Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 293

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

+ This is the first of four posts on the style of The Way of Wisdom as we complete exploring the practice of Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  Why only 4?  Because Wisdom is one of the 9 Attributes of Heaven which we will begin exploring when we get to SE297. Wisdom will come up as the third attribute after we explore Abundance and Joy.

+ The Sage embodies the wisdom of a life fully-lived and the truths transmitted by profound wisdom-holders throughout the ages.

·         Do you long for the wisdom to guide your own life and help others?
·         Do you yearn for transcendent insight into the true nature of reality?
·         Do you aspire to the wisdom of the Buddha, Christ, Lao Tzu, Black Elk, Ramakrishna, Muhammad
or Moses?

WISDOM IMPLIES a knowingness of truths harvested from the totality of one’s life-experience. It surpasses the knowledge gained through mere intellectual conceptualization and empirical observation. It emerges from the synthesis of all our knowledge, gained throughout our lives, through the combination of physical, emotional and intellectual sources, infused and informed by perceptions that reach beyond ordinary appearances and mental projections of reality.

There is a deep reverence for Wisdom in many spiritual traditions, along with an implicit assumption that all humans are capable of achieving it. Prajna is the Mahayana Buddhist word for Wisdom. It connotes a direct perception of the Ultimate Truth—emptiness—which is an unmediated knowingness that is not filtered by concepts and the senses.

In Buddhism, as in some other traditions, Wisdom is associated with the Feminine, whereas the compassionate method for applying Wisdom is associated with the Masculine. Sophia, the Greek word for Wisdom, was adopted by Christianity to connote the knowledge of God that comes from a direct relationship with the divine. Gnosis, also a Greek word, has been used to connote a direct mystical insight and spiritual knowledge of the divine. Hokhmah, the Hebrew word for Wisdom, is also associated with the infinite knowledge of God and connotes direct intuitive insight into the essence or truth of existence. In Taoism, Wisdom is the quality of mind that is in harmony with the unnamable essence of the universe.
-- Edward Bastian at the beginning of his chapter on the Spiritual style of Wisdom in Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process

+ I score high on Wisdom when I do the tool indicating which of the twelve styles I prefer.  The tool is found  in Mandala: Creating An Authentic Spiritual Path: An InterSpiritual Process by Edward Bastian.  And, as I said, we will soon explore Wisdom as an attribute of Heaven.  Hopefully, at this stage of my life I can be a source offering many of those “truths harvested from the totality of one’s life-experience.”  I think it’s fair to say that this style is expressed in a variety of ways in all of the 12 Spiritual practices, the 12 Spiritual Styles and the 9 Attributes of Heaven we are exploring.  I know you are wise and that you want to keep growing and become even wiser.


+ 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.

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