Reflection on Caritas Process  Sylvia Bushell Faculty Associate Watson Caring Science Institute Being Authentically Present Enabling Sustaining and Honoring the Faith Hope and Deep Belief System and

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What is the mystery of Intentionality There are so many layers to intentionality It is as an onion Peel away a layer and another reveals itselfuntil the core of love is reached The outside layer appears to be attention Am I fully actively paying att ID: 37059 Download Pdf

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Reflection on Caritas Process Sylvia Bushell Faculty Associate Watson Caring Science Institute Being Authentically Present Enabling Sustaining and Honoring the Faith Hope and Deep Belief System and

What is the mystery of Intentionality There are so many layers to intentionality It is as an onion Peel away a layer and another reveals itselfuntil the core of love is reached The outside layer appears to be attention Am I fully actively paying att

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1 Reflection on Caritas Process 2 Sylvia Bushell Faculty Associate Watson Caring Science Institute Being Authentically Present: Enabling, Sustaining, and Honoring the Faith, Hope, and Deep Belief System and the Inner-Subjective Life World of Self/Other Intentionality comes to mind as I start this reflection. What is the mystery of Intentionality? There are so many layers to intentionality. It is as an onion. Peel away a layer and another reveals itself…until the core of love is reached. The outside layer appears to be attention. Am I fully, actively paying attention to

another? Am I able to pay attention? Am I physically relaxed, emotionally calm, mentally free of the chatter of worries and other responsibilities? The next layer is alignment with my soul. Am I still and conscious of the voice of silence? Can I hear It and cooperate with It to serve another’s need? Are these elements all in harmony with each other as an orchestra would be? Up until this moment they are tuning to silence and relaxation. Now they need to work together to play the music of the soul, to express love for each human being that one encounters. The soul is love. The essence, the

core, of intentionality is love. Sacred intentionality, or the love of the One Life, is in all beings. In order to recognize the One Life in another, I need to be present and to be completely aligned in intentionality with soul cooperation. Each of my vehicles of expression – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual - need to be in harmony and receptive. Then I can hear the need, the spiritual indication for help from another’s heart and the way another wants to connect with me. When I am aligned and in the music of my soul, deep, meaningful connections happen with another human being. I was

on a consulting assignment with an impressive, well known medical center. It was my first meeting with them, and I had arrived early to ensure that I would be on time. The weather was balmy and quite perfect – not too hot and not to cold. Just right. It was complete pleasure. Rather than go indoors and wait rather conspicuously, I looked for a place to sit and enjoy the campus and the lovely weather. I found a bench. A man was already sitting at the other end of it. We smiled at each other like strangers do to condone the sharing of something public. After a few moments, the man asked me why I

was there. I told him. I returned the question. He told me his wife had cancer, and then began the story of the journey that led them to this renowned medical center in hopes of an experimental treatment. As he talked, it was as if we were in a personal envelope of trust and love. The beauty of this man’s love and support for his wife in deep humility and service to her was an expression of immense beauty. It touched my heart and soul in ways I cannot adequately express with words. I knew I needed to step out of this envelope of soul to soul conversation. I gently told him I needed to leave

for my appointment. We looked at each other in deep appreciation for the beauty we had just shared. This experience serves as a source of
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2 inspiration and a reminder of the power of being present and available for another human being. Ah, wouldn’t it be wonderful to live this way continually?!!! The next question I ask myself is, “How do I be available to others to hear, to sense their authentic needs?” I have to be in joy within myself. My ego has to be transformed into a servant of humanity guided by my soul. If my intention is to serve humanity I need to express it by

being conscious and aware of others (through my soul) and myself. I need to start with me. Am I ready to be present? If not, how can I prepare myself to serve the heart of another person? I need to witness my actions and observe myself with the objective of improving my alignment with a vision of serving humanity. This service is a sense of responsibility to cooperate with the beauty in myself and in another person. Then harmony and rhythm will emerge. Sometimes we are instruments revealing beauty in others to themselves. Other times we are disciples of love helping other people feel loved and

connected to the human community and to their own humanity. To be a disciple of love means to practice the discipline of being responsive to the Guidance in ones own heart, which one can “hear” when the ego is transformed and silent. M. Teresa comes to mind. Seeing her deep love and compassion for the poorest of the poor, she, herself, was the gift of love. She was a vehicle for expressing the love that is in the heart of the One Life. Discipleship of the heart is hard. It is not usual. Most of what we see in the world is ego. Ego is the easy way. Love is the challenging path. To be present,

in alignment with one’s own soul and in alignment with love and beauty is the hard stuff. Discipleship of the heart is neither sentimental nor attached to ego. It is living in the knowledge that at any moment we need to be prepared to be an instrument of love; helping the One Life express the love that permeates all. Always in deep respect for the law of karma so as not to interfere with another’s journey of self-mastery and learning. Someone was entering a lobby of hospital administration offices. They saw a man with his back to them looking into an office. He had a gun. It was a long gun as

its barrel was pointing out above his shoulder. This person approached the man to ask him how they could help him. He swung around and peered at the badge of this person his gun creating a barrier between them. The person tried to engage him in conversation about what he needed. The gunman was not interested in talking. He left the lobby on his dark mission. The gunman was in need of love and compassion. Later it was learned that the hospital at some point had not been able to do any more for him, and he was seeking revenge. After the situation was over, it is interesting to note that when it

was suggested there be support for people like the gunman, the response was to install panic buttons and get legal protection. Some have chosen misery and smallness of spirit. Some have a failure of imagination. Perhaps that is their learning, their journey. What we can do for them is to not judge, but to be loving toward them leaving them with a compassionate smile, emanating goodwill.
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3 I make sure to read or see the story of The Christmas Carol every year as a reminder that people can change. Knowing when to help and when to bless others and move on requires love. Love sees

the causes of opportunities for growth without revulsion or coldness. Love whispers when to withdraw in compassion to let learning occur. Love can also invite us to persist in love toward others no matter their behavior. The heart knows the difference and guides us. The discipline of love is loving me and loving you. If I take care of me and treat myself lovingly, I will be healthy. Then I can authentically love others. I know what it means to forgive, to embrace one whose behavior does not reflect beauty, and I know how energy flows freely when I am loving. I know how cold and frozen is

energy when I judge and criticize. I know all this from striving to love myself. I know the effect of love and the effect of withholding love toward myself. Delusion (spiritually) is being lost in inhumane actions that are destructive to self and others. One can approach another softly, on wings of tenderness when they have experienced self-love and transformed their own absence of love. So many we serve are like raspberry bushes. To get the sweet raspberry our reach is in through stickery branches that scratch and cause discomfort. Other times the raspberry is right there waiting without a

sticker to penetrate the appreciative hand. Thus self-work is foundational to presence for others. Jean’s (Watson) book, Caring Science as Sacred Science, comes to mind. It is about self work and the sacredness of loving and caring for self and another. Read it. I loved it. The mental accumulation of concepts and ideas are fully useful only after one transforms their ego and vanities. Without practicing the discipline of love first, one is unable to fully and in a compelling way to be love, to express love and be fully present for others. The Bhagavad Gita opens its story with Arjuna, an

aspirant to learning the Ageless Teaching, on a battlefield between two armies ready to battle. Krishna the wise Teacher has taken him to the space between the two armies. One army was made up of Arjuna’s family and friends. The other was Arjuna’s own army. At first Arjuna refuses to fight, to kill his family and friends. Krisha chides him, saying how Arjuna’s words sound wise, but demonstrate faint heartedness for a great warrior. The army of family and friends are a metaphor for ones past achievements and knowledge. On the threshold of becoming and of learning how to master him self, Arjuna

becomes faint hearted. He does not want to destroy the past in order to create a new future. The rest of the story is a dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna as Krishna explains what it means to be in Action or Service (of others). Krishna explains the meaning and the path of service which is transformation of the self. When one commits to love of humanity, to caring for others, they stand on the same battlefield Arjuna found himself on; the battle between what they know (from friends, family, books, traditions and authorities, etc.), they are now and what they could become through the creative,

wisdom of the heart/soul. It is a fierce battle for one has a great opportunity to become a coworker in the love for humanity; however, the past exerts great inertia and pressure to remain the same and not step out of the boat to greater beingness.
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4 This is the journey of the discipline of love: the vision of being able to be present for others leads to learning self-love, a love without ego and narcissism. It is the ego that criticizes, separates and judges. Learning to transform this cruelty we practice on ourselves leads to authentically being present, loving and able to

connect with the soul, the heart of another in ways that release the flow of joy and love between hearts. As is said in the Ageless Teaching: One for all. All for one! Post Script: My process of reflection is to enter into dialogue with my self and ask questions. This frequently leads me to deeper penetration of ideas and to self discovery. Resources The Bhagavad Gita translated by H. Saraydarian (1974). Agoura, California. Aquarian Educational Books. Watson, J. (2005). Caring Science as Sacred Science. Philadelphia. F.A. Davis Books.