Published on 2 May 2012
Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride about immunity and the optimization of the gut flora.
The quality of stuff on Aljazeera is very impressive.
Al Jazeera’s Matthew Cassel examines why so many American Jews defend Israeli policies regardless of the issue or cost.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, millions of Jews migrated from Europe, Eastern Europe and Russia to the US, settling across the country’s big cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago where they found opportunity and established strong communities. Those communities continued to grow in the subsequent decades as more Jews fled anti-Semitism across Europe.
A growing number of Jews also migrated to Palestine at the turn of the century, part of a nascent Zionist movement. Migration to Palestine increased after World War I. At the end of World War II, following the horrors of the holocaust, the state of Israel was created in what had previously been British-controlled Palestine. In the process, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes, exiled into neighbouring countries and refugee camps.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the land continues to this day. How does this contentious issue affect Judaism in the US? Why is there such strong support for Israel in the US irrespective of the issue or cost?
Al Jazeera’s Matthew Cassel travels back to his native Chicago where he was raised Jewish. He talks to local rabbis, friends and family about why so many in the Jewish-American community believe it is important to maintain support for Israel … no matter what.
And he travels back to Palestine to retrace his steps as a young man. At that time, during the second Intifada, he was shocked to discover the impact Israeli policies were having on Palestinians.
He tries to understand how Jewish religious beliefs have turned into a political cause that he does not agree with – but that the US actively accepts and supports.
Part 2 is HERE
I was stunned when I came across this;
Captain Samuel Cass, a rabbi, conducting the first prayer service celebrated on German territory by Jewish personnel of the 1st Canadian Army near Cleve, Germany, 18 March 1945.
And you thought vegetarianism was good for you!
Published on 6 Jan 2013
Morning Educational Symposium
Photograph ‘Brighton wall’ in honour of our friend the fine Sussex painter Viv Cecil – whose beautiful work is HERE -
One of my favourites is Rockface No 4
Make sure you see the life drawings as well as the paintings – I have never seen life drawings more stunning.
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In 1991 Wayne Teasdale published a wonderful essay;
Summer 1991, Vol.43 No. 2, pp. 119-133
Interreligious Dialogue Since Vatican II
The Monastic Contemplative Dimension
|Both eastern and western contemplative religious traditions
have much in common and are encouraged to address contemporary times
by signing and promulgating the "Universal Declaration on Non-Violence."
The following is a set of handout notes that I hope you find inspiring based on Chapter 9 of Wayne Teasdale’s masterpiece The Mystic Heart;
INTERSPIRITUALITY as MYSTICISM, The 8 GUIDELINES + Thomas Merton quotes on integration & maturity
“The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of
all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good
as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most
radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling,
is at the center of true religiousness." – A Einstein
The 8 Guidelines + prayer
The world religions bear witness to the experience of the Ultimate Reality to which they give various names: Brahman, the Absolute, God, Allah, (the) Great Spirit, the Transcendent.
The Ultimate Reality surpasses any name or concept that can be given to It.
The Ultimate Reality is the source (ground of being) of all existence.
Faith is opening, surrendering, and responding to the Ultimate Reality. This relationship precedes every belief system.
The potential for human wholeness — or in other frames of reference, liberation, self-transcendence, enlightenment, salvation, transforming union, moksha, nirvana, fana — is present in every human person.
The Ultimate Reality may be experienced not only through religious practices but also through nature, art, human relationships and service to others.
The differences among belief systems should be presented as facts that distinguish them, not as points of superiority.
In the light of the globalization of life and culture now in process, the personal and social ethical principles proposed by the world religions in the past need to be re-thought and re-expressed. (127-128)
NB IN Chap 9 of The Mystic Heart WT says the Snowmass conference added ‘further guidelines related to the practical dimension of the spiritual journey’ – in particular; “prayer is communion with Ultimate Reality, whether it is regarded as personal, impersonal (transpersonal), or beyond the both.” About prayer he says; “It defines human nature in its highest sense, in its efforts at spiritual attainment, and inner change of heart, mind and behaviour. It is the fundamental and perennial method of scaling the heights and probing the depths of the real.”
RP NB – The 8 guidelines are of course the same as ‘Perennial Philosophy’ & ‘Interspirituality’.
MYSTICISM AS UNION
“ It is a wonderful thing….to be united to God in the divine light by a mystical and denuded union. This occurs when a humble, pure and resigned soul, on fire with ardent charity,, is elevated above itself by the grace of God…and totally fluid with love, and reduced to nothing, melts away into God…….. becoming one with God does not imply becoming the same substance and nature as God.” p221 Luis de Blois 16thC Christian mystic.
MYSTICISM AS INTEGRATION – Thomas Merton
‘….true or final integration requires one to become more universal and transcultural, rather than to remain stuck in one tradition to the exclusion of all others. This universal openness characterizes the inner awareness of the person who reaches his or her spiritual potential.’ p231
RP This is both an outer integration and an inner integration – but the outer depends on the inner. Head and Heart, unitive meditation + dialogue, The Whole + the parts etc.
Thomas Merton: “Final integration is a state of transcultural maturity far beyond mere social adjustment , which always implies partiality and compromise. The person who is fully born’ has an entirely ‘inner experience of life’. Sucha one apprehends his life fully and wholly from an inner ground that is at once more universal than the empirical ego and yet entirely his own. Such an individual is in a certain sense ‘cosmic’ and ‘universal person’ …HE/she is in a certain sense identified with everybody…. p232
WT says; ‘An individual who has arrived at final integration is a mystic.’ p 232 The Mystic Heart
Merton continues; Again the state of insight which is final integration implies an ‘openness’, a poverty, similar to ..the Rhennish mystics….the Sufis, early Taoist masters and Zen Buddhists. Final integration implies the void, poverty and non-action which leave one entirely docile to the ‘Spirit’ and hence a potential instrument for unusual creativity. The person who has attained final integration is no longer limited by the culture in which s/he has grown up….S/he accepts not only her/his own community, his own society, ,,friends, …culture but all humankind….S/he has a unified vision and experience of the one truth shining out in all its various manifestations, some clearer than others,. S/he does not set these partial views up in opposition to each other, but unifies them, in a dialectic or an insight of complementarity. p232 THMH
RP Question: It is not the complementarity of the diversity in which the hope of harmony lies. It lies in the identical nature of the mystic heart to be found in all great wisdom paths that has been buried beneath the (man-made) cultural accretions – isn’t it?
WT the mystic is the new cultural hero who guides humankind to its maturity p232
INTERSPIRITUALITY: honours all the experience and insight of each tradition, and gathers these experiences into an organic synthesis. We awaken to this synthesis when we walk the intermystical path with an open heart and a capacity to be transformed in our understanding and our being. When we do that, we can utter, like Raimon Panikker: “I am a Hindu, Christian, Buddhist….” – Jew and Muslim – and Baha’i! – p227 TMH
WT By realizing that this diversity of tradition and approach is willed by God, the mystic becomes the guardian of interspirituality. p233
EXTRAS – Thomas Merton – To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.
We drive by night. Nevertheless our reason penetrates the darkness enough to show us a little of the road ahead. It is by the light of reason that we interpret the signposts and make out the landmarks along our way. SOURCE
EXTRAS: 3 quotes from KARL RAHNER
1) “When man is with God in awe and love, then he is praying.” 2) In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic (one who has experienced God for real) or nothing at all.” 3) “The number one cause of atheism is Christians. (RP for Christians you can read any religion) Those who proclaim Him with their mouths and deny Him with their actions is what an unbelieving world finds unbelievable.”
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”― Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
PURPOSE: greater awakening;detachment;service PRACTICE: smile;breath;go mindfully
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Wow…..here am I, ensconced in my little villa in Goa, reading this recent post from you Roger. Well – you’ve provided a hugely enticing tidbit of something that is no longer physically available to me on a weekly basis at FMH since my last attendance a week ago. But it was very nourishing & thought provoking (as all the meetings are).
Solipsistically musing, I wondered which group I slotted into? Did I come seeking therapy (nope) did I mistake different ideas, views & thoughts as disagreement? Nope.. Its true that I said I just didn’t ‘get’ Ken Wilbur, having never read him before – and oh how glad I am that One Garden is such a broad church & that even a semi literate philosophy novice like me is made welcome – to such an extent that I dared to voice my lone, maybe heretic impression without fear of being mocked, ignored or derided. What a liberating environment is provided there!
I’ve barely unpacked here, the weather’s steaming hot (just as I like it) & I haven’t had time to feel the absence of that weekly dose of healing, inspiring, nurturing, thought provoking One Garden yet – but I fear I will!! I’m hoping to find the courage to act on your suggestion that I start a free weekly discussion group on something simple & widely read like Eckhart Tolle, or Thich Nat Hahn. This would be a big leap for me, but you reassured me with ideas of how to make it self-led each week, with a different topic of focus.. Aaargh…watch this space to see if I can pluck up the courage to go ahead with this.
Warm wishes from Jane 💥
Cuttings – the newsletter for the One Garden groups
One Garden – meditation and dialogue for interspirituality
In the One Garden groups Ken along with Tolle, Teasdale & Aldous Huxley is our ‘mapper’ of the interspiritual territory
RP For the most part his critics are fleas trying to bite an elephant!
A SECOND EXTRAORDINARY ‘ONE GARDEN’ SESSION
Yesterday we had a great crowd and a great experience at our One Garden meeting. The session gave us, in my view, the highest level of dialogue since we started approx. 110 sessions ago – not least because of the contributions from Shelley from Seattle who was visiting Toni & Lee.
We hope Shelley will stay with us as an online member.
It is interesting to compare the experience of yesterday with that of a couple of weeks ago when we had what I called a ‘group satori’. Both were in response to extracts by Ken Wilber.
Two weeks ago it was multiple-aha moments.
Yesterday, for me at least, was pure intellectuality experienced as spirituality.
One way of looking at such experiences is as transcendence of state of being – via, a shifting of ‘poles’. You can see it as grace, a gift, or simply as a high level of a-tune-ment within a group.
Another characteristic of such a group experience we could call ‘one-mind’ in which the group transcends into a whole and acts as a single mind.
I have experienced such a ‘cross-over’ experience very few times in 50 years of studying & teaching spirituality. Outstandingly one such event was in teaching creative writing and PFC (Philosophy for Children) with so-called mixed-ability children in an RC middle school – spread over two short lessons. Luckily I videoed the two lessons and I have what most teachers don’t have (or i some cases don’t want!) the most significant moment, lesson, day, week in a long, & largely enjoyable teaching career.
As many of you know I came to see interiority as ‘heart-mind’. I had the value of this underlined by being shown by a friend that the Chinese got there, as with so many things, a long time ago;
We use ‘heart-mind’ to translate xin. This is because the philosophical psychology of ancient China did not use a cognitive/affective contrast in their talk of well-honed human performance…’ (page 97)
Hansen, C. (1989) Language in the Heart-Mind, in R.E. Allison (ed.) Understanding the Chinese Mind, Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, pp. 75-123.
‘The common translation of xin as heart-mind reflects the blending of belief and desire (thought and feeling, ideas and emotions) into a single complex dispositional potential.’ (page 20)
Hansen, C. (1992) A Daoist Theory of Chinese Thought, a philosophical interpretation, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(Tweaked from an earlier article here http://sunwalked.wordpress.com/6-personal-development-matters/new/faqs-to-the-underlying-sunwalk-model-of-holistuic-education/)
WHY DO A FEW LESSONS/SESSIONS TRANSCEND?
You tell me! (Please.)
Putting it positively – Possible pre-requisites for such group experiences include: a feeling of relaxation (of being at home perhaps) a sufficient number of participants?, sufficiently inspiring extracts, relaxation, some early humour and laughter?
Putting it negatively – Low levels of neediness, neuroticism, egoism in any of its forms etc also help!
Possible other trip-ups might include one or more individuals mistaking the purpose of the group e.g. thinking a meditation and dialogue group is a therapy session (that is different to the fact that probably most of us take therapeutic benefits from sessions)
It seems it doesn’t matter if the group facilitator has a return of ‘bronchitis’ or for a second time makes a hash of the photocopying!
Whatever! – just lets’s hope we have a few more such uplifting sessions! I look forward to hearing your reflections
Tomorrow Friday, by request from Toni, we will continue with Mike’s presentation of the penultimate chapter of the Mystic Heart – it gives us an extra week to get and read Heschel’s Who is Man
On Wednesday next we will continue being inspired by extracts from Wilber and then start with a series we could call ‘One Text’.
ONE-TEXT as a ‘course’ for future Wednesdays
That is we will try to find one text for each of the major wisdom traditions. So far we have identified;
The Sermon on the Mount – Christianity
The Bhagavad Gita – Hinduism
The Dhammapada – Buddhism
Ibn Arabi and/or Rumi – Sufism
The Hidden Words and/or the Seven Valleys – Baha’i
Please make further recommendations.
|"If ordinary people don’t perceive that our grand ideas are working in their lives then they can’t
develop the higher level of consciousness, to use a term that American philosopher Ken Wilber wrote a whole book about. He said, you know, the problem is the world needs to be more integrated, but it requires a consciousness that’s way up here, and an ability to see beyond the differences among us."
-President Bill Clinton
You may have heard that Ken Wilber has a very serious illness – we thought IPF was bad – he has written a description HERE
This is why Ken’s voice has changed in recent videos.
This one is I think early in the illness
YouTube note – Uploaded on 11 Apr 2009
Ken Wilber expands on the nature of "I am ness" or the pure "Self"; ultimate identity – while also describing the role of development in spiritual growth.
See HERE for more about Ken Wilber
Published on 18 Sep 2013
I do not own this video,for,education purposes only : They say you should never smile at a crocodile, but Costa Rican fisherman Chito decided to ignore what happened to Captain Hook and attempt to tame a crocodile. Believe it or not, he managed to do so. The fact that he nursed the animal back to health after discovering him blinded by the bullet of a hunter over 20 years ago probably helped. Now people come from far and wide to see the boys in action, and you can see what they get up thanks to National Geographic.
I’m wondering what this can teach us about human spiritual development?
A modern St Francis?
Does Chito have more of the necessary spiritual qualities than say Grizzly Man – Timothy Treadwell – in Werner Herzog’s brilliant docu-drama?
Published on 31 Jul 2012
A docudrama that centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell. He periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. He was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. The films explores their compassionate lives as they found solace among these endangered animals.
Which qualities come to mind – sincerity, balance, other focusedness, authenticity, bullshit, self-absorption etc. ?
Or does the difference lie in the two kinds of animal?
Various kinds of mirages in one location taken over the course of six minutes, not shown in temporal order. (WikiPedia)
DEFINITIONS, KNOWING & CERTAINTY
Recently a member of one of the One Garden groups expressed mild customer dissatisfaction at our not having made more progress in the case of definitions. We are primarily about celebrating the Oneness that we feel is beyond the diversity of world-views, especially as seen in interspirituality & perennial philosophy/wisdom, so we probably shouldn’t go too far into philosophy, but……
DEFINITIONS – a few observations
1 Definitions like word teachings in Zen are also just pointers – the map is not the experience.
2a Definitions can be subjective – Pandas are a Disneyesque means for the Chinese to gain massive public relations benefit to take away focus on their appalling human rights record & their increasing world domination.
2b Definitions can be objective; Pandas are;
Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Carnivora, Family Ursidae,
Genus Ailuropoda, Species A. melanoleuca, Binomial name Ailuropoda melanoleuca
3 You can choose between definitions – obvious criteria would include a) the one that makes most sense given you experience, b) the one that is standard in the (scholarly or professional) group in which you operate etc.
Before we go further with definitions relevant to the One Garden ‘field’ I suggest we need to look at ‘knowledge’ & certainty’
We live in a matrix of (at least) the known and knowable and the unknown and unknowable. For the individual the known is what s/he knows in order to produce a particular desired result. The capital of Ukraine is knowable but I don’t know what it is, but could look it up. The unknown (but knowable) might include a plentiful supply of clean energy n forms as yet untapped. The unknown and unknowable according to some/many religionists includes the Godhead – on the grounds that we (the finite) cannot comprehend that which is infinite. Insert your own examples.
We have been forced into the idea that the only legitimate knowledge is that which is measurable, repeatable etc. But almost all that is important isn’t open to the rules of scientific inquiry. From education the point is made -
” What was educationally significant and hard to measure has been replaced by what is educationally insignificant and easy to measure. So now we measure how well we’ve taught what isn’t worth learning! “ (Arthur Costa)
The job is to ask questions – it always was – and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility. Arthur Miller
I find myself not satisfied with how philosophers classify knowledge;
TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE – source HERE
The first kind of knowledge is personal knowledge, or knowledge by acquaintance. This is the kind of knowledge that we are claiming to have when we say things like “I know Mozart’s music.”
The second kind of knowledge is procedural knowledge, or knowledge how to do something. People who claim to know how to juggle, or how to drive, are not simply claiming that they understand the theory involved in those activities. Rather, they are claiming that actually possess the skills involved, that they are able to do these things.
The third kind of knowledge, the kind that philosophers care about most, ispropositional knowledge, or knowledge of facts. When we say things like “I know that the internal angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees” or “I know that it was you that ate my sandwich”, we are claiming to have propositional knowledge. Source – HERE
Three conditions must be satisfied in order to possess knowledge belief, truth, & justification.
RP’s ALTERNATIVE (thinking of work such as being a teacher)
In my SunWALK model I suggest classifying knowledge in the following ways – via the ‘4Cs’ -
1 Caring – heart knowing based on empathy, compassion and bonds
2 Creativity – the subjective knowing the artist acquires to realize and express her voice & vision
3 Criticality – the objective knowing scientists need
4 Community – how to achieve desired things, how to build and make and persuade etc.
As Arthur Miller implies not all knowledge is sharp, clear, indisputable & generally agreed. The same goes for definitions. Some are fuzzier than others Living with fuzziness is just how it is.
DEGREES OF CERTITUDE & CERTAINTY
Even major forms of knowledge have to give way at times eg., I assume, pre quantum physics had to give way to quantum physics as it was ‘revealed’ or ‘manifested’!
‘Abdu’l-Bahá distinguishes two kinds of knowledge: “One is subjective and the other objective knowledge – that is to say, an intuitive knowledge and a knowledge derived from perception.”
He also identifies four ways of coming to know – in the sense of have sufficient proof upon which to make a decisions. The four are; senses, reason, authority, inspiration. To these we might add a few others e.g group consultation. Each of these on their own can mislead us. Mirages in the case of the senses. Immaculate logic that is based on a false premise. Inaccurate or deliberately misleading of authorities. Inspiration that is misunderstood/misread because of our ego. See HERE
BUT: To combine the various forms of proof provides us with highest degree of certainty.
Truth is one – but science is discovered truth and religion/spirituality is revealed truth.
PURPOSE: even greater Awakening;Detachment;Service PRACTICE: smile;breathe;go mindfully
Conscious that I may not have too long to live I have started to assemble all of my articles in one place – HERE It is part of my will and testament!
I go to see the Consultant next Monday. As some of you know about 30 months ago he gave me as little as 30 months to live – but something seems to be keeping me going -
so please keep me in your thoughts.
Having conspired with his wife to ‘nag’ the scholar Stephen Lambden into getting his unfinished stuff online, and available for others to pick up and develop, it is time I did the same to avoid the accusation of hypocrisy!
I am a teacher, Stephen is a scholar and a teacher – if you don’t know the difference go HERE and start diving deep to see the depth and breadth of what a true scholar does.
Yes such scholarship is of practical benefit – but like pure science in relation to applied science it needs translation into practical & more accessible forms.
I mention the service that scholars do because anti-intellectualism and inverse snobbery is still rife in the UK – at least in Seaford, as I found out recently!
There will eventually be the equivalent of several books-worth of articles. Others, including scholars, might want to pick up some of the ideas – that is my hope. For example – ‘Spiritual Federalism’ as a way to ease the problem of ‘exclusivity’ in faith matters – see HERE
I rarely managed to work articles up to the standard of getting them published in academic journals or published books – a weakness, caused perhaps by always looking for and responding to the next exciting, delicious thing to come my way.
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ONE GARDEN GROUPS THIS WEEK
WED in Brighton we will take another bite from Ken Wilber’s The Essential Ken Wilber – last week the extract & dialogue caused the group to go into a kind of group ‘satori’ – with Lee as the ‘lightning conductor’ – perhaps this week we will be more sedate!
FRI in Brighton – we will be looking at the penultimate chapter of The Mystic Heart – please come and support the presenter
SAT – if you want to continue study of ‘A New Earth’ please contact me.
Malala’s courageous campaign is the essence of the spirit of the One Garden groups mission of pointing to Oneness – albeit in much less dangerous circumstances
Check out the audio tapes of interview/s with Ken Wilber – as one example
Major ‘recent’ video interview with Ken Wilber
Psyche Opening the Door into Cupid’s Garden, by John William Waterhouse
WHAT IS THE HAPPINESS & ENLIGHTENMENT OF ‘INTERSPIRITUALITY’ – AS ‘INTERFAITH FOR THE 21stC’?
1 Wayne Teasdale says interspirituality is‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’ – in The Mystic Heart, p26
2 My definition = ‘the state of being, and the living of life, that flow from the realization of the Oneness beyond the various wisdom traditions.’
3 This realization is age-old, but realized by few; "I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One." – Namaste! – "
4 In addition to the parts there is the Whole; ‘Behind every moment, behind every particular, is the enveloping Whole. Geology is not just the study of rocks – it is the study of rocks in relation to the ‘ology’ – i.e. the Whole." (RP)
5 In our lives we have 2 kinds of experience. The first is of the Whole, when we sufficiently quieten the ego – the sense of being an autonomous separate self. This is a feeling heart matter – not a thinking or conceptual matter.
The second kind of experience is how we process and express and live the primary experience.
6 We can express the processing of primary experience as some form of ‘commentary’ – a poem, or an improved behaviour etc.
The beloved Abraham Joshua Heschel says; “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” Abraham Joshua Heschel – Who is Man p.88 For ‘amazement’ read the state of awe, wonderment – the ineffable. More fully Heschel penned the following exquisite lines;
The search for reason ends at the shore of the known;
on the immense expanse beyond it
only the sense of the ineffable can glide.
It alone knows the route to that
which is remote from experience and understanding.
Neither is amphibious:
reason cannot go beyond the shore,
and the sense of the ineffable
is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….
Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:
we sense the ineffable in one realm;
we name and exploit reality in another.
Between the two we set up a system of references,
but can never fill the gap.
They are as far and as close to each other
As time and calendar, as violin and melody,
as life and what lies beyond the last breath.
The tangible phenomena we scrutinize with our reason,
The sacred and indemonstrable we overhear
with the sense of the ineffable.
Heschel A. J. (1971), Man is Not Alone, New York: Octagon Books p.8
7 Consequently ‘we have 2 wings; connection to the Whole, delight in every particular.’ (RP)
8 Mindfulness helps turn down the ‘radio interference’ of the ego – "Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity!" (RP)
9 And of the many paths, the many gateways? – ‘My heart has come to harbour every form’ ! (After Ibn Arabi) – we rest in that Paradise, the One Garden beyond even the beauty of diversity.
This is interspirituality – interspirituality is the 21stC challenge and the means to justice, development, and peace – because we can realize the Whole beyond the particularities – the Unity and Oneness that transcends all cultures, forms and ideologies..
This state of being – of resting in the One Garden – is instantaneous as soon as we realize the ‘unities’. The unity of what it is to be human, in the world with others. The unity of the true central core of the great wisdom traditions. What was the message from all of them, regardless of their ‘cultural clothing’? The message was this; We need to awaken. We need to detach from the attachments that come between us and the Whole. We need to live our lives in ‘other-centred’ ways. Awaken;Detach:Serve – that’s it.
From the beloved Thich Nhat Hanh here are three ways to guarantee success starting today.
i) Smile more.
ii) Breathe consciously as often as you can through the day – say silently to yourself ‘Breathing in I know that I’m breathing in" and "Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out." Even more simply just "Breathing in" and "Breathing out". Try it when walking – or at any moment of the day.
iii) Go through your day mindfully – which means remind yourself as often as possible to smile more and breathe consciously!
In the space between the in-breath and the out-breath there is the Whole, Eternity, Bliss. Happiness and enlightenment can only be a step away!
10 Religion is simply the organization that grows up around the mystical experience of the Founder or Messenger – plus the commentaries he provides. Corruption sets in when those in power forget the experiential, at-one-ment practices of Awakening;Detaching;Serving. To give an example these corruptors practice churchianity instead of Christianity, adminology instead mystical grace and service. They tend to persecute those who embarrass them such as mystics! At worst they become aggrandizers of power, wealth accumulators, exploiters of the weak such as children and women.
Consider how many religions have lost the essential mystical core that is the experience of at-one-ment, plus civilized dialogue as to what that might mean – coupled with service of others.
Thank God that throughout history the flame has been kept alight by the tiny few. Today the challenge is how to multiply the tiny few into a minority sufficient to create the much needed paradigm shift.
Interspirituality demands a spirituality that above all re-cognizes the Oneness beyond the diversity of the great wisdom paths.
If we want to stay with the faith we have grown up in fine but we need an open heart and mind to realize that there is Oneness beyond the particular cultural clothing we wear.
As Baha’i teachings say; Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship. Living the life in the spirit of interspirituality might then enable our one planet to have fewer horrors such as Rwanda, The Killing Fields and the Sunni & Shia tearing themselves apart.
Examined Life is a 2008 documentary film directed by Astra Taylor. The film features eight influential contemporary philosophers walking around New York and other metropolises and discussing the practical application of their ideas in modern culture.
The philosophers featured are Cornel West, Avital Ronell, Peter Singer, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Martha Nussbaum, Michael Hardt, Slavoj Žižek, and Judith Butler, who is accompanied by Taylor’s sister Sunny, a disability activist.
The film appeared in the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival and the 2009 Kingston Canadian Film Festival. It is co-produced by Sphinx Productions and the National Film Board of Canada, in association with the Ontario Media Development Corporation, TVOntario and Knowledge Network.
Reception has been generally favorable (Rotten Tomatoes gives it 76%), however Martha Nussbaum subsequently complained in The Point that although Examined Life displays “a keen visual imagination and a vivid sense of atmosphere and place” it nonetheless “presents a portrait of philosophy that is … a betrayal of the tradition of philosophizing that began, in Europe, with the life ofSocrates“. (WikiPedia)
What a sourpuss Ms Nussbaum is – ignore her negativity and check out Examined Life - it’s a bloody triumph to get any feature length documentary on philosophy in the can – let alone on Netflix which is where I saw it.
ONE: CULTIVATE A PASSION
TWO: BE A LEAF ON A TREE
THREE: BREAK THE MIRROR
FOUR: DON’T RESIST CHANGE
FIVE: AUDIT YOUR HAPPINESS
SIX: LIVE IN THE MOMENT
SEVEN: BE HAPPY
…..if you want to be happy . . . Be Happy. Act it, play the part, put on a happy face.
Start thinking differently. ‘Choose to be optimistic,’ says the Dalai Lama. ‘It feels better.’
If you are feeling negative, simply say to yourself: ‘I am going to be positive’, and that, in itself, can trigger a change in how you feel.
And it works.
It really does, I’m happy to say.
To read the article go HERE
"The Buddha's teaching on love are clear. It is possible to live twenty four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love." Thich Nhat Hanh
Martin Luther King Jr's nomination of Thich Nhat Hanh for the nobel peace prize in January 1967 (these 2 images courtesy google)
When I first got Gmail it was great – you felt that you not only had a great product but were allying yourself with an ethical company.
The most recent changes are an abomination. ( E.g. -
It now takes 4 times as long to check emails -
feel that I have completely lost control of emails. I am missing stuff that I never missed before)
They have now started adding ads to your inbox.
They now seem to care only about more and more profits and less and less what customers want.
They are soon going to rival Microsoft in the level of detestation they attract.
Everyone says Yahoo has come on by leaps and bounds.
Google wake up – stop being tyrants! You used to have some claim to ethical procedure and integrity – that has now dwindled to near zero.
The tyranny with which they
treat customers, their
failure to pay taxes properly all
now make them
no better than the worst of the internationals.
Only if there is a storm of protest will they listen – please write to them and add your voice of protest now!