“All psychological problems are the result of our inability to express our feelings. We’re frightened. We don’t know how to express feelings, either negative or positive. We can speak about our problems, but not about feelings.
The inhibited person suffers from emotional constipation. Being in good physical condition requires internal generation, that is, that nutrients generate energy and what’s left be discarded. Nutrients have to pass through the body regularly. Likewise, the generation of feelings requires continual discharging. We must let it flow. Otherwise, the psychological buildup is poisonous.”
Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Walking on Water”
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Compiler’s Note: Back in 1995 a friend of mine loaned me her copy of a tape series by Fr. Anthony DeMello called “Wake Up to Life.” She suggested that instead of starting at the beginning, that I listen to the first four minutes or so of a later tape, as it would really “open my eyes.” I followed her advice, and she was absolutely right; it not only opened my eyes, it radically changed my viewpoint about what it means to be a success. The following link is to an MP3 file of that four minute segment that I’ve uploaded to a page on my SpiritSimple.com site. The file is not downloadable, but an audio player will automatically play it when you click here. If you can spare the time, please listen to these powerful words, and, if you’re inspired by them, visit this link on the DeMello.org site to learn more about this incredible audio program.
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