Friday, September 30, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 276

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

+ This is the final post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-- Howard Thurman

+ … prayer is an attitude, an attitude of lifting up heart and mind to God. So … ask, “What lifts up your heart and mind? …”’

 … Whatever lifts up your heart, focus on that.
-- Brother David Steindl-Rast in How Do You Pray? by Celeste Yacoboni

+ There is a constant presence of grace in everything everywhere all the time.  This precious and abundant grace lifts us up as long as we are attuned to it.  Prayer is the means for this necessary attunement.  Grace is the source. 

So, constant prayer makes it possible for us to be lifted up constantly.  Prayer is never a burden.  It is always a blessing.  It may feel like a burden sometimes because of our limited awareness of reality.  We don’t realize we are always in heaven.  Ultimately, prayer opens us up completely to this awareness.  This is bliss.  Something wonderful is happening.  Always.
 

+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

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

+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ Prayer enables us to transform the world because it transforms us. From the moment we awaken each morning, our minds are at work in one direction or the other. Either we are slaves to the fearful mental habit patterns that dominate our world, or we are consciously taking part in the counterforce to the world's despair.

 ... To go within is not to turn our backs on the world; it is to prepare ourselves to serve it most effectively.
-- Marianne Williamson in Illuminata
This was the One Spirit Daily Inspiration on October 15, 2015.

+ This wise woman has discerned the essential connection between prayer and mindfulness.  As we continue to explore these heavenly realms, we need to keep our intention on our ultimate goal of transforming the world.  This is an attitude.  We might call it a Be-attitude.  I like to say we need an attitude of gratitude.  Slowly but surely our intention creates more compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance in ourselves and in others.  If we can become so mindful that we are in constant prayer, then the miracle of transformation grows and grows in ourselves and in others moment after precious moment.


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 274

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


+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
-- Thomas Merton

+ We must come to this realization that no matter how much we want to control events in our lives we simply cannot ever achieve total or even frequent control.  It just doesn’t happen.  We must accept our limits, learn to live with them, trust the process.  Prayer is the only way to accomplish this.  Unceasing prayer is the only way to accomplish this all the time, in every situation.

+ We could do well to explore prayer under the guidance of such a great spiritual guide as Thomas Merton.  Indeed we have been under his guidance on this amazing journey a number of times as we have moved through the Journey of the Mind, the Journey of the Heart, the Journey of the Body and now the Journey of the Soul.  See SE69, SE111, SE199, SE212, SE214, SE217, SE221 & SE244. He has left us his wisdom in the many books he wrote and his insights are found in many more.  He is featured in the Spirituality & Practice Remembering Spiritual Masters Project.


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

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


+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ THE SERENITY PRAYER > The Serenity Prayer was originally written by pastor and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1940's as part of a sermon. Though the full prayer is longer, the Serenity Prayer is best known for the first three lines: "God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." The full length of the prayer is not as well known, but is worth sharing:

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

+ This is one of the best known prayers on the globe because of its association with Alcoholics Anonymous.  Niebuhr did not get a copyright for it so it has been frequently adopted and adapted.  And why not?  It really does get to the heart of our need for prayer, doesn’t it? 

Since it is such a favorite of AA and other twelve-step programs, here are the 12 steps:
1.   We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2.   Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3.   Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4.   Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5.   Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6.   Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7.   Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8.   Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9.   Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs,

Addiction comes in many forms. I believe we are all affected by a variety of addictions. I believe unceasing prayer is the only permanent remedy.  What are your addictions?  It is good to take the time and effort to know what addictions you have and to work the steps.  Simply substitute “addiction” or “sin” for “alcohol” and “addicts” or “sinners” for “alcoholics.” 


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

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

+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ ...if we can't find enlightenment, freedom, autonomy, divinity, and bliss amid every nitty-gritty detail of life, then all the rituals, sacraments, prayers, chants, yoga asanas, gurus, and pilgrimages in the world are useless.

+ So, then, “every nitty-gritty detail of life” is a fantastic opportunity to “find enlightenment, freedom, autonomy, divinity and bliss.” Isn’t that amazing? Isn’t that wonderful?

This is what unceasing prayer is all about.  In addition to the learning opportunity of every moment, we can learn so much from other wisdom traditions as well as our own.  There is so much variety in humanity allowing everyone to find their own way to bliss. Bliss and unceasing prayer go together.  Which wisdom tradition offers you what you need to find this bliss?  It may be that you find it all in one wisdom tradition or it may be that you find what you need as you seek wisdom in different traditions.  There is nothing wrong with that.  Indeed, it may be the only way for some of us.

I have two shelves of favorite books.  One shelf is dedicated to my first and most important wisdom tradition (for me): Christianity.  The other shelf is dedicated to other wisdom traditions and modern sources of wisdom.  This works for me.  I want this variety and I need this variety.  But not everyone does.  I suspect that anyone who doesn’t have this want and need has left this exploration a long time ago!

Those of us exploring wisdom from all over have a lot to offer humanity because humanity needs to come together and find unity in diversity.  Unceasing prayer in whatever form it takes is a necessity for the common good of all creatures.  This is bliss.     

+ Lama Surya Das is not new to these pages.  We encountered his inspiration and illumination when we did the silence exploring (SE69) and when we did the solitude exploring (SE108) and when we did the simplicity exploring (SE173) and here in the heavenliness explorations (SE250).  He is one of the Spirituality & Practice featured Living Spiritual Teachers.


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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 – 271

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

+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ Prayer is sitting in the silence until it silences us, choosing gratitude until we are grateful, praising God until we ourselves are a constant act of praise.
This was the Gratefulness Word for the Day on November 16, 2015.

+ We have met this amazing teacher of prayer before.  See SE62 which was offered when we were practicing humility several moons ago.  Father Richard leads the Center for Action & Contemplation. He offers daily inspiration and illumination which is well worth considering if you are looking for such a daily dose on the internet.  I invite you to browse through the website and seek inspiration, illumination, and ideas for your contemplation, meditation and prayer life.  Maybe you just want to see all the great books he has written.  Also, he is a Spirituality & Practice featured Living Spiritual Teacher.  


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

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

+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ Spirituality without a prayer life is no spirituality at all, and it will not last beyond the first defeats. Prayer is an opening of the self so that the Word of God can break in and make us new. Prayer unmasks. Prayer converts. Prayer impels. Prayer sustains us on the way. Pray for the grace it will take to continue what you would like to quit.
-- Joan D. Chittister in In a High Spiritual Season

+ Yes, there are always things we need to quit doing or thinking, aren’t there?  We need to regularly ask ourselves: What is it that we need to quit doing or thinking so that “the Word of God can break in and make us new”?  There are always changes we need to make in our lives in order to become more holy, more effective. Prayer gives us the power, the courage, the wisdom, the hope get on with it.

Exploring the way of prayer could keep us going for a while, couldn’t it?  As I have said, I believe it is the spiritual category which is inclusive of all spiritual categories.  It looks like Sister Joan Chittister agrees with me.  She isn’t the only one. There are some great teachers of prayer including many we have met already on this amazing journey.  Let us seek more wisdom and guidance before we leave this essential style. 

+ Sister Joan Chittister is one of the Spirituality & Practice featured living spiritual teachers.  She is indeed  one of the great teachers of prayer in our midst. She has written a lot and it is all worth reading.


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

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

 + This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+Prayer that is regular confounds both self-importance and the wiles of the world. It is so easy for good people to confuse their own work with the work of creation. It is so easy to come to believe that what we do is so much more important than what we are. It is so easy to simply get too busy to grow. It is so easy to commit ourselves to this century’s demand for product and action until the product consumes us and the actions exhaust us and we can no longer even remember why we set out to do them in the first place.
-- Joan D. Chittister in Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today

+ If we are too busy to be kind, we are too busy.
-- Allan Lokos in Through the Flames

+ Paying attention to the needs of others requires that we put our agenda aside from time to time.  I invite you to become aware as much as possible of the situations where your plans, your needs, your desires, get in the way of noticing the plans, the needs, the desires of others.  The Golden Rule always applies:  Treat others the way you want to be treated

+ Sister Joan Chittister is one of the Spirituality & Practice featured living spiritual teachers.  She is indeed  one of the great teachers of prayer in our midst. She has written a lot and it is all worth reading.

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

+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

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

  
+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

Prayer is the flower of gentleness and of freedom from anger.

Prayer is the fruit of joy and thankfulness.

Prayer is the remedy for gloom and despondency.

Do not pray that your own will may be done, for your will may not accord with the will of God. But pray as you have been taught, saying: Thy will be done in me. Pray to him in this way about everything – that his will be done. For he desires what is good and profitable for your soul, whereas you do not always ask for this. Often in my prayers I have asked for what I thought was good, and persisted in my petition, stupidly trying to force the will of God, instead of leaving it to him to arrange things as he knows best. But afterwards, on obtaining what I asked for, I was very sorry that I did not pray rather for God’s will to be done; because the thing turned out to be different from what I expected.

What is good, except God? Then let us leave all our concerns to him, and all will be well. If you long for prayer, renounce all to gain all. At the time of trials and temptations, use a brief but intense prayer. When you are in the inner temple, pray not as the Pharisee, but as the publican. Strive never to pray against anyone. If when you are praying no other joy can attract you, then truly you have found prayer.
-- Evagrius of Pontus – d. 399AD shared in The Time of the Spirit: Readings Through the Christian Year, p 102)

+ Evagrius offers plenty of powerful guidance here, doesn’t he?  We know that we need to pray for God’s will to be done rather than our own.  We know that but we put our own will ahead of God’s from time to time, don’t we?  It takes plenty of practice to stop doing this so keep practicing, keep learning, keep growing, keep changing.  Sooner or later you will know that you are praying unceasingly.

+ The photo of a flower of gentleness is found at https://frted.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/prayer-the-flower-of-gentleness/


The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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

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

+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven. Here is more wisdom from Ed on Prayer:

+ Since prayer requires a wholehearted engagement, our effort is sometimes stymied because one part of us is praying while another is in doubt. Therefore, in order to fully engage in prayer, we are forced to resolve our doubts by finding answers to such questions as: Is there a higher power, or are there spirit beings who can hear my prayer and help me? Is there a higher state of consciousness within that can help me rise to this occasion? Can sincere and honest prayer in some way influence the forces of nature to come to my rescue?

Furthermore, if prayer requires us to bring our whole being into the act of praying, we must find ways to bring our own natural spiritual styles, or ways of being, into the process. By recognizing and honoring our own unique predispositions for spiritual practice, we forge a way of praying that aligns with these. In this way, we utilize the arts, our body, our contemplation and meditation, our devotion, our imagination, our love and compassion, our mystical capacity, our inter-being with nature, our reason, our relationships and our wisdom. In other words, we activate our unique set of spiritual styles in the service of the Way of Prayer. Simply put, we learn to bring the totality of our authentic self into our prayers. In this way, the Spiritual Paths Mandala provides a context and a process for us to bring the whole of our being into the simple act of praying.

+ Ed is a teacher who likes to ask a lot of questions.  So does another teacher I know and love, Naomi Kelly.  And it is good to reflect on questions, particularly questions which get to the heart of who we are and what we need to do.  Ed likes to say that we need to harness our spiritual styles or gifts.  He emphasizes this when it comes to prayer as you can see in this quote. We need to integrate our styles so that we can be more and more awake, aware and connected to everything. 

Prayer, for me, is the one spiritual category which is inclusive of all the rest.  Our whole amazing journey can be understood as unceasing prayer.   In other words we are always praying and our holy task is to be aware of our praying at this time, at all times.  The Good News is that we are praying at this time, all the time, whether we know it or not.  It’s better to know.  Keep practicing.


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ 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) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 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 “Love” 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