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world is rapidly moving away from success orientation and toward relationshi p orientation and therefore there is no more important topic than how to have su ccessful relationships. Strategies and dynamics that worked in the past will no longer be successful in the future as the world goes through its puberty rites i n these few years approaching 2012. In this challenging world where the illusion of separation exists, human beings often feel hostility for one another and eng age in a wide variety of dramatic conflicts. These struggles almost always have to do with fear, judgment and resulting hostility. The conflict can easily provi de much distraction from the real work of coming together in harmony and realizi ng the power of peaceful coexistence, yet these same distractions may provide th e greatest lessons, trials and initiations to help people evolve and expand in c onsciousness and awareness. Humans have the good fortune and opportunity to work through their fears of being different and their irritation with each other in countless ways. Here I am going to outline the seven dynamics of human interacti on moving from the most separated to the most harmonious but this does not imply that all relationships must include all of them. Many successful relationships never include some of these qualities but in reality some do so we should know a ll the dynamics from most separated to most unified so we can know the steps to improve and move them in the direction of balance and harmony. I begin with the lowest and perhaps worst version of relationship and work my way up to the most successful version so you can see all the steps and dynamics together. As you ar e reading it may be helpful to think of various relationships in your life, both loving ones and conflicted ones so you can understand them in light of this inf ormation. These dynamics apply both to individual relationships and group relationships th at include people who work together in an organization because those have proces ses that are tribal and family-like. Here I am talking about relationships betw een spouses, parents and children, coaches and athletes, bosses and employees, p artners in business, professional colleagues, teachers and students, cult leader s and followers, spiritual leaders and disciples, or just about any relationship s you can imagine. Bear in mind that these dynamics also apply to the relationsh ips between nations and this can be quite revealing in light of current internat ional relations. As you read through these various dynamics it is important to realize that all r elationships do not go neatly through each one of them step by step. Some dynami cs do overlap and there is much backsliding on the way to peaceful solutions. First Dynamic: Hatred, Hurt, and Pain The first and lowest dynamic in relationship is characterized by the experience of inflicting pain or being hurt, emotionally, psychologically, and even physica lly and this is accompanied by acute unhappiness. Emotionally the hurt can come from a lack of validation, a lack of support, neglect, abandonment, insult or do wnright abuse. Here there may be judgment, comparison, put downs, and outright a ttack either emotionally or physically. When you see this happening in relationships you can be sure the participants ar e heavily influenced by the dragons that are driving them into the negative pole s of their overleaves and the result is much karma. Self-destruction, greed, sel f-deprecation, arrogance, martyrdom, impatience, and stubbornness are always beh ind this sort of treatment and of course usually for both sides, the perpetrator s and the victims. For example people with martyrdom are famous for sticking aro
Even though there are intense emotions and actions involved. More often than not relationships characterized by hurt and pain are c omplex interactions where some actions are real. They are like actors performing well-scripted parts. The emotions that do play out are in the negative poles and serve to drive people apart into greater isolation and separation. and some are imagined. plus all the hurt feeling s that have piled up. intentional or accidental. The current relationship between the USA and Iraq. The people involved do not see their own responsibility for what is happening . The willingness to take some responsibility for what has happened and talk about the unfulfilled expectations. hurt. these types of dyna mics involve more of the instinctive center because they are based on such primi tive drives of vengefulness and reactivity. the relationsh ip between bigots and gays or people of color. Needless to say these kinds o f relationships are usually dysfunctional and karmic in nature because most heal thy folks would have been long gone before becoming so entangled. and distortions have been. the fears of the other. When a person slugs another or abuse s them they are instinctively acting out an attack on what they fear the most. impatience. T herefore this is primarily the instinctive center at work. and pain. for the benefit of others to see. Unfortuna tely examples of this kind of relationship are legion and we only need to point to a few here. tend to project their fears on the others.und for more abuse and even provoking it to prove a point while people with self -deprecation often feel they deserve what they get dished to them. and expect the other to act in a pa rticular predictable manner. For them the other is an enemy to be battled. hurt. or a reflection of the universe. dire ct or indirect. Dynamics like these are more typical among the younger souls and often involve w arriors because or their propensity to fight. The willingness to talk and make concessions based on understanding what the ass umptions. the drama. so here we have a wide range of possi bilities. These emotions are destructive and close off the heart to intimacy thereby producing greater wounding and damage to the energetic system. The key ingredients in these types of relationships are separation and projectio n. It is as if they are saying to one anot . and the relationships involved in domestic violence all involve heavy doses of hatred. They are so lost in the hypnosis of the physical ex istence that they cannot see the other as a mirror of themselves. This may come only after a very long time when the persons involved have t ruly become exhausted by the ongoing conflict and the toll has become too heavy to bear. a projected un accepted part of themselves. People with stubbornness are usually more passive in their abuse patterns going into icy silences and punish ing with distance and refusal to cooperate. greed. and the distraction of it all. Healing these conflicted relationships requires the following steps: The desire and intention to stop the folly. some are exaggerated. These can become so entangled and confused that it can take a prof essional therapist a long time to sort it all out. or tortured. At this point the participants want relief. subdued. misinformation. The willingness to find common ground Second Dynamic: Denial and Pretending These unhappy relationships are characterized by the members pretending that the y are getting along and that nothing is wrong when in actuality there are deep d ysfunctions in the relationships. Those with se lf-destruction. and arrogance are more often the perpetrators of abuse but they can also be the victims as well. This actually involves seei ng the other as human and having the desire to see them as they are and not as i magined. Now it is important to realize the perpetrations may be actual or imagined.
Relationships based on denials have many secrets and much energy is tied up in keeping those secrets from leaking out. They are also the dynamics that tend to go along with the way younger scholars. The emotions that are pres ent tend to be suppressed and bottled up sealing up expression and driving peopl e apart into isolation and sterility. These dynamics can also continue for a very long time and unless something snap s a whole life might go by without confronting or changing the situation. "See. They put on a brave smile for the world t o see but in moments when they are absorbed they reveal a deep level of unhappin ess with each other and with the whole situation. group. These relationships are like t icking time bombs because of the high degree of tension that lies just beneath t he surface.her. In these relationships participants desperately cope and adapt to less than opti mal conditions. in other words psychosis or deep depression. For some. They must confront the deep shame they feel about what is happening and their fears of inadequacy to d o anything about it. everything is fine. We are a h appy couple. These dynamics of pretense and denial are more intellectually centered because t hey are based on rationalizations and considerations about how one should behave . ignoring. Obviously it is more possible to make changes if the participants at least admit to themselves that they are unhappy with how things are. No one ever mentions how dad drinks himself under the table night af ter night or that the spouses have moved into separate beds. In fact there are heavy r eprisals for such action. to their children. Yet when they decide to do something they can do so without falling completely apart. Crime rate s. Now in these dynamics of hiding. lying. and pretending th ere are several levels of operation. and poverty all must be hidden or manipulated so the po pulace won't know the real situation. family. mental illness rates. The first victim is the media and freedom of information. This i s more a success or relationship-oriented person's response. This is more typi cally a rule-oriented person's response." Unfortunately relationships based on denial and pretending can last all to long even though they would not be what we would call successful or happy relationships. their unhappiness is conscious an d clear to themselves but they make a point of hiding it from the others. They ig nore obvious difficulties and never directly confront or reveal their dissatisfa ction with how things have come to be. or organization. that this is their lot in life and they had better accept it. and servers handle their affairs. They rationalize and tell themselves that they should not hope f or better. We have no problems. We are decent law abiding citizens who present one face to the world. suppressing. Not surprising this style results in a great deal of illness and dise ase because the emotions have to come out somehow. Societies functioning at this level are extraordinarily unhealthy for the inhabi . Intimacy is almost impossible in such an a tmosphere. When people deny to themselves that anything is wrong it is very difficult to make any changes because their whole identity is wrappe d around the denial and to break it might mean disintegration of the personality or society. Don't look over here and especially don't look to closely. priests. The emotional center is suppressed or avoided because it just feels too awful. The group ignores th at fact that one of their members is conducting a wild affair and the spouse kno ws nothing about it. For others their un happiness. an icy tension betw een them. bitterness. and deep dissatisfaction is completely unconscious or den ied and they pretend to themselves that everything is alright. No one dare mention that the boss is deeply unhappy and has a cocaine habit or that she/he is a gambler squandering the nest egg. The government of a country displaying denial and pretense must adopt a great deal of spin to convince its countrymen otherwise. to their neighbors. Dynamics like these are quite common in relationships that include a variety of soul ages.
sadness. albeit painful. The people involved want relief badly and are willing to say so but so metimes it takes them awhile to give up the explosive quality of their dynamics and buckle down to the hard work of clearing things up. They are certainly not ver y rational but at least they get the feelings out in the open. It is not unusual for this type of dynamic to take place am ong relationship-oriented people who are trying to figure their emotions out and attempting to understand themselves and others through intensity and drama. Yet they don't necessarily bring in or accept the kind of help that they really need like a therapist or mediator b ecause they are so caught in the drama of emotion and swinging from one extreme pole to the other as in fighting and making up and then fighting again. rage. For this reason they are also more prone to change. They may lash out at others creating s cenes or uproars in front of other people. or terrif ic anxiety. The participants are in obvious distress and everyone is privy to it from other family members to colleagues. . They may attack themselves resulting in serio us depression and expressions of suicide. moving out. yelling. In other words th e willingness to express the emotional center more The courage to say that the emperor has no clothes The willingness to accept whatever consequences come from breaking the code of s ilence The Third Dynamic: Anger and Grief Relationships based on anger and grief are seldom successful in the long run yet they can include a great deal of learning for everyone. throwing up. and a whole panoply and range of acting out. and re solution. Such scenes might include door slammi ng. The gene ral feel around these dynamics is uproar and often there are many witnesses and participants all playing out their respective roles. Societies and cultures with these dynamics are a little scary but are actually m ore healthy than the ones we have described already. calling the police. Again media and freedom of speec h suffer and in reality a fascist atmosphere exists even if that society is comm unist or has the appearance of democracy. they just don't always know what to do about it. Here everyone knows there is something wrong. Not infrequently they involve sages and artisans who tend toward more expression.tants and there is a high degree of dysfunctionality and lack of enjoyment even though everything is purported to be just fine. healing. cras hing the car. Healing these suppressed relationships requires the following steps: An honest appraisal of the situation in the relationship A willingness to feel the feelings being denied or suppressed. The f eelings are so intense that many people are afraid of what they are witnessing a nd simply wring their hands. walking out. sobbing. All such societies fall in the end. In the meantime the expr essed emotions are typically negative and can be quite damaging to all parties u nless they are detached older souls. neighbors. Some of the dynamics that you commonly see are the following: Participants becom e emotionally and physically sick. When th is dynamic is present there are such strong emotions that they are impossible to repress. The participants have a great hunger for change and relief and will do almost an ything to solve the problem including extreme cries for help like threatening su icide or breaking down in front of everyone. screaming. These dynamics are obviously more emotional centered because the emotions are no t held back. breaking things. major grief. quitting. Usually there is more permission around expressions of sexuality as a way of kissing and making u p. and staff me mbers yet they are often at a loss to know what to do about the situation. The parties are feeling remorse.
The moving center gets the energy moving so it is very helpful in terms of healing the relationship that has become stuck. The community or tribe often becomes involved in the healing process and the resolu tion helps everyone. The emotions here can go either way t oward beneficial expression and release leading to greater balance in the relati onship or they can become suppressed more deeply or exacerbated leading to loss of contact and intimacy. to shift it from its stuck p lace. and move it to a new balance. outrage. While these strategies involve emotions and intellect they are base d on action and thus heavily involve the moving center. disappointments. For much of its history the United St ates has been such a country. The modes of perseverance or aggre ssion are particularly helpful yet sometimes these people confront too aggressiv ely and create a bigger crisis in the end. One can either slide backwards here or move to the next level of balance and healing. They may not like confrontat ion and direct honesty but they know that without it they will not get anything done so they force themselves to deal with whatever has come up. intervention. The result is a society that appe ars more like the ones we have already described. Healing with this dynamic involves catharsis. Here a person has to be willing to take action to get something to resolve. i ll. The encounter groups of the sixties a nd seventies were based on this dynamic and sometimes they helped created breakt hroughs for people and sometimes they created a great deal of harm due to the la ck of readiness and the fragility of participants. and police to helpful family members and friends. dishonesty or denial and are not afraid to persist until the situation has been defused or cleared up. They arrange me etings.Healing these emotionally charged relationships requires the following steps: The willingness to let go of the gratification of drama The courage to enlist help and listen to wiser helpers The willingness to use the intellectual center to understand the dynamics at wor k The willingness to work constructively and transmute wild expression toward rati onal understanding to some degree The Fourth Dynamic: Confrontation and Intervention These dynamics involve participants who are unwilling to put up with poor or ina dequate conditions in relationships. therapists. These are societies with a wide ra nge of views being expressed by a healthy variety of media outlets and organizat ions representing many different opinions. counselors. and fears involved. probation officers. They call others o n what appears to them as hypocrisy. or disappointment and they look for opportuni ties to air their grievances in an appropriate way. Not surprisingly these people are often late level relationship oriented people or even early philosophically oriented folks. Because this is the fourth dynamic or strategy out of seven it is in that tricky place of being in the exact middle. When these dynamics of confrontation and intervention are present you often find other people involved from mediators. Societies with a real commitment to free speech employ this dynamic with good re sults even though it is often a little messy. ministers. particularly number two. and announce their desire to talk things out. They are not willing to hold back their fee lings of dissatisfaction. . arbitr ators. and confronting the perpetrator. or dysfunctional. They see k to take the mystery out of a conflict by shining the light of day on all the a ssumptions. make phone calls. projections. However the marriage of deeply conservative politi cs and vested financial interests has so curtailed oppositional voices that this dynamic is going through a dying off process.
Relationships based on recognition have the potential to be successful because t he participants are operating from the intent to understand one another and they work at it constantly. There is always the danger of falling back into earlier styles of relating that would be less successful. The recognition dynamic is based on the higher intellectual center because not o nly does it rely on insight. There may be fear to confront and a faint heart migh t cut and run if the going is tough. the belief. breaking the cycle of separation . the culture of conflict that has led us to this misun derstanding. In other words one must be able to see the big picture to utilize r ecognition. Healing with this dynamic of recognition includes the following steps: Having a strong intention to deal with conflict from the start without letting i t build Having a strong motivation to move toward a harmonious relationship through unde rstanding and insight Having an ability to see the larger context of the relationship and the insight to see the real causes for disharmony . I was led to believe that you were the enemy but you are not. understanding. and hostility. and removing the obstacles to being in harmony. You are like me and you have desires just as I have desires. "It is not you or I who are at fault here." Now this may seem rather idealistic but it is in fact what older souls are capab le of and even younger souls are capable of it if they are encouraged and shown that this is the new model. Recognition involves seeing oneself in the other. We have been influenced by ignorance.Healing with this dynamic of confrontation requires the following steps: The willingness to speak out and say what one's truth is The willingness to confront the perpetrators and not keep silent Knowing how hard to push and the knowledge of when to back off Skills in making the confrontation safe for all parties. truly understanding them. For examp le if someone were an American and they were thrown in with a group of Japanese people on a project they might take a class on Japanese culture or read books ab out Japanese customs and styles of communication. fear. Their interest level would be high and not only would they find the differences fascinating they would attempt to master them. In recogn ition it is possible to move to the next larger set and see the system as the cu lprit. If they can be shown that there is more money to be made by getting along rather than by destroying they will do it. It is the system. They recognize differences and even welcome them but mor e than anything they are interested in how the other tends to operate. This is almost always a p roblem of soul age. Societies choosing to operate at this level are quite successful and the partici pants are much happier and healthier than those that intensify conflict. not bas ed on outside influences or prejudices. especially the one bein g confronted The Fifth Dynamic: Recognition The dynamic of recognition is extraordinarily powerful as a strategy in the succ essful managing of and healing of any relationship. For example one might say. Because recognition holds the fifth place it requires courage and steadfastness to see the dynamic through. and dialogue but it does so at the h igher level. We can now pu t our differences aside and relate based on what we now know to be true. The cor e of most religions advocate this stance but their followers often do not choose to follow resulting in less functional relationships. You were afraid of me just like I was afraid of you.
to walk a mile in their shoe s The Sixth Dynamic: Compassion Compassion is truly one of the highest levels of operating within relationships for it is not only present when there is a problem but it is a way of being in t he relationship on an ongoing basis. grasping the fact that ther e are no real differences if one is actually looking at oneself in the other.Having the willingness to see oneself in the other. To a few people compassion is extremely threatening and just like a wounded animal. The parties involved take responsibility for the status of the re lationship and when it is not what they would optimally desire they look to thei r own actions to see what could be done to improve it. and hidden agendas. When compassion is the overriding motivation in the relationship there is presen t the quality of forgiveness. finger pointing. The body responds favorably to compassion. In general compassion is like food for intimacy and reduces the possibility of s eparation and isolation. In practical terms the emotion of compassion opens the heart and keeps it open bes towing enormous gifts on all parties. There may be moments of dissention or different points of view bu . vitality increases. This does not involve sel f-blame mind you. All must b e on the table with the intention of being completely honest at all times withou t regard for who is right. one up man ship. Obviously this way of operating in a relationship is a tall order and is usually the pervue of older souls yet it is a good model to strive toward. they will lash out or pull away from its presence. both being requirements to arrive at this dynamic. However trying to function with compassion when one is not really ready results more in martyrdom and deep resentment so "pretend" comp assion does not work. but rather a look to see what change of course would be more e ffective in the quickest time frame. In other words it is the acceptance of the people as human beings who do err and do fall down o n the job from time to time. Compassion invol ves feeling the connection at the big picture level. the immune system strengthens. Compassion is a higher emotional operation because it goes beyond insight and un derstanding. judgments. If one is not able to pull off real compassion then perhap s it may be better to confront instead. and no victim either. To function on the basis of compassion requires detachment from the usual ego ga mes. There are no large societies run on the basis of compassion at this time but the future does hold this in store so we can look forward to a world where this has become the norm. That will be a world that is truly a joy to live in for everyo ne. and everyone feels expanded and inspired. Compassion involves the elimination of blam e and where there is no blame there can be no enemy. no finger pointing. the ability to let go of grievances and forgive no t only the other but oneself for not being perfect all the time. Healing with the dynamic of compassion includes the following steps: The willingness to forget self or let go of wanting to win in the relationship The ability to let go of judgment and blame and forgive completely Having the constant intent to be completely honest Having the ability to love the other and want what is best for them The Seventh Dynamic: Acceptance When unconditional acceptance is at the basis of relationship then we could say that we are at the highest level of relationship possible. When there is accepta nce there can be no lasting conflict because the relationship is based on harmon y and balance.
. Most relationships include many of these dynamics at different times depending on circumstances and conditions. nothing is denied. coordinated.t these are never reasons to not relate. They are what you could call a full relatio nship because nothing is held back. nothing has to be fought tooth and nail. On the other hand when everyone is capable of living this way the schooling will probably be over and it will be graduation time. all the qualities you would expect to exp erience in a perfect ski run down a mountain or in the grace of a whirling waltz with a perfect partner. nothing is rebelled again st. Acceptance does involve highly positive emotions that are also food for intimacy and connection. loving. Acceptance is warm. easy. and balance. There are of course no large societies in the world who function a ccording to unconditional acceptance so we have no models to work from. few relationships conform completely to one dynamic or another . Relationships based on Acceptance are higher moving centered because they are sm ooth. nurturing. This wil l be a world that we will reach through hard work and discipline so we will have to earn the pleasure of living within its wonderful context. Healing with the dynamic of acceptance includes the following steps: Having the constant intent to love the other without agendas Having the ability and the discipline to over ride dragon-motivated agendas in o neself Having the ability to let go of expectations Having the willingness to let go of assumptions Now lets face it. These relationships are truly based on essence contact and are actually only possible when there is karma completion. and a truly safe place for everyone. So the main idea here is to strive to elevate the overall operations within a relationship higher and higher more and more of the time. n eutrality (detachment). Even someone operating mostly with compassion may have a bad day or a bad week and slip into more primitive behaviors for awhi le. and balanced.