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Rationalization as Resistance

Posted by admin on January 19, 2013

The statement around surrender to the power of your resitance – anther way of saying that is surrender to the power of rationalization.  It’s very powerful to do that.  If you look at the Buddhist concepts, thre is literally an explanation for every potential problem.  You can really never lose an argument if you come at it from a Buddhist concept point of view, especially if the person arguing with you isn’t using Buddhist concepts.

I think rationalization is a form of resistance and when a therapist/consultant’s client is resisting, the resistance is there for a reason and is powerful and is there for a reason.  Even though we can become enlightened in this moment, as Steve Hagen points out in Buddhism Plain and Simple, the ego is involved and the sense of self is compelling and hard to let go.  We can do it right now.  So, in the meantime, we can use these concepts, while we build our endurance.

(As recorded on Aug 29th, 2011 11:24 am)



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