Books – I love books.
the readers path by Jeremiah Morelli
Three years ago, before moving to the new house, I went through all my books and sorted out the ones to go. I gave them to other people who were interested. It would never occur to me to throw away a book.
Today there was the one exception – I went through that book, which was disappointing right from the start a year ago, again and pulled out the spare pages where I found some catching words. This action yielded eleven pages – the left overs so to speak. Putting those lines together and all is said that really matters – at least to me. The rest of the book went in the trash.
Following now the passages I found worthwhile to share.
If we fail to know the inner self, our spiritual and creative re-sources remain inaccessible. Every mystical tradition requires inner exploration, which bring greater depth and substance to the person.
The soul is not a static entity but an ever-moving energy, nurturing us towards wholeness until we at last learn to see and accept the incongruity in the world, ourselves and other creatures. We learn patience with ourselves and others and from this acquire inner strength to face our psychological pain. Jacob Needleman
As we continue the inward journey we develop our intuitive radar. We gain the ability to know all is well in the midst of tragedy and chaos, for then we truly begin to identify ourselves with a greater reality. Julian of Norwich
We have to recognize our unmet juvenile fantasies and wishes. Once we recognize them we can redirect our attention away from feeding them toward unlocking our imagination – the experience and situation of another being without seeking selfish gratification, pleasure or notoriety. D.W. Winnicott
The imagination is the key to a vibrant life.
Ancient Celtic people gave birth to the prototypical psychospiritual nature paradigm: communing with horses for human development, awareness and spiritual growth. Interaction with horses highlight the defenses every human being has, that stand in the way of thrusting people into ever-increasing levels of awareness. By accepting the equine reaction, a person commune with the heart of nature while also questioning personal habits and beliefs. Dialoging with a horse was also a vehicle for intensifying intimacy with GOD because they believed that GOD speaks through all creation.
Not only horses provide this to us but all living creatures – animals and plants. What comes into your life surprisingly is a wake-up-call for your awareness why this animal of plant has visited you and/or is reacting in some particular manner.
Anam Cara the soul friend
John O’Donohue describes the anam cara as a person with whom we can share all secrets of our lives. such a friendship cuts across all convention, allowing us to be fully recognized and accepted. This person or animal is literally a friend of our soul, joining us in ways that transcend our everyday perceptions.
Our soul has a different learning style – it absorbs lessons in indirect ways – by exposure, immersion and osmosis – as if by transfusion.
A healthy ego does not think – it just is, serving the psyche and working in concert with the soul (superego) and the instincts.
According to Pelagius we can know only that mystery exists, but we cannot know mystery. Its magnitude is beyond comprehension because it is transcendent, immanent and inconceivable. He also stressed the sanctity of allcreations – the beauty of nature is a reflection of GOD – and he urged people to care for animals and plants for their own sake.
John O’Donohue writes in Anam Cara We have falsely specialized the eternal world. We have driven the eternal out into some kind of distant galaxy. Yet the eternal world does not seem to be a place but a different state of being.
Thomas Merton advocate practical methods of spirituality for true transformation and enlivening spirit.The so called spiritual life through churches/religions could be cured by a simple respect for the concrete realities of everyday life, for nature, the body, one’s work, friends, surroundings etc. A false supernaturalism which imagines that the supernatural is a Platonic realm of abstract essences totally apart and opposed to the concrete world of nature, offers no real support to a genuine life of meditation and prayer unless it is firmly rooted in practical life.
If all worldly components are not in finest condition there will be no spiritual life. No Roots no Wings – keep your life, your body, children, work,finances, environment and relationships in shape.
The actual word religion from the Latin sacer and facere means “to make holy or sacred”, to sacrifice to a higher purpose. According to Joseph Shipley: “Since that which is made holy is given over to the Gods, from a human point of view it is given up.”
By yielding or sacrificing in this way we unite our finite human resources with the limitless resources available implanted in our soul.
Communion – contact with the informational morphic resonance fields of Dr. Sheldrake
“From the point of view of morphic resonance, rituals make perfect sense. By consciously performing rituals in as similar a way as possible to the way they have been done before the participants enter into morphic resonance with those who have carried out the ritual before in the past. there is a collapse of time. there is ab invisible presence of all those who have done the ritual before, a transtemporal ritual community”
The pulse of nature, repeating patterns spiraling through infinite time.