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Photograph ‘The peripatetic piano man Brighton’ by Roger Prentice
THE 6 PROJECTS: My primary focus is now ‘perennial-spirituality’ 21stC interfaith – (the ‘changeless faith’ as Baha’is call it) but within that are 5 other projects 1) Artmatters, inc photography 2) Natural Health matters (inc surviving IPF), 3) Personal Development & Management, 4) Re-humanizing Education (inc. Holistic Education) 5) Social Justice matters. The 5 I hope are integrated within 6) ‘Inter-spirituality’ since I am now realizing it as the context for the other 5.
Jean Klein was Francis Lucille’s teacher who in turn was Rupert Spira’s teacher.
See also – http://www.stillnessspeaks.com/jean_klein
Jean Klein’s teacher was known as Panditji Rao but I can’t find anything about him – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Klein_%28spiritual_teacher%29
CONSCIOUSNESS: How Does It Feel To Know You Are Consciousness?
Video by Francis Lucille – Rupert Spira’s teacher
Francis Lucille’s YouTube channel is here – https://www.youtube.com/user/friendsoffrancis
Please watch this video for this week’s session;
http://othersociologist.com/otherness-resources/ – Dr Zuleyka Zevallos
This should open a few people’s eyes
Originally posted on Politics and Insights - kittysjones :
“Our welfare “reforms” will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities.”
Anyone with a degree of sociological imagination, an interest in what happens in our society, a conscience, and a mind of their own, will know that this is lie of unprecedented magnitude. One of many Tory lies. We know that “reform” is Tory-speak for CUT.
How can any of these savage CUTS improve the lives of the growing numbers of already poor people in this Country? CUTS that are falsely named “reforms” by our deceitful, shameful, lying Government – CUTS to people’s already subsistence level income.
We must not lose sight of the fact that it is our money, paid via taxes, that funds our social security. And that basic subsistence level income is just enough to ensure we meet basic survival needs. Food, fuel and shelter. Basic…
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Put all your beliefs into harmony with science; there can be no opposition, for truth is one. When religion, shorn of its superstitions, traditions, and unintelligent dogmas, shows its conformity with science, then will there be a great unifying, cleansing force in the world which will sweep before it all wars, disagreements, discords and struggles – and then will mankind be united in the power of the Love of God.
Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. – Rumi
… to acquire the sciences and arts is the greatest glory of mankind, this is so only on condition that man’s river floweth into the mighty Sea, and draweth from God’s ancient source His inspiration….. – `Abdu’l-Bahá
From Rumi we have;
From Abraham Joshua Heschel we have;
“The world presents itself in two ways to me. The world as a thing I own, the world as a mystery I face. What I own is a trifle, what I face is sublime.
I am careful not to waste what I own; I must learn not to miss what I face.
We manipulate what is available on the surface of the world; we must also stand in awe before the mystery of the world. We objectify Being but we also are present at Being in wonder, in radical amazement.
All we have is a sense of awe and radical amazement in the face of a mystery that staggers our ability to sense it.”
To juxtapose extracts from two, or more, great wisdom traditions is the basic dynamic for generating a text for our ‘One Garden’ interfaith as inter-spiritual living’ groups.
Using spiritual dialogue the juxtaposed extracts not only generate new insights each to the other but in the individual or group that engages with the texts in a reverent way.
Would you like a UK government that resembles the best of the rest? I would. Here are a set of very intelligent suggestions (which is why you Ed, or Dave, will probably repeat the stuff that has given us the current mess). (RP)
Once the dust has settled from the General Election, whoever is Prime Minister will face an important choice: how to organise and run the centre of government.
The centre of government may seem like a wonkish preoccupation, but will be essential to governing effectively, making good election promises, and restoring trust in politics.
In a letter to the next (or indeed re-elected Prime Minister, Nesta suggests a range of transformative changes to how centre of government works, from the establishment of new super-ministers to the abolition of HM Treasury.
Read the letter here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/dear-new…
Speakers to include: Geoff Mulgan, chief executive, Nesta
Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA
Realizing that God (the Whole, the Source, Ultimate Reality) is One.
Realizing that the Spirit that animated the Founders of the great traditions is One.
Realizing that human beings are all members of One Family – like the cells of the body.
Interfaith needs to rise to the challenge of inter-spiritual living.
To learn more about inter-spiritual living see HERE
A new piece of the inter-spiritual picture – perhaps the most vital one.
Michael Waye interviews Matthew Fox and Adam Bucko – really cutting edge.
Take hope for the future with the Bucko generation – it is wonderful to see Matthew Fox plugged in and working with the next generation.
Interviews with the Leading Edge is an exclusive video series on the Quantum Revolution website, at http://www.quantumrevolution.net/inte…. In this segment, Michael Wayne talks with Matthew Fox and Adam Bucko, Co-Authors of the new book, “Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Spirituality.”
The Kosmo Journal for Global transformation by Adam Bucko and Rory McEntee is HERE
The New Monasticism: A Manifesto for Contemplative Living
by Adam Bucko and Rory McEntee is HERE
Matthew and Adam co-authored Occupy Spirituality – see HERE
FASCINATING VIDEO – Michael Wayne interviews Kurt Johnson co-author of ‘The Coming Interspiritual Age’
See Michael Wayne
Interviews with the Leading Edge is an exclusive video series on the Quantum Revolution website, at http://www.quantumrevolution.net/inte…. In this segment, Michael Wayne talks with Kurt Johnson, Ph.D. Kurt Johnson is the co-author, with David Robert Ord, of the recent book “The Coming Interspiritual Age,” and is also a scientist with a Ph.D. in evolution, ecology, systematics and comparative biology; author of numerous books and articles; a spiritual teacher; a former monastic; a social activist; and a leader in the consciousness and world shift movements.
Cognitive Science of Religion – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_science_of_religion
The Coming Interspiritual Age – available on Amazon
He is the Glory of Glories
This is that which hath descended from the realm of glory, uttered by the tongue of power and might, and revealed unto the Prophets of old. We have taken the inner essence thereof and clothed it in the garment of brevity, as a token of grace unto the righteous, that they may stand faithful unto the Covenant of God, may fulfil in their lives His trust, and in the realm of spirit obtain the gem of Divine virtue.
The Hidden Word I chose is;
36. O SON OF MAN!
Rejoice in the gladness of thine heart, that thou mayest be worthy to meet Me and to mirror forth My beauty.
From Thomas a Kempis we have;
Thou art my glory and the exultation of my heart: thou art my hope and refuge in the day; thou art my hope and refuge in the day of my trouble. – SOURCE p214 Words to Live By Eknath Easwaran
The combination in the UK of economic stagnation and public spending cuts is causing substantial hardship to people living in poverty. This amounts to a ‘Perfect Storm’ of falling incomes, rising prices, public service cuts, benefit cuts, a housing crisis, and weak labour rights. By making different political choices, the government can both protect people in poverty and help to stimulate economic recovery in the short term, and set the UK on the way towards economic, social and environmental sustainability in the long term. – To read the report click HERE
Is this lack of compassion and continual favouring of the rich a lack of a moral outlook? To look at just one of the UK’s faiths, the Baha’i Faith, we have;
O CHILDREN OF DUST! – Tell the rich of the midnight sighing of the poor, lest heedlessness lead them into the path of destruction, and deprive them of the Tree of Wealth. To give and to be generous are attributes of Mine; well is it with him that adorneth himself with My virtues.
O OPPRESSORS ON EARTH! Withdraw your hands from tyranny, for I have pledged Myself not to forgive any man’s injustice. This is My covenant which I have irrevocably decreed in the preserved tablet and sealed with My seal. (Baha’u’llah, Hidden Words, Persian 64)
“O Ye Rich Ones on Earth! – The poor in your midst are My trust; guard ye My trust, and be not intent only on your own ease.” – The Hidden Words of Baha’u’llah, p. 41
“We see amongst us men who are overburdened with riches on the one hand, and on the other those unfortunate ones who starve with nothing; those who possess several stately palaces, and those who have no where to lay their head. Some we find with numerous courses of costly and dainty food; whilst others can scarce find sufficient crusts to keep them alive. Whilst some are clothed in velvets, furs and fine linen, others have insufficient, poor and thin garments with which to protect them from the cold.
“This condition of affairs is wrong and must be remedied. Now the remedy must be carefully undertaken.” – `Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 151
Food banks concentrated in areas hit hardest by benefit sanctions, study finds
High unemployment, poverty and government cuts significantly associated with increased need for food aid, Oxford University research shows.
Austerity policies such as cuts to welfare and local services are driving the rapid spread of food banks in the UK, according to an academic study.
The Oxford University research shows emergency food aid is most concentrated in areas where there are high levels of joblessness and benefit sanctions.
To read this article go HERE
JUST HOW CRUEL CAN OUR POLITICIANS BE? – to read article go HERE
A Tory MP stunned fellow parliamentarians after defending the benefits system that left a jobseeker with learning difficulties without food or electricity after he was four minutes late for a Jobcentre appointment.
Conservative backbencher Mark Spencer, who represents the Nottinghamshire constituency of Sherwood, made the controversial remarks during a debate on the state of poverty in Britain on Wednesday afternoon in Westminster Hall.
Labour MP Lisa Nandy, shadow civil society minister, told fellow parliamentarians about how a vulnerable person in her constituency of Wigan suffered after having his benefits taken away under the controversial sanctions regime.
“Several times this year I have had to refer a gentleman with learning difficulties to Denise (the local Reverend) for food due to him having sanctions on him for turning up late,” a local councillor had told her. “The gentleman can’t tell the time and is a recluse. He has been found sitting in his flat in the dark with no electric or gas. He won’t ask for help.”
“Only for the old neighbours watch out for him and contact myself heaven knows what would of happened to him. I was informed he has to get a letter off the doctor for an electric card…The lad turned up at my door the other night. He hadn’t eaten for 5 days. He looked like he was dying.”
The UK needs to massively increase its capability for social justice and some politicians need to acquaint themselves with plain compassion.
and a last say for those Baha’i teachings;
O SON OF SPIRIT!
The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes. – AHW 2
I really like some of these quotations from Arthur Koestler;
Einstein’s space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh’s sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist’s discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer’s frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrant nude differs from a nude by Manet.
The Act of Creation, London, (1970) p. 253.
Without the hard little bits of marble which are called ‘facts’ or ‘data’ one cannot compose a mosaic; what matters, however, are not so much the individual bits, but the successive patterns into which you arrange them, then break them up and rearrange them.
The Act of Creation (1970).
Indeed, the ideal for a well-functioning democratic state is like the ideal for a gentleman’s well-cut suit — it is not noticed. For the common people of Britain, Gestapo and concentration camps have approximately the same degree of reality as the monster of Loch Ness. Atrocity propaganda is helpless against this healthy lack of imagination.
A Challenge to ‘Knights in Rusty Armor, The New York Times, (14 February 1943).
Men cannot be treated as units in operations of political arithmetic because they behave like the symbols for zero and the infinite, which dislocate all mathematical operations.
Crossman (1949), p. 68.
If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction.
The Ghost in the Machine (1967).
The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use.
The Ghost in the Machine (1967).
Richard Rohr has worked out a lot of why it is that religions go wrong. He has also written and taught the answer which is to go back to the real central core of teachings.
and – https://cac.org/
“My religion/spiritual path is right, yours is wrong.” – Is inter-spirituality the challenge inter-faith people can’t/won’t accept – because of the ‘dis-ease’ of exclusivism?
Centred around Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie’s article in the Huffington Post – Handout – penultimate draft updated 9th April 2015
1) THE FOCUS OF INTER-SPIRITUALITY: “Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness Interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, The Mystic Heart -0-
2) Why Interfaith Dialogue Doesn’t Work — And What We Can Do About It – Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie Lecturer, writer, and President Emeritus, Union for Reform Judaism
“I have been participating in interfaith dialogue as a rabbi and Jewish leader for more than 30 years, and most of the time it just doesn’t work.” – Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie ‘s article in the Huffington Post Article HERE
Most of the time — and it is painful for me to admit this — it is terribly boring. Most of the time there is a tendency to manufacture consensus, whether it exists or not. Most of the time we go to great lengths to avoid conflict. Most of the time we cover the same ground that we covered last month or the month before. And far too often we finish our session without really knowing the people across the table and what makes them tick religiously.
And most of we time we are satisfied with mouthing a few noble, often-repeated sentiments. Thus, we affirm the importance of mutual understanding, tolerance and dialogue; we assert that all human beings are created in the image of God; we proclaim that despite our differences, all of our traditions preach love of humankind and service to humanity. Nothing is wrong with these sentiments, of course; in conceptual terms, I believe in them all. But if we don’t dig beneath the surface and focus on substance rather than rhetoric, they mean very little.
The result is that most of the time, interfaith discussions are simply excruciating, irrelevant to me and to the world around me. Why then have I been so involved for so many years?
The reason is that very occasionally, something extraordinary happens: One of these conversations changes me, binds me to my colleagues, advances my understanding of myself and others, and adds texture and depth to my own religious beliefs and convictions. In thinking back on these moments, it seems to me that there are three things that make for a “good” dialogue and that turn tiresome interfaith conversations into meaningful religious moments.
First, meaningful dialogue happens when the conversation turns to our religious differences. Platitudes are set aside when, as representatives of our faith traditions, we cease to be embarrassed by the particular; when we put aside the search for the lowest common denominator that most often characterizes — and trivializes — our discussions; and when we recognize that absent a clear affirmation of who we are, how we are different and what we truly believe, all our conversations are likely to come to nothing.
Second, interreligious exchanges become compelling when my colleagues and partners give expression to their religious passions. I am drawn in when they share with me their deepest beliefs and strangest customs, no matter how radically other they are from my own. And the sharing of religious passions should lead to passionate debate, in which we struggle with the really hard questions: What happens when conflicting beliefs lead to conflicting interests? What do we do about those areas where differences cannot be bridged and must be dealt with?
Third, interreligious dialogue truly touches us when we can discuss what we all know to be true but what we rarely say: that, in some ways at least, we all believe in the exceptionalism of our own traditions. We all tend toward the conviction that there are some elements of our religious beliefs and practice that stand above and apart from what other religions offer, and it is liberating when we are able to acknowledge this and then explain why we think that way, without apology but open to the honest reactions of those around us.
Other high points come from those moments when we all say what it is about our own traditions and communities that we don’t like and then talk frankly about why that it is so. And I am always delighted when we stop focusing on talk and start planning to work together — and really mean it.
As I said, these things happen rarely. I, like others around the interfaith table, am often sitting there just going through the motions, distracted by other things and caught in the same old patterns and clichés that predominate in these settings. Still, from time to time, we find a way to speak from the heart. When we do, God’s presence — variously felt and differently experienced — creates an atmosphere of faith, partnership and common purpose in the room. For those rare moments, I will continue to make the effort, without regrets. SOURCE – c -0-
3) SNOWMASS PRINCIPLES – a foundation document for inter-spirituality – SOURCE
The world religions bear witness to the experience of Ultimate Reality, to which they give various names: Brahman, Allah, (the) Absolute, God, Great Spirit. (RP the Whole, Mystery etc)
- Ultimate Reality cannot be limited by any name or concept.
- Ultimate Reality is the ground of infinite potentiality and actualization. (RP I would insert ‘being’ before ‘potentiality)
- Faith is opening, accepting, and responding to Ultimate Reality. Faith in this sense precedes every belief system.
- The potential for human wholeness—or in other frames of reference, enlightenment, salvation, transformation, blessedness, nirvana—is present in every human person.
- Ultimate Reality may be experienced not only through religious practices but also through nature, art, human relationships, and service of others.
- As long as the human condition is experienced as separate from Ultimate Reality, it is subject to ignorance, illusion, weakness and suffering.
- Disciplined practice is essential to the spiritual life; yet spiritual attainment is not the result of one’s own efforts, but the result of the experience of oneness (unity) with Ultimate Reality. -0- NB Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Heart has a ninth
- Prayer is communion with Ultimate Reality, whether it is regarded as personal, impersonal (transpersonal), or beyond them both.
MORE SEED QUESTIONS: What insights & questions arise in comparing 1, 2, & 3 – and comparing them with Steindl-Rast’s model? Are you better off being secular than being in a faith that is exclusivistic?
Eknath Easwaran is my chosen gateway teacher to find a way to be comfortable in and with Hinduism – although in truth he was an inter-spiritual teacher before the terms was coined (by Bro. Wayne Teasdale).
Drawing on teachings from the Buddha, Easwaran offers practical suggestions for overcoming anger and developing compassion and a calm mind.
The Buddha was going one morning on his alms tour. His son Rahula, who had become his disciple, accompanied him. As Rahula was asking one or two questions, very searching questions, very practical questions, the Buddha was very pleased with him. So he gives Rahula three little secrets, as to how to enrich his sadhana [spiritual practice], how to get closer and closer to him.
One is, he says, develop compassion and anger will become less and less. People who get angry, get very easily resentful, or even hostile, can reduce their anger, can guard against their proneness to anger, by developing one of the great qualities mentioned by the Buddha, karuna [compassion].
When you see an angry person, who sometimes uses unkind words, refuses to cooperate with you, one way of becoming compassionate is to look upon that person as not having learned to walk, perhaps just a little bit lame. When we are walking with a lame person, we don’t get angry if the lame person is not able to keep pace with us, we slow down, just as when we are walking with children, we shorten our paces, we stop for them, we keep pace with them. And in working with angry people, in helping angry people, it’s very important to remember this, that not all their anger is intentional, not all their anger is directed at you. A good part of it is because they can’t control it.
And even when I was practicing, even when I was half way through my sadhana, when I was in the thick of my campus, in the midst of very unexpected developments at a big campus, when somebody was angry, I would see behind that person a long series of events, series of incidents, series of people, series of situations to make that person angry. So the Buddha is giving this marvelous advice to his son Rahula: look upon angry people as a little disabled.
When you see somebody a little disabled you give your hand, you slow down your pace, you support that person, but help that person to help himself, help herself, to become kind, to become compassionate through your personal example.
So Rahula is thrilled, he walks closer and closer to the Buddha. And, “Give me another secret,” he says. And the Buddha says develop the joy of service, the joy of loving service, and you will get over a great deal of self-will, a great deal of attachment to personal profit and personal pleasure.
T he Buddha now gives the third secret to Rahula: develop serenity and you will go beyond likes and dislikes. It is people who always are brooding over their likes and dislikes in everything, everywhere, whose minds are constantly agitated.
I would like to repeat these three secrets of the Buddha given to his son Rahula.
Develop compassion, anger will be turned into compassion.
Develop the joy of service, and you will reduce self-will to the bare minimum.
Develop calmness of mind, serenity, and you will free yourself from the tyranny of likes and dislikes.
This Handout for our study group is to explore how we each struggle to minimise the effects of what Eckhart Tolle calls the ‘painbody’ – including some extracts from an article by Eckhart Tolle in the Huffington Post- SOURCE
Living in Presence With Your Emotional Pain Body: is the painbody just another name for egotistic self?
RPs definition = the painful, negative experiences that we haven’t ‘processed into integration’ and which still present buttons that others push, knowingly or unwittingly. It’s another word for ego, the lower self or shadow side, or neurosis. It works excellently well for emotional self-laceration and testing relations with others to the point of destruction! We owe Tolle for coining the term and making it crystal clear.
RPs definition of the ‘collective painbody’ – the collectivization/instutionalization of individual painbodies – the most extreme so far is seen in organizations such as IS.
There is such a thing as old emotional pain living inside you. It is an accumulation of painful life experience that was not fully faced and accepted in the moment it arose. It leaves behind an energy form of emotional pain. It comes together with other energy forms from other instances, and so after some years you have a “painbody,” an energy entity consisting of old emotion.
It lives in human beings, and it is the emotional aspect of egoic consciousness. When the ego is amplified by the emotion of the painbody, the ego has enormous strength still — particularly at those times. It requires very great presence so that you can be there as the space also for your painbody, when it arises.
That is everybody’s job here — to be there, to recognize the painbody when it shifts from dormant to active, when something triggers a very strong emotional reaction. At that moment, when it does take over your mind, the internal dialogue, which is dysfunctional at the best of times, now becomes the voice of the painbody talking to you internally. Everything it says is deeply colored by the old, painful emotion of the painbody. Every interpretation, everything it says, every judgment about your life, about other people, about a situation you are in, will be totally distorted by the old emotional pain.
If you are not there as the space for it, you are identified with the painbody and you believe every negative thought that it is telling you. If you are alone, the painbody will feed on every negative thought that arises, and get more energy. That’s why it’s become active — after it does that for a while, you can’t stop thinking, at night, or whenever it is. The painbody is feeding, and after a few hours, it’s had enough. You feel a little depleted. And then it happens again a few weeks later, or few days later.
The painbody would feel even better if it could feed on somebody else’s reaction. Your partner would be a favorite person. And it will, if there is somebody around, or family situations. Our pain bodies love families. And it will just provoke this person, your partner or whoever it is. The painbody knows exactly what the thing is that will trigger a negative response. Then it says the thing that is going to really hurt you. And of course, if you are not absolutely present in that moment, then immediately you will react. And the painbody loves it! Give me more drama, please!
Both painbodies are now awake, and feeding on each other. Then, a few hours later, or the next day, the painbodies no longer need it. They are full, they have replenished themselves. And you can look at each other and say, “What was that all about?” In some cases, you may not even remember how it all started. This huge drama started somewhere, and then one thing led to another. Wasn’t it the same two weeks ago?
Can we be present and see if next time we can catch it at its early stage, so that we don’t get drawn in totally? Can we both endeavor to be present for each other, and for ourselves?
See if we can see the first signs of the painbody — either in ourselves, or in the other. Immediately realize it, be the space for it, and if possible — even voice it to your partner and say “My painbody got triggered when you said that.”
Often, little situations trigger enormous reactions. Be there, present for it. Your partner will find it easier to see it in you, and you will find it easier to see it in them. Whether or not you can tell your partner that his or her painbody has become activated depends on the degree to which your partner has already been taken over by it. If you catch it at a very early stage, then some remnant of Consciousness will still be there in your partner and that remnant will be hearing you when you say, “Could that be your painbody?” It has to be phrased very carefully. You may want to add, “Do you remember our agreement?”
If there is still a remnant of Consciousness then that will be listening to you, and your partner will be able to be there as the space for his or her painbody. If there is no remnant of Consciousness in your partner, you will be talking to the painbody, and the painbody does not like to hear about the painbody. Of course, it will deny any such thing. “My painbody? Look at yours!”
So, what do you do? Can I be the space for that? While the partner is there, be the space for that. When you are the space for something, it does not necessarily mean that you have to stay there. You can be the space, and then remove yourself. Self observation – this is why being in the body is an important part of this. Feel the inner body as often as you can. When an old emotion arises, it will be easier to be present as it arises.
If you are present, the painbody cannot feed anymore on your thoughts, or on other people’s reactions. You can simply observe it, and be the witness, be the space for it. Then gradually, its energy will decrease.
Eckhart Tolle Spiritual Teacher and Author was born in Germany. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time.
SOM: You talk in your book about the pain-body, both personal and collective. What do you mean by the pain-body?Tolle: The pain-body is my term for the accumulation of old emotional pain that almost all people carry in their energy field. I see it as a semi-autonomous psychic entity. It consists of negative emotions that were not faced, accepted, and then let go in the moment they arose. These negative emotions leave a residue of emotional pain, which is stored in the cells of the body. There is also a collective human pain-body containing the pain suffered by countless human beings throughout history. The pain-body has a dormant stage and an active stage. Periodically it becomes activated, and when it does, it seeks more suffering to feed on. If you are not absolutely present, it takes over your mind and feeds on negative thinking as well as negative experiences such as drama in relationships. This is how it has been perpetuating itself throughout human history. Another way of describing the pain-body is this: the addiction to unhappiness.
SOM: Can you suggest a way to eliminate the pain-body?
Tolle: Yes. We release it by cutting the link between the pain-body and our thought processes, so that we no longer feed the pain-body with our thinking. Every negative thought has a similar frequency to the pain-body and so feeds it. It cannot feed on positive thoughts. When the pain-body no longer runs the internal dialogue of our compulsive thinking, we become aware of it directly. We feel the emotion in our body, and so we bring awareness to it, the light of consciousness. The old emotion is then transmuted into consciousness in the same way that a fire transmutes everything into itself. So disidentification from the emotion and just being in the now moment is the way to stop the cycle of constantly recreating painful experiences.
SOM: Fear seems to lie behind most negative emotions. How can it be released? You speak about a process of disidentification. How does it work?
Tolle: Fear arises through identification with form, whether it be a material possession, a physical body, a social role, a self-image, a thought, or an emotion. It arises through unawareness of the formless inner dimension of consciousness or spirit, which is the essence of who you are. You are trapped in object consciousness, unaware of the dimension of inner space which alone is true freedom
Every fearful thought is about future, is about something that could or may happen. Most people are familiar with the “mental movies” that cause stress and anxiety and keep you awake at night, while your body lies in a warm and comfortable bed. The moment you recognize a fearful thought for what it is, that is to say futile and self-destructive mind activity, you begin to disidentify from it. Awareness or Presence then takes over from thinking. I am not saying that you don’t think anymore, just that you no longer confuse it with who you are. Thinking becomes rooted in awareness rather than being autonomous & self-serving, which is the ego.
Every pain-body contains a great deal of fear, since fear is the primordial negative emotion. How do we deal with that? Here again, you recognize it for what it is: the pain-body, an accumulation of old emotion. Once you recognize it, it cannot take over your mind, feed on your negative thoughts, and control your internal dialogue as well as what you say and do. Once the pain-body has come up, don’t fight or resist it. It is part of the “isness” of the present moment with which you always need to be in inner alignment. So you allow it to be there. If you don’t feed it anymore, it loses its energy charge and the negative emotion undergoes transmutation. SOURCE: http://www.eckharttolle.com/article/Awakening-Your-Spiritual-Lifes-Purpose
This handout is for a session to explore what insights arise via comparing quotations from Cynthia Bourgeault with arguably the most important 822 words from Eckhart Tolle.
“Beginning in infancy (or even before) each of us, in response to perceived threats to our well-being, develops a false self: a set of protective behaviors driven at root by a sense of need and lack. The essence of the false self is driven, addictive energy, consisting of tremendous emotional investment in compensatory “emotional programs for happiness,” as Keating calls them.” – Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
“RESIST no thought; RETAIN no thought; REACT to no thought; RETURN to the sacred word.”
“All will come of its own accord in good time and with abundant fullness, so long as one does not attempt to hoard or cling.”
“It’s not about right belief; it’s about right practice.” – The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on
“A sophiological Christianity focuses on the path.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Chris
“Kingdom of Heaven is really a metaphor for a state of consciousness.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New
“To mourn is to touch directly the substance of divine compassion.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New
“Blessed are the ones who have become spiritually “domesticated”; the ones who have tamed the wild animal energy within them, the passions and compulsions of our lower nature.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Chr
“As we enter the path of transformation, the most valuable thing we have working in our favor is our yearning.” The Wisdom Jesus
“Somehow when the heart becomes single, the rest will follow.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind
“When the field of vision has been unified, the inner being comes to rest, and that inner peaceableness flows into the outer world is harmony and compassion.” – The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Christ and His Messag
“As we actually taste the flavor of what he’s teaching, we begin to see that it’s not proverbs for daily living, or ways of being virtuous. He’s proposing a total meltdown and recasting of human consciousness, bursting through the tiny acorn-selfhood that we arrived on the planet with into the oak tree of our fully realized personhood. He pushes us toward it, teases us, taunts us, encourages us, and ultimately walks us there.” The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind–A New Perspective on Christ
STILLNESS SPEAKS Eckhart Tolle (Chapter 1 – the first 800 words ) – “The human condition: lost in thought.”
Chapter 1: Silence & Stillness
1) Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world. -0-
2) When you lose touch with inner stillness, you lose touch with yourself. When you lose touch with yourself, you lose yourself in the world. -0-
3) Your innermost sense of self, of who you are, is inseparable from stillness. This is the I Am that is deeper than name and form. -0-
4) Stillness is your essential nature. What is stillness? The inner space or awareness in which the words on this page are being perceived and become thoughts. Without that awareness, there would be no perception, no thoughts, no world. -0-
5) You are that awareness, disguised as a person. -0-
6) The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness. -0-
7) Whenever there is some silence around you listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence. -0-
8) See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking. You are aware, but not thinking. -0-
9) When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning. -0
10) Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being. Allow nature to teach you stillness. -0-
11) When you look at a tree and perceive its stillness, you become still yourself. You connect with it at a very deep level. You feel a oneness with whatever you perceive in and through stillness. Feeling the oneness of yourself with all things is true love. -0-
12) Silence is helpful, but you don’t need it in order to nd stillness. Even when there is noise, you can be aware of the stillness underneath the noise, of the space in which the noise arises. That is the inner space of pure awareness, consciousness itself. -0-
13) You can become aware of awareness as the background to all your sense perceptions, all your thinking. Becoming aware of awareness is the arising of inner stillness. -0-
14) Any disturbing noise can be as helpful as silence. How? By dropping your inner resistance to the noise, by allowing it to be as it is, this acceptance also takes you into that realm of inner peace that is stillness. -0-
15) Whenever you deeply accept this moment as it is no matter what form it takes you are still, you are at peace. -0-
16) Pay attention to the gap the gap between two thoughts, the brief, silent space between words in a conversation, between the notes of a piano or flute, or the gap between the in-breath and out-breath. -0-
17) When you pay attention to those gaps, awareness of “something” becomes just awareness. The formless dimension of pure consciousness arises from within you and replaces identification with form. -0-
18) True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found. -0-
19) Is stillness just the absence of noise and content? No, it is intelligence itself the underlying consciousness out of which every form is born. And how could that be separate from who you are? The form that you think you are came out of that and is being sustained by it.
20) It is the essence of all galaxies and blades of grass; of all flowers, trees, birds, and all other forms. -0-
21) Stillness is the only thing in this world that has no form. But then, it is not really a thing, and it is not of this world. -0-
22) When you look at a tree or a human being in stillness, who is looking? Something deeper than the person. Consciousness is looking at its creation. -0-
23) In the Bible, it says that God created the world and saw that it was good. That is what you see when you look from stillness without thought. -0-
24) Do you need more knowledge? Is more information going to save the world, or faster computers, more scientific or intellectual analysis? Is it not wisdom that humanity needs most at this time? -0-
25) But what is wisdom and where is it to be found? Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions. -0- 822 words
NOTES FOR INTRO
Inter-spirituality is a state of being, a state of being in which we realize the Oneness of reality and the oneness of the core teachings of the great traditions. It is also the knowing and the living of life that flows from that realization…….
Each topic is for a day/week /month but if you want to contemplate, or run a group, why not explore how one relates creatively to another – how many is that 52 x 52 …..? By putting two or more together you ahve a ‘juxtaposition-ing’. The two may illuminate each other and with ‘spiritual dialogue’ with self, a buddy or a group there should be deep meaning-making and aha insights galore!
Yes – I did stretch ‘oneliner’ in a few cases!
Each are pointers – pointers to the nondual, the Oneness beyond all the diverse traditions and individual life-journeys. Enjoy, go deep the soar in the heavens of spiritual life!
“The birds have vanished from the sky, and now the last clouds slip away.
We sit alone, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains.”
TOPICS: The dual and Nondual, meditational experience (8th Century) Chinese poet Li Po
2 QUIETEN VIA STILLNESS & SILENCE:
“No self, no problem.” – a Zen Master quoted by E T
TOPICS: self, self-induced pain, heaven, now-ness,
3 GET OUT OF YOUR MIND:
The human condition: lost in thought. E Tolle
TOPICS: thought, thinking, conceptualization, duality, nonduality
4 Un-consciousness is identification with (chaotic) thought-feeling/pb Witnessing self = consciousness RP
5 God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. SOURCE 1 John 4:16
6 “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” – Empedocles
7 “You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anon
8 “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”: Thích Nhất Hạnh.
9 “I am because we are.’ – from Swahili. c.f. “You are therefore I am.” – Satish Kumar
10 “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Attributed to Lao Tzu – Taoism
11 We manipulate what is available on the surface of the world; we must also stand in awe before the mystery of the world. From his book Who Is Man? (1965) – a key text for members of the One Garden groups;
12 My heart has come to harbor every form: A pasture for gazelles – hermitage for monks
Pagoda for idols – Kaaba for pilgrims Tablets for Torah – codex for Koran.
I follow Love’s religion, wherever its camels turn. Love is my faith and creed!
Ibn Arabi–translated Franklin Lewis 2010
13 Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting. (Arabic Hidden Words 13) ~ Bahá’u’lláh
14 “The mystical adventure is all in the seeing,” says John Greer
15 Inter-spirituality is focused on “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” via ‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’
Wayne Teasdale p26 The Mystic Heart
16 ‘Love is ease of being’ & “Love is how Oneness feels.” Tim Freke
17 The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience. The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation.” – K W
18 “When we expand our awareness,
strengthen our centre,
clarify our purpose,
transform our inner demons,
develop our will and
make conscious choices,
we are moving toward deeper connection
with our spiritual self.” Molly Young Brown, Psychotherapist – SL p29
19 “Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.” ― Eckhart Tolle “Can I be the space for this?” – Eckhart Tolle’s suggested mantra
20 ‘Sacredness’ a poem by Lee Brown (Lee is a member of the Cherokee Nation and the Wolf Clan.)
1 Sacredness is the flowing harmony of the universe
2 Manifested within the all that is
3 By the flowering of the everywhere Spirit
4 Our sacred path is the walkway of balance
5 Along this stream of being
6 Beside this river of joy and beauty
7 Flowering within the all that is.
8 To see is to observe this sacredness;
9 To watch from our own cente
10 Without interference
11 The flowing return of all things to their source
12 As the river returns to the Ocean.
21 “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” – AJH
22 “People seldom understand the power of repetition. What is repeated over and over can become enduring; what is done in a moment is seldom lasting. If farmers do not tend to their fields every day, they cannot expect a harvest. The same is true of spiritual practice.” – Deng Ming-Dao
23 Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God. – Dostoevsky
24 “Feelings come & go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor” – TNH Stepping into Freedom
25 Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu
26 It is very important to see your life not only from the narrow view of your egoistic telescope but also from the broad view of the universal telescope called egolessness. – Dainin Katagiri, “Time Revisited”
27 “Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s own being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom. By making us drink right from the fountain of life it liberates us from all the yokes under which we finite beings are usually suffering in this world.” D T Suzuki
29 We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute
of eternity. We are pain
and what cures pain, both. We are
the sweet, cold water and the jar that pours. Rumi
31 “It is truly strange how long it takes to get to know oneself. I am now sixty two years old, yet just one moment ago I realised that I absolutely love lightly toasted bread. Simultaneously, I also realised that I loathe bread when it is heavily toasted. For almost sixty years, and quite unconsciously, I have been experiencing inner joy or total despair at my relationship with grilled bread.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
32 Transforming bad circumstances into the path is associated with the practice of patience. There are six mind-training (lojong) slogans connected with this:
33 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:35:
34 “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~Albert Einstein
35 God spatially is the “Ground of Being” and temporally is the “Eternal Now” – theologian Paul Tillich
God is not an entity among entities but rather is “Being-Itself”
36 To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
William Blake from The Auguries of Innocence lines 1- 4
37 Art is spirit enformed. Aesthetic experience is moving and nourishing of your spirit. So we have en-formation & if the communication succeeds your experience is to
38 Nonduality is the Whole of everything that isn’t you, and that which is beyond the form of all things. That which is you is an illusion although it is a convenient one since it helps prevent you from bumping into the furniture. AS Einstein said” Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
TAGS: Reality, illusion, Einstein
39 “Breathing in I know that I’m breathing in.”
“Breathing out I know that I’m breathing out.”
- Zen master – Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh videos HERE
BREATH – unites the physical & spiritual. Returning to awareness through breath consciousness allows us to quieten the ‘chattering monkey’ of ego that produces the endless tape of past hurts and the lust for more, more, more in the future.
Breath is the key to mindfulness – it’s nicer than a hair-shirt. Mindfulness (which might better be called no-mind) is what enables us to develop spirituality by shedding the illusion of self-subsistent separate identity. Our true identity lies in our God-created unique admixture of the names, attributes and qualities of God that we are, in small measure, able to reflect.
40 CULTURE: What is culture? Ans 1 = everything that isn’t me, but which tells me who I am.
Ans 2 = the sea in which we swim – as in ‘fish are the last ones to discover water’
42 EGO as lower self – the illusion that we are independent, self-subsistent entities. The ‘place’ where we keep our greed, anger, fear and desires.
EGO as true identity – the unique admixture of names, attributes and qualities of God that we have so far managed to reflect – e.g. justice, truth, beauty, goodness, compassion etc.
43 HUMAN, HUMAN BEING, humanization What is it to be human? – It is to be Caring, Creative & Critical – in Communities with others. NB Of course communities have distinctive ‘cultural clothing, and mythic structures’, as well as universal truths.
44 INSIGHT: Throughout our spiritual lives we receive insights, understanding into the nature of what is real – what this anthology is all about. Most of what we come to understand is a direct gift, not from book-learning, although practice not excluding study can tenderize the would-be recipient. Our insights come because of our human nature, as Abdu’l-Baha, the great Baha’i teacher says ‘as breaths of the Holy Spirit’.
The following haiku by Shiki, Masaoka. (1867-1902), perfectly embodies the quintessential human experience of gaining insight – Aha!
A lightning flash:
between the forest trees
I have seen water.
The gaining of insight is a step in the raising of consciousness. Raising consciousness is what enables us to transform – ourselves and our society. The poet has an equally beautiful haiku that is an embodiment of sensation and spirit and time and place;
The summer river:
although there is a bridge, my horse
goes through the water.
Haiku is an exercise in how much can be conveyed in extreme brevity. This tells us so much about the relationship between man and horse and vv. The horse made the decision. But as always it is about the feeling and spirit of what it is to be human. Human beings are about feeling, about the movement of spirit.
45 MEDITATION: an activity that, at best, leads to experience in which you as a drop cease to exist, temporarily, by becoming no-self. It is an activity that quietens or ultimately eliminates the lower self, for a short space of time. It lets God in, or more correctly allows Infinite Presence instead of our illusory ‘chattering monkey’. If you want to put contemplation on the same continuum then ‘unitive meditation’ is the ultimate in contemplation. If you prefer to swap terms around so be it. The important point is the difference between the dual state and the unitive state. Meditation is the activity that helps us reduce or stop thinking, a prerequisite for letting go and letting God.
46 AWAKENING: “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” Thich Nhat Hanh SL p504
More meditation resources
Thich Nhat Hanh videos HERE
A list of Baha’i quotations on meditation HERE
47 MYSTERY: The small island of our knowledge, & the illusion of our separate identity, is surrounded by infinite Mystery;
Einstein (1930 pp. 193-194) saw experience of mystery as nothing less than the source of all art and all science:
The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.
The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion…. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness….one cannot help but be in awe when (one) contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity. – Einstein (quoted in Suttle 2003)
48 MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE: We have potentially two kinds of experience in life – experience of the Whole and experience of the parts. As adults we think of parts all of the time – except those who make deliberate efforts to connect with the Whole e.g. via meditation.. Mainstream education no longer has the ability to help children connect with a sense of the Whole. In all of the ‘ologies’, biology, zoology, geology we pay attention only to the specialist parts the ‘geo’, the ‘zoo’ the ‘bio’ and not at all to the ‘ology’, the Whole from which all these specialisms spring.
What is the mystical?” Ans = direct, first-hand ‘religious’ experience
”Mystical experience…..does not seem to me to be anything other than first-hand religious experience as such. This is, however, the core of religion…..…the explanatory function of religion is secondary and derivative.” (John Hick)
The Characteristics of Mystical Experience:
Seven Characteristics of Mystical Experiences by Douglas W. Shrader Distinguished Teaching Professor & Chair of Philosophy SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
Abstract: Drawing on classic studies by William James and F.C. Happold, as well as personal experience, this paper explores seven characteristics of mystical experiences:
1) ineffability (inability to capture the experience in ordinary language),
2) noetic quality (the notion that mystical experiences reveal an otherwise hidden or inaccessible knowledge),
3) transiency (the simple fact that mystical experiences last for a relatively brief period of time),
4) passivity (the sense that mystical experiences happen to someone; that they are somehow beyond the range of human volition and control),
5) unity of opposites (a sense of Oneness, Wholeness or Completeness),
6) timelessness (a sense that mystical experiences transcend time), and
7) a feeling that one has somehow encountered “the true self” (a sense that mystical experiences reveal the nature of our true, cosmic self: one that is beyond life and death, beyond difference and duality, and beyond ego and selfishness).
To provide flesh to this skeletal structure, the paper, says Professor Shrader:
(i) explores connections between mysticism and meditation and
(ii) presents a series of examples from secular poetry as well as Christianity, Islam, Daoism, Hinduism, and Tibetan Buddhism.
Professor Shrader says about his life lived in the light of his mystical experience as a young man, “It was the summer of ’71. I graduated from high school…………….” The full paper is HERE
49 PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY:
What is Perennial philosophy? – Perennial philosophy and its eternal wisdom = the spiritual heart and mystical structure of all of the great world wisdom traditions . It is a cosmological model and a model of what it is to be human and the relationship between the two. It says ‘We all emanate from a single reality – and our life-purpose is to realize consciousness so that we identity with our true, eternal, Self – by freeing ourselves from egotism.’
Perennial Philosophy, and its eternal wisdom, is a way of reading and ordering and developing the flow of spirit.
What is Perennial Philosophy as structure and process?
a) “We can be happy, and serve others even better, if we integrative-ly/integrated-ly realize our true Self.
b) How? – By becoming aware of, step-by-step, moment-by-moment, the stillness beneath the noise.
c) In realizing our true Self we release ourselves from the egotistic lower self.”
Put even more simply ‘Be still – and know God’. This is “the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.”
50 SELF and self: Our The lower self, the little man as Emerson called it need to give way to our true Self
Om Namah Shivaya – “I honor the great Self of the Universe as my own innermost self” – said about 3,000 years ago. Tolle also advocates that we learn to live in the now.
51 SPIRITUAL spirituality, spiritualization What is ‘spiritual’? – all that isn’t physical.
52 THOUGHT: The heart-mind (consciousness, preferably ‘raised consciousness’) is evolution’s or God’s greatest gift to humans. It produces all the great artifacts of truth, beauty & goodness that make up true civilization. However the mind is also the instrument of self-torture for many. We get lost in the continuous bubbling up of hurts from the past or desires for the future. The inner negative voice that causes us to re-live the pain of the wrongs of the past Tolle calls the pain-body. The lower self projects hurt to make others suffer.
“The human condition: lost in thought.” — Eckhart Tolle
God can only get in in the now where we are not filling our heart-mind with reliving past hurts or desires for the future. So we have to check out for a bit to settle in that awareness that some would describe as letting God in. But it’s not just our lower self that brings us back to the world of duality – sometimes it’s the need to do practical jobs such as the laundry!
Imagination grasps experience ….. as growth of meaning develops through action.
John Dewey, quoted in Alexander (1987 p. 261–2)
53 Identity – “He who knows (only) one religion knows none”– Max Mueller This is the antidote to the disease of exclusivity – “My reading of my belief system is right and all the rest of you are wrong – and I would like to force you into my reading.” The disease of exclusivity includes false identification as in those who in effect say “I know who I am by knowing who I hate!”
54 BIG SELF & LITTLE SELF
“Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9% of everything you think
And of everything you do
Is for yourself –
And there isn’t one.” – Wei Wu Wei
55 HEAVEN & HELL – not places but states of being!
They say: `Where is Paradise, and where is Hell?’ Say: `The one is reunion with Me; the other thine own self.’ – Bahá’u’lláh
57 WISDOM – The Serenity Prayer
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Life is a mystery. A mystery so awesome that we insulate ourselves from its intensity. To numb our fear of the unknown we desensitize ourselves to the miracle of living. We perpetuate the nonchalant lie that we know who we are and what life is. Yet behind this preposterous bluff the Mystery remains unchanging, waiting for us to remember to wonder. It is waiting in a shaft of sunlight, in the thought of death, in the intoxication of new love, in the joy of childbirth or the shock of loss. One minute we are going about our business as if life were nothing special and the next we are face to face with profound, unfathomable, breath-taking Mystery. This is both the origin and consummation of the spiritual quest.
The opening of ‘Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians’ – Tim Freke
see also Einstein on mystery
59 “Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
60 “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices
Tags: breath, breathing, feelings, meditation, mindfulness
61 “A dialogue is very important. It is a form of communication in which question and answer continue till a question is left without an answer. Thus the question is suspended between the two persons involved in this answer and question. It is like a bud with untouched blossoms . . . If the question is left totally untouched by thought, it then has its own answer because the questioner and answerer, as persons, have disappeared. This is a form of dialogue in which investigation reaches a certain point of intensity and depth, which then has a quality that thought can never reach.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti
62 Christ is not the self, but that which remains when there is no self. He is the form (the vessel) that is identical with the substance, and he is not multiple forms, but one eternal form. Christ is the act, the manifestation and extension of God that is not separate from God. We cannot comprehend “that” which acts or “that” which smiles, but we all know the act – the smile that is Christ himself. Thus Christ turns out to be all that is knowable about God, because without his acts, God could not be known. Act itself is God’s revelation and this revelation is not separate from God but is God himself. This I believe is what Christ would have us see; this is his completed message to man. But who can understand it? – Bernadette Roberts – the Experience of no-self p162
63 “The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, and to prefer its reality to the illusion of merely natural companionship, comes to know the invisible companionship of God. Such a one is alone with God in all places, and he alone truly enjoys the companionship of other men, because he loves them in God in Whom their presence is not tiresome, and because of Whom his own love for them can never know satiety.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
64 “Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words ‘Be still’. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that ‘I am so and so’. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?”― Ramana Maharshi
65 When we allow ourselves to be open, to feel our vulnerability, to be affected by others and reality itself, and when we can know deeply what is real in our feelings, we realize that our capacities for kindness, gentleness, and loving are endless. We have, and are, what the Tibetans call the “good heart,” a center of intention, openness, virtue, and compassion, all of which have taken root in our being, motivation, attitudes, and behavior. The spiritual life has a lot to do with getting in touch with this capacity. Like the blue sky, sometimes the focus of Tibetan meditation, the mind and heart are endless in their ability to know or be aware and to feel, especially care, concern, loving-kindness, and compassion. Are you in touch with your heart’s vast nature? If not, find the way there. You are not far from yourself. – Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Hours
66 “When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always. (151)” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras
67 “There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.” — Pema Chödrön (The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World)
68 “You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.”
― J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories
tags: duality, meditation, philosophy,
69 “I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”
― T.S. Eliot
70 “The Way to do is to be.” ― Lao Tzu
tags: meditation, self-awareness, self-discovery
71 “I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”
― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
tags: cat, cat-people, cats, integrity, meditation, peace, sereneity, spirituality, wisdom, zen, zen-master
72 “Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.”
tags: awareness, consciousness, finite, infinity, knowledge, meditation, thought
73 This journey then, is nothing more, yet nothing less than a period of acclimating to a new way of seeing, a time of transition and revelation as it gradually comes upon “that” which remains when there is no self. this is not a journey for those who expect love and bliss, rather, it is for the hardy who have been tried by fire and have come to rest in a tough, immovable trust in “that” which lies beyond the known, beyond the self, beyond union and even beyond love and trust itself – The experience of no self: A contemplative journey by Bernadette Roberts. P13-14
74 “I have a friend who likes to say; “We are all sense organs of the Infinite.” – Rick Archer
75 Whoever was responsible for the idea of dividing self into lower and higher parts committed a serious crime against humanity. This division has given rise to the notion that the lower (ego and immature) self must be overcome while the higher (unitive and whole) self must be sought as the goal of human realization. Out of ignorance, I too clung to this notion because I believed it was this higher self that would be united with God for all eternity. It took a long time before my experiences led me to doubt this conviction and, at the same time, let in the possibility that this was not the whole truth and that there was still further to go.
Bernadette Roberts – Bernadette Roberts: the Experience of no-self p 154
76 “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Teachings on Love
77 THE GUEST HOUSE – a poem by — Jelaluddin Rumi;
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. – translation by Coleman Barks
78 Only God is love, and for this love to be fully realized self must step aside. And not only do we not need a self to love God, but for the same reason we do not need a mind to know him, for that in us which knows God, is God.Bernadette Roberts – the Experience of no-self p 155
79 It is too clear and so it is hard to see.
A dunce once searched for a fire with a
Had he known what fire was,
He could have cooked his rice much sooner.
– Joshu Washes the Bowl, The Gateless Gate #7 Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, p. 176
80 “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” – Dalai Lama
81 Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?” – From Zen Flesh, Zen Bones
82 It is one step, and a giant one, to see clearly and participate in the love that flows between the persons of the Trinity, but even here, God is seen as the object of his own love. It is yet another step to realize that God is beyond all subject and object and is Himself love without subject or object. This is the step beyond our highest experiences of love and union, a step in which self is not around to divide, separate, objectify or claim anything for itself. Self does not know God; it cannot love him, and from the beginning has never done so. – Bernadette Roberts the Experience of no-self pp 155-156
83 Once beyond the self, however, holiness is no longer possible, because now, there is nothing left to give and no-one left to do the giving. – Bernadette Roberts – The path to no self: Life at the centre Roberts P5
84 But coming home that day, walking downhill with a panorama of valley and hills before me, I turned my gaze inward, and what I saw, stopped me in my tracks. Instead of the usual unlocalized centre of myself, there was nothing there, it was empty, and at the moment of seeing this there was a flood of quiet joy and I knew, finally I knew what was missing-it was my “self”. – Bernadette Roberts – The experience of no self: A contemplative journey p23
85 The assumption that the egoless condition, or union of self and God, is man’s final goal and ultimate destiny is a great mistake. My purpose here is to affirm that the unitive state is a hidden path in itself, a movement in its own right that ultimately leads to no-self (no true-self and no-union). In short, the unitive state is the hidden path to no-self. – Bernadette Roberts – The path to no-self: life at the center pXV preface
86 Since the moment of self-consciousness comes to a permanent end – and a new journey begins- is such a decisive stroke or milestone in the contemplative life, I can only speculate why so little has been said of this breakthrough; in fact , I may never get over the silence on the part of writers who say nothing about this second movement. – The experience of no self: A contemplative journey by Bernadette Roberts. P14
87 Benjamin Franklin, “The way to see by faith is to close the eye of reason.”
As a friend of mine says – “In religion, you have to do it to ‘get’ it.”
88 “We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.”
― Hildegard of Bingen
89 Being points beyond itself.
Accustomed to think in terms of space, the expression “being points beyond itself” may be taken to denote a higher point in space. What is meant, however, is a higher category than being: the power of maintaining being. AJH Who is Man p90-91
90 “Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.”
91 God loves the world through us. – Mother Teresa
92 May you be at peace, May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May you be healed, May you be a source of healing for all beings.
- Part of the Metta meditation of loving kindness. This prayer can be said in the first person when you feel fear or loneliness in order to remind you that the Divine is with you always.
93 How do you let go of attachment to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them. ET in A new Earth
94 “To the extent that you actually realize that you are not, for example, your anxieties, then your anxieties no longer threaten you.” – Ken Wilber, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth
95 Knowledge is a function of being.” Aldous Huxley p 1 The Perennial Philosophy
96 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Gal 5:22:
97 Reason is not the measure of all things, not the all-inclusive power in the inner life of man. The powers of will and emotion, the realm of the subconscious lie beyond the scope of knowledge. The rush of reason is an effort of limited strength.
Faith is not the miniature of thinking but its model, not its shadow but its root. It is a spiritual force in man, not dealing with the given, concrete limited, but directed upon the transcendent. It is the spring of our creative actions. – AJH “The Holy Dimension”, p. 337.
98 Turn all mishaps into the path.
Drive all blames into one.
Be grateful to everyone.
See confusion as buddha and practice emptiness.
Do good, avoid evil, appreciate your lunacy, pray for help.
99 Teachings that pointed the way beyond the dysfunction of the human mind, the way out of the collective insanity, were distorted and became themselves part of the insanity. – ET A New Earth
100 A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. – Einstein
Amanda Allerton is discussing. Toggle Comments
Annette Insdorf’s excellent article about Chloe is in The Huffington Post –
The article starts;
In February of 2013, singer was completing her album, No Pressure — produced by Grammy nominee, Greg Camp — and preparing the international promotional tour. Then one day she was rushed to the emergency room with congestive heart failure that left her unable to breathe, and barely alive. She was later diagnosed with PVOD, a rare and often fatal pulmonary disease.
The 30-year-old New Yorker was given a slim chance of recovery. But this past Thursday night at Chelsea Piers, Chloe Temtchine was back onstage, a portable oxygen tent by her side and a thin breathing tube in her nose. She amazed hundreds of people with her vibrant voice and soulful songs, performing three numbers that led to a standing ovation.
The occasion was the Pulmonary Hypertension Association’s first annual NYC “O2 breathe” Gala.
Chloe affectionately nicknamed her ever-present oxygen bottle “Steve Martin.”
PVOD is at least as deadly as IPF a median prognosis of around 2 years, 3 years in the case of IPF.
…… pulmonary fibrosis isn’t just one disease. It is a family of more than 200 different lung diseases that all look very much alike (see “Causes and Symptoms” below). The PF family of lung diseases falls into an even larger group of diseases called the “interstitial lung diseases.” Some interstitial lung diseases don’t include scar tissue. When an interstitial lung disease includes scar tissue in the lung, we call it pulmonary fibrosis.
Both PVOD and IPF are designated as rare diseases.
You will get an idea of the complexity of this area of 200+ diseases from this site – http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/life-with-pf/about-pf
I have clipped a few sections.
See particularly the diagram below;
WHAT IS PULMONARY FIBROSIS?
The word “pulmonary” means “lung” and the word “fibrosis” means scar tissue – similar to scars that you may have on your skin from an old injury or surgery. So, in its simplest sense, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring in the lungs. But, pulmonary fibrosis is more serious than just having a scar in your lung. In PF, the scar tissue builds up in the walls of the air sacs of the lungs, and eventually the scar tissue makes it hard for oxygen to get into your blood. Low oxygen levels (and the stiff scar tissue itself) can cause you to feel short of breath, particularly when walking and exercising.
Also, pulmonary fibrosis isn’t just one disease. It is a family of more than 200 different lung diseases that all look very much alike (see “Causes and Symptoms” below). The PF family of lung diseases falls into an even larger group of diseases called the “interstitial lung diseases.” Some interstitial lung diseases don’t include scar tissue. When an interstitial lung disease includes scar tissue in the lung, we call it pulmonary fibrosis.
Autoimmune diseases – From http://www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org/life-with-pf/about-pf
are also called connective tissue diseases, collagen vascular diseases, or rheumatologic diseases. “Auto” means “self” and “immune” refers to your immune system. With autoimmune diseases, your own immune system is attacking your lung. If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system can cause inflammation and scarring in the lungs. Examples of autoimmune diseases that can cause PF include:
Scleroderma (now called “systemic sclerosis”)
Certain muscle diseases (polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and the anti-synthetase syndrome)
Approximately 10-15% of those with an “idiopathic” form of PF have another family member afflicted by the disease. This is called familial pulmonary fibrosis (FPF)
. A number of genes and genetic variants have been identified that are associated with the development pulmonary fibrosis, but frequently genetic tests are not performed when PF is diagnosed, as we are only just beginning to understand the significance of these genetic abnormalities. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of genetic testing with a qualified genetic counselor and your medical provider. To speak with a Certified Genetic Counselor free of charge, contact Janet Talbert, MS, CGC at 800.423.8891, extension 1097.
CLASSIFICATION OF COMMON INTERSTITIAL LUNG DISEASES
The most common symptoms of PF are cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may be mild or even absent early in the disease process. As the lungs develop more scar tissue, symptoms worsen. Shortness of breath initially occurs with exercise, but as the disease progresses patients may become breathless while taking part in everyday activities, such as showering, getting dressed, speaking on the phone, or even eating.
Due to a lack of oxygen in the blood, some people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may also have “clubbing” of the fingertips. Clubbing is a thickening of the flesh under the fingernails, causing the nails to curve downward. It is not specific to IPF and occurs in other diseases of the lungs, heart, and liver, and can also be present at birth.
Other common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include:
Chronic dry, hacking cough
Fatigue and weakness
Discomfort in the chest
Loss of appetite
Unexplained weight loss
RP – The ones I have big time are the first 3 – but not the last two!
A “pulse oximeter” is a device placed on the fingertip or earlobe that indicates the amount of oxygen in the blood. Normally, nearly all of your red blood cells are full of oxygen. When all the red blood cells are carrying oxygen, the blood is called “100% saturated.” A normal saturation level is between 95% – 100% when the test is performed at sea level. Low oxygen saturation values can help your medical professional identify the presence of lung disease. Early on in PF, oxygen levels may be normal while you are resting, but can decrease while exerting yourself. This drop in oxygen saturation (called “de-saturation”) can make you feel breathless. When oxygen levels drop below 89% during exertion, your medical professional may recommend using supplemental oxygen while active.
Alveoli: Tiny air sacs in the lungs where carbon dioxide leaves the bloodstream and oxygen enters the bloodstream.
Bronchoscope: An instrument used for inspecting the airways of the lungs.
Comorbidity: A disease or other medical issue that occurs simultaneously with PF.
Diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLD): Another name for interstitial lung diseases.
Diffusion capacity (DLCO): A measure of the ability of oxygen to diffuse into the bloodstream.
Dyspnea: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
Exacerbation: An episode of rapid decline or the emergence of more severe symptoms.
Fibroproliferation: Relating to the growth of fibroblasts (and fibrous tissue), one of the basic connective tissue cells.
Fibrosis: An increase in fibrous scar tissue.
Forced expiratory volume (FEV1): The amount of air you can blow out in one second, which is measured by spirometry.
Forced vital capacity (FVC): How much air you can blow out of your lungs, which is measured by spirometry.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): A regurgitation of stomach acids into the esophagus and throat, causing heartburn, acid indigestion, and possibly injury to the lining of the esophagus. This is also called acid reflux disease.
Hospice care: Palliative care for patients at end-of-life.
Idiopathic: Of unknown cause.
Idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIP): A type of interstitial lung disease. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a type of IIP.
Interstitial lung diseases (ILD): A broad category of over 200 lung diseases that affect the lung interstitium.
Interstitium: The space between the alveoli (air sacs).
Palliative care: Non-curative therapy that treats symptoms and focuses on improving quality of life. It can be received at the same time as curative therapy.
Pathologist: A physician specializing in disease-associated changes in tissue and organs. Pathologists aid in making a medical diagnosis.
Pulmonary: Relating to the lungs.
Pulmonary hypertension: Abnormally high blood pressure in the pulmonary (lung) arteries.
Pulmonologist: A physician specializing in the lungs.
Radiologist: A physician specializing in using radiology tests(e.g., X-rays) to diagnose illness.
Rheumatologist: A physician specializing in rheumatic diseases, which may include arthritis, autoimmune diseases, and joint diseases.
Spirometry: A test that measures the amount of air inhaled and exhaled over time.
Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP): A specific abnormal radiologic or pathologic pattern of interstitial lung disease.
EXAMPLES of INTER-SPIRITUAL ONE-LINERS!
I like short quotations, one-liners, because if you are ready for them they explode in your consciousness like the best haiku – or a sherbet sweet that suddenly releases its deliciousness.
AWARENESS:“Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension.” – A J Heschel (1959 p. 41)
STILLNESS movement – “Be still like a mountain and flow like a great river.” Lao Tse
GOD: “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” Empedocles
CONCEPTS: “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” Heschel
KINDNESS: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – The Dalai Lama
PURITY – kindness, radiance – “Possess a pure kindly & radiant heart…” – Baha’u’llah
LOVE – “God Is Love.” (I John 4:8)
REASON – “The worship of reason is arrogance and betrays a lack of intelligence. The rejection of reason is cowardice and betrays a lack of faith. – Abraham Joshua Heschel
INSIGHT/SATORI: A lightning flash:/ between the forest trees I have seen water. Shiki Masaoka
VOID Don’t contemplate as mere activity/Be void contemplating void p221 365 Tao D Ming-Dao
WORLD CITIZEN – Socrates – “I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (13 October 1948 – 16 August 1997) (Urdu: نصرت فاتح علي خان) was a Pakistani musician, primarily a singer of Qawwali, the devotional music of the Sufis.
For more about the great man see HERE
Lee our ‘cantor’ in our One Garden interfaith inter-spirituality group managed to learn a new song in 24 hours last week so I thought I should look for something a bit more challenging –
Here it is with lots of laughter, and love;
Now in this wonderful age in which we live how about this young man;
Yes and he does play that trumpet as part of this audition.
Here he gives a demonstration – not to be missed;
Compare with this – I hear connections do you?
How about this for ‘deep belly breathing’!
Short videos of Eknath Easwaran – starting with ‘Conquering Doubt’
samadhi – a state of intense concentration achieved through meditation. In yoga this is regarded as the final stage, at which union with the divine is reached (before or at death).
RP ‘The Whole’ we experience when we quieten the ego – not the Godhead!
For more on samadhi see here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samadhi
CARE FOR SOME GOPHER?
Same song as in the masterpiece ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou’ – a re-telling of Homer’s Odyssey by the Cohen brothers – Delmar’s baptism.
“Down To The River To Pray” – Alison Krauss lyrics
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol’ way
Good Lord show me the way!
O sisters let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
O sisters let’s go down
Down in the river to pray
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol’ way
And who shall wear the robe & crown?
Good Lord show me the way
O brothers let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
Come on brothers, let’s go down
Down in the river to pray
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol’ way
And who shall wear the starry crown?
Good Lord show me the way
O fathers let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
O fathers let’s go down
Down in the river to pray
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol’ way
And who shall wear the robe and crown?
Good Lord show me the way
O mothers let’s go down
Come on down, don’t you wanna go down?
Come on mothers, let’s go down
Down in the river to pray
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol’ way
And who shall wear the starry crown?
Good Lord show me the way
O sinners, let’s go down
Let’s go down, come on down
O sinners, let’s go down
Down in the river to pray
As I went down in the river to pray
Studying about that good ol’ way
And who shall wear the robe and crown?
Good Lord show me the way