There is No Way to Spirituality; It is The Way

jeanw5:

There are times when Spirit seems to be incredibly awesome, as well as highly enlightened; and then there are other times.
He has his way; and now I understand more clearly that we each also have our own unique way of learning and relating, and, with him, teaching. I am blessed to have been chosen, perhaps for my simplicity, to assist Spirit in sharing His teaching with anyone who cares to read our posts.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

Our simple seeker was meditating on the spiritual concept
of “The Way”. She had always, it seems, found the term
problematic.

What’s the problem with it?

“The way to go” can refer to a direction.

It is a direction.

But, it can also refer to how to live; as in a power
tripper insisting it be her way.

Or his?

I didn’t want you to consider it as personal.

It is personal.

I could have also meant power-trippers in general.

Also suggests the personal was included.

Okay. Yes, but you do sometimes …

Only sometimes?

I’m learning a new way of coping with your way?

How?

Yes. Exactly. Your way, as how you would or do
whatever; your style.

And the results?

It makes it so much less of a struggle; so much
less stressful.

In what way?

Even individual children develop their own way,
their own style, of learning.

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Awareness, Courage, and Faith in Self

Spirit tells me that we each know what we know,
even though what we know may not be so.

How can we ever really know anything?

Experience helps.

But, we can’t possibly experience everything.

That isn’t necessary.

Then, what is?

Awareness.

Of what?

Of what we are experiencing, when we are.

How can we not be aware?

We are always aware of what we are experiencing,
at least to some extent.

Then, to develop a deeper awareness?

Yes, and an ever-more expanded experience
of awareness.

So, awareness itself is an experience.

Yes. Awareness must necessarily be experienced.

How to experience awareness?

Of what?

Of awareness.

Meditation and quiet reflection.

Perhaps some of us do all that now, and do
experience awareness of being aware of the
complexity of our personal and social existence,
but are unable to do anything about them.

In what way?

To change them.

Awareness is not designed to change anything.

Then, what is?

Courage, and faith in self.

There Are No Cycles To Our Life

jeanw5:

There is no discontinuity between the chapters of our life. And, Spirit tells me, no cycles to our life, only to the situations within it. Life itself is forever.

Originally posted on I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment:

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

Today’s focus is on I Ching 1 – The Creative.
Heaven is over Heaven. Each alone represents
the sum total, and the source, of all power.
Together they can each be no more, or less.

The essence of all life expresses itself
in countless forms and non-forms. All energy
is creative, and energy is the essence of
all forms of life.

Aspects of creativity include origination,
development, perfection, and consummation.

Consummation refers to the creative act of
dissolving whatever has been created. A cycle
has been completed and now the energy or essence
of whatever was created will be used for some
other purpose. A new cycle begins. We move on.
We move on, but not necessarily forward.

What does that say to me, now that I have
left a stressful chapter in my life?
Where do I go from here?

You turn the page…

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How to Resolve Conflicting Needs

jeanw5:

Spirit lured me into discussing my garden strategy for controlling the invasive nature of some of my garden plants, and then likens it to human society, wherein self-control, co-operation, and mutual respect either work, or the law of the jungle will.. It sounds scary.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

Our simple seeker was meditating on, or was she
just thinking about, her next year’s garden.

Why not just call it planning?

Planning has to develop out of …

Out of what?

Awareness of what is, and what it is that is
pleasing about what is, and what is not, and,
given the limits of a small garden area, what
might be even more pleasing than was pleasing
this past season.

Also, there is a yearly chore of restricting
the space that existing plants can expand
into.

And attacking those who have spread beyond
their allotted area?

Attacking sounds violent.

Is there a gentle way to cut them back?

I have tried restricting their spread
by placing patio stones between them, but …

Their roots find a way to reach under and ..

Yes. Then I cut them back. But it doesn’t
work.

What does?

Digging up the whole clump…

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There Is No Way Out

Spirit tells me that a person in Third Grade
is not necessarily a third grade person.
We each are where we each are, for whatever
reason.

Wherever we each might be at any given time,
and in whatever given situation does not,
in itself express our individual potential
to reach higher and more expanded levels
of awareness, strengths, and success
in whatever our natural and unique potentials
have destined us to reach towards.

Even people who seem to be stuck where they are,
or who now might be resistant to change for
whatever reason, are exactly where they must be
at this stage of their development; spiritual,
emotional, intellectual, or physical.

We each have role models who may have helped us
stay stuck, or inspired us to move on.

And become increasingly aware that we are
influenced by certain other people?

Or situations.

Can situations serve as role models?

Situations themselves are never unique,
except as individually expressed in
particular ways.

Then situations develop or are influenced
by other situations?

Or as mirror images of other situations.

Or as a reaction or response to …?

Yes.

But, people are part of or are affected by
any existing situation.

People contribute to the preconditions or
causes and consequences or affects of
any existing personal or group situation,
large or small.

That isn’t where you’re going, though.

Where am I going?

You’re going to scold us all …

Not scold for its own sake.

Then, to dare us to expand our awareness
of potential consequences of human
reluctance to accept responsibility for
the world we live in?

Yes. And to encourage awareness of
the human tendency to blame others for
situations that we helped to create,
and then to do battle with those others.

What you say seems to be so, but how to
get out of this endless loop?

There is no way out.

ed.

We Each Need to Learn To Be Self-Directed

Originally posted on I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment:

Spirit shares I Ching wisdom.

The situation that we now must cope with on our
journey through life is represented by
Hexagram 19 – Overseeing.

Overseeing follows Degeneration and moves into
Observation. This may seem to suggest
a more-or-less orderly sequence of situations
through the sixty-four hexagrams, but life
was never designed to move seamlessly, or
smoothly for long periods of time.
Seasons progress in a predetermined order
but each Spring is in some way unique, as
is each of the yearly seasons.

And so it is with our individual lives.
We may encounter a regular progression of
situations but we must be alert to their
potential for uniqueness.

Since nothing can happen without preconditions
for its happening, nature always provides us with
early warning signs of imminent danger, if we
would listen. But, we grow complacent when life
is moving smoothly, forgetting that nothing
is without limits, or potential…

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A Higher Infusion of Energy

jeanw5:

Dear Readers, Perhaps there are some of you who more clearly understand the reverse transcendence Spirit speaks of, more than I do. I sometimes wonder if I am just pretending to understand but am really just winging it; as an amateur pilot – coming in on a wing and a prayer.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

Our simple seeker was meditating on the concept of
reverse transcendence.

How did that idea get into your mind?

I don’t know. Perhaps you put it there.

For what purpose?

Perhaps to inform me of the topic of today’s lesson.

How would you explain reverse transcendence?

In traditional yoga practice the mind of the student
and that of her teacher become interconnected.

Where does reverse transcendence fit into such
a situation.

As the student absorbs more and more of her teacher’s
understanding …

Understanding and not wisdom?

Are they not the same?

Yes. Go on.

Then her own wisdom or awareness expands, as she
absorbs some of his.

Does she transcend her own mind?

No. An overlap, as in the process of paradigm shifts,
develops between the student’s mind and that of
her teacher’s.

Duality becomes one?

Not totally.

So, she absorbs his energy without losing her own?

Perhaps our…

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We Can Only Teach What We Know

Spirit asks me if I know who He is.

You are my teacher; my guru.

And who is my teacher? My guru?

My guru’s guru?

Yes.

Do you have one?

No.

Then, you have more than one?

Yes and no.

In that each teacher has studied under
other teachers in order to learn and then
to share what she or he has learned?

Why do we care to share?

Because we must?

Yes, but why?

Perhaps it’s in our nature to …

You included yourself …

Not as a teacher.

Then, as what?

I don’t know.

We each teach and learn from everyone
in our life. It is unavoidable.

Intentionally or not?

Yes.

What we learn may not be what we
were being taught.

Exactly. We teach what we are, simply
by being what we are, and we learn
to recognize discrepancies, if they exist,
and they usually do, between what others
would express through their actions and
their words.

Saying it doesn’t make it so?

Yes.

But, what if we want to teach or share
ideal attitudes, even though we have not
yet mastered them ourselves?

Exactly.

What does that mean?

We can only teach what we know, but, if
we are aware of and accept our limitations,
we can encourage those who would learn
from us to reach beyond our grasp.

The lesson?

Don’t wait until you have all the answers
before you share the ones you now possess.

Power Comes From Within

jeanw5:

Withdrawal is time out; a quiet time in which we can meditate and make plans for what we intend to do when circumstances allow.

Originally posted on I Ching as a Way to Enlightenment:

Spirit shares I Ching Wisdom.

Today, the situation that we encounter
along our journey through Life is
expressed by Hexagram 33- Withdrawal.

Withdrawal follows Constancy, and
moves toward or into Great Power.

How can withdrawal lead to any power,
let alone great power?

What does it mean to withdraw and,
from what?

Constancy suggests steadiness;
not easily moved.

It can also suggest patience; waiting
until opportunity presents itself.

Then, opportunity comes from without?

Yes.

But, awareness of it comes from within.

Yes. WE can plan and prepare to execute
our plans, even during times unfavorable
to acting on them.

A farmer plans what he will plant before
the season of planting arrives. Then,
weather conditions being favorable,
he puts into action plans that needed
only an opportunity to carry through.

Where does Great Power enter into
the picture?

The power comes from within; self-control,
patience, planning, and the courage
to…

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Instinct and Intuition as Yin and Yang

jeanw5:

My mental train of thought started out from a simple thought and then Spirit took the wheel. I was soon beyond my depth.

Originally posted on Grass-Roots Spiritual Philosophy 101:

Our simple seeker was meditating on The Ace of Swords,
the Tarot card she had randomly selected to direct
her focus on relationship issues of today.

The Ace of Swords represents the full range of
intellectual capacities and potentials.

Then, simple common sense would be a form of, or
a prerequisite to higher levels of intellectual
development.

What would connect them to each other?

Perhaps different levels of awareness.

Are they related as you and I are?

If common sense is a prerequisite of intelligence …

And it both is and is not.

How is that possible?

What is common sense?

An instinctive or intuitive knowing.

Are they the same?

What?

Instinct and intuition.

Is one more primitive?

Primitive?

More basic in that it developed prior
to the other.

As in emotion and intellect?

Instinct and intuition may be more closely
connected to each other.

In what way?

Perhaps intuition…

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