The Middle Way is not Halfway Between Extremes

The Middle Way resists neutrality.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker of enlightenment had studied
and thought deeply about possible meanings of
the images portrayed on Tarot cards. She had
pulled a card from somewhere near the middle
of the pile and was now contemplating the
possible personal message expressed by the
Two of Pentacles (or Coins).

A juggler or clown seemed to have stopped
tossing two large discs, and was staring at one,
as if it represented, after deep reflection,
the chosen option between two lifestyles.

At the same time, a stormy sea behind him
also seemed to have stopped tossing two ships
One was atop a high wave and the other seemed
to be slipping into a deep trough. The boats
seemed as much at the mercy of the sea as
the discs were, in the hands of the juggler.

But, why did he stop and why did the storm
seem to have ended, and was…

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How Can I Know Truth?

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment. Beliefs are ideas and not necessarily true.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Spirit shares His understanding of the timeless wisdom
expressed through I Ching Hexagram 23 -Stripping Away.

If we gently but firmly strip away the layers of illusion
within our mind we will gradually reveal the truths of life.

That process would suggest that the truths of life are
already within our minds.

Yes.

But even accepting that as so …

It is so.

To you it may be so but it can’t be for me simply because
you tell me it is so.

Yes.

Then how can I ever recognize illusion, let alone truth?

Intention to do so is necessary.

But, to intend to discover anything surely requires that
I first believe there is something to discover.

Yes.

Then, where does my belief come from.

Beliefs.

Then, where do my beliefs come from?

Your false beliefs or true beliefs?

Are there true beliefs?

No.

If there are false beliefs, or…

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Experience Teaches Us Lessons of Life

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

Our simple seeker was admiring, in her mind (but
where else could she admire anything?), that someone
had generously shared on Twitter. But, as beautiful
as the rose was, there was something more going on.
Envy was slipping into the picture. This was annoying.

What’s wrong with envy?

I want to be able appreciate the skills of others
without always wishing that I, too, possessed them.

Do you envy everyone’s skills?

No, just the ones that I wish I also possessed.

Why don’t you possess the skills you admire?

Some people have more natural talent than do others.

Some people may be unaware of what so-called
natural talents they do possess.

It isn’t possible for me to develop all the talents
I admire in others.

Have you tried?

There would never be enough time for that, and …

Yes. It would pull your focus from what you now
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The Simple Law of Love – Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy was a deep thinker, a thinking that blended intellect and emotion.

Creative by Nature

“If only people freed themselves from their beliefs [of all kinds] the simple law of love, natural to man, accessible to all and solving all questions and perplexities, would of itself become clear and obligatory.” ~Leo Tolstoy

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“If only people freed themselves from their beliefs in all kinds of Devatas, God, Allah, Yahweh and their incarnations as Krishnas and Christs, from beliefs in paradises and hells, in reincarnations and resurrections, from belief in the interference of the Gods in the external affairs of the universe—

And above all, if they freed themselves from belief in the infallibility of all the various Vedas, Bibles, Gospels, Tripitakas, Korans, and the like—

And also freed themselves from blind belief in a variety of scientific teachings about infinitely small atoms and molecules and in all the infinitely great and infinitely remote worlds, their movements and origin, as well as from faith in the infallibility of the scientific…

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Worlds Within Worlds of Rules

Spirit tells me that happiness is not
different things to different people,
as some might believe it to be.

Happiness is a feeling of contentment
that harmonizes both intellect and
emotion.

Can it last?

Nothing lasts.

But, is it a thing?

What?

Happiness.

What else could it be?

A state of mind.

States and minds are things.

But, people seek happiness.

Where? How?

Wherever and however they seem to think
it might be found.

It can never be found.

Then, is it possible to become happy
or contented.

Yes.

How?

Develop a satisfied mind.

How?

Live by rules of your own choosing.

How to know if I am choosing
the rules I live by?

Who else could choose them?

Most social rules were created before
I was born.

So what?

I didn’t choose them.

Do you live by them?

Some of them.

Why only some?

Some are required.

Why?

They are designed to create order where
there might otherwise be chaos.

Such as?

Traffic laws.

Yes.

What does that mean?

Traffic laws are a form of general rules
designed to benefit all members of specific
societies.

What rules would benefit individuals?

Whatever would benefit a group can only be
effective if it is followed by individuals
within the group.

So, the personal and the general are as one?

Yes and no.

How so?

Group rules apply to everyone to whom
they apply.

And personal rules?

Personally chosen rules are selected from
general rules.

Worlds within worlds of rules?

Yes. Our personal rules should be chosen
above and beyond those we accept.

Who el

Abusive behaviour as an addiction?

Spirit tells me that there are no abusers; only abusive habits, which may develop .into addictions.

Simple Seeker Society

Spirit shares gems of wisdom.

Spirit tells me that forgiveness is an unhealthy response to abuse.
What, He asks, does forgiveness undo? Does it accept abuse as okay?
even if the abuser says, I’m sorry?

How can abuse be forgiven, and would forgiveness end abuse or seem
to encourage more abuse?

Surely, abuse must be considered as unacceptable behaviour regardless
of who is abusing whom, and if the one who is being abused accepts
the abuse, then that person is guilty of self-abuse.

How, then can we respond to abuse when we cannot protect ourselves
from it?

We make choices and, perhaps, past choices helped to create the abusive
situation.

Why do you speak of an abusive situation and not an abusive person?

There are none.

Please explain.

We develop abusive habits or we do not.

As an addiction?

Yes.

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Choosing Integrity is Risky

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker was meditating on the concept
of wisdom.

Wisdom is much more than a concept.

How can anything be more than a concept?

How could anything be less?

Then, what is wisdom, beyond being a concept.

A concept of what?

A high level of understanding.

Understanding of what?

Whatever.

Whatever is a generalization of everything.

Then, of life?

Whose life, or what life?

Wisdom as a concept of life in general.

Wisdom is wisdom and life is life.

Yes, but I want to understand what life is.

How would wisdom help you do that?

I don’t know.

Perhaps you know more than you are willing
to accept knowing.

Why would I resist accepting knowing?

For fear of the consequences of knowing
whatever.

What consequences can knowledge have?

Personal responsibility.

For what?

For how you choose to respond to awareness.

We were discussing knowledge.

True knowledge is awareness.

And…

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Why Do We Do What We Do?

Intuition as a built-in history book?

Simple Seeker Society

Spirit tells me that our personal behaviour
either serves us well or it doesn’t. But, if
it does not then it must have served us well
at some time in the past, or at least we
must have believed that it did.

What if it just seemed appropriate at a
particular time?

There are no particular times for specific
behaviours.

Why?

All behaviours have a history.

What about spontaneity?

What about it?

If moving out of the way to avoid an
accident that never happened before, then
how could that reflex action have a history.

How could it not?

Because it never happened before.

To you, perhaps, but you would be aware
of a possible outcome for not moving
out of the way.

Perhaps I intuitively knew.

Yes, and intuition is a built-in history book.

A history of what?

Of how to live.

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A Calling, I Guess

Spirit tells me that we have been climbing
our mountain; our chosen way of life is as
a mountain.

But, what if I didn’t choose my way of life?

How would it be possible not to have chosen?

It may have chosen me.

How would that have been possible?

I was born into a particular family, within
a particular culture, in a particular
community, at a particular time, possessing
particular attributes.

And then what?

I became part of that family and culture.

And then?

And then I seemed to grow beyond …

Beyond what?

Beyond the comfort zone of them and myself.

And now?

I seem to be on the outside, looking in
to a place I can never return to.

Yes. Would you return if you could?

No. I seem to be where I am and moving
even further away from where I once
needed to be.

Is it a choosing?

No.

Then, what?

A calling, I guess.

Yes, but you choose to respond.

Yes.

Beyond the comfort zone

An Open Line to Higher Help

Another Law of Life? Yes, or at least Spirit tells me that we each have an open line to Higher Help.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker tried to clear her simple mind.

If it’s that simple, then what is the problem?

You seem intent on interrupting my thinking about
not thinking.

Did I win, again?

Yes. I forget what it was that I was trying to
forget.

Then we both win.

It’s not as simple as that.

What is the problem?

I’m supposed to let go of thinking on my own.

Who told you that nonsense?

Why would it be nonsense?

Because, it is impossible.

Why?

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

We each have an open line to Higher Help?

Yes. It is a Law of Life.

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