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Class 3 - Judaism 2000 BCE To Present Day Openness Enhances...

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Judaism 2000 BCE – To Present Day
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Openness Enhances: Empathy, Flexibility Balances/Counters: Close-mindedness The Basic Practice It is important in the spiritual life to keep an open mind, open to ideas, experiences, people, the world, and the Sacred. Openness is an ability to go with the flow, as Taoism puts it, without expecting predetermined outcomes. It means being receptive to new possibilities, without prejudging them. It is an ability to make yourself available to out-of-the-ordinary opportunities. Indeed, openness to the unknown, the exotic, and the bizarre is usually seen as the mark of a free spirit. You can increase your openness by practicing empathy. Move outside yourself into another's situation. Try to access the other's feelings and ideas. For the purposes of practice, the more eccentric your choice, the better. Why This Practice May Be For You The contrast to openness is narrow-mindedness. It is characterized by a rigidity of mind. Pessimistic people who have armored themselves against preconceived disappointments are not open. Dogmatic and stubborn people are basically unapproachable. How available are you to others? How interested are you in people, especially those quite different from you? How flexible are you? Do you usually think you already know how things are going to come out? Are you willing to try something new? These are the questions to ask to assess your openness and to determine the benefits you might derive from this practice.
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Questing Enhances: Adventure, Risk-taking Balances/Counters: Timidity, Certitude The Basic Practice Questers venture into the unknown, confront difficulties and dangers, and return home with new understandings of themselves and of the world. A pilgrimage, part trip and part ritual, is prescribed in all the religious traditions for those seeking healing and renewal. The impetus for the journey could be an urge to explore one's spiritual roots, a desire for absolution, a wish to pay homage, or a question that needs answering. To practice questing , you have to leave home, both literally and figuratively. Travel to a sacred place where something has happened before and see what happens to you now. Don't stop, even if you stumble, until you have found a gift or an insight to bring back with you. If you can't go far, make an inner journey. Ask questions. Look for replies in areas where you have never thought to go before. Why This Practice May Be For You Questing is a companion of adventure. We thrill to the quest! This kind of travel broadens your horizons and gives you practice dealing with new situations. It increases your capacity to take risks. It helps you overcome any timidity or fear of the unknown that may be holding you back. Questing also serves as an antidote to the rigidity of certitude, thinking that you already know it all.
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Class 3 - Judaism 2000 BCE To Present Day Openness Enhances...

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