Combating Stress - A Unity in Duality Approach

Stress management requires to understand its mechanisms, and in order to do so, we must distinguish between the external factors of stress and the internal factors that are at the very root of this manifestation. The acceleration of the pace of life, the impossibility of controlling the course of events in our complex, changing and uncertain societies, are all external factors.

Internal factors, on the other hand, are linked both to the incapacity to realize the subject-object interrelationship at work within a stressful situation and to the increased separation we experience between our body and mind.
When conceptual mind is dominant in our experience of reality, the internal factor is extremely present. The same is true for repressed emotions, and therefore always unconsciously active.

To foster a better awareness of the reality of our experience, the U.D. approach (Unity in Duality) invites us to return to the present moment, apprehending reality from our sense minds in a direct and natural way.
If we can deal with our internal stressors, given the subject-object interrelationship, the effect of stressful external conditions will be significantly reduced.

In this seminar, we will explore the stress-generating factors and the theoretical and practical possibilities of managing them according to Tarab Tulku Rinpoche penetrating analysis of the subject-object and body-mind interrelation.


Dealing with Stress

We are all acquainted with nervous twitching, back pain, stomach pain and just running around in circles; also that we are too hectic to feel our own being - thereby we make it difficult for ourselves to feel well and adjusted, and instead feel confused and don't have an overview. This could be discerned as the first signs of stress. Stress has become a widespread condition.

There are many theories about how we can change our stressed way of being. According to Unity in Duality partly due to our modern, over-rational way of living we don't have harmony and balance in our inner world, and therefore we more easily develop stress and stress related diseases than ever. If we should get to the root of the problem, we need to seriously understand our underlying tendencies; gain awareness and try to change them.

Here we need to devide in two causes of stress and hereby part stress factors; outer factors and inner factors. The outer stress factors, apart from mental and physical violence, mainly relate to the fact that everything in our society occurs at a very high speed and the level of information and its demands are rapidly on the increase. Inner stress factors specifically relate to our increasing repressive and projective tendencies due to our general self-referential condition pared with mind and body generally being split and dominated by the conceptual/ rational part of our mind capacities.

According to Unity in Duality we only really become stressed when we are split. Therefore it is very important to nurture a balanced relationship within. The senses bring us back into the present and into human commonly shared reality, hence is stress reducing in both ways. The body sensation brings us also into proximity with our inner, genuine sensation of being and inner strength, reducing fear. At the same time it also bring us in contact with the self-referential feeling, which determines the centre around which our reality is playing out, allowing us to change disturbing vulnerable self-references.  

Our conceptual mind function, being abstractive, and as the conceptual reality just rely on the words we name, it’s extremely sensitive to negative self-referential experiences, laying the ground for negative and destructive reality experiences of our selves and others. These tendencies push their way through and are an indirect cause of stress especially when this mind-set is dominating. Our general conceptual domination, and especially paired with vulnerabilities, are therefore also a direct component of stress.

In accordance with Unity and Duality, if we take care of all these inner stress factors and reduce these, we will become much more resilient in the wake of outer stress factors. In this course, from the view of the mutual interrelations between body and mind and mind and phenomena (subject-object), we will on these lines investigate how to reduce stress.

This course addresses all walks of life: ordinary people as well as psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists.