Daily Meditations on a grass-roots, practical, sustainable, and satisfying personal philosophy, or way of life

1. Spirit tells me that

Awareness and acceptance mean the same thing, in that each has a direct object.

Unconditional love and compassion differ from each other in that unconditional love, like awareness and acceptance, requires a direct object. Compassion is a quality, or state, of mind.

Our mind has no states/regions/levels at all, but variable qualities, and variable quantities of whatever qualities.

Comments:

jw (Simple seeker) If this is so, then I wonder how all of our possibly many variable qualities of mind would learn to harmonize with each other?

Reference: My 2022 Facebook Posts – Nov 27

2. Spirit tells me that

Our ancestors are not walking with us, but within us.

Comments:

jw: Is it possible? Haven’t we all been told, “You’re just like your mother? or father? or someone else before our time?”

Reference: My 2022 Facebook Posts – Nov 28

3. Spirit tells me that

The trickle-down effect is a Universal Law of Life, as is trickle in, and trickle out.

We each and all, and everything that is, are connected with each other, and so it makes sense that we each are more than connected. We are interdependent upon each other. Nobody and nothing exists in a world of its own. Everything we do has consequences on the world we live in, and on those who live in and share our world with us, knowingly or otherwise.

So, this trickle-down effect may seem to relate to economics, and to the wealth of the nations, but it equally relates to every other aspect of our life, personally, and collectively.

Comments:

Reference: My 2022 Facebook Posts – Nov 29.

Spirit’s Study Guide for Book Three – Spirit Teaches a Simple Seeker – The Art of Timeless Wisdom

Lesson One – The Challenges Raise the Bar

“Struggle is a necessary part of life. Our mind is as a muscle in that exercise develops strength and flexibility, strength and flexibility of ideas. Our emotions act through and on choices of how to respond to them.”

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Lesson Two – There is a Game Plan

“Desire and intention are powerful tools, or weapons.”

“Weapons aren’t mentioned in the lesson.”

“It goes without saying that anything that can do good can also do harm.”

“We choose how to use them?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson Three -The High and Low Interact

“Ego and Higher Self Reflect Each Other”

“We can follow both?”

“Yes.”

“How?”

“By finding our unique comfort zone between the two extremes.”

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Lesson Four – There is a Plan

“Our memories have memories of their own?”

“Yes.”

“How far back can that game be played?”

“It’s more than a game.”

“Then please explain how we can deal with memories that go beyond memories.”

“Explain what?”

“If what we’re doing now had its beginning in the past ..?”

“And it did.”

“Then, if there was a never-ending chaing of events ..?”

“And there was.”

“Then how can we know what causes us to do or be the way we are, now?”

“What we do may be different, but what we are is not.”

“Please Explain.”

“What we are now is what we’ve always been and always will be, a unique blend of variable strengths and qualities of energy.”

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Lesson Five – The Power of One

“Our thoughts and emotions have power to affect others.”

“If that’s so ..?”

“And it is.”

“Then the thoughts and emotions of some others ..”

“Yes.”

“What gives them power?”

“We do.”

“How?”

“By opening to them.”

“How not to open to them?”

“By being closed to them.”

“Can we learn to be closed to the thoughts and emotions of some others?”

“Yes.”

“How?”

“Social conditioning can do it.”

“Or self-conditioning?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson Six – There Are No Losers

“Life is the only game in town and we each live long enough to win.”

“How many lifetimes does it take?”

“As many as are needed.”

“And then what?”

“Wait and see.”

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Lesson Seven – There’s More Than Feeling

“It’s not possible to be in relationship without attachment?”

“Yes.”

“Emotions, thoughts, and being are different?”

“Yes.”

“From what?’

“From each others.”

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Lesson Eight – There is No End

“Learning goes on forever?”

“Yes.”

“Why does it take so long?”

“There’s no end.”

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Lesson Nine – Thee is No Self

“Before you can have more than enough faith in anyone or anything, you would first have to have some. Do you?”

“Do I what?”

“Do you have some faith?”

“In what? Or whom?”

“In me.”

“I must have some or there would be no relationship between us.”

“Yes.”

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Lesson Ten – There is No Such Thing

“Do all dreams have a purpose?”

“Yes.”

“What purpose?”

“What dream?”

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Lesson Eleven – There is No Way

“We each are unique in some way, and can only be whom we are, and learn and do whartever, our way.”

“Then the way to enlightenment can only be an individual way?”

“Yes, and no.”

“Please explain.”\

“Learning anything requires accepting general rules, and yet, within these general rules there is infinite flexibility.”

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Lesson Twelve – The Self and Ego

“Ego and Self flow into and sustain each other.”

“Can we relate to each of them at the same time?”

“Yes.”

“How?”

“Seek to please one without displeasing the other.”

“It sounds like a relationship problem.”

“It is a relationship.”

“But not necessarily a problem?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson 13 – There is Only One Story

“Our personal collection of memories is as a history book.”

“But not everything that happened in the past has been recorded.”

“Yes, and not everyone remembers the same situation and events.”

“So, how can thre be only one story?”

“Every individual memory is part of a general collective memory.”

“As in chapters of a book?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson 14 – The Tree of Life

“Equality and neutrality rarely last for long.”

“Why?”

“All is energy, and energy moves.”

“Could we develop a pattern of our human energies intentionally moving in harmony with each other?”

“Yes, and someday we will.”

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Lesson 15 – They Each Reach for the Other

“What could be called a trickle-down-effect is the wave of higher-level energy that comes to humanity in the form of insights.”

“And yet we develop from the bottom-up.”

“Not necessarily.”

“Please explain.”

“What?”

“How we might not develop from the bottom and work our way up.”

“We never were at the bottom.”

“How low have we been?”

“As low as you needed to be.”

“Why would I need to be low?”

“So that you could work your way up.”

“I don’t understand.”

“What?”

“I don’t understand why I would want to be low to begin with.”

“Yes.”

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Lesson 16 – Thinking For a Purpose

“We each hone our skills, emotions, and thought development, not to mention spiritual development, in experience.”

“What kind of experience?”

“Whatever experience we choose.”

“Are all of our experiences chosen?”

“Yes.”

“Why would I choose unpleasant experiences?”

“What unpleasant experiences?”

“Any.”

“To learn to feel compassion for those who experience those unpleasant experiences, without having intentionally chosen to do so.”

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Lesson 17 – Thinking is a Game

“There are games in this world, and beyond, that are beyond you, at least for now.”

“How can we know what is beyond us?”

“Failure can teach you that.”

“But some people refuse to let failure stop them from keeping on trying to do what they seem to need to do.”

‘Yes.”

“What does that mean?”

“Some people refuse to give up.”

“Is that foolish or wise?”

“That depends.”

“On what?”

“On how important the goal is.”

“And whether you believe you might be able to reach your goal with just a little more effort?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson 18 – To Inspire Us to Think

“A sudden insight can inspire us to do research on our own, to seek more information on our subject of interest.”

“Is there no conflict between formal knowledge and sudden awareness or intuition?”

“Is there a difference?”

“Between what?”

“Intuition and awareness.”

“Is intuition more sudden?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson 19 – Unconditional Love

“Unconditional compassion doesn’t exist.”

“Why?”

“We choose whom to feel compassion for.”

“I’m developing a capacity to feel unconditional love.”

“Yes, I’m impressed.”

“So, what’s the relationship between unconditional love and compassion?”

“Unconditional love has no direct object. I’t a quality of the soul.”

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Lesson 20 – Unhappiness and Suffering

“Unhappiness and suffering are self-inflicted.”

“Who would inflice unhappiness and suffering on themselves?”

“We don’t usually do it intentionally.”

“Or consciously?”

“Possibly.”

“Why?”

“Not why.”

“Then how?”

“By choosing to be unhappy and suffer for the sake of some others.”

“Self-sacrifice?”

“Yes.”

“Would it be a temporary situation?”

“It’s not a situation.”

“What then?”

“It’s a state of mind.”

“An emotional state of mind?”

“Not necessarily.”

“A rational decision?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson 21 – Unique Individuals

“Knowing that you have a specific need is the beginning of awareness that possibly all human have individual specific needs.”

“Why would we have needs that not all other individuals might have?”

“Humans are each and all unique in some way, so their needs might also be unique.”

“Please explain.”

“Swimmers usually need a swim suit. Mountain climbers need different types of clothing.”

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Lesson 22 – Wanting Changes Nothing

“Without struggle, nothing would change.”

“If we stopped struggling, …”

“Change would still happen.”

“How?”

“The world changes around us.”

“Does the world struggle?”

“All forms of life struggle.”

“Why?”

“To live.”

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Lesson 23 – We Each Have Our Own Style

“Life is a game that we learn to play in a unique way, our way.”

“Is that what Walking the Walk means?”

“No.”

“Then what?”

“Walking our unique way is simply to be honest with ourself.”

“How can we know if we’re being honest with ourself?”

“Your inner comfort zone will tell you.”

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Lesson 24 – We Learn to Know

“You may not yet know the truth about life, but you know a lot that isn’t true. When we think we know something, then we believe it is true, whether or not it actually is. “

“If truth is a variable, …”

“And it is.”

“Then, could every possible idea be more or less true than some other idea?”

“Yes.”

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Lesson 25 – We Live Our Awareness

“Do we necessarily live our awareness?”

“Awareness of what?”

“Awareness of how we are living our life.”

“How else would you be living your life?”

“From habit.”

“What habit?”

“The habit of just living the way we seem to need to live.”

“What way do you seem to need to live?”

“As I have always lived, more or less.”

“What way is that?”

“Doing what seems to make sense, while it does.”

“And the what?”

“Adapting as little as possible to make more sense.”

“Yes.”

“What does tht mean?”

“It means that you seem reluctant to make any big changes in how you live.”

“Yes, and yet I do change my way of living when it seems to need to be changed.”

“Yes, and that is exactly how to develop an ever-satisfying way of life. Too much change, too quickly, can lead to backsliding into old ways.”

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Lesson 26 – We Share Our Life

“We share our life with all who know us, to the extent that they know us.”

“Does that mean that our unique individual lives interconnect with some other unique individual lives?”

“Yes.”

“But only partially?”

“How could our unique individual life be unique or individual if anyone else knew us as we know ourself?”

“It would mean a complete merger of two lives?”

“Yes, and eventually, and gradually, that is exactly what will happen.”

“Why?”

“That’s beyond our individual knowing.”

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Spirit’s Study Guide for Spirit Teaches a Simple Seeker – The Art of Timeless Wisdom – Book Two

Before we begin, please be aware that any and all study notes are subject to expansion as readers share their input, questions, and requests for deeper and/or more expanded explanations of the so-called lessons, which are really no more than sessions or meetings of two minds – that of teacher and student.

Book Two – Lesson One – Harmony and Balance Without Equality

Justice is a thought and mercy is an emotion.

Life experiences introduce to the qualities of thoughts and emotions, which energies are represented on the Kabbalah Tree of Life.

These and all other energies interact with each other within our own individual mind, represented on the Tree of Life by the central Pillar of Consciousness.

Thoughts are represented by the left hand Pillar of Form. Emotions are represented by the right hand Pillar of Force.

We need to become aware of the differences between lower and higher energies, and how they affect the way we think and feel.

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Book Two – Lesson Two – How Can I Know What is Possible?

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Past, present, and future continuously woven together.

They each exist within the others, and at all times and in all places.

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Book Two – Lesson Three – How to function Without Ego

Ego is the central mover and pusher of our thoughts, emotions, and actions.

We can’t think, feel, or do anything without our individual life force, ego.

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Book Two – Lesson Four – How to Honor the Deceased

“I was so young and so emotionally immature. It left me in a state of shock and disbelief that it could end this way.”

“It didn’t end.”

“My child died.”

“Only to physical life.”

“It wasn’t a nice way to go.”

“What would a nice way look like?”

“I don’t know.”

“You acted as if you were the victim.”

“I was.”

“What about your child?”

“He was, too.”

“So is everyone else, living or dead, until the wake up.”

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Book Two – Lesson Five – How to Resolve Conflicting Needs

“A garden’s collection of competing needs is as human society. How to resolve such a situation of competing needs?”

“I don’t know.”

“Self-control, co-operation, and mutual respect. And, if that doesn’t work then the law of the jungle might – survival of the fittest and those who adapt.”

“Is that what’s happening now?”

“Yes, and it is as it always was and will be.”

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Book Two – Lesson Six – I Ching and Tarot in Dynamic Relationship

“A two-sided view of the ideal society – I Ching provides personal and collective general rules of order, while Tarot encourages people to discover and believe in their personal values. 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.”

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Book Two – Lesson Seven – If the Solution is Trust

“We each and all have a motive for everything we choose to do, or choose not to do. “

“Then, what is the solution?”

“Trust.”

“I’m not very good at that.”

“Yes.”

“How to know whom to trust?”

“Acting consistently in line with your highest capacity to do so, inspires trust.”

“Trust in whom?”

“Trust in yourself.”

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Book Two – Lesson Eight – If They Have Eyes to See

“How can we know what our personal philosophy is?”

“We each know, whether we claim to or not, but some others may be more aware than we, ourselves, are, if they have eyes to see. You know what you know, and I know what I know.

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Book Two – Lesson Nine – Initiation and transformation

“Awareness and understanding are what it’s all about.”

“What’s all about awareness and understanding?”

“Living a life.”

“We each and all live a life.”

“Yes.”

“And yet, how to develop awareness and understanding?”

“Practice.”

“Practice what?”

“Living.”

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Book Two – Lesson 10 – In Praise of Potential\”

“Everything has potential.”

“What is potential?”

“Possible future consequences?”

“Yes.”

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Book Two – Lesson 11 – Instinct and Intuition as Yin and Yang

“Sky is higher than is earth.”

“Does that reflect the positions of Yin and Yang?”

“Yes. Yang is higher power.”

“How can they be equal if one is higher than the other?”

“High and low are equal, more or less.”

“Instinct is more physical?”

“More physical than what?”

“More physical than intuition?”

“Yes.”

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Book Two – Lesson 12 – I Still Need to Believe

“Perhaps everyone needs to believe.”

“What?”

“Something.”

“Or someone?”

“Does one exclude the other?”

“Yes, and no.”

“Please explain.”

“We can believe in someone who seems to express what we need to believe.”

“While we do?”

“Yes, and no.”

“How so?”

“We might, with time and life experience, change what we believe and yet still believe in the person who seems to express what we once believed.”

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Book Two – Lesson 13 – Kabbalah, Taoism, and Education Today

“Perhaps we’re indoctrinating ourselves into believing that materialism is the highest value.”

“How has it affected the quality of human life?”

“In what way?”

“”Yes.”

“We’re living longer and healthier than ever before.”

“Are you living happier and more satisfied lives than before.”

“Some people likely are.”

“Yes.”

“What does that mean?”

“It means that you seem to consider individual happiness and self-satisfaction as a higher value than the collective happiness of the community.”

“A few or the community?”

“Perhaps material satisfaction is as a beginning.”

“Yes.”

“And a few happy and self-satisfied people might inspire others to achieve happiness and self-satisfaction.”

“Yes.”

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Book Two – Lesson 14 – Lab Rat or Guinea Pig

“Stress as our greatest teacher?”

“No.”

“Please explain.”

“Experience is our greatest teacher.”

“Where does stress fit in?”

“It helps us remember and possibly learn from experience.”

“Is there no other way?”

“No. There is no other way.”

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Book Two – Lesson 15 – Learning is a Form of Awareness

“Studying and reading – how do they differ?”

“Studying is reading with intent to learn something. If what we’re studying now is built on a firm foundation of earlier studies, then we can absorb our new learning into an expanding and deepening understanding of earlier studies. Formal education is, or should be, built on these same principles.”

“Principles?
“Yes. Expanding, integrating, and transcending. Learning is a form of awareness, and awareness is knowing that there is no end or beginning to awareness. Learning and awareness are not the same thing. Awareness is as a vision. Learning is a development of skills and information., whether or not you’re consciously aware of doing so.”

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Book TwoLesson 16 – Moods of Doubt

“What can exist beyond one’s mind?”

“What can be beyond our potential to know?”

“Yes.”

“ESP.”

“ESP?”

“Yes. ESP allows thoughts to be projected.”

“Not everyone believes that ESP is possible.”

“Whenever we claim that something isn’t possible, we close the door, not to the possible, but to our awareness of it.”

“How to practice ESP?”

“First believe that you could develop the ability, and then using it.”

“Is it like hearing?”

“Is hearing a skill?”

“ESP video calls?”

“Yes.”

“Our hearing and sight will evolve?”

“Yes. Our mind evolves.”

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Book Two – Lesson 17 – Mysticism vs Mist

“The Kabbalah Tree of Life represents human consciousness continuously transforming and transcending itself. The mist of false understanding is as a curtain that prevents one from clear vision. What has pleasure got to do with transcendence of consciousness?”

“It must be a very pleasurable experience.”

“Yes. It is.”

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Book Two – Lesson 18 – Nakedness as a Cover-Up

“What Tarot card would share my present state of mind?”

“Yes.”

“Seven – The Chariot, expresses my need to discover.”

“What?”

“What life is all about? and why?”

“Seventeen, The Star card, seems to attract your attention.”

“Yes, but she’s so naked.”

“Perhaps she wishes to express transparency.”

“If so, then she seems to be overdoing it, like a cover-up.”

“Yes.”

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Book Two – Lesson 19 – Non-Local Consciousness

“What does non-local consciousness mean?”

“It means that consciousness is local, but not necessarily exclusively so.”

“Cosmic consciousness?”

“That’s the non-local part of it.”

“And my portion is ..?”

“You don’t have an exclusive portion. Local and non-local are as specific and general..”

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Book Two – Lesson 20 – Now Do I Underst6and Kabbalah?

“Each of the worlds on the Ladder of Light emerges from the world beneath it?”

“Yes. From the one Tree which represents a path to spiritual wisdom, higher and ever-higher levels of awareness develop.”

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Book Two – Lesson 21 – Once You Begin

“Self-imposed limits to our experience of admiration, respect, and awe?”

“Yes, as a form of resistance.”

“To what?

“To losing control.”

“A defensive mechanism?”

“Yes. How would defensive differ from surrender?”

“Surrender may only be in form, while resistance lives in essence.”

“And acceptance?”

“There’s nothing to surrender. Acceptance comes with the awareness that we’re each, to differing degrees, part of the same reality.”

“Yes.

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Lesson 22 – Only People

“Emotion and thought, justice and mercy – how to reconcile and integrate different human energies?”

“Why do you want to reconcile and integrate them?”

“To understand life.”

“What would understanding life look like?”

“Awareness.”

“Of what?”

“Of why people are, or seem to be, the way they are.”

“Only people?”

“I still can’t figure you out.”

“Yes.”

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Book Two – Lesson 23 – Pain is not Suffering

Simple Seeker was recovering from another surgery.

“It hurts.”

“Yes.”

“Why do you say yes as if it was a blessing?”

“It is. Pain isn’t suffering.”

“Physical isn’t emotional?”

“Yes.”

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Book Two Lesson 24 – Preparing for Spirit

“How can I share your teaching when I have so little skill, and such little, if any, support.”

“Not a problem.”

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Book Two – Lesson 25 – Projection and Rejection

“If you have an idea, then you owe it to yourself to at least attempt to express it, if only to yourself.”

“But, isn’t just toying with an idea the same as expressing it?”

“Not as long as it’s too vague to take any recognizable shape. You were stepping into thoughts too deep for your comfort zone.”

“About rejection being a twisted form of projection?”

“I think it goes the other way, and not twisted.”

“Then, …”

“An unhealthy mental attitude. When we project our shadow, to use Jungian symbolism in referring to aspects of our personality that we would prefer to deny ownership to, we are pretending to project them onto someone else. We then think, or pretend to, that we are free of our rejected emotions or thoughts.”

“self-delusion?”

“Yes.”

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Book Two – Lesson 26 – Relationship is All There Is

“Whatever or whomever we cling to is also clinging to us.”

“How?”

“Everything and everyone is energy in relation to everthing and everyone else.”

“Then, how to let go of a relationship?”

“We can’t.”

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Book Two – Lesson 27 – Sharing Connective Tissue

“We’re as connected as we each care to be.”

“As we each choose to be?”

“No.”

“Then how?”

“As we each care to be.”

“Love as connective tissue?”

“Yes.”

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Book Two – Lesson 28 – Spirituality Requires Emotion and Thought

“Spirituality and thinking have never been separate.”

“As in the letter and the spirit of the law?”

“Yes.”

“Emotion and thought as contained within spirituality?”

“Yes, as yin and yang within Tao.”

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Book Two – Lesson 29 – Tension is Not Necessarily Stress

“When anything or anyone speaks to our inner knowing, we’re receiving a message, and we know it.”

“Who wants inner stress?”

“There’s a difference between tension and stress.”

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Book Two – Lesson 30 – The Archetypes as Symbols of Roles

“If I am that I am, then who or what am I?”

“You were never anything other than you are now.”

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Book Two – Lesson 31 – The Fingerprint of Personal Energy

“The degree to which our personal thoughts and emotions harmonize with each other determines the strength and quality of our individual frequency and vibration. Something to think about.”

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Book Two – Lesson 32 – The Middle Way is Not Half Way

“You were looking at the general picture and not at the details, and the message they might offer.”

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Book Two – Lesson 33 – The Power of Attraction

“Explain it, if you can.”

“That’s easy. Like attracts like.”

“In what way? And to what degree? And with what result or results? I might also ask ..”

“Where? When? and why?”

“Perhaps later.”

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THE END OF BOOK TWO


Spirit’s Study Guide for Spirit Teaches a Simple Seeker – Book One An introduction to a practical and spiritual philosophy for a satisfied life.

Book One – Lesson One – A Beginning

How are we any different now than we were last week? Last Month? Last Year? Or ten years ago?

What answer would we give ourselves to this question?

Have we learned anything that we didn’t then know?

If we have learned something, then how has it changed our life, if it has? If what we’ve learned has had no effect on how we live our life, then what purpose does the knowing serve? Information? Opinion?

Could we live just as well without having learned whatever?

Everything we remember has power to affect our life, whether we’re aware of this power or not. Thoughts and emotions are types of energy – forms and forces of varying strengths, flexibility, and endurance. Some are more easily let go of. Some seem to hold on to us until we accept their potential power over us. …………

Book One – Lesson Two – A Common Root

What is the common root that holds us together?

What is the common root that holds, cookies, cakes, bread and muffins, not to mention pancakes and pasta? Flour. So much of our daily food would not exist without flour.

Fruits and vegetables also share a common root in that all plants grow out of the ground.

Like all other forms of life, we come from the ground of being. Some call it Nature. Some call it God.

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Book One – Lesson Three – A Dynamic relationship

“Individual and collective – everyone other than ourself expresses the collective.

If we can learn to accept, and then to adapt to anyone other than ourselves, we are learning to harmonize between the individual and the collective. We’re each playing two roles – one as an individual, and one as one of a collective. Everyone and everything else is experienced by us as one of the collective, and we are experienced by them in the same way.”

“Yes, but we might harmonize more with some than with some others.”

“Why?”

“Why?”

“Why?”

“Isn’t that just the way it is?”

“Yes.”

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Book One – Lesson Four – A Higher Infusion of Energy

“Transcendence is going beyond.”

“Beyond what?”

“All that we now think that we are.”

“Expansion of awareness?”

“Yes.”

“So, then what is reverse transcendence?”

“Reaching back into all times that we once were.”

“How? And why?”

“Facing one’s shadow to learn how it developed, and from where and what.”

“So, from where and what?”

“Nothingness.”

“And nothingness is potential?”

“Yes.”

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Book One – Lesson Five – Alone if Necessary

“We do what we seem to need to do.”

“Where does our sense of need to do something come from?”

“Potential, and an inner drive to fulfill it.”

“Do we each have a unique potential?”

“Yes, and no.”

“Please explain.”

“We are individuals with individual needs, capacities, and potentials, and yet we each and all are as a drop in an ocean of life.”

“And not all drops are exactly like any others?”

“Yes.”

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Book One – Lesson Six – A Map is a Guideline

“We were always beyond form.”

“What purpose does form serve?”

“Form is a map.”

“Our physical body is a form.”

“Yes.”

“How can it be as a map?”

“It is as an island.”

“Among many other islands?”

“Yes. We can move closer to or further from other people.”

“And yet, in some ways we will always be separate from everyone else?”

“Yes, and so it is with our minds and hearts.”

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Book One – Lesson Seven – A Materialized Adept

“A spirit in disguise as a human? Are we all playing that game?”

“Yes.”

“Why?”

“It’s a learning experience.”

“What are we expected to learn?”

“What is the experience designed to teach us?”

“Yes.”

“As spirit we’re aware of what is happening, and yet we’re not participating in the process of human development.”

“When we become human?”

“Yes.”

“Is it a choice?”

“Yes, and no.”

“Or more or less?”

“Yes.”

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Book One – Lesson Eight – And Anyone Else

“When anyone or anything speaks to our inner knowing, we’re receiving a message, and we know it.”

“We instinctively or intuitively know and/or recognize it’s truth?”

“Yes.”

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Book One – Lesson Nine – An empty mind

“My thinking can adapt and change as I’m introduced to new ideas. That’s the beauty of it all. I don’t have to be anywhere.”

“An empty mind is not as an open mind. An open mind has ideas and yet is not rigid in its thinking, and is able to adapt to new thoughts if they seem to be of higher value than the ones now held. But if the mind is empty, then no ideas can … We need contrast. We need choice. An empty mind is a potentially dangerous mind. Any idea is more than no idea. Learning to think attracts ideas into our mind, and these ideas can be improved on by new (to us) ideas. We compare values. An empty mind is as a closed mind in that no new thoughts can enter. There’s nothing to attract new thoughts. A closed mind refuses to accept new thoughts, and an empty mind isn’t able to think.”

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Book One – Lesson Ten – And Still a Long Way to Go

“We each are what we each are, in a continuing process of developing a way of life that works to help us feel satisfied with how we live our life. A satisfied mind is an enlightened mind, and yet an enlightened mind is only more or less enlightened than it was, or yet may be, and only more or less enlightened than some other minds may be. And only more or less enlightened than some others until they become more enlightened than they are now.”

“Enlightenment is a limitless potential?”

“Yes. Green is green, but not all green foliage looks the same. And so it is with enlightened people. We’re still different from anyone else.”

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Book One – Lesson Eleven – An Open Line to Higher Help

“When you, or anyone, sincerely meditates, then your sincerity attracts, as if it had put in a call to Higher help.”

“How can we recognize that Higher help?”

“Answers to the problems you were thinking about may seem to come into your mind.”

“What if they don’t?”

“Then keep meditating until they do.”

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Book One – Lesson Twelve – Another Hero Gone

“We each came for a purpose, and when we’ve completed our chosen role …. if we’ve developed the capacity to choose. We can choose to be as we are, or less, for whatever reason(s). We may all know some people who seem to swing between a higher and lower quality of being. Their higher quality is their inner self. Their outer personality has been pulled down, for whatever reason.”

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Book One – Lesson Thirteen – Another Way to See the Tree

“Law, as form, is both structure and a foundation. Essence has potential to expand, after the form is acknowledged.”

“Accepting that whatever law must have served a purpose at one time?”

“Yes. Earlier generations may have shared ideas that today’s people, or at least some of today’s people, are dissatisfied with enough to demand change.. Laws reflect the quality of the people who obey them. We are responsible for what laws we choose to obey..”

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Book One – Lesson Fourteen – Are Bad Guys Necessary

“It’s easier to think of conflicting sides as having different values.”

“Yes. “Which side are you on?” is often demanded of us, as if one side is right and good, while the other side must necessarily be wrong, or bad, or even evil. Each side may be right from one perspective smf wrong from another, and to varying, and perhaps shifting, variables of right and wrong.

What makes sense in one situation may not make sense in another. We turn on lights when it’s dark and not when it’s bright and sunny. We wrap up when the weather is cold, and we wear light clothes in Summer.

Good and bad are value judgements that we label people with, when it’s some of their actions that might be considered to be good or bad, wise or unwise.”

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Book One – Lesson Fifteen – A Restless Spirit

“Anything we might wish to possess can be categorized under one general heading – Peace of Mind.”

“What would it take to provide peace of mind?”

“Different things for different people – money, fame, love, success, self-love …”

“What price would we be willing to pay for peace of mind.”

“Some things are not for sale.”

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Book One – Lesson Sixteen – Are You My Shadow?

“The difference between a channel and a medium is one of function. A medium communicates between physical people and non-physical people. A channel serves a non-physical person or purpose.”

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Book One – Lesson Seventeen – As Above

“Everyone possesses the same emotional and intellectual attributes as anyone else, but to variable degrees.

Assimilation and illumination move together.

Cultural assimilation – but a price is paid. Something is gained but something is lost.

Yesterday isn’t tomorrow, but without yesterday there is no tomorrow.

We pay a price for change. Nothing is for nothing. Nothing ever was.”

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Book One – Lesson Eighteen – A Simple Seeker connects

“There is no unity in diversity.”

“Why do we need unity?”

“It’s the only reality,”

“What does that mean?”

“Either we’re all in this together or we’re not. And we are. Case closed.”

“If there can only be one way …”

“And there can only be one way.”

“Then whose way? or what way? from man? How to choose?”

“How do you choose your leaders?”

“We elect them. We vote.”

“Yes.”

“But what they say they’ll do is not always what they do, once we give them power.”

“Yes.”

“What does that mean?”

“You vote for people, not for programs.”

“How can we vote for programs?”

“In time you will.”

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Book One – Lesson Nineteen – A Simple Seeker Tries to Teach Spirit

“How can there be no physical reality? I see, touch, hear, taste, and smell.”

“What do you see, touch, hear, taste, and smell?”

“Life.”

“What does life look like?”

“People, places, Nature, animals, birds, rivers, lakes, skies. The list goes on.”

“Are you part of the picture?”

“Yes.”

“Then who is seeing this picture?”

“If we’re all in it?”

“Yes.”

“Are we outside?”

“No.”

“Then what?”

“We’re each part of the picture.”

“There is no outside?”

“Yes. There is no outside.”

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Book One – Lesson Twenty – Awareness as an Option

“We each have a path prepared for us.”

“My life had to be the way it was?”

“And the way it now is.”

“What about the future?”

“What about it?”

“Has it already been created?”

“Yes, and no.”

“Please explain.”

“Your future will depend upon what you’ve learned from your past.”

“Have I learned anything?”

“Time will tell.”

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Book One – Lesson Twenty-One – Awareness of Personal Power

“Intellectual development has physical results. Everything you do, say, or think is an expression of intellectual development.

Choose your teachers wisely. Choose your friends wisely. They have power, perhaps without even being aware of the power you give them, without perhaps even being aware of giving them power over everything you san or do. Power over, and power to influence.”

Book One – Lesson Twenty-Two – Beauty and Evil

“What is seen in the eyes of some as evil, may be considered by others to be a necessary or expedient means to an end that may or may not, in itself be considered to be evil.

We dig up the ground to plant a garden, even knowing, if we do, that the homes of possibly countless forms of life will be destroyed.

Mines destroy the ecological quality of many rivers and lakes.

We make a difference to the world by the way we live.”

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Book One – Lesson Twenty-Three – Choosing Doesn’t Create Value

“The choice has already been made in your mind, whether or not you dare to act on it.”

“Isn’t choice the same as intention?”

“No.”

“What’s the difference.”

“Choice is a value call.”

“And intention?”

“A decision to act on that value call, or not to.”

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Book One – Lesson Twenty-Four – Choosing Integrity

“True knowledge is awareness.

Awareness is knowing.

Integrity is daring to choose to follow wisdom, whatever the consequences might be. To do what we know we must do, because it’s the right thing, the appropriate thing to do.”

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Book One – Lesson Twenty-Five – Choosing to do Nothing

“Your tooth was not important.”

“It was, to me.”

“How important?”

“When I smile, my missing tooth may be remembered longer than my smile.”

“By whom?”

“For anyone I meet for the first time.”

“What about the second time?”

“They may be more used to its absence, then.”

“Yes.”

“What does that mean?”

“First impressions are just that.”

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Book Two – Lesson Twenty-Six – Compassion has a History

“How did her energy affect yours in such a way?”

“Perhaps we’re kindred spirits.”

“Yes. We each resonate at a frequency which magnetically attracts and resonates with others resonating with the same or similar vibration.

We can sometimes look and see our world too close-up to allow for expanded awareness.

Expanded awareness doesn’t necessarily change the way we feel, but it helps us to accept that we’re helpless, more or less, to change the whatever situation.”

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Book Two – Lesson Twenty-Seven – Deep Breathing

“There will always be stormy weather, somewhere.”

“Are there stormy states of consciousness?”

“Yes.”

“Yow to deal with stormy states of consciousness?”

“How do you deal, now?”

“Not very well.”

“Yes.”

“They block my energy. I close up.”

“Does it help anyone?”

“No.”

“So why?”

“It’s not a conscious choice.”

“An unconscious choice?”

“I guess. so.”

“Trust your unconscious choice.”

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Book One – Lesson Twenty-Eight – Differentiation vs separation

“We each an all share more similarities than differences. Differences don’t separate us unless we choose to let it happen, for whatever reason.”

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Book One – Lesson Twenty-Nine – Ego as Our Life Force

“Ego is the central mover and pusher of thoughts, emotions, and actions. We can’t do or even feel anything without our individual life force.”

“What has ego to do with personal responsibility?”

“Even in a crowd, we’re still alone. Nobody can live our life for us. Ego and Higher Self are connected to each other. Ego is where we are, now, and Higher Self is where we’re all going.”

Questions to ask yourself:

Am I a solitary seeker, or do I need a group, or a teacher, or one or more friends who share my ideas and questions?

Do I trust my ego to know what’s right for me, now?

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Book One – Lesson Thirty Emptiness is Never Empty

“Emptiness and nothingness are never empty nor nothing. They are potential, as is everyone and everything.”

“So, we don’t have potential but are potential?”

“Yes.”

“Money has exchange potential.”

“Money is exchange potential.”

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Book One – Lesson Thirty-One – Evolutionary Buddhism

“Holding onto the concept of endless change as leaning out from a high window at traffic below?”

“Whether looking down or back, distance is distance, and allows for a wider perspective. Everything is change and everything changes. Buddhism is not as it once was nor as it might yet be.. So it is with everything else.”

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Book One – Lesson Thirty-Two – Experience as a Teacher

“Envy can help us to recognize and aspire toward higher levels of personal skills.

Envy is seeing in others what we want for our self. It can be encojuraging.

Experience teaches us the difference between envy and resentment.”

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Book One – Lesson Thirty-Three – Feminism and Ancient Wisdom

“Ancient wisdom was written and taught away back then, by and for people who lived a much less complicated life than most of us live now.”

“How would that change wisdom?”

“Something to think about.”

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End of Book One

Introduction to Simple Seeker Society

The purpose or mission statement of Simple Seeker Society is to provide a format for interaction between myself, as the original simple seeker, and enthusiastic readers of the Simple Seeker series – Spirit Teaches a Simple Seeker – Thirty-Three Lessons of life, with each book presenting thirty-three so-called lessons. Spirit tells me that there will be books beyond the three times thirty-three lessons. Spirit’s Radical I Ching will follow, and then, perhaps there may even be a book on Kabbalah and Tarot. Who knows what the future might bring? Not me.

Spirit now tells me that there will be a beginner’s book on psychology for a new age – Spirit Teaches a Simple Seeker Psychology for a New Age.

ThisSimple Seeke Society is not yet an up and running reality, but I want to be prepared for the day when readers will have questions about Spirit’s teaching, and may also wish to share personal stories of their own along the path of spiritual development.

As a group, it’s my belief, that we can help each other to understand and cope with life’s problems. I like to think that the society will develop into a self-help group in which we each and all are as both students and teachers of life, for, in reality, we are. And, even beyond the roles of students and teachers, we are/will or may be developing into a simple seeker of our own. I may just have been chosen to play the original role, as were certain actors chosen to play the first James Bond, or Tarzan. We’re not that original, and yet, some of us seem more suited to a particular role in life than do some others. Not everyone can become a typical nurse, teacher, bus driver, etc. And, we each likely play many more roles than one during our lifetime, and even at the same time, more and/or less. Our working personality may be set aside when we return home to provide care for family and home, or just to unwind with friends and/or hobbies.

Another idea I have for the group is for us each to take turns, depending upon whether we wish to openly contribute. Some may prefer to plat the role of silent witness, for now. Some might even enjoy playing the role of Spirit, that mystery person in my life who seems to have all the answers to any question that I’m able to ask. There is also the possiblility that spirit will channel answers to some of your questions, through me, if it doesn’t make you feel too uncomfortable. He would set up the guidelines as to what he’s prepared ti disuss with any particular person. I don’t want it to become a group reading, or seance. Spirit did once ask me if I would be a trance medium for him. I declined. It wasn’t my stile. I’d be out of it, while everyone else actively participated. I was selfish. I’m still selfish, and yet, not as much so as I once was. I’d be willing to give it a go, if that’s possible with us all being physically disconnected.

To make the group feel as a group, perhaps we need to develop a group mantra, or something like that, and/or guidelines to help us keep on topic; whatever topic we wander into.

As for all the posts that are now on this page, that are not related to Simple Seeker Society, their days are numbered. I’m a slow learner and am over my head in trying to develop this page, not to mention this potential group, but until someone else comes along who knows more what they’re doing, and is willing to release me from the responsibility, I’ll just have to keep on keeping on, in my own limited way.

Thinking is a game

“Our world expands to infinity and expanding awareness is our mode of travel”. Why can’t I create such visuals with words?

Simple Seeker Society

Spirit tells me that thinking is a game and perhaps He’s right.

I somehow need to struggle with ideas and Spirit provides me

(bless His soul) with a seemingly endless supply of these.

 

Sometimes I think I know the what and why of a particular

Mental challenge He slips into my mind, but, before I can

Take hold of the how, it slips away, as my inner resources

Suddenly collapse, as a balloon does, when filled to

Beyond capacity with hot air.

 

Spirit smiles at my distress and suggests that I

Accept that there are games in this world, and

Beyond, that are beyond me, at least for now.

I should be able to recognize games that I

Cannot yet win.

 

Stop. He spoke of this world and beyond. Now I challenge Him.

How can there be a beyond if there is only one world?

 

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I Ching 30 – Clinging

Clinging to where we are and what we have become is also resisting future growth.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Today’s I Ching – 30 – Clinging

Fire above, Fire below.

Clinging follows Double Danger in the order of the Hexagrams.

Spirit explains:

Double danger is moving from danger into greater danger.

Fire over fire suggests the direction we have taken.

Now what? I ask, sensing a personal message.

Open your eyes and your mind, He tells me.

We must look back, now and then, to see

Where we have come from.

Are we moving uphill or down?

Without looking back we can’t measure our progress.

I think I get  the message, approval of

My moments of nostalgia.

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