Hello Ed. This is the first time I've read your blog. I enjoyed it very much! Thanks for taking the time to write. I especially enjoyed your reference to Star Trek. Star Trek stories explain things so well. The imagination of its writers is perfect for most of life's challenges. A perfect venue for humanity. :) I have experience with trying to help people through that tight ego state, and through physical pain and tension. I remember once describing it to a patient of mine as the Chinese finger puzzle... Do you remember that? Where the harder you pull, the tighter it becomes? I'm an acupuncturist, and I'm recalling one of the labors I attended awhile ago. A woman's first experience of giving birth. It's so similar to what you are describing in this piece. My work these days is on reminding myself that I am light. I'm getting older, and the body feels more sluggish. The emotions also hang on to more of the old "uh-oh" stories and worries, if you know what I mean. I feel that it's mostly biochemical... what the body tends to do to keep us safe. I can easily get to clear mind. But when I get into it, I also feel very separate from my fellow humans. I don't think that's quite right. Do you have any suggestions for me regarding that?
Sorry for the long, rambling message... I thought I should introduce myself a bit, since you don't know me. Thank you . ~ Jessica
Hi I am Ed Shozen Haber an authorized teacher of Zen in the lineage of Shodo Harada Roshi of the One Drop Sangha. By the way I look a bit older now.
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