We have not even to risk the…

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us – the labyrinth is thoroughly known.

We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence.

And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.” Joseph Campbell

hero, hero path, Joseph Campbell, die before death, dying, coming home,

Another view on reducing the small self or…

Another view on reducing the small self or ego as a means to successfully facing death;

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly container is not that big a deal… “ Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

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Letting Go – How Far Can It Take You?
Teaching by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

Approximate running time: 3 hours, 30 minutes ​- http://www.contemplative.org/audio.html​

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly container is not that big a deal… “

Letting go – how far can it take you? This the question Cynthia Bourgeault poses and explores
in an analysis of the journey which we begin at birth and continue to the death of the body.
Drawing particularly from Helen Luke’s book Old Age: Journey into Simplicity as well as John S.
Donne’s Four Consents, Cynthia offers a transformative alternative to the North American
obsession with staying young, fearing aging, and denying death. As we practice letting go of our
attachments we discover that all is tenderly held in God’s love and in wholeness. The welcoming
practice, another tool of transformation, is also discussed.

“… to the extent that you have already mastered dying before you
die in this life, the act of physical dying poses very little disruption
for your identity. So if you have already been able to make contact
with that in you which lives beyond and deeper than the ups and
downs, and the turbulent life of this storm-tossed ego, and if you
can find that deep spring that lies beneath it and put the seat of
your identity in it now, then the physical dissolution of your earthly
container is not that big a deal… “ Disc 1, track 2
Disc One (75:40)
Track 1 — Standing naked without blaming (13:28)
Track 2 — Dying before you die and the divine fragrance (9:35)
Track 3 — Dying to self-will (3:15)
Track 4 — Dying to egoic self (13:40)
Track 5 — Dying to survival (17:13)
Track 6 — The classic spiritual journey and the findings of neuroscience (18:16)

Disc Two (52:36)
Track 1 — Inner surrender and outer strength (3:57)
Track 2 — Confidence in the now (1:32)
Track 3 — Neurotic vs. conscious suffering (15:08)
Track 4 — Accepting conscious suffering (6:16)
Track 5 — Introducing the Welcoming Practice (3:32)
Track 6 — The Welcoming Practice: Steps 1 and 2 (12:20)
Track 7 — The Welcoming Practice: Step 3 (9:51)

Disc Three (67:40)
Track 1 — The last task (4:27)
Track 2 — The four consents (8:13)
Track 3 — Growing into old age (11:57)
Track 4 — Accepting the constrictions of aging (8:30)
Track 5 — Resignation vs. consent (6:36)
Track 6 — Mapping the journey of conscious consent (6:45)
Track 7 — Suffering as a condition of love (4:59)
Track 8 — The dance of self-emptying love (5:48)
Track 9 — Substituted love (4:27)
Track 10 — Atonement and the mystery of Jesus’ death (5:58)

Presented by The Contemplative Society
Please visit our website a​t http://www.contemplative.org/audio ​ ​to order or view our full listing of CD recordings

“When I drink tea it’s very pleasant to…

“When I drink tea it’s very pleasant to be aware
I am drinking cloud.” What happens when you die?
by Thich Nhat Hanh

…….You may think you are still alive but in fact you have been dying everyday, every minute, cells die and are born – for neither do we have funerals or birthdays (laughter).

Death is a very necessary condition of birth. With no death, there is no birth. They inter-are and happen in every moment to the experienced meditator. For instance a cloud may have died many times, into rain, streams, water. The cloud may want to wave to itself on earth! Rain is a continuation of the cloud. With a meditation practitioner nothing can hide itself. When I drink tea, it’s very pleasant to be aware I am drinking cloud.

When you are parents, you die and are reborn as your children. “You are my continuation, I love you.” The Buddha told us how to ensure a beautiful continuation – a compassionate thought, a beautiful thought. Forgiveness is our continuation. If anger, separation and hate arise, then we will not ensure a beautiful continuation. When we pronounce a word that is compassionate, good and beautiful that is our continuation.

When a cloud is polluted, the rain is polluted. So purifying thoughts, word and action creates a beautiful continuation. We can see the effects of our speech in our children. My disciples are my continuation ­– both monastic and lay. I want to transmit loving speech, action and thought. This is called karma in Buddhism.

This body of mine will disintegrate but my karma will continue – karma means action. My karma is already in the world. My continuation is everywhere in the world. When you look at one of my disciples walking with compassion, I know he is my continuation. I don’t want to transmit my negative emotions, I want to transform them before I transmit them. The dissolution of this body is not my end. Surely I will continue after the dissolution of this body. So don’t worry about my death, I am not going to die.

Let us meditate on the birth of a cloud. Does it have a birth certificate? (laughter) Examine the notion of birth – the notion that nothing can come from something, from no-one to someone. Is it possible for something to come from nothing? Scientifically this is not possible………………

from a talk by Thich Nhat Hanh

http://www.plumvillage.org/transcibe/7-what-happens-when-you-die.html

See http vimeo com 23043447#at=0 Love and fear…

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Love and fear / Michael Leunig

There are only two feelings, Love and fear:
There are only two languages, Love and fear:
There are only two activities, Love and fear:
There are only two motives, two procedures,
two frameworks, two results, Love and fear,
Love and fear.