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December 30, 2008


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Molly Brown

Barry I really like this. Might I use it some time? "Conscious exposure"...really well put. Hope you are surviving the holidays. Peace to you my friend. Molly


Well put indeed, Barry! Yes, I think we all have demons and sick thoughts that might be quite scary but they're only illusions, not real. Zazen can reveal those demons in a nasty way when practitioner is in the beginning of Buddha's Way. And sure we can transform those things and we have a great opportunity to learn how our mind and body works. Practice can balance this and help us to learn from our mistakes and crimes.

Thank you, Barry!

Take care, my friend.

Barry Briggs

Hi Molly - yes, have at it!

Thank you, Uku. We have only to pay meticulous attention to our whole selves. Which is very easy to say, but in my case isn't so easy to do, most of the time. But now, after nearly 20 years of practice, I finally see that this is the work. Who knows, in another 20 years maybe I can stay with the watching , a little.

the psycho therapist

Ah, "shadow work". Ouch. And yum. :)

Despite its hard yoga nature, I find integrating the aspects of me I've split off from consciousness to be the most gratifying. There's a lot to be said for increased "wholeness", not to mention "freedom".

Re-membering is what I like to call it: putting back what has been cast aside.

We practice forever, indeed. ;)

Barry Briggs

Hi TPT, thanks for your comment.

Most all serious work is "shadow work," isn't it? Re-membering might be exactly right, even though I rarely have any remembrance of wholeness.

Really, the work of practice is in the revelation of our true self to ourselves and others. And the true self is messy, cantankerous, violent, obnoxious and wholly objectionable, as well as lovely, kind, tender and wise.

I've really enjoyed reading your blog - thank you for your efforts with it!

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