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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:12 am on March 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Loneliness, aloneness and at-one-ness’ – defining loneliness 

    An article named Milk Shake by Mary Ruefle begins
    I am never lonely and never bored. Except when I bore myself, which is my definition of loneliness—to bore oneself. ……. – from The Paris Review ISSUE 216, SPRING 2016

    I wish I’d had that definition when I was teaching children!

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:19 am on March 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    The strange case of St Francis of Assisi & the Quaker Friends 

    A prayer of St. Francis of Assisi:

    "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;

    where there is hatred, let me sow love;

    where there is injury, pardon;

    where there is discord, union;

    where there is doubt, faith;

    where there is despair, hope;

    where there is darkness, light; and

    where there is sadness, joy.

    "O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

    to be understood, as to understand;

    to be loved, as to love;

    for it is in giving that we receive,

    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

    and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." Amen.

    Interesting note from – https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_prayer_of_St._Francis_of_Assisi

    Although commonly attributed to Francis of Assisi (1181/2-1226 A.D.), the prayer itself cannot be traced back later than 1912 when it appeared in a French magazine entitled, La Clochette (The Little Bell). Further arguing against its Franciscan authenticity is the fact that it does not appear anywhere in the Omnibus of Sources, an extensive compilation of the writings of Francis and his companions.

    The earliest English translation, reproduced below, was printed anonymously in the Quaker periodical Friends’ Intelligencer [1] (1927).

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    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.”

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 1:29 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Our true self is Awareness 

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    PHOTO SOURCE – https://unsplash.com/@ishrak_sunny

    A disciple once complained to a Zen master that he was unsettled in his mind. The master said: ‘All right, give me your mind and I will settle it for you.’ The disciple’s helplessness to pick up his mind and hand it over to somebody else gave him some idea of the nature of his ‘problems.’ ……” – Thomas Merton (1915 – 1968)

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 6:31 pm on March 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Hi – Welcome from Soul Needs – One Garden 

    Soul Needs – One Garden Is a blog on understanding your ‘Self’. All posts are pointers toward the dual within the Non-dual. It is for lovers of, and teachers of, interfaith as inter-spiritual living.

    It’s an ongoing stream of inter-spiritual Non-dual & interfaith resources for realising happiness by finding your way home to your true Self.

    PHOTO by Ashley Batz on Unsplash

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    “We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time.
    Through the unknown, remembered gate
    When the last of earth left to discover
    Is that which was the beginning;
    At the source of the longest river
    The voice of the hidden waterfall
    And the children in the apple-tree
    Not known, because not looked for
    But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
    Between two waves of the sea.” ― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:07 am on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    A Brutally Honest Review of My 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat – Ivy Kwong 

    A brilliant long account by Ivy Kwong – hilariously funny in parts – on Medium

    https://humanparts.medium.com/what-really-went-down-at-a-10-day-silent-vipassasna-meditation-retreat-taught-by-s-n-goenka-7c3ad60d027e

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:31 am on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Art via hot air balloons – I loved it! 

    The YouTube notes include’

    Sky Orchestra, the brainchild of acclaimed artist Luke Jerram, saw seven hot air balloons take off across the city at 6.30am, each attached with its own sound system to create a unique soundscape for residents below and spectacular aerial views of the city. This was all part of Music City!

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 11:26 am on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Music and Meditation 

    Very Interesting article on music and meditation by Andrew Glencross, associate art director, Lion’s Roar magazine. Check out Lion’s Roar magazine it’s great.

    02.21.2020
    MUSICAL MEDITATIONS
    I happen to be a musician in my spare time, so take what I’m about to say with a grain of salt. But of all art forms, there’s something especially sacred — even Buddhist — to me about music.

    It’s got something to do with the way music manipulates time, each note highlighting the present moment as it moves steadily through the environment of past and future. Electronic composer Éliane Radigue compares that environment to a river, through which her slowly evolving tones meander, always different, always the same.

    Immersion in an awareness of that river can lead to a loss of ego, because ego is built on past and future narratives. Jazz legend John Coltrane believed that in seeing through those false narratives, musicians can give “the best of what we are.” On A Love Supreme, his watershed reimagining of modal jazz, he managed to achieve that aspiration for 33 minutes and 2 seconds.

    A particular kind of music, often called “minimalism,” seeks to disrupt our normal way of listening, intentionally producing these transcendent moments. Though it’s debatable whether Coltrane could be lumped under that umbrella, Philip Glass is essentially a spokesperson for the genre. I remember being excited as a teenager by this sentence from his own liner notes to Music in 12 Parts:

    “[W]hen it becomes apparent that nothing ‘happens’ in the usual sense… [listeners] can perhaps discover another mode of listening — one in which neither memory nor anticipation… have a place in sustaining the texture, quality, or reality of the musical experience.”

    That sounds a lot like what Laurie Anderson has jokingly called “difficult listening.” And in fact, Glass admits that this kind of music can be more of a challenge to its audience than to its performers. But make no mistake, this music is made for an audience, as he himself argues.

    All three of the musicians featured here consider(ed) themselves deliverers of liberation from ego, transmitting dharma/grace/awareness received directly, through their very performance, to any audience brave enough to listen. In that way, they are all bodhisattvas.

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:44 am on January 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Stillness and Focus – an inter-spiritual perspective 

    In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few. – Shunruyu Suzuki Roshi.

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    So long as the thoughts of an individual are scattered he will achieve no results, but if his thinking be concentrated on a single point wonderful will be the fruits thereof. One cannot obtain the full force of the sunlight when it is cast on a flat mirror, but once the sun shineth upon a concave mirror, or on a lens that is convex, all its heat will be concentrated on a single point, and that one point will burn the hottest. Thus is it necessary to focus one’s thinking on a single point so that it will become an effective force. – Abdu’l-Baha, Selections From the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 111. -0-

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    Abdul-Baha’s brief definition of ‘faith “By faith is meant, first, conscious knowledge, and second, the practice of good deeds.”

    Jaroslav Pelikan on types of faith, – (A) scholar of religion, Jaroslav Pelikan, has enumerated some of the ways that faith is a response to the transcendent. He offers the following: 1) faith as faithfulness, that is, as loyalty and devotion to someone or something; 2) faith as obedience, either in terms of carrying out moral law or in terms of following correct ritual action; 3) faith as works, that is, faith must be expressed in goodly deeds, otherwise such faith is "dead" (New Testament, James 2:20); 4) faith as trust; 5) faith as dependence and submission, that is, faith as a response to the recognition that one is dependent on an all-powerful and sovereign God; 6) faith as experience of the Divine; 7) faith as involvement in the community; 8 ) faith expressed as prayer and worship; 9) faith expressed in adherence to credos (statements of faith); 10) faith expressed in creative adoption and adaptation of the religious tradition; 11) faith as a way of knowing truth. – From ‘Faith & Belief’ by Robert Stockman – https://bahai-library.com/stockman_faith_belief

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 12:40 pm on December 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘One Garden’ Winter-into-Spring – going deeper, deeper, deeper & arriving back home here Now 

    If you only have the time to watch one movie before Thursday please watch ‘Blue’ – see below.

    Hi Everyone

    Thanks to everyone who helped make 2019 such a One Garden success!

    Marion and I would like to wish everyone that is face to face members of One Garden and those who connect up in the Garden of Oneness via the virtual world. I will be communicating via … so please click the ‘follow’ button so that you can comment

    It’s impossible to describe the treasury of treasuries that has sprung up before me over the few days since our final One Garden session of 2019.

    On 2nd Jan 2020 we will weave the first tapestry – 10AM please and RSVP email or text. For winter-into-spring I have the working title of Plato’s Cave & ‘Skin, Flesh, Bones & Marrow’

    SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE UPCOMING TEXTS?

    TEXT 1 At present you can see the filmic masterpiece Three Colours Blue, White & Red on MUBI. You can join MUBI here – https://mubi.com/ – free for one month or buy a copy on Amazon or elsewhere.

    To read a bit about the trilogy here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Colours_trilogy

    The films are about Liberté, fraternité, égalité, – In the trilogy, "Blue" is the anti-tragedy, "White" is the anti-comedy, and "Red" is the anti-romance. All three films hook us with immediate narrative interest. They are metaphysical through example, not theory: Kieslowski tells the parable but doesn’t preach the lesson. – From the great film critic Roger Ebert’s review – https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-three-colors-trilogy-blue-white-red

    NB I have the film script of ‘Blue’ which I will send you once you’ve watched the film.

    TEXT 2: The Essential Dogen book here

    TEXT 3: John Henry Newman – quote John Henry Newman – quotes – “God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. – https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/24706.John_Henry_Newman

    TEXT 4: Plato’s Cave Allegory: 3 min video The Cave: An Adaptation of Plato’s Allegory in Clay

    TEXT 5: The last two handouts from 2019.

    TEXT 5: The Two Popes – free if you have Netflix – a masterpiece including with brilliant witty writing – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ut9ZAIggas

    See also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGHjcHilc1A

    It’s a salve to the disease that is destroying us.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:20 am on December 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    When terrible things happen I go back to the eternal truth-tellers – Jewish, Buddhist, Sufi, Hindu, Christian, Baha’i, Taoist 

    When terrible things happen I go back to the eternal truth-tellers that matter most in the long run.

    PHOTO is from Unsplash (Can’t find photographer’s name)

    1 FROM JEWISH TEACHINGS: The great Jewish poet, philosopher & activist Rebbe Abraham Joshua Heschel describes the two worlds exquisitely ;

    “The Search for reason ends at the known; on the immense expanse beyond it only the sense of the ineffable can glide. It alone knows the route to that which is remote from experience and understanding.

    Neither of them is amphibious: reason cannot go beyond the shore, and the sense of the ineffable is out of place where we measure, where we weigh.

    We do not leave the shore of the known in search of adventure or suspense or because of the failure of reason to answer our questions. We sail because our mind is like a fantastic seashell, and when applying our ear to its lips we hear a perpetual murmur from the waves beyond the shore.

    Citizens of two realms, we all must sustain a dual allegiance: we sense the ineffable in one realm, we name and exploit reality in another. Between the two we set up a system of references, but we can never fill the gap.

    They are as far and as close to each other as time and calendar, as violin and melody, as life and what lies beyond the last breath.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel, in Man Is Not Alone: A Philosophy of Religion.

    A simpler way of presenting the key idea is to be found in this metaphor: “The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of mystery.” Notice that even reason stops at the shoreline of mystery. The key is this – to realize Nondual Reality we have to surrender to the impossibility that language, words, concepts, even mind and reason can play a part. We either feel the Nondual whole or we don’t. But the good news is that we can clear away the inner clutter that comes with the ‘dual world’ and find that our true Self is there all the time. This is Awareness, but Awareness is us only when we have stopped ‘selfing’. Then, relatively, we sense that God is closer to us than our life-vein as in We are closer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (Qur’an 50:16). As in the one set of footsteps in the sand God carries us, even when we are not fulfilling our covenantal obligation. To transcend we have to get our false egoic self sufficiently surrendered to allow our true Self to be reflected from our heart.

    2 FROM BUDDHIST TEACHINGS: – The two realms are pointed to in this ancient Zen teaching telling us that the great Master Dogen taught, “To study the Buddha Way is to study the self, to study the self is to forget the self, and to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”……… To be enlightened by the 10,000 things is to recognize the unity of the self and the 10,000 things. Elsewhere it is said with the greatest brevity, ”No self – no problem.”

    3 FROM SUFI ISLAMIC TEACHINGS: Rumi in one of his poems says; “Not Christian or Jew or Muslim. Not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not from the east or the west. Not out of the ocean or up from the ground. Not natural or ethereal. Not composed of elements at all. I do not exist. Am not an entity in this world or the next. Did not descend from Adam & Eve or any origin story. My place is the placeless, a trace of the traceless – neither body or soul. I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one & that one call to & know, first, last, outer, inner, only that breath, breathing, human, being.” – Rumi – 13thC Sufi mystic – (C Barks).

    4 FROM HINDU TEACHINGS:

    “Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the

    individual self and the immortal Self are perched on the branches of the

    self same tree. The former tastes of the sweet and bitter fruits of the tree;

    the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes.

    “The individual self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the

    divine Self, bewildered by his ego, grieves and is sad. But when he

    recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and beholds his

    glory, he grieves no more.” -0- SOURCE This trans. is in ‘The Upanishads, Breath of the Eternal’, by Swami Prabhavananda.

    5 FROM CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS:

    Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.” The Gospel of Thomas HERE

    Fr. Richard Rohr comments; “Western Judeo-Christians are often uncomfortable with the word “nonduality.” They often associate it (negatively) with Eastern religions. I am convinced, however, that Jesus was the first nondual religious teacher of the West, and one reason we have failed to understand so much of his teaching, much less follow it, is because we tried to understand it with a dualistic mind.” – Fr. Richard Rohr, in The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See.

    6 FROM BAHA’I TEACHINGS: “The purpose of God in creating man hath been, and will ever be, to enable him to know his Creator and to attain His Presence. To this most excellent aim, this supreme objective, all the heavenly Books and the divinely-revealed and weighty Scriptures unequivocally bear witness. Whoso hath recognized the Day Spring of Divine guidance and entered His holy court hath drawn nigh unto God and attained His Presence, a Presence which is the real Paradise, and of which the loftiest mansions of heaven are but a symbol.” – Bahá’u’lláh – Gleanings XXIX

    The goal for the individual is to become free of ‘egoic-self’; “Free thyself from the fetters of this world, and loose thy soul from the prison of self. Seize thy chance, for it will come to thee no more.” – Bahá’u’lláh – Persian Hidden Word No 40

    7 FROM TAOIST TEACHINGS: The first chapter of the Tao Te Ching says;

    The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
    The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.

    The unnamable is the eternally real.
    Naming is the origin of all particular things.

    Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
    Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

    Yet mystery & manifestations arise from the same source…..

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 12:32 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    THE GREATEST POINTER TO THE INEFFABLE 

    freddie marriage@fredmarriage

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

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:33 am on November 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Two meditations for Tomorrow’s ‘One Garden’ session 

    NB Please sign up to https://sunwalked.wordpress.com/ to stay in touch.

    Tomorrow we will be doing Meditation Part 3

    TEXT 1:
    Thich Nhat Hanh

    “Bhikkhus, the teaching is merely a vehicle to describe the truth. Don’t mistake it for the truth itself. A finger pointing at the moon is not
    the moon. The finger is needed to know where to look for the moon, but if you mistake the finger for the moon itself, you will never know
    the real moon.
    The teaching is like a raft that carries you to the other shore. The raft is needed, but the raft is not the other shore. An intelligent person
    would not carry the raft around on his head after making it across to the other shore. Bhikkhus, my teaching is the raft which can help you
    cross to the other shore beyond birth and death. Use the raft to cross to the other shore, but don’t hang onto it as your property. Do not
    become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go. – Thich Nhat Hanh, Old Path White Clouds: Walking in the Footsteps of the Buddha

    Greg Rakozy @grakozy

    TEXT 1 We should discipline ourselves in the realization and patient acceptance of the truths of the emptiness, un-bornness, no self-natureness, and the nonduality of all things. This teaching is found in all the sutras of all the Buddhas and is presented to meet the varied dispositions of all beings, but it is not the Truth itself.

    These teachings are only a finger pointing toward Noble Wisdom. They are like a mirage with its springs of water which the deer take to be real and chase after. So with the teachings in all the sutras: They are intended for the consideration and guidance of the discriminating minds of all people, but they are not the Truth itself, which can only be self-realized within one’s deepest consciousness. – The Lankavatara Sutra, (milieu Ve siècle), Buddhism, Mahayana SOURCE ‘One Little Angel’.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:53 am on November 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    How shall we get justice for women? 

    This is about the Tahirih Centre in the USA and how it is inspired by the life of the heroine-martyr Tahirih and the spiritual teaching that says;
    The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.
    See the wonderful things below this picture;

    Photo by Joel & Jasmin @theforestbirds

    What is the Tahirih Justice Center – see here https://www.tahirih.org/

    Who Was Tahirih?

    Illustration by Ivan Lloyd from "Tahirih: A Poetic Vision"

    Illustration by Ivan Lloyd from “Tahirih: A Poetic Vision”

    THIS IS WHAT THE TAHRIH CENTRE SAYS: Tahirih Justice Center is named after a prominent figure in 19th century Middle Eastern history and the persecuted Bahá’í faith. Born in 1814, Tahirih (TAH-heh-ray) was an exemplar of women’s strength in Persia, at a time when most women were kept illiterate and hidden from the public sphere.

    Tahirih is remembered for her renowned skill as a poet, her theological insights, her leadership as one of the earliest Bahá’ís, and her ability to organize and inspire women to reject their oppressed status. In a particularly dramatic display of her leadership, Tahirih appeared unveiled before an assemblage of men and gave an eloquent speech about the need to reject old patterns of society. The act was so shocking to the audience that one man stood up and slit his own throat at the sight of her face.*

    In 1852, at the age of 38, Tahirih was executed for her beliefs and activities. Her last recorded words were, “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you will never stop the emancipation of women.”

    Like Tahirih, our clients have decided for themselves to refuse the violence and oppression imposed upon them. By the time they arrive at our doors, in the legacy of our namesake, they are already heroes.

    *Please note: We take no position on veiling and support our clients in their decisions regarding their manner of dress.

    To find out more go here https://www.tahirih.org/

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:10 am on November 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Your vision will become clear 

    "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung

    Photo by Bruno on Unsplash

    We each are a ‘Buddha’ – if we let go sufficently of ‘the mud of accumulated negatives’ so that our True Self can flower.

    See my book;

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daily-Soul-Food-Mindfulness-knowing/dp/1097415694/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

    Daily Soul Food: mindfulness ways for knowing your true Self (DSF). Knowing your Self was never so simple or so profound. Practice-based DSF can help us see our hurts and negatives as challenges to transform spiritual stress & anxiety through deeper experiences of realizing Oneness. DSF is for those ‘independent seekers’ who feel themselves ‘spiritual but not religious’ and those who are sick of what degenerate forms of religion have been doing but who still appreciate the Perennial Wisdom found in Baha’í, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Sufi-Islamic, Taoist & other sources.This unique book shows the way to recover & restore what got de-tuned in us through hurts & other negative stuff. It uses the wisdom of great teachers, as you walk your own personal ‘Inter-spiritual Way’ to inspire heart, head & soul. At its core is learning to rest the mind in Nondual Presence. When you gaze at a star-filled night sky, or sit in front of a beautiful landscape, or get captured by the smile of a baby or young child, you can lose all sense of your ‘self’. But as time goes on the mirror of our heart-mind gathers veils of dust. As John Lennon said; ‘Creativity is a gift. It doesn’t come through if the air is cluttered.’ With your copy of DSF you can practice inner-decluttering. The many meditations in the book bring together the spiritual practices and wisdom of many of the world’s most outstanding spiritual teachers, focused on your uniqueness. DSF is a self-help bridge into teachings that are easy to apply, as we practice and study mindfulness in our day-to-day lives. Oneness-based living, rooted in Perennial Wisdom, can take us to our True Self. The journey is into Nondual being.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 11:00 am on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    How many reasons can you find to be grateful and therefore happy today? 

    Here are one or two of mine;

    I love the fact that Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh says , "Invite the bell to speak." (Instead of "Bang the bowl.")

    I love that I have found out that Tathātā is variously translated as "thusness" or "suchness".

    I love this photograph by Kyle on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/s/photos/creation

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:25 am on November 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Birds and their spiritual significance – which one are you? 

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    UNSPLASH PHOTO – Peter Lloyd @plloyd

    See – https://www.realityfiles.com/master-archive/resources/bird-symbolism-meanings-full-resource-animal-spirit-guides-omens-spirit-animals-totems/

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 1:07 pm on October 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Are you in the ‘One Garden’ state? 

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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!

    Namaste!

    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.”

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:41 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Interspecies inner talk 

    Perhaps you have already seen;

    The incredible story of how leopard Diabolo became Spirit – Anna Breytenbach, “animal communicator”.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvwHHMEDdT0

    Rick Archer on Batgap (Buddha at the Gas Pump – 500+ interviews) has done an interview with Anna – if you have limited time just watch the first approx. 20 minutes until Anna mentions the word’ physics’.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7oEAmp20B0&t=5051s

    Rick’s BATGAP site is here – https://batgap.com/anna-breytenbach/

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:56 am on August 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Ways not to define ourselves 1 

    Ways not to define ourselves 1 – "I know who I am because I know who I hate."

    “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”

    ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

    Photo Jon Tyson on Unsplash

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 9:09 am on July 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    What is the deepest form of spirituality? 

    In The Mystic Heart (2001), Wayne Teasdale says, “The real religion of humankind can be said to be spirituality itself, because mystical spirituality is the origin of all the world religions. If this is so, and I believe it is, we might also say that inter-spirituality – the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions – is the religion of the third millennium.” (Teasdale, p. 26)

    Teasdale explains, “Inter-spirituality is the foundation that can prepare the way for a planet-wide enlightened culture, and a continuing community among the religions that is substantial, vital, and creative” (p. 26).

    He proclaims, “The fully formed mystic or contemplative is the new cultural hero who guides humankind to its maturity” (p. 192).

    Matthew Fox affirms in ‘The Coming of the Cosmic Christ’ (Fox, 1988, p. 44), “The mystic lies deep in every person. … The reason human civilization is tired, depressed, unimaginative in dealing with unemployment, pollution, youth despair, injustice, and inequality is that we ‘do not even know who we are’” (p. 43-44).

    Photo by Kyle Cottrell on Unsplash

    For more about Wayne Teasdale see – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Teasdale

    For more about Matthew Fox see – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Fox_(priest)

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 2:22 pm on July 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Nic Askew’s new film is exciting. – ‘A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable t o their faith before they explore it.‘ The antithesis of curious? 

    Nic Askew’s new film is exciting.

    This is a film about the nature of curiosity starring the ever curious Seth Godin. I recommend his deeply thoughtful daily BLOG.

    This film was shot in 2007 at Seth’s place. It opens thus;

    What’s a fundamentalist? ‘

    ‘A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to their faith before they explore it.

    The antithesis of curious.

    The video is here – http://nicaskew.com/collection/curiosity/?utm_source=8+JULY+2019&utm_campaign=8+JULY+2019&utm_medium=email

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:22 pm on May 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Brilliant short video by Dr Gabor Mate 

    Dr. Gabor Mate is one of my heroes – you can easily find out more about him on Youtube or by reading one of his books.

    On Youtube however there are a dizzying number of videos which vary enormously in how well they are produced. Here on Soul Foods I will try to pick out some of the key ones so that if you are new to Dr Mate’s life and work.

    As to books, ‘When the Body says No‘ might be a good one to start with.

    This key Mate video only 5 mins is about how  we get alienated from f key areas of our lives; How Culture Makes Us Feel Lost – Dr. Gabor Maté ‘On Finding Your True Self Again’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIjvXtZRerY

    Thanks to Pursuit of Wonder.  The Youtube notes say;

    Dr. Gabor Maté gives a beautiful speech on human nature and the implications culture has on our ability to maintain it. In this segment of the speech, he discusses four different categories of self-alienation, and provides a sentiment of hope to stay in touch with our true nature as we move forward through the challenging times of modern culture. This video is transformative in nature and is intended for educational purposes. Therefore, it falls under fair use.
     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:26 am on May 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Look within to know your self 

    Look within to know your self;

    Photo: https://unsplash.com/@jareddrice

    “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart.
    Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ― C.G. Jung

    To understand the self we must enter the heart-mind rather than visit an ashram in India, although such a visit might help us with the primary task of looking into our heart!

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:36 am on May 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Keys to Nondual Inter-spirituality 1: Heschel – ‘We are Citizens of Two Realms’ 

    Heschel wrote;

    ‘The search for reason ends at the shore of the known;
    on the immense expanse beyond it
    only the sense of the ineffable can glide.
    It alone knows the route to that
    which is remote from experience and understanding.

    Neither is amphibious:
    reason cannot go beyond the shore,
    and the sense of the ineffable
    is out of place where we measure, where we weigh…….

    Citizens of two realms, we must all sustain dual allegiance:
    we sense the ineffable in one realm;
    we name and exploit reality in another.’

    In this wonder-full passage Heschel tells us a number of key things about the nature of what it is to be human and about our relation to the physical and spiritual cosmos.

    Heschel is the master on awe, wonder, amazement and the ineffable. He is a philosopher and spiritual teacher who is also a poet.

    We are ‘citizens of two realms’ tells us that we are born to live in the dual, contingent world. We are challenged to discover, realize and integrate within ourselves the ineffable, transcendent realm. Reinforced by our contemporary society, most manipulatively by ‘mammon’, we are led into believing that this is reality. Whereas from all of the great spiritual teachers we gradually learn, through our unhappiness and the dull ache of not ‘being home’, that this is our false self. The answer lies in realizing our true Self – the Transcendent realm.

    The dual is our small island of knowledge – of the dual, contingent world. The nondual is the infinite Ocean that surrounds our little island i.e. Mystery, the Whole, YHWH, the Source etc.

    Experience in the ineffable realm is by definition indescribable but thank God the Messengers of God and poets give us glorious intimations.

    -0-

    To date the best way of describing nondual experience is;

    When the heart-mind is quietened, there is only Oneness – the dual world slips away…..

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 7:04 am on April 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    On the devastating effects of the extremes of wealth and poverty and low levels of social justice

    View this post on Instagram

    “I grew up thinking that it was a good thing to rob the white man. Everyone fought injustice in their own way. But in my neighborhood, we opposed the government by breaking into houses and robbing people. But in 1994 we were told: ‘Democracy is coming. Apartheid is ending. It’s time to learn a trade.’ So I listened. I did everything I was supposed to do. I’ve worked in construction for the past twenty-five years. I started my own company. I followed all the procedures. But nothing has come of it. The government always talks about empowerment. They make a big show of letting small businesses compete for contracts. But the jobs always get awarded to the same few people. If the government gave me work, it would empower me. Then I could empower other people. I could hire employees and teach them plumbing, and carpentry, and cabinets. I could purchase a brick making machine, and hire women to mix cement. But right now I can’t even afford a printer for my office. Everything is hand to mouth. I had high hopes when apartheid ended. But I’ve been building houses for twenty-five years, and I’m still living in a shack.” (Johannesburg, South Africa)

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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:46 am on March 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    How does your mind work? 

    and

    How does your mind work? I stumbled across an Arabic poem by Al-Mutanabbi from the 10thC and it made me think of the poem “Digging’ by Seamus Heaney.

    The Arabic poem;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=69&v=1C68vc8plVI

    Seamus Heaney’s poem ;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNRkPU1LSUg

    Which poem most illumines the other?

    -0-

    More of Mutanabbi’s poems are here https://www.poemhunter.com/abu-at-tayyib-al-mutanabbi/

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 2:23 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    In Christianity ‘the peace that passeth all understanding’ is Presence which is the Nondual state (until you talk or think about it) 

    “the peace that surpasses all human understanding.”

    It is sometimes called nondual awareness. This is just another term for union with God. It is the experience of mystics in the Christian tradition, and it is echoed in other spiritual traditions. It is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that is Jesus Christ.

    Photo is by brilliant young photographer Doug Mountford – double exposures on Flickr – see here
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/danmountford/

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 11:36 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    One of my better photographs: ‘Peripatetic piano-player has Max Miller standing on his ‘joanna’ 

    ‘Peripatetic piano-player has Max Miller standing on his ‘joanna’

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:00 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    My rediscovery of Leonard Jacobson 

    My rediscovery of just how good Leonard Jacobson is as a contemporary teacher of spirituality is bringing me much happiness.

    He has many presentation videos on YouTube or Vimeo

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:34 am on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    I used to think that paradoxes were unwelcome guests, but now I know that they contain the lesson that all is not knowable and that part of gaining wisdom is to remain content with the mystery of things and the Mystery of No-thing.

    All we are is all we see
    I used to think that paradoxes were unwelcome guests, but now I know that they contain the lesson that all is not knowable and that part of gaining wisdom is to remain content with the mystery of things and the Mystery of No-thing.

    I especially love; “We are on a journey of becoming that which we already are. That is the impossible paradox of our lives.” – by Leonard Jacobson

     
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