– Heartwood Path Waypoint 30 –
Consider The PIERCE Principle
The Heartwood Path takes you on a heroic journey and it is based on one main axiom, one grand guiding tenet, the “PIERCE Principle, which is:
“Being happy and working effectively to help save the earth requires an achievable high level of spiritual maturity.”
Doubling as a credit line and an acronym, the PIERCE Principle contains all of the main aspects of the Heartwood Path described in this series of courses:
P stands for the understanding of universal Principles and the Pondering of the origin and structure of integrity.
I stands for the contention that saving the planet and “perfecting” the person requires both the process of Individuation—which leads to becoming an individual—and the process of Integration –which leads to the formation of a Greater Self that includes the planet.
E stands for protecting the Environment.
R reminds one of the need to Ripen one’s self into a state of spiritual maturity so that one can become a person with positive traits and, if one has a life partner, to Reconcile self and other, through a process described in a separate part, The Heartwood Path For Couples.
C also has multiple meanings: it stands for developing enough Care to spur one into action as an individual or as a life Coach and, as described in a separate volume, for Collaborating with others in ways that aid efforts (for oneself and others) to be Compassionate towards all sentient beings (those capable of perceiving) without Crashing.
E stands for the need to persevere in the above-stated efforts through the Enchantment one finds with Everyday life (enchantment defined as an opening of the mind to the wonder, sacredness, and magic of existence).
All statements made in this book derive from the fundamental truth of the PIERCE Principle. This tenet is tantamount. Whether one considers it a universal truth, a code of conduct, or a mere literary thesis statement, the PIERCE Principle is, metaphorically speaking, the heading atop the main signpost at the outset of the Heartwood Path. It tells you, the pilgrim at the beginning of your pilgrimage down the Heartwood Path, where you are about to go and; in the event of later confusion, reminds you of why you have embarked on this particular heroic journey. We humans tend to get lost on our journeys through life because of the elaborate means we have created to give ourselves misconceptions.
Often these misconceptions lead to the bad things. Take a moment to assess your own emotional fitness during negative events in the following activity.
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Examining Your Emotional Fitness
HumaNatureConnect Activity: Examining Your Emotional Fitness. Go to a natural place, the wilder the better, find an attractive natural being, see if it retains its attractiveness for at least ten seconds, and, if so, assess your emotional fitness using a scale where 1 is not like you at all, 3 is somewhat like you, and five is very much like you as you answer the following questions: Do you expect bad things to happen? Do you have control over things that happen? Do you respond to stress by making things worse? Do you expect good things to happen to you? Is work one of the most important aspects of your life? Do you find it difficult to adjust to changes? Do you keep your feelings to yourself? Record your results in your journal.
Natural Systems Reflection Process
For best results, write down your impressions of this activity in your journal using as many of the following components as you see fit, afterwards, share your interpretations with others.
The Heartwood Path Exchange:
Swap Your Ideas, Impressions, Photos, And News With Others
Your input is vital. Enjoy sharing!
Heartwood Path Axioms: