Tuesday, April 20, 2021

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH -- 6


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JOHN WILDE POST 3/1/21

+ When I think of what THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is all about, several great teachers immediately come to mind. Perhaps the one who deserves to be at the top of the list is Wayne Teasdale. In the 10 years or so before he died in 2004, he wrote several books which I would like to say are required reading for anyone who sees InterSpirituality as the way forward. For Brother Wayne Teasdale, InterSpirituality goes beyond sharing wisdom and practices to building new communities of faith which share wisdom and practices and are actively creating compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all.

Here is a link to an excerpt on transformation in THE MYSTIC HEART by Wayne Teasdale. https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/.../the-mystic-heart

And here's the link to the S&P review of this wonderful book > https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/.../the-mystic-heart

JOHN WILDE POST 3/2/21

I am getting some clarity now about the focus of the posts I plan to offer. I will go into that soon.

But NOW HEAR THIS: I don't want my particular focus to stop you from posting on any topic, any question, any thought, any insight, any inspiration, any recipe, any practice, any link, any experience you would like to bring up.  The new faith for the new earth is a dynamic and ever new and ever surprising evolutionary journey we all are on.  It is an amazing journey and we need each other as companions, as guides, as truth tellers and truth seekers.  Please offer your wisdom in posts or comments so that we can all benefit from what you see and hear and taste as you go on your amazing journey which is also our essential journey in some mysterious way.

I urge you to include THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION as a significant place of common ground that we can share as we go on our amazing journey > https://charterforcompassion.org/

Comments by John A Wilde

·         oh, and oh how we need music and mantras https://youtu.be/lu5tnNUVhTs > The Angels are Listening: Snatam Kaur sings Suแน‰i-ai with Ajeet Kaur at Sat Nam Fest

·         the meaning of suni-ai is offered at http://www.suni-ai.com/en/about/

 JOHN WILDE POST 3/3/21

+ Ed Bastian wrote four beautiful verses for each of the seven steps of InterSpiritual Meditation which I am sharing in this post. There is a wonderful video > https://youtu.be/MN2CtXTe1xw where Ed sings the ISM mantra and recites the verses for each step. I have recently memorized all of the verses and I sing them mostly just for myself but I have sung them for others as well. If you find these verses meaningful, I invite you to memorize them and maybe even sing them like I do.

Ed created this InterSpiritual Meditation process. The book is InterSpiritual Meditation: A Seven-Step Process from the World’s Spiritual Traditions. Read about it at https://spiritualpaths.net/interspiritual-meditation/books/

I would like to encourage you to do Lectio Divina with the four verses of Step One.

First, read the four verses twice each time entering into a time of significant stillness and silence where a word or phrase might jump out at you. The word or phrase can change as you continue this practice.

Second, read the verses again and enter into another time of significant stillness and silence letting a word or phrase dwell in your heart for a while. Contemplate what particular meaning and purpose you find in the word or phrase or one or more of the verses.

Third, read the verses again and enter into another time of significant stillness and silence where you allow the meaning and purpose to penetrate into your consciousness more deeply and then be open to possibly making a commitment or vow to follow through on a specific purpose.

Fourth, enter into another time of significant stillness and silence where you simply rest in the here and now with unconditional love for yourself and for all with absolutely no judgment of how well this time of Lectio Divina went for you.

I encourage you to write about what came up and possibly share it with us.

Here are the verses for all 7 steps without pauses between verses because Facebook editing is very limited:

(1) MOTIVATION: May We be Happy and Healthy

In all the world

I cannot find

The source of peace

Outside my mind.

Neither play, nor drink,

Nor sex, nor food,

Can cause a constant

Blissful mood.

The things I see,

Touch, smell, taste, hear,

Cause both joy and pain,

Hope and fear.

Meditation relieves

my mind of stress,

Leading me to health

And happiness.

(2) GRATITUDE: May We be Grateful for Life’s Many Gifts

To all my teachers,

I beseech,

Please stay near

and help me teach.

Your wisdom helped me

To find my way,

For constant blessings

I will always pray.

To the natural world

That sustains my living

I honor her

For always giving.

My many faults

I now confess,

And clear them all

Through forgiveness.

(3) TRANSFORMATION: May We be Transformed into Our Highest Ideal

This ignorance does

A prison make,

Only true wisdom

Helps me escape.

Freedom lies

Inside, not out,

Of this pure truth

I have no doubt.

I know that

Real happiness

Must arise from my

Own consciousness.

Within my being’s

Sacred design,

Resides the heart

Of the divine.

(4) COMPASSION: My We be Loving and Compassionate

For those who

Live in misery

I engage in

active empathy.

To help all creatures

To be free,

I place their joy

In front of me.

With love’s

Compassionate intent,

I strive for pure

Enlightenment.

The only true

Pain prevention

Is my

Compassionate intention.

(5) MINDFULNESS: May We be Mindful Through Breathing

Mindfully my

Breathing starts,

My consciousness

Goes to my heart.

Within the silence

Of my breath,

There is no birth,

There is no death.

When thoughts

disturb the stillness,

I return

To emptiness.

And then I rest

With tranquil mind

In unity

With the divine.

(6) MEDITATION: May We become Wise Through Meditation

I rest into

A sacred presence

Joined as one

Eternal essence.

The silent wisdom

Keeps me seeing

The loving nature

Of my being.

Sacred light pervades

Me through and through,

And bliss descends

Like mountain dew.

Radiating out,

I now impart

Rainbows of healing

From my heart.

(7) DEDICATION: May We Serve All Beings

I send love to friends

And foes who fight

To oppressors and

Oppressed alike.

I see the people

In my life

And vow to help

Overcome their strife.

I vow to sustain

This peace of mind,

To all I meet

I will be kind.

Liberation for all

Is my dedication;

May you be blessed

By this meditation.

JOHN WILDE POST 3/8/21

+ As I continue to emphasize InterSpiritual Meditation, Step One: MAY I (YOU / WE) BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY, here are some favorite quotes I find motivational:

 May all beings learn how to nourish themselves with joy each day. — Thich Nhat Hanh

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

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag. — W.H. Auden

To take an interspiritual journey is to circle ever inward, to a place of holy silence and vibrant stillness, and then to surge back outward with the contemplative fruits we have gathered to feed a hungry world. – Mirabai Starr

Where we have stopped dancing, singing, being enchanted by stories, or finding comfort in silence is where we have experienced the loss of soul. Dancing, singing, storytelling, and silence are the four universal healing salves. -- Angeles Arrien

We must come to stillness. In the silence of our hearts, we must wait patiently for the compass to steady. Then it will point to true north, the still center, the fine point of the soul, and we will be enabled to move forward again. — Margret Silf in Inner Compass

Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself. -- Herman Hesse

To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe. -- Eckhart Tolle in Stillness Speaks

+ I urge you to sign up for plenty of inspiration, illumination, encouragement and practices at Spiritual Paths

Comments:

·         Mary: I like integration of quotes about stillness. Thanks for collecting and sharing these.

·        Anna: Here is the verse I wrote for the first step - I reflect on thoughts like these when I do this step of ISM:

Happy and Healthy

How can we be happy and healthy?

So many of the seven steps

Are interrelated,

For Happiness can come

Through gratitude.

Happiness is not a constant state,

For life is full of

Ups and downs,

But one can be

Contented and grateful

For what is.

And one can live with

The attitude of hope

That the happiness will

Come again,

Even in the more difficult times -

A kind word,

A touch,

An experience of

Having done something nice

For someone else.

As for health,

Meditation can help

In so many ways –

So let’s get going!

It can help us

Transform ourselves,

Through focus and calmness,

To be our best selves.

It can affect

Our outlook,

Our relationships,

Our connections

And our happiness!

Why wouldn’t we mediate?

 JOHN WILDE POST 3/10/21

CONTINUING TO REFLECT ON ISM STEP ONE: MAY I (WE / YOU) BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY

+ The Course Introduction page (linked below) offers a way to see each step introduced using a simple to use Mandala. It's fun and illuminating.

+ Journaling on each section Ed wrote for each step is a very worthwhile process.

+ Here's more on ISM step one from my Course Paper when I took the InterSpiritual Meditation course in 2013:

HOW MEDITATION CAN HELP ME BECOME HAPPY AND HEALTHY:

Father Keating says we can find REST in Centering Prayer and in other modes of contemplation, meditation and prayer. Resting in God. Sabbath moments as well as Sabbath days or Sabbath weeks or Sabbath years. It's a different kind of rest than sleep or vacationing. It's the amazing relaxation found in breathing fully and breathing deeply, becoming still and silent, centered and grounded, loosening up and lightening up, letting go and letting God. It takes practice and it takes awareness. There are so many detours and dead ends and distractions and seductions along the way.

ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL GOAL:

I meditate because I want to realize my real identity as a heavenly being. I am (You are) (We are) a heavenly being. I am (You are) (We are) intimately, intricately, infinitely connected by a matrix of unconditional, unlimited, uniting Love which is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous. As I diligently practice stillness, silence, solitude and simplicity I become one with all creation. I realize who I really am. In this glorious state I am liberated from all of my earthly addictions, particularly the security, sensation and power addictions which keep me from experiencing heaven right here and now. Love is everywhere and is always creating more abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty, truth, peace, justice and freedom. One of my daily affirmation is: I am (You are) (We are) (God is) creating the new, most holy, glorious, fantastic realm of abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty, love, truth, peace, justice and freedom. A shorter version is: I am creating more compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance.

As much as I believe this, I find myself all too often neglecting the practices which make it possible for me to realize my real heavenly identity. So, I need many reminders from morning to night, day after day. For me, these include frequent journaling and blogging, my Yoga and Chi Lel Chi Gong practices, hymns, rock’n’roll, prayers and mantras based on Christian and other wisdom traditions (my beads help). I get frequent doses of wisdom and guidance from many books including: The Bible (particularly the daily and Sunday Lectionary readings), The Book of Common Worship of The Presbyterian Church USA, The Handbook of Higher Consciousness by Ken Keyes, Jr., A Course in Miracles, How to Meditate by Lawrence LeShan, Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das, The Tao of Abundance by Laurence G. Boldt, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann. Also from many websites including www.movingintostillness.com | www.dailyzen.com | www.spiritualityandpractice.com | www.gratefulness.org | www.innerfrontier.org

The amazing spiritually oriented rock’n’roll of Todd Rundgren deserves special mention here. Healing is an album offered back in 1981 and recently revived on a new tour. Over the years, I have listened again and again and been inspired and illuminated again and again by his journey into inner space with the goal of healing based on compassion toward self and all others.

https://spiritualpaths.net/interspiritual-meditation/

JOHN WILDE POST 3/12/21

#TNFFTNE 32 > "My religion is kindness ... I'd rather be kind than right ... You can always be kind." --  Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

Comment by Rebecca:  Amen and amen to that!!! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ

JOHN WILDE POST 3/15/21

+ The first edition of THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY is on the JOHN A WILDE blog. If I have your email address, you will soon be receiving this as an attached word document.

+ Here is a link to the first edition on the JOHN A WILDE blog: http://johnawilde.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-new-faith-for-new-earth-our-amazing.html

 COMMENTS

  • Naomi: Thank you John, wonderful!
  • Mary: It is really coming along. Much wisdom in those little tweets of yours. Thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

 JOHN WILDE POST 3/16/21

+ I think Eckhart Tolle gets right to the heart of ISM step one MAY I (WE / YOU) BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY.

https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/book-reviews/excerpts/view/19587/a-new-earth > Excerpt from this excerpt > "People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness, that is to say, dependent on form. They don't realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly. They look upon the present moment as either marred by something that has happened and shouldn't have or as deficient because of something that has not happened but should have. And so they miss the deeper perfection that is inherent in life itself, a perfection that is always already here, that lies beyond what is happening or not happening, beyond form. Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is deeper than any form and untouched by time."

+ If you would like to work on The Seven Steps of ISM systematically with me as your mentor, message me and we can set up a Zoom meeting to get started and decide how to proceed. I and so many others have been blessed immensely by immersion in this practice. Visit https://spiritualpaths.net/ and learn more.

COMMENT

Mary:  Love this statement from Eckhart Tolle.

 JOHN WILDE POST 3/17/21

+ In honor of Saint Patrick's Day and continuing to emphasize ISM Step One -- May We Be Happy and Healthy -- I am offering links to the Abundancetrek.com pages on JOY and DELIGHT and HEALING with a quote or 2 from each page. I also include links to the S&P practice of JOY and the S&P memes gallery on JOY. What a resource. May you have a delightful day.

JOY > http://www.abundancetrek.com/joy.html

"As he was dying, Abba Benjamin taught his sons this: Do this and you''ll be saved: Rejoice always, pray constantly, and in all circumstances give thanks." -- Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers, Yushi Nomura, Editor

DELIGHT > http://www.abundancetrek.com/delight.html

"The quality of life is in proportion, always, to the capacity for delight. The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention." -- Julia Cameron

"In the time of your life, live -- so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it. " -- William Saroyan

HEALING > http://www.abundancetrek.com/healing.html

"The regular practice of contemplative prayer initiates a healing process that might be called the divine therapy. The level of deep rest accessed during the prayer periods loosen up the hard pain around the emotional weeds stored in the unconscious of which the body seems to be the warehouse. The psyche begins to evacuate spontaneously the undigested emotional materials of a lifetime, opening up new space for self-knowledge, freedom of choice, and the discovery of the divine presence within." -- Thomas Keating in Invitation to Love

"Many native cultures believe that the heart is the bridge between Father Sky and Mother Earth. For these traditions the four-chambered heart, the source for sustaining emotional and spiritual health, is described as being full, open, clear, and strong. These traditions feel that it is important to check the condition of the four-chambered heart daily, asking: 'Am I full-hearted, open-hearted, clear-hearted, and strong-hearted?'" -- Angeles Arrien in The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary

S&P practice of JOY > https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/.../alphabet/view/17 > excerpt > "Joy is an essential spiritual practice growing out of faith, grace, gratitude, hope, and love. It is the pure and simple delight in being alive. "

S&P memes gallery on JOY > https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/galleries/...

Comment by John Wilde > “Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3” by Ian Dury and the Blockheads on Youtube >  https://youtu.be/CIMNXogXnvE

JOHN WILDE POST 3/18/21

+ Here are a couple of links I just discovered offering wonderful wisdom and practices for our amazing journey:

S&P blog 3/5/21 > https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/blogs/posts/short-sweet-spirituality/807/rituals-of-our-lives > rituals quotes

Weaving Home page with great photos and quotes on the theme of Celtic Worship > http://www.weavinghome3.org/celtic-worship

JOHN WILDE POST 3/29/21

How are you doing with your practice of INTERSPIRITUAL MEDITATION: STEP ONE > May I (you, we) be happy and healthy?

Since you are reading this post, you belong to that portion of humanity which believe in the power of prayer and is engaged in growing in the practice of prayer. Something has happened which made you this way. Something continues to happen making you renew this commitment perhaps as often as every day or even more frequently.

What is it? I ask because I benefit from knowing what's working for you. I believe you benefit from knowing what's working for me. We all can benefit from sharing our discoveries in this realm. While the praying of any individual is powerful, it can be even more powerful when we enter into prayer as a community of contemplative, praying, meditating folks.

So, what is it? What motivates you and sustains you in this practice? How does your practice increase your happiness and health? How does your practice connect you to your greater self and to all creation?

Ed Bastian, the creator of this InterSpiritual Meditation process, teaches us to keep discovering what works and finding ways to remind ourselves about what works, what leads us to meditate faithfully, what encourages us to create health and happiness for you, for me and for all. And it has to be for all.

Comments

·         Mary: I feel somewhat lost without prayer and meditation. That motivates me.

·         Naomi: Right now yoga is my meditation practice.

·         Jill: Prayer, meditation and reflective journaling are opening me to be more. I am transforming from a human doing to a human being.

·        Clarice: I AM, happy and healthy. I embrace my joy, gratefulness, health and happiness now, and at every moment. It is my choice at each moment. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™‚

·        Allison: It coalesces everything else....

·        John A Wilde > Calming, Centering, Grounding, Deepening, Focusing, Humbling, Awakening, Extending, Challenging, Comforting, Inspiring, Illuminating, Loving, Transforming, Connecting ... and more.

·       Miyo: I try to at least meditate daily, whether it's driving mindfully (I send out metta to those who are on the road with me, and in the houses I drive by daily), and I also do sitting meditation practice on the weekends, and sprinkle in some Qigong and bowing practice. I find these things have helped center me and keep me grounded. The qigong and bowing are new to me, and I've found that it has been an eye-opening experience in terms of humbling me, and making me feel better able to be present for people around me, to truly hear them and connect with them. It helps me "feel" my service to others, if that makes sense.

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