Monday, August 15, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 249

This is the daily exploration for Monday, September 5, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


 + Continuing with the 12 styles of the Mandala process, we are exploring the style of Love and Compassion.

+ Nobody appears inferior to us when our heart is kindled with kindness and our eyes are open to the vision of God.
-- Hazrat Inayat Khan
This is the Bowl of Saki for June 7

+ Equality is an ideal we find in many cultures.  It is easy to say we want it but a huge challenge to make it happen.  Our wisdom traditions at their best tell us that divinity is found in every person and every creature.  For example, “Namaste” is a greeting in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions where the divinity found in each person is acknowledged and affirmed.  So, “Namaste” means something like saying: “The divine part of me greets the divine part of you.”

Hazrat Inayat Khan was a Sufi teacher who saw his mission as bringing the wisdom of Islamic Mysticism, or Sufism, to the West.  I find his wisdom enormously inspiring and illuminating.  So often it is the mystics in our wisdom traditions who teach us great truths such as equality, mutual respect, cherishing both the unity and diversity of humanity.

+ 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

+ Spirituality & Practice offers abundant resources on the practices of Love & Compassion: The Practice of Love | The 12s Gallery on Love | The Practice of Compassion | The 12s Gallery on 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 “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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