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What's Missing?
There are many things that can damage a relationship. What things can make it better?

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A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Human relationships always help us to carry on because they always presuppose further developments, a future—and also because we live as if our only task was precisely to have relationships with other people.

Entrée:  That Which is Missing by Gay Hendricks
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Who are you most sure of in your life? What is trust - and can you trust it? Today your work is to look at your relationships under the gentle - but bright - light of the truth. Who is most central to you, and to whom are you most central? Are they the same people? What most defines these central relationships in which you are involved? If trust truth, and acceptance are not the defining features of these relationships, it is time to begin rethinking and redrawing them. You have the ability - and the absolute right - to do so.

Think of two or three of the most significant relationships in your life. Think of the dominant emotional tone of each relationship: joy, fear, love, despair. Then, zoom in to a closer focus: What is missing in each of these relationships? Sometimes what's missing is laughter; other times it's accountability. Only you know what's missing, and until you do, it will be difficult to find out if the missing element can be found.

About the author:

Gay Hendricks received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford in 1974, and taught in the School of Education at the University of Colorado, retiring after 20 years of service. He is the founder of two organizations, The Hendricks Institute and the Foundation for 21st-Century Leadership. Dr. Hendricks is the author of more than 20 books, including the national bestsellers Conscious Loving and The Relationship Survival Guidebook (eBook).

Main Course: Making Relationships Whole
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In the process of attending to my spiritual and personal growth, I have learned that there are several things that make a person whole. Today, I asked myself - What things make relationships whole? Besides love, I mean. Love is what makes everything whole, so love is a given. Good news - I concluded that the things that make relationships whole are much the same as that which makes people whole. To name a few of the more important aspects: Trust, Respect, Creativity, Communication, Vision, Cooperation, Energy and Flexibility.

Trust - a foundation of strength
Trusting in myself prepares me to trust other people. My interactions with people are a source of growth and learning. If I wall myself off from them, not trusting, fearing what I might find in them, I lose opportunities for experiencing the power of the heart, the power of compassion. (from Trust Completely)

Respect - a necessity of society
I have no need to control another, nor to be controlled... It is all right to be wrong, because sometimes I am right, all the time learning and growing from the experience, and I don't have a need to make anyone else wrong to emphasize my "rightness." I have respect for myself and others, and they hold me in high esteem as a result. (from The Stuff of Dreams)

Creativity - an environment for growth and change
It is a good thing to be creative, and to find ways to imagine better, nobler ways to live and enjoy life. But if creativity become a means of escaping reality in unhealthy ways, I may miss taking notice of the important parts of reality that do matter. In other words, it's rarely a good thing to fantasize a difficult reality into something that it is not. (from The Escape Hatch: An Impractical Deception)

Communication - an art of being present and listening
Learn to ask for what you want. People are not mind readers, and they have their own concerns. Let them know what you need from them, and give them a choice about giving of their time and effort - they will be more considerate of you, too! (from Living Beyond the Opinions)

Vision - a knowledge of where each is going
It is the duty of each, you - her - him - them - all of you people out there, to play the part that has been wrought by our Creator, great or small, in the lives of others. It is my duty to honor appreciate that which each individual in my own long chain of close and more distant connections brings to my party. (from Yes and No: Birthright)

Cooperation - an agreement on a similar or common course
It will take effort on both of our parts. Not cooperation coerced from them simply because they are family, but a willing effort. Choosing to walk this path together affords each of us the opportunity to share the load of the other, to encourage and support each other based on a love that goes beyond respect and trust. (from Don’t Wait. Apologize!)

Energy - a focusing of effort and knowing when to say "when"
I am sincere in the placement of my belief and my energy, I am bound to learn something, and to be a better person because of it. That’s when the cracks in my life are filled with the loving lessons that the Universe has in store for me to acquire. I must be committed to sowing my energy in a way that is disciplined, and be destined to do what is required of me to make good things happen. (from Moving Beauty)

Flexibility - a fluid process
Not all changes work out for the best. Just because a change was right for me yesterday, doesn't mean that is meets my needs today. People grow and change. Situations have a dynamic to them, too. One set of circumstances can become another with just a small modification, and flexibility is vital to my day-by-day growth and learning process. (from Unwinding: Travel Light and Move Fast

Michael Rawls, Friday's Inspiration © 2005

Second Helping: Slaying The Green Eyed Monster by Sam Stevens
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He hasn't called in hours. You call and get the roommate: "Oh, sorry ....he got in really late last night and is still asleep!"

Your mind starts racing: "What did he do last night?" Your heart starts to pound. You feel sick to your stomach.. Uh, oh... you're jealous. You feel like you can't live with yourself one more minute until you find out what is going on ... suddenly, the potential threat to the relationship becomes the most important thing in the world ... more important than eating, working or concentrating on tasks at hand. More important than ... living life itself.

According to Canadian psychiatrist Dr. Irving Walkoff, "Nobody escapes jealousy. It is a natural human reaction that finds its basis in evolutionary biology. The roots of this are ancient and Darwinian ---part of "the survival of the fittest." You see the other woman as being somehow better than you -- the assumption is that they are better at adaptation, better at seduction, a better parent ... in short are more fit to continue the species than you ... this triggers a fight or flight response in many people. Jealousy is there to protect you and your DNA -- the desire to pass on your DNA is your portal into the future."

It might be perfectly natural to experience jealousy, but in most religions, this emotion is still considered to be ugly and morally repugnant -- a feeling to be stifled with either copious amounts of prayer (Christian) or by practicing Zen detachment from object attachment (Buddhism). In the 13th century the Italian writer St. Cyrus wrote that "he who becomes jealous imitates the Devil." .

Canadian psychiatrist Dr. William Pennell Rock affirms that jealousy is a spiritual crisis. "Most people make the mistake of thinking they own another person ...your problem is not with your partner, but with a God so cruel and perverse that he would actually consider manifesting a threat that might take your partner away from you. It also doesn't help that most of us see the one we love, as our direct connection, a way of having love channeled to us from God. Unfortunately, people are fallible so that is a connection that ultimately cannot be trusted. So, is there any way of slaying The Green Eyed Monster before it rears it's ugly head and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nobody wants to stick around a green-eyed monster for long. According to Rock, one must learn the difference between attachment and love. "The truth of love is that it is unconditional. Attachment is quite different... Attachment is not care for the other; it's care for oneself. This distinction has to be understood: Are you loving? Or are you attached? If you are attached you are going to experience the pain of jealousy. It follows that jealousy becomes the opportunity to see within yourself the truth of attachment. Not theoretically understanding, but existential awareness of attachment at its very roots. Only through this awareness can jealousy really be transcended."

Marion Woodman, author of "Addicted To Perfection" says some of us choose to be jealous, simply because we are addicted to creating drama. "We will create a crisis, whether the partner is in the picture or not." That's why so many people still create scenarios about the departed partner or imagine what they might be up to months after they have been abandoned. That .It is better to be attached to a negative memory, or even torture yourself with a negative thought that links you to the partner, rather than face the abyss of being alone.

The bottom line is that a healthy person is able to choose the way they perceive any situation. Both psychiatrists and moralists describe jealousy as being crisis of faith. You are not so threatened by the fact that your partner might leave you, but more by the idea that God won't take care of you if he or she does...perhaps the best way to slay the Green Eyed Monster is to slay the ego, have faith and learn how to take care of the self.

About the author:

Sam Steven's metaphysical articles have been published in many high-standing newspapers and she has published several books. You can meet Sam Stevens at where she works as a professional psychic. You can also read more of her articles at where she is the staff writer. Currently she is studying technology's impact on the metaphysics.

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Linda M. wrote, "I haven't received any copies of your weekly message this year. Do I need to re-register in order to get them? I know you were going away for a while. Just wondered what I should do to receive them again and hope that all is well with you." Thanks, Linda, and also to those others who sent along a personal note or called. I am well, and as happy as can be. I guess I have just been in a slump, as have been other writers (I know of three who have not published in recent months). Must be something in the air... Let's hope I can keep some momentum going.

Heather T. wrote, "You have such a passion and a gift for writing, I sincerely do hope that you spend more time doing it. I couldn't help but be happy for you in a sense being layed off because you were ironically saying you don't have any time to write. I thought that was a kind of spiritual way of you 'getting time'. But at the same time, that is excellent that you have found work so quickly. But regardless, if you were layed off, you could have collected unemployment for a year, I imagine. I don't know what your financial obligations are of course... but if I could sit back in the beautiful foothills of Seattle and have a paycheck come in every two weeks... and have plenty of time to write... I would do it in a heartbeat... Good luck with your interviews... but even more luck to your writing." Thanks, Heather. I start a new job on Monday. Short term, with a possibility for more beyond that.

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