I have found (now in my 8th decade on the planet) that one must first be quieted before any good can be obtained. The notion of emptiness, kenosis, is the “practice before the practice” for me in this season. The contemplative life calls one to silence and solitude, and in turn to allowing the mind to empty and “drop down” into the “heart”. This idea is common to most good religions and faith traditions, even indigenous vision quests include the emptying…
Service Space is for me, in my mind and heart, a “Universal Christ” community without naming itself at all…and yes, Mr. Rogers would also agree that we are all “perfect imperfection” in Divine LOVE.
Hoofnote: Don’t you just love that the author here is named Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”
We had a resident Pond Turtle for years. Ticky the kids named her. She was always around and kept our snail population in check. The dogs never bothered her and she was happy to let the kids hold her. Every winter she would bury herself beneath an old clubhouse next our majestic Oak (Aidan). When that old clubhouse was torn down years later there was Ticky’s intact shell minus her body. Now that shell is a sacred rattle because of course all turtles are sacred.
Mitákuye oyàsin, hozho naashadoo, beannacht. [translation: All are my relatives (Lakota), therefore I will walk in harmony/beauty (Diné), blessed to be blessing (Irish).]
When we discover the truth that the fullness of life in this world is holding great suffering in and with Greater LOVE, we are on our way to abundance and healing of ourselves, and others too. }:- a.m.
anonemoose monkâ€” a â€œwounded healerâ€ to quote Henri Nouwen
Many things may seem that way at first, but if we sit with them without judgment or presuppositions they may begin to reveal truths. As a scientist myself, I allow both neuroscience and physics (among others) to behind to explain such often obtuse ruminations.
Yes, it is true â€œthoughts are just thoughtsâ€, but many of us have known and seen the power of thoughts to affect to emotions and behavior. The practice of meditation has as a key element the dissolution of thoughts. }:- a.m.
Bold, challenging questions that we must all ponder. And then we must act in loving, grace-filled response depending on which group we are in. The wealthy may have the most difficult time, as Jesus of Nazareth noted in his encounter with the rich, young ruler.
As mystics throughout the ages have experienced, it is the path of emptying, becoming nothing, centering the mind down into the â€œheartâ€ that leads to awakening and discovery. I choose to call it surrender to Divine LOVE. There is much more I could say/write regarding that, but may this suffice. }:- a.m.
â€œSome believe in a God of wrath and become wrathful with others as a resultâ€”They conceive of God as the manipulator of the universe, rather than its blessing-Maker. . . .â€ ~Sister Joan~
From a daily meditation of Friar Richard Rohr and the Center for Action and Contemplation.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity. ~Gautama Buddha~
Such a life emanates from Divine LOVE Themselves. Many Christians will recognize these words as â€œChrist speechâ€.
Todayâ€™s â€œAwakin Weeklyâ€ references an experience of Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) when he and others were immersed in Divine LOVE. Such LOVE supersedes anything of man or his religions.
Hoofnote: To be a mystic monk is to be lost to the institutional church and man-made religion. }:- a.m. (anonemoose monk)
Most "good religion" of man are based in a belief that humans emanate from Divine LOVE. As such, we are of course worthy of love, grace, mercy and compassion. When we embrace that truth we experience the fullness of our humanity and are enabled to be all of that to and for others. }:- a.m.
Trees of course have no sense of human gender, some even carry the "male" and "female" together both physically and spiritually. We have given our trees names for the purpose of conversing with them, but again, gender looses its meaning when conversing with trees. Why even giant Aidan, the 300+\- year old Oak is certainly a "mother tree" having nurtured both humans and animal neighbors for three centuries.
Such a vitally, life-saving perspective on the deep, dark nights of the soul in depression. I have been one of the fortunate ones to experience the spiritual depth and hence life of this "grounding", including ending my own life. We must share this truth, this love, as "wounded healers". }:- a.m.
And thus, our true fullness in humanity is not realized until the ego self dies, or to put it in another sense, until we experience emptiness, nothingness. Mystics of perennial tradition and various religions have known this and tried to express it for others, but each must experience it on their own.
Even more subtle is the form of stealing (asteya) called appropriating or co-opting. While we should indeed learn and apply what others have to teach us, we must first acknowledge the giver, then apply the knowledge so gifted in new ways. }:- a.m.
In my 70's I have come to see that it is in silence and solitude firstly that we are enabled to walk in our hearts and love others. For in silence and solitude we simply practice the presence of Divine LOVE from Whom we emanate. }:- a.m
In my later years and especially this season (>70) I am living into a word Divine LOVE (God) gave me when I asked -- "obscurity". It is in silence and solitude that I "know" all is indeed well, as Lady Julian found in the same way. She cloistered herself as an "anchorite", I find this place off in the wild or even in my own backyard. For the truth is it is more a spiritual posture or attitude than a geographical space or place. Great Mystery revealed and yet impossible to express in human language or words.
Robert Sapolsky is an amazing human being and neuroscientist.
He is also one of many scientists who profess to be atheists. I suspect that attitude is due mostly to “bad” religion? I might also suggest that most atheists are actually agnostic, especially the scientists. Even Einstein knew he didn’t know.
Having abandoned religion myself during college, I “returned” later though with a very different perspective on spirituality. I have remained a scientist through it all.
Ah, green pastures and quiet waters. And I'm reminded of Rumi -- "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about."
There is muchcould say here, but words often confuse. As we engage in a "pod" concerning water, we are learning that surrender to "flow" is often the best or only way through, the only way of truly "seeing".
Ah but we all (women and men) aren't necessarily effective or efficient when we are being pulled in many different directions. Better to do one thing at a time well, then move on the next. Even busy homemakers ("mister moms" too) discover this truth.
My all time favorite piano piece as well. Jarret not only made do with the old piano, but they thrived and created something perhaps "better" and beautifully new. We can do the same with everything life hands us. }:- a.m.
The first three use our ears and brain (mind), but I would suggest that the fourth is “heart listening”, when the mind drops or centers down into the deep of “heart” where words and explanations disappear and only divine knowledge is left. }:- a.m.
And so it is with Divine LOVE (God by any other name), by entering into LOVE we become one with LOVE, and discover from whence we came in the first place. T.S. Eliot expressed this as well in Little Gidding. }:- a.m. (anonemoose monk)
It is a good article for as far as it goes. It leaves us to wrestle with the questions ourselves. For me personally, and many who have been brought to their knees, it is about finding trust within the deaths of our hearts, wherein Divine LOVE "speaks" to us. We must start there, with ourselves.
I love the notion of the koan for it is ultimate truth that requires our holy surrender. It is often in this surrender to the unknown that things become known, that truth reveals itself. But we must put striving aside to come to it.
Einstein noted that problems can not be solved with the same mindset that created them. My son, an astrophysicist and professor, likes to say, "Things are impossible until they're not."
For those of us who follow a “Christian” path, this is the contemplative way to become “en Christo”, one with Universal Christ. It is of course similar to states alluded to in other faith paths. }:- a.m. (anonemoose monk)
The greatest of all religions is of course not “religion” at all. And the “study” of life will always be ultimately about relationships, relationships of all kinds because everything is connected. }:- ♥ï¸ anonemoose monk
If the mind controls the will and we have nothing else, we are in big trouble! But in “centering down” the mind into the “heart” we bring it under the influence of Divine LOVE. Therein the mind is informed, even transformed and thus the will. }:- â¤ï¸ðŸ™ðŸ¼ anonemoose monk
At the Center of the Universe, of all things, is a Relationship — Divine LOVE, the Source of Beloved Community from which all things emanate. This is perennial Truth that mystics, indigenous people, and most faith traditions hold as common knowledge. }:- â¤ï¸ anonemoose monk
“Mindfulness” is simply being present to what is. Not necessarily an easy state of mind and body to reach especially in our highly distracted technological and secular age. The truth of mindfulness is a perennial truth that contemplatives have known for centuries and tried to “practiced”. It is the emptying of nothingness of Buddhism, the “centering down” of Christianity, and other “practices” among the religious.
"There are no perfect people or institutions, only the struggle to be whole." Richard Rohr
If we can seek Divine LOVE (God by any other name), we may be enabled to rise above the brokenness and begin The Journey toward wholeness and Home. }:- â¤ï¸
"The Spirit of Truth can produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (from a letter to Galatia, a "moosage version")
It is increasingly sad how in this secular age we try to explain goodness aside from (God) Divine LOVE. As if broken humanity has the capacity for goodness aside from inner healing by LOVE. Yet, I do understand as religion has done much harm in the world. }:- ð>â¤ï¸
"Somehow" yes, I have known this too. Now closing in on 70 years, I have found deep Truth in some of the meditations of Richard Rohr, his book titled Falling Upward is applicable in a holy way. }:- â¤ï¸ Patrick Perching Eagle (aka anonemoose monk)