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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 11:56 am on August 19, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: , , realizing Oneness   

    Soul Needs-One Garden: living inter-spiritually, realizing Oneness’ 

    WELCOME to ‘Soul Needs-One Garden: living inter-spiritually, realizing Oneness’

    *NEW* –  you are on this my main 6-projects-in-one site.  PLEASE ‘like’ my other sites;

    The specialist inter-spirituality site: HERE
    The FaceBook inter-spiritual page: HERE

    The 6-projects-in-one Facebook: HERE   

    The inter-spiritual discussion group: 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

    NB – All new posts are below this welcome message.


    SOUL NEEDS – ONE GARDEN – via 6 projects is my main blog-site, a  flow of  life-journey moments and a continuation of  my PhD  – Roger (Dr R Prentice)  EMAIL: onesummit AT gmail DOT com

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    Photograph ‘The peripatetic piano man Brighton’ by  Roger Prentice

    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) 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’ –  I am now realizing it as the context for the other 5


    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.”
    RP “Behind every moment, behind every particular, is the enveloping Whole.   We have 2 wings; being in the Whole, from which we emanate and  secondly delight in every particular.” – My heart has come to harbour every form’ ! 
    Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity!”
    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.  

    #inter-spiritual, #one-garden, #interfaith

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:44 am on August 10, 2016 Permalink |
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    Adverse reactions to pharmaceutical 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements? 

    Can this be true?

    Data shows that adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:18 am on July 20, 2016 Permalink |  

    your self-shining magnificence 

    If you are’t yet following you are missing so much beauty, truth & goodness…….. Miriam Louisa not only writes beautiful pieces but invites other outstanding writers…….

    this unlit light

    This beautiful piece of wisdom was written by Michael A. Rodriguez, and published on his new website/blog at boundless under the title One Bright Pearl. Please check out Michael’s site – his approach honours “both radical non-duality and the paths that emphasize the evolution of consciousness.” There’s a refreshing inclusivity, authenticity and articulate clarity about his writing. Highly recommended.

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    One Bright Pearl

    One of my favorite Zen sayings was by Hsuan-sha: “The whole universe is one bright pearl.” Another translation runs like this: “The entire world of the ten directions is a single shining [or ‘luminous’] jewel.” There are other versions, but I like these two variations the best.

    I often think the entire dharma – and perhaps drama – is contained in this expression. It speaks to me. That statement could only have arisen from the awakened state, and in fact, most people are asleep precisely to…

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:20 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink |  

    15 times when Jeremy Corbyn was on the right side of history 

    These 15 commitments by JC are a history of major challenges in the past and many constitute part of the agenda of need for the immediate future. The treatment he is getting from UK media – including the BBC – is a national disgrace to add to all other recent national disgraces.

    The World Turned Upside Down

    jezza aparted1. Apartheid: Jeremy was a staunch opponent of the Apartheid regime and a supporter of Nelson Mandela and the ANC. He was even arrested for protesting outside the South African embassy in 1984.
    2. Chile: Jeremy was an opponent of the brutal dictator Pinochet (an ally of the British government under Thatcher) and was a leading campaigner in the quest to bring him to justice. In 1998 Pinochet was arrested in London.
    3. LGBT rights: As noted in Pink News, Jeremy was an early champion of LGBT rights. At a time when the Tories decried supporting LGBT rights as ‘loony left’, Jeremy voted against section 28 which sought to demonise same-sex relationships.
    4. The Miners’ Strike: Jeremy went against the Labour leadership and fully supported the miners in their effort to prevent the total destruction of their industry and communities. Cabinet papers released last year prove that the NUM…

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:06 pm on February 11, 2016 Permalink |
    Tags: Reflections of the One Life, Scott Kiloby, The Inseparability of Awareness and Objects   

    The Inseparability of Awareness and Objects – from Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby 

    The Inseparability of Awareness and Objects

    Yesterday’s reflection stated, “Without this unnamable source, no object can be seen, touched, tasted, smelled, felt, experienced, or thought about.” The source referred to here is awareness itself.

    As you are reading this reflection, notice that awareness is inseparable from everything it sees. Without awareness, this page, the words and letters on it and all the other sights, sounds, and smells in the room right now could not be experienced. Without awareness, the internal thoughts, emotions, and sensations experienced while reading this reflection could not happen.

    Regardless of whether you agree or disagree, or like or dislike, what this reflection is saying, the agreement/disagreement and like/dislike could not be experienced without awareness. Awareness is inseparable from (not independent of) the objects appearing in it. Can you really tell where awareness ends and objects begin?

    Awareness is like the screen on which a movie appears. When you attach only to the objects and characters in the movie, you miss the screen. You miss the source of life — the canvas on which the objects and characters are being displayed. Yet when you fixate on the screen only, and try to deny the objects, you miss the vast beauty and diversity of form in the play of life.

    Instead of fixating on either awareness or the objects, simply notice that they are an inseparable reality. They are “not two.” In that realization, there is nothing left to seek. That is wholeness.

    ~ From: Reflections of the One Life, by Scott Kiloby

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:45 am on January 22, 2016 Permalink |  

    How does our discipline grow? – Heschel, Maslow and human rights 

    Abraham Heschel teaches us that self-respect is the root of discipline.

    He also says, most tellingly, that the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.

    Presumably concomitantly one’s concern for the dignity of others is then a direct consequence.

    In suggesting this I have in mind a student’s answer to the question, "What is the source of human rights?"

    The answer she gave was; "Human needs."

    There are many presentations of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, almost none include the one he added in later life’ self-transcendence.


    Abraham Joshua Heschel
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    “Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
    with the ability to say no to oneself.”
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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:35 pm on January 10, 2016 Permalink |  

    OUR MYSTICAL LIFE: “With what am I One – in nondual experience?” 

    OUR MYSTICAL LIFE: “With what am I One – in nondual experience?”

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    Ken Wilber’s Great Nest of Being – note that The mystical is at the edge of the dual!

    INTRODUCTION: I’m hoping that our spiritual dialogue will help get a deeper understanding of this question, “With what am I One – in nondual experience?” Included is an article by way of an introduction to the contemporary Sufi Shaikh Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. I have been looking at writings and books of Vaughan-Lee over the holiday and am much impressed. ( Marion & I have also been impressed with Joan Tollifson).

    Sufi teachings appear to work on a two level model, the human and the Divine, which become one, assuming you can sufficiently forget the ‘small self’. In Baha’i teachings we find a three level model that is actually summed up in the Baha’i ringstone symbol;

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    the three levels being 1 God, 2 the Messenger of God and 3 Creation, of which we are (intended to be) the fullest expression. That which unites the three is the Holy spirit – shown as a vertical line.

    Perhaps the Holy Spirit might turn out to be the same as ‘the common field’ in physics;

    Electricity and magnetism were long thought to be separate forces. It was not until the 19th century that they were finally treated as interrelated phenomena. In 1905 Albert Einstein’s special theory of relativity established beyond a doubt that both are aspects of one common phenomenon. SOURCE

    Remember Abdu’l-Baha’s exquisite writing on the nature of love from which this extract comes SOURCE;

    Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.

    Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.

    Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization in this mortal world…

    Returning to 2 or 3 levels of reality it seems to me to be unassailable logic that the finite cannot comprehend the Infinite anymore than a Chippendale chair can comprehend its maker Thomas Chippendale.

    What the chair will do is emanate some of the qualities, in some measure, possessed by Chippendale, the artist-craftsman. So also can we reflect the names and attributes of God, in some measure – if we polish the mirror of our hearts. Isn’t this the mystical core of all the great traditions – as we say AWAKENING:DETACHING:SERVING.

    These Baha’i teachings make it even more interesting; 1) “…all parts of the creational world are of one whole.”, BWF p.364. 2) “God contains all….The whole is greater than its parts…” PT 23 27 3) “All that exists is God….” (AB in London p22) and 4) Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.

    Both Sufi and Baha’i and Buddhist (and other?) teachings seem to include the goal of ‘dying before you die’ – in the sense of evanescence – evanescence is a noun that means the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight. After you lose a loved one, often you’re gripped with a fear of evanescence, or the rapid fading from sight or memory of that person. Evanescence comes from the Latin evanescere meaning "disappear, vanish.".

    Now to the article by Vaughan-Lee. What challenges does it throw up, if any, in relation to the questions raised here?;

    What is mysticism? How is it different to spirituality?

    And why is mysticism important at this moment in time?

    The spiritual journey can be most simply described as a way to access the light of our soul — the beautiful light with which we came into the world. On this journey we make an inner relationship with this light of our divine nature — the spirit that is within each of us. Through this relationship we come to know our true self and be nourished by the deeper meaning of our soul.

    Spiritual paths and teachings give us access to the tools and guidance to do this inner work. For example, the practice of meditation can help to still the mind so that we are no longer distracted by its continual chatter. Psychological inner work can free us from the traumas, anger, anxiety and other feelings that may cover our light. Gradually we come to know more of our true nature, learn to live in the light of our real self. It is said that the goal of every spiritual path is to live a guided life, guided by that within us which is eternal.

    The mystical journey may begin with making a relationship with one’s inner light, but the mystic is drawn on a deeper journey toward love’s greatest secret: that within the heart we are one with the divine. The fire of mystical love is a burning which destroys all sense of a separate self, until nothing is left but love Itself. While the spiritual seeker is drawn to the light of this fire, the mystic is the moth consumed by its flames. Rumi, love’s greatest mystical poet, summed up his whole life in two lines:

    And the result is not more than these three words:

    I burnt, and burnt, and burnt.

    The mystical path takes us into the center of the heart where this mystery of love takes place. Initially this love is often experienced as longing, a deep desire for God, the Beloved, Divine Truth, or simply an unexplained ache in the heart. Mystics are lovers who are drawn toward a love in which there is no you or me, but only the oneness of love Itself. And they are prepared to pay the ultimate price to realize this truth: the price of themselves. In the words of the 13th century Christian mystic Hadewych of Antwerp:

    Those who were two, at first,

    are made one by the pain of love.

    Gradually we discover that this love and longing slowly and often painfully destroy all our outer and inner attachments, all the images we may have of our self. The Sufis call this process being taken into the tavern of ruin, through which we are eventually made empty of all except divine love, divine presence.

    This is an ancient journey in which the heart is awakened to the wonder and beauty, as well as the terror, of divine love. It is celebrated in the Bible in the Song of Songs: "He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." And over the centuries mystics of all faiths have written their love stories. Some mystics have been persecuted, like the Sufi al-Hallaj who was crucified for publically proclaiming the secret of divine oneness, "I am the Truth." Known as the prince of lovers, he expressed the mystical reality: "I am He whom I love, He whom I love is me."

    Mystics may be drawn inward, but the oneness of the divine also embraces the outer world. When the eye of the heart is open all of creation reveals its divine nature; everything is seen as an expression, a manifestation of the One Being. Mystics are also involved in the demands of everyday life. One of Christianity’s most loved mystics, St. Teresa of Avila, worked tirelessly founding nunneries and looking after her nuns, while at the same time mystical prayer took her into ever deepening states of inner absorption, oneness and ecstasy. Mysticism does not mean to retire from life, but to live the unitive life. "God," St. Teresa would say, "lives also among the pots and pans."

    The truth of mystical love is one of humanity’s great heritages. It should not be confused with its cousin, spiritual life. The spiritual journey is a wonderful way to come closer to what is sacred. It a way to live in the light of our divine nature, to be nourished by the mystery and meaning of the soul. It opens the door to what really belongs to us as sacred beings. But mysticism is quite different. The moth who feels the warmth of the fire is on a very different journey to the moth drawn into the flames themselves. This is the ancient journey from separation back to union, from our own self back to a state of oneness with God. Step by step we walk along the path of love until finally we are taken by love into love; we are taken by God to God, and there is no going back, only a deepening and deepening of this love affair of the soul.

    Even if we are not all drawn to tread the path of the mystic, we need to be reminded that this note of divine love belongs to all of us. In a time of so much division in the world, it is important to reclaim this primal truth that belongs to our heritage: this great song of the soul that celebrates the oneness that is within the heart of each of us and underlies all of creation. This has particular relevance when we confront our present ecological crisis. We can no longer afford to think of the environment as something separate, outside of us. We need an awareness of the "oneness of being" of which we are all a part, and actions that come from this awareness. This awareness of unity is one of the most important contributions of the mystic at this moment in time.

    Within the heart of each of us, within the heart of humanity, is this song of mystical love. It has been present for millennia celebrating the divine unity that is our real nature, and the deepest secret of our relationship with God. Hearing the many voices that today so easily consume our attention, it is easy for us to forget this quiet voice of divine love. And yet it is one of the great secrets of humanity, passed down from lover to lover, needing to be embraced, to be known, to be lived. -0- End of Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s article HERE

    WikiPedia: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee’s article -0-

    SEE ALSO –

    THE QUESTIONS AGAIN: “With what am I One in nondual experience?” Is it a self-deception? Is it Creation? Is it Mystery? Is it the Whole?​ -0-

    Don’t forget to relate to core models including the Steindl-Rast model & to the SunWALK model;


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    If you want to go deeper into this subject you might find this account interesting –

    Appreciative article about Ken Wilber’s book The Marriage of Sense and Soul

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 1:04 pm on January 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    Mindfulness for children – is it enough? 



    Founder of the Inner Kids program, Susan Kaiser Greenland adapted adult meditation practices for kids, seeing a marked improvement in their capacity to focus, calm themselves, and manage stress. She is also the author of The Mindful Child.

    Susan shares her insights on how children can learn practical skills to live more balanced, joyful lives. Her approach for teaching mindfulness to kids involves research-based techniques and playful activities.


    This is wonderful work by a talented woman who like Obama is stymied by the views and attitudes of many.  She deals with all this with skills and attitudes that I would find it difficult to muster.  Having said that shouldn’t spiritual education go much further?

    To give one example – isn’t mind-emptiness at least as important as mindfulness?

    Susan’s website with lots of help and materials is HERE


  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 1:10 pm on December 27, 2015 Permalink |  

    “I believe in the religion of God” – Ibn Arabi 

    Why do the ‘One Garden’ inter-faith as inter spiritual living’ groups have the name ‘One Garden’?   This verse from Ibn-Arabi, exquisitely chanted, is reason enough;

    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!


    –translated Franklin Lewis 2010  – ………  NB go to full version- HERE.




  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 2:12 pm on December 26, 2015 Permalink |  

    Beautiful chanting (Christian) 

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:06 am on December 13, 2015 Permalink |  

    What Good is the Church – two beautiful souls discuss 

    Two of the world’s most cherished Christian teachers discuss the role and relevance of the Church in the modern world, and how it was originally created in order to preserve the teachings of Christ–with the singular purpose of helping to bring people into the exact same relationship with God that Christ himself had, leading humanity into a space that is truly both “fully human and fully divine.”

    While much of this teaching has been lost in the fog of religious fundamentalism over the centuries, the spirit of this core intention continues to thrive in such beautiful souls as Father Thomas and Brother David, both of whom bring extraordinary humor, grace, and love to a very difficult (and controversial) topic.

    The discussion uses some terminology from Spiral Dynamics, a system of measuring different value systems as they unfold in human consciousness. Here is a brief summary, including Ken Wilber’s current names for some of these levels:

    Beige: Archaic-instinctive—survivalistic/automa­tic/reflexological * From 100,000 BC on * “Express self to meet imperative physiological needs through instincts of Homo sapiens.”

    Purple (or Magenta): Animistic-tribalistic magical-animistic Tribal order * From 50,000 BC on * “Sacrifice to the ways of the elders and customs as one subsumed in group.”

    Red: Egocentric-exploitive power gods/dominionist * From 7000 BC on * “Express self (impulsively) for what self desires without guilt and to avoid shame.”

    Blue (or Amber): Absolutistic-obedience mythic order—purposeful/authoritarian * From 3000 BC on * “Sacrifice self for reward to come through obedience to rightful authority in purposeful Way.”

    Orange: Multiplistic-achievist scientific/strategic * From 1000 AD on (as early as 600 AD according to Graves and Calhoun) * “Express self (calculatedly) to reach goals and objectives without rousing the ire of important others.”

    Green: Relativistic-personalistic—communitarian­/egalitarian * From 1850 AD on (surged in early 20th century) * “Sacrifice self interest now in order to gain acceptance and group harmony.”

    Yellow (or Teal): Systemic-integrative * From 1950s on * “Express self for what self desires, but to avoid harm to others so that all life, not just own life, will benefit.”

    Turquoise: Holistic * From 1970s on * A sacrifice self-interest system which is still forming

    For more about Spiral Dynamics and other measurements of Altitude, please see

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:21 pm on November 23, 2015 Permalink |  

    I’m touching base with all the music that moves me most.  The words that Luke sings are below;

    Create in me a pure heart…

    Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!


  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:16 pm on November 23, 2015 Permalink |  

    I would give every scrap of my little bit of learning to do what this man does;

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:12 pm on November 23, 2015 Permalink |  

    A great song for those who love humanity – by the great Red Grammer

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:20 pm on October 24, 2015 Permalink |  

    Hindu – The Glorious Bhagavad Gita: Sung in English 

    I am re-posting these two wonderful resources;

    On the basis that I wanted to taste water from all great wells I was made very happy to find a way to connect with Hindu scriptures. I refer to the online English translation sung by Sharon Janis that you can listen to HERE.


    You can listen and have open in front of you the text of the Bhagavad Gita in English HERE – wonderful!

    Her book Spirituality for Dummies is also excellent – don’t be put off by the title. It provides an excellent framework for Perennial Philosophy or Universalism. – Chapter 1 is here.

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:57 am on October 20, 2015 Permalink |  

    HAFIZ & RUMI: poetry as the healing for our daily suffering 

    What a great interview about an amazing writer – ‘Something Missing In My Heart – Daniel Ladinsky On The God-Intoxicated Poetry Of Hafiz by ANDREW LAWLER’;

    Here is one of my favourite extracts;

    Before our first chat, at a coffee shop following his Mardi Gras reading, he apologized to three teenagers for inadvertently cutting in line. Though they protested that he hadn’t, he pressed a few dollars into their hands and later inscribed two of his books to them as gifts, chatting affably, asking their birthdays, and reading each one the appropriate poem from A Year with Hafiz.

    Lawler: Do you always engage the world like that?

    Ladinsky: Rumi and Hafiz can have a great effect on the young. They can safeguard them and point them in the right direction. They are like that Emmylou Harris song: “I would swim the sea for to ease your pain.” They are pain eaters. I see fine poems, whether by Rumi or Hafiz or Mary Oliver or [Rainer Maria] Rilke or Walt Whitman, as baby salvations.

    I think so many people in the West are fragmented, and if I hadn’t been so fragmented when I was young, I would have felt the miracle of all this beauty that we are immersed in. The average person suffers all day long, and it is a rare moment when I’m not doing battle. If I have thirty minutes of peace in a day, that’s a lot. And even then it comes in snatches of five minutes here and five minutes there. All creatures are doing everything they can to have a sense of well-being. Rumi and Hafiz can help you in those battles.

    Lawler: What do you mean by “battles”?

    Ladinsky: Rumi says:

    Great lions can find peace in a cage.

    But we should only do that as a last resort.

    So those bars I see that restrain your wings,

    I guess you won’t mind if I pry them open.

    Every single poem by Rumi and Hafiz offers people more freedom. What is freedom? It is not suffering from the tyranny of the past or the future, from the anxiety about tomorrow or the unresolved things of yesterday. It is seeing something of the wonder of this moment. It is not a dull experience. The freer one becomes, the more magical the world. And if there is any sanity in us, all we care about is love. We want to be in love, because that is the greatest freedom in this mad, mad, mad world.

    ‘Something Missing In My Heart – Daniel Ladinsky On The God-Intoxicated Poetry Of Hafiz by ANDREW LAWLER’

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:35 am on October 12, 2015 Permalink |  

    Ken Wilber – on loving until it hurts – women’s spiritual practice

    In “Love Until It Hurts,” Ken discusses the nature of women’s spiritual practice and suggests some of the important ways that it differs from men’s.

    Uploaded to YouTube Nov 14, 2006

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:50 am on August 25, 2015 Permalink |
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    BREATH MATTERS – YOUR FIRST, LAST BREATH ….and all the ones in between 

    BREATH MATTERS YOUR FIRST, LAST BREATH and all the ones in between Session 34 26th Aug 2015

    “I’m gonna lay down my burdens down by the riverside

    Down by the riverside down by the riverside……”

    breathCheck out lots of intersting stuff at


    Many people for whom ‘God’ is a problem are carrying unnecessary baggage.  Perhaps they have got used to it as a barrier – we often are attached, if not addicted to, our pain.  Alternatives to anthropomorphised God include ‘Ultimate Being’ or ‘Mystery” or ‘The Whole’ or Source – or ‘Breath of the Holy Spirit’ (chi?) that unites  We are referring to the ‘All that isn’t you’ – unless you insist on being the Godhead and all its manifestations!  Such egotism in us is usually because of the ‘negatives’ of fear, depression and anxiety.

    A good old hymn that we used to sing at my secondary-modern school was “Breathe on me breath of God.”

    1 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    fill me with life anew,
    that I may love the way you love,
    and do what you would do.
    2 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    until my heart is pure,
    until my will is one with yours,
    to do and to endure.
    3 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
    so shall I never die,
    but live with you the perfect life
    for all eternity.                                                  by Edwin Hatch

    Look again at such ‘simple’ teachings in the light of say Eckhart Tolle. All things do get made new.  Part of the joyous benefits of developing an interspiritual world-view is discovery how profound were at least parts of the early spiritual experience that we had rejected.  The process of thesis-antithesis-synthesis is something that many of us go through.  The purpose of this session is to praise and appreciate this longish extract from Richard Rohr’s brilliant talk given in Australia.

    Richard Rohr’s wonderful books are HERE

    Richard Rohr;  I don’t want to come to Townsville and not give you my best, although it’s not mine at all. But I want to give you a practice. I believe that if we are going to have a lay spirituality, it’s going to depend not on giving them new doctrines to believe or new dogmas to believe which ask almost nothing of you in terms of real transformation or enlightenment. We have to move from a belief base to a practice base. We don’t believe things because Fr said, or the Bishop said, or even the Pope said it. You believe things because you have walked a journey and you know it to be true for yourself. That’s what spiritual practice is. That’s what lay spirituality needs to be. And I’m going to give you a practice and without exaggeration, could, and for some of you, I have no doubt, will change your life. Because I get probably two letters or emails a week telling me that is exactly the case.

    About six years ago, I went to a conference in Santa Fe, that’s the capital of New Mexico, and every year, the last weekend in April there is a national conference on the convergence of science and religion. Any of you who come from a scientific background you know this is surely one of the most exciting things happening. After the enlightenment, for some reason, we considered science the enemy of religion. And now in many cases we find your great scientists to be open to mystery, to non-dual thinking, to living with relativity to mystery, to both. Light being a particle and a wave, for example. They can live with hypothesis. It seems much easier than we clergy can. We can’t live with hypothesis, we have to have an answer for everything that settles the dust.

    So I went to such a conference, where these brilliant gathering of PhDs. It was so expensive I wasn’t going to go, but a doctor paid my way and said, “Richard, you’ve got to hear these guys”. Well, there were four lectures a day, and usually after the second lecture I was so brain-dead from excitement and stretching of my awareness of the cosmos and universe we live in, that I just had to go back to my hotel room and journalise.

    On the second day, the speaker was a Jewish Rabbi, and a scientist too. And he said amongst other things, “You know, you Christians, never really understood the meaning of the commandment to not take the name of God in vain, you seem to think that it means you shouldn’t say ‘God Damn you’. It isn’t very nice to say and I hope you don’t say it to anyone, but it doesn’t even come close to the meaning of the commandment. Vannas(?), or emptiness, to speak in vain, to speak with emptiness, is in fact to speak the name at all.”

    When you use the name God, don’t use, don’t speak it, because you think you will know what you are talking about and you don’t. It’s always mystery. It’s always beyond, beyond, beyond, and any box you build will be too small of a box.   (Rabbi or RR?)

    Wow. Now I knew, and I’m sure you’ve been told, but we don’t know for how many centuries this was strictly followed. But we do know for a certain amount of time it was followed and that is, we never spoke with our lips the sacred name Yahweh and it was during that period that the word elohim and adoni because the sacred name was never to be spoken.

    Then he went on and he said if any of you studied Hebrew, you know this is true, but when you write Hebrew, all you write are the consonants and what it means to be an educated Jew, is that your eye automatically fills in the appropriate vowels and there are four consonants in the sacred name Yahweh, and he said, “Did you know that those consonants if correctly pronounced do not allow you to close your lips or use your tongue”. In fact the reason the name could not be spoken is it could only be breathed, in fact the sacred name Yahweh was an attempt to imitate and replicate the sound of inhalation and exhalation. (Fr Richard slowly breathes in and out several times with a whispering sound.)

    He did it about 30 times in this crowd of PhDs and I’m not exaggerating. But at the end of it I heard sobbing in the room, that people got it. God is as available as the breath, the air, the wind and the words are the same in many languages.  Ironically, paradoxically, truthfully, was there some intuition here? The one thing you have done since you came out of your mother’s body is take in that breath and put it out, and you are doing it now. It’s the only constant, along with the beating of the heart. The beating of the heart starts even before.

    Breathing is uniquely the phenomenon of this world and of course that moment comes, and we’ll all be there one day, and we’ll take in that breath for the last time. This could change your life, it can certainly change your prayer life. Because now you know that prayer is not something so much you do it’s something that’s done to you. You allow it. You say yes to it. You bring it to consciousness. You bring it to awareness. You awaken to the mystery and the miracle that is happening around you, within you and through you, all the time.

    And then I finally understood why Paul says in two of his letters, “Pray always”. I tried and I couldn’t say Our Fathers or Hail Mary’s all day. It just didn’t work. Because we have defined prayer largely in a verbal way – in saying words to God. Then I realized, as I try to do this practice myself, and found it allowing me to live in the “naked now”, without my opinions, my judgements, my fears, my angers and my agenda.

    To simply live in the moment and to be present to the moment in all that it offers. I realise and I hope you already have, that there isn’t a Catholic or protestant way of breathing. There’s not an Australian or an American way of breathing. There’s not a Chinese or an Iraqi way of breathing. There’s not a gay or a straight way of breathing. This just becomes too big a world, too big a truth, maybe we don’t even want it.

    Maybe we don’t want a God who is that good a news, who is that giving, who is that accessible, who can really change us that much, on whose life we, moment by moment, second by second, depend. I give you this gift. Some of you will forget it as you walk out the door, but a handful of you will try it. Maybe, I hope, even more than a handful. It works for me, like last night waking up with jetlag all night, & I just go back to my breath, & I’m out of my racing mind into my body, where God it seems has chosen to dwell as a tabernacle.  And there I can rest, there I can be grounded, there I can trust. There love comes much more easily. See, the mind space is always closing down, but the heart space just desires to be open. It desires to receive what is, as it is, moment by moment.

    This I offer to you, surely, possibly, I think, the most solid & most universal foundation for a lay spirituality.

    If the Christian church is to continue on its path of renewal, if it is to continue to discover its own depth and its own breadth and its own beauty and its own possibility for the world it’s going to come from such transformed people. Not people who just have right ideas, but people who live inside of the world in a new way, that is much bigger and much broader than just ideas. As Jesus puts it, “Loving with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, your whole body and with your whole strength”. When all of that can come together, and it doesn’t come together naturally, usually we are eliminating one part of our self, but whenever all of you is there, you’re praying. Where all of you is there, whatever you are doing is giving glory to God. That is the work of much spirituality.

    Because what we tend to do is eliminate the body, we eliminate the mind, eliminate the heart. We can never allow them all to live together in one gracious symphony. That is the work of your whole life. It doesn’t happen by 15, it doesn’t happen by 25, and I guess I have to say it doesn’t happen by 66, except now and then. All it needs to happen is once in a while, just enough so you know it’s true, and hence forward God is not out there, which is innocuous religion when God is no longer out there, and not just in here but in all creation, in everything that lives. What you experience is what the same Thomas Merton said so well, “When you finally know, what you will know is that the gate of heaven is everywhere”.   

    It was both St Francis and St Ignatius who told both of their communities and became the motto of both of our communities, “To see God in all things”. My God and everything else. When you can see that broadly and that deeply, when you can see through that veil, secretly joyfully and clearly, you will have seen, and you will have seen indeed.     -END-

    RP: Yah……weh = the first, final & ultimate breath-mantra!


    Wish me a good death as I wish you: ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’ – poem by John Donne

    As virtuous men pass mildly away, And whisper to their souls, to go,

    Whilst some of their sad friends do say,’The breath goes now,’ and some say, ‘No:’
    Marion and I knew a wonderfully spiritual woman the report of whose passing was as Donne writes.  Her name was Florence, a nurse in the 1st WW –  and she was held as a baby in the arms of  Abdu’l-Baha!


  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:46 am on August 21, 2015 Permalink |  

    A new video by the great Ken Wilber 

    Published on 4 Aug 2015
    Here Ken Wilber offers an introduction to a spirituality that honors the truths of modernity and postmodernity—including the revolutions in science and culture—while incorporating the essential insights of the great religions. You will learn how this new evolution in spirituality combines the enlightenment of the East, which excels at cultivating higher states of consciousness, with the enlightenment of the West, which offers developmental and psychodynamic psychology—each contributing key components to a more integral spirituality.

    On the basis of this integral framework, a radically new role for the world’s religions is proposed. Because these religions have such a tremendous influence on the worldview of the majority of the earth’s population, they are in a privileged position to address some of the biggest conflicts we face. By adopting a more integral view, the great religions can act as facilitators of human development: from magic to mythic to rational to pluralistic to integral—and to a global society that honors and includes all the stations of life along the way.

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:32 am on August 9, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , Baha'i writings, Baha'u'llah, , spiritual awakening, The Hidden Words   

    JUXTAPOSITIONS: Spiritual awakening is a matter of becoming aware of awareness 



    Spiritual awakening is a matter of becoming aware of awareness

    “……..Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.” – From The Hidden Words by Baha’u’llah

    “You find God the moment you realize that you don’t need to seek God.” – Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now, page 122

    “It is impossible to experience the appearance of awareness. We are that awareness to which such an appearance would occur. We have no experience of a beginning to the awareness that is seeing these words. We have no experience of its birth. We have no experience that we, awareness, are born. Likewise, in order to claim legitimately that awareness dies, something would have to be present to experience its disappearance. Have we ever experienced the disappearance of awareness? If we think the answer is, ‘Yes’, then what is it that is present and aware to experience the apparent disappearance of awareness? Whatever that is must be aware and present. It must be awareness. When we are born or when we wake in the morning, we have the experience of the appearance of objects. When we die and when we fall asleep at night, we have the experience of the disappearance of objects. However, we have no experience that we, awareness, appear, are born, disappear or die.” – Rupert Spira – The Intimacy of All Experience

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 2:16 pm on August 4, 2015 Permalink |  

    Transforming our negatives into positives 

    ‘Cuttings’ the Newsletter of the ‘One Garden ‘interfaith as inter-spiritual living’ group for Wed 5TH AUGUST 2015

    LOCAL FOLK: – we meet as usual at the the Quaker FMH Brighton at 9.45AM – thanks for being on time so that we can start the silent meditation at 9AM – and be without interruptions.

    Hi Everyone – both in the UK and all points everywhere!

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    FIRST DRAFT – to be developed further

    INTRODUCTION: I’m far from the first to see that modern psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy is re-discovering what was known about psycho-spiritual health & wholeness. It was known and the (main) concern of true spirituality at least since the time of the development of Hinduism. The battles in the Bhagavad Gita , like Jihad in Islam, are intended as representations of our inner battles as we struggle to reduce the egoistic self and develop our higher Self.

    Astonishingly some people don’t see this! Some think that true spirituality has nothing to do with the stories and myths of Krishna or the ancient Greeks – or about modern psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

    Certainly it is vital that in today’s world we come to understand the deeper metaphorical meanings of ancient scripture so that what should be competition in selflessness become competition in the horrors of Islamic State.

    Consequently our current theme is Transforming Inner ‘Demons’ into love and light. To demonstrate how the ancient truths, expressed in phrases such as healing by ‘casting out demons’ is central to contemporary spiritual teachers we need look no further than Eckhart Tolle’s Practicing the Power of Now.

    Last week we looked at Chapter 1 of Practicing the Power of Now and below I simply show some of the examples of Tolle’s ‘old wine’ in ‘new bottles’.

    This follows some weeks in which we were particularly focused on nonduality and the resting in ‘awareness’ – as an alternative word for the now.

    In even the first chapter alone Tolle shows us what the false self is and how it creates ‘demon’s of suffering and how we can heal ourselves by transforming the energy tied up with our ‘demons’ into

    I take ‘pain-body’ to be a modern term that in the past might have been ‘demon/s’ or devil/s.

    Some key concepts or tags are: possession, shadow, awareness, illusion, false self, a false mind-made self, Being, a sense of presence, compulsive thinking as a disease, witness, witnessing presence, I am realization, aware but not thinking, the essence of meditation, Be totally present, disidentify from your mind, phantom self (the ego),

    EXAMPLES: numbering follows the order in which Chapter 1 is written – some examples are preceded or succeeded by a comment from me. I indicate concepts in BOLD and aphorisms (mantras?) via under-lining.

    1 There is an eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death. Many people use the word God to describe it; I often call it Being. The word Being explains nothing, but nor does God. Being, however, has the advantage that it is an open concept. It does not reduce the infinite invisible to a finite entity. ……..

    2 BEING IS NOT ONLY BEYOND BUT ALSO DEEP WITHIN every form as its innermost invisible and indestructible essence. This means that it is accessible to you now as your own deepest self, your true nature. But don’t seek to grasp it with your mind. Don’t try to understand it. You can know it only when the mind is still. ……. it can never be understood mentally.

    3 To regain awareness of Being and to abide in that state of “feeling-realization” is enlightenment.

    4 The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being…….essentially you and yet … much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.

    5 The inability to feel this connectedness gives rise to the illusion of separation, ……You then perceive yourself, consciously or unconsciously, as an isolated fragment. Fear arises, and conflicts within and without become the norm.

    6 The greatest obstacle to experiencing the reality of your connectedness is identification with your mind, …. thought ….become(s) compulsive – a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. It also creates a false mind-made self that casts a shadow of fear and suffering.

    7 Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, …. (that) comes between you & yourself, between you and your fellow man and woman, between you and nature, between you and God. It is this screen of thought that creates the illusion of separateness, the illusion that there is you and a totally separate “other.” You then forget the essential fact that …… are one with all that is.

    8 The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however (it)…… uses you. This is the disease. You believe that you are your mind. This is the delusion. The instrument has taken you over.

    9 It’s almost as if you were possessed without knowing it, and so you take the possessing entity to be yourself.

    10 THE BEGINNING OF FREEDOM is the realization that you are not the possessing entity – the thinker. Knowing this enables you to observe the entity. The moment you start watching the thinker, a higher level of consciousness becomes activated. -0-

    11 You then begin to realize ….. a vast realm of intelligence beyond thought, that thought is only a tiny aspect of that intelligence. You also realize that all the things that truly matter – beauty, love, creativity, joy, inner peace – arise from beyond the mind. You begin to awaken.


    12 The good news is that you can free yourself from your mind. This is the only true liberation…….

    13 START LISTENING TO THE VOICE IN YOUR HEAD …….. Pay particular attention to any repetitive thought patterns, those old audiotapes that have been playing in your head perhaps for many years.

    This is what I mean by “watching the thinker,” which is another way of saying: Listen to the voice in your head, be there as the witnessing presence.

    ……… do not judge. Do not judge or condemn what you hear, for doing so would mean that the same voice has come in again through the back door. You’ll soon realize: There is the voice, and here I am listening to it, watching it. This I am realization, this sense of your own presence, is not a thought. It arises from beyond the mind.

    14 ….when you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in.

    15 AS YOU LISTEN TO THE THOUGHT, you feel a conscious presence – your deeper self – behind or underneath the thought,……. The thought then loses its power over you and quickly subsides, because you are no longer energizing the mind through identification with it. This is the beginning of the end of involuntary and compulsive thinking.

    When a thought subsides, you experience a discontinuity in the mental stream – a gap of “no-mind.” At first, the gaps will be short, a few seconds perhaps, but gradually they will become longer. When these gaps occur, you feel a certain stillness and peace inside you. This is the beginning of your natural state of felt oneness with Being, ………

    With practice, the sense of stillness and peace will deepen. ……..You will also feel a subtle emanation of joy arising from deep within: the joy of Being.

    16 In this state of inner connectedness, you are much more alert, more awake than in the mind-identified state. You are fully present. ……..

    17 As you go more deeply into this realm of no-mind, as it is sometimes called in the East, you realize the state of pure consciousness. In that state, you feel your own presence with such intensity and such joy that all thinking, all emotions, your physical body, as well as the whole external world become relatively insignificant in comparison to it. And yet this is not a selfish but a selfless state. …… That presence is essentially you and at the same time inconceivably greater than you.

    18 ………you can also create a gap in the mind stream simply by directing the focus of your attention into the Now. Just become intensely conscious of the present moment.

    19 ……….draw consciousness away from mind activity & create a gap of no-mind in which you are highly alert and aware but not thinking. This is the essence of meditation.

    20 ….. (take) any routine activity that normally is only a means to an end and (give) it your fullest attention, so that it becomes an end in itself. For example, every time you walk up and down the stairs in your house or place of work, pay close attention to every step, every movement, even your breathing. Be totally present.

    Or when you wash your hands, pay attention to all the sense perceptions associated with the activity: the sound and feel of the water, the movement of your hands, the scent of the soap, ….

    … when you get into your car, after you close the door, pause for a few seconds and observe the flow of your breath. Become aware of a silent but powerful sense of presence.

    …. one certain criterion …… measure(s) your success in this practice: the degree of peace that you feel within.

    21 The single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment…: Learn to disidentify from your mind. Every time you create a gap in the stream of mind, the light of your consciousness grows stronger.

    22 … you may catch yourself smiling at the voice in your head, as you would smile at the antics of a child. This means that you no longer take the content of your mind … seriously, as your sense of self does not depend on it.


    23 As you grow up, you form a mental image of who you are, based on your personal and cultural conditioning. We may call this phantom self the ego. It consists of mind activity and can only be kept going through constant thinking. The term ego …. when I use it here it means a false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind.

    24 To the ego, the present moment hardly exists. Only past and future are considered important. This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional. It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it – who are you? It constantly projects itself into the future to ensure its continued survival …. It says: “One day, when this, that, or the other happens, I am going to be okay, happy, at peace.”

    25 Even when the ego seems to be concerned with the present, it is not the present that it sees: It misperceives it completely because it looks at it through the eyes of the past. Or it reduces the present to a means to an end, an end that always lies in the mind-projected future. ….

    26 The present moment holds the key to liberation. But you cannot find the present moment as long as you are your mind. Enlightenment means rising above thought. In the enlightened state, you still use your thinking mind when needed, but in a much more focused and effective way than before. You use it mostly for practical purposes, but you are free of the involuntary internal dialogue & there is inner stillness. When you do use your mind, & particularly when a creative solution is needed, you oscillate every few minutes or so between thought & stillness, between mind and no-mind. No-mind is consciousness without thought. Only in that way is it possible to think creatively, because only in that way does thought have any real power. Thought alone, when it is no longer connected with the much vaster realm of consciousness quickly becomes barren, insane, destructive.


    27 Mind, in the way I use the word, is not just thought. RP NB I suggest ‘heart-mind to describe interiority.

    28 It includes your emotions as well as all unconscious mental-emotional reactive patterns. Emotion arises at the place where mind and body meet. It is the body’s reaction to your mind – or you might say a reflection of your mind in the body.

    29 The more you are identified with your thinking, your likes and dislikes, judgments and interpretations, which is to say the less present you are as the watching consciousness, the stronger the emotional energy charge will be, whether you are aware of it or not. If you cannot feel your emotions, if you are cut off from them, you will eventually experience them on a purely physical level, as a physical problem or symptom.

    30 If you have difficulty feeling your emotions, start by focusing attention on the inner energy field of your body. Feel the body from within. This will also put you in touch with your emotions.

    32 If you really want to know your mind, the body will always give you a truthful reflection, so look at the emotion, or rather feel it in your body. If there is an apparent conflict between them, the thought will be the lie, the emotion will be the truth. Not the ultimate truth of who you are, but the relative truth of your state of mind at that time.

    33 You may not yet be able to bring your unconscious mind activity into awareness as thoughts, but it will always be reflected in the body as an emotion, and of this you can become aware.

    34 To watch an emotion in this way is basically the same as listening to or watching a thought, which I described earlier. The only difference is that, while a thought is in your head, an emotion has a strong physical component and so is primarily felt in the body. You can then allow the emotion to be there without being controlled by it. You no longer are the emotion; you are the watcher, the observing presence.

    35 If you practice this, all that is unconscious in you will be brought into the light of consciousness.

    36 MAKE IT A HABIT TO ASK YOURSELF: What’s going on inside me at this moment? That question will point you in the right direction. But don’t analyze, just watch. Focus your attention within. Feel the energy of the emotion. If there is no emotion present, take your attention more deeply into the inner energy field of your body. It is the doorway into Being. – END –


    2) Rupert Spira’s break-through came when he heard the line, from Francis Lucille, “Meditation is a universal saying ‘yes’ to everything.” Something clicked “I’m home… this is what the last 25 years have prepared me for….a shiver went up my spine…I felt that I had made the connection… the true teacher is not the person – it’s ‘presence/consciousness’…love is recognizing we are One.” – SEE

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:33 am on July 30, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: empath, , Karla McLaren   

    Karla Mclaren on Empaths and Empathy: The Language of Emotion 

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:55 am on July 26, 2015 Permalink |  

    The Black History Month Series 2015: Maya Angelou; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014). 

    Uplifting, inspiring, – such nobility of spirit.

    The Militant Negro™

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    The Black History Month Series 2015: Maya Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014).

    Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

    She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including…

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:28 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink |
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    A summary of Nondual spiritual teachings 

    A contributor ‘Maria’ wrote a piece HERE

    under the heading of ‘A Tour of Advaita via the Books of Dennis Waite’

    As a summary of advaita some may find it useful;


    • Advaita uses various methods (prakriyA-s) to analyze topics about which we have mistaken beliefs in order to reveal our errors and to demonstrate that there is only Brahman.

    • The method of discriminating between who we are (the seer) and what we are not (the seen – body, mind etc.) is called dRRigdRRiSya- viveka.

    • Who we really are – Brahman – is beyond description and immaculate.

    • The body is nothing more than the food we have eaten, yet we worry about its comfort, aging and death.

    • Consciousness is not an epiphenomenon of the mind. Everything “appears” in Consciousness.

    • We do not “think” thoughts – they arise and we witness them.

    • The mind assumes the power of Consciousness in the way that an iron ball in the fire becomes hot.

    • Attachment to emotions occurs similarly and we must cultivate dispassion (vairAgya). Peace is beyond all emotions.

    • The ego is a construction of concepts and its power is destroyed once the truth is understood. This is the basis of “Self-enquiry.”

    • ahaMkAra is the process by which we identify with ideas, emotions, roles etc. All disappear in sleep so we cannot be them.

    • Neither are we the mask of a “person.” We are the changeless “I am,” the essence of the changing forms.

    • The sheath model (pa~ncha-kosha-prakriyA) is used to illustrate the various levels of identification.

    • The true Self has nothing to do with the body and mind etc, just as the moon has nothing to do with the bough of the tree on which it appears to rest.

    • We are constantly lured by the form and miss the essence.

    • Everything transient is first rejected (neti, neti) in order to discover who we truly are, the eternal unchanging. It is then realized that the changing, too, is none other than the non-dual Self.

    • Just as dreams are seen to have been nothing but the mind itself on awakening, so the world is seen to be the Self on enlightenment.

    • If it can be spoken of, I am not that. Truth is beyond language, which is necessarily in duality. I am the eternal subject. Reality is self-evident.

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:36 am on July 6, 2015 Permalink |  

    So, I am suspicious of education. (And History should always be taken in the morning.) 

    Now this is what I call real education……..

    Teaching History Matters

    Israeli educational psychologist Haim Ginott writes about a letter that teachers would receive from their principal each year:

    I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. Infants killed by trained nurses. Women and babies shot by high school and college graduates.

    So, I am suspicious of education.

    My request is this:  Help your children become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths or educated Eichmanns. Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.

    This has become the mission statement and educational philosophy of some Holocaust education institutions and it really sums up what my mission as  a teacher is all about. But please note  below that I did not intend it that way. At all.

    Today I will be a…

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:02 am on July 4, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , character, high school principal, intellect and character, Nazis   

    Intellect AND character: Help your children become positively & wholly human 

    empathy lean-leadership-empathy

    Fact or fiction this piece makes the point about character development being more important than intellectual development – though if we can have both we have ‘light upon light’;

    ‘Many years ago a copy of this letter came my way – supposedly issued by a high school principal to his/her teachers on the first day of school. It was seminal in the development of my world-view – and it is worthy of re-circulation;

    Dear Teacher

    I am a survivor of a concentration camp. My eyes saw what no man should witness:

    Gas chambers built by learned engineers.

    Children poisoned by educated physicians.

    Infants killed by trained nurses.

    Women and babies shot and burned by high school and college graduates.

    So, I am suspicious of education.

    My request is: Help your students become human. Your efforts must never produce learned monsters, skilled psychopaths, educated Eichmans.

    Reading, writing, arithmetic are important only if they serve to make our children more human.’

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:16 am on July 3, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: BBC Hardtalk, , , ISIL, Jürgen Todenhöfer, ,   

    Is this man the greatest activist for peace in our time? Can he help you act in the cause of peace? 

    If you are committed to helping peace come about please convey this alternative stance and policy to your politicians.

    It is developed by a man brave enough to go, with his son, and spend 10 days inside ISIL the Islamic State. Every government should appoint him as their number one advisor.

    His advice includes;
    ‘first know your enemy’, (Western leaders are making foolish mistakes out of ignorance),
    we must win the ideology war especially by showing young muslims that ISIL is deeply anti-islamic and in complete contradiction to the Koran,
    Muslims have to sort out the mess not outsiders,
    Western aggression only adds fuel to the fire.

    The link below is for those in the UK – if you are elsewhere look on YouTube or Google Jürgen Todenhöfer.


    A brief bio is HERE –

    Is this the ultimate coal face of ‘interfaith as inter-spiritual living’?

    • Chris Highland 11:56 pm on July 4, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Islamic State” fighters seem to be “Islamic Radicals” so I wouldn’t say they are not Muslims or not following at least some teachings of the Qur’an and the Prophet. They are, like factions within Christianity, Judaism and even Buddhism, “Murderers for God.” Some of that comes directly from the ancient “holy books.” Denying that or re-labeling them doesn’t really help, does it?

    • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:55 am on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks Chris for commenting. A main point of the call by the brave Jürgen Todenhöfer is to persuade would-be fighters that ISIL is not Islam, or is at least a very perverted version. If we can persuade Muslims to join with others in creating an alternative narrative and ideology it might save huge numbers of lives. If there is no legitimization of acts that might pale Hitler and the Nazis into insignificance then peace might be given a chance. Western bombing only supplies justification. We need a 1000 more balanced ‘theologians/cultural specialists’ rather than 1000 more bombers. No one is saying its easy but had the West not carried out its invasions might we have a less dangerous world? Adding more fuel isn’t going to make the Islamic world love the West more – is it?

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:20 am on July 2, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , , , , , neo-advaita,   

    ‘What is awareness?’ – Rupert Spira’s contemporary. 

    Within the One Garden model of ‘interfaith as inter-spiritual living’ we see the core teachings of the world’s great traditions very simply as; Awaken more, Detach from ego more, and Serve others better. Awaken is the realization of awareness Ono excellent contemporary spiritual teacher is Rupert Spira. In this video he answers the question; “What is awareness?’

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:44 am on June 28, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: Leonard Cohen, monkey mind, Open Culture, Pico Iyer, sitting still unplugged   

    Just sitting still unplugged – quieten the monkey-mind – find true peace – Pico Iyer 

    From Open Culture (great site!)

    There is a certain kind of thinking that the Buddha called “monkey mind,” a state in which our nervous habits become compulsions, hauling us around this way and that, forcing us to jump and shriek at every sound. It was exactly this neurotic state of mind that Leonard Cohen sought to quell when in 1994 he joined Mt. Baldy Zen Center in Los Angeles and became a monk: “I was interested in surrendering to that kind of routine,” Cohen told The Guardian in 2001, “If you surrender to the schedule, and get used to its demands, it is a great luxury not to have to think about what you are doing next.”

    There at Mt. Baldy the journalist and cosmopolitan raconteur Pico Iyer met Cohen, unaware at first that it was even him. In his short Baccalaureate speech above to the 2015 graduating class of the University of Southern California, Iyer describes the meeting: After showing him fond hospitality and settling him into the community, Iyer says, Cohen told him that “just sitting still, being unplugged, looking after his friends was… the real deep entertainment that the world had to offer.”

    At the time, Iyer was disappointed. He had admired Cohen for exactly the opposite qualities—for traveling the world, being plugged into the culture, and living a rock star life of self-indulgence. It was this outward manifestation of Cohen that Iyer found alluring, but the poet and songwriter’s inward life, what Iyer calls the “invisible ledger on which we tabulate our lives,” was given to something else, something that eventually brought Cohen out of a lifelong depression. Iyer’s thesis, drawn from his encounter with Leonard Cohen, Zen monk, is that “it is really on the mind that our happiness depends.”

    Iyer refers not to that perpetually wheeling monkey mind but what Zen teacher Suzuki Roshi called “beginner’s mind” or “big mind.” In such a meditatively absorbed state, we forget ourselves, “which to me,” Iyer says, “is almost the definition of happiness.” Cohen said as much of his own personal enlightenment: “When you stop thinking about yourself all the time, a certain sense of repose overtakes you.” After his time at Mt. Baldy, he says, “there was just a certain sweetness to daily life that began asserting itself.” Iyer’s short speech, filled with example after example, gives us and his newly graduating audience several ways to think about how we might find that sense of repose—in the midst of busy, demanding lives—through little more than “just sitting still, being unplugged” and looking after each other.

    via BoingBoing

    Related Content:

    Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen: The Poet-Musician Featured in a 1965 Documentary

    Young Leonard Cohen Reads His Poetry in 1966 (Before His Days as a Musician Began)

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    Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:31 pm on June 27, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: A J Heschel, ,   

    Wonder and amazement – Abraham Joshua Heschel 

    Radical Amazement
    –by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    The surest way to suppress our ability to understand the meaning of God and the importance of worship is to take things for granted. Indifference to the sublime wonder of living is the root of sin. Wonder or radical amazement is the chief characteristic of the religious man’s attitude toward history and nature. One attitude is alien to his spirit: taking things for granted, regarding events as a natural course of things. To find an approximate cause of a phenomenon is no answer to his ultimate wonder. He knows that there are laws that regulate the course of natural processes; he is aware of the regularity and pattern of things. However, such knowledge fails to mitigate his sense of perpetual surprise at the fact that there are facts at all. […]

    As civilization advances, the sense of wonder declines. Such decline is an alarming symptom of our state of mind. Mankind will not perish for want of information; but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living. What we lack is not a will to believe but a will to wonder.

    Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension. The greatest hindrance to such awareness is our adjustment to conventional notions, to mental cliches. Wonder or radical amazement, the state of maladjustment to words and notions, is therefore a prerequisite for an authentic awareness of that which is.

    Radical amazement has a wider scope than any other act of man. While any act of perception or cognition has as its object a selected segment of reality, radical amazement refers to all of reality; not only to what we see, but also to the very act of seeing as well as to our own selves, to the selves that see and are amazed at their ability to see.

    The grandeur or mystery of being is not a particular puzzle to the mind, as, for example, the cause of volcanic eruptions. We do not have to go to the end of reasoning to encounter it. Grandeur or mystery is something with which we are confronted everywhere and at all times.

    Even the very act of thinking baffles our thinking, just as every intelligible fact is, by virtue of its being a fact, drunk with baffling aloofness. Does not mystery reign within reasoning, within perception, within explanation? What formula could explain and solve the enigma of the very fact of thinking?

    –Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    There are many wonderful pieces by Heschel here;


  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:56 am on June 27, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , , Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj   

    Rays of the Absolute (the Legacy of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj) 

    A nondual teacher who meant/means a lot to many people

    Published on 27 Mar 2015
    In 2006 Stephen Wolinsky proposed the idea of traveling to India to film Nisargadatta Maharaj’s translators and disciples to explore the legacy Maharaj left behind in his hometown, Mumbai.

    In 2007 Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo together with Stephen Wolinsky, Philip Safarik and Fred Good traveled to India to shoot this film.

    The meeting with the old devotees was both illuminating as well as deeply touching.

    Over the next seven and a half years, we all plugged away, going through mounds of material allowing this project to reach completion.

    The film you are about to see cannot demonstrate the amount of work that went into this project….but let’s simply say that finally it is complete…

    Nisargadatta did not leave an ashram; he did not leave any teachings nor successors. This movie is a homage to him; a look at his unintended legacy from people that have been inspired by him more then words can express.

    This film contains interviews with four of the old Nisargadatta’s translators: Ramesh Balsekar, S.K. Mullarpattan, Mohan and Jayashri Gaitonde,plus some old indian devotees and trustees, the publishers of “I Am That” and a visit to the old room in which Maharaj was holding his meetings, his Guru Samadhi Shrine and the place in which some of Maharaj ashes are preserved.
    In the footage are also presented exclusive photographs of Maharaji’s cremation ceremony.

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