THE MIND IS THAT WHICH CREATES BOTH IMPRISONMENT AND LIBERATION, CONFUSION AND AWAKENING, SO IT IS ESSENTIAL TO KNOW THIS KING WHICH GENERATES ALL OUR EXPERIENCE.
'When we start to observe the play of the mind, what we most readily notice are the contents
He explains the book is to connect two previously separate domains: individual and interpersonal psychology, as studied in the West, and the path of awakening as articulated by many great spiritual lineages, especially the meditative traditions of the East.
'Fully inhabiting the body, working with our psychological patterns coming into our true form-this is the work of the grounding, the earth principle in action. At its very best, psychotherapy can help us be more fully embodied, and more grounded in ourselves, This kind of work can
Welwood lights up the idea of duality and how it does not have to be one-all end-all of enjoying the life that we are accustomed to. One can embrace all levels of it, yet having an understanding of how it all weaves in and out of your undivided self.
'One can play by the conventional ground rules of duality when appropriate and drop them when they're not useful. The interplay of self and other becomes a humorous dance, and energetic exchange, and ornament rather than a hindrance.'
Welwood dedicates a large section to relationships, explaining that a dance is required to be able to flow continuously back and forth between polar opposites. Not an easy task of course, never ignoring our needs yet at the same time not identifying with any position exclusively.
'The paradox of relationship is that it calls on us to be ourselves fully, to express who we are without hesitation, to take a stand on this earth, and at the same time, to let go of fixed positions and our attachment to them.'
'In a relationship, keeping our seat might mean maintaining our sense of integrity in the face of outer demand and manipulations, or inner fears and compulsions. And the awareness practice of letting go of mental fixations might correspond in a relationship to not becoming locked into