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Jed's Travels With the CIA (Crisis Induced Awakenings)

Jed's Travels With the CIA (Crisis Induced Awakenings)

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Sometimes a Vacation turns into a Vision Quest with sleepless nights, emotional upheavals, unexpected challenges, and spiritual awakenings.
Sometimes a Vacation turns into a Vision Quest with sleepless nights, emotional upheavals, unexpected challenges, and spiritual awakenings.

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Published by: Jed Diamond on Jul 15, 2011
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Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a health-care professional for more than 40 years.He is the author of 9 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places,Male Menopause,The Irritable Male Syndrome,
. He offers counseling to men,women, and couples in his office in California or by phone with people throughoutthe U.S. and around the world. To receive a Free E-book on Men’s Health and afree subscription to Jed’s e-newsletter go tohttp://facebook.com/menalivenow. If you enjoy my articles, please subscribe. I write to everyone who joins my Scribdteam. My new book, my 10
th
,
on
Energy Medicine for Men
is due for publicationin the fall, 2011 or spring 2012.
The trip began in Washington, D.C. where I was presenting new information from myforthcoming book on
 Energy Medicine for Men
to the Association for ComprehensiveEnergy Psychology. We were then planning to fly to Ireland where we had friends, on toSpain, France, and ending in the Czech Republic where our son, Aaron, was living withhis wife Helena.What started out as a vacation turned into a Vision Quest with one mind-blowing crisisafter another. I like Neuro-Psychologist Paul Pearsall’s term “CIA,” or Crisis InducedAwakenings, to describe what I experienced on this trip. “I used this CIA code when Iwas in the bone marrow transplant unit,” Pearsall says. “A few of us made smallcardboard badges, with ‘Member of the Cancer CIA’ printed on them, that we taped onour hospital gowns. I used this anagram to remind my fellow cancer patients and myself that our cancers were offering us the choice of our lifetimes.
We could hope to surviveour trauma or choose to become more consciously creative because of them.”
Our five week trip wasn’t at the level of going through cancer, but it certainly had itschallenges.
 
Airline Travel is BrokenFollowing the conference and four days exploring Washington, D.C. we werescheduled to fly to Shannon, Ireland on a Thursday. After waiting half the day at theairport and watching flight delays because of weather, our flight was finally cancelled.Hey, weather happens. But that wasn’t the problem. We were to fly out on United butfound out that United had just merged with Continental.We ran into a nightmare that Kafka would have understood. When trying to find outwhen and how we could rebook, we were told that we had to talk to the United people, but the only United rep at the gate had just gone off duty and the Continental peoplecouldn’t help us because they didn’t have the right codes to get into the Unitedcomputers. It got worse from there and we had to pay for 3 extra night’s hotel waiting toget a flight out which we were finally able to do, but had to fly to New York to do it.I had heard that oil prices were forcing airlines to consolidate or go out of business. Itwas one thing to know, intellectually, that changes were occurring. It was another to becaught in the middle of them. I remembered Richard Heinberg’s words from his prophetic 2003 book,
The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies
,“The world is changing before our eyes—dramatically, inevitably, and irreversibly. Thechange we are seeing is affecting more people, and more profoundly, than any thathuman beings have ever witnessed. I am not referring to a war or terrorist incident, astock market crash, or global warming, but to a more fundamental reality that is drivingterrorism, war, economic swings, climate change, and more:
the discovery andexhaustion of fossil energy resources.

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I predicted in June, 2011 when we visted Spain and saw 40,000 people retaking their country that the movement would come to the U.S. Here it is. Where do you think its headed now? Do you support the 99%?
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When we walked with 40,000 people in Madrid who were determined to take their country back from the 1%, we wondered when the U.S. would join the movement. Well the time is now. Let's come together and take back our country.
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Thanks for the comments. I've added another CIA which came to me in response to the recognition that "I grew up being a momma's boy because I was terrified to be my father's son." Let me know what you think.
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I'm still getting healing insights about myself, my life, my mother and father. Healing never ceases if we are open to our deep selves.
Amanda LaPera added this note
Jed, the logical way you analyze each emotional event along your journey helps me to see the different perspectives. The world riots taking place really give me pause to think about the changes that are and need to occur (and how we're all interconnected). Traveling can be stressful and memorable, but you have also made it educational. Thank you for sharing your travels.
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Thank you all for the caring feedback, all of which is helping me to reconnect with my heart, soul, and roots. I very much appreciate your comments.
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Jed, this is just marvelous! I love the way you weave the personal, the political, the global, and then back to the personal again. I've always admired your honesty about your life and what you recognize as stumbling blocks. But your wisdom has taken you far and you enrich us along the way.

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