‘One Garden groups’- our focus = practicing healing Wholeness via perennial wisdom
”Sipping the healing nectar of perfume & wisdom from various spiritual flowers!”
The ‘One Garden’ goal = living in balance – 2 wings i) realizing mystical connection to the whole & ii) dialogue-ing Perennial Wisdom/Philosophy. Together their concern = Awakening:Detaching:Serving
‘One Garden’ groups are about having a supportive ‘family’ to inspire living in the interspiritual way. We are a sacred space for practice & dialogue – using eternal wisdom sources. Why? – for greater happiness & peace, both as individuals & for the wider community, the planet’s global family.
OUR 3 SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES – to awaken; to attach; to serve – Awakening is primarily learning to stay mindful in our connection with the Whole (God if you prefer), conscious breathing is for many the No 1 re-minder. Detachment is learning to reduce the average level of ‘radio’ interference (ego) as we serve others within consciousness of the Whole. Service is action dedicated to the well being of others – starting with a our friends, family & workmates through to planetary concerns.
INTERSPIRITUALITY (21stC Advaita) = “…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.” – see Teasdale’s The Mystic Heart & Tolle’s The Power of Now etc. They teach the 2 ‘wings of A) Connection with the Whole + B) perennial wisdom both as 1) Awakening: 2) Detaching: 3) Serving.
1) to AWAKEN – “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” T N Hanh SL p504
A) • There’s a reality beyond the material world & its lifeforce: • Which is uncreated. • It pervades everything, • but remains (as a whole) beyond the reach of human knowledge and understanding.
2) to DETACH – “A (wo) man is a slave to anything he cannot part with that is less than himself”
B) • You approach that reality by: • Distinguishing ego from true self • Understanding the nature of desire • Becoming unattached • Forgetting about preferences • Not working for personal gain • Letting go of thoughts • Redirecting your attention • Being devoted • Being humble • Invoking that reality • Surrendering etc.
C) • That reality approaches you through: • Grace • The ‘way’ or the teacher seems to appear whenever we need to move on up through the next stage.
D) • You’re transformed – enlightened – so that you embody or reflect that reality by:
• ‘Dying’ and ‘being reborn’ (i.e transformed & living more via the true higher non-egoistic Self).
3) to SERVE – “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer
E) .You then find (even better) ways to serve – realizing that all work done in the spirit of service can be ranked as worship. -0- NB the 3 Awake:Detach:Serve work synergistically-start anywhere
Our One Garden PURPOSE =: Awaken:Detach:Serve b) PRACTICE = Smile:Breathe:go mindfully
2 groups in Brighton, 1 in Seaford – contact me if you would like to attend.