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Innerwork Tip 1. Process Thinking: A Chinese Parable
The Cracked Pot
A water bearer in China had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself because this crack in my side causes water to leak all the way back to your house.”
The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”
Our view of this Story. Each of us thinks we are cracked in some way. But that is because we identify only with our identity –e.g. serving water to people– instead of serving people, and the flowers or atmosphere as well.
Our Tip. If you can’t change something, discover what it’s for.
Innerwork Tip 2: Humor before inner work.
Q. What does a processwork student say when she wants to park her car, before ordering a pizza?
A. “What is the Tao?”
Q. How does a process oriented meditation student order her pizza?
A. She says, “give me everything”
Q. How does she eat her pizza?
A. She follows the flirts, first the tomato, then the olive.
Q. How does she pay for her pizza?
A. She finds some money, bows to the waiter, becomes him/her and asks “What can I do for you?
Q. Why did she do that?
A. She knows she too serves pizza.
Innerwork Tip 3: Don’t Throw Out Your Problem… Yet!
A man who tried to get rid of a mouse, threw it in a little fire outside the house. The mouse caught on fire, but ran back into the house and burned it down.
The moral of the story (for us) is; find out what bugs you. But don’t throw it out! Use its nature in some useful way for yourself and others.
Innerwork Tip 4: Who Else Can Play Your Dream Figure?
If you don’t immediately understand a dream figure, ask yourself, who do you know who could play that figure. This other person will help you know what you associate to the figure. If you can’t find someone who could play that figure, ask who or what you would like to be there in that dream instead of that dreamfigure, in order to find out what the dreamfigure may imply.
Ask yourself, what you are doing, when you are not aware of what you are doing.
Innerwork Tip 5: Love and InnerWork
To explore your present process, consider the following experiences :
1. Ask yourself, what are you noticing just now. Then, after noting that, ask yourself a second question. 2. Namely, what do you notice now, that you did not notice before? Is there something surprising or new in this second experience? How would your life change in the moment, if you were to appreciate this second experience? We suspect that self -love might mean embracing both the first and second experience.
Innerwork Tip 6: Masks and DreamWork
When you awaken with a dream, try the following; To interpret the dream place your hand in front of your face. Now pretend your hand is a mask. Then ask yourself who or what is behind that mask. The answer to this question may reveal new aspects of that dream and give you unexpected insights.
Innerwork Tip 7: Use Directions to Interpret Dreams
Before you work on a dream, ask yourself the following question. “Where am I headed in my life?” After getting an approximate sense of where you are heading in life, look at your dream as different aspects of your present life’s direction. Your overall direction may be helpful to your dreamwork.
Innerwork Tip 8: Earth-Oriented Innerwork
See Earth-Oriented Process Work.
Amy’s Earthwalker vision symbolizes for us, everyone’s basic ability to follow the earth. Earthwalker offers the everyday mind new possibilities. The gnome is suggesting a tip about innerwork. His tip is, relax. Meditate and feel the earth around you. Then ask the earth to show you which direction it wants you to walk in today. This answer might seem irrational to your everyday mind. Keep your doubts in mind, but let your body and the earth move you in the direction the earth implies. Move in that direction until you know sense your own earthwalker-ability and what it suggests for your path today. It seems likely that our Aboriginal friends and ancestors, the world over use and used the Earth as one of their main guides in life. (See Arny’s Earth Based Psychology for more as well as the “Politics and Process Oriented Ecology” page on this website.
Innerwork Tip 9: Look in the Mirror Before You Go To Sleep
Get to know yourself! Every time you look in the mirror, just look at yourself. But not as you usually do. Look at your facial and postural signals, not just with a happy or critical view, but instead, with awareness. Notice signals that seem confusing or strange. Then increase or amplify these facial and postural signals, and explore what you experience as you “get into” these signals and their processes. Use an open mind to explore what these experiences are trying to express. Get to know yourself!
We recommend doing this, ESPECIALLY before you go to bed; you can save yourself some dreamtime this way.
Jung’s last ideas:
“Only after I had familiarized myself with alchemy did I realize that the unconscious is a process, and that the psyche is transformed or developed by the relationship of the ego to the contents of the unconscious.” From p.209 of Jung’s, “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” edited by Aniela Jaffe
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