Integrate

1 : to form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or unified whole : unite
2 : to find the essential and completed parts of (as a function or equation)
3 (a): to unite with something else; (b): to incorporate into a larger unit
4 (a): to end the segregation of and bring into equal membership in society or an organization; (b) desegregate

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Integrate (v.): 1630s, “to render (something) whole, bring together the parts of,” from Latin integratus, past participle of integraremake whole,” from integerwhole, complete,” figuratively, “untainted, upright,” literally “untouched,” from in-not” + root of tangereto touch,” from Proto-Indo-European root tag-to touch, handle” (related to: tangent).

The meaning “put together parts or elements and combine them into a whole” is from 1802. The “racially desegregate” sense (1940) probably is a back-formation from integration.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.”

C. G. Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist and founder of the school of analytical psychology, who proposed the concepts of extroverted and introverted personalities, archetypes, and the collective unconscious, and who also studied integration and wholeness.)

Bio Source:

www.muskingum.edu/~psych/psycweb/history/jung.htm

“It's also about integration: owning up to the parts of yourself, however much you might not like them. In the Real there are so many taboos that people are completely fragmented. That's the joke of it. They cling rigidly to the idea that they are one unique person, while they are busy hiding parts of themselves they can't accept.”

Alan McCluskey (science fiction and fantasy writer and author)

Bio Source:

author.secret-paths.com

“You know after any truly initiating experience that you are part of a much bigger whole. Life is not about you henceforward, but you are about life.”

Richard Rohr (b. 1943, ordained Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic priest, ecumenical teacher, and author of numerous books)

Bio Source:

cac.org/richard-rohr/richard-rohr-ofm/

“The deepest of level of communication is not communication, but communion. It is wordless ... beyond speech ... beyond concept.”

Thomas Merton (1915-1968, writer, mystic, and Trappist monk at Our Lady of Gethesemani Abbey in Kentucky)

Bio Source:

www.mertoncenter.org

“He had the charm of all people who believe implicitly in themselves, that of integration.”

John Fowles (1926-2005, English novelist of international stature, critically positioned between modernism and postmodernism; best known for writing The French Lieutenants Woman and The Magus)

Bio Source:

www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2415/the-art-of-fiction-no-109-john-fowles

“As we increase in our awareness and our integration of Self the process of integration grows and expands as we begin to incorporate the fullness of our nature, that of our spiritual nature or our Soul.”

Genevieve Gerard (spiritual teacher, facilitator, and writer)

Bio Source:

genevievegerard.com/about-genevieve

“I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being--neither white, black, brown, or red; and when you are dealing with humanity as a family there's no question of integration or intermarriage. It's just one human being marrying another human being or one human being living around and with another human being.”

Malcolm X (1925-2965, charismatic civil rights activist, minister, international leader, who articulated concepts of race and religion)

Bio Source:

malcolmx.com/biography/

“I would agree with your statement that many of my protagonists are outsiders. I wonder if we all are, and even people who don't think they are, and they're just better at masking it. When we shut our bedroom door at night, however well-integrated we think we are with the rest of society, maybe there's something illusory about that...”

David Mitchell (b. 1969, English novelist, who has written such novels as Cloud Atlas; twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2007)

Bio Source:

www.davidmitchellbooks.com/about-david-mitchell/

Meditation

“You know after any truly initiating experience that you are part of a much bigger whole. Life is not about you henceforward, but you are about life.”

— Richard Rohr

My apologies for a shorter than usual post.  I have been struggling a bit physically, and was not feeling well when writing this entry.

Please explore the website and read some of the quotes I pulled together. Like me, I believe you will be inspired by the wisdom and deep insights of our world’s thought leaders.

Our personal transformation, is not only about uncovering the unknown shadow parts of ourselves, but also integrating those parts into our ever expanding and evolving whole.  That’s the spiritual meaning of Unity.  And we can only do this successfully and consistently through discipline, spiritual practices, and self-examination.

I’ve been repeating this mantra a lot lately, but I believe it’s important to understand that each of us must do our work in order to create meaningful and joyous lives.

Since we are also evolving into multi-dimensional luminous beings, our challenge is not only in being responsible for our own souls, but also allowing the integration of new energies that are being bestowed upon us from the Universe, via the Sun, the Wind, the Earth and through multiple cosmic forces and occurrences.

As we develop a closer connection to The Great Spirit, and become more sensitive and more human, we will go through many shifts and changes, all to our individual and collective benefit.

As greater navigators and conductors of higher thoughts and vibrations, we will then have the capacities to be of service to each other, in whatever ways we can.

Be well, my soul and fellow travelers.

Faithfully Yours,

Tonya

 

 

 

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