Starting Over / New Beginnings
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Topics covered: Every creature in creation has a relationship with what is directly below it and what is directly above it; Every creature at its center is brought into creation with an innate desire to seek out the initial cause of that desire; "The central urge in every atom, to return to its divine source and origin." -- Walt Whitman; There is no such thing as static spirituality...
Classroom Talk: 6/24/2022 - In the timeless accord of perfect silence speaks the Divine: "I AM the message in every moment; you are the messenger: learn to read."
Topics covered: What is "the seeker" inside of us; Caring for a parent with dementia; Why is this journey filled with seemingly endless perils and pitfalls; The moment of relationship is the revelation of a character in my consciousness; The prodigal son and the dark night of the soul; What love begins, love will finish the way it wants to finish it; What is the common thread that runs through every aspirant's journey; It is not "I" who remembers God, it is God who remembers I.
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Of what use is our endless struggle to adapt and even achieve some of the more common culturally-valued prizes, knowing (as all of us do) that nothing we can ever possess has the power to stave off our own inevitable passing? The following quotation that I just love is from Vernon Howard, a great twentieth century mystic, that really not only helps to put this idea that we're...
Topics Covered: Don't waste your life living the life of someone else; Do you want to be relaxed and content doing what you are doing at any given the moment? Or do you want to chase after psychological and physical possessions until you finally have enough? When is enough, enough?; Every human being is a captive of ambition of one form or another. Ambition can never be satisfied...
Classroom Talk: 12/5/2021 - Part 1: The search for your true timeless Self begins and ends with being true to yourself; no other path exists; no power is required to walk it. Part 2: The reason the true path to self-realization is referred to as being nameless is because unless the one who walks has no name... then it is not the true path.
Every truth ever discovered -- each new light that will ever burn bright -- already exists in our consciousness. All we will ever know and share about love, humility, compassion, and sacrifice -- the secrets that will reveal and then resolve old sorrows -- awaits us within ourselves. Hidden in this truth is our great promise, both as individuals and as a race of beings...
Every human being brought into this world has a specific role, but we're in constant confusion because we think we're meant to be something other than what we are. Only God himself can show you what you are meant to be. Once you understand your role, whatever it is, you are meant to do it 100%, so that you may then be given another role.
Eventually we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness -- all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had -- outside of us.
There is a very old idea that, as best can be determined, comes to us from the days of the early Christian Desert Fathers. In six concise words it touches upon a certain fact of human nature that even volumes of books would prove unable to express any better: "Fish swim, birds fly... man prays." In other words, it's the nature of fish to glide through water, for birds to soar through open ski...
There will be many, many times in our journey beyond ourselves where to put the truth first means we must see and admit where we haven't been truthful with ourselves.