Gerald Vest: Maintaining Continuum of Awareness for Health, Healing and Restoration #2    
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picture6 Jul 2015 @ 13:57, by Gerald Vest

Our Gestalt Approach for Maintaining Continuum of Awareness by Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT, Emeritus Professor

As awareness grows, our thought patterns can become our partners and our friends. When we experience pain or discomfort, we can consult with our own intelligence to find a way to release ourselves from the pain. If we find ourselves holding on stubbornly to frustration and dissatisfaction, we can question ourselves more closely. Where can the holding on to itself take place, if not in our thoughts?" Tarthang Tulku, Knowledge of Freedom-Time to Change.

I am participating in “My Continuum of Awareness” on this beautiful morning sitting outside my Health Studio. I feel the wind brushing my arms and feel the coolness in my hands as I type…birds are chirping and singing all around us…Alley and Jack are basking in the sun in a space they carved out for themselves…seems they also enjoy chasing the birds out of their territory and the birds know they are in this together….our pecan tree is one of their feeding areas so they return often and several are born in her secure and protected areas.

Now I notice that I am expressing whatever comes to my mind without planning or editing….space is behind every sentence….continuing to fill this space with these letters forming words and sentences. And, I remind my brothers and sisters to maintain an awareness of our Breath...remind them of a great quotation by Tarthang, "Let Your Breathing Chart Your Rhythms." Gesture of Balance

Now the birds are interacting with everyone and everything…so many different voices….many very high pitched sounds vibrating my Pineal Gland and nervous system. Feeling the red fire in my feet and palms of my hands as I remind my mind that we are going to leave her and join our Being in Nature as a Unified Whole….All is in Interaction and Relationship whether we are aware or not….

Now I (this observer) is moving on to my belly where my Center of Equilibrium lives as when we leave her, we lose our connection to Mother….what the Mind wants the Body doesn’t…so this Point of reference and balance with our Whole Being is essential….not a good feeling lost in Time and Space without any source of connection to feel “safe and secure” (Self Preservation Instinct) with our feet shoulder width apart in the Strength and Courage Position as in the Mudras. (see Ichazo)

Now I am leaving the mind following this introduction or conversation about Being Present while experiencing Life’s and Nature’s Presentation…we are all in this Play together, however, we tend to live in a shell and keep ourselves so very occupied we lose “sight” and all of our senses of our goals and of our Mission. May take many life times to discover what our Mission is as we could be in the Beginning, Middle or Completion Phase of our Destiny…if there is such a place to end our Journey and say, “Way to Go, Jerry.” You did the best you knew how and took lots of challenges physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and socially throughout your life.

Being is filled with love, compassion and hope for Humanity while working to express myself with Courage, Understanding, Respect and Loving everything and everyone….working to learn to balance my passion of protecting humanity from Psychiatry and learning that Western Psychology is lost in Time and Space with the labeling and naming everything that does not fit their linear tests and thinking. You know, must not have enough brain power and strength so must be separated from other beings and given a Disorder Shadow, with a Code # sticks with everyone for their life (like a prison, a dark Shadow or jail sentence), and psychotropic chemicals mixed together to cover over the stress, anxiety and depression caused by War Trauma, with Being threatened 24-7 for much of the Warrior’s lives…forever and ever….perhaps why so many won’t own up to their multiple injuries that affect every system of the body, mind, spirit, emotions and social relations….to the Maximum Capacity…to the cellular level that requires lots of Breathing and Health Exercises daily for several years to strengthen and restore our immune system, relations and find Meaningful Work….like school or special training programs for certification and licensing practices.

Now I am observing my breath and its patterns…very slow and full, breathing into my belly the red flame of strength and courage to stay here and now--allow my mind to settle into itself and just Be relaxed, at ease with self, feeling the blood move through my channels, my back is tightening up and needs movement will close this for Now….

Note: Picture is son Patrick: Director, Manager and Actor, Shakespeare by the Sea, LA, CA

Gerald W. Vest, ACSW/LISW/LMT
Injured Warrior Practitioner--Individual, Couple, Family & Group
Holistic & Integrative Health Practitioner & Professor Emeritus NMSU
Las Cruces, NM 88005


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23 Aug 2015 @ 01:20 by jerryvest : Patrick, congratulations on your
great theater in the park throughout S. California...over 10,000 participants saw the very best actors in our World....love your video. Dad  


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