Abraham HESCHEL: 'the enemy is nihilism' – a not to be missed video

“the challenge – the enemy we all face is nihilism …the sense of meaningless is pervasive and we have to do something about it.” (NIHILISM – life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value)

“God expects and depends on human beings to carry out His will.”

SEE ALSO – http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/2008/01/18/january-18-2008-abraham-joshua-heschel/1789/

RE THIS 9MINUTE FILM SEGMENT: A nine-minute segment about Rabbi Heschel which aired on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. It is adapted from the work-in-progress feature-length documentary “Praying With My Legs,” and features Bob Abernethy, anchor of Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, as correspondent.

(c) 2008, Educational Broadcasting Corporation.

Winner of the 2009 Angel Award for Excellence in Media.

Produced by Steve Brand. Written by Bob Abernethy and Steve Brand.

For more information on the full-length film, please go to its website: http://www.prayingwithmylegs.com, where you can sign up to be on the film’s mailing list for updates.

You can also become a fan of the film’s Facebook Page. Just go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Praying… and click on “Like.”

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the film, you can do so at: https://www.nyfa.org/ArtistDirectory/…


JOAN TOLLIFSON: on ‘radical simplicity’ – religion as simple attention, awareness, healing and presence

Joan Tollifson Simplicity of what is

In the three quotations below we have a view of religion, or at least of its essential spirituality, that is radically simple. It seems to me that together they express the healing heart of the universally mystical that is essential to our discovery of our true Self via healing at-one-ment.

They also constitute pointers to the essential mystical core of all of the great Traditions, now so often buried or banished beneath Churchianity. (Make up your own term for each of the other great Traditions. ‘Churchianity’ refers to the usurpation of the essential Christ story and teachings in which like the mystics we are asked to Awaken more, Detach from egotistic self more and Serve others better. Just that.)

For Joan, and others, meditation, brilliantly, is; “moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing and sticks to nothing”. ‘Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking up from the Story of My Life’.

“Maybe that is the purest and most radical kind of religion – simple attention. Present-moment awareness. Instead of a belief system, awareness sees through all beliefs.”
“….we maintain awareness, whether we know it or not, healing is taking place… a door that has been shut begins to open…. As the door opens, we see that the present is absolute and that, in a sense, the whole universe begins right now, in each second. And the healing of life is in that second of simple awareness…. Healing is always just being here, with a simple mind. ‌—‌Charlotte Joko Beck” ― Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp
“In simple presence with what is right here now, be it joyful or painful, an amazing freedom reveals itself. It cannot be described or explained in words. It is the freedom to be totally, effortlessly the way things are at this moment. ‌—‌Toni Packer” ― Joan Tollifson, Nothing to Grasp

We are citizens of two realms as taught us by Rebbe Abraham Heschel.

This is by design not by mistake. It wasn’t God having an ‘off-day’! In these teachings we ordinary mortals share the life of the mystic.

SEE: http://www.satyana.org/pdf/SongoftheEartheBook.pdf 1

JOAN TOLLIFSON, religion, simple attention, awareness, nonduality, consciousness, advaita, healing, presence, attention, Charlotte Joko Beck, Toni Packer,