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  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 2:47 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , a positive self, , John Greer, our hidden nature, our true 'Personality.'   

    John Greer on our hidden nature, Baha'u'llah's teaching "Man is my Mystery." & our true 'Personality.' 

    “Just as an eyeball cannot see itself, you can’t see or conceptually know your true nature. You can only BE it.” – John Greer

    from his wonderful book – ‘Seeing, Knowing, Being: A Guide to Sacred Awakenings’

    It reminded me of where Baha’u’llah says in speaking of the nature of man;

    “All these names and attributes are applicable to him. Even as He hath said: “Man is My mystery, and I am his mystery.” …….. ……….Again He saith: “And also in your own selves: will ye not, then, behold the signs of God?” And yet again He revealeth: “And be ye not like those who forget God, and whom He hath therefore caused to forget their own selves.” ……..: “He hath known God who hath known himself.” “- Gleanings XC

    For me this means that our True Self, and enduring personality, is the unique admixture of names, attributes and characteristics of God that we have so far managed to reflect in the mirror of our being.

    This ‘true personality’ means that there is a positive self ‘as well as’ an ego that can disappear like a drop into an Ocean.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:28 pm on August 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: boundaries, Growth, , maturation, no boundary, spiritual maturation   

    KEN WILBER: “Growth fundamentally means an enlarging and expanding of one’s horizons, a growth of one’s boundaries 

    “Growth fundamentally means an enlarging and expanding of one’s horizons, a growth of one’s boundaries, outwardly in perspective and inwardly in depth… ” – Ken Wilber, in ‘No Boundary’

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 10:10 am on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: breakthrough, get it, i = Awareness, nowness, pain, rest as awareness, suffering   

    So many don't get it – through great pain Caroline has 

    http://nicaskew.com/collection/the-fields-of-kindness/?utm_source=1+AUGUST+2016&utm_campaign=1+AUG+2016&utm_medium=email

    This short film has been given birth by the great film-maker Nic Askew

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 3:49 am on July 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baha'u''lah, being, Messengers of God, , peace, Perfect Mirror, The Hidden Words, unity   

    How many times does Baha’u’llah use the the term ‘being’ in the Hidden Words? 

    I think it is about 22 times, but the really important use is ‘O Son of Being’.

    To address humans in this way emphasise three levels of reality.

    LEVEL !: Ultimate Being is God. God is Ultimate being – another name is Mystery.

    Mystery is the primary fact of life & our primary relationship.

    Unity & peace can only come as we stand with others in the face of Mystery, a stance that admits, as Socrates/Plato did that the chief thing we know is that we don’t know.

    Unity & Peace can never come via words and names and theology. Ask any true mystic.

    LEVEL 2: The sons & daughters of God have the challenge to reflect in their being, their selves, Godlike qualities.

    Between Level 1 & 2 there is;

    LEVEL 3: Since finite humans cannot embrace the Infinite we can most surely develop our reflecting of the names & attributes of God through turning to the Perfect Mirror, the Messenger of God.

    Our aspiration is to mirror the Perfect Mirror.

    3 levels cf 2 is the difference between Baha’i understanding and that of (some) Sufis & Gnostics.

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:55 am on July 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: death matters, , Human Spirit, Journey of the Soul, , , ,   

    Do you remember where you were when you had one of your more important ‘aha’ moments’? 

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    I have appreciated greatly the ‘One Garden: the inter-spiritual way’ group’s dialogue and inspiration generated around insights, the aha moments, satori etc. One of our ‘One Garden’ members actually did her doctorate on the nature of ‘Aha! experiences.

    I am wondering if you remember where you were, not when President Kennedy was assassinated or the Twin Towers were attacked but when you had a particular ‘aha’ moment.

    Was it when you stood in the prow of a speeding boat like Kate Winslet in Titanic? Or whilst lying in bed? Or in front of a beautiful vista?

    ONE OF MY ‘AHA’ MOMENTS – AT TALKIN TARN IN CUMBRIA:
    For my ‘aha moment recalled’ I re-visited a subject necessary when I wrote my thesis namely ‘What is soul?’ If you want to see how challenging this apparently simple question is visit the WikiPedia page on ‘Soul’! – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul

    I found I got most help from Baha’i teachings. I would like to correlate what I got from Baha’i with other major traditions – so if you want to do some research in one or several of the other traditions please send me the results of your investigation!

    The passage that gave me the most help doesn’t amount to scripture but if it is an accurate report it provides a great insight. So great was the impact when I discovered this passage about 20 years ago that not only did I yell something like ‘Eureka’ I can remember the exact spot of the exact place when I first read the passage – it was Talkin Tarn Country Park in Cumbria. I was sitting on a bench in front of trees facing the tarn.

    THE PASSAGE THAT GAVE ME AN ‘AHA’ MOMENT ABOUT THE SINGLENESS OF SOUL, MIND & SPIRIT

    ‘…..it (Human Reality) is the same reality which is given different names, according to the different conditions wherein it becomes manifest.

    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.

    When it manifests itself as the thinker, the comprehender, it is called the mind.

    And when it soars into the atmosphere of God, and travels in the spiritual world, it becomes designated as spirit.’ – Star of the West 7.19 (March 1917):190.

    So………

    At one level I take the soul to be ‘human spirit individuated as a person’, as in ‘several souls were saved by the lifeboat crew’.

    But from the above passage, and from indications on the WikiPedia page, the soul is more a particular activity of being human – as the will particularly in regard to ‘governor of the body’. The singleness of being human or ‘human reality’ manifests as three roles or activities of which one is our will;

    1) The soul as will governs our body and our interactions with the physical world. The same human reality that manifests itself as soul, also manifests as
    2) mind when engaged in thinking and
    3) ‘spirit’ when soaring in ‘the atmosphere of God’ and ‘travelling’ in the spiritual world.

    For those who see themselves as inter-spiritual the three in this ‘three-in-one’ incorporates
    1) being engaged in thought or contemplation (mind),
    2) turning to God/The Whole/Mystery with mind quietened (ie spiritual connection as in prayer or meditation) and
    3) willing an action e.g getting up and closing a door or deciding to give some money to a particular charity etc.

    All three are modes within ‘the human spirit individuated as a person’ – in terms of levels of spirit (mineral, plant, animal, human and Holy Spirit). All three emanate from the singleness of Being, and from ‘being that individual’. But that singleness shifts into one of the three modes depending on circumstances and intention.

    A similar three-in-one I suggest in my SunWALK thesis. Each of us is a discrete individualization of the human spirit – the singleness of white light. But continuously, in micro-seconds even, we switch between the three modes of Caring, Creativity and Criticality – for the same reasons – need and circumstances. These three can be seen as the 3 primary colours of being human. We develop these, or fail to develop them, in a fourth C Community (in reality communities plural). These are NOT three kinds of thinking. If a child falls in front of you you don’t paint a picture (Creative response) or intellectually examine the frequency of particular kinds of accidents in UK families (Criticality response) – you pick the child up and dust her down, console & distract her.

    See HERE – https://wordpress.com/stats/insights/sunwalkmodelofholisticeducation.wordpress.com

    These three; Caring, Creativity & Criticality are THREE MODES OF BEING & ACTING not three ways of thinking (sorry to shout) – thinking is the servant, and in at least Caring & Creating can be at a very low level – like the hum of the nondual as we go about our daily lives. When we take a conscious breath we are simply ‘fore-fronting’ the nondual, which when we are doing the shopping or washing-up, is the ‘hum’ in the background – like the drone in certain kinds of music. This is our staying in contact with ‘home’, God if you prefer, the nowness to which we return via each ‘conscious breath’.

    DEATH MATTERS – especially dying before we die!
    Incidentally according to Baha’i teachings you retain your individuality through out the worlds of God after this life. So does that mean I don’t believe in the drop into Ocean idea? No – I think we as a drop are relieved of the burden of self whenever we rest in the Whole i.e our true Ultimate Self. Breathing in “I rest in…’ – breathing out; ‘….the Whole’. There this particular tiny drop, so far as he is able, just became at-one with the Ocean. Hooray! Wow as Tim Freke-ians say! It is a real-time nowness thing not a goal at the end of a journey. (Check out Richard Rohr’s The Naked Now, as stunningly good as Tim’s ‘The Mystery Experience’). Every time we rest in a circular breath we sense that at-one-ness. Wow – and Aha! Wow – and Aha! Wow – and Aha!

    The above passage attributed to Abdu’l-Baha was important to me since it it presents a ‘trinitarian driver’s-eye view’ of being human. We can simply ask which of these modes am I in most often or at a particular time. Am I getting as Tolle suggests of the human condition as a whole ‘lost in thought’ too often?

    SOME LINKS:
    My aha extract is far from being a comprehensive view of Baha’i teachings on the subject.

    Other Baha’i sources on this subject are here;

    Life Death and the Soul – http://info.bahai.org/article-1-4-0-5.html

    The Soul – http://info.bahai.org/article-1-4-5-1.html

    The Human Soul – Selections from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh – http://info.bahai.org/article-1-3-2-25.html

    Heaven and hell: a Bahá’í view of life after death – http://info.bahai.org/article-1-4-5-2.html

    Abdu’l-Baha on the Journey of the Soul – http://info.bahai.org/article-1-4-6-1.html

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    SUGGESTED QUESTION

    1 How does the tradition that you know best explain ‘What is soul, mind and spirit?’

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 2:53 pm on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Buddhism, Christianism, Jewism, Meister Eckhart, , mystics of the world speak the same language, Sufism   

    Buddhism, Christianism, Jewism, Sufism About The Same Mystical Experience Part 1 

    Theologians of the world may quarrel, but the mystics of the world speak the same language. – Meister Eckhart

    Don’t Miss Parts 2,3 & 4 etc

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:24 am on July 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Baha'i teachings, God, Judaism's Talmud & Torah, , ONENESS, our heart   

    ONENESS: God, our heart, Judaism’s Talmud & Torah – and Baha’i teachings 

    Baha’is will recall this teaching from Baha’u’lah;

    ‘He hath refused to reserve for Himself any share whatever of this world’s dominion. To this He Who is Himself the Eternal Truth will testify. The things He hath reserved for Himself are the cities of men’s hearts, that He may cleanse them from all earthly defilements, and enable them to draw nigh unto the hallowed Spot which the hands of the infidel can never profane. Open, O people, the city of the human heart with the key of your utterance.’ – Gleanings CXXXIX

    Surprise, surprise we also find;

    ‘The Talmud says that God wants the heart, and the Talmud also says that God gave the Torah only to purify our hearts.’ – in Judaism’s Theological Voice: The Melody of the Talmud by Jacob Neusner p29

    “Well I never – we find that at their heart the great Traditions teach the same set of core Teachings!”

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 4:43 am on July 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: analogy, , I can see more clearly now, , metaphor, Reading the book of self, satori, spiritual quest   

    Reading the book of self: part of our spiritual quest is to be able to say “I can see more clearly now!” 

    Seeing more clearly now, seeing what was always there but only now is readable, undergoing an inner shift via insight that enables us to see ‘all things made new’ – all of these enable us to read more accurately the ‘book of self’ as well as the world in which we live.

    Part of seeing deeply is to become familiar with how metaphor or analogies are used. All spiritual writing, most poetry and scriptures use metaphor and analogies. For as in Zen, which is ultra-cryptic in this koan;

    A lightning flash:
    between the forest trees
    I have seen water.
    Shiki Masaoka
    (1867-1902)

    Outwardly it is about being in a forest in a storm But it goes deep if we have the ‘eyes to see and ‘the ears to hear’. Water is a symbol of the spiritual. The lightning flash is a flash in insight or satori, that enables the self to see beyond the apparent real world. So it about the nature of being human and how insights come to us and enable us to see more clearly beyond appearances and darkness,

    SHARK Stereogram cf Magic Eye

    This YouTube video helps you to see auto-stereograms;

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 8:26 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Breath, breath matters, Breath-mantra, conscious breathing, duality, last breath first breath, , Richard Rohr, Yahweh   

    Our Spirit, our breath: 21 pointings on the journey to realizing our true Self – Listen to the breath of a sleeping baby. 

    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 early socialization comes from home & extended family the 3 “C’s, above, 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 at the level of unitive meditation – i.e. the state of no-self, transcending our self, at-one-ment.
    • 13 As we mature in no-self, or no-selfing we bring that resonance to our Caring, Creativity & Criticality.
    • 14 Our participation in 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 by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, 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

    RP Yahweh = the ultimate breath-mantra – a mantra said in unison with conscious breathing – because it is something we do automatically from birth to death, regardless of our beliefs.

    From Richard Rohr;

    “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.”

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

     
  • Roger - Dr Roger Prentice 5:32 am on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Al-Hallaj, Li Po, , NONDUAL experience, , Sufi   

    Can you think of a better way to express Nonduality? 

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    TOWARD A BETTER WAY TO EXPLAIN NONDUALITY & NONDUAL OR MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE

    Yesterday I found a stunningly simple definition of the Nondual or mystical.

    The poem I’ve always used to explain the Nondual or mystical is;

    “The birds have vanished from the sky,
    and now the last clouds slip away.

    We sit alone, the mountain and I,
    until only the mountain remains.” Li Po 8th C Chinese poet

    Yesterday I was transfixed by;

    “Between Me and You, there is only Me;
    Take away the Me, So only You remain.” – Al-Hallaj

    The Sufi statement is however a description from the ‘outside’ not a work of art that re-creates the experience. If you know of any other poems or other works of art that re-create the experience please let me know.

    Even as a description from the outside the Al-Hallaj lines are exquisitely simple and therefore beautiful.

     
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