Our Spirit, our breath: 21 pointings on the journey to realizing our true Self

Our Spirit, our breath: 21 pointings on the journey to realizing our true Self

NB Enjoy 3 breaths * after each line is read.

1 In most languages spirit means breath. With each breath we murmur Yah – wehhhhhh….. Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby.

  • 2 Breath is life. The difference between you, or me, alive or dead is the presence or absence of the life-force, or chi.
  • 3 We don’t have life we are life – in the form of the human spirit. Life flows through us and flowers in our individuation, our being, & our doing.
  • 4 At birth the human spirit is undifferentiated. Almost immediately the process of socialization into modes of being begins.
  • 5 Socialization, in addition to physical expression, enables us to form a self, an identity formed out of selfing & ‘me not-me’ boundaries.
  • 6 Gradually we learn to read the world & our self with greater sophistication via language & subtler modes such as body-language & intuition.
  • 7 At the same time we learn to express our self in three states or modes of being; the Caring the Creative, and the Critical.
  • 8 Although home & local community based the three correspond to the Humanities, the Arts and the Sciences.
  • 9 They are three forms of truth & knowledge acquisition & expressions; moral, subjective, & objective.
  • 10 Over and above the three modes there is the no-self mode, in which we rest as awareness.
  • 11 When we return from resting as awareness we re-enter the dual ‘normal’ realm & engagement via the 3 Cs.
  • 12 The fourth C then is Contemplation but only at the level of unicity – the state of no-self, transcending our self.
  • 13 As we mature in no-self, or no-selfing we bring that resonance to our Caring, Creativity & Criticality.
  • 14 Our participation i the dual world becomes imbued with the Spirit of our true Self awareness.
  • 15 We are citizens of two realms the contingent dual ‘normal’ world and the nondual transcendent world.
  • 16 The three Cs are sub-divisions of the dual realm and the ‘normal’ world.
  • 17 But every separate thing in the dual world is enhanced as we realize our true Self as being awareness.
  • 18 Another view of the singleness dividing is in this explanation of the singleness behind soul, mind & body;
  • ‘Human Reality is the same reality which is given different names, according to the different conditions wherein it becomes manifest. A) Because of its attachment to matter and the phenomenal world, when it governs the physical functions of the body, it is called the human soul. B) When it manifests itself as the thinker, the comprehender, it is called the mind. C.) And when it soars into the atmosphere of God, and travels in the spiritual world, it becomes designated as spirit.’
  • 19 Conscious, circular breathing is the primary portal to enable us to step into, and expand consolidation of our true Self; & rest as awareness
  • 20 We heal & reduce our ‘me-me-itis’, clearing out our inner rubbish of ‘selfing’ you might say, by conscious, circular breathing as we practice unitive meditation – “moment-to-moment presence that excludes nothing & sticks to nothing”. Joan Tollifson in her ‘Bare-Bones Meditation’.
  • 21 God is as available as the breath, the air we breathe. God is breathing us. In our last breath, as in our first, we murmur the name of God – Yah-wehhhhh….. Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby. Yah-wehhhhh….. Yah-wehhhhh…. Yah-wehhhhh…. * * *


EXPLANATION of Yahweh as the ultimate breath-mantra

Yahweh = the ultimate breath-mantra – because it is something we do automatically from birth to death, regardless of our beliefs.

“In Hebrew, all you write are the consonants and what it means to be an educated Jew, is that your eye automatically fills in the appropriate vowels and there are four consonants in the sacred name Yahweh, and he, the rabbi, said, “Did you know that those consonants if correctly pronounced do not allow you to close your lips or use your tongue”.
In fact the reason the name could not be spoken is it could only be breathed, in fact the sacred name Yahweh was an attempt to imitate and replicate the sound of inhalation and exhalation.”
(on the recording Fr Richard Rohr slowly breathes in and out several times with a whispering sound.)

“He did it about 30 times in this crowd of PhDs and I’m not exaggerating. But at the end of it I heard sobbing in the room, that people got it. God is as available as the breath, the air, the wind and the words are the same in many languages.”

SOURCE: https://tsvceo-web.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/Richard%20Rohr.pdf

Richard Rohr: don’t ‘let the word mystic scare you off’. It’s experience cf belief!

‘…..do not let the word “mystic” scare you off. It simply means

one who has moved from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience.

All spiritual traditions agree that such a movement is possible, desirable, and available to everyone. In fact, Jesus seems to say that this is the whole point! (See, for example, John 10:19-38.)

Some call this movement conversion, some call it enlightenment, some transformation, and some holiness. It is Paul’s “third heaven,” where he “heard things that must not and cannot be put into human language” (2 Corinthians 12:2, 4). Consciously or not, far too much organized religion has a vested interest in keeping you in the first or second heaven, where all can be put into proper language and deemed certain. This keeps you coming back to church, and it keeps us clergy in business.

This is not usually the result of ill will on anybody’s part; it’s just that you can lead people only as far as you yourself have gone. Transformed people transform people. From the way they talk so glibly about what is always Mystery, it’s clear that many clergy have never enjoyed the third heaven themselves, and they cannot teach what they do not know. Theological training without spiritual experience is deadly.

We are ready to see and taste the full sunset now and no longer need to prove it or even describe it. We just enjoy it — and much more!’


How’s your sight? Like a good parable? Why did Jesus use parables?

I always thought parables in the Bible were used because they by-pass abstract thinking and speech – that is they had a universality and everyday rootedness – and helped in the business of communicating to as many people as possible, but just look again;

The Purpose of Jesus’ Parables – (Mark 4:10-12)

10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. -0-

a) ‘They’ were presumably those who not only didn’t ‘get it’ but might be enemies?

b) The followers did ‘get it’ – the others didn’t.

c) If you have knowledge of the ‘mysteries of the kingdom of heaven’ you ‘shall have more abundance’.

d) Verse 13 – is it that those who don’t get it just treat the teachings as (harmless?) children’s stories – so that in this respect they are like a code or secret language.

e) The reference to Esaias in effect presents the difference between physical and spiritual forms of seeing and hearing.

f) Verse 15 tells us that lack of spiritual seeing and hearing is a form of blindness and deafness.

g) Verse 17 is astonishing – you can be righteous or even a prophet and still not ‘get it’, for want of spiritual seeing and hearing!

Fr. Richard Rohr is brilliant on this subject – SEE http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fr-richard-rohr/three-ways-to-view-the-su_b_822092.html

Richard Rohr – “God is an event of communion. God is relationality itself. Love is a dynamic, a process.”

Fr. Richard Rohr introduces the Love that goes far beyond infatuation and invites our full participation and surrender. In his words,

“God is an event of communion.

God is relationality itself.

Love is a dynamic, a process.”

Love is an infinite, inclusive flow of giving and receiving.


Richard Rohr * Malcolm Gladwell on wisdom and insight

Richard Rohr & Malcolm Gladwell on wisdom and insight

Richard Rohr says;

I am also convinced by what Malcolm Gladwell, in his 2006 best-seller, Blink, calls the phenomenon of ‘thin slicing’ in our human search for patterns and wisdom.

He believes that what we call insight or even genius comes from the ability of some people to “sift through the situation in front of them, throwing out all that is irrelevant, while zeroing in on what really matters.

The truth is that our unconscious is really good at this, to the point where thin-slicing often delivers a better answer than more deliberate and exhaustive ways of thinking.”

Richard Rohr – http://faithmatters.us/introducing-things-hidden/

TAGS: Richard Rohr, thin-slicing, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell, wisdom, insight, genius, unconsciousness,

Three gifts: faith, hope, and love. – Richard Rohr

Three gifts: faith, hope, and love.

Faith that the Incarnation is true not only in Jesus but in each of our lives. God is with us.

Hope that the sorrows and injustices in the world are not the last word. From death comes life.

Love as the foundational energy of our universe and of our very beings.

SEE – https://cac.org/richard-rohr/daily-meditations

The difference between religion & spirituality – Richard Rohr

“Religion is lived by people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is lived by people who have been through hell and come out enlightened.”


Authentic mystical experience connects us and just keeps…

Authentic mystical experience connects us and just keeps connecting us at ever-newer levels, breadths, and depths, “until God can be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28). – Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr calls the Serenity Prayer the a…

Richard Rohr calls the Serenity Prayer the/a gateway to silence;

Gateway to Silence:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can, and
the wisdom to know the difference.

Before the truth sets you free it…

“Before the truth sets you free it tends to make you miserable.” Bro Richard Rohr

He says it’s true of whichever religion you are in.

“You can only unlock things from the inside.”

Oh boy are them some truths that spoke to me in this lecture by Richard Rohr;

Uploaded on 12 Oct 2011

topic: “Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life”

Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 2011