The 2nd Insight – The Longer Now: Expanding the Historical Context

We just gave you a brief summary on The Nine Insights. Next, let’s dive into the exercise from The Celestine Prophecy: An Experiential Guide by James Redfield and Carol Adrienne.

My Past Preoccupations (Page 34).
The purpose of this activity is to help you become conscious of recurring themes in your life and of possible underlying belief systems.

Circle the three areas that have influenced you the most. How have these themes added to your life? How have the hampered your life?

Addictions Gaining approval Physical image
Anger Guilt Resistance to authority
Conformity Independence Revenge
Control Intellectual accomplishment Security
Emotional dramas Lack of love Self-criticism
Family entanglements Overspending Under earning
Fear Perfectionism Other(s)

From now on become aware of their presence in your life and notice how they are related to what you call your problems.

More Preoccupying Ideas (Page 35)
Complete the unfinished sentences with three items.

  • I’d like to change …
  • I’d like more …
  • I keep thinking …
  • In six months, I’d like …
  • The most important things in my life right now are …
  • The qualities in the people I admire are …
  • I’d be delighted if my life included …

You may also want to write some thoughts about this exercise in your journal. And notice if you have any dreams after writing about your preoccupations.

Where In My Life Am I Just Going Through The Motions? (Page 37)
The purpose of this activity is to have a dialogue with yourself about where you are feeling stuck or where you have not admitted that something needs to change.

Write a paragraph or two in your journal about the parts of your life where you feel stuck or as if you’re “just going through the motions”. Really describe the feelings in detail. The more you can bring these feelings into awareness, the more you will open the doors for answers, opportunities and insights.

Finding New Paradigm Alternatives To Your Old Preoccupations (Page 37)
Look at your major past preoccupations from Exercise 2. Then write down in your journal its corresponding new attribute. As the mood strikes, you write also how you could begin to attract more of this attribute in your life.

Addictions Self-security
Anger Empowerment
Conformity Creativity
Control Trust
Emotional dramas Self-actualization
Family entanglements Honest commitments
Fear Love
Gaining approval Self-trust
Guilt Love with wisdom
Independence Interdependence
Intellectual accomplishment Wisdom
Lack of love Divine love within
Overspending Healing deprivation
Perfectionism Self-acceptance
Physical image Intrinsic worth
Resistance to authority Sharing leadership
Revenge Forgiveness
Security Adaptability
Self-criticism Acknowledgement of strengths
Under earning Being paid what you are worth

The answers don’t have to come at this moment. If any of these ideas is ready to become more of a reality, you will probably have a stronger feeling of excitement around it.

“Working to establish a more comfortable style of survival has grown to feel complete in and of itself as a reason to live and we’ve gradually, methodically, forgotten our original question … We’ve forgotten that we still don’t know what we’re surviving for.”
James Redfield

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