Welcome to the archived web site of
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist (1950-2013)
California License No. PSY 10092
 
Specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy
balancing mind and heart, body and spirit

Now in memoriam - This website is no longer being updated
While Dr. Friedman is no longer with us, there are still many helpful resources on his site. Articles and resource links have been relocated to the top. His family hopes you might find them helpful. But since this site is no longer being updated, some links may no longer work.

 


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From His Book | Meditations For Life | The Flow of Money, Business and Innovation | Transpersonal/Mind-Body | Approaches, Worldview and Will-isms

Skills For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | Feeling, Thought, Communication & Action

Strategies/Distinctions For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free

Awakening Stories/Metaphors For Life: The Core Playing Field | Free the Ego, and You Are Free | The Way It Is

Holiday Family Gatherings | Cartoons, Jokes and Humor | Poems and Quotes | Song Lyrics, Wit and Wisdom

Browse excerpts from Dr. Friedman's forthcoming book
Awakening to Sanity: Being Sane in an Insane World—A Traveler's Guide

Saying �Okay� to Everything

© 2011 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

An excerpt from his forthcoming book
Awakening to Sanity: Being Sane in an Insane World
—A Traveler's Guide
 

“I thank you God for most this amazing day:for the leaping green spirits of trees and a blue dream of sky;and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.”
—e. e. cummings

“Whatever comes, you say yes to; and whatever goes, you say yes to.”
—Nirmala, Nothing Personal

Consider doing another experiment in which one engages in the affirmative “via positiva.” Instead of resisting and criticizing, defending and attacking, explaining and debating, what if one inwardly said “Okay” to everything that comes onto one's path, whatever person, whatever attitude, whatever circumstance and whatever situation, particularly what one does not want, like or desire and even hate, fear and dread? The model is not agreeing or approving anything, only validating and surrendering to all, like water and friendly dogs. Moving water is completely accepting in taking on the shape of anything and everything while continuing to effectively flow. Is there any living thing more unconditionally accepting and unconditionally loving than friendly young puppies?

After making this one's own, backsteps, missteps, reactivity and all that is apart of the learning curve, then “up the stakes” and inwardly say “Yes” to everything until that is under the belt and in one's bones. Then “ratchet it up” and inwardly say “Embrace everything,” until it's one's too. Next, one can inwardly say “Celebrate everything,” again until this can fully be and hold it in conscious living. Then it's available to inwardly say “Love everything” until that is wholly inside, in one's DNA and actually who one truly is. Then there is unfolding in inwardly saying “Embody This!” that is everything, and then the world and everything in the universe is one, and one is One.


George Demont Otis     Trees and Creek

 
© Copyright 2013 by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.
 
 


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