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Inter-spirituality is a state of being, a state of being in which we realize the Oneness of reality and the oneness of the core teachings of the great traditions.  It is also the knowing and the living of life that flows from that realization…….

Each topic is for a day/week /month but if you want to contemplate, or run a group, why not explore how one relates creatively to another – how many is that 52 x 52 …..?   By putting two or more together you ahve a ‘juxtaposition-ing’.  The two may illuminate each other and with ‘spiritual dialogue’ with self, a buddy or a group there should be deep meaning-making and aha insights galore!

Yes – I did stretch ‘oneliner’ in a few cases!

Each are pointers – pointers to the nondual, the Oneness beyond all the diverse traditions and individual life-journeys.  Enjoy, go deep the soar in the heavens of spiritual life!



“The birds have vanished from the sky, and now the last clouds slip away.

We sit alone, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains.”

TOPICS: The dual and Nondual, meditational experience            (8th Century) Chinese poet Li Po


“No self, no problem.” – a Zen Master quoted by E T

TOPICS: self, self-induced pain, heaven, now-ness,


The human condition: lost in thought. E Tolle

TOPICS: thought, thinking, conceptualization, duality, nonduality

4  Un-consciousness is identification with (chaotic) thought-feeling/pb  Witnessing self = consciousness RP

5  God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.   SOURCE 1 John 4:16

6  “God is a circle whose centre is everywhere, whose circumference is nowhere.” – Empedocles

7 “You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image, when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anon

8 “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”: Thích Nhất Hạnh.

9  “I am because we are.’ – from Swahili.        c.f.  “You are therefore I am.”  –  Satish Kumar

10  “If you are depressed you are living in the past.  If you are anxious you are living in the future.  If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Attributed to Lao Tzu – Taoism

11  We manipulate what is available on the surface of the world; we must also stand in awe before the mystery of the world. From his book Who Is Man? (1965) – a key text for members of the One Garden groups;

12 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!

Ibn Arabi–translated Franklin Lewis 2010

13 Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.   (Arabic Hidden Words 13)  ~ Bahá’u’lláh

14 “The mystical adventure is all in the seeing,” says John Greer

15  Inter-spirituality is focused on “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” via ‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’

Wayne Teasdale  p26 The Mystic Heart

16 ‘Love is ease of being’ & “Love is how Oneness feels.”  Tim Freke

17 The mystics ask you to take nothing on mere belief. Rather, they give you a set of experiments to test in your own awareness and experience.  The laboratory is your own mind, the experiment is meditation.” – K W

18   “When we expand our awareness,

strengthen our centre,

clarify our purpose,

transform our inner demons,

develop our will and

make conscious choices,

we are moving toward deeper connection

with our spiritual self.”                                    Molly Young Brown, Psychotherapist – SL p29

19 “Death is a stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to “die before you die” – and find that there is no death.” ― Eckhart Tolle   “Can I be the space for this?” – Eckhart Tolle’s suggested mantra

20 ‘Sacredness’ a poem by Lee Brown      (Lee is a member of the Cherokee Nation and the Wolf Clan.)

1  Sacredness is the flowing harmony of the universe

2  Manifested within the all that is

3  By the flowering of the everywhere Spirit

4  Our sacred path is the walkway of balance

5  Along this stream of being

6  Beside this river of joy and beauty

7  Flowering within the all that is.

8   To see is to observe this sacredness;

9   To watch from our own cente

10  Without interference

11  The flowing return of all things to their source

12  As the river returns to the Ocean.

21 “Concepts are delicious snacks with which we try to alleviate our amazement.” – AJH

22 “People seldom understand the power of repetition. What is repeated over and over can become enduring; what is done in a moment is seldom lasting. If farmers do not tend to their fields every day, they cannot expect a harvest. The same is true of spiritual practice.” – Deng Ming-Dao

23 Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each separate fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.   – Dostoevsky

24 “Feelings come & go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor” – TNH  Stepping into Freedom

25 Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu

26 It is very important to see your life not only from the narrow view of your egoistic telescope but also from the broad view of the universal telescope called egolessness. – Dainin Katagiri, “Time Revisited”

27 “Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s own being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom.  By making us drink right from the fountain of life it liberates us from all the yokes under which we finite beings are usually suffering in this world.”  D T Suzuki


29 We are the mirror as well as the face in it.

We are tasting the taste this minute

of eternity. We are pain

and what cures pain, both. We are

the sweet, cold water and the jar that pours.                         Rumi

31 “It is truly strange how long it takes to get to know oneself. I am now sixty two years old, yet just one moment ago I realised that I absolutely love lightly toasted bread. Simultaneously, I also realised that I loathe bread when it is heavily toasted. For almost sixty years, and quite unconsciously, I have been experiencing inner joy or total despair at my relationship with grilled bread.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

32 Transforming bad circumstances into the path is associated with the practice of patience. There are six mind-training (lojong) slogans connected with this:

33 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:35:

34 “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” ~Albert Einstein

35  God spatially is the “Ground of Being” and temporally is the “Eternal Now” – theologian Paul Tillich

God is not an entity among entities but rather is “Being-Itself”

36 To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.

William Blake from The Auguries of Innocence lines 1- 4

37 Art is spirit enformed.  Aesthetic experience is moving and nourishing of your spirit.  So we have en-formation & if the communication succeeds your experience is to

38 Nonduality is the Whole of everything that isn’t you, and that which is beyond the form of all things.  That which is you is an illusion although it is a convenient one since it helps prevent you from bumping into the furniture.  AS Einstein said” Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

TAGS: Reality, illusion, Einstein

39 “Breathing in I know that I’m breathing in.”

“Breathing out I know that I’m breathing out.”

– Zen master – Thich Nhat Hanh                             Thich Nhat Hanh videos HERE

BREATH – unites the physical & spiritual. Returning to awareness through breath consciousness allows us to quieten the ‘chattering monkey’ of ego that produces the endless tape of past hurts and the lust for more, more, more in the future.

Breath is the key to mindfulness – it’s nicer than a hair-shirt.  Mindfulness (which might better be called no-mind) is what enables us to develop spirituality by shedding the illusion of self-subsistent separate identity.  Our true identity lies in our God-created unique admixture of the names, attributes and qualities of God that we are, in small measure, able to reflect.

40 CULTURE: What is culture?  Ans 1 = everything that isn’t me, but which tells me who I am.

Ans 2 = the sea in which we swim – as in ‘fish are the last ones to discover water’

42 EGO as lower self – the illusion that we are independent, self-subsistent entities.  The ‘place’ where we keep our greed, anger, fear and desires.

EGO as true identity – the unique admixture of names, attributes and qualities of God that we have so far managed to reflect – e.g. justice, truth, beauty, goodness, compassion etc.

43 HUMAN, HUMAN BEING, humanization  What is it to be human?  – It is  to be Caring, Creative & Critical – in Communities with others.  NB Of course communities have distinctive ‘cultural clothing, and mythic structures’, as well as universal truths.

44 INSIGHT: Throughout our spiritual lives we receive insights, understanding into the nature of  what is real – what this anthology is all about.  Most of what we come to understand is a direct gift, not from book-learning, although practice not excluding study can tenderize the would-be recipient.  Our insights come because of our human nature, as Abdu’l-Baha, the great Baha’i teacher says ‘as breaths of the Holy Spirit’.

The following haiku by  Shiki, Masaoka. (1867-1902), perfectly embodies the quintessential human experience of gaining insight – Aha!

A lightning flash:

between the forest trees

I have seen water.

The gaining of insight is a step in the raising of consciousness.  Raising consciousness is what enables us to transform – ourselves and our society.  The poet has an equally beautiful haiku that is an embodiment of sensation and spirit and time and place;

The summer river:

although there is a bridge, my horse

goes through the water.

Haiku is an exercise in how much can be conveyed in extreme brevity.  This tells us so much about the relationship between man and horse and vv.  The horse made the decision.  But as always it is about the feeling and spirit of what it is to be human.  Human beings are about feeling, about the movement of spirit.

45 MEDITATION: an activity that, at best, leads to experience in which you as a drop cease to exist, temporarily, by becoming no-self.  It is an activity that quietens or ultimately eliminates the lower self, for a short space of time.  It lets God in, or more correctly allows Infinite Presence instead of our illusory ‘chattering monkey’.  If you want to put contemplation on the same continuum then ‘unitive meditation’ is the ultimate in contemplation.  If you prefer to swap terms around so be it.  The important point is the difference between the dual state and the unitive state.  Meditation is the activity that helps us reduce or stop thinking, a prerequisite for letting go and letting God.

46 AWAKENING: “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” Thich Nhat Hanh SL p504

More meditation resources

Thich Nhat Hanh videos HERE

A list of Baha’i quotations on meditation HERE

47 MYSTERY: The small island of our knowledge, & the illusion of our separate identity, is surrounded by infinite Mystery;

Einstein (1930 pp. 193-194) saw experience of mystery as nothing less than the source of all art and all science:

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle.


The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion…. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind. To sense that behind anything that can be experienced there is a something that our mind cannot grasp and whose beauty and sublimity reaches us only indirectly and as a feeble reflection, this is religiousness….one cannot help but be in awe when (one) contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. Never lose a holy curiosity. – Einstein (quoted in Suttle 2003)

48 MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE: We have potentially two kinds of experience in life – experience of the Whole and experience of the parts. As adults we think of parts all of the time – except those who make deliberate efforts to connect  with the Whole e.g. via meditation..  Mainstream education no longer has the ability to help children connect with a sense of the Whole.   In all of the ‘ologies’, biology, zoology, geology we pay attention only to the specialist parts the ‘geo’, the ‘zoo’ the ‘bio’ and not at all to the ‘ology’, the Whole from which all these specialisms spring.

What is the mystical?” Ans = direct, first-hand ‘religious’ experience

”Mystical experience…..does not seem to me to be anything other than first-hand religious experience as such. This is, however, the core of religion…..…the explanatory function of religion is secondary and derivative.” (John Hick)

The Characteristics of Mystical Experience:

Seven Characteristics of Mystical Experiences by Douglas W. Shrader Distinguished Teaching Professor & Chair of Philosophy SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY

Abstract: Drawing on classic studies by William James and F.C. Happold, as well as personal experience, this paper explores seven characteristics of mystical experiences:

1) ineffability (inability to capture the experience in ordinary language),

2) noetic quality (the notion that mystical experiences reveal an otherwise hidden or inaccessible knowledge),

3) transiency (the simple fact that mystical experiences last for a relatively brief period of time),

4) passivity (the sense that mystical experiences happen  to someone; that they are somehow beyond the range of human volition and control),

5) unity of opposites (a sense of Oneness, Wholeness or Completeness),

6) timelessness (a sense that mystical experiences transcend time), and

7) a feeling that one has somehow encountered “the true self” (a sense that mystical experiences reveal the nature of our true, cosmic self: one that is beyond life and death, beyond difference and duality, and beyond ego and selfishness).

To provide flesh to this skeletal structure, the paper, says Professor Shrader:

(i) explores connections between mysticism and  meditation and

(ii) presents a series of examples from secular poetry as well as Christianity, Islam, Daoism, Hinduism, and Tibetan Buddhism.

Professor Shrader says about his life lived in the light of his mystical experience as a young man,  “It was the summer of ’71. I graduated from high school…………….”    The full paper is HERE


What is Perennial philosophy? – Perennial philosophy and its eternal wisdom = the spiritual heart and mystical structure of all of the great world wisdom traditions . It is a cosmological model and a model of what it is to be human and the relationship between the two.   It says ‘We all emanate from a single reality – and our life-purpose is to realize consciousness so that we identity with our true, eternal, Self – by freeing ourselves from egotism.’

Perennial Philosophy, and its eternal wisdom, is a way of reading and ordering and developing the flow of spirit.

What is Perennial Philosophy as structure and process?

a) “We can be happy, and serve others even better, if we integrative-ly/integrated-ly realize our true Self.

b) How? – By becoming aware of, step-by-step, moment-by-moment, the stillness beneath the noise.

c) In realizing our true Self we release ourselves from the egotistic lower self.”

Put even more simply  ‘Be still – and know God’.  This is “the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future.”

50 SELF and self: Our The lower self, the little man as Emerson called it need to give way to our true Self

Om Namah Shivaya  –  “I honor the great Self of the Universe as my own innermost self” – said about 3,000 years ago. Tolle also advocates that we learn to live in the now.

51 SPIRITUAL spirituality, spiritualization What is ‘spiritual’? – all that isn’t physical.

52 THOUGHT:  The heart-mind (consciousness, preferably ‘raised consciousness’) is evolution’s or God’s greatest gift to humans.  It produces all the great artifacts of truth, beauty & goodness that make up true civilization.  However the mind is also the instrument of self-torture for many.  We get lost in the continuous bubbling up of hurts from the past or desires for the future. The inner negative voice that causes us to re-live the pain of the wrongs of the past Tolle calls the pain-body.  The lower self projects hurt to make others suffer.

“The human condition: lost in thought.” — Eckhart Tolle

God can only get in in the now where we are not filling our heart-mind with reliving past hurts or desires for the future. So we have to check out for a bit to settle in that awareness that some would describe as letting God in.  But it’s not just  our lower self that brings us back to the world of duality – sometimes it’s the need to do practical jobs such as the laundry!

Imagination grasps experience ….. as growth of meaning develops through action.

John Dewey, quoted in Alexander (1987 p. 261–2)

53 Identity – “He who knows (only) one religion knows none”– Max Mueller    This is the antidote to the disease of exclusivity – “My reading of my belief system is right and all the rest of you are wrong – and I would like to force you into my reading.”  The disease of exclusivity includes false identification as in those who in effect say “I know who I am by knowing who I hate!”


“Why are you unhappy?

Because 99.9% of everything you think

And of everything you do

Is for yourself –

And there isn’t one.”      – Wei Wu Wei

55 HEAVEN & HELL – not places but states of being!

They say: `Where is Paradise, and where is Hell?’  Say: `The one is reunion with Me; the other thine own self.’  – Bahá’u’lláh



57 WISDOM – The Serenity Prayer

God, give me grace to accept with serenity

the things that cannot be changed,

Courage to change the things

which should be changed,

and the Wisdom to distinguish

the one from the other.


Life is a mystery.  A mystery so awesome that we insulate ourselves from its intensity.  To numb our fear of the unknown we desensitize ourselves to the miracle of living.  We perpetuate the nonchalant lie that we know who we are and what life is.  Yet behind this preposterous bluff the Mystery remains unchanging, waiting for us to remember to wonder.  It is waiting in a shaft of sunlight, in the thought of death, in the intoxication of new love, in the joy of childbirth or the shock of loss.  One minute we are going about our business as if life were nothing special and the next we are face to face with profound, unfathomable, breath-taking Mystery.  This is both the origin and consummation of the spiritual quest.

The opening of ‘Jesus and the Lost Goddess: The Secret Teachings of the Original Christians’  – Tim Freke

see also Einstein on mystery

59 “Mindfulness practice means that we commit fully in each moment to be present; inviting ourselves to interface with this moment in full awareness, with the intention to embody as best we can an orientation of calmness, mindfulness, and equanimity right here and right now.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn, Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

60 “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices

Tags: breath, breathing, feelings, meditation, mindfulness

61 “A dialogue is very important. It is a form of communication in which question and answer continue till a question is left without an answer. Thus the question is suspended between the two persons involved in this answer and question. It is like a bud with untouched blossoms . . . If the question is left totally untouched by thought, it then has its own answer because the questioner and answerer, as persons, have disappeared. This is a form of dialogue in which investigation reaches a certain point of intensity and depth, which then has a quality that thought can never reach.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

62 Christ is not the self, but that which remains when there is no self. He is the form (the vessel) that is identical with the substance, and he is not multiple forms, but one eternal form. Christ is the act, the manifestation and extension of God that is not separate from God. We cannot comprehend “that” which acts or “that” which smiles, but we all know the act – the smile that is Christ himself. Thus Christ turns out to be all that is knowable about God, because without his acts, God could not be known. Act itself is God’s revelation and this revelation is not separate from God but is God himself. This I believe is what Christ would have us see; this is his completed message to man. But who can understand it? – Bernadette Roberts –  the Experience of no-self p162

63 “The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, and to prefer its reality to the illusion of merely natural companionship, comes to know the invisible companionship of God. Such a one is alone with God in all places, and he alone truly enjoys the companionship of other men, because he loves them in God in Whom their presence is not tiresome, and because of Whom his own love for them can never know satiety.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

64 “Your duty is to be and not to be this or that. ‘I am that I am’ sums up the whole truth. The method is summed up in the words ‘Be still’. What does stillness mean? It means destroy yourself. Because any form or shape is the cause for trouble. Give up the notion that ‘I am so and so’. All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. What can be easier than that?”― Ramana Maharshi

65 When we allow ourselves to be open, to feel our vulnerability, to be affected by others and reality itself, and when we can know deeply what is real in our feelings, we realize that our capacities for kindness, gentleness, and loving are endless. We have, and are, what the Tibetans call the “good heart,” a center of intention, openness, virtue, and compassion, all of which have taken root in our being, motivation, attitudes, and behavior. The spiritual life has a lot to do with getting in touch with this capacity. Like the blue sky, sometimes the focus of Tibetan meditation, the mind and heart are endless in their ability to know or be aware and to feel, especially care, concern, loving-kindness, and compassion. Are you in touch with your heart’s vast nature? If not, find the way there. You are not far from yourself. – Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Hours

66 “When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always. (151)” ― Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

67 “There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.” — Pema Chödrön (The Wisdom of No Escape: How to Love Yourself and Your World)

68 “You asked me how to get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don’t use logic when I do it. Logic’s the first thing you have to get rid of.”

― J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories

tags: duality, meditation, philosophy,

69 “I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.”

― T.S. Eliot

70 “The Way to do is to be.” ― Lao Tzu

tags: meditation, self-awareness, self-discovery

71  “I have lived with several Zen masters — all of them cats.”

― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

tags: cat, cat-people, cats, integrity, meditation, peace, sereneity, spirituality, wisdom, zen, zen-master

72 “Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.”

― Voltaire

tags: awareness, consciousness, finite, infinity, knowledge, meditation, thought

73 This journey then, is nothing more, yet nothing less than a period of acclimating to a new way of seeing, a time of transition and revelation as it gradually comes upon “that” which remains when there is no self. this is not a journey for those who expect love and bliss, rather, it is for the hardy who have been tried by fire and have come to rest in a tough, immovable trust in “that” which lies beyond the known, beyond the self, beyond union and even beyond love and trust itself – The experience of no self: A contemplative journey by Bernadette Roberts. P13-14

74  “I have a friend who likes to say; “We are all sense organs of the Infinite.” – Rick Archer

75 Whoever was responsible for the idea of dividing self into lower and higher parts committed a serious crime against humanity. This division has given rise to the notion that the lower (ego and immature) self must be overcome while the higher (unitive and whole) self must be sought as the goal of human realization. Out of ignorance, I too clung to this notion because I believed it was this higher self that would be united with God for all eternity. It took a long time before my experiences led me to doubt this conviction and, at the same time, let in the possibility that this was not the whole truth and that there was still further to go.

Bernadette Roberts – Bernadette Roberts: the Experience of no-self p 154

76 “Through my love for you, I want to express my love for the whole cosmos, the whole of humanity, and all beings. By living with you, I want to learn to love everyone and all species. If I succeed in loving you, I will be able to love everyone and all species on Earth… This is the real message of love.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Teachings on Love

77 THE GUEST HOUSE –  a poem by — Jelaluddin Rumi;

This being human is a guest house.

Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes

as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house

empty of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably.

He may be clearing you out

for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes,

because each has been sent

as a guide from beyond.                                                 – translation by Coleman Barks

78 Only God is love, and for this love to be fully realized self must step aside. And not only do we not need a self to love God, but for the same reason we do not need a mind to know him, for that in us which knows God, is God.Bernadette Roberts –  the Experience of no-self p 155

79  It is too clear and so it is hard to see.

A dunce once searched for a fire with a

lighted lantern.

Had he known what fire was,

He could have cooked his rice much sooner.

–   Joshu Washes the Bowl, The Gateless Gate #7 Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, p. 176

80 “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message; that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” – Dalai Lama

81 Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?” – From Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

82 It is one step, and a giant one, to see clearly and participate in the love that flows between the persons of the Trinity, but even here, God is seen as the object of his own love. It is yet another step to realize that God is beyond all subject and object and is Himself love without subject or object. This is the step beyond our highest experiences of love and union, a step in which self is not around to divide, separate, objectify or claim anything for itself. Self does not know God; it cannot love him, and from the beginning has never done so. – Bernadette Roberts  the Experience of no-self pp 155-156

83 Once beyond the self, however, holiness is no longer possible, because now, there is nothing left to give and no-one left to do the giving. – Bernadette Roberts –  The path to no self: Life at the centre Roberts P5

84 But coming home that day, walking downhill with a panorama of valley and hills before me, I turned my gaze inward, and what I saw, stopped me in my tracks. Instead of the usual unlocalized centre of myself, there was nothing there, it was empty, and at the moment of seeing this there was a flood of quiet joy and I knew, finally I knew what was missing-it was my “self”. – Bernadette Roberts – The experience of no self: A contemplative journey p23

85 The assumption that the egoless condition, or union of self and God, is man’s final goal and ultimate destiny is a great mistake. My purpose here is to affirm that the unitive state is a hidden path in itself, a movement in its own right that ultimately leads to no-self (no true-self and no-union). In short, the unitive state is the hidden path to no-self. – Bernadette Roberts – The path to no-self: life at the center  pXV preface

86 Since the moment of self-consciousness comes to a permanent end – and a new journey begins- is such a decisive stroke or milestone in the contemplative life, I can only speculate why so little has been said of this breakthrough; in fact , I may never get over the silence on the part of writers who say nothing about this second movement. –  The experience of no self: A contemplative journey by Bernadette Roberts. P14

87 Benjamin Franklin, “The way to see by faith is to close the eye of reason.”

As a friend of mine says – “In religion, you have to do it to ‘get’ it.”

88 “We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.”

― Hildegard of Bingen

89 Being points beyond itself.

Accustomed to think in terms of space, the expression “being points beyond itself” may be taken to denote a higher point in space. What is meant, however, is a higher category than being: the power of maintaining being. AJH Who is Man p90-91

90 “Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.”


91 God loves the world through us. – Mother Teresa

92 May you be at peace, May your heart remain open.

May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.

May you be healed, May you be a source of healing for all beings.

– Part of the Metta meditation of loving kindness. This prayer can be said in the first person when you feel fear or loneliness in order to remind you that the Divine is with you always.

93 How do you let go of attachment to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.  ET in A new Earth

94 “To the extent that you actually realize that you are not, for example, your anxieties, then your anxieties no longer threaten you.” –  Ken Wilber, No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth

95  Knowledge is a function of being.” Aldous Huxley p 1 The Perennial Philosophy

96 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Gal 5:22:

97 Reason is not the measure of all things, not the all-inclusive power in the inner life of man. The powers of will and emotion, the realm of the subconscious lie beyond the scope of knowledge. The rush of reason is an effort of limited strength.

Faith is not the miniature of thinking but its model, not its shadow but its root. It is a spiritual force in man, not dealing with the given, concrete limited, but directed upon the transcendent. It is the spring of our creative actions. – AJH “The Holy Dimension”, p. 337.

98 Turn all mishaps into the path.

Drive all blames into one.

Be grateful to everyone.

See confusion as buddha and practice emptiness.

Do good, avoid evil, appreciate your lunacy, pray for help.

Life is Tough. Here Are Six Ways to Deal With It

99 Teachings that pointed the way beyond the dysfunction of the human mind, the way out of the collective insanity, were distorted and became themselves part of the insanity. – ET A New Earth

100 A human being is a part of the whole, called by us Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. – Einstein


  1. Hello Roger Nice to see your posts popping into my inbox again, glad you’re feeling better. You probably don’t know me, I used to clean at Burnlaw Best wishes Amanda Allerton

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