I am an Essene Christian ( read as Esoteric rather then Exoteric) referencing the teachings of Dr Stylianos Atteshlis (aka Daskalos)
What kinds of experiences leave me in awe?
The Self-luminous Light emanating from babies and young children. It is, “The light of the world” and a reminder of who we are, beyond name and form.
What do I value?
And how might it benefit from my investment?
It wouldn’t …Absolute Truth is already whole and complete in itself..
What is wonderful for me?
When has collaborating with others made something better?
When and wherever the collaborating is done with and “open heart”.
This was a fact pointed to by so many Attained Beings in the past and exemplified by Joshua Emmanuel the Christ, while both in and out of a physical body form.
The term “open heart” has been used in current time “Spirituality” (both, new age and old age) but its TRUE meaning often loses its power due to lack of application. I sense this is the underlay purpose of the e-course program this Gratitude organization is presenting, starting next week. “Learning with Gratitude”.- “The Transformational Power of Sufficiency & Gratefulness”.
“Power” is yet another word used a lot in current day Spiritual culture, one that is to easily commandeered by personal ego-ism, Political ego-ism, Religious ego-ism and Political ego-ism. But seldom, if ever, does this result in “something better”.
So I am ready and set, “open heartedly” to collaborate with the others participating in this e-course and ….as Brother is quoted as saying……
“We limit life going only for the imaginable – we need to be open for surprise.”
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast
What does my curiosity want me to follow?
Life, Absolute Infinite Being-ness and its Mind super-substance in manifestation.
How can I open myself more fully to to the magnificence of my “true nature”?
By the 7th ( of seven ) promises I make to my self each day.
I promise to myself ….To investigate and to check every night whether all my thoughts, desires, words and actions are in absolute harmony with the Divine Law.
What one thing can I do today to make a positive difference for others?
Rilke’s suggestion works just fine, every day and in every situation
“All this hurrying soon will be over. Only when we tarry do we touch the holy.”
RAINER MARIA RILKE
For myself …to put it in words and apply them,…. It will be the 5th promise I make to myself as a Researcher of Truth.
“I promise to myself…To love and to serve my fellow human beings sincerely from the depths of my Heart and Soul no matter what their behaviour may be towards me.”
RUMI: “Be like melting snow. Wash yourself with yourself.”
“But do not hasten to conclude that you are a mere nothingness! On the contrary: Exactly because you do not own your life, you cannot lose it. And because it is this collected, and therefore resultant life of many other lives, it is rooted in the principle of Life itself that can never be ejected out of Creation. It is because this life of yours extends beyond your personal little life, and touches the universe at countless points, that it has a strong footing in eternal Being!”
The author here to touching on a fact of Being Human but seems to not want to go as far as it should go,…..
As an Essene Christian I will add that…yes we as accumulator ( or ragpickers if you prefer ) and we AS Human Beings being Human, are doing so over many, many incarnation in one continuous, never ending never beginning Life.
Yes we accumulate what Essence call “Elemental” Human in Nature Demons and Human in Nature Angels as well as generate/strengthen them by the way we live.
When around topic of “Live” it must be clearly understood that a Human Being is ‘Dual in One’…..as ‘time and place’ temporary personality self …..and Divine ….Permanent ‘Soul-Self’. Only the latter is Incarnated (not Reincarnated) into Human form to gain experiences ( that which this author is energetically pointing to ) It is up to the reader here to decide Who/What decides which “rags” are kept and which are dropped after each Earthly life cycle. 🙂 Happy picking!!
How can I embody grateful living today?
By Living, and being, and applying, the ‘Seven Mercies of St Francis’.
As another Christian mystic, Daskalos, reminds, “Mercy IS Love”, and Love is living Life Gratefully and Graciously.
How does being mortal deepen my sense of gratefulness?
In every way!!! that it is possible for a Human Being to understand ( stand under) and realize the meaning of St Paul’s 1 Corr: 15:53….54
But perhaps “Victory”, as a word, is a bit misleading given its current common English usage.
‘Swallowed up in JOY’ would work better. After all…”Joy”and “gratefulness” are one and the same emanation, and it takes the experience of being Human ( one who is Both Mortal and Divine at the same time) to realize what “Joy / Gratefulness” are. It is our true potential as Being-ness.
So this question folds in on itself…..just as each Human Being (eventually) folds in on its own, individual, SELF-hood.
Quoting St Paul …from the older Aramaic text……“53 for this incorruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality.54 so when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, name shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory.”
RUMI said it best …”There is a Way,….. between voice and presence…where information flows….with disciplined silence…it opens…..with wondering talk……..it closes.”
Can’t be said any better then this “Word of the Day”……it is the Word for EVERY DAY!!
“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
Rumi said it well…
There is a Way, between voice (the noise of the egoism trying to interfere so its existence is protected) and Presence ( the silent observer) where Information flows, With disciplined silence it opens….with wandering talk it closes.
So How can I make “waiting” more of a purposeful art?
Be more active as the “observer”. This will make it very clear that it is ONLY the egoism of the present day personality that is aware that there is any “waiting” occurring in the first place! because it is the only part of human’s make -up that becomes impatient or bored. The art is in becoming the observer, fully.
As the Sufis point out ..”it is not true to say, “Thank You”, it must be “Thank Us!”/…..because all we Humans Beings truly ever have… is each other.”
This point of theirs also identifies the Christhood which Joshua Emmanuel the Christ’s words within Matt 18;22, it is there now, waiting to be the active element in all of humanities actions. It is then we begin to use the potential we have been gifted to its true potential.
As Dr Lipson has confirmed, there is a tremendous ‘accumulative effect’ when that happens, “there emerges from our interaction a quality to the purpose itself that we could not have invoked alone.”
Not new but re-newed
It interests me that Gratefully and “Gracefully” are one and the same action, or flow, in beinginess.
How can I love,…….
LOVE, in all its vibrational levels, Eros, Phylos, Agape and Divine ( Absolute and Unconditional) ….does not have a, “Reverse this intention” ability/choice within it. …..BUT a big ego, well established within a personality will pretend it is possible. Ego will always try to convince its host otherwise! ( all for the good its own survival of course!)
To respond to the question, how does the ego “let go gratefully?”
Answer: Teach it to say, “”YES!” to what is” ………..
(because, ultimately, upon the dissolving of the material body, it will happen anyway.)
This “YES” is pointed to very well in both the “Word of the day” and Brother David’s “Love thy neighbour” article ( an amazingly clear presentation!) both of which I have cut / quote below.
“Every farmer who plants a seed takes a risk. We work through faith that the good deeds we do are to put down roots. The roots are invisible, but they sustain plants that may not give fruit for a while. How lovely is this planting the seeds of love.”
Quoting Brother David, “Love in every one of its forms is a lived “yes” to belonging. I call it a “lived yes”, because the very way loving people live and act says loudly and clearly: “Yes, I affirm and respect you and I wish you well. As members of the cosmic family we belong together, and this belonging goes far deeper than anything that can ever divide us.” In an upside-down way, a “Yes” to belonging is even present in hatred. While love says this yes joyfully and with fondness, hatred says it grudgingly with animosity, gall. Still, even one who hates acknowledges mutual belonging. Have there not been moments in your life when you couldn’t say whether you loved or hated someone close to your heart? This shows that hatred is not the opposite of love. The opposite of love (and of hatred) is indifference.” End Quote
In what circumstances do I feel generous?
Any examples (such as the ones below) because they are living examples of Brother David’s “Stop. look, Go” motto. These examples simple prove the existence of the natural generosity within Humans. The “Stop, Look” ( presence + observation ) and the natural response is ( Generosity’s ) Go! This is due to the, Self’s consciousness….. action sparks corresponding “like” reaction. (Plotinus, “Like can only apprehend like”)
How can I bring forth my most generous self?
the “Go” (participation) actions, of course.
I agree, it interests me that Gratefully and “Gracefully” are one and the same action, or flow, in beinginess.
In all due respect, why the “Sadness”?
Firstly, to be grateful to the point of Delighted, is the essence of Psalm 119:71
“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”
It is also the point the Sufi poem is making when he says
“Welcome ( all adversaries) in and entertain the all, even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of all its furniture. Still, treat each guest honorably. He many be clearing you out for some new “delight” (my highlight here). Hatred, shame , malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent by a guide from beyond.”
This is also in the Sufi parable …Of a man found sitting at the edge of the roadway, laughing hysterically. When ask why…..he explained, he was a wealthy merchant and some thieves had just taken everything from him!
And the final example has to be Brother David’s words from the article “Love thy neighbor ….when you read it you can easily see and hear that when he says “Yes to belonging” and if one is not grateful for ones adversaries one is being, as he says, ““indifferent” to life”.
Quoting, “Love in every one of its forms is a lived “yes” to belonging. I call it a “lived yes”, because the very way loving people live and act says loudly and clearly: “Yes, I affirm and respect you and I wish you well. As members of the cosmic family we belong together, and this belonging goes far deeper than anything that can ever divide us.” In an upside-down way, a “Yes” to belonging is even present in hatred. While love says this yes joyfully and with fondness, hatred says it grudgingly with animosity, gall. Still, even one who hates acknowledges mutual belonging. Have there not been moments in your life when you couldn’t say whether you loved or hated someone close to your heart? This shows that hatred is not the opposite of love. The opposite of love (and of hatred) is indifference.
Be Well Be Present…….and “Yes” to life in all its forms!!
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