This will be a journey along the middle path to enlightenment that the wise ones speak of.
“Our world expands to infinity and expanding awareness is our mode of travel”. Why can’t I create such visuals with words?
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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Clinging to where we are and what we have become is also resisting future growth.
Today’s I Ching – 30 – Clinging
Fire above, Fire below.
Clinging follows Double Danger in the order of the Hexagrams.
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.
It’s a source of delight to look back on how far we have come and yet feel a deep sense of humility when we look ahead at how far we still must travel.
Today’s I Ching – 16 – Delight
Thunder above, Earth below
Delight follows Humility in
The order of the Hexagrams.
To be aware of how far
We have come, and yet, to know there is still
A long way to go, is to feel humility.
We can, Spirit tells me, take delight in how far
We have come, without losing a sense of
Humility when looking ahead.
The message? I ask.
Look back, He tells me, at What you have left,
But not to focus on what you have left,
But to measure how far you have come
Along The Way, along Our Way.
Perhaps Ego and Self are one and the same concept, with Ego expressing a less enlightened aspect of our psyche than does our sense of Self.
Each day I randomly draw two Tarot cards to prepare myself
For what to expect re my relationship with Spirit.
Today’s first card was The Nine of Cups expressed by
A very self-satisfied person firmly guarding his treasures.
The second card was The Nine of Swords depicting a tragic figure
Tormented by regret.
Spirit tells me that contentment is the Middle Way, in which
Ego and Self flow into and sustain each other, as do
Yin and Yang, or Force and Form, the outer Pillars
Of The Tree of Life. Consciousness, the central Pillar
Serves to harmonize them
Without denying their uniqueness.
Grace and Zen may be twins.
Simple Definition of grace
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Blogging 101 – Assignment 1 – Self introduction.
How to introduce myself – now I remember – as in real University tutorials – tell us all about your life in two minutes.That being rather impossible and likely to put everyone to sleep, I’ll stick to the program questions:
- Why am I blogging instead of keeping a journal? I have a dream, or at least at one time I had a dream of eventually writing a book.
- What topics will I be writing about? I hope to integrate philosophy, psychology, current social topics, local and global politics, and mystical spirituality with references to and from as many of the ancient, and not so ancient wisdom sages from whatever tradition I become interested in, and I’m interested in them all.
- Who would I like to connect with on my blog? All sincere thinkers.
- If I blog successfully throughout the next year, what will I hope to have accomplished? I want to develop my unique style and voice, as a (ready or not I must tell you) channel for an inner voice whose identity is a mystery to me, for now.
The way we live should express both our inner and outer values, in harmony with each other.
Today’s I Ching – 23 – Stripping Away
Mountain above. Earth below.
Stripping Away follows Adornment.
Adornment suggests excess of what is functionally necessary.
Stripping away reduces some of this excess.
It is time, He tells me, for a new beginning; to live a more
Simple and uncluttered lifestyle. The way we live should
Express both our inner and outer values, in harmony with
How is that possible, without the material means to express
Oneself as one would?
Then we do what we can with what we have. And, He suggests,
There are always areas of excess in our lives.
Excess of inactivity could be reduced with exercise.
I give up.
Desire and intention as the only way for any two or more individuals, groups, or nations to learn to communicate and harmonize with each other.
A simple seeker seemed to be rapidly slipping into concepts of cosmic reality beyond her depth.
How do you know?
Anything about anything.
By daring to question what it might mean?
Yes. So why don’t we play that game with the seeming relationship between Chockmah and Malkuth on The Tree of Life in The World of Mind?
How to begin, and where, when there seems to be no clear beginning?
There’s always a shadowy beginning that emerges from some earlier experience.
Okay. I was developing a sense of harmonizing the different aspects of The World of Consciousness; the world that gradually merges into Mind.
Yes. You reached a tipping point that became the densest form of mind, which, in Kabbalah symbolism is referred to as Malkuth.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve come this far, unless you’re testing my ego.
What difference would that make to today’s lesson.
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It would be so much easier to relate to the Mysteries if they didn’t seem to demand to be taken ever more seriously.
A simple seeker seemed to be lured by her Spirit teacher to believe that she could possibly learn to understand the deeper meanings of the interconnection between the Kabbalah Tree of Life and Tarot symbols through studying each of these mystery systems separately and then integrating them. She protested that she just didn't seem to have the mental capacity to go much beyond a surface awareness of life, as the mysteries taught. Not past tense, He insisted. There has always been a continuum of teachers in every age, who adapt what has been shared, as a sacred trust, with them, to the culture they live within, and are, at least to some extent, a product of. She drew three Tarot cards to express: 1. Ego, or her personal relationship to herself and her perceived needs and level of satisfaction. 2. Higher Self, or what a higher self might inspire her…
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