I felt to write in to the Openhand on the arising question of whether there is a ''conflict between intellectualism and spirituality'' ?
To me, spirituality entails an elevated state of intellectual awakening and ultimately are along the same path, but others may not think so.Yes, it bypasses the intellect but is clearly open to criticism in it's use of language and experience. I am interested to know how the Openhand views this subject. As separate? At being perpetually at odds with each other.? Must we choose to embrace our spirituality or rationality?.
When being faced with academia, I feel challenged and cut into two.This is not necessarily a negative occurrence, as it helps me understand more fully and deeply the nature of my experiences and beliefs and how I articulate them, yet very often it is difficult to talk about experiences that often go beyond words. Yet at the same time I feel they are one of the same path (for me anyway), in the sense that people arrive at a kind of intellectual spirituality.I know it may sound contradictory but it is my experience nevertheless.
I have a friend who has years of experience lecturing and teaching in clinical psychology and working within Mental Health, now writing books actually in critical psychology,expressing all labelling of mental illness are a myth, rubbish and all about money. Quite clearly is drawn to me for some reason. I feel what this person is experiencing is the onset of a spiritual awakening,and I am the one actually doing all the listening and feeling all their pain as I listen to this persons life story and what life is like to live in a body after a serious accident and nursing a beloved of cancer. Yet it is so difficult to speak spiritual language when this person is clearly somewhere else
I also was wondering if you have any tools I could use as a place to start to help this person ?
What is your view, as I was often told I went into intellectual reasoning when challenged to go into my feelings. Not everyone who goes into intellectualism are avoiding what they may feel...