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Spiritual insight and progress doesn’t come through knowing ABOUT but from knowing IN.

When we quieten the mind, and let go learning and arguments, we can truly listen to our heart which is where God speaks to us.



Breathing-in: I listen to my heart and

Breathing-out: I let go all learning

It seems that this understanding was taught in many traditions and down through the ages as these quotations show;

Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind rest at peace.
The ten thousand things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
They grow and flourish and then return to the source.
Returning to the source is stillness, which is the way of nature. Lao Tzu
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You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka
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…Where and when God finds you ready, he must act and overflow into you, just as when the air is clear and pure, the sun must overflow into it and cannot refrain from doing that. Meister Eckhart

Relating to God Directly
We often confuse spiritual knowledge with spiritual attainment. Spirituality is not a matter of knowing scriptures and engaging in philosophical discussions. It is a matter of heart culture, of unmeasurable strength. Mahatma Gandhi
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By love He may be gotten and holden, but by thought and understanding, never. Cloud of Unknowing
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Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it. Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate. Huang Po


There is also the Zen story of the professor who visited a Zen master but talked and talked and talked.  The Zen master  poured tea without stopping all over the cup, the tray the table until the professor said “Look what you are doing.”  The master then told him that he could show the professor nothing until he had emptied himself!


The Lord was neither found on the exalted throne,nor is the Lord in the Ka’ba.

The Lord was not found in learning and books, nor is the Lord in the prayer niche.

He was never found swimming in the Ganges, nor met through countless pilgrimages.1

SOURCE – Wonderful chapter from “Death Before Dying – The Sufi Poems of Sultan Bahu


When a true seeker determineth to take the step of search in the path leading unto the knowledge of the Ancient of Days, he must, before all else, cleanse his heart, which is the seat of the revelation of the inner mysteries of God, from the obscuring dust of all acquired knowledge….. CXXV  Gleanings Baha’u’llah


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Views from members of Watford Society of Friends.

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In-sight is the interior version of physical sight.


It is a seeing into the reality of things – self, relationships, scientific problems – into reality as a Whole, or some part of reality.


In-sights expand our space.  They expand the parameters.  They expand our sensibility.


But they also re-order priorities and tweak life-perspectives.


According to the teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh




In-breath:I ask my spirit
Out-breath: light breaks forth


Words from a spiritual master;


“…while you meditate you are speaking with your own spirit.
In that state of mind you put certain questions to your spirit
and the spirit answers: the light breaks forth and the reality is revealed.


Words from another spiritual master;


A lightning flash:

between the forest trees

I have seen water.

Shiki Masaoka




TAGS: Zen, insight, meditation, interspirituality, intermysticism, interbeing, Thich Nhat Hanh, Abdu’l-Baha, spiritual masters, reality, spirituality, spiritual development, spiritual federalism, interfaith, universalism,

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Joan Jiko Halifax (born 1942) is a Zen Buddhist roshi, anthropologist, ecologist, civil rights activist, hospice caregiver, and the author of several books on Buddhism and spirituality. 

She currently serves as abbot and guiding teacher of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a Zen Peacemaker community which she founded in 1990. Halifax-roshi has received Dharma transmission from both Bernard Glassman and Thich Nhat Hanh, and previously studied under the Korean master Seung Sahn. 

In the 1970s she collaborated on LSD research projects with her ex-husband Stanislav Grof, in addition to other collaborative efforts with Joseph Campbell and Alan Lomax. She is founder of the Ojai Foundation in California, which she led from 1979 to 1989. 

As a socially engaged Buddhist, Halifax has done extensive work with the dying through her Project on Being with Dying (which she founded). She is on the board of directors of the Mind and Life Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated in exploring the relationship of science and Buddhism.

Videos about Joan, her work and the Upaya Centre are HERE

Much more about Roshi Joan Halifax is to also to be found HERE

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  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Follow the three R’s: 
    –  Respect for self, 
    –  Respect for others and 
    –  Responsibility for all your actions.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Spend some time alone every day.
  • Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • For the full list click HERE
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    On hearing this my heart made a connection with first-nation Australian people in their didgeridoo playing – listen to the intonations!

    Example: http://sunwalking.posterous.com/very-old-didgeridoo-played-by-a-modern-master

    Respect to both great forms of spiritual out-flowing!

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