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!

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“Who Is The Experiencer?” asks Echart Tolle

Who Is The Experiencer?

‘What you see and hear, taste, touch, and smell are, of course, sense objects. They are what you experience. But who is the subject, the experiencer?

If you now say, for example, “Well, of course, I, Jane Smith, senior accountant, forty-five years old, divorced, mother of two, American, am the subject, the experiencer,” you are mistaken. Jane Smith and whatever else becomes identified with the mental concept of Jane Smith are all objects of experience, not the experiencing subject.

Every experience has three possible ingredients: sense perceptions, thoughts or mental images, and emotions. Jane Smith, senior accountant, forty-five years old, mother of two, divorced, American — these are all thoughts and therefore part of what you experience the moment you have these thoughts. They and whatever else you can say and think about yourself are objects, not the subject. They are experience, not the experiencer.

You can add a thousand more definitions (thoughts) of who you are and by doing so will certainly increase the complexity of the experience of yourself (as well as your psychiatrist’s income) but, in this way, you will not end up with the subject, the experiencer who is prior to all experience but without whom there would be no experience.

So who is the experiencer? You are. And who are you? Consciousness. And what is Consciousness? This question cannot be answered. The moment you answer it, you have falsified it, made it into another object.

Consciousness, the traditional word for which is Spirit, cannot be known in the normal sense of the word, and seeking it is futile. All knowing is within the realm of duality — subject and object, the knower and the known. The subject, the I, the knower without which nothing could be known, perceived, thought, or felt, must remain forever unknowable.

This is because the I has no form. Only forms can be known, and yet without the formless dimension, the world of form could not be. It is the luminous space in which the world arises and subsides.

That space is the life that I Am. It is timeless. I Am timeless, eternal. What happens in that space is relative and temporary: pleasure and pain, gain and loss, birth and death.

The greatest impediment to the discovery of inner space, the greatest impediment to finding the experiencer, is to become so enthralled by the experience that you lose yourself in it. It means consciousness is lost in its own dream. You get taken in by every thought, every emotion, and every experience to such a degree that you are in fact in a dreamlike state. This has been the normal state of humanity for thousands of years.

Although you cannot know consciousness, you can become conscious of it as yourself. You can sense it directly in any situation, no matter where you are. You can sense it here and now as your very Presence, the inner space in which the words on this page are perceived and become thoughts. It is the underlying I Am.

The words you are reading and thinking are the foreground, and the I Am is the substratum, the underlying background to every experience, thought, feeling.’

by Eckhart Tolle – From his book, A New Earth, Page 241.

JOAN TOLLIFSON: "Addiction is a metaphor for the human condition." – video interview by Renate of Conscious.TV

“Addiction is a metaphor for the human condition.” – Joan Tollifson cf Eckart Tolle’s ‘the human condition, lost in thought’.

Joan Tollifson ‘Painting the Sidewalk with Water’ Interview by Renate McNay

She is the author of ‘Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life’, ‘Awake in the Heartland’, ‘Painting the Sidewalk with Water’ and ‘Nothing to Grasp’.

Joan points to the most obvious and impossible to avoid: the ever-present, ever-changing present moment. She also talks about her disability and compulsive, habitual behaviour and her biggest relief… that there is nowhere to go and nothing to become.

Toni Packer was her Teacher.

http://www.conscious.tv

Can you live with your self?

“I cannot live with myself any longer.” This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was.

“Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the ‘I’ and the ‘self’ that ‘I’ cannot live with.” “Maybe,” I thought, “only one of them is real.”
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When you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in.

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now (1997)

Form and Formlessness Interpenetrate Consciousness is the intelligence…

Form and Formlessness Interpenetrate

Consciousness is the intelligence, the organizing principle behind the arising of form. Consciousness has been preparing forms for millions of years so that it can express itself through them in the manifested.

Although the unmanifested realm of pure consciousness could be considered another dimension, it is not separate from this dimension of form.

Form and formlessness interpenetrate. The unmanifested flows into this dimension as awareness, inner space, Presence.

How does it do that? Through the human form that becomes conscious and thus fulfills its destiny. The human form was created for this higher purpose, and millions of other forms prepared the ground for it.

~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle http://www.eckharttolle.com/

Rootedness in Being The sapling doesn’t want anything…

Rootedness in Being

The sapling doesn’t want anything because it is at one with the totality, and the totality acts through it. “Look the lilies of the field, how they grow” said Jesus, “they toil not, neither do they spin. Yet even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

We could say that the totality — Life — wants the sapling to become a tree, but the sapling doesn’t see itself as separate from life and so wants nothing for itself. It is one with what Life wants.

That’s why it isn’t worried or stressed. And if it has to die prematurely, it dies with ease. It is as surrendered in death as it is in life.

It senses, no matter how obscurely, its rootedness in Being, the formless and eternal one Life.

~ From: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle