Ego and Self Serve Each Other

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.

Simple Seeker Society

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.

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Finding grace

Grace and Zen may be twins.

J.E. Reddington

Simple Definition of grace

: a way of moving that is smooth and attractive and that is not stiff or awkward
Grace is something I’ve been searching for most of my life. I think I’ve finally found her. She’s waiting with me now, quite close by. I can almost feel her breath on my neck. Her presence is soothing.
To tell you what it’s been like waiting for her, I would have to say that Grace is illusive. She doesn’t come even if you beckon her. She chooses her own friends and will not be swayed by my silly attempts to ingratiate myself with her.
Grace is here now with me. She joins me now in the minutes and hours after I meditate and exercise, when the dishes are done and I sit down to process the day. Knowing Grace allows me to move peacefully through the world.
For so long I…

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Zero to Hero

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.

High and Low Interact Because

It would be so much easier to relate to the Mysteries if they didn’t seem to demand to be taken ever more seriously.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

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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Awareness is the Answer

Consciousness rises and awareness expands. Put them together and what have you got? Density of thought and emotion is heavy and holds us down, while it can. Th good news is that we’re designed to be able to release ourselves and move out and up, when and as we choose to. Wow!

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker of enlightenment was, or almost believed she was

Unprepared for the lesson that Spirit seemed intent on her learning;

That the pillars of form, consciousness, and force that provided

The basic structure, or the built environment, of The Tree of Life

Did not exist as anything more or less than mental concepts

To express the lived world of continuous experience and response,

That necessarily causes an expansion of consciousness, or awareness,

As a result of this evolutionary process.

But, she protested, consciousness rises.

Everything rises as it expands. Density of matter, or mind, moves up

As it reaches out.

It isn’t fair.

What isn’t fair.

I’ve spent countless hours learning to relate to specific centers

Of energy on the separate pillars of form, consciousness, and force.

And their specific interactions with other energies.

There are no other energies.

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I Ching 8 – Closeness

The power of emotion drives thought. I feel, therefore I think (or do I just think that I feel whatever emotion I think I feel?

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Today’s I Ching – 8 – Closeness

Water above, Earth below.

Closeness follows The Army

 

Spirit explains:

Yes. Closeness can refer to something or someone

Near to where we are, or to someone or something

Dear to us, and near to us, wherever we may be.

 

Personal.

 

Yes.

 

So, what is the message?

 

You and I are as close to each other, and to everyone and

Everything else, as we feel we are. We cannot choose

To feel close.

 

Then, emotion rules?

 

Yes.

 

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I Ching 38 – Disharmony

Without at least some degree of discontentment at all levels (if there be levels) of life, and in all situations, personal and otherwise, there could be no change, and there is continuous change.

I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment

Today’s I Ching – 38 – Disharmony

Fire above. Lake below.

Disharmony follows The Way of the Family

 

Spirit explains:

 

The way of the family serves a social  purpose

And then it changes as the purpose it once served

No longer serves one or some of the individuals

Within the particular family.

 

Disharmony is a necessary prerequisite to change, and

Change is continuous.

 

Does that mean that we must always be discontent?

 

We are, at some level.

 

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We Live Our Awareness

Developing awareness can so very easily become more of an intellectual pursuit than a spiritual goal.

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker of enlightenment had just realized that

Her spirit teacher had been luring her into believing

That she had developed a deeper level of understanding

Than she suddenly knew was just not so.

He’s a trickster. Her expressed indignation escaped her mind

Before the regret for disrespect could stop it.

Who’s a trickster.

You are.

Of course I am, when it serves us well.

Does “us” include me?

Yes.

What good purpose could be …

Was.

Then, what good purpose was served by leading me …

I didn’t lead you.

You allowed me to believe …

You don’t need my permission to believe what you

Choose to believe

How could I choose to believe that I was more aware

Than I was?

Did you correct your false belief?

Yes, but …

How?

I reviewed earlier stages and discovered one that

Seemed to more accurately describe my level

Of…

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Archetypes as Symbols of Roles We Choose to Play

“Case closed”. Why can’t I end a discussion like that?

Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101

A simple seeker was meditating on Stage 16 of The Tree of Life.

Her chosen text calls this particular meditation, “I AM THAT I AM”.

Earlier meditations had as their focus, the question,. “Who am I”.

But, she kept asking herself – If I am that I am, then who or what?

You were never anything other than what you are, now.

Physical live serves to help us understand that simple reality.

Whatever we have experienced; whatever we now experience,

Whatever we will experience, the simple fact remains,

We are what we are, whomever we choose to be,

While we choose to be.

If I’m playing life as an actor, then why does it seem so real?

An actor is an actor regardless of the role she plays, but,

Each role we play; each relationship we experience,

Can serve to help us develop insight into why

We have chosen to…

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