On Allowing vs Indulging, I commented on Burt Harding’s newsletter on transforming Anger into Love and seeing the difference between Indulging and Allowing. That newsletter is now posted at the link above.
Yesterday, I got a new article from Burt, this one called “Hidden Soul Secrets“. It’s the first time I’ve seen someone else as directly describe what I call the Shadow. I describe this in the article The Past. Basically, it is a deep emotional theme that runs as a background through our life. It was set in the deep past when there was a precipitous drop in awareness that “captured” the theme of that moment. It is driven by the core identity, deep under the ego. Most of us do not see the shadow as it is usually sub-conscious. We simply see it’s effects repeating through our lives. During the growth of awareness, this theme becomes conscious and being seen, is resolved. As Burt observes though, it is an aspect of the person so does tend remain as an aspect of the personality to some degree.
In the article, Burt refers to the “intellectual, emotional & doing soul types.” These are exemplified by Gyan, Bhakti, and Karma Yogas (Knowledge, Devoltion, and Action). The path of action or doing is also the path of perception. How we percieve things. This is dominant in the west. Burt refers to inner and outer doers. He then goes on to say:
“There are nine drives that create soul blockages known as perfectionism, pride, deceit, envy, greed, fear, gluttony, lust and laziness. Each soul automatically carries one of the above vices as an unconscious thought/feeling affirmation. These vices are the result of past memories that have not been explored. In other words, every human soul has one of the above vices as a result of believing in being a separate individual. …until we wake up to the truth of who we are, we are subject to this condition.”
It’s notable these 9 drives are similar to the emotional drivers of the Enneagram personality types and to the Deadly sins. It’s also worth noting they are not what they may sound like. These are not superfical feelings but rather deep drivers. For example, Pefectionism type has an addiction to anger. Perfectionism is the effect. Lust is about power and control. Greed about gathering knowledge. Read the article for details and perhaps some insight into your own shadow/ soul block.
Burt goes on to talk about working with this new information, using allowing and opening. Note that it’s the same exercise, whatever your shadow or it’s form.