Human Dignity: one coin–two sides

image015Watching the 2016 Presidential primaries there’s no doubt this is a primary season like no other in recent memory. As Trump takes over the GOP and shocks the traditionalists, Sanders is as much a shock to the Democratic side of the equation as the young flock to him to listen to his message of Democratic Socialism.

Underlying both sides of these extremes appears to be a huge anger at the status quo system. The general populace is no longer interested in maintaining the status quo. Trump supporters appear ready to blow up the system with a leader that promises greatness with no real plan. Sanders supporters appear ready to turn old style capitalism on its ear and transform it towards a market economy mixed with social awareness of the value of all citizens not just the wealthy.

As I’ve watched this process, it occurred to me that the Wholeness Choosing Continuum is a perfect reflection of these two different extremes. Trump/GOP group is the 0-5 side—reactive, unconscious and playing the victim to a world that they no longer feel they have a chance to achieve the 5 of status quo/middle class wealth. As they watch the old story of ‘grow up, get a job, spouse, house, cars, kids and you’ll find happily ever after’ slip from their grasp, they are blaming it on immigrants, or those they think are living off huge entitlements like welfare (?) and food stamps (?). They are ready to take out their angst on everyone else, sure that once all those ‘others’ are gone then ‘they’ll be great again’. And in this reactive process, they’ve latched on to Trump who promises to blow it all up and start again. Continue reading

Wholeness….what does that mean?

Wholeness can mean many things:

Here at Life Puzzle–we’re talking about building a whole life.  A Whole life means recognizing that you are a physical, emotional, thinking, sexual and spiritual being.  Building a Whole life is a conscious effort to honor these 5 dimensions of yourself through daily actions over the course of your life.

Start with the Whole in mind: 

When you start with the Whole in mind–you start at the SELF or personal level.   But then to this each SELF fits into a Whole family.  A Whole family is one where all individuals are building their individual Whole SELF within the framework of the larger family. Each member respects that everyone is a vital component of a Whole family. Continue reading