– Heartwood Path Waypoint 1.47 –
The Great Work
Engage Yourself In Ecological Reformation And Assess Inner World Life Parameters
The Heartwood Path leads to knowledge, willfulness, arrival in bliss, interdependence, effectiveness, peace, selflessness, joy, belonging, truth, care, bonding, financial freedom, health, partnership, and people loving each other and praising and serving The Absolute and Its creation. This is a big job, perhaps the biggest. It is an occupation for both volunteers and paid staffers. The job is called by cultural historian Thomas Berry and others “The Great Work.” Quoting eco-theologian Sallie McFague: “The Ecological Reformation is the great work before us” (Moore and Nelson, 2010, p. 249). This is why the eco-centric life coaches associated with the Heartwood Path are called “Great Work! associates.” A considerable part of their job is to help clients become free of guilt and shame. To do so, prospective clients such as yourself will need to make an honest assessment of where they stand at this moment with guilt and various other life parameters included the following activity:
If this is not a day when you prefer to spend time in nature without an agenda, do the following activity:
Assessing Your Various Inner World Life Parameters
For this activity, use the clarity and calmness imparted by your chosen natural being to help you assess the nature of your guilt and shame, if any; your fear of failure, if any; your fear of intimacy, commitment, and risks, if any; your tolerance of busyness and whether you are overwhelmed; your capacity for self-motivation; your relationships with friends, lovers, family, and the Absolute; your capacity for forgiveness; your sexuality; your finances and job; your physical health; and your past. Write down in your journal where you are now with each of these life parameters. Then write down where you would like to be in this regard in the not-too-distant future. If you have difficulty or would like a second opinion, assume the essence of your chosen natural being and, as it, tell yourself the nature of the gulf between where you are now and where you need to be regarding each of these parameters. Identify the rifts between where you are and where you want to be as either “Expansive,” “Workable,” or “Inconsequential.” As before, these are assessments of quality and not quantity. Make an affirmation about each of these parameters, stating it, as always, in the present tense--such as, I am benefitting by forgiving others (or name a specific person). Also, as we did in the previous activity, affirm that assessing each of your life parameters is making you happier and improving environmental sustainability.
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: