I am an Essene Christian ( read as Esoteric rather then Exoteric) referencing the teachings of Dr Stylianos Atteshlis (aka Daskalos)
How is my body a gateway to gratefulness?
From Words of Truth page 17
“By observation, by study, by using Mind properly we can know the truth concerning the creation of our human bodies. If we practice observation and study, if we concentrate and enter our inner Selves, we will, in the course of time, find ourselves in conscious contact with the Archangels who are working in our bodies” ……
And that ability to contact them is indeed something to be Grateful for! The true Awareness of ones Self and total Being-ness in this existence establishes the strength of any Gratefulness given out.
The wisdom of the Saints
Saint Irenaeus, “Gloria Dei homo vivens”
“The Glory of God is the human being fully alive”
How Can I have my whole heart behind the words I speak.
By applying, open-heatedly, the 6th and 7th promise a researcher of Truth makes to him/ herself very day.
6th. I promise to myself….. To meditate and to contemplate daily Absolute Beingness, with the objective of total coordination of my thoughts, desires, words and actions with Its Divine Will.
7th. I promise to myself… To investigate and check every night whether all my thoughts, desires, words and actions are in absolute harmony with the Divine Law.
Re: Quick! Without too much thinking, what are 10 things you love about yourself?
Yes! ten times over ….that I am conscious enough to appreciate this Wisdom emanating from that Wonderful Sufi and Master of Life, Hafiz.
We all sit in God’s classroom and
“God has shouted Yes! Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes!Yes! ,
To every luminous movement in existence.”
Hafiz tells us that Love’s journey unfolds through every process of life. Divine principles are constantly being demonstrated all around us. We cannot learn them through words or books or limited systems of human values. Hafiz says God is fully known only through love, which accepts ‘everything’. Love reveals the Universe as a cosmic playground where everything and every Being participates in a single, magnificent Game.
From HAFIZ….’Poems of Hope and Joy’
and ‘I heard God laughing’ Translated by Daniel Ladinsky
Where is peace present right now?
Wherever there is gratefulness, “right now”.
How can I welcome it?
It doesn’t need to be “welcomed” because is Humanities natural “home”. Rather, it is the unconscious / unnatural behavioural tendencies of Mankind that need to be invited into the place called, “Gratefulness”. Gratefulness has great transformational powers within it and Brother David’s teachings are a welcoming mat for those who wish to become welcomers themselves!
What one quote most often gives me the perspective I am seeking?
This Essene Christian prayer .
Absolute Infinite Beingness, God. Everlasting Life, Love and Mercy. Manifesting Yourself in Yourself as Your Total Wisdom and Your Almightiness in Your Omnipresence. Enlighten our minds to understand You as the Truth. Clean our hearts to reflect Your Love towards You and towards all other human beings. Amen.
This prayer, with the Lords prayer ( Lamsa bible version ) is standard reflection before any study / research / contemplation / meditation / creative / activity
What excitement is alive. deep in my belly?
The inextinguishable fire and light of mind super substance / etheric vitality …. the “life energy” commonly expressed as in the prayer, “give us this day our daily bread”. The “belly” is the Solar Plexus, the centre where this energy is located and then distributed daily to maintain our bodies.
What have I done recently that has required courage?
That “doing” is contained completely in the 4th promise which I make to myself every day. “To endure patently, without complaining, all forms of trials and tribulations which the most Wise Divine Law may bestow upon me.”
This question of the Day contains the hidden driver behind the enormous “Self Help” book publishing / talk circuit / industry of which, “96% is of no help at all!” And I am quoting Eckhart Tolle here because he is one of the major players in that industry.
That “driver” is the active counterpart to “Courage”. It is the emotions of Anxiety and Fear. But we are very, VERY fortunate to have Brother David Rast and Brother Anselm Grum offering an intelligent, non-open ended, overview on “Anxiety, Fear, Courage and (ultimately) the Self behind courage..
Quoting from their publication “Faith beyond Belief” the Chapter “What Self Do We Want to Radiate?” (subtitled “Calling, Courage, and Fear”)
Starting with Brother David…“I find it helpful to distinguish between anxiety and fear. Anxiety, as its name implies, constant narrowness, confinement. Anxiety is unavoidable in life, Again and again in life we get into constricted situations; they can’t be avoided. But being afraid means struggling against that constriction. Resistance to anxiety is fear: I don’t want to be anxious. Courage is also associated with anxiety. No one can be courageous unless she or he is anxious. But courage accepts anxiety. One who is courageous has anxiety but does not succumb to it. Yes I am in a confined situation, and I have to get through it into a broader place. That is courage.That is why I think it is important to distinguish anxiety from fear.
How can we overcome fear, even though we remain anxious? My answer is: all fear is one. When here or there someone overcomes a little bit of fear one has already begun to conquer all fear. Confront your anxiety where you dare to do it.
So it is a matter of overcoming fear step-by-step learning to accept as much anxiety as we are able to at any given time. Then we can say: yes, I admit it, I am anxious, but courage will take it away. It helps to know that fear is a resistance to anxiety. So “fear not!” means, “take courage, and take anxiety as it comes!”
Brother Anselm Grum adds this reply to Br David’s point.
“Anxiety is an invitation to be a Being with my limitations”
For further reading ….I highly recommend the chapter “Ego, Fear, ad Nothingness”, or “The Epic Discovery of Self” from the same reference source.
Closing note: that phrase “The Epic Discovery of Self” is really the reason that the most Wise Divine Law allowed the emotions “Anxiety and Fear” to be triggers to our Being-ness ( and rediscovery of Self (capital “S” here) ) in the first place!!
What do I wish to cultivate more of in my Life?
While standing on “The Sacred Grateful Ground ” I can cultivate the seed I call my “watching-observer” which I have planted in that “Sacred Grateful Ground”. Its flourishing is a three stage growth …Alignment, Attunement and Atonement.
Kristi Nelson’s most recent blog describes it as … “In every moment, grateful living asks us to STOP. To LOOK. To GO. When times are chaotic, urgent, and dire, this methodical, contemplative approach (the Alignment) to action can be challenging because it requires us to pause and consider, rather than reflexively, always “doing.” Yet the benefits, in the short and long run, are compelling. By seriously slowing down, (the Attunement) even for a moment, we can become cognizant of the intense privileges and blessings of being awake and alive.” (the Atonement)
Thanks to Kristi! Nelson that was a good opportunity to apply the third promise I make to myself every day. “To make good use of the Divine gift of thought and word, at all times and in all places and under all circumstances.”
The ”Witnessing-Observer”, that ONE who is the inextinguishable Love which Brother David points to in his recommendation, “Stop. Look, Go” This ONE was eloquently presented in to-day’s “Blog” titled “Standing our Sacred, Grateful Ground” by gratefulness Director KRISTI NELSON
I want to complement those words of truth by quoting another influential teach who have an impressive ability to dig deep and identify the nature of the “Witnessing/Observer” by referencing to Dr David R. Hawkins, because, as his Chapter 7 title implies, to open to one’s inner Self , the silent “Witnessing-Observer” ( Or “Beloved” in Sufi terminology ) is to Re-Discover the Presence of God
From CHAPTER 7, (The Razor’s Edge), of DISCOVERY OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD
“The central elements of seriously committed inner spiritual
work consist of:………….
1. Discipline of focus without deviation…….2. Willingness to surrender all desires and fears to God……. 3. Willingness to endure transitory anguish until the difficulty is transcended…….. 4. Constancy and watchfulness.5. Moving from self-interest as participant/experiencer to that of the witness/observer. 6. Willingness to relinquish judgmentalism and opinion about what is observed…….. 7. Identifying with the field rather than with the content of the field……. 8. Proceeding with certainty and confidence by accepting that Enlightenment is one’s destiny, not a goal, wish, or hope; rejecting the notion that Enlightenment is a gain; and understanding it is a condition that ensues as a consequence of decision, intention, and devotional dedication consequent to both karma and Divine Grace. ……… 9. Avoiding glamorizing or aggrandizing the endeavor or its destination, and relying instead on devotion for its own sake. Staying on the Crest of the Wave The witness/observer is a contemplative attitude of poise. Phenomena appear and disappear.
.One must constantly surrender the desire to experience the phenomena or the desire to ‘juice’ the experience of the experiencing itself. It will be noticed that feelings and thoughts arise and fall away like waves. To anticipate the future is often the result of trying to control it based on fear”. End Quote
What constantly challenges my expectations, in a good way?
Human Behaviour and what the Hermetic Philosophies called the “Principle of polarity” Axiom.
When observing the manifest phenomena called “life” or “the world” this Axiom proposes that…. “Everything is Dual; everything has its pairs of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
Since humanity now has the luxury of being able to review their past behaviours, recorded in great detail, they can compare it with current behaviour(s) and see for themselves the cyclical nature of the flow, back and forth, between two so-called, “opposite poles” which the above Axiom is pointing to.
My “exception” is, as Humans progress in Self conscious awareness, we will become more and more openly aware of our Behaviour cycles ( both personal and collective ) not as perceived paradoxes but, more constructively, as part of the Divine Plan we are participating in and ARE! All these learning exercises are so that we will grow to new heights of Human potentiality well beyond our current Circle of Possibilities. ( iow not becoming wholly self destructive by way some self inflicted irreversible mistake ).
My ‘constant challenge’ is not to get drawn into any unconscious reactionary behaviour(s) which the wise mystics and attained Humans have already taught are just futile repetitions of past unconsciousness behaviour patterns.
How can I more consistently honor the beauty in others?By first and foremost honouring the beauty within my own true Self.
At the deepest level of Self there is no “other” there is only the Beauty of its creator (Divine Love) and it is waiting, watching, for guests to arrive, (or re-arrive). That Love doesn’t concern itself with guest “consistency”, each arrival is a bright new arrival to it.
How am I listening today? How could I listen more fully?
As a Researcher of Truth “listening” , the action of opening to being aware ( and therefore potentially grateful for the gift of being a Human Being) of ones own BEing-ness. This is contained in the 6th of the 7 Promises a Researcher makes to him/herself.
That promise is, “To meditate and to contemplate daily Absolute Beingness with the objective of total coordination of my thoughts, desires, words and actions with its Divine Will”.
( Closing note: To “meditate” in the esoteric traditions does not mean to attempt to shut down thinking, instead it is the action of allowing ( and therefore opening to) one’s higher Self to be the silent/ Non-Judgemental / Observer of ALL that passes though one’s current, present day personality’s bodies ( there are 3 bodies) . This is expressed beautifully in another Esoteric tradition, Sufism, by one of their great poets, Rumi, who says in verse, “Be like melting snow. Wash yourself with yourself. )
Yes Introspection, or your term “reflection”is one of the “Golden keys to heaven” and it takes courage and deep self honesty / integrity and courage. It is one thing to say “I am …so and so ” but it is something else to DO it. There is the baptism by water and then there is the baptism by “Fire”. Self observation is “fire”.
Your point re: “joyful and celebrate” is very made, for me it is contained in the 1st promise “serving wholeheartedly” but I didn’t feel it necessary to list it as well.
Another way of pointing to that is one Br, David often quotes …
A very clear reminder to to aways be “joyful – celebrate / and we will be always “fully alive”.
Yes, “spot on!” as the English would say!! I posted a method which, in principle, is a way of exercising what you are sharing …ask the tormentor / demon / to say, “I AM I” . No matter how powerful that “demon” is it cannot say, “! AM I”. This is a very quick and safe way to experiencing “WHAT you are, beyond name and form” ( not “who” you are but, WHAT you are ) and it is very powerful indeed!
Your are welcome, but I hope you are not down on yourself because of this antagonizer you are meeting with. Everyone has it! Brother David has said in ‘Words of Faith’ that he was susceptible to anger / impatience /..rather hard to imagine him as ever that!
Here here is one quick and safe way to address that tormentor head on ….just ask it to say, “I AM I”. It cannot say “I AM I” so its reply has to be silence! And silence is the Presence of God. Now you can thank the tormentor for giving you a way to experiencing yourself / as your place in God / IOW applying point 7 above / by it playing the role of a teacher at no cost to you. The Sufi add an additional step to this tricking of the egoic self ….they smile and say to it, “What a bargain, lets Buy It!!” 😉
Yes and without demonizing the Egoic nature of the present day personality ( there has been way to much of that done already ) Dr D. R. Hawkins did a great service by giving recognition to the fact that the ego is a cleaver TWO FACED entity, one face is so willing to say it will do anything to help heal by (add here whatever aphorism you like ) and then, as soon then observer looks away, the second face comes through the back door with stronger positionalities, excuses and down right lies, it will takes to survive! But that showing of the second face is the ideal opportunity, it is the best time for the observer to catch the ego and dis-energize it and say “see I not you and you are not me!” ( the ego cannot be killed or destroyed, that is a common new age misconception. But it can be dis-energized and its empty shell filled with a positive and healthy personal trait, gratefulness is one of them, loving the seemly unlovable another)
His point on enlightenment is worth repeating because it reminds one that while doing the hard of facing ones egoic behaviour patterns head on….one is never along …..Divine Grace is always there too!
“Enlightenment is a gain; and understanding it is a condition that ensues as a consequence of decision, intention, and devotional dedication consequent to both karma and Divine Grace”
Yes, “awareness” and it is a Rumi puts it in poetic verse this way
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you,
don’t go back to sleep.”
What he is pointing to is…ok yes, when one awakens in the morning, it is a beautiful time to observe one’s being-ness ( the breeze) ….but also, awaking can and does occur around events in the ever evolving consciousness of Humanity, good or bad. What appears on the exterior sometimes as “bad” events are also signs of major expansions in awareness. And is solidified in the knowing that…… any gain in awareness is NEVER lost.
As an example, here in Canada people are uniting, linking hand and forming human chains, around our Islamic centres and Mosques during their Friday prayers. This is a non-vocal protest action and one which all the people appreciate very much over past alternatives. For example, the tradition “protest” group action which often attracts trouble makers, therefore possibly police may have to come and monitor, nor it does not disrupt traffic etc etc. BUT it does give positive reassurance that community is there they are very much a part of community, inside and outside.
It is the bases of all authenticity , it has been expressed in many ways ….Rumi the great mystic and poet captured it in this verse ….”Let the beauty you Love be what you do, there are many ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
He is confirming that the recognition of ones ability to love is dependent on the awareness of the Beauty you are, as a creation of God, and realizing ( the “do-ing” ) that beauty is worshiping and giving thanks to the creator.
Kevin and Anna
You are welcome! But the truth is I am just opening to the “The Seven promise”, starting with a complete review of each one, as a starting point to my day, every day. But I have noticed that the Gratitude site’s “Daily question” is often contained in one of the seven promises, so, from time to time I reply accordingly.
As it turns out to-day’s ( Friday the 3rd ) is another example of this match up. ( By the Bye, All my quotes are taken directly from the ‘Researchers of Truth’ Web site )
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