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© 2013 Marina Rundell

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Excerpt from Jack Kornfield’s book, After the Ecstasy, The Laundry, in the section with the title, “The Mandala of the Whole.”

“The second principle for awakening to wholeness is that consciousness in one area does not necessarily transfer to other parts of our lives. We know that Olympic-level athletes, however highly tuned and aware physically, may be quite emotionally immature or mentally undeveloped. Conversely, certain brilliant intellectuals may suffer from ignorance and disregard of their bodies or emotions. Other people, quite conscious of their feelings and expert in human relationships, may be utterly unconscious of the thought constructs and beliefs that limit them.”

“It is no different in spiritual life. Meditation masters skilled in navigating expansive states of consciousness may be confused in the realm of emotions or relationships. Devoted nuns or monks with a close relationship to God may have troubled or even destructive relationships with their families—or with their own bodies. Yogis and gurus who have amazing physical dexterity and breath and thought control may have unexamined beliefs and opinions that cause those around them to suffer. Most mature monks and nuns, meditation masters, and spiritual adepts eventually discover whole areas of life about which they were unconscious. For many teachers, their spiritual training itself may have taught them to neglect or deny their basic human needs. Yet until these dimensions are included in their practice, they may suffer unnecessarily with everything from poor health to emotional problems. Any area that is still unconscious brings with it suffering, conflict, and limitation. As Gandhi says, ‘One cannot do right in one department of life while still occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is an indivisible whole.”

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