‘One Garden groups’ our focus = practicing healing…

‘One Garden groups’-our focus = practicing healing Wholeness via perennial wisdom”

Sipping the healing nectar of perfume & wisdom from various spiritual flowers!”

The ‘One Garden’ goal = living in balance – 2 wings i) realizing mystical connection to the whole & ii) dialogue-ing Perennial Wisdom/Philosophy. Together their concern = Awakening:Detaching:Serving

‘One Garden’ groups are about having a supportive ‘family’ to inspire living in the interspiritual way. We are a sacred space for practice & dialogue – using eternal wisdom sources. Why? – for greater happiness & peace, both as individuals & for the wider community, the planet’s global family.

OUR 3 SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES – to awaken; to attach; to serve – Awakening is primarily learning to stay mindful in our connection with the Whole (God if you prefer), conscious breathing is for many the No 1 re-minder. Detachment is learning to reduce the average level of ‘radio’ interference (ego) as we serve others within consciousness of the Whole. Service is action dedicated to the well being of others – starting with a our friends, family & workmates through to planetary concerns.

INTERSPIRITUALITY (21stC Advaita) = “…the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions.” – see Teasdale’s The Mystic Heart & Tolle’s The Power of Now etc. They teach the 2 ‘wings of A) Connection with the Whole + B) perennial wisdom both as 1) Awakening: 2) Detaching: 3) Serving.

1) to AWAKEN – “We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.” T N Hanh SL p504
A) • There’s a reality beyond the material world & its lifeforce: • Which is uncreated. • It pervades everything, • but remains (as a whole) beyond the reach of human knowledge and understanding.

2) to DETACH – “A (wo) man is a slave to anything he cannot part with that is less than himself”
George MacDonald
B) • You approach that reality by: • Distinguishing ego from true self • Understanding the nature of desire • Becoming unattached • Forgetting about preferences • Not working for personal gain • Letting go of thoughts • Redirecting your attention • Being devoted • Being humble • Invoking that reality • Surrendering etc.
C) • That reality approaches you through: • Grace • The ‘way’ or the teacher seems to appear whenever we need to move on up through the next stage.
D) • You’re transformed – enlightened – so that you embody or reflect that reality by:
• ‘Dying’ and ‘being reborn’ (i.e transformed & living more via the true higher non-egoistic Self).

3) to SERVE – “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer
E) .You then find (even better) ways to serve – realizing that all work done in the spirit of service can be ranked as worship. -0- NB the 3 Awake:Detach:Serve work synergistically-start anywhere

Our One Garden PURPOSE =: Awaken:Detach:Serve b) PRACTICE = Smile:Breathe:go mindfully

2 groups in Brighton, 1 in Seaford – BOOK IN here – http://www.meetup.com/One-Garden-Oneness-beyond-diversity/ OR email Roger
CONTACT: Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) at onesummit@gmail.com All my work in ‘One Garden’ groups is free – but group attendees contribute £3 if a room is hired or £1 for copying, MeetUp etc.
General Enquiries or holistic life-coaching – call 07 724 062 875 – EMAIL: onesummit@gmail.com

TAGS: curriculum for interspirituality, curriculum for interfaith, interspirituality, interfaith, comparitive religion

OUR TWO WINGS The mystical life is a…

OUR TWO WINGS

The mystical life is a matter of learning to live with the certainty that the Whole is unknowable. When we learn to bow before that consummate fact we can live in bliss.

Bliss comes via two means, from the harmonious beating of two wings. The first is developing a sense of permanent connectedness to the Whole. The second is gradually realizing that all particulars – a rose, a bird a cloud – are pointers to, and proof of, the Whole to which they, and we, belong.

The rest is focusing this spirit into service of others.

The two wings enable what all versions of the life spiritual are about – AWAKENING: DETACHMENT: SERVICE

Celebrating this from the lives and teaching of great teachers is what the One Garden is about (RP)

TAGS: TWO WINGS, The mystical life, the Whole, humility, awakening, detachment, service to others, ethnocentricity, bliss, the Whole and the parts, perennial wisdom, AWAKENING DETACHMENT SERVICE,

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO SPIRITUAL MASTERS ‘Sanctity holiness…

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN TWO SPIRITUAL MASTERS

‘Sanctity/holiness is realizing how much we are being conditioned by the ego’ – Bede Griffiths quoted by Wayne Teasdale HERE

Teasdale goes on to say that once we have this perspective we have a tool to transcend it! POW!
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Wilber comes back with ‘spirit is that ever-present noticing’ – POW!
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The Mystic Heart dialogue between Wilber & Teasdale PART 7 – Out of the self into the light

A Field Guide Once in the coll blue…

A Field Guide

Once, in the coll blue middle of a lake,
up to my neck in that most precious element of all,

I found a pale-gray, curled-upwards pigeon feather
floating on the tension of the water

at the very instant when a dragonfly,
like a blue-green iridescent bobby pin,

hovered over it, then lit, and rested.
That’s all.

I mention this in the same way
that I fold the corner of a page

in certain library books,
so that the next reader will know

where to look for the good parts.

by Tony Hoagland – from Unincorporated Persons in the Tang Dynasty.

To forgive is to set a prisoner…

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Philip Yancey – The Unnatural Act (article, Christianity Today, April 8, 1991)

“Forgiveness is the only way to break the cycle of blame–and pain–in a relationship…It does not settle all questions of blame and justice and fairness…But it does allow relationships to start over. In that way, said Solzhenitsyn, we differ from all animals. It is not our capacity to think that makes us different, but our capacity to repent, and to forgive.”

Old Chinese Proverb –

“The one who pursues revenge should dig two graves.”

Allen C. Guelzo – Fear Of Forgiving (article, Christianity Today, February 8, 1993)

Becoming the Giver of Light – Rumi I…

Becoming the Giver of Light – Rumi

I was dead
I came alive
I was tears
I became laughter

All because of love
when it arrived
my temporal life
from then on
changed to eternal

Love said to me
you are not
crazy enough
you don’t
fit this house

I went and
became crazy
crazy enough
to be in chains

Love said
you are not
intoxicated enough
you don’t
fit the group

I went and
got drunk
drunk enough
to overflow
with light-headedness

Love said
you are still
too clever
filled with
imagination and skepticism

I went and
became gullible
and in fright
pulled away
from it all

Love said
you are a candle
attracting everyone
gathering every one
around you

I am no more
a candle spreading light
I gather no more crowds
and like smoke
I am all scattered now

Love said
you are a teacher
you are a head
and for everyone
you are a leader

I am no more
not a teacher
not a leader
just a servant
to your wishes

Love said
you already have
your own wings
I will not give you
more feathers

And then my heart
pulled itself apart
and filled to the brim
with a new light
overflowed with fresh life

Now even the heavens
are thankful that
because of love
I have become
the giver of light.

  • Rumi. Ghazal number 1393, translated by Nader Khalili