The Wax of our Being schedules arise within time's seeming presence.. placed with projections of time's spacial future.. our freedom is at stake as the schedule separates and controls.. until we recognize these thoughts and projections are all made of the Wax of our Being...
"Thirst" by Mary Oliver Another morning and I wake with thirst for the goodness I do not have. I walk out to the pond and all the way God has given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord, I was never a quick scholar but sulked and hunched over my books past the hour and the bell; grant me, in your mercy, a little more time. Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart. Who knows what will finally happen or where I will be sent, yet already I have given a great many things away, expecting to be told to pack nothing, except the prayers which, with this thirst, I am slowy learning. — Mary Oliver, Thirst Also: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration...Brain Pickings https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/12/mary-oliver-upstream-creativity-power-time/
Ashes thoughts outworn beliefs outworn paradigms outworn these are kindling for a fire at the core of our being.. the fire is ever lit and ready for burning to ashes all that lingers too long cluttering our knowing of who we are...
The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira, 19th June 2019:
Just as one sun is reflected in numerous puddles, each showing a separate image of the same sun, so the unlimited and ever-present light of pure Knowing is reflected in seven billion minds as the feeling ‘I am’, giving rise to the appearance of seven billion selves.
Yes..Lethe the river of forgetfulness from the land of myth.. Today it is a poetic name for our forgetfulness at birth with a life-long wish to remember our inner teacher.. We may have many teachers which help and hinder.. unpredictable the effect of either.. We await an experience simple which clears final brush and we remember the teacher long hidden in our forgetfulness...
Indifference First we identify thoughts as thoughts..perceptions as perceptions.. we observe these experiences as though from a distance and then from no distance..noting with interest and indifference the temporary shaping of ourself.. Thereby..we recognize ourselves as constant meditators whether in quiet or turmoil.. Not what we do this morning again on the morrow..
There is a unique journey which involves recognition
that my old belief in a separate and independent
body and mind does not define what I am. Also.. to discover that this belief is the root of my suffering. This unique journey, theDirect Path, belongs to
the experience of Non-Duality, with two apparent
paths: Inward and Outward. Inwardly,
we recognize our real Home and True Nature.
Outwardly, we "return" to the world for
realignment and an important Discovery!... ~~CC
"I’ve gained deeper understanding listening to Rupert Spira than I have from any other exponent of modern spirituality. Reality is sending us a message we desperately need to hear, and at this moment no messenger surpasses Spira and the transformative words in his essays." ~ Deepak Chopra "Honestly, connect with your own experience of awareness itself. It is beyond poetry. Don't merely connect with a teacher's beautiful and poetic claim that you are in truth awareness itself, as it is only poetry. Yes, it's fine that way, but it's not enough. Don't crave to see your teacher. See yourself." ~~Writing & photography by Jerry Katz
More than a book on religion, Tom Stella invites the reader to direct their attention inward, and discover something precious..amazingly, something which has always been available. It is Experiential!
If you can find what is offered in Tom's writings (this is one of four books which are available on Amazon, and elsewhere) in your religion, you are indeed fortunate. You may also be a rarity.
My interest in things spiritual is currently informed by the teachings of Non-Duality, particularly those teachings which have been translated from Eastern sources into the languages of the West. I also call myself a Christian, but use that label in a way that may not be wellaligned with some of the beliefs of mainline Christianity. I find much congruence with Tom's writings.
In her Forward, The Rev. Canon Marianne Wells Borg, (wife of the late Marcus Borg) writes that it is time for a new aggiornamento, or a "bringing up to date" issues of prayer, belief, the Bible, morality, the problem of evil, and the mission of the church--issues which underly and organize Tom's timely book. He is, in short, defining a new paradigm for religion and spirituality in our era.
In matters of religion and spirituality, it seems that we have a choice in adhering to beliefs, or to experience. If we choose the path of experience, there is an encounter with that which is beyond belief, Beyond Religion--the perennial source of all religion, and the essence of our own spiritual identity.
Hopefully, religions and individuals will be more and more as the prodigal, recognizing at last, their source or home. In the view of many careful observers, this recognition willbe best achieved via a path of experience. Finding God Beyond Religion gifts us withA Guidefor such a path...!
If you are ready, you will not be disappointed..!! (And more: Tom's latest book, CPR for the Soul, is another Five Star offering..!)
Paradigms Paradigms shift and replace thought-built edifices which no longer house our searching.. We search for understanding for happiness.. for a paradigm: new thoughts to fulfill.. History observes past visions of earth.. old paradigms: thoughts serving and departing.. Dysfunction in our time invites a Paradigm which boldly burns paradigm's thoughts.. Beliefs and illusions many centuries old burn as we recognize what we Already are Always have been...!
The Dark Side this imagined side claims a reality its own.. the claim comes from searching for that which persists as Light.. searching in dark places of fear and desire and in resistance to a quiet Call.. as the search extends perhaps with pause for a dark night of the soul it may at last be recognized: the Call has persisted in all my days..as my tears dissolve a search now ending... ~~CC
Freedom is understanding that we take the shape of all that we perceive.. our perceiving is nothing more than living as Awareness and knowing that all perceiving is made of That... ~~CC
Ego is a mode of functioning. It is an activity, not an entity. It is ignorant only in the sense that it occurs when Consciousness ignores itself.
We can still function very well in the apparent world of time and space without the sense of being a separate entity.
In fact, free of the limiting notions of being a separate entity, and the desires and fears that are required to maintain this position, life becomes free, alive and vibrant.
Experience is relieved of the demand to produce Happiness for a nonexistent entity, and flowers as a result.
Relationships are relieved of the demand to produce love, and love shines in them naturally as a result. And when there is no engagement with the body, mind or world, the default position of Consciousness is not to shrink back into the isolated cell of a self-contracted entity, not to collapse back into a person.
It is to remain as it is, transparent, luminous Presence, open, empty, silent and available, ready to take its shape as the totality of experience at every moment.
~Rupert Spira 💖
Tuesday Talk. (a discussion group which meets weekly...I am the facilitator of the
discussion on this Topic...)
Topic: Who/What is/are your god/s?
Do you prefer this topic to be Who? or What? ?
What is good, and not so good, about our materialist culture?
What is the meaning of the Biblical “no other gods but me?”
Do you find evidence of the materialist paradigm changing?
How has religion been influenced by materialism?
How is materialism related to suffering? To power?
What do we do with all this stuff?
How about an idolatrous relationship with nation, tribe, religion?
How does history, as written, contribute to materialist beliefs?
Reaction to emails: (1) Baby Boomers’ Stuff or (2) the What’s Next thought by Tom Stella? (attached)
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
― Ellen Goodman
“...it is not to be understood that I am with him [Jesus] in all his doctrines. I am a Materialist, he takes the side of spiritualism; he preaches the efficacy of repentance toward forgiveness of sin. I require a counterpoise of good works to redeem it... Among the sayings & discourses imputed to him by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence: and others again of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism, and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.
― Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson [Letter to William Short, 13 April 1820]”
“It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
“Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in order to deny the fact of death, which is the only fact we have.”
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
“Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned and civil institutions as guards of property, and they deprecate assaults on these, because they feel them to be assaults on property. They measure their esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
“Materialism attempts to reduce conscious experience to physical entities like these particles. As such, it assumes consciousness to be derivative, not fundamental.”
― Bernardo Kastrup, Why Materialism Is Baloney
“Satan's metaphysical existence can never be separated from the politics of domination, specifically colonialism. It provides the dominant culture with the ability to depict those whom they conquer, oppress, and repress as the Other.”
― Miguel A. de la Torre, Quest for the Historical Satan
“We have a problem with Stuff: we have too much of it, too much of it is toxic and we don’t share it very well. But that’s not the way things have to be. That’s the challenge our founder Annie Leonard unpacked in her groundbreaking 2007 online documentary, The Story of Stuff, which unleashed a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture.”
—The Story of Stuff. (storyofstuff.org)
The discovery that peace, happiness and love are ever-present within our own Being, and completely available at every moment of experience, under all conditions, is the most important discovery that anyone can make.