PART III: Wisdom’s Journey – Understanding Our Real Nature
Being True to Yourself – Our Authentic Nature
From Elizabeth's Wisdom:
“This life is not a problem to be solved through ambition and achievement alone, but it is an experience created to gain meaning and understanding of creativity, sustenance, and destruction through discernment, contemplation, and self-study.”
While our quixotic and purposeful natures benefit directly from our wisdom journey, our authentic nature emerges as a consequence of our having gained wisdom.
Our authentic nature is intellectually rational, emotionally sane, lives creatively and intuitively, and is learning about love in all arenas of life - interpersonally, intrapersonally, and extrapersonally. Our authentic nature is not held in bondage to pains and pleasures in our life. We have learned that we must embrace both the soaring delight and dramatic intensity of life. It is our authentic nature that leads us out of our addictive and compulsive behaviors.
So, when we are openly engaged with life, we receive and accept life as it is and not as what we want or expect it to be. And, our authentic nature does not confuse who we believe ourselves to be with who we know we are.
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.
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