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Are you in the One Garden state?
The One Garden in addition to being face-to-face meetings and online-meetings is ‘the state of being’ in which a small percentage of people around the globe see, experience, respect and explore the Oneness at the heart of all the great Traditions.
The key is mystical Oneness. All mystics teach the same; all theologians argue (that’s how they manage to keep a feeling of separate identity)
In Baha’i Teachings the key is seen deep in The Seven Valleys, The Hidden Words etc.
In today’s world there are man spiritual teachers who have generated traesure troves of wonderful teachings. On such is Joan Toliffson. https://www.joantollifson.com/
This is how Joan puts it;
Here-Now: Infinite, Eternal, Ever-Present, Ever-changing
Spirituality as I mean it is a perspective that sees all of life as sacred, and by sacred, I mean worthy of devotion, full of wonder, inconceivable and ungraspable. This kind of spirituality is about direct experience, not belief or dogma. It is focused on Here-Now, not on some imaginary future. Everywhere is a sacred space—the traffic jam, the office, the toilet—and everything is the Holy Reality.
This kind of spiritual path is pathless and immediate (Here-Now). It is about seeing all the ways we grasp, seek, resist, defend, judge, compare, try to control—the ways we imagine separation and try to achieve invulnerability. It is about realizing our interdependence with the whole universe, and discovering that nothing that appears has the solidity, continuity, or independent existence that it seems to have. In this kind of path, we’re not trying to get somewhere or get rid of anything that shows up. We’re simply beholding (being and awaring) the whole show. In being just this moment, there is no inside and outside. Everything is myself. Everything is sacred.
Rather than finding some Ultimate Ground upon which to stand, or with which to merge or identify, this is about letting go into groundlessness, into unresolvability, into not knowing. It is finding freedom in limitation, perfection in imperfection, the extraordinary in the ordinary, and joy in the full range of our human experience.
Go Joan – and thanks so much for your wonderful teachings!
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.”