3D: Daily Dose of Discernment: 2006

3D: Daily Dose of Discernment: 2006

by Kevin FitzMaurice

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Overview

This book is a collection of sayings for each day of the year, originally created in 2006, but the quotations remain appropriate and relevant for any year. The sayings cover various topics important to your emotional health, including psychotherapy, psychology, philosophy, psychological skills, General Semantics, Eastern psychology, Eastern philosophy, meditation, flow, identity, authenticity, responsibility, the nature of self, and social commentary.

You will discover sayings useful to understanding Eastern thought and General Semantics. The agreement between General Semantics and Eastern philosophy is profound and illuminating, and understanding that agreement will deepen your understanding of both. For instance, the expressions “The description is not the described” and “The thought is not the thing” are found in both Eastern philosophy and General Semantics. Both systems arrive at reality as nonverbal, silent, and beyond comprehension with thought, despite the fact that one is spiritual and the other is atheistic. That two entirely different approaches arrive at the same ultimate conclusions is exciting and enlightening to truth seekers who honor convergence.

You will find the sayings herein amusing, helpful, interesting, and thought-provoking. Many of the sayings are like Zen koans: If you sit with them, they reveal the “other side”, free of words. Many of the sayings are open to multiple interpretations and meanings. New meanings will occur to you on your different journeys through this book.

Some of the sayings share the selfsame insight, phrased differently. Why do this? Such variation helps you see past the simpler surface meanings to reach the deeper felt experiences. A slight change in wording often allows people to drop their minds long enough to hear something fresh. One person’s “That’s obvious” is another person’s “Aha!” moment.

Let the sayings pass that don’t open to you now. Focus on the sayings that bring stillness, and you will get results. Listen beyond the words. Rather than think the sayings through, feel them through. Sense the music behind the words rather than think about their meanings. Manage to touch the energy behind the words, and your heart will be touched. Find what you will. Take what you want, and leave the rest to leaven.

Pithy sayings can be either personally meaningless or instantly helpful. Often the best results come from sayings or aphorisms after they have grown slowly in the garden of your mind. In time, ideas you initially reject can grow to have more meaning. Aphorisms that make no sense today can suddenly reveal themselves to you years later. Some sayings can follow and teach you for a lifetime. For example, “Drink from your own well” has taught FitzMaurice again and again for decades.

Making yourself contemplate a saying you do not understand can reveal much about your thinking styles. Is the coldness coming from the saying or your own lack of openness? The best approach is to feel your way to the inside meat of a saying.

This book uses the word change both in the psychological sense and in the layman’s sense.. Change is considered an impossibility for psychological entities, like thoughts, feelings, and sensations. However, sometimes this book recommends change or describes how to change, using change in the layman’s sense: change being the transformation into something else (which is wrong for psychological usage) or being a switching to something else (which is right for psychological usage). You do not change your dog into a cat. You can change from having a dog to having a cat. You change your shirt by switching to a different shirt, not by mutating your current shirt into another shirt. Switch, not change. Change can also be used in the sense of turning, shifting, transferring, or redirecting, not evolving. More discussion on change can be found in Attitude Is All You Need! Second Edition.

The sayings were originally posted on the author’s website. They were edited for this book, and the edited versions now replace the original website versions. Editing was done for typos, grammar, and spelling. Editing was also done for duplicates, clarity of meaning, and precision. However, attempts were made to maintain the original meanings and intentions. Each saying is dated in the mathematical fashion, with the numbers in order by descending size.

If you are interested in quotations, then please visit the author’s website. There you will find lists of quotations organized by topic. If you find quotations intriguing but not fulfilling, then please examine some of FitzMaurice’s other works, catalogued at the end of this book in the section “Recommended Books, Alphabetically by Author.”

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014860833
Publisher: FitzMaurice Publishers
Publication date: 08/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Be it as a person’s counselor or as a founding member of facilities for the homeless, Kevin Everett FitzMaurice, M.S., NCC, CCMHC, LPC, seeks to make others’ lives better by helping others improve how they function. As a volunteer, he supports community services to improve others’ living conditions. As a counselor, he “counsels” in the traditional sense: advising, directing, and nudging—or pushing—others into facing and resolving their issues.

Mr. FitzMaurice has a variety of formal and advanced training in counseling, which includes Addictions Counseling, Family Therapy, advanced Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), and over 1200 hours of diverse training for continuing education units (CEUs). To make the best use of that extensive training, he takes an integrative approach, grounding himself in cognitive psychotherapy and using the other theories to build upon that one core theory, rather than focusing on multiple theories and mastering none of them.

After more than twenty years in counseling, Mr. FitzMaurice has worked four years in the substance abuse field, directed two community mental health programs, and spent fourteen years counseling in private practice. In that time, he has refined many principles for and methods of counseling. He now puts those principles and methods into book form to share them with a wider audience, so more people can benefit than he can reach in person. Currently, he has more than twenty books written, most of which are available worldwide as e-books from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Sony, Kobo, Google, and Apple.

Academic Credentials: Master of Science (M.S.) in guidance and counseling, with a specialization in agency counseling, from the University of Nebraska. Associate of applied science in human services - chemical dependency counseling (with honors), from Metropolitan Community College.

National Certifications: National Certified Counselor (NCC); Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC); Family Certification in REBT; Primary Certification in REBT; and Advanced Certification in REBT.

State Licensure: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon; Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Iowa; Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) in Nebraska.

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