Power of Acceptance by Annemarie Postma

The Power of Acceptance, published by Watkins Publishing is a lovely book written by a fantastic lady named Annemarie Postma. An extract from the section “stop working on yourself” from this book highlights a wonderful feature about how we are complete beings. We just need to relax and accept ourselves just as we are.

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The Guru in You:

Only you can do it. There is no one outside of yourself who will bring you freedom or who holds the key to your happiness. There is no magic solution outside of yourself. The only solution is to become hyper-aware of what your unconscious motivation is. The only really meaningful question to ask here is: what really keeps me from doing something pleasant, something to ensure that I am satisfied with my life? To find out, it is essential that you learn to have a closer examination of your inner convictions, feelings and thought patterns.

Difficult? Yes! Mostly because those inner convictions, the ones that cause most of the misery, happen unconsciously. Therefore you cannot work on them directly, even if wanted to. It’s just up to you to become aware of them. But this is the beginning of an interesting and exciting journey. Because as soon as you involve the unconscious with your current reality, you will start to see the cause-and-effect connections. As soon as you involve your outside world with your inner world, you will start to look deeper into and recognize the meaning behind the appearance of everything that you find on your life’s path and, in return, the cause of your pain and feelings of loss. You will start to see that everything you experience as painful and annoying is the cause of your (unconscious) inner contradictions. And that a conflict outside of yourself always points to a conflict inside. There is inner resistance somewhere, where something doesn’t flow. So you become more conscious when you begin to see what the cause is and what the effect is. There is no development without taking on the personal confrontation with yourself. You don’t need anything or anyone to do this – no workshops, coaching sessions, rites or ceremonies, spiritual illusionists, ego-tourists or someone who strokes your ego. You only need one true and honest guru and that is you.

Summary:

  1. The only way to regain joy and vitality in your life is to relax into the reality of the current moment and by embracing the aspects of yourself that you think shouldn’t or cannot be there.
  2. After all, you are a whole human being. Your “I” can govern your thoughts and say, “This part of you is allowed to be here and this part isn’t. But you aren’t half of yourself, you are whole.
  3. That wholeness cannot disappear. It is what you’ve always been and what you always will be. It’s your true nature. You don’t become whole by becoming perfect, but by allowing yourself to be a whole human being.

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7 Deadly Sins Opposites – Heavenly and Holy Virtues

The 7 Heavenly Virtues

The 7 Heavenly Virtues

In my 8 posts about the origins of the 7 deadly sins and overcoming each of the sins in their uniqueness, I thought it only appropriate to add to this the 7 heavenly virtues as stark contrasts to the sins.

History of the Seven Holy Virtues

Although there are various sets of virtues such as spiritual, natural, cardinal and heavenly, amongst many, the focus of this blog post is on the list of heavenly virtues which are in direct contrast to the seven cardinal sins as listed:

Heavenly Virtue Cardinal Sin Latin Virtue
Chastity Lust Castitas
Temperance Gluttony Temperantia
Charity Greed Caritas
Diligence Sloth Industria
Patience Wrath Patientia
Kindness Envy Humanitas
Humility Pride Humilitas
Heavenly Virtues and Cardinal Sins

Heavenly Virtues and Cardinal Sins

The 7 contrasting list of holy virtues was defined by Pope Gregory during his revelation of the seven deadly sins. The list of virtues is a counter balance to the sins for people to adopt almost as a measure to avoid the cardinal sins.

1. Chastity: This virtue does not simply focus on the control of sexual misconduct, it also features heavily the act of honesty and purity within the soul to remain clean at all levels including the basic body hygiene, mental thoughts, as well as desires of the soul. This virtue involves a sense of morality and honesty a broad level including to the self as well as to society. Avoiding temptation and intoxication of all types including internal and external influences as it is very unlike the sinful act of LUST

2. Temperance: This virtue focuses on purposeful mindfulness of other people as well as surroundings. There is a focus on self-control by abstinence of quick gratification. There is also a need to keep a balance between the needs of others and your own. It is in stark contrast to the opposing sin of GLUTTONY

3. Charity: This virtue is often confused with the idea of always “giving” to others in charity but does always mean as such – in its broader terms it also connotes generosity and “love” for humankind as opposed to lustful, emotional “love”. Charity can also involve certain levels of self-sacrifice. This virtue focuses on avoiding selfishness as opposed to GREED

4. Diligence: This virtue is concerned with the actions of mankind and work ethics, hence the “hardworking” description of such people. It encourages a good and faithful mind-set in terms of remaining steadfast in your personal belief system and therefore living in a pious way. Having a deep sense of integrity is important as is the the ability to remain resolute in your aims of good ethics. Also remaining alert and active in life’s way as opposed to the sin of SLOTH

5. Patience: This virtue is concerned with general peacefulness, especially in the field of conflict resolution. Therefore it is important to develop the skills and ability to avoid violence, instead indulging in forgiveness and having mercy on other people. It is a virtue which places importance on understanding and a sense of community feeling instead of taking revenge as in the case of WRATH.  

6. Kindness: This virtue appears to be self-explanatory but there is a deeper meaning to this word “kindness”. Although focusing on charity and the act of compassion, there is also a focus on inspiring other people in a positive manner. Part of this virtue includes loyalty and empathy and satisfaction. There is a general sense of self-worth which is strength in itself, rather than wanting what others have which only encourages the sin of ENVY.

7. Humility: This virtue promotes selflessness and modesty. It also promotes respect and courage whilst living the humble life. Acts involving bravery and courage strengthens the character and resolution. Humility almost borders on altruism, allowing the self to face up to events in life posing uncertainly and the pressures of experiencing and dealing with fear. This virtue is in direct contrast to PRIDE.

Although the 7 heavenly virtues are originate from a Christian background and therefore connote a religious reasoning, they are nevertheless a very good way of addressing the 7 deadly sins, even in modern times. As such, these virtues are useful in all aspects of living an overall balanced life, and should not simply be confined to the religious sect. These virtues and others like them are adaptable to suit humanity overall no matter what an individual’s background may be.

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The Seven Deadly Sins Series

This begins with “Origins of the Seven Deadly Sins

1. Overcoming Lust as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  |  2. Overcoming Gluttony as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |  3. Overcoming Greed as One of the Seven Deadly Sins | 4. Overcoming Sloth as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  | 5. Overcoming Wrath as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  | 6. Overcoming Envy as One of the Seven Deadly Sins  | 7. Overcoming Pride as One of the Seven Deadly Sins |

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