unfiltered fury of communion

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Many Christians today seem to be searching for ways to awaken the soul and few are aware of the diverse teachings about soul found in Christian history. Disagreements over theory and dogma have led to unnumerable wars and persecutions over the centuries since the time of Christ. What seems to be missing in many conventional Christian churches is the transpersonal experience that awakens the soul as witness and rekindles awareness of Spirit. As one devout Christian said to me, “My soul seems to have come alive ever since I left the church in which I was raised. The further away I get from organized religion, the more I see my whole life as a spiritual journey.” Like many spiritual seekers, this man’s soul awakened when he left the conventional observances of the church that had been important to him for many years and took some time for solitary retreat in the woods. Years later, he joined another church in order to provide his children with a religious education, but he no longer expected it to nourish his soul. He had awakened his soul by going into nature in solitude. Once awakened, he recognized that this awareness was something he could not expect to get from an institution. It could only come from inside, from his own direct intuitive knowing. Nevertheless, unlike other disaffected church goers, he was grateful for the early instruction he had received……Frances Vaughan

this search for our place is one of the most intimate discoveries of self and truth…..may we find our own religion……listen and dance……

Two birds, inseparable companions, perch on the same tree. One eats the fruit, the other looks on. The first bird is our individual self, feeding on the pleasures and pains of the world. The other is the universal Self, silently witnessing all…….Upanishads

blinded by truth

I discovered that it is necessary, absolutely necessary, to believe in nothing. That is, we have to believe in something which has no form and no color- something which exists before all forms and colors appear. No matter what God or doctrine you believe in, if you become attached to it, your belief will be based more or less on a self-centered idea……Suzuki Roshi

3 thoughts on “unfiltered fury of communion

  1. I was raised in the Protestant Christian church, I left the church as a teen, wandered looking for meaning beyond belief. When I discovered the mystery teachings I returned with eyes open, and later made certain my children had a religious foundation, and there is the key. There needs to be some foundation and an encouragement, or at least an allowance to discover that transpersonal aspect of the self. The bird sitting in tree eating fruit one day looks up from its activity and marvels at it friends radiance and is changed forever …

    • oh how much we settle without the numinous to soften us……the paradox (as Suzuki Roshi hints) that we let go of ourselves to come to self…..the dance of spirit/soul……I was raised in a strict Catholic home…..lovely memories of mass with my grandmother…..the spirit cannot be contained……

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