Monday, October 3, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 280

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, October 6, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS



+ This is the final post on the style of The Way of Reason as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 2 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ I am concluding this very short exploration of the style of reason with more wisdom from the chapter on this style by Edward Bastian:
A seeker on the Way of Reason strives to use logical inference and empirical observation as the basis for determining realities that lie beyond our cognitive and sensory perception. It seeks certainty about a reality that transcends our transient world, that is the foundation for being, that connects all phenomena and gives meaning and purpose to our lives. The Way of Reason seeks to prove, for example, the existence of an immortal soul, life after death, the existence or non-existence of God. It seeks a rational basis for meditation, prayer, devotion, ritual, mystical intuition and social service. The Way of Reason seeks a rational foundation for spiritual practice, believing that, if one has good reasons to back up one’s spirituality and ethics, then it will be easier to pursue a spiritual life with rigor and consistency. But it is not uncommon for the Thinker to have a satisfying, rational description about the nature of reality, and yet, lack a healthy and satisfying spiritual life. For, often, they have not cultivated other qualities necessary to propel them along the way, like the aspiring mountain climber, with the proper theory and technique, but without the endurance and the other tools necessary to climb.

Sadly, a strictly intellectual perspective, isolated from other spiritual styles, like the Ways of Love and the Body, leads to its own form of psychological dysfunction and prevents the development of a satisfying personal spiritual path and a balanced life. So, the first step for the Thinker is to seek out and define the physical activities, the art forms, the prayers, the meditations and relationships, etc., that will conform with their intellectually defined higher truth, and then consciously integrate these into a practice.

+ But Ed would be the first to point out that the same criticism can be offered to anyone who chooses to be limited to 1 or 2 or even 3 styles when other styles are so important.  So, try to become knowledgeable and skillful in styles where you are weak even as you keep growing in areas of strength.


+ 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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