Exquisitely beautiful Chant

“Create in me a pure heart, O my God, and renew a tranquil conscience within me, O my Hope! Through the spirit of power confirm Thou me in Thy Cause, O my Best-Beloved, and by the light of Thy glory reveal unto me Thy path, O Thou the Goal of my desire! Through the power of Thy transcendent might lift me up unto the heaven of Thy holiness, O Source of my being, and by the breezes of Thine eternity gladden me, O Thou Who art my God! Let Thine everlasting melodies breathe tranquillity on me, O my Companion, and let the riches of Thine ancient countenance deliver me from all except Thee, O my Master, and let the tidings of the revelation of Thine incorruptible Essence bring me joy, O Thou Who art the most manifest of the manifest and the most hidden of the hidden!” – Bahá’u’lláh

(From album entitled – Luke Slott “Create in Me a Pure Heart”)
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How simple can your and my enlightenment be?

How simple can your and my enlightenment be?

Vicki Woodyard is teaching us how in a very homely simplicity;

Vicki’s channel is here;
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vicki+woodyard

Her blog is here;

http://www.vickiwoodyard.com/

TAGs/Topics: Vicki Woodyard, enlightenment, spiritual maturity, triumph after great pain,

WHAT GOOD IS GRATITUDE?

From a friend I learned to say, for example in shops, “Thanks for you help.”

Thanking people who have helped, whether they are employed to do that or not, is one powerful way to enhance your commitment to being grateful, and being grateful is one way to enhance your being!

Gratitude can help change your outer environment a little but more importantly it enhances the way we read our ‘self’ as well as how we read what we call the ‘world out there’.

This is now opening up to research inquiry. Here is a short version by Robert Emmons, Prof of Psychology at UC Davis in the US;

1 G allows celebration of the present?
2 G Blocks toxic emotions (envy, resentment, regret, depression)
3 G people are more stress-resilient
4 G strengthens social ties and self-worth

Fascinating If you want a bit more from Prof Emmons here is a longer version:

‘Gratitude Works!: The Science and Practice of Saying Thanks [Robert Emmons]

Robert Emmons (Professor of Psychology, UC Davis) explains how gratitude can heal, energize, and change human lives, with reference to recent empirical psychological research.’

Have you been in the presence of a truly devout person? – Abraham Joshua Heschel speaking at UCLA 5/29/1968

These guys were – and you can be;

WARNING – DEEPLY MOVING EXPERIENCE OF TRUE HUMILITY
In this 2min video Monks remembering the time that Heschel visited them;

As recently as 2013 UCLA put up this recording of Abraham Joshua Heschel;

General YouTube search for videos by or about Abraham Joshua Heschel – https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Abraham+heschel

See also a talk on a recent, brilliant, book that says the key to Heschel’s teachings is ‘Transcendence’

https://quotationstreasury.wordpress.com/2016/06/07/heschel-rabbi-shai-held-discusses-his-new-book-is-transcendence-the-key-and-core-to-heschels-teaching/

NEW COURSE: ‘Becoming Your True Self’ – Newsletter 1

Welcome!

Saturday Seminars (Brighton)

‘Becoming Your True Self’

Newsletter 1

Hi Everyone

Thanks for joining the Saturday Seminars ‘Becoming Your True Self’ group.

The course draws on the timeless teachings that through the ages teach the same core truths and practices. For what? To enable us to move from a self defined by …. (well you tell me) – to your higher True Self.

We have run a similar group for four years on Wednesday mornings – and through earlier decades! Judged by our Wednesday daytime group you can expect lots of laughter as well as great spiritual dialogue and insights. This group is (mainly) for those who work Mon – Fri.

The probable venue is the Friends Meeting House in Brighton – but very unusually they have closed the rooms one of which we are likely to use because of building work for August so I am told. They should be ready in time for a start in September but if you know of not too expensive alternative venues close to central Brighton please let me know.

I am still putting the finishing touches to the latest version of the ‘Becoming Your True Self’ course but MeetUp are rather bossy and they decided to release the current draft without asking me – which is why you are getting a rather long thank-you letter!

Since I don’t know when we will be free to start at the Friends Meeting House the most important thing is to suggest how you might make a start – right now.

MAKING A START – RIGHT NOW
You might like to express in some (creative) form, such as writing, what you see as some of the turning points on your journey so far – here is the redoubtable, much-liked, Paddy from our Wednesday group in a short interview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-oT9HzhbrQ

IF YOU ARE NOT MUCH OF A READER – don’t worry, I supply all necessary materials.

ONLINE – you might like to have a look at Joan Tollifson http://www.joantollifson.com/waking.html
Joan has had a rougher ride than many of us and has come out as a brilliant, empathic communicator of ‘the simplicity of what is.’

IF YOU ARE A READER……
Want a stunning book hot off the press? – here it is This one is by William Keepin and is HERE – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Belonging-God-Spirituality-Science-Universal-ebook/dp/1594736219/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470292294&sr=1-1&keywords=william+keepin

Want another brilliant book. This one is by John Greer – HERE – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seeing-Knowing-Being-Sacred-Awakenings/dp/0615521835/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470296090&sr=1-1&keywords=john+greer+knowing

Over the four years of the foundation One Garden group the members have been introduced to a range of outstanding teachers. However the teacher who seems to have the widest,enduring, deep, respect is Eckhart Tolle so if you haven’t read The Power of Now, A New Earth and Stillness Speaks you are in for a treat. – https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_4?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=eckhart+tolle&sprefix=toll%2Caps%2C167

In some respects Stillness Speak is Tolle’s masterpiece

YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE EXPENSES OF RUNNING THE COURSE
If you are well-off please pay more. If you are on a seriously low income talk to me.

The first seminar which will be an overview, and for me to learn more about your priorities will cost £10.00. – this makes the course 11 weeks in total.

After that you can get all 10 sessions for half-price by paying in advance – in September – first come first served!

I am not of the order of Tolle or Raymond Blanc, in the world of cookery, but neither does it cost what they cost. Example – cookery in 2014 HERE – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinkadvice/10969011/Top-10-cookery-schools.html

My courses represent outstanding value!

Why don’t you charge for your teaching etc? As a matter of principle I don’t charge for my teaching, research etc
Why? – because it is the line of great teachers to whom I bow very deeply.

We hope we get to know each and all of you

All good wishes

Roger & Marion

PS As I was writing this an email dropped into my inbox from Dr Mercola.

Dr Mercola is hated by drug companies and, probably a large chunk of mainstream medics – he also has about two million visitors to his site every month!

SUMMARY:
‘Gratitude is an affirmation of goodness; when you feel gratitude, you affirm that you live in a benevolent world. It’s also a recognition that the source of this goodness comes from outside of yourself

People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions and less anxiety, sleep better and have better heart health

Your sense of gratitude can be strengthened with practice. Ways to cultivate gratitude include keeping a gratitude journal, prayer, meditation, writing thank you notes and non-verbal actions like smiling and hugging’

The full article is HERE – http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/08/04/ways-to-cultivate-gratitude.aspx

The practice of gratitude is a practice that points to ‘Becoming our True Self’!

….and so is smiling more!

‘Love & its Channels: the Eternal Thread of Gold’ – our Vision & Mission leaflet

Our Vision & Mission, our identity & purpose (with minor updates) – ;

VER 1/08/16 Love & its Channels: the Eternal Thread of Gold : the basics as 1. Spirit & 2. Form. Learning to celebrate Oneness, beauty, truth, goodness & justice – via 7 teachers, 7 texts & 7 pathways – for peace.

Page 1: THE SPIRIT = LOVE, compassion, or simply kindness – the Golden Rule around which we can unite.
Page 2: THE FORM or structure = the eternal ‘perennial wisdom’ mystical faith core of all great traditions.

INTRO: Our true Self is love. Love is the spirit, the energy, the life-force, the river of life that through us flows – the magnet of compassion that unites, bringing peace. We need the spirit of love but we also need form. Love is the reality, the hub, the mystic heart around which all can centre. One Garden ‘form’, p2, = the perennial framework, taught by all great Teachers – our spiritual legacy, ancient & perpetually new. With love as the’ river ‘& ‘perennial wisdom’ as the ‘river-bank’ of structure we have the inter-spiritual way of life. We have vision, mission & a course.

OUR PROCESS: Read any 2 or 3 of these quotations on love. Meditate on them. Dialogue with a friend. Question.

BAHA’I FAITH: Love is heaven’s kindly light, the Holy Spirit’s eternal breath that vivifieth the human soul. Love is the cause of God’s revelation unto man, the vital bond inherent, in accordance with the divine creation, in the realities of things. Love is the one means that ensureth true felicity both in this world and the next. Love is the light that guideth in darkness, the living link that uniteth God with man, that assureth the progress of every illumined soul. Love is the most great law that ruleth this mighty and heavenly cycle, the unique power that bindeth together the diverse elements of this material world, the supreme magnetic force that directeth the movements of the spheres in the celestial realms. Love revealeth with unfailing and limitless power the mysteries latent in the universe. Love is the spirit of life unto the adorned body of mankind, the establisher of true civilization …. SOURCE

BUDDHISM:“When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.”: Thích Nhất Hạnh.

CHRISTIANITY: God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. SOURCE 1 John 4:16

HINDUISM: For those who set their hearts on me/ And worship me with unfailing devotion and faith,/ The way of love leads sure and swift to me. Krishna – Bhagavad Gita – SOURCE

JUDAISM: Blessed are the men and women who are planted on your earth, in your garden,
who grow as your trees and flowers grow, who transform their darkness to light.
Their roots plunge into darkness; their faces turn toward the light. All those who
love you are beautiful; they overflow with your presence so that they can do
nothing but good. There is infinite space in your garden; all men, all women
are welcome here; all they need do is enter. SOURCE – The Odes & Psalms of Solomon

SUFI/ISLAM: O Marvel! a garden amidst the flames.
My heart has become capable of every form:
it is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Kaa’ba,
and the tablets of the Torah and the book of the Quran.
I follow the religion of Love: whatever way Love’s camels take,
that is my religion and my faith. (Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi: Treasure of Compassion Theos Pub House1911 Poem XI )

TAOISM Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage. LaoTzu
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ECKHART TOLLE: Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature. You look beyond the veil of form and separation. This is the realization of oneness. This is love. What is God? The eternal One Life underneath all the forms of life. What is love? To feel the presence of that One Life deep within yourself and within all creatures. To be it. Therefore, all love is the love of God. SOURCE – The Power of Now -0- “Love is the recognition of oneness in a world of duality. This is the birth of God into the world of form. Love makes the world less worldly, less dense, more transparent to the divine dimension, the light of consciousness itself.” ET Take 3 conscious breaths.

SOPHOCLES: “One word frees us of all the weight & pain of life: That word is love.” (from Oedipus at Colonus)
KHALIL GIBRAN: “Work is love made visible.” TIM FREKE: ‘Love is ease of being’ & “Love is how Oneness feels.” Rick Archer replied; “I have a friend who likes to say; “We are all sense organs of the Infinite.” -0- -0- -0-
2 FORM: ‘One Garden groups’ form or structure to help us practice healing Wholeness via perennial wisdom
or poetically; ”Sipping the healing nectar, perfume, & wisdom from 7 spiritual flowerings!”

HEART & HEAD – Love is the ‘blood’ & heart-beat, the chi or life-force & primary ‘covenant’. Our practice & action nondual & dual = the channel or framework for the life-force or spirit to flow to us, through us & from us – at all levels.

INTER-SPIRITUALITY for me = “the recovery of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.” See Teasdale’s The Mystic Heart & Tolle’s The Power of Now etc. 2 wings of spirituality = A) Connection with the non-dual Whole + B) perennial wisdom & dialogue for 1) Awakening: 2) Detaching: 3) Serving, effective action in ‘love as service’. Love is the hub of all. The 7 Teachers, Texts & paths teach head, heart & action.

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

The ‘One Garden’ goal = living the harmony of 2 ‘wings’ i) realizing mystical connection to the formless Whole and ii) dialogue-ing Perennial Wisdom. Together their concern = Awakening:Detaching:Serving. KEYS include ying+yang, breath-work, nonduality+duality, heart-mind, words+silence, panentheism (immanence+transcendence). Breathe x 3!

OUR 3 SPIRITUAL CHALLENGES in developing consciousness = awakening; detaching; serving. Breathe & forgive.
1 Awakening is primarily learning to stay mindful in our connection with the nondual Whole (God if you prefer). Conscious breathing is for many the No 1 re-minder, the anchor, the means to awareness, nowness, integration & presence. Resting in awareness is the default home, of which we remain conscious in all forays into the dual realm.
2 Detachment is learning to reduce the average level of ‘radio’ interference (egotism) as we interact with others, within consciousness of the Whole. Ego like a body is necessary, egotism is the disease of perpetually ‘selfing’.
3 Service is action dedicated to the well being of others – starting with our friends, family & workmates – through to the ‘planetary family’s’ concerns. Our efficacy is proportionate to how successfully we love, challenge & integrate our ‘self’ & its shadow side – learning respect for our Covenantal relationship & taking inspiration from the great Traditions

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 life force: • It is uncreated. • It pervades everything, • but remains (as a Whole) beyond the reach of human knowledge & understanding. Take 3 conscious breaths

2) to DETACH – “A (wo)man is a slave to anything s/he cannot part with that is less than her/himself” – George MacDonald – “Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP) Take 3 conscious breaths & forgive.

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. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” RP The ‘way’ or the ‘teacher’ appear whenever we need to move on up through the next stage. Conscious breathing is the key to awareness SEE Thich Nhat Hanh & E. Tolle

C) • That reality approaches you through: • Grace • (RP We the finite cannot comprehend the Infinite, or even others or our ‘self’ but can, as with the physical sun, feel the warmth of love & see via the light of knowledge.)

D) • You’re transformed, enlightened or saved – so that we embody or reflect that reality by: • ‘Dying’ & ‘being reborn’ i.e living more deeply via the true, higher, non-egoistic Self, mirroring virtues in our being, doing & having.

3) to SERVE E) You then find (even better) ways to serve realizing all work done in the spirit of service is ranked as worship. NB the ‘triangle of the 3’ Awake:Detach:Serve works synergistically – we can start anywhere. “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” A Schweitzer.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” “The breath of God is breathing me, and you – and them! Yahweh.”
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OUR ONE GARDEN PURPOSE & PRACTICE – a) PURPOSE =Awaken:Detach:Serve b) PRACTICE = Smile:Breathe:go mindfully. CONTACT: Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) onesummit@gmail. com – 07724 062 875

‘In the world of existence there is no more powerful magnet than the magnet of love.’ ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá