PART I: The Wisdom Journey of Our Innocence
Wisdom Journey Course INTRODUCTION; and, Being True to Yourself - Exploring Our Quixotic Nature
This personal transformation 4-part wisdom course has been designed to meet you where you are in your pursuit of meaning and purpose in a world that seems increasingly chaotic. We begin the study of wisdom by looking inward. We then move into deeper study of wisdom where we learn that through the directed practice of self-awareness and insight, we can discover the multifaceted features of our ego and the ethereal quality of our soul.
Part I: Our Quixotic Nature:
From Elizabeth's Wisdom: “We pursue goals in our lives without fully understanding what the goals are or why they are being pursued.”
Our innocent nature is easily influenced by the will of others or by our faulty belief system; so, like Don Quixote, “We chase windmills.” This means that understanding our life through a series of quick fixes is like building a house from scratch with only an incomplete service maintenance kit. All the parts are there, but the ‘how-to-actually build it’ manual is missing.
So, basically we need to understand that, without wisdom, our innocent or quixotic nature tends toward self-centeredness or egotism as a defense against the shocks of life and struggles with impatience, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness. And, our egotism is often the central pyschological and spiritual cause of our addictive and compulsive behaviors. So, the primary wisdom goal for our quixotic nature is to move from self-centeredness to self-management.
PLEASE NOTE: The narrative texts for each of the four, specific nature presentation series in this course are available in downloadable Word .docx documents. This convenient format allows course participants unlimited access to explicit course content that can be shared and discussed with others.
Professional Biographical Summary for: K. Elizabeth (Kayliz) Oakes, PhD, NCC
Kayliz Oakes has over 45 years of professional experience in academia, clinical counseling and consulting, government, business, organizational governance, and ministry. She holds graduate degrees in clinical psychology, psychotheological/spiritual counseling and business administration. Dr. Oakes is specifically trained in the treatment of substance and behavioral addictions. She conducts counseling workshops and presentations in psychospirituality, cultural diversity and addictions recovery.