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You Must Shout From The Heart

--by Ken Wilber (Oct 08, 2018)

The alarming fact is that any realization of depth carries a terrible burden: Those who are allowed to see are simultaneously saddled with the obligation to communicate that vision in no uncertain terms: that is the bargain. You were allowed to see the truth under the agreement that you would communicate it to others. [...]

And this is truly a terrible burden, a horrible burden, because in any case there is no room for timidity. The fact that you might be wrong is simply no excuse: You might be right in your communication, and you might be wrong, but that doesn't matter. What does matter, as Kierkegaard so rudely reminded us, is that only by investing and speaking your vision with passion, can the truth, one way or another, finally penetrate the reluctance of the world. [...]

Given the measure of your own authentic realization, you were actually thinking about gently whispering into the ear of that near-deaf world? No, my friend, you must shout. Shout from the heart of what you have seen, shout however you can.

But not indiscriminately. Let us proceed carefully with this transformative shout. Let small pockets of radically transformative spirituality, authentic spirituality, focus their efforts, and transform their students. And let these pockets slowly, carefully, responsibly, humbly, begin to spread their influence, embracing an absolute tolerance for all views, but attempting nonetheless to advocate a true and authentic and integral spirituality—by example, by radiance, by obvious release, by unmistakable liberation. Let those pockets of transformation gently persuade the world and its reluctant selves, and challenge their legitimacy, and challenge their limiting translations, and offer an awakening in the face of the numbness that haunts the world at large.

Let it start right here, right now, with us—with you and with me— and with our commitment to breathe into infinity until infinity alone is the only statement that the world will recognize. Let a radical realization shine from our faces, and roar from our hearts, and thunder from our brains—this simple fact, this obvious fact: that you, in the very immediateness of your present awareness, are in fact the entire world, in all its frost and fever, in all its glories and its grace, in all its triumphs and its tears. You do not see the Sun, you are the Sun; you do not hear the rain, you are the rain; you do not feel the Earth, you are the Earth. And in that simple, clear, unmistakable regard, translation has ceased in all domains, and you have transformed into the very Heart of the Kosmos itself—and there, right there, very simply, very quietly, it is all undone.

Wonder and remorse will then be alien to you, and self and others will be alien to you, and outside and inside will have no meaning at all. And in that obvious shock of recognition—where my Master is my Self, and that Self is the Kosmos at large, and the Kosmos is my Soul—you will walk very gently into the fog of this world, and transform it entirely by doing nothing at all.

Excerpt from his book One Taste

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On Oct 5, 2018 Liz Helgesen wrote:
I committ!

I've learned that it is incumbant upon me to share what I've learned.  That I have a moral and ethical obligation to pass on to others the wisdom and truth that I have been so graciously given.  I usually embrace this responsibility with passion, rigor and joy.  But sometimes I feel self-doubt and uncertainty. "You Must Shout From The Heart" gives me permission to just do it anyway!  No matter how it sounds!  Whether I'm right or wrong!  Perfect or messy!  I realize that all that is expected of me is that I go out and do good.  To help one other soul.  So, I committ.  I join you, right here, right now. And I will go shout this from the roof top, from my heart!
With love,

On Oct 5, 2018 Jagdish P Dave wrote:

 I love and admire the uplifting and inspiring message of Ken Wilber. He elegantly and poetically conveys the trasnformative power of  communicating the authentic truth. When our vision is clear, we need to express it passionately, boldly, loudly and clearly. As he urges us, "We Must Shout From the Heart." Right now we are hearing loud voices of lies, hatred and divisiveness in our own country. Heavy clouds of darkness have been gathering in the skies of our country spreading across the world. This is the time for us to raise our clear, bold and fearless voice. We cannot sit timidly. We need to express and share our vision passionately, patiently and carefully. History is fiiled with many such movements of awakening, rising and transforming. As Kirkegaard sates when we speak our vision with passion, the truth finally can penetrate the resistance of the world.

I had participated in the Freedom Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi against the mighty Britsh rule in India. He was a small man fighting nonviolently against the tall British ruler. His clear, brave and passionate voice slowly but steadily prevailed and the mighty British power yielded and quit India. His clear vision and fearless face awakened the hearts and minds of the people and a small voice beacame a roaring sound. Mahtma Gandhi shout from his heart and people listened and joined thier hands with him.There were tears and triumphs but the voice of the truth prevailed. And he inspired many leaders to take a strong stand against injustice.

I would like to conclude with Ken Wilber's words: "Let a radical realization shine from our own faces, and roar from our hearts, and a thunder from our brains."
Jagdish P Dave

On Oct 6, 2018 david doane wrote:

 I love this powerful and poetic shout from Ken Wilber.  It took me a long time to share my truth, initially timidly and then with less and less timidity, and eventually occasionally shouting.  And I have slowly developed a disciplined sharing grounded in compassion, and when I do such I feel full and happy.  I remind myself daily that I have the right, responsibility, and privilege to express my truth, and lately it's also become my pleasure.  I am part of this world, part of one whole, and how I am affects the whole and vice versa.  This is my truth, it has been transformative, and at times it expresses as a transformative shout roared from my heart.  What helps me proceed carefully is knowing that there are dangers in this beautiful world, and I want to proceed in a way that contributes to healing and transformation and not be reckless or stupid and cut my own throat or cause hurt to anyone.

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On Oct 9, 2018 Sarah Hurley wrote:

 YES!  For someone who stuggles with vulnerability, this has been a great reminder.  We all do have authentic gifts and can share the messages of love and compassion in ways that make sense to us.  I feel so strongly about this and with that strength I too commit to making my pocket of ripples.  The idea that it can be done by many in small circles soothes my feeling of paralysis.  I hope my ripples will one day overlap with yours.

On Oct 10, 2018 Ambika wrote:

 God i am doing it every day all the way! Am so blessed that I'm in the midst of 18- 25 year old every wking moment. I am shouting from my heart and I can see the transformation happening.

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On Oct 11, 2018 Amy wrote:

 My amen follows ... "With you, with me and our commitment to breathe ..."!  To words that preceed this, I say "amen".  Beyond this, the writer blurs the line seperating The Creator with the created!  Not pleasing to this believer's ears.   

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On Oct 12, 2018 Jodyne wrote:

 How do you relate to the notion that you are in fact the entire world, in all its triumphs and tears? 

For me, I had to be pushed into the world before I could identify that I was a viable part of it. I had to see and experience pain and pass through confusion to clarity. Without vision, without volition, without persistence, without determination, I could not have stepped into my new role of responsibility; and this was motivated by pure love. 
Can you share a personal story of a time a transformative shout roared from your heart? 
Yes; for months I became aware that my preteen daughter and my husband had entered into some sort of conflict. At first my reaction was to be a peacemaker, but when the unresolved conflicts grew to big and so powerful I became aware that I could not manage the situation playing the part of peacemaker any longer. I despaired, and I prayed, and every moment the situation between the two reached out to engulf me I reached out to my source of Power (to God), and then one late evening It came to me that even though our kids had two parents, neither one of them was protecting and guiding them. My parenting style had been one of taking responsibility for them, but who was teaching them to be responsible for themselves... no one. 
It was time to teach my daughter that no one could live her life for her, and it was time for her to take hold of life or it would take hold of her. 
Now I knew it was time to show them how to take care of their own personal issues and problems as much as they could and teach them what I already knew and entrust them to take action for themselves and I would begin to hold back and let them handle their own lives and challenges. 
This was not anything I read or had heard about and moved to action by head knowledge, but I just 'knew' without words. 
What helps you proceed carefully with your transformative shout?
We should always be aware that we are spiritual beings as well as physical. That we live by the heart as well as by our head and what we know, and the two should be balanced, that we cannot live just by knowledge but also by our hearts and by a 'knowing' without words to explain it. 

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On Oct 13, 2018 GBWhatsapp wrote:

I cherish this great and beautiful yell from Ken Wilber. It required me a long investment to share my fact, at first bashfully and after that with less and less hesitancy, and inevitably infrequently yelling. What's more, I have gradually built up a trained sharing grounded in sympathy, and when I do such I feel full and cheerful. I remind myself every day that I have the right, obligation, and benefit to express my reality, and of late it's additionally turned into my pleasure. I am a piece of this world, some portion of one entire, and how I am GBWhatsapp For PC influencing the entire and the other way around. This is my fact, it has been transformative, and now and again it communicates as a transformative yell thundered from my heart. What encourages me to continue deliberately is realizing that there are threats in this lovely world, and I need to continue in a way that adds to recuperating and change and not be careless or inept and cut my own throat or cause hurt to anybody.

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