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Soul Needs – One Garden Is a blog on understanding your ‘Self’. All posts are pointers toward the dual within the Non-dual. It is for lovers of, and teachers of, interfaith as inter-spiritual living.

It’s an ongoing stream of inter-spiritual Non-dual & interfaith resources for realising happiness by finding your way home to your true Self.

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“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

MY COMMENT: What we find our way back to is our true Self that we had before the hurts accrued in this world that hid us from our own (relative) perfection.

Helping the penny drop about Now-ness

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I love how great spiritual teachers say the same thing in slightly different ways.

Leonard Jacobson says;

“The journey is from here to here and the only time you can arrive is Now.”

Rupert Spira says;

There is no separate entity present that gets into the ‘nowness’ of Consciousness. Consciousness is always ‘now,’ that is, it is ever-present. So ‘now’ is not a moment in time nor even a present moment. There is no present moment. There is the ‘nowness,’ the timeless, ever-presence of Consciousness, IN WHICH the idea of time appears ‘from time to time.’


Each has special virtues. Both are brilliant.

Inter-faith Fireside No1. Love, finding God, and revealing your true Self

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LOVE: What has love got to do with it?

Many people accept the idea that God is Love. Here is an extraordinary Baha’i teaching by Abdu’l-Baha about love. Below there are some relevant teachings by Ken Wilber.

1 Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings.

2 Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul.

3 Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things.

4 Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next.

5 Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul.

6 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.

7 Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. (Abdu’l-Baha – from Baha’i writings) -0- https://reference.bahai.org/en/t/ab/SAB/sab-13.html

Q. Where do we find go to find God?
Divinity has one ultimate secret, which it will also whisper in your ear if your mind becomes quieter than the fog at sunset: the God of this world is found within, and you know it is found within: in those hushed silent times when the mind becomes still, the body relaxes into infinity, the senses expand to become one with the world- in those glistening times, a subtle luminosity, a serene radiance, a brilliantly transparent clarity shimmers as the true nature of all manifestation, erupting every now and then in a compassionate Radiance before whom all idols retreat, a love so fierce it adoringly embraces both light and dark, both good and evil, both pleasure and pain equally…. – Ken Wilber

Q. What is our true Self?
The Self doesn’t live forever in time, it lives in the timeless present prior to time, prior to history, change, succession. The Self is present as Pure Presence, not as everlasting duration, a rather horrible notion. – Ken Wilber

Q. What insights can you see having these three teachings set together?

“every time I enter creation I withdraw from God”

Because of the plague the creation spiritual vision of such people as Hildegard of Bingen, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Mechthild of Magdeburg, and Meister Eckhart over the previous 150 years was practically abandoned in favor of Thomas a Kempis (“every time I enter creation I withdraw from God”) and other more introverted thinkers. Julian clearly represents the last and the best of this lineage of creation spirituality mystics—even though she lived through a harrowing time of pandemic.

Enjor Matthew Fox’s brilliant daily Creation Spirituality bloghttps://dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org/2020/05/01/contextualizing-julian-of-norwichs-spiritual-genius/

THINKING MATTERS – OR IS IT OVERRATED?


The Thinker by Rodin (1840–1917), in the garden of the Musée Rodin

This week for the Inter-faith Fireside-Dialogue I’m lucky enough to talk with Prof Stephen Quinn who for a long time has been a journalist and writer and is a Professor of MOJO at Scandinavian university.

You no doubt will want me to ask what a MOJO specialist does – I will!

We both wonder what place ‘thinking’ has in our spiritual lives. In thinking do we have a ‘chattering monkey’ or ‘the greatest gift’ life has given us?

Do Take a look at the 1 min 48 secs Youtube video about thinking and the chattering monkey mind by Buddhist monk Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche – HERE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PkrhH-bkpk

We also take a look at what is meant by Non-duality and how thinking fits in – or doesn’t.

Hope you can be with us🙏😊

The brilliance of spiritual teacher Leonard Jacobson’s 2-step path of awakening

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Leonard Jacobson honed his teaching over decades and now teaches a very simple two step path of awakening;

The first step involves is to learn the art of being present. The second involves becoming a master of your mind and ego.

Both steps are necessary for true awakening.

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Two of my favourite quotations are;

You want to know God, you will
have to give up your belief in God – p102 of his ‘Words from Silence.’

and

To awaken from mind to Being
is your responsibility.
No one can do it for you.
It is not difficult.
It can be done, provided you know the way.
I can show you the way.
But I cannot walk the path for you.
If you are sincere, honest, authentic,
and act with integrity,
and if you are total in your commitment,
you will awaken from mind to Being.
It is your birthright.
It is your destiny.
And you will be fulfilled completely,
in this lifetime.
But to awaken from the level of Being
to the Eternal is another matter.
This you cannot do.
The Eternal descends.
It is a question of grace.
A benediction.
You cannot hold onto it.
It will come and go.
It is not up to you.
All you can do is be an invitation.”

― Leonard Jacobson, Words from Silence: An Invitation to Spiritual Awakening

‘Loneliness, aloneness and at-one-ness’ – defining loneliness

An article named Milk Shake by Mary Ruefle begins
I am never lonely and never bored. Except when I bore myself, which is my definition of loneliness—to bore oneself. ……. – from The Paris Review ISSUE 216, SPRING 2016

I wish I’d had that definition when I was teaching children!

The strange case of St Francis of Assisi & the Quaker Friends

A prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is discord, union;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light; and

where there is sadness, joy.

"O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love;

for it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." Amen.

Interesting note from – https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_prayer_of_St._Francis_of_Assisi

Although commonly attributed to Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226 A.D.), the prayer itself cannot be traced back later than 1912 when it appeared in a French magazine entitled, La Clochette (The Little Bell). Further arguing against its Franciscan authenticity is the fact that it does not appear anywhere in the Omnibus of Sources, an extensive compilation of the writings of Francis and his companions.

The earliest English translation, reproduced below, was printed anonymously in the Quaker periodical Friends’ Intelligencer [1] (1927).

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MY PREFERRED DEFINITION OF 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.”