Spiritual gems that came my way this week

“You must be emptied of that with which you are full, so you may be filled with that whereof you are empty. St Augustine.” ― David R. Loy, The World Is Made of Stories
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For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”- Matthew 18-20 – NIV
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“The intention behind each action determines its effect. Our intentions and our actions affect not only us but also others. If we believe that every intention and action evolves as we progress on our spiritual journey, then if we act consciously we evolve consciously, but if we act unconsciously we involve unconsciously. ”
– Alfred Huang, I Ching
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RP Loved this poem that I found here – http://www.julietallardjohnson.com/calendar/41 (A great site!)
A poem written by Mokasiya at our 2014, May retreat day;

The Farmer
is out planting corn
and i
am trying to write
the greatest poem ever,
unbeknown to him
and that cheese grater tractor
not a John Deere,
or the PTO
not a Personal Terrorist Operation
sounds like a dentist drill
that will not stop
grinding at the cavity
of misplaced words
unloved grammar
and rhyme
that i fail to plant,
that i cannot hear
that i neglect to find.
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Rupert Spira’s videos are here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/rupertspira
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“Every soul innately yearns for stillness, for a space, a garden where we can till, sow, reap, and rest, and by doing so come to a deeper sense of self and our place in the universe.

Silence is not an absence but a presence. Not an emptiness but repletion A filling up.”
~ Anne D. LeClaire

  • from stillnessspeaks.com

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Mindfulness allows us to spend more time…

“Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP)

Quietness and stillness are the arches of the gateway to at-one-ment.

At-one-ment depends on no-self-ment. No-self is heaven, bliss, Nirvana. No-self is helped by mindfulness, which is really mind-quiet-ness, self-emptiness.

Mindfulness uses prompts – prayers, mantras, bells, alarm clocks.

At-one-ment in Oneness. There we rest in eternity.

Time starts again with the dualities to which we return in this ‘world’.

At-one-ment and this world of dualities, the Ten Thousand Things, are gateways to heaven in both states, both worlds. The two states, are the wings with which we soar blissfully in both worlds. Each is complementary to the other.

The heaven of at-one-ment and this world of dualities resolve into One as in;

The great Master Dogen said,

“To study the Buddha Way is to study the self,

to study the self is to forget the self, and

to forget the self is to be enlightened by the ten thousand things.”

To be enlightened by the ten thousand things is to recognize the unity of the Self and the ten thousand things, the One and the many.

“Mindfulness allows us to spend more time in eternity! ” (RP)

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LOVE IS RECOGNITION IN LIFE’S LONGING FOR ITSELF…

LOVE IS RECOGNITION IN LIFE’S LONGING FOR ITSELF

“You don’t have a life. You are life!” – Eckhart Tolle

Serendipity! Yesterday in our ‘One Garden’ group we discussed the area set out in the quote below and today this quote dropped into my inbox. It covers about every aspect of our discussion.

“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.”

~Eckhart Tolle

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Be still and know that I am God…

Be still, and know that I am God
King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

Not to be able to stop thinking is a dreadful affliction, but we don’t realize this because almost everybody is suffering from it, so it is considered normal. This incessant mental noise prevents you from finding that realm of inner stillness that is inseparable from Being. ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

When you become aware of silence, immediately there is that state of inner still alertness. You are present. You have stepped out of thousands of years of collective human conditioning. ECKHART TOLLE, Stillness Speaks