Grounded, connected, and whole.

“All of us arrive on earth with souls in perfect form. But from the moment of birth onward, the soul or true self is assailed by deforming forces from without and within: by racism, sexism, economic injustice, and other social cancers; by jealousy, resentment, self-doubt, fear, and other demons of the inner life.

Most of us can make a long list of the external enemies of the soul, in the absence of which we are sure we would be better people! Because we so quickly blame our problems on forces “out there,” we need to see how often we conspire in our own deformation: for every external power bent on twisting us out of shape, there is a potential collaborator within us. When our impulse to tell the truth is thwarted by threats of punishment, it is because we value security over being truthful. When our impulse to side with the weak is thwarted by threats of lost social standing, it is because we value popularity over being a pariah.

The powers and principalities would hold less sway over our lives if we refused to collaborate with them. But refusal is risky, so we deny our own truth, take up lives of “self-impersonation,” and betray our identities. And yet the soul persistently calls us back to our birthright form, back to lives that are grounded, connected, and whole.”

–Parker Palmer from his book, “A Hidden Wholeness” (it’s good.)

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3 thoughts on “Grounded, connected, and whole.

  1. Zach,

    Just bought this book…i have re-read his book: Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation many times..he’s so insightful…thanks for sharing this quote

  2. yes, that “let your life speak” is invaluable. I’m hosting a podcast with Shane Hipps now and we are hoping to land Mr. Palmer as a guest.

  3. Zach,

    “When our impulse to tell the truth is thwarted by threats of punishment, it is because we value security over being truthful.”
    ….when I read that, it felt something like a swift kick in the stomach….
    Thanks for sharing…. I’m going to have to check out Mr. Palmer’s work. Wow.

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