Rumination is the psychic practice of presence.  What that means is that we are bringing all the experiences of our lives into the present moment to dwell consciously with them.  They make up the character and personage that we project to ourselves and upon others.  These are the elements of our soul and by ruminating over and through them, we are offered the oppotunity to recapitulate images of our past that we hold onto and work them into the more mature mythos of our lives, as we carry them today.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Rumination & Recapitulation

    1. We naturally tell stories about ourselves; both to others & to ourselves.
    1A. With the start of a new relationship. friend, lover, co-worker or other, we seek to be revealing-we can also seek validation.
    1A1. We’re also eager to hear the story of the other for understanding or the interest that affection brings.
    1B. When we tell our story to another, we are reflecting ourselves to that other person.
    1B1. We also act similarly when projecting positive & negative traits onto another; though this can be done unconsciously.

    2. The act of telling the story is a spontaneous, creative process.
    2A. We select elements of remembered personal history & re-tell them in context w/the present.
    2A1. The present has its own motivations.
    2A1a. Whether we are trying to gain the endearment, sympathy or empathy of another, or we’re bragging; seeking envy or admiration.
    2B. elements may be emphasized or embellished; even de-emphasized.
    2B1. Detail are ranked in importance; some kept & some ignored or lost.
    2C. Through this, we can also reminvent ourselves, as we recapitulate the events of our lives.
    2C1. This can come from a new understanding of the nature of those events or the nature of the context in which those events took place.

    3. We’re constantly taking in all sots of data from external & internal sources.
    3A. External sources bring us experience that we can respond to internally.
    3A1. We adopt a philosophy, the superego or conscience, as well as discipline & morals.
    3B. Internal thoughts; our dreams, desires, fears & archetypal sensibilities bring in conscious & subconscious notions.
    3B1. These direct our perception.
    3C. Overall, we are consciously & unconsciously making choices about which data to keep & what data to discard.
    3C1. That which we discard can be lost to our memory-or sometimes stored in our subconscious.
    3C2. That which we choose to keep can be consciously forgotten over time & staored in our subconscious.

    4. Subconscious elements can be remembered when certain triggers bring them to the forefront of our minds.
    4A. Certain smells, or songs, other sounds, phrases or scenes can evoke these memories.
    4A1. Connejctions can be found in the present context that were not originally possible.
    4B. These memories may then be recapitulated by integrating them with new knowledge.
    4B1. Childhood trauma can be reexamined from an adult perspective.
    4B1a. The bully that made us feel inferior in retrospect, can be shown to have been attacking our talent & superiority.
    4B2. Spiritual, emotional currents in our thoughts, can be discovered that we were not aware of when these events were happening.
    4B2a. I can see all the elements & choices of my life that I have made; all leading to what I am becoming today.


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