May 16

INTEGRITY MONTH: DAY 16: “Intuition brings us a sense of the ecology of integrity, for intuition is the function that gives a feeling for the entire pattern operating in a given moment.”― John Beebe

We all have an interior life. Most people are completely unfamiliar with their intuitive side, along with the voice of their conscience. The true voice.

They might hear something telling them of a right/wrong conflict with what they are doing or thinking of doing, but it is more the voice of a parent, a priest, a policeman, etc. Seldom do they recognize their own interior life.

In fact, addiction and Ego work overtime to quiet these interior voices. They can easily out-loud them, that is for certain. The screaming voices are NOT the ones we equate with conscience and Spirit. They are the tools of Ego and addiction.

We cannot see the big picture in Ego. There isn’t one. Ego fights to separate us from the Big Picture of life. To keep us apart from everything going on in the natural world. It tells us that sitting on a chair in a manufactured garden space is being in nature. It is not.

That is not natural. It is a contrived space where there is no sign of nature except very minimal interface with an occasional bug or snake or other creature. Allowing nature to be a part of a garden space is a totally different way of being. We are most in nature when we are walking, which is a necessary ingredient in a spiritual life. We must encounter the world face to face, not read about it in a book or watch it on TV.

The “ecology of integrity” is a wonderful concept. It means that we are part and parcel of the world, as it is created by Universal Power. We encounter it in all forms, on a daily basis, in order to grow and become at one with it all. There is no separation between me and the snake or the bug. I am one with them, not controlling and manipulating their lives. I love this idea…it will live with me today.

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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