Retreat is Not an Option

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

A spirit teacher shares His understanding of
I Ching 39 – Halting.

Water is above Mountain.

On high mountain tops, water expressing itself
as ice or snow can temporarily resist
its natural tendency to flow downhill. But,
it will never lose its potential to move,
and will do so, when and if it can.

The text seems to relate to human activities.

The text always relates to human activities.

Then, natural forces are used to express
human activities.

Human activities express natural forces.

Does that suggest we should accept that
some situations require us to halt?

Require?

In the sense that we cannot move forward.

Retreat is always an option.

But if we are moving in a direction
we believe in, why would we consider
retreat?

Yes.

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Pain is not Suffering, Unless

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker is recovering from yet another
fairly minor surgical procedure.

It hurts.

Yes.

Why do you say, “Yes”, as if my pain was
a blessing?

It is.

A blessing?

Yes.

How is that possible?

Are your wounds healing?

They seem to be, this time.

How do you know?

The nerves in the area are active.

Do they indicate healing?

I don’t know.

But, they live?

Yes.

That in itself is a blessing.

Yes, but they hurt.

Are you suffering?

Where are you going with that question?

Where might I be going?

Pain versus suffering?

Yes. We feel pain with physical senses,
while suffering is an emotional response
that can be controlled, if we choose
to control it.

Perhaps my suffering comforts me
in my time of pain.

Is that a healthy situation?

Healthy?

Yes.

In what sense?

Life enhancing.

Surely rejoicing in pain would suggest
an unhealthy mental…

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We Are Never Alone

My Spirit Teacher tells me that we are never alone
and that our interconnection with all life is not
in any way an impersonal one.

We are more than linked to each other, He assures me.
We each blend into and become, at least to some extent,
one with the other.

How is that possible?

The link is not between us, but within us.
Our energies vibrate in harmony, or in disharmony,
with everyone in our lives, and everyone is
in our life, for, there is only one Life,
that both sustains and contains all life forms;
everyone and everything that is.

What about thoughts?

What about them?

Are they all one thought?

How would that be possible?

Then, are they as forms of life, also
interconnected?

They are forms of life.

And emotions?

And emotions.

Uncategorized?

More and less.

Not more or less?

More and less.

Then, more and less than what?

More and less than we each attract
to ourselves.

Please explain.

Sometimes we attract certain thoughts
and emotions that we do not at other times
attract.

Can we learn how to attract those thoughts
and emotions that we prefer to attract, and
resist attracting others?

Yes.

How?

Practice awareness, or mindfulness,
as some call it.

Meditation?

Yes.

Alone or with a group or teacher?

Yes.

Diversity Beyond Unity is Powerless

The Law of One expresses the reality that we do not exist alone. There is no diversity beyond unity, but we can be as diverse as we care to be, within unity.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

My Spirit Teacher shares His understanding of
I Ching Hexagram 2 – The Receptive.

There is no Yang in The Receptive. It is Yin
all the way from bottom to top.

This contrasts with Hexagram 1 – The Creative,
which is Yang all the way.

The Creative represents Heaven and
The Receptive represents Earth.

Each serves its own unique function, and yet,
each requires the other.

Power and flexibility working together?

Power and flexibility require each other.
Neither can achieve much without the other.

Then, cooperation is desirable?

Cooperation is a prerequisite to achieving
anything worth achieving.

What Universal Law would express this idea?

It is more than an idea; it is reality.

Then, what Universal Law would express or
explain this reality.

Realities do not require explanation They are.

Is this reality expressed with a Universal Law.

Yes.

Which Law?

The Law of One.

The Law of One?

Yes.

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Are You My Shadow

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker was deeply engrossed in reading
“The Shadow’s Gift” by Robin Robertson, in which
the author discusses his person experiences with
psychic mediums while maintaining an open mind
as to their authenticity.

What, exactly would an open mind look like, in
this instance?

Neither absolutely believing nor absolutely
disbelieving, but keenly interested in
understanding exactly what was happening.

Happening?

In terms of the subconscious activity of
or through the channel or medium.

What’s the difference?

Between a channel and a medium?

Yes.

Perhaps, in essence they’re the same.

Then, why did you mention both?

Are they not the same?

No.

Then, what is the difference.

The difference is one of function.

Please explain.

A medium communicates physical people
with non-physical people.

And a channel?

She serves a non-physical person. or purpose.

She?

Yes, you.

Are you my shadow?

In a way, yes.

What does that mean?

It means…

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Limitless Potential

Spirit tells me that limitless potential is all that is,

was, or ever will be.

 

What does that mean in terms of those of us

who live in a very material and physical world?

 

It means that your so-called world is a temporary

experience.

 

The world as an experience?

 

Your world as an experience.

 

I am experiencing a personal world?

 

Yes.

 

How?

 

How what?

 

How can I experience a personal world?

 

By creating one.

 

Consciously?

 

More or less.

 

Then, everyone else creates and experiences

their own personal world?

 

Yes.

 

Then, how do all of our personal worlds

merge together?

 

They cannot.

 

But, we co-exist on or in one material world.

 

Do you?

 

What does that mean?

 

When or while we each create and experience

our separate existence from others, then

we each see the same reality from a personal

perspective.

 

Example?

 

One group may fight to defend a perceived claim

to land that the inhabitants of that land fight

to defend as their homeland. Then, each group

justifies their own action and condemns that

of the other.

 

You’re going to tell me that individuals think

and behave in the same way as groups?

 

No.

 

Then, what?

 

Groups are individuals who think and behave

as individuals, only collectively.

 

Then, the way we see the group world we each

create individually can only be changed

by individuals?

 

Yes.

 

How?

 

We need to learn to accept that others may not

experience the same thoughts as we do.

 

What about emotions?

 

What about them?

 

Do we not also experience different emotions?

 

No.

 

Then, emotions are more limited than thoughts?

 

Yes. Emotions have a more limited variety

than thoughts, but their depth is endless.

 

So, thoughts have an endless creative potential

but emotions possess a limitless depth of

expression?

 

Yes.

Abusive Disrespect

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

A Spirit Teacher shares His understanding
of I Ching hexagram 44 – Meeting, and how
it can be expressed in our individual life
and collectively; here and now; wherever
here and now are.

Heaven is above Wind.
Heaven is yang while Wind is yin.

First; Chela, tell me your immediate response
to our chosen reading.

Forty-four is not a number I would choose.

But, you did.

Perhaps it chose me.

Why?

Possibly because of my resistance to
the disrespectful attitude it seems to
express toward women.

Social order requires certain restrictions
to individuals.

I can understand that, but when women
are, or seem to be, classified as less
than men, then …

You rise to their defense.

I am a woman.

Yes.

What does that mean?

It means that your response suggests
that you are defending the position
of women in an earlier culture
simply because you are a woman.

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Don’t Tell Me – Show Me

Action can express the spoken word as in walking the talk. Unless we act according to our claimed beliefs, then we are only pretending to believe, whatever.,

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker was giving early morning thanks
to the Universe for blessings received.

Then, she randomly chose her relationship card
for the day, from her favorite Tarot deck.

The Ace of Wands presented itself.
Wow! A powerful card; a powerful action card.

The message?

Don’t tell Me – show Me.

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Attitude Exists Unseen

A spirit teacher tells me that attitude exists unseen

and yet very visible to those who have eyes to see.

 

How can we learn to see attitude?

 

Whose attitude?

 

Our own and that of others.

 

Meditation.

 

Meditation on what?

 

Not what, why.

 

Why what?

 

Yes.

 

What does that mean?

 

What does it seem to mean?

 

To meditate on why we do what we do?

 

Yes, and to dare to question our basic motives

for doing what we do.

 

There might be many.

 

Such as?

 

Survival.

 

Yes.

 

Survival may be our primary motive,  but

but there are surely many possible others.

 

No.

 

Please explain.

 

Survival is maintaining what we have

at any given time, of any given possession,

real or imagined.

 

An imagined possession?

 

Yes.

 

How can we m imagine we possess

what we do not?

 

Faulty vision.

 

What causes faulty vision?

 

Attitude.

 

Attitude towards what?

 

Whatever.

 

Priority?

 

What about it?

 

It just seemed to come to mind.

 

Whose mind?

 

Is there more than one?

 

No.

 

 

Called up on the Carpet, Again

Dear Reader, I can’t remember what the distressing issue was all about or who it was that distressed me about what. Isn’t that wonderful? Perhaps we do have selective memory.

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“Chela”, Spirit seems to sigh with hopeless resignation at my distress. Where is the compassion and understanding? Surely I have suffered enough.

“Chela”, my mind must have wandered. Blame it on stress.

“You have always, it seems, excused, or tried to excuse, obnoxious and, or abusive behaviour on the pretention, and I repeat, pretention, that it was due to a lack of development of more socially acceptable forms of behaviour, and not to a deliberate intent to offend or harm you. And then, though the incident stresses you to tears, you blame yourself for being too sensitive. When will you dare to accept that what seems abusive, is abuse”.

“It is a Law of Nature”, Spirit reminds me, for haven’t I heard this lecture a thousand times or more, “that every action we consciously, or through habit, choose to undertake, requires intent. And, when you, through need of whatever, choose to…

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