The Wonder of Presence and the Way of Meditative Inquiry – By Toni Packer
Toni Packer on the shadow part of us that misses the magic of the present moment by judging.
“We are habitually absorbed in our ideas and judgments about each other and are little aware of the actual moment-to-moment happenings between us. It feels so true that your are what I know you to be, and that I am what I know about myself. We don’t realize easily that what I think I am is to a large extent the picture-story about myself. I can think endlessly about the characteristics of my body, its looks and its needs, my name, my age, my inherited qualities, my parents, my history, my experiences, my artistic, mathematical, or athletic talents and potential I think I have. And there is a reaction to everything I think about myself — I like it or I don’t, I want to get rid of it or keep it forever.
“So we become identified with our characteristics and abilities and identify others by theirs. There is a feeling of ownership here: We think we are the owners of our traits, our personalities, our bodies, our knowledge, and our opinions. And we feel that we deserve to be what we are as though we ourselves had brought it about. ‘I have worked hard on myself,’ we like to say. The working hard on oneself is also part of our personality. When we feel that we haven’t accomplished anything worthwhile in our life, we feel responsible for the failure — it’s our own fault that we don’t amount to anything. Can we look at all this and question it thoroughly?
“In my delusion I feel that somehow I have brought myself about the way I am, that I own what I have become, and that I can get better if I put my mind to it and work on myself with determination and willpower. I also believe that other people should do the same thing. We somehow feel it’s their fault that they are the way they are. Finding fault is part of our relationship with each other — blaming each other openly or tacitly for what we are, what we have done or what we don’t do.”
Go HERE for full article – http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/excerpts/view/13776
The Sufi Meditation of the Heart – Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
True knowledge of God is gained when
the lover comes in contact with the Beloved
through secret communion with Him.
— TRADITIONAL SUFI SAYING
Sufism is a path of love. The Sufi is a traveler on the path of love, a wayfarer journeying back to God through the mysteries of the heart. For the Sufi the relationship to God is that of lover and Beloved, and Sufis are also known as lovers of God. The journey to God takes place within the heart, and for centuries Sufis have been traveling deep within themselves, into the secret chamber of the heart where lover and Beloved share the ecstasy of union……
To read the article go HERE – http://www.goldensufi.org/a_meditation_of_heart.html
‘Mysticism is living Love’s oneness’ so says contemporary Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.
At first I mis-read the title as ‘Mysticism: Living one’s Oneness’. I am wondering if that also is true?
Another way to put that is to say how far does integration of the individual’s (false) self a prerequisite for purity and lack of self-deception in our preparedness for mystical experience.
Perhaps a useful metaphor here is that of radio interference – from thoughts, feelings or the ‘world’ that keep us suffering negatives from the past – fear, etc – or from the ‘future’ anxiety etc.
I take it that almost everyone is a mystic in the same way that most people can walk, run and throw but not at Olympian levels. But it is part of the soul’s experience, in basic forms, for most people – except sociopathic and psychopathic people or those in whom there is a complete take-over by the egoic self.
I work with a simple definition ‘a mystical event is an experience, via truth, goodness or beauty, that enables us to transcend our little, frightened egoic self’. Such an event has probably happened to you today, or recently, when you were moved by a smile, or something a child said, or a beautiful landscape etc.
A third way of asking the question is ‘is our sensibility to possible mystical events conditional on a substantial degree of transformation of disturbing negatives into a higher degree of integration?
The article by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is HERE – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/llewellyn-vaughanlee/mysticism-living-loves-oneness_b_1304518.html