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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)

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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

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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.

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Look within to know your self;

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“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!

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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.

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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…..

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

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“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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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?

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

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