Greetings my gentle readers to another week’s installment of the “be yourself, often” blog found at http://www.joelwlamoure.com. This is the point in time of the week where we are able to sit back and mindfully reflect on the moments that were and the impact that they have had in our lives.
This is our first blog posting of the past six weeks. Those of you who follow our radio show “prescribing spiritual hope” on WULC out of Carrabelle, Florida on the Spreaker network will also have observed we have been off the air for the past two months. http://www.spreaker.com/show/tuesday_prescribing_spiritual_hope I anticipate that not only will the blog be back to its normal weekly posting effective now, and our radio show be on the air again by mid-July at its usual time of 9 PM Eastern time and think all of our dedicated listeners and readers from around the world for staying with the network.
The past couple of months have been an exercise in journey into the deepest recesses and caverns that exist within the mind. A time within the wilderness where over the past 40 days and 40 nights opportunities have presented themselves repeatedly. Unfortunately, as we know in life, and that we as humans are not the divine architects of our own plans, most of the “opportunities” have had a negative flavor. However, the concepts associated with the phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” are all well and alive.
These have been days of a death of dreams and recalibration of determining what is important. A time to realize that what one thought would be logical, in fact was illogical. There were birthdays forgotten by others, promises broken, expectations shattered, religious discrimination, hate crimes, decades of planning eradicated, disease and illness. A breach of confidence by confidents and friendly fire. Bullets that derive from close sources fired under the brave face of anonymity, send through an unwilling messenger. Sadly hypocrisy and vigilante justice is alive and well.
As such, based on what the title states, it leaves one wondering, especially a man of faith wondering why so many good people have been hurt while the sinful, wicked and evil continue to prosper in their lies and deceit, claiming to be and searching “enlightenment” themselves. I use the term in quotes as it is ego-centric enlightenment they seek, not Spiritual Enlightenment. My friends, these are days of learning the highest virtue, which is forgiveness. “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do…”
Within forgiveness, which is an easy word to say but hard action to do lies the resolution of inner turmoil. Resolution of the inner turmoil is not playing it out words and harming other people. Resolution does not lie by constant complaining, self harm, belittling, telling stories repeating stories, playing victim, hatred, or any of the other tools that were initially used against us. I believe, that is why true forgiveness takes longer… Perhaps truly 40 days in the wilderness.
It is about finding again what makes one happy and appreciating that we have the “free will covenant” and do not have to be the same as those that wrong us. It is not up to the courts to make a decision of judgment or forgiveness, but the quiet Light of Divination that says so much. To be able to not focus on stuff, and focus on the Light with clarity and intensity will allow us to be the spiritual being having a human existence and truly be yourself, often.
He graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Pharmacy with a Bachelors in Pharmacy in 1991. Subsequent diplomas include Adult Psychology (Honours), Child Psychology (Honours) and Police Sciences (1993-1998). He has lectured and given presentations extensively at a regional, national and international level. Publications include a range in both depth and breadth of psychopharmacology and general consultant psychiatry issues plus patient safety issues and concerns. These presentations mirror and interface work done in the clinical settings, research, live and recorded presentations.
Further interests include reviewing the patient on a bio-psycho-social model and defining the relationship which dovetails into a lecture series regarding stress management. With almost 100 journal, impact paper, patient centered opinion, consultant reviews and research posters to his credit over the past few years, his most recent venture is co-authouring a chapter entitled "Person Centered Approaches to Psychopharmacology for People with Serious Mental Illness" being published by Radcliffe (UK) under the title Serious Mental Illnesses:Patient-Centered Approaches in 2011 (ISBN 978 1 84619 306 4). He has 320 presentations to his credit at the beginning of July 2010, presenting over 70 times in 2009 alone to a variety of interest groups, physicians and allied health on a variety of psychopharmacological and psychosocial areas.
Teaching areas of focus include patient centered learning for physicians which encompass Introduction to Medicine, Musculoskeletal System and Infectious Diseases (first year) and Gynecology, Respirology and Emergency Medicine (second year). For third year medical students he teaches psychopharmacology and for post-graduate residents and psychiatrists is involved with interfacing medicine issues in psychiatry. In continuing education post graduate, he is currently the outgoing Chair of the Advisory Committee on CME for UWO and sits on the Appointments and Promotions Board in the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry , UWO.
His Accreditations Canada focus is primarily in medication management and medication reconciliation, plus safe and effective delivery of these systems, processes and adherence by hospitals across Canada to these Required Organizational Practices (ROPs).