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Walking down a country road a man approached and said to me: “You alone are”. I asked what he meant by that and he said: “There really is no one else but you here, although it seems so.” Then he went on his way. Continue reading

a bubble of joy

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At the end our recent community forum, where whoever feels called shares what’s going on for them at the moment, someone led us in a short guided meditation in closing. After identifying what brings us joy, we then created a bubble of joy. Keeping this bubble filled with joy as we move throughout our day’s activities would protect us from the emotional turbulence that might come our way. I identified my greatest joy as sitting silently, alone or with others. Now, even as I move about, as soon as notice the joy in my bubble has subsided a bit, I bring to my awareness the feeling of joy I experience when sitting silently, with mind and body at rest. My joy bubble fills up again and I regain my buoyancy of spirit. 

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renewal

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While still in the dream state I was cutting into the flesh of our being, much like you would cut into a piece of fruit, for example an apple, in order to see how much had been affected by the decay that was seen on the surface. I was making small cuts and everywhere I cut I could see more decay. I saw that the decay was pervasive. I was aware that this was my/our own body that I was examining. While seeing the evidence of this general state of decay, at the same time “I” was not affected by the degeneration but rather I was in a vibrant state of renewal and vitality. As this thought entered my awareness I felt myself as a center of this revitalization. It was clear that I am called to hold my awareness, my focus on the quality of renewal despite all signs of decay and degeneration and to hold to the conviction that my inner-most being is continual renewal and vitality. It is again the metaphor of the two wolves inside me: one is the wolf of judgment, cynicism, despair etc and the other is the wolf of compassion, acceptance, innocence and the infinite force of life. Which one will I feed?

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A Selection of True Awakening Experiences Part III

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This article is in response to Barbara Franken’s challenge: link

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I am asked to relate my awakening experience. This article is about the time that I first became aware of all that we take to be ‘the world’ is not what we think it is. It was in 1966 and I was a 16-year-old who had hitch-hiked to Istanbul from Trieste, Italy where I lived at that time. Continue reading