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BREATH MATTERS YOUR FIRST, LAST BREATH and all the ones in between Session 34 26th Aug 2015

“I’m gonna lay down my burdens down by the riverside

Down by the riverside down by the riverside……”

breathCheck out lots of intersting stuff at http://contrailscience.com/contrails-are-condensation-but-not-like-your-breath/

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Many people for whom ‘God’ is a problem are carrying unnecessary baggage.  Perhaps they have got used to it as a barrier – we often are attached, if not addicted to, our pain.  Alternatives to anthropomorphised God include ‘Ultimate Being’ or ‘Mystery” or ‘The Whole’ or Source – or ‘Breath of the Holy Spirit’ (chi?) that unites  We are referring to the ‘All that isn’t you’ – unless you insist on being the Godhead and all its manifestations!  Such egotism in us is usually because of the ‘negatives’ of fear, depression and anxiety.

A good old hymn that we used to sing at my secondary-modern school was “Breathe on me breath of God.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5keJHZdWYM

1 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love the way you love,
and do what you would do.
2 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
until my heart is pure,
until my will is one with yours,
to do and to endure.
3 Breathe on me, Breath of God,
so shall I never die,
but live with you the perfect life
for all eternity.                                                  by Edwin Hatch

Look again at such ‘simple’ teachings in the light of say Eckhart Tolle. All things do get made new.  Part of the joyous benefits of developing an interspiritual world-view is discovery how profound were at least parts of the early spiritual experience that we had rejected.  The process of thesis-antithesis-synthesis is something that many of us go through.  The purpose of this session is to praise and appreciate this longish extract from Richard Rohr’s brilliant talk given in Australia.

Richard Rohr’s wonderful books are HERE

Richard Rohr;  I don’t want to come to Townsville and not give you my best, although it’s not mine at all. But I want to give you a practice. I believe that if we are going to have a lay spirituality, it’s going to depend not on giving them new doctrines to believe or new dogmas to believe which ask almost nothing of you in terms of real transformation or enlightenment. We have to move from a belief base to a practice base. We don’t believe things because Fr said, or the Bishop said, or even the Pope said it. You believe things because you have walked a journey and you know it to be true for yourself. That’s what spiritual practice is. That’s what lay spirituality needs to be. And I’m going to give you a practice and without exaggeration, could, and for some of you, I have no doubt, will change your life. Because I get probably two letters or emails a week telling me that is exactly the case.

About six years ago, I went to a conference in Santa Fe, that’s the capital of New Mexico, and every year, the last weekend in April there is a national conference on the convergence of science and religion. Any of you who come from a scientific background you know this is surely one of the most exciting things happening. After the enlightenment, for some reason, we considered science the enemy of religion. And now in many cases we find your great scientists to be open to mystery, to non-dual thinking, to living with relativity to mystery, to both. Light being a particle and a wave, for example. They can live with hypothesis. It seems much easier than we clergy can. We can’t live with hypothesis, we have to have an answer for everything that settles the dust.

So I went to such a conference, where these brilliant gathering of PhDs. It was so expensive I wasn’t going to go, but a doctor paid my way and said, “Richard, you’ve got to hear these guys”. Well, there were four lectures a day, and usually after the second lecture I was so brain-dead from excitement and stretching of my awareness of the cosmos and universe we live in, that I just had to go back to my hotel room and journalise.

On the second day, the speaker was a Jewish Rabbi, and a scientist too. And he said amongst other things, “You know, you Christians, never really understood the meaning of the commandment to not take the name of God in vain, you seem to think that it means you shouldn’t say ‘God Damn you’. It isn’t very nice to say and I hope you don’t say it to anyone, but it doesn’t even come close to the meaning of the commandment. Vannas(?), or emptiness, to speak in vain, to speak with emptiness, is in fact to speak the name at all.”

When you use the name God, don’t use, don’t speak it, because you think you will know what you are talking about and you don’t. It’s always mystery. It’s always beyond, beyond, beyond, and any box you build will be too small of a box.   (Rabbi or RR?)

Wow. Now I knew, and I’m sure you’ve been told, but we don’t know for how many centuries this was strictly followed. But we do know for a certain amount of time it was followed and that is, we never spoke with our lips the sacred name Yahweh and it was during that period that the word elohim and adoni because the sacred name was never to be spoken.

Then he went on and he said if any of you studied Hebrew, you know this is true, but when you write Hebrew, all you write are the consonants and what it means to be an educated Jew, is that your eye automatically fills in the appropriate vowels and there are four consonants in the sacred name Yahweh, and he said, “Did you know that those consonants if correctly pronounced do not allow you to close your lips or use your tongue”. In fact the reason the name could not be spoken is it could only be breathed, in fact the sacred name Yahweh was an attempt to imitate and replicate the sound of inhalation and exhalation. (Fr Richard slowly breathes in and out several times with a whispering sound.)

He did it about 30 times in this crowd of PhDs and I’m not exaggerating. But at the end of it I heard sobbing in the room, that people got it. God is as available as the breath, the air, the wind and the words are the same in many languages.  Ironically, paradoxically, truthfully, was there some intuition here? The one thing you have done since you came out of your mother’s body is take in that breath and put it out, and you are doing it now. It’s the only constant, along with the beating of the heart. The beating of the heart starts even before.

Breathing is uniquely the phenomenon of this world and of course that moment comes, and we’ll all be there one day, and we’ll take in that breath for the last time. This could change your life, it can certainly change your prayer life. Because now you know that prayer is not something so much you do it’s something that’s done to you. You allow it. You say yes to it. You bring it to consciousness. You bring it to awareness. You awaken to the mystery and the miracle that is happening around you, within you and through you, all the time.

And then I finally understood why Paul says in two of his letters, “Pray always”. I tried and I couldn’t say Our Fathers or Hail Mary’s all day. It just didn’t work. Because we have defined prayer largely in a verbal way – in saying words to God. Then I realized, as I try to do this practice myself, and found it allowing me to live in the “naked now”, without my opinions, my judgements, my fears, my angers and my agenda.

To simply live in the moment and to be present to the moment in all that it offers. I realise and I hope you already have, that there isn’t a Catholic or protestant way of breathing. There’s not an Australian or an American way of breathing. There’s not a Chinese or an Iraqi way of breathing. There’s not a gay or a straight way of breathing. This just becomes too big a world, too big a truth, maybe we don’t even want it.

Maybe we don’t want a God who is that good a news, who is that giving, who is that accessible, who can really change us that much, on whose life we, moment by moment, second by second, depend. I give you this gift. Some of you will forget it as you walk out the door, but a handful of you will try it. Maybe, I hope, even more than a handful. It works for me, like last night waking up with jetlag all night, & I just go back to my breath, & I’m out of my racing mind into my body, where God it seems has chosen to dwell as a tabernacle.  And there I can rest, there I can be grounded, there I can trust. There love comes much more easily. See, the mind space is always closing down, but the heart space just desires to be open. It desires to receive what is, as it is, moment by moment.

This I offer to you, surely, possibly, I think, the most solid & most universal foundation for a lay spirituality.

If the Christian church is to continue on its path of renewal, if it is to continue to discover its own depth and its own breadth and its own beauty and its own possibility for the world it’s going to come from such transformed people. Not people who just have right ideas, but people who live inside of the world in a new way, that is much bigger and much broader than just ideas. As Jesus puts it, “Loving with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, your whole body and with your whole strength”. When all of that can come together, and it doesn’t come together naturally, usually we are eliminating one part of our self, but whenever all of you is there, you’re praying. Where all of you is there, whatever you are doing is giving glory to God. That is the work of much spirituality.

Because what we tend to do is eliminate the body, we eliminate the mind, eliminate the heart. We can never allow them all to live together in one gracious symphony. That is the work of your whole life. It doesn’t happen by 15, it doesn’t happen by 25, and I guess I have to say it doesn’t happen by 66, except now and then. All it needs to happen is once in a while, just enough so you know it’s true, and hence forward God is not out there, which is innocuous religion when God is no longer out there, and not just in here but in all creation, in everything that lives. What you experience is what the same Thomas Merton said so well, “When you finally know, what you will know is that the gate of heaven is everywhere”.   

It was both St Francis and St Ignatius who told both of their communities and became the motto of both of our communities, “To see God in all things”. My God and everything else. When you can see that broadly and that deeply, when you can see through that veil, secretly joyfully and clearly, you will have seen, and you will have seen indeed.     -END-

RP: Yah……weh = the first, final & ultimate breath-mantra!

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Wish me a good death as I wish you: ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’ – poem by John Donne

As virtuous men pass mildly away, And whisper to their souls, to go,

Whilst some of their sad friends do say,’The breath goes now,’ and some say, ‘No:’
Marion and I knew a wonderfully spiritual woman the report of whose passing was as Donne writes.  Her name was Florence, a nurse in the 1st WW –  and she was held as a baby in the arms of  Abdu’l-Baha!

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Silence is an ocean.  Speech is a river. – Rumi

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… to acquire the sciences and arts is the greatest glory of mankind, this is so only on condition that man’s river floweth into the mighty Sea, and draweth from God’s ancient source His inspiration….. – `Abdu’l-Bahá

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Hi Everyone

Suggested breath-mantra for this coming week ;

On the in-breath; “I rest…

On the out-breath; “….in the presence of the Whole”

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This week I have started to look at how three sources speak to us about themes within inter spirituality, particularly that of ‘presence’.

​QUESTION: D​o each contain ​’​keys ​’​to insight to be gained from within the others?

1 Abraham Joshua Heschel, from Chapter 5 of his book ‘Who is Man?’;

  • In his great vision Isaiah perceives the voice of the seraphim even before he hears the voice of the Lord. What is it that the seraphim reveal? “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.”

  • Holy, holy, holy — indicate the transcendence and distance of God. The whole earth is full of His glory — the immanence or presence of God. The outwardness of the world communicates something of the indwelling greatness of God.

  • The glory is neither an aesthetic nor physical quality. It is sensed in grandeur, but it is more than grandeur. It is a presence or the effulgence of a presence.

  • The whole earth is full of His glory, but we do not perceive it; it is within our reach but beyond our grasp. And still it is not entirely unknown to us.

  • In English the phrase that a person has “a presence” is hard to define. There are people whose being here and now is felt, even though they do not display themselves in action and speech. They have a “presence.” … Of a person whose outwardness communicates something of his indwelling power or greatness, whose soul is radiant and conveys itself without words, we say he has presence.

  • Standing face to face with the world, we often sense a presence which surpasses our ability to comprehend. The world is too much with us. It is crammed with marvel. There is a glory, an aura, that lies about all beings, a spiritual setting of reality.

  • To the religious man it is as if things stood with their backs to him, their faces turned to God, as if the glory of things consisted in their being an object of divine care.

  • Being is both presence and absence. God had to conceal His presence in order to bring the world into being. He had to make His absence possible in order to make room for the world’s presence. Coming into being brought along denial and defiance, absence, oblivion and resistance.

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From Eckhart Tolle; If you have a copy of The Power of Now why not re-read Chapter 5 – if not here are some of the key statements by Tolle;

…..we can’t think about presence. The mind can’t understand presence – understanding presence is being present.

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When we are in the state of presence we are free of thought. Being present is also to be in a state of alertness.

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Presence is like waiting (RP To ‘wait upon the good pleasure of’)

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( RP To be present of course is to be in the now)

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Brief moments of presence = nomind, satori.

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Listening really listening is to experience beauty but behind external forms there is the ineffable.

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This reminds me (RP) of this statement by T S Eliot ‘Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself.’ – T S Eliot

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Tolle says Could it be that this nameless essence and your presence are one and the same? Would it be there without your presence? Go deeply into it. Find out for yourself.

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When you become conscious of Being, what is really happening is that Being becomes

conscious of itself. When Being becomes conscious of itself – that’s presence. Since Being, Consciousness, and Life are synonymous, we could say that presence means consciousness becoming conscious of itself, or life attaining self-consciousness.

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When consciousness frees itself from its identification with physical and mental forms, it becomes what we may call pure or enlightened consciousness, or presence.

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what is stillness other than presence, consciousness freed from thought forms?

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Don’t get attached to any one word. You can substitute “Christ” for presence, if that is more meaningful to you. Christ is your Godessence or the Self, as it is sometimes called in the East. The only difference between Christ and presence is that Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, whereas presence means your awakened divinity or God-essence.

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Jesus attempted to convey directly, not through discursive thought, the meaning

of presence, of self-realization. He had gone beyond the consciousness dimension governed by time, into the realm of the timeless. The dimension of eternity had come into this world.

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Eternity, of course, does not mean endless time, but no time.

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God said: “I AM THAT I AM.” No time here, just presence.The “second coming” of Christ is a transformation of human consciousness, a shift from time to presence, from thinking to pure consciousness,

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You will soon realize that there is no “mine” or “yours” in presence. Presence is one.

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From Baha’i Teachings -The Hidden Words by

26. O MY FRIEND IN WORD!

Ponder awhile. Hast thou ever heard that friend and foe should abide in one heart? Cast out then the stranger, that the Friend may enter His home.

27. O SON OF DUST!

All that is in heaven and earth I have ordained for thee, except the human heart, which I have made the habitation of My beauty and glory; yet thou didst give My home and dwelling to another than Me; and whenever the manifestation of My holiness sought His own abode, a stranger found He there, and, homeless, hastened unto the sanctuary of the Beloved. Notwithstanding I have concealed thy secret and desired not thy shame.

And also from from The Hidden Words in Arabic (no 13) – Turn thy sight unto thyself, that thou mayest find Me standing within thee, mighty, powerful and self-subsisting.

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​NB D​on’t forget Tim Freke is organizing a monthly online event – see HERE Talk to Annie-Leigh if you are interested and if you are interested in a one day Mystery Experience with Tim in Brighton.

To discover the other inspirational texts, questions & answers you’ll have to come on Wednesday! Hoping to see you!

Namaste and All good wishes,

Roger

My preferred meaning for ‘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.”

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What is interspirituality?

Inter-spirituality is “the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.”

Inter-spirituality is; ‘…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.’ WT p26 The Mystic Heart

“Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience.

We call this new awareness Interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but

the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” –

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One Garden groups

We meet together as agnostics,Sufis, secularists, Christians, Baha’is etc – seeking the way forward toward peace as the outcome of realizing oneness – interspirituality is the next stage for interfaith.

We are inspired and learn from Wayne Teasdale, as the supreme map-maker of the ‘interspiritual territory’, along with Eckhart Tolle, Ken Wilber & Aldous Huxley. The One Garden is pointed to by teachers from within 7 of the world’s great traditions – to help live the interspiritual life, centered on Oneness, as a way to personal and global peace.

Cuttings the Newsletter of the One Garden group for 2nd July 2014

To contact Roger email;

onesummit AT gmail DOT com

PLEASE LINK UP WITH US ON MeetUp: http://www.meetup.com/One-Garden-Oneness-beyond-diversity/

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Mindfulness poem by Thich Nhat Hanh set against beautiful video;

Published on 23 Jun 2013

The Great Bell Chant (The End of Suffering) – Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem.
May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos.
Even in the darkest spots, living beings are able to hear it clearly,
So that all suffering in them ceases,
Understanding comes to their heart And they transcend the path of sorrow and death.

The universal dharma door is already open.
The sound of the rising tide is heard clearly.
The miracle happens:
A beautiful child appears in the heart of the lotus flower.
One single drop of this compassionate water
Is enough to bring back the refreshing spring to our mountains and rivers.

Listening to the bell, I feel the afflictions in me being to dissolve –
My mind calm, my body relaxed,
A smile is born on my lips.
Following the sound of the bell,
My breath brings me back to the safe island of mindfulness.
In the garden of my heart, the flowers of peace bloom beautifully.

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A lovely relaxed interview with Tolle at Watkins Books

Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world.

In 2008, a New York Times writer called Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the United States.” Tolle has said that he was depressed for much of his life until he underwent, at age 29, an “inner transformation”. He then spent several years wandering and unemployed “in a state of deep bliss” before becoming a spiritual teacher. Later, he moved to North America where he began writing his first book, The Power of Now, which was published in 1997 and reached the New York Times Best Seller lists in 2000. Tolle settled in Vancouver, Canada, where he has lived for more than a decade. The Power of Now and A New Earth sold an estimated three million and five million copies respectively in North America by 2009. In 2008, approximately 35 million people participated in a series of 10 live webinars with Tolle and television talk show host Oprah Winfrey.[6] Tolle is not identified with any particular religion, but he has been influenced by a wide range of spiritual works.

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The 8 principles, by Fr Thomas Keating and other Snowmass Conference members (+ prayer) are commented on in Bro Wayne Teasdale’s great book The Mystic Heart and are the mystical framework for interspirituality, to use the term Teasdale coined.

Go HERE to read the full article.

St. Benedict's in Snowmass, Colorado

Rabbi Hoffman’s first visit to Snowmass was in 1963, when he was 16. When he returned in 1995, it was not as part of an Outward Bound mountain climbing trek, it was to participate in a unique conference of spiritual teachers.

The conference, held since 1984 by Father Thomas Keating of the St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, has invited “deep practitioners” from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Native American, and Islamic traditions to compare notes, connect, and clarify. One result has been to distill out some profound points of agreement shared by each of the participants.

Until 2006, few people even knew about these encounters, so the publication of “The Common Heart, An Experience of Interreligious Dialogue,” was a great gift to the world in providing a window into this rarefied spiritual “think tank.”

As a sample of the richness of this book, here is Fr. Keating’s short list of points of agreement that he reports in his introduction: 

  1. The world religions bear witness to the experience of Ultimate Reality, to which they give various names.
  2. Ultimate Reality cannot be limited by any name or concept.
  3. Ultimate Reality is the ground of infinite potentiality and actualization.
  4. Faith is opening, accepting, and responding to Ultimate Reality. Faith in this sense precedes every belief system.
  5. The potential for human wholeness – or, in other frames of reference, enlightenment, salvation, transcendence, transformation, blessedness – is present in every human being.
  6. Ultimate Reality may be experienced not only through religious practices, but also through nature, art, human relationships, and service to others.
  7. As long as the human condition is experienced as separate from Ultimate Reality, it is subject to ignorance and illusion, weakness and suffering.
  8. Disciplined practice is essential to the spiritual life; yet spiritual attainment is not the result of one’s own efforts, but the result of the experience of oneness with Ultimate Reality.

Bro Wayne Teasdale in his seminal book, ‘The Mystic Heart’ added to the Snowmass list ‘prayer’.

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The ONE GARDEN– Meditation & Dialogue celebrating the Oneness behind diverse traditions via

exquisite inspiring interspiritual beauty,truth & goodness – for justice & peace. God is love!

JUDAISM: Blessed are the men and women who are planted on your earth, in your garden,

who grow as your trees and flowers grow, who transform their darkness to light.

Their roots plunge into darkness; their faces turn toward the light. All those who

love you are beautiful; they overflow with your presence so that they can do

nothing but good. There is infinite space in your garden; all men, all women

are welcome here; all they need do is enter.

SOURCE – The Odes & Psalms of Solomon – http://onetruename.com/solomon.htm

HINDUISM: For those who set their hearts on me/ And worship me with unfailing devotion and faith,/ The way of love leads sure and swift to me. Krishna – Bhagavad Gita – SOURCE

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

SUFI/ISLAM: O Marvel! a garden amidst the flames.

My heart has become capable of every form:

it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,

and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,

and the tablets of the Torah and the book of the Quran.

I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,

that is my religion and my faith.

Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi: The Treasure of Compassion ‘Tarjuman al-Ashwaq’ Theosoph Pub House 1911.Poem XI

RUMI: I profess the religion of love,

Love is my religion and my faith.

My mother is love

My father is love

My prophet is love

My God is love

I am a child of love

I have come only to speak of love

BAHA’I: Love is the secret of God’s holy Dispensation, the manifestation of the All-Merciful, the fountain of spiritual outpourings.

Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul.

Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things.

Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next.

Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul.

Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms.

Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe.

Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization …. SOURCE

TODAY’S BUDDHISM:“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

NB Below: our Meditation & Dialogue framework- it is a way of life, a mission, a vision, a curriculum

‘One Garden groups’– our focus = practicing healing Wholeness via perennial wisdom

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”Sipping the healing perfume, nectar & wisdom from various spiritual flowers!”

The ‘One Garden’ goal = living in balance – 2 wings i) realizing mystical connection to the whole & ii) dialogue-ing Perennial Wisdom/Philosophy. Together their concern = Awakening:Detaching:Serving

‘One Garden’ groups are about having a supportive ‘family’ to inspire living in the interspiritual way.

We are a sacred space for practice & dialogue – using eternal wisdom sources. Why? – for greater happiness & peace, both as individuals & for the wider community, the planet’s global family.

OUR 3 SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES – awakening; detaching; serving.

Awakening is primarily learning to stay mindful in our connection with the Whole (God if you prefer), conscious breathing is for many the No 1 re-minder.

Detachment is learning to reduce the average level of ‘radio’ interference (ego) as we serve others within consciousness of the Whole.

Service is action dedicated to the well being of others – starting with a our friends, family & workmates – through to planetary concerns.

INTERSPIRITUALITY (21stC inter-faith) = “…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.” – see Teasdale’s The Mystic Heart & Tolle’s The Power of Now etc.

They teach the 2 ‘wings of spirituality’ – A) Connection with the Whole + B) perennial wisdom & dialogue for 1) Awakening: 2) Detaching: 3) Serving.

1) to AWAKEN – “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” T N Hanh SL p504

A) • There’s a reality beyond the material world & its life force: • Which is uncreated. • It pervades everything, • but remains (as a Whole) beyond the reach of human knowledge & understanding.

2) to DETACH – “A (wo) man is a slave to anything s/he cannot part with that is less than her/himself” – George MacDonald –

“Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP)

B) • You approach that reality by: • Distinguishing ego from true self • Understanding the nature of desire • Becoming unattached • Forgetting about preferences • Not working for personal gain • Letting go of thoughts • Redirecting your attention • Being devoted • Being humble • Invoking that reality • Surrendering etc.

C) • That reality approaches you through: • Grace • The ‘way’ or the teacher seems to appear whenever we need to move on up through the next stage.

D) • You’re transformed – enlightened – so that you embody or reflect that reality by:

• ‘Dying’ and ‘being reborn’ (i.e transformed & living more via the true higher non-egoistic Self).

3) to SERVE – “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer

E) .You then find (even better) ways to serve – realizing that all work done in the spirit of service can be ranked as worship. NB the 3 Awake:Detach:Serve work synergistically – we can start anywhere.

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OUR PURPOSE & our PRACTICE

Our One Garden a) PURPOSE =Awaken:Detach:Serve b) PRACTICE = Smile:Breathe:go mindfully

CONTACT: Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) onesummit AT gmail DOT com

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