A Simple Seeker Connects

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So, what’s the solution to a peaceful transition from what was to what might yet be? Spirit tells me there is no peaceful way. Winner takes all.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

A simple but sincere seeker of a higher level of
personal spiritual development somehow came under
the influence of a spirit guru whose understanding
of life seemed to be …

What do you mean by “seemed to be”?

Perhaps I don’t yet know what the limits of my own
understanding of life really are.

How is it possible not to know your own limits?

Perhaps I’ve been socially conditioned to accept less
of myself and my capacity for thought than possibly
exists.

Why would that have happened?

Not necessarily through the failure of anyone’s intent
to teach me, unless …

Unless what?

Parents and early educators usually seek to serve the best
interests of the community when teaching children what
to think and how to relate to their world.

Wouldn’t it be in the best interests of the community
for children to be taught as much about life as they

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Messengers and Teachers

Spirit shares gems of wisdom with me. Why? I don’t know,
but I’m glad he does.

He tells me that I’m not the one who’s directing His
traffic, nor is He directing mine, except …

Except what?

Not what, but how and why? We each serve a higher
purpose than our own.

I’m free, He tells me, to choose to listen to Him
and the teachings that He would share with me,
or not to listen. He’s a messenger and the teachings
He shares with me, for whatever reason, are far
beyond a one-to-one personal correspondence. they are
also meant for whomever cares to hear them and to
consider their value. They were never, He repeats,
designed for me, alone.

Why me at all?

You seemed to be ready.

Can you be both a messenger and a teacher of the
messages you share with me?

Is a teacher not as a messenger to his or her
students?

Yes. I see. The teacher must first have received
the messages she or he now shares with students.

Yes.

Withdrawal Isn’t Retreat

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Knowing when to resist the temptation to advance, when such advance seems unwise, at this time; to withdraw, re-group, and prepare to move forward when opportunity presents itself, requires wisdom.

Originally posted on I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment:

Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom
expressed within the I Ching Hexagram 33 – Withdrawal.

Heaven is above and Mountain is below. Both express
yang energy.

Withdrawal develops out of Constancy (32) in the order
of the hexagrams, and forms the foundation for
Great Power (34).

Withdrawal from battle is not necessarily to retreat.
A proven and respected martial arts strategy requires
knowing when to resist the temptation to advance when
such advance seems unwise, at this time. To withdraw,
re-group, and prepare to move forward when opportunity
presents itself, requires wisdom.

A need for time out?

Who is teaching whom?

You are, I hope.

And who seems to need time out?

You?

No.

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A Dynamic Relationship

jeanw5:

Awareness is understanding the reality that the individual and collective are as two parts of an infinite oneness, within which they share a dynamic relationship to each other.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

Our simple seeker was enjoying the privacy of her secluded
garden, while meditating on the mystery of Tarot.

How did you manage to move your focus from The Hermit, as a
solitary seeker of enlightenment to comparing Aces?

The Major Arcana, which includes The Hermit, relates to
general personality characteristics, while …

Did I ask…?

The Aces introduce each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana,
and offer a sacred gift – a promise, almost.

How could a gift or promise be sacred and still be no more
than an almost?

It’s not for sale; at least it can’t be purchased.

Then, how does one receive a gift that isn’t free and yet
can’t be purchased?

It’s a promise of reward if effort is made to follow one’s
dream or path, and is meant to inspire self-confidence.

How does Taro differ from I Ching?

You’re asking me?

Yes.

From…

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To Form Consensus

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We each are as actors on a stage, learning to experience relating to each other from different perspectives. I like it.

Originally posted on jeanw5:

Spirit shares words of wisdom with me, a simple seeker
and slow learner. Why? I don’t know, but I’m glad He does.

He tells me that we each have lived many life-times
together, and yet, not together, alone. We are, He claims,
only pretending to be individual, interchangeable players
on a stage.

Why?

We each need to experience relating to each other from
different perspectives.

How would that explain individual personalities?

Specific roles require actors to learn to express diverse
characteristics and different personalities.

But, they would still have their own, between shows.

Yes, and so do we.

And yet, even while presenting themselves as someone else,
or expressing particular roles, they would be aware of their
own underlying, more permanent persona.

And so are we, more or less.

You more and I less?

Yes.

Do we also play each other?

Yes, and for a reason.

To develop a form…

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Awareness Inspires Us

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To understand what it is that we observe and why it has attracted our attention requires a mental form of biting through.

Originally posted on I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment:

Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom
expressed within the I Ching Hexagram 21 – Biting Through.

Fire is above and Thunder is below, suggesting a problematic
situation requiring intention to respond to whatever
challenge presents itself.

Biting Through develops out of Observing (20) and becomes
the foundation of Adornment (22).

Wow! Each of these three situations or conditions seems
totally unrelated to the other two. How can there be any
sense of progression?

There isn’t any.

Then, how are they connected to each other?

When we observe whatever, we focus our attention, and that
in itself is a necessary step in learning anything. But, as
important as it is, it is never enough. We must then attempt
to understand what it is that we observe, and why it has
attracted our attention. This requires a mental form of
biting through.

Where does Adornment fit into this interpretation?

It’s…

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An Emotional dispute with Spirit

jeanw5:

Emotions have move than survival value.

Originally posted on jeanw5:

Spirit shares words of wisdom.

Spirit tells me that emotions were designed to serve us well,
as was the power of thought, and that they are meant to be
used together; never either alone.

Rational thought is necessary for survival.

And emotions? Surely they have survival value.

In what way?

Fight or flight, at least.

They are instincts and yes, they have survival value, but
can be over-ruled by thought. We choose to fight or flee.

Okay, then what about a mother’s need to care for her children?

Or a father’s need to care for his mate and children?

Yes.

Again, instances of survival instinct, but beyond self-survival.

I’m not giving up.

Not yet.

I feel emotions.

Which ones?

I win.

Yes.

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Initiation Brings Transformation

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Is there no difference between me and my mind? Spirit claims that we’re each and all a part of one mind.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

Our simple seeker was meditating on possible differences
between the concepts of initiation and transformation, and,
if in fact …

If there were differences, then what would they be?

I’ve been asking myself that question.

Sometimes it helps when an outside …

You’re hardly an outside voice.

How do you know?

I can feel your thought.

Singular?

A single energy.

Perhaps we’re each and all part of a single energy.

Perhaps, but …

Perhaps but what?

How does that relate to, if it does, the differences,
if there are any, between initiation and transformation?

Even as you ask, I sense awareness developing within you.

You might have pulled a curtain back.

From within you or from within your mind?

Is there a difference?

No, none at all.

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A Personal History Book

Spirit shares words of wisdom with me that seem so deep and yet expressed in words simple enough even for me, a simple seeker
and slow learner, to almost understand.

He tells me that knowing is not a matter of faith. We know
that wounds hurt for we have experienced their pain, both
physical and emotional wounds.

Physical pain is felt through our physical senses while
emotional pain is a mental state and is often learned and
developed through habit.

How do we learn emotional pain?

It’s a socially acquired skill.

If you offend me and I feel distressed, then I have learned
to feel distressed, and you’re not the cause?

Yes.

Who taught me?

You taught yourself.

Then, everyone would feel offended for the same reason?

Not necessarily.

Why?

You couldn’t offend me.

Perhaps you’ve developed immunity to offence.

There are other labels.

Such as?

Tolerance, patience, understanding, compassion, …
The list goes on.

You didn’t include awareness.

Yes.

Why?

The examples I provided each require a certain depth
of awareness.

The problem with that approach, or at least one problem,
is that it would seem to require a certain detachment
from the emotional state of the offender, as well as
from oneself.

Why would that be a problem?

It would suggest a certain lack of sensitivity.

Not necessarily so.

Please explain.

As we become increasingly aware of the path, then we can
listen to what some might call offence, calmly, and feel
compassion for the distress of the other. As Confucius
might say, “No blame”.

How is that possible?

As we develop an ever more clear vision, we can see in many
more directions than one.The present arrived from the
past and we each are as a personal history book that
those who have eyes to see can read, and we all can and
will develop eyes that see, sooner or later, and from
a unique perspective.

I’m not ready for that quality of insight, yet.

Yes.
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We’re All In This Together

jeanw5:

Only on the surface do our individual worlds of illusion appear to be separate.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

Our simple seeker was meditating on her Spirit teacher’s explanation
Of their relationship. He didn’t need physical existence or human form,
He told her.

Why?

I use you as ballast, to connect to your particular world of illusion.

If my world is one of illusion and I can, reluctantly accept that it is,for it often seems to be, then others, or at least some others
must also be living in a personal world of illusion.

Yes. The soundless answer moved into her mind as her inkless
communicating pen moved as His energy, not hers, directed it,
in unison across the page. We each seem to intuitively know that
our so-called individual world is intricately connected to everyone
else’s world, even though surface appearances deny this reality.

Only on the surface do our individual worlds of illusion appear
to be separate. Beneath this illusion there is a common root
that holds…

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