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WELCOME to ‘Soul Needs – One Garden’: Holistic Living with the spiritual as ‘realizing Oneness – living inter-spiritually – interfaith for the 21stC”

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Soul Needs – ONE GARDEN as well as the pressing need for today – realizing the Oneness behind the various faith Traditions – the blog includes occasional posts on my other interests – The Arts especially Street Photography, Health matters, Holistic Education, Personal Development, Social Justice matters.

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Photograph ‘The peripatetic piano man Brighton’ by  Roger Prentice

INTRODUCTION – NB – All new posts are below welcome message.

SOUL NEEDS – ONE GARDEN – my main blog-site, a  flow of  life-journey moments building on my PhD  – Roger (Dr R Prentice)  EMAIL: onesummit AT gmail DOT com

INTRO: All new posts are below this welcome message.

PLEASE ‘like’ my other sites;

The FaceBook inter-spiritual page is HERE

My general Facebook is HERE   

FACEBOOK – The inter-spiritual discussion group is HERE

The PhD – is a model of Holistic Education for parents, teachers and managers. Within it is SunWALK, a model of what it is to be fully and positively human – very readable, not technical – & it’s HERE !

Twitter for all 6 projects is HERE      My ‘street photography’ is HERE

I will keep the blogs that I no longer post to e.g. The specialist inter-spirituality site  HERE

THE 6 PROJECTS: My primary focus is now inter-spirituality or  ‘perennial-spirituality’ 21stC interfaith – (the ‘changeless faith’ as Baha’is call it) but within that are  5 other projects  

1) Art-matters,  inc photography – mainly street photography

2) Natural Health matters (inc surviving IPF),

3) Personal Development & Management,

4) Re-humanizing Education (inc. Holistic Education)

5) Social Justice matters.  

All  5 I hope are integrated within

6) ‘Inter-spirituality’ –  I am now realizing it as the context for the other *

Inter-spirituality is “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” – Wayne Teasdale, see HERE 
My definition of inter-spirituality = ‘the state of being, and the living of life, that flows from the realization of the Oneness beyond the various wisdom traditions.’  – as in ‘Namaste’, “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.”
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RP “Behind every moment, behind every particular, is the enveloping Whole.   We have 2 wings; being as the Whole, from which we emanate and  secondly delight in every particular.” – My heart has come to harbour every form’ ! 
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Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity!”
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My daily Quotations Treasury blog is HERE      Resources for ONE GARDEN groups – i.e interfaith interspirituality is HERE    My photography is HERE – use left & right arrows to view!   EN-JOY – please send in a ‘like’, comment, discussion point or question! – All new posts are below this welcome post – thanks for dropping by – Roger.  
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#inter-spiritual, #one-garden, #interfaith

NB – All new posts are below this welcome message.

Prefer just Facebook just join one of the Facebook pages or groups – * The FaceBook inter-spiritual page is HERE – * FACEBOOK GROUP – the inter-spiritual discussion group is HERE – * My general Facebook is HERE. My one Twitter page is HERE     

Nic Askew’s new film is exciting.

This is a film about the nature of curiosity starring the ever curious Seth Godin. I recommend his deeply thoughtful daily BLOG.

This film was shot in 2007 at Seth’s place. It opens thus;

What’s a fundamentalist? ‘

‘A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to their faith before they explore it.

The antithesis of curious.

The video is here – http://nicaskew.com/collection/curiosity/?utm_source=8+JULY+2019&utm_campaign=8+JULY+2019&utm_medium=email

Dr. Gabor Mate is one of my heroes – you can easily find out more about him on Youtube or by reading one of his books.

On Youtube however there are a dizzying number of videos which vary enormously in how well they are produced. Here on Soul Foods I will try to pick out some of the key ones so that if you are new to Dr Mate’s life and work.

As to books, ‘When the Body says No‘ might be a good one to start with.

This key Mate video only 5 mins is about how  we get alienated from f key areas of our lives; How Culture Makes Us Feel Lost – Dr. Gabor Maté ‘On Finding Your True Self Again’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIjvXtZRerY

Thanks to Pursuit of Wonder.  The Youtube notes say;

Dr. Gabor Maté gives a beautiful speech on human nature and the implications culture has on our ability to maintain it. In this segment of the speech, he discusses four different categories of self-alienation, and provides a sentiment of hope to stay in touch with our true nature as we move forward through the challenging times of modern culture. This video is transformative in nature and is intended for educational purposes. Therefore, it falls under fair use.

Look within to know your self;

Photo: https://unsplash.com/@jareddrice

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

To understand the self we must enter the heart-mind rather than visit an ashram in India, although such a visit might help us with the primary task of looking into our heart!

Heschel wrote;

‘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.’

In this wonder-full passage Heschel tells us a number of key things about the nature of what it is to be human and about our relation to the physical and spiritual cosmos.

Heschel is the master on awe, wonder, amazement and the ineffable. He is a philosopher and spiritual teacher who is also a poet.

We are ‘citizens of two realms’ tells us that we are born to live in the dual, contingent world. We are challenged to discover, realize and integrate within ourselves the ineffable, transcendent realm. Reinforced by our contemporary society, most manipulatively by ‘mammon’, we are led into believing that this is reality. Whereas from all of the great spiritual teachers we gradually learn, through our unhappiness and the dull ache of not ‘being home’, that this is our false self. The answer lies in realizing our true Self – the Transcendent realm.

The dual is our small island of knowledge – of the dual, contingent world. The nondual is the infinite Ocean that surrounds our little island i.e. Mystery, the Whole, YHWH, the Source etc.

Experience in the ineffable realm is by definition indescribable but thank God the Messengers of God and poets give us glorious intimations.

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To date the best way of describing nondual experience is;

When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness – the dual world slips away…..

On the devastating effects of the extremes of wealth and poverty and low levels of social justice

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“I grew up thinking that it was a good thing to rob the white man. Everyone fought injustice in their own way. But in my neighborhood, we opposed the government by breaking into houses and robbing people. But in 1994 we were told: ‘Democracy is coming. Apartheid is ending. It’s time to learn a trade.’ So I listened. I did everything I was supposed to do. I’ve worked in construction for the past twenty-five years. I started my own company. I followed all the procedures. But nothing has come of it. The government always talks about empowerment. They make a big show of letting small businesses compete for contracts. But the jobs always get awarded to the same few people. If the government gave me work, it would empower me. Then I could empower other people. I could hire employees and teach them plumbing, and carpentry, and cabinets. I could purchase a brick making machine, and hire women to mix cement. But right now I can’t even afford a printer for my office. Everything is hand to mouth. I had high hopes when apartheid ended. But I’ve been building houses for twenty-five years, and I’m still living in a shack.” (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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How does your mind work? I stumbled across an Arabic poem by Al-Mutanabbi from the 10thC and it made me think of the poem “Digging’ by Seamus Heaney.

The Arabic poem;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=69&v=1C68vc8plVI

Seamus Heaney’s poem ;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNRkPU1LSUg

Which poem most illumines the other?

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More of Mutanabbi’s poems are here https://www.poemhunter.com/abu-at-tayyib-al-mutanabbi/

“the peace that surpasses all human understanding.”

It is sometimes called nondual awareness. This is just another term for union with God. It is the experience of mystics in the Christian tradition, and it is echoed in other spiritual traditions. It is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that is Jesus Christ.

Photo is by brilliant young photographer Doug Mountford – double exposures on Flickr – see here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmountford/

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