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Conflict in relationships

Conflict in relationships

Apr 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Conflict cannot survive without your participation. – Wayne Dyer There is a dynamic that can happen in couples’ relationships that is often unconscious and destructive. I observe it frequently in my practice. It happens when one or both individuals are reacting from a place of unhealed wounds or unfulfilled needs of...

Ego’s blind spot

Ego’s blind spot

Mar 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence. – Dorothy Thompson When there is conflict, there is polarity. Two opposing beliefs or perspectives create this polarity when egos...

A loving relationship with your self

A loving relationship with your self

Feb 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. – Buddha I suppose it can be said that loving oneself can come from either ego or soul. Ego-based self-love is characterized by self-centeredness, even narcissism. It is about pride and comparing oneself to others – feeling...

Growing in consciousness

Growing in consciousness

Jan 1, 2014

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • We all have the ability to evolve our consciousness. Consciousness is our awareness and it can be limited by beliefs and conditioning or it can be expansive and unlimited. I think of higher consciousness as aligning with the purity of our souls and unconsciousness as being driven and limited by ego. Ego can be...

Parenting the inner child

Parenting the inner child

Dec 1, 2013

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • The child is in me still and sometimes not so still. – Fred Rogers The young child acts completely out of ego. It is all about what the child wants or does not want. The point of view of others matters little, if at all. If it is not going well, the child reacts. The inner child also experiences fear, vulnerability...

Anger vs. understanding

Anger vs. understanding

Nov 1, 2013

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. – Mahatma Gandhi Anger is a biological response designed to help us protect ourselves in threatening situations. It would be entirely appropriate if someone were trying to steal our wallet or abduct our child. In the wild, the ability of...

Be true to yourself

Be true to yourself

Oct 1, 2013

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner. – Lao Tzu Young children tend to equate approval with being loved. They further associate being loved with being a good person or being valued. Sadly, this thinking often persists into adulthood and even throughout one’s life. I think of this...

Have faith in yourself

Have faith in yourself

Sep 1, 2013

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It is often used in a religious context, but here I shall consider it in a more generic sense. Life is filled with uncertainty and uncertainty can create anxiety or fear. Fear is a lack of faith, either in the world or in our ability to cope with the...

Be happy now

Be happy now

Aug 1, 2013

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. – Charles Spurgeon My loose translation of the Garden of Eden story is that Adam and Eve were perfectly happy and all life was a paradise until they wanted more. It seems it is still true even in our modern world. ...

The “body” in body/mind

The “body” in body/mind

Jul 1, 2013

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha Often, when we talk or read about the body/mind connection, it is in terms of how the mind affects the body. We know that conflict and stress suppress the immune system...