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

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Introduction 

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 ‘perennial-spirituality’ 21stC interfaith – (the ‘changeless faith’ as Baha’is call it) but within that are  5 other projects  1) Artmatters,  inc photography   2) Natural Health matters (inc surviving IPF), 3) Personal Development & Management,  4) Re-humanizing Education (inc. Holistic Education)  5) Social Justice matters.  The 5 I hope are integrated within 6) ‘Inter-spirituality’ since  I am now realizing it as the context for the other 5.

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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   
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My definition of inter-spirituality = ‘the state of being, and the living of life, that flow 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 in 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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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 http://contrailscience.com/contrails-are-condensation-but-not-like-your-breath/

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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.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5keJHZdWYM

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!

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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!

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#breath, #breathe-matters, #interspirituality

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.

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

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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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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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Echo & Narcissus – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echo_(mythology)

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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 ……..you 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.

FREEING YOURSELF FROM YOUR MIND

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.

***ENLIGHTENMENT: RISING ABOVE THOUGHT

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.

EMOTION: THE BODY’S REACTION TO YOUR MIND

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 –

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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 conscious.tv/nonduality

Love, healing and peace from – Roger & Marion

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For Newcomers:

‘One Garden – ‘interfaith as inter-spiritual living’ – on a page’

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‘One Garden’ ‘interfaith as inter-spiritual living’ – on a page

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ARE YOU A WOMAN or MAN OF ACTION? Yes – then start HERE

– as the Cadbury executive is supposed to have said “READY, FIRE, AIM”! (Get going & learn as you practice)

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WANT A BIT OF THEORY FIRST? – then a good place to start is with this article as the best general intro to inter-spiritual living by William Keepin HERE

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WANT A WORKED EXAMPLE? – VISION & MISSION

is a worked example on ‘love’ and ‘perennial spirituality’ – I prefer that term to ‘perennial philosophy’. A 2 page sheet for newcomers to show that love, the core of all great traditions + a structure brought to us down through the ages, AWAKEN:DETACH:SERVE is the core of all.

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WANT SOMETHING A BIT DEEPER? – go HERE

A range of key papers starting with William Keepin’s article

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A COURSE FOR YOU: The One Garden: 7 Traditions, 7 Teachers, 7 Texts

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EXAMPLES OF COURSE SESSIONS/CHAPTERS/HANDOUTS

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PRACTICE/s and PROCESS MATTERS

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K2 – Many paths – one summit – SOURCE WP

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Karla Mclaren on Empaths and Empathy: The Language of Emotion

see also – http://www.theempathway.net/what-is-an-empath.html

#empath, #empathy, #karla-mclaren

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

Roger - Dr Roger Prentice:

Uplifting, inspiring, – such nobility of spirit.

Originally posted on 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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A summary of Nondual spiritual teachings

A contributor ‘Maria’ wrote a piece HERE

  • http://www.o-books.com/blogs/obooks/a-tour-of-advaita-through-the-books-of-dennis-waite/

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

As a summary of advaita some may find it useful;

Summary

• 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.

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