this diverted energy often takes on a distorted life of its own. Please see, 'The three poisons'. Some may turn away from the pain by developing an excessive relationship with food, drugs or another person. Others may become inexplicably fearful or angry at someone or something that pulls them away from 'the real issues'. Still others may develop an unshakable judgment about someone or something that keeps them from facing the questions that must be answered to deal with the pain that started it all.
Often we will go from one, to another and to another. For example we may get angry at something, shift to blaming someone and finally quelling these feelings with another drink or another late night sandwich. Then, of course it starts again as we become angry at our eating or drinking too much! These distorted relationships with their unconscious motivations promote confusion and suffering for everyone involved. All of this is more fully explained in the article on Engaged Buddhism.