Bead 3 – Intentional Self Programming

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. What specific lines, phrases, or presenter voices captured my attention in this segment?

  2. The primary unmistakable message I took away from my encounter with Bead 3, Intentional Self-Programming is…

  3. Other questions I wish the group to discuss are:

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What lines or phrases linger in your memory from the Entanglement Bead of Intentional Self-Programming?

  2. What is the difference in a relationship to life that explains everything on the basis of “brain function” as opposed to a life-posture embracing “freely chosen relationships?”

  3. What, in your assessment, is the fundamental message being conveyed by Bead 3, Intentional Self-Programming?

  4. Choose one or more of the following four perspectives on consciousness offered by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, PhD. to discuss:

    Contrary to what we tend to assume, the normal state of the mind is chaos... people are unable to focus their thoughts for more than a few minutes at a time.

    Unless a person knows how to give order to his or her thoughts, attention will be attracted to whatever is most problematic at the moment…Entropy is the normal state of consciousness – a condition that is neither useful nor enjoyable.

    A person who forgoes the use of his symbolic skills is never really free.

    When a person has learned a symbolic system well enough to use it, she has established a portable, self-contained world within the mind. Whenever the outside world offers no mercy, an internal symbolic system can become a salvation.

  5. What is the message Sister Joan is attempting to convey in the following statement?

    …what happens to the person who has no interior superstructure? ...When that internal center is not nourished like any physical part of us, it dies...this interior must be fed.

  6. What additional questions do you wish the group to discuss?

One thought on “Bead 3 – Intentional Self Programming”

  1. Richard E MacKay says:

    From a walk in the park, this is a poem I wrote, and it speaks about people seeking to fill their inner emptiness with outside media and not realizing they need to nourish that interior being.


    Across the street
    there are old restored buildings,
    looking empty inside,
    though maybe full
    of crafted clay mannequins
    from an enterprising sculptor.

    Occasional real passers by
    pass staring at their hand held devices
    or listening to perfected music
    on their headphones.

    Have these devices
    in the shadows
    like a stealthy thief
    stolen our imagination,
    our capacity to hum or whistle
    our own song…

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