beyond belief

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It matters what we believe. Some beliefs are like walled gardens. They encourage exclusiveness and the feeling of being especially privileged. Other beliefs are expansive and lead the way into wider and deeper sympathies.  ~Sophia Lyon Fahs

how did you know how to treat another person? how did you know to offer your best?

inquiry for today~  return to yourself in each dialogue today….see if it makes a difference in how you respond……what did you notice?

how did you know?

The secret to dialogue is passing over and then returning. We pass over into an appreciative attempt to understand the experience and insight of another person or tradition. When we return to ourselves, as we inevitably do in one way or another, we are no longer precisely the same person we were before. We are changed by the experience, in some way transformed and enlarged. This pattern may be a paradigm for spiritual growth in our pluralistic world. Differences can be threatening. But when the spirit of passing over and returning prevails, dialogue, mutual respect, and enrichment are made possible. Differences are not abolished, nor is personal identity, but people are transformed in the direction of a larger wholeness.   ~John Buehrens

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