Suggested breath-mantra for this coming week ;
On the in-breath; “I rest…
On the out-breath; “….in the presence of the Whole”
This week I have started to look at how three sources speak to us about themes within inter spirituality, particularly that of ‘presence’.
QUESTION: Do each contain ’keys ’to insight to be gained from within the others?
1 Abraham Joshua Heschel, from Chapter 5 of his book ‘Who is Man?’;
In his great vision Isaiah perceives the voice of the seraphim even before he hears the voice of the Lord. What is it that the seraphim reveal? “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Holy, holy, holy — indicate the transcendence and distance of God. The whole earth is full of His glory — the immanence or presence of God. The outwardness of the world communicates something of the indwelling greatness of God.
The glory is neither an aesthetic nor physical quality. It is sensed in grandeur, but it is more than grandeur. It is a presence or the effulgence of a presence.
The whole earth is full of His glory, but we do not perceive it; it is within our reach but beyond our grasp. And still it is not entirely unknown to us.
In English the phrase that a person has “a presence” is hard to define. There are people whose being here and now is felt, even though they do not display themselves in action and speech. They have a “presence.” … Of a person whose outwardness communicates something of his indwelling power or greatness, whose soul is radiant and conveys itself without words, we say he has presence.
Standing face to face with the world, we often sense a presence which surpasses our ability to comprehend. The world is too much with us. It is crammed with marvel. There is a glory, an aura, that lies about all beings, a spiritual setting of reality.
To the religious man it is as if things stood with their backs to him, their faces turned to God, as if the glory of things consisted in their being an object of divine care.
Being is both presence and absence. God had to conceal His presence in order to bring the world into being. He had to make His absence possible in order to make room for the world’s presence. Coming into being brought along denial and defiance, absence, oblivion and resistance.
From Eckhart Tolle; If you have a copy of The Power of Now why not re-read Chapter 5 – if not here are some of the key statements by Tolle;
…..we can’t think about presence. The mind can’t understand presence – understanding presence is being present.
When we are in the state of presence we are free of thought. Being present is also to be in a state of alertness.
Presence is like waiting (RP To ‘wait upon the good pleasure of’)
( RP To be present of course is to be in the now)
Brief moments of presence = nomind, satori.
Listening really listening is to experience beauty but behind external forms there is the ineffable.
This reminds me (RP) of this statement by T S Eliot ‘Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.’ – T S Eliot
Tolle says Could it be that this nameless essence and your presence are one and the same? Would it be there without your presence? Go deeply into it. Find out for yourself.
When you become conscious of Being, what is really happening is that Being becomes
conscious of itself. When Being becomes conscious of itself – that’s presence. Since Being, Consciousness, and Life are synonymous, we could say that presence means consciousness becoming conscious of itself, or life attaining self-consciousness.
When consciousness frees itself from its identification with physical and mental forms, it becomes what we may call pure or enlightened consciousness, or presence.
what is stillness other than presence, consciousness freed from thought forms?
Don’t get attached to any one word. You can substitute “Christ” for presence, if that is more meaningful to you. Christ is your Godessence or the Self, as it is sometimes called in the East. The only difference between Christ and presence is that Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, whereas presence means your awakened divinity or God-essence.
Jesus attempted to convey directly, not through discursive thought, the meaning
of presence, of self-realization. He had gone beyond the consciousness dimension governed by time, into the realm of the timeless. The dimension of eternity had come into this world.
Eternity, of course, does not mean endless time, but no time.
God said: “I AM THAT I AM.” No time here, just presence.The “second coming” of Christ is a transformation of human consciousness, a shift from time to presence, from thinking to pure consciousness,
You will soon realize that there is no “mine” or “yours” in presence. Presence is one.
From Baha’i Teachings -The Hidden Words by
26. O MY FRIEND IN WORD!
Ponder awhile. Hast thou ever heard that friend and foe should abide in one heart? Cast out then the stranger, that the Friend may enter His home.
27. O SON OF DUST!
All that is in heaven and earth I have ordained for thee, except the human heart, which I have made the habitation of My beauty and glory; yet thou didst give My home and dwelling to another than Me; and whenever the manifestation of My holiness sought His own abode, a stranger found He there, and, homeless, hastened unto the sanctuary of the Beloved. Notwithstanding I have concealed thy secret and desired not thy shame.
And also from from The Hidden Words in Arabic (no 13) – Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.
NB Don’t forget Tim Freke is organizing a monthly online event – see HERE Talk to Annie-Leigh if you are interested and if you are interested in a one day Mystery Experience with Tim in Brighton.
To discover the other inspirational texts, questions & answers you’ll have to come on Wednesday! Hoping to see you!
Namaste and All good wishes,
My preferred meaning for ‘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.”
What is interspirituality?
Inter-spirituality is “the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.”
Inter-spirituality is; ‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’ WT p26 The Mystic Heart
“Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience.
We call this new awareness Interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but
the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” –
One Garden groups
We meet together as agnostics,Sufis, secularists, Christians, Baha’is etc – seeking the way forward toward peace as the outcome of realizing oneness – interspirituality is the next stage for interfaith.
We are inspired and learn from Wayne Teasdale, as the supreme map-maker of the ‘interspiritual territory’, along with Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber & Aldous Huxley. The One Garden is pointed to by teachers from within 7 of the world’s great traditions – to help live the interspiritual life, centered on Oneness, as a way to personal and global peace.
Cuttings the Newsletter of the One Garden group for 2nd July 2014
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