Monday, July 25, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 216

This is the daily exploration for Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ What is indispensable is for us to recognize that this world is not self-evident. The visible is nothing more than a path to revealing the invisible — light serving to disclose the hidden light of light itself.

+ I always remember I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or imagined future.
-- Kenneth Keyes
This is the fourth of his 12 Pathways to Higher Consciousness

+ We often experience life as a mystery.  Truth has a way of hiding.  This is true because we have a lot to learn.  We need to keep detecting the meaning of life and our purpose in it.  I don’t think I would want it any other way.  Let our lives unfold in the here and now without any “expectations based on the dead past or imagined future.”  So, let’s embrace the mystery of life as a gift as we continue to explore these heavenly realms.  They are not hidden forever.  We can and will find more and more truth, meaning and purpose.


+ Spirituality & Practice emphasizes the practices of Love & Compassion:

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Saturday, July 23, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 215

This is the daily exploration for Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ There is an endless net of threads throughout the universe. The horizontal threads are in space. The vertical threads are in time. At every crossing of the threads, there is an individual, and every individual is a crystal bead. And every crystal bead reflects not only the light from every other crystal in the net, but also every other reflection throughout the entire universe.
-- Rig Veda
This was the Gratefulness Word for the Day on June 21, 2016.

+ Although we seem to be different individuals inhabiting separate bodies, we are intimately connected with each other at some level of the mind. This image has surfaced consistently throughout human history. It permeates the language of poets, artists, and mystics, and has been repeatedly understood by spiritual adepts in all great religious traditions.
-- Larry Dossey

+ Are you ready for my credo one more time.  I hope so because I am.

We are
Intimately,
Intricately,
Infinitely
Connected
By a Matrix of
Unconditional
Unlimited
Uniting
Love
Which is
Miraculous,
Mysterious and
Marvelous

Maybe I am seeing through rose colored glasses as I share this again.  Or, maybe this is the way things really are.  What do you think?  The quotes above, and the great John Lennon song: "Imagine," suggest that I am not the only one who thinks like this.  Imagine it and make it so.

+ Spirituality & Practice emphasizes the practices of Love & Compassion:

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 214

This is the daily exploration for Monday, August 1, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


 + True compassion does not come from wanting to help those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings.
-- Pema Chödrön in Start Where You Are

+ Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.
-- Thomas Merton

+ ... it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts..., the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God's eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all the time. There would be no more war, no more hatred, no more cruelty, no more greed. . . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other.
 -- Thomas Merton in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander
This was the OneSpirit Daily Inspiration on December 25, 2015

+ In that quote from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Merton put into words as best as he could (and that’s pretty good) his insights from a very famous mystical encounter on the streets of Louisville which changed his life.  Here’s more about this >

These great spiritual teachers, Pema Chödrön, a Buddhist & Thomas Merton, a Christian, teach us that it is always important to see our spirituality in the context of “our kinship with all beings.”  “If only (we) could see (ourselves) as (we) really are.”  We are not meant to be separate from each other.  We are not meant to build walls keeping segments of humanity apart and estranged from other segments of humanity.  We are in this together. 

The planet needs us to come together since we now have so much power to influence the planet’s future.  We can make it better.  We can make it worse.  We can even create catastrophic conditions.  Unfortunately, the latter seems to be happening with increasing regularity.  Let’s stop this dangerous trend. 

I believe we will stop this dangerous trend because there is an abundance of Love & Compassion among us and it is growing.  More and more of us are realizing that we have the power to expand Love & Compassion.  We are making all things new.  We are creating heaven on earth because we really are heavenly. We really can “see each other that way all the time” and we really are ready, willing and eager to “make it so.”

Some people think I am seeing things through rose-colored glasses.  What do you think?


+ Spirituality & Practice emphasizes the practices of Love & Compassion:

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 213

This is the daily exploration for Sunday, July 31, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


1 - May we be happy and healthy
2 – May we be grateful
3 – May we be transformed
4 – May we be loving and compassionate
5 – May we be mindful through our breathing
6 – May we be wise through meditation
7 – May we be in service to all
-- Edward Bastian in InterSpiritual Meditation

+ The contemporary mystic more often than not does not reside in a monastery. The new mystic's community is that of humanity itself ... /  As a contemporary mystic, you are measured by the quality of attitude you bring to all your tasks, by your capacity to be a model of generosity, and by challenging the fear that there is not enough to go around in this world ... Mystical service means modeling calm in chaos, kindness amid anger, forgiveness at all times, personal integrity - to live, in other words, mindful that every second offers a choice either to channel grace or to withhold it.
-- Caroline Myss in Entering the Castle
This was the OneSpirit Daily Inspiration on December 19, 2015.

+ The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.
-- First paragraph of The Charter for Compassion

+ “May we be Loving & Compassionate.  “May we be in Service to All.” We depend on how much we serve each other.  The emphasis on self-fulfillment in recent years has sometimes meant that the importance of service has been neglected.  It can’t be.  We must step up our efforts to be compassionate.  There is no such thing as Heavenliness without compassion and service.

As we continue to explore the practice of Heavenliness, we will explore Love, Compassion & Service for several posts.      

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for these videos:
·         Seven Steps of InterSpiritual Meditation (11 minutes)
·         2 hour lecture & conversation

+ Spirituality & Practice emphasizes the practices of Love & Compassion:

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 212

This is the daily exploration for Saturday, July 30, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS

+ If I penetrate to the depths of my own existence to the indefinable AM that is myself in its deepest roots, then through this deep center I pass into the infinite I AM which is the very Name of the Almighty.
-- Thomas Merton
+ OK, I will say it again (but with I AM this time):  

I AM intimately, intricately, infinitely connected by a matrix of unconditional, unlimited, uniting LOVE which is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.

And so are you.  And again:  You are wonderful, fantastic, amazing, delightful, heavenly. 

For more I AM statements from many traditions, go to Peter Russell’s THE CHURCH OF I AM.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 211

This is the daily exploration for Friday, July 29, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS

+ What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
-- Ray Charles

+ The force of love is greater than the love of force.

+ My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
-- Albert Einstein

+ Maybe there is only one soul, that miraculous, mysterious and marvelous matrix of oneness.  Maybe there is no separation at all in this greater reality we are exploring. This is a fantastic & fascinating adventure of the mind, heart, body & soul.  We must take risks.  We must have courage.  We must trust this force, this energy, this “illimitable superior spirit.” This amazing journey we are on has all kinds of surprises.  We can trust that the surprises will be miraculous & marvelous in ways we often cannot even begin to comprehend with these “feeble minds” of ours.  

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 210

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, July 28, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS

+ The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He (or she) to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. —Albert Einstein
  
+ Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
-- Albert Einstein

+ Einstein is definitely one of my favorite spiritual guides.  He is known for his great scientific mind.  He needs to be known for what he taught us about so much more than his brilliant scientific breakthroughs.  He thought outside the box in so many ways and taught us all to do so as have so many other wise teachers.  We awaken to our true identity, our heavenliness, when we are willing to think outside the box, when we are willing and eager to “wonder and stand rapt in awe” even if we need to take risks, to be courageous.  This is an amazing journey.  Thank you for being a companion sharing this adventure.  

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Saturday, July 16, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 209

This is the daily exploration for Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
-- Isaac Watts

+ Looking deeply at any one thing, we see the whole cosmos.
-- Thich Nhat Hahn

+ Everything that is in the heavens, on earth, and under the earth is penetrated with connectedness, penetrated with relatedness.
-- Hildegard of Bingen quoted in The Sun & Moon Over Assisi by Gerard Thomas Straub

+ What mystics have always known has been confirmed by physics and ecology — all things are interconnected. Dueling dualisms are giving way to holistic thinking.
-- Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat

+ Let us awaken to the glorious, heavenly reality that, right now, right here, we are intimately, intricately, infinitely connected by a matrix of unconditional, unlimited, uniting LOVE which is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.

I know.  I said that in the last post.  But it is worth repeating, isn’t it?  How wonderful life is, how amazing, how heavenly, how intricate. We need to appreciate, share and expand this heavenly reality with all our mind, heart, body & soul breath after breath.  That’s what it’s all about, isn't it?

+ Spirituality & Practice offers plenty of resources on the Practice of Connections. It is one of the 37 practices Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat feature at their amazing website, the best website in the universe. There is also a 12s Gallery on Connections.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Friday, July 15, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 208

This is the daily exploration for Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS




+ Although we seem to be different individuals inhabiting separate bodies, we are intimately connected with each other at some level of the mind. This image has surfaced consistently throughout human history. It permeates the language of poets, artists, and mystics, and has been repeatedly understood by spiritual adepts in all great religious traditions.
-- Larry Dossey

+ Let us awaken to the glorious, heavenly reality that, right now, right here, we are intimately, intricately, infinitely connected by a matrix of unconditional, unlimited, uniting LOVE which is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.  This can only happen as we practice, practice, practice the Journey of the Mind practices of Stillness, Detachment & Humility; the Journey of the Heart practices of Silence, Discernment & Healing; the Journey of the Body practices of Solitude, Devotion & Holiness; and, the Journey of the Soul practices of Simplicity, Delight and Heavenliness.

+ Spirituality & Practice offers plenty of resources on the Practice of Connections. It is one of the 37 practices Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat feature at their amazing website, the best website in the universe. There is also a 12s Gallery on Connections. The meme here comes from that gallery.  

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 207

This is the daily exploration for Monday, July 25, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS

+ Humanity stands at a crossroads between horror and hope. In choosing hope, we must seed a new consciousness, a radically fresh approach to life drawing its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuition and experience. We call this new awareness interspiritual, implying not the homogenization of religion, but the recovering of the shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.
-- Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Heart

+ I am not going to say that the way of the mystic is more important than any other way but I am sure you could make that case since there is that “shared mystic heart beating in the center of the world’s deepest spiritual traditions.”  I can’t imagine that Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and so many other great wisdom traditions could ever have been started or continue to empower without  this “mystic heart.”  So, whether or not you and I have mystical experiences, we do need to embrace what the mystics teach us.  This is truly an essential dimension of the practice of Heavenliness

+ I invite you to check out the Amazon author page for Wayne Teasdale.  His books are well written, comprehensive, inspiring, illuminating and timely. 

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 206

This is the daily exploration for Sunday, July 24, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ There is a remarkable similarity between the spiritual writing of mystics from many of the world’s major religions. Remove the names and specific terminology and you’d think they were all members of the same tradition.

The mystical way within us feels, intuits, communicates with or otherwise experiences mysteries beyond ordinary human perception. I use the word “mysteries” because the things a mystic perceives are things that can only be wondered about, guessed at or deduced. They can’t be tangibly perceived or shared through the normal senses. Even so, mystical perception is one of the most important ways in which people approach their spirituality.

+ The mystical experience is not the only way to embrace our true heavenly identity but it is very important, perhaps essential.  But, again, it is not the only way.  Other ways are also important and perhaps essential. 

Ed offers a model that recognizes that we all have different learning styles.  While some may find the way of the mystic very natural, others are more drawn to other styles (all 12 listed below).  Ultimately we need to embrace a variety of styles.  It is good to know which styles come naturally to you and which styles need more work.   At the very least we can affirm the essential contributions of others who reveal heaven to us through styles which are not our particular strength.  

I intend to share some ideas about all of these styles as we continue to explore the practice of Heavenliness.

The Twelve Styles:
·         The Arts
·         The Body
·         Contemplation & Meditation
·         Devotion
·         Imagination
·         Love
·         Mystic
·         Nature
·         Prayer
·         Reason
·         Relationships
·         Wisdom

If you read Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process and / or take the course, you will discover which styles come naturally to you and which styles do not. You will learn a lot about each of these styles.  You can work on these styles and become increasingly transformed to your highest ideal, your full potential.
    
+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 205

This is the daily exploration for Saturday, July 23, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS



+ The great lesson from the true mystics . . . is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's back yard.
-- Abraham H. Maslow in Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences

+ The mysticism of everyday life is the deepest mysticism of all.
-- Jurgen Moltmann

+ The Mystic naturally feels, intuits, communes with or otherwise experiences the mysteries of the numinous that lie beyond the boundaries of ordinary human perception.

+ These are not contradictory statements.  When we realize our true identity, we do move beyond “ordinary human perception.”  It happens in ordinary time and place but it is different.  It is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.  It is always available right here, right now.  We really are in heaven and the challenge is to know it, day after day, moment after moment, breath after breath. Every day is a splendid opportunity to experience “the deepest mysticism of all.”

+ The 12 styles of Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian are listed in SE206.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 204

This is the daily exploration for Friday, July 22, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS



Heaven and Earth are threads from one loom.
 -- Shaker Proverb

+ Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
 -- Henry David Thoreau

+ You see, I am not the only one convinced that we are in heaven right now, right here.  So many wise teachers have experienced this glorious reality and tell us about it. Are you one of the convinced or one who wants to be convinced?  Let’s keep exploring these heavenly realms and realize that, as Wayne Teasdale says, “as our listening and practice mature, outer (stillness) and inner (stillness) finally collapse into each other … we find ourselves in the One.”

+ Thank You FatBrainToys for the loom photo. It's a toy loom.  Heavenliness and playfulness are one.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 203

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, July 21, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ Have you been to the Burning Bush?  It’s not just for Moses you know.  OK, it’s a metaphor but it’s a good one.  We can encounter God in the same way Moses did at the Burning Bush.  And we can hear God speak to us and say I AM.  We can become one with the I AM.  This is a mystical experience meant for all of us.  The importance of this declaration of Oneness, simply saying I AM, becomes clear as we realize that we can find it in all of the wisdom traditions of the planet.

Peter Russell is one of my favorite spiritual guides. He is leading the way for those of us who want these experiences, these wonderful, fantastic experiences in the heavenly realms.  I invite you to be inspired by The Church of I AM and so much more wisdom and guidance offered by Peter Russell.

 I invite you to write your own reflections on the meaning and purpose of saying I AM.  You can write  sentences which begin with I AM such as I AM creating peace and justice or I AM making all things new.  The possibilities are endless or I AM the Light of the World.  You are you know.   

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 202

This is the daily exploration for Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ You can’t stop Love in Action.  Love is what the world needs, what the world wants and what God is always ready to give.  It takes practice to get to a point where we get to know what we really need which becomes the same as what we really want as we are transformed by the winds of heaven. We are heavenly and we come to believe it, to know it, as we progress on this amazing journey we are on. 

It is so good to have YOU as a companion on this journey through heavenly realms.  You are fantastic.  You are wonderful.  You really are heavenly.  Really.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 201

This is the daily exploration for Tuesday, July 19, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ Stillness is the greatest revelation
-- Taoist proverb

+ Silence, the quiet calm at the heart of nature, carries, or even hides, the presence of the Divine. Cloaked in the stillness, the Way, the Divine one dwells, always available to us through our surrender. All we need do is dispose ourselves to listening intently. This intent listening is the essence of meditation. If we lean our ear toward the stillness, the outer quiet, it will lead us into a realization of the Presence around us, within us and beyond us. Outer or surrounding stillness will deliver us to the inward stillness, the ultimate presence in which we really reside.  Eventually, as our listening and practice mature, outer and inner finally collapse into each other, and we find ourselves in the One.
-- Wayne Teasdale in The Mystic Hours, reflection #5

+ The Journey of the Soul concludes with the essential practice of Heavenliness. Is Heavenliness really a practice? I think so. But it is ultimately a gift which we receive through surrender.  In other words, we can practice heavenly patterns of behavior but we really aren’t aware of ourselves as thoroughly heavenly until God totally takes over.  We are always heavenly beings but we all too often think, feel, say and do things which do not reflect this heavenly state.  Let us try to remember as often as we possibly can that heaven is “the ultimate presence in which we really reside.”       

You probably know by now that I believe the practice of stillness is essential.  How are you doing? As you practice Stillness, are you becoming more and more aware of “the greatest revelation,” of the “presence of the Divine?” You can always begin again if and when when you realize you need to go back to the basics.  There are 40 SE posts on the practice of stillness beginning with SE1.

Wayne Teasdale is probably responsible more than anyone for creating the new and I believe essential movement of InterSpirituality.  I have found his books particularly inspiring and illuminating.  They are well worth the read.  I invite you to visit the Wayne Teasdale Amazon author page.  

I also cherish the website and the books of my InterSpirituality mentor, Edward Bastian. He is pioneering a method of InterSpirituality which includes lots of wisdom from many different traditions and several great practices.  Several colleagues including me are working closely with him. 

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for these videos:
·         Seven Steps of InterSpiritual Meditation (11 minutes)
·         2 hour lecture & conversation

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Sunday, July 10, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 200

This is the daily exploration for Monday, July 18, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DELIGHT



+
When I see a dancing butterfly,
When I see a blooming flower,
Their eager wish to make this world happy,
My mind dances with joy,
My soul emerges in happiness.
- Debasish Mridha
This was the OneSpirit Daily Inspiration on 4/25/16.

+ This is the final post in the exploration of the spiritual practice of Delight.  We have explored this practice in the context of the Journey of the Soul following the practices we explored in the Journey of the Mind, the Journey of the Heart and the Journey of the Body.  The Soul is the essence of who we are.   The Soul integrates us making us truly delightful. We are heavenly beings.  We now move on to heavenly explorations which require this integration.  It will continue to take practice, practice, practice.  Dancing requires practice.  I suspect that butterflies need to practice and maybe even flowers.  I am sure humans have no choice but to practice constantly to become mind, heart, body and soul dancers in heaven and on earth.  Heavenliness is the next and final practice before we move on to the nine attributes of Heaven.  I know you are heavenly and I hope you will continue to accompany me on this journey through heavenly realms, the realms we always inhabit whether we know it or not. 

+ Delight is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Delight in their Search Engine and you come up with 85 items including 67 quotes, 16 books, 1 practice, and 1 film as of 6/14/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=Delight.  However, it is clear that Mary Ann & Frederic Brussat are big fans of Joy. Therefore, put Joy in their Search Engine and you come up with 2057 items including 867 quotes, 835 books, 160 practices, 11 teachers, 24 arts links, 29 e-courses, 98 films, 26 blogs and 4 traditions as of 6/14/16. Oh, and Joy IS one of the 37 spiritual practices. You can also be inspired by their Twelves Gallery on Joy

+ Joy will come up again very soon in these explorations since it is the second of 9 heavenly attributes we will be exploring.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Delight page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Delight” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

Saturday, July 9, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 199

This is the daily exploration for Sunday, July 17, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DELIGHT

+ Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
-- Chuang-tzu

+ Happiness ends when ambition begins.
 -- Thomas Merton

+ I will be sharing much of the wisdom of Edward Bastian, my InterSpirituality Mentor, as we move into the twelfth practice, Heavenliness, and then the nine heavenly attributes. Ed says we all have different spiritual styles which need to be discovered, cultivated and harnessed through a Mandala Process of Inquiry, Insight and Integration.  You can be introduced to Ed’s wisdom at the Spiritual Paths website.  Ed is the Founder and President of the Spiritual Paths Foundation.  He has written 2 books on InterSpirituality which you can find on the Amazon Author Page for Edward Bastian.  To get inspired and illuminated by Ed, I invite you to set aside some time for the video embedded here > https://youtu.be/Yy_jK7a0qBs (2 hours) and / or the one embedded in SE196 >  https://youtu.be/TEF5BhN3c5s (15 minutes).

The Mandala Process can be very useful, even essential, for those of us who sincerely want to find and maintain “perfect happiness.” 

+ Delight is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Delight in their Search Engine and you come up with 85 items including 67 quotes, 16 books, 1 practice, and 1 film as of 6/14/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=Delight.  However, it is clear that Mary Ann & Frederic Brussat are big fans of Joy. Therefore, put Joy in their Search Engine and you come up with 2057 items including 867 quotes, 835 books, 160 practices, 11 teachers, 24 arts links, 29 e-courses, 98 films, 26 blogs and 4 traditions as of 6/14/16. Oh, and Joy IS one of the 37 spiritual practices. You can also be inspired by their Twelves Gallery on Joy

+ Joy will come up again very soon in these explorations since it is the second of 9 heavenly attributes we will be exploring.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Delight page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Delight” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 198

This is the daily exploration for Saturday, July 16, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DELIGHT


+ When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
-- Helen Keller
This was the Gratefulness Word for the Day on June 3, 2016

+ You do not need to do anything; you do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You do not even need to listen; just wait. You do not even need to wait; just become still, quiet and solitary and the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
– Franz Kafka

+ We can always find something to delight us.  We don’t have to go anywhere.  We have what we need to be delighted within our mind, heart, body and soul.  This IS heaven right now, right here.  This is bliss.

The more we practice these mind, heart, body and soul practices, the more we know this.  Celebrate. Enjoy. Be glad all over.

+ Delight is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Delight in their Search Engine and you come up with 85 items including 67 quotes, 16 books, 1 practice, and 1 film as of 6/14/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=Delight.  However, it is clear that Mary Ann & Frederic Brussat are big fans of Joy. Therefore, put Joy in their Search Engine and you come up with 2057 items including 867 quotes, 835 books, 160 practices, 11 teachers, 24 arts links, 29 e-courses, 98 films, 26 blogs and 4 traditions as of 6/14/16. Oh, and Joy IS one of the 37 spiritual practices. You can also be inspired by their Twelves Gallery on Joy

+ Joy will come up again very soon in these explorations since it is the second of 9 heavenly attributes we will be exploring.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Delight page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Delight” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 197

This is the daily exploration for Friday, July 15, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DELIGHT



The happy heart is one that is filled with gratitude. A simple ritual such as bowing and breathing deeply to greet each day awakens joy in us. Each day, each season, each cycle offers something of beauty. Let us notice and give thanks.
 -- Diane Mariechild in Open Mind
This was the OneSpirit Daily Inspiration on 11/30/15.

+ This quote connects the first two steps of the 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation offered by Edward Bastian

Step 1 is: May we be happy and healthy.
Step 2 is: May we be grateful.

Too often we take these qualities for granted.  We don’t think about them enough.  We don’t ponder what it means to be happy or healthy or grateful.  I invite you to immerse yourself in your own particular take on happiness, on health, on gratefulness.  Writing is often a good vehicle for this exploration.  You might take a walk in the woods or on the beach or through your neighborhood contemplating these things.  Or, devote several sessions of meditation or contemplation or prayer to these topics.

In Ed’s book on InterSpiritual Meditation (and in the internet course found at the Spiritual Paths website) we are invited to think about and write about a variety of themes connected to happiness & health including:  Mind, Body and Spirit. And, for gratefulness:   Remembrance, Gratitude, Trust, Devotion, Prayer and Offering.

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for https://youtu.be/Yy_jK7a0qBs (2 hours) and / or https://youtu.be/TEF5BhN3c5s (15 minutes).

+ Delight is not one of the 37 Spirituality & Practice practices BUT put Delight in their Search Engine and you come up with 85 items including 67 quotes, 16 books, 1 practice, and 1 film as of 6/14/16.  Go to http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/search/?q=Delight.  However, it is clear that Mary Ann & Frederic Brussat are big fans of Joy. Therefore, put Joy in their Search Engine and you come up with 2057 items including 867 quotes, 835 books, 160 practices, 11 teachers, 24 arts links, 29 e-courses, 98 films, 26 blogs and 4 traditions as of 6/14/16. Oh, and Joy IS one of the 37 spiritual practices. You can also be inspired by their Twelves Gallery on Joy

+ Joy will come up again very soon in these explorations since it is the second of 9 heavenly attributes we will be exploring.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Delight page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Delight” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html