Q. What's the difference between a rapist, a therapist, a terrorist and an evangelist?
A. To the separate self, there are huge differences but the Truth is there are none.
Each is apparently acting out of a cluster of thoughts and feelings that the finite mind believes to be True.
Each is apparently identifying with an illusory self-image. a mask to hide behind so as not to appear as their True Nature.
Awareness has no self-image, no mask, no identity to be limited by or hide behind.
Awareness is Peace, Love, and Happiness.
To identify with a mask no matter how benign or acceptable is to forget Our True Indivisible Nature and suffer the pain of separation as a result.
Awareness Lacks for nothing and is the Source of everything.
The finite mind can reinvent itself till the cows come home It can identify itself as a one type, a five type or a ten type, level of awakening. but it is only when it gives up the ghost and realizes that all of these identities are a load of baloney that it can finally dissolve to discover and Be the Self
Charlie P.... Good paper and videos! Some will be surprised to hear Sam Harris, a noted atheist, speaking of the primacy of Consciousness. Also, the use of the dream as a metaphor in the second video, seems most valuable. more later!
From my friend, Charlie P...
Friends - This is an interesting posit where our dreams are compared to our "real life". The question here is that when you kick a rock is that really, really real?? (or a hyperdream?) Worth a read.
Opposites and Polarities Thinking of one thing our minds reach out for an opposite.. Our life question seems: how else to think..? Religions push beliefs while science searches among polarities for a theory of everything.. We were educated to find oppositions as core truth.. But polarity's paradigms have bumped a wall and thought limps along.. The important News ancient and brand new: our minds misdirect lead us astray.. We apparently await a primal scream as the mind..at last comes to know where it cannot go...
What I have expressed, not just in my post above, but in all my posts here, is not ‘what Rupert and others have said’. It’s my own understanding to which Rupert and others (mainly Rupert) led me, or rather showed me the way. When I first introduced the Direct Path teaching to my group, and asked Rupert’s advice about how to do that, he said ‘always speak or write only from your direct experience and understanding’. I’ve always taken that instruction very seriously. There’s a world of difference between understanding intellectually what someone says, and feeling it, knowing it and experiencing it for oneself.
~~Jenny Beal (Rupert Spira Study Group on Facebook)...
Stones Shouting there is a Sameness in the many colorful expressions of Grace.. Grace shapes itself as: the man on the donkey the sounds of shouting the voices of caution and the quiet stones.. Grace as your Wholeness expresses...
39 Some Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, make your disciples stop shouting!” 40 But Jesus answered, “If they keep quiet, these stones will start shouting.” Luke 19: 28-40 (CEV) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+19%3A28-40&version=CEV Only in Luke 19:39 do we hear the Pharisees chide Jesus for his disciples' unruly demonstration. They express the sentiments of Jerusalem toward Jesus: "Order your disciples to stop."
Only in Luke do we hear Jesus' eloquent reply, "If these were silent, the stones would shout out!" Is this a reference to Habakkuk 2:11, where the crying stones refer to the judgment of Israel? Does Jesus mean the stones would cry out against the disciples who sin by keeping silent? Does he mean the stones would cry out against the people who will reject and silence him? Does he mean that if the disciples keep silent, the stones will be forced to proclaim the mighty acts of God instead of them? Does he mean that it is no more possible for disciples to keep silent than it is for stones to speak? I can't fault the scene for lacking dramatic tension. I just hate the way it is resolved. (Patheos...Alyce Mckenzie) Questions: Where is Grace in this parable? What is the shouting about? Significance of "stones?"
journeys of rubber-on-road.. In Angela's bus..no less to Trinidad
and to so many other
However.. another journey has
roots in Pillar's beginnings..
Bonnie named the new journey:
"Stretch..With Mind-Boggling Cinema"..
This mindful voyage flipped your ship of discovery
outside to In..!
I sailed with Bonnie
during many early
voyages..as we tried
to gain shipmates attracted
to Port Rio Grande..
To find Themselves resting in Ocean and Waves..
(one aside here: Dave Rich referred to
our hardy sailors as
Charlie's Groupies! Most incredible! Dave's sea legs weak! What more can I say?)
And then..alas..one sad day
her final Pillar journey..
and handed to me the
keys and the paddles..hoping
that Stretch might sail on ..
Stretch still is Afloat
under a new banner which
let's say Today..commemorates
those early days." JOURNEYS" it is..
so please..sign up today..and continue
with us on Ocean and waves.. Join us..and discover
this old Pillar Journey ..
~~Charlie Coon May 1st, 2019 1 pm to 3 pm Help us celebrate 20 years of learning, volunteering, and socializing in the Pikes Peak region! RSVP by April 24 1:00 Gathering 1:15 Welcome 1:30 PILLAR’s Early Years by Bonnie Riley, PILLAR’s founder 2:00 Memories of PILLAR: Stories 2:30 A Toast to PILLAR PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning Located on the north side of Chapel Hills Mall Enter between Dillard’s and Burlington 719-633-4991 www.pillarinstitute.org
I would define the ego as a concept originating from the "I am" experience, pure being without attributes, the absolute certitude we have that we exist. When I conceptualize this experience, I name it "I" or "I am".
There is nothing wrong with the pure concept "I am". The ego comes in the moment I say "I am this or that". The "this or that" superimposes a limitation onto something that, up until now, was limitless.
The Gift of Life The self is not some villain that needs to be vanquished, but the gift of life itself, the mystery of existence knowing itself as the taste of you. John Astin
The Daily Quote from Rupert Spira, 10th April 2019
I, Awareness, lend my reality to all seeming things, giving them their apparently independent existence, just as a screen lends its reality to an image, giving the image its own apparently independent existence.
Excerpt from: I Am
The root of all desires is the one desire: to come home, to be at peace. There may be a moment in life when our compensatory activities, the accumulation of money, learning and objects, leaves us feeling deeply apathetic.
This can motivate us towards the search for our real nature beyond appearances. We may find ourselves asking, 'Why am I here? What is life? Who am I?' Sooner or later any intelligent person asks these questions.
What you are looking for is what you already are, not what you will become. What you already are is the answer and the source of the question. In this lies its power of transformation. It is a present actual fact.
Looking to become something is completely conceptual, merely an idea. The seeker will discover that he is what he seeks and that what he seeks is the source of the inquiry.
“The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate. A fine example was the Prodigal Son — when he started back home.”
― O. Henry, The Green Door The Departure of the Prodigal Son To go forth now from all the entanglement that is ours and yet not ours, that, like the water in an old well, reflects us in fragments, distorts what we are. From all that clings like burrs and brambles-- to go forth and see for once, close up, afresh, what we had ceased to see-- so familiar it had become. To glimpse how vast and how impersonal is the suffering that filled your childhood. Yes, to go forth, hand pulling away from hand. Go forth to what? To uncertainty, to a country with no connections to us and indifferent to the dramas of our life. What drives you to go forth? Impatience, instinct, a dark need, the incapacity to understand. To bow to all this. To let go-- even if you have to die alone.
Is this the start of a new life?
~~Rainer Maria Rilke Understood spiritually, Lent is a time for preparation for Easter, which is not only a celebration of Jesus' resurrection, but a reminder that we are summoned to leave behind that which entombs us. Attitudes like resentment, hatred, complaining, pessimism, worry, anger, pettiness, and gloom can be graves in which we linger and languish for a lifetime. Without realizing how it came about, we can find ourselves with at least one foot in graves that render us lifeless and in need of resurrection... ~~Tom Stella, CPR For The Soul
Congratulations to Tom Stella...!!! Without explicitly calling his approach as non-dual, all of his books are heart and soul non-dual. This book, and his others, I highly recommended for their attention to clarity, brevity, and depth..
WON "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" from Soul & Spirit's 2019 Spiritual Book Awards for Best Spiritual Author.
“The fact that you are not dead is not sufficient proof that you are alive!”
So begins Tom Stella’s latest exploration into the life, death, and rebirth of the soul. In CPR for the Soul: Reviving a Sense of the Sacred, Stella shares the deep, eternal wisdom that knows the lines separating the sacred and the secular, time and eternity, humanity and divinity, are false. Or, at the very least, blurred. God, by whatever name, is found in the midst of everyday life, work, and relationships. All people, all creation, and all of life is holy ground.
Divided into 13 sections, this collection of over 100 short reflections speaks to the countless people – young and old, male and female, churchgoers and church avoiders – for whom life’s demands and stress have caused them to lose touch with their soul, the “still point,” to use the words of Dag Hammarskjold, “surrounded by silence.”
This book offers a revival for the soul, a reminder that “we are one with something vast” – a “something” that “is not a thing or a person, but a spiritual source and force at the heart of life.”
"All you have feared at any time in your life is no more than a thought that you believed into existence. Things that you imagined to be so are no more than imaginings. If you accept that mind exists, you will try to control it and manage it. This is mind trying to control mind. If you self-enquire as to whether mind exists at all, you will find that it does not. Mind itself is simply a thought. This discovery brings freedom." ~Jac O'Keeffe