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Spiritual Practice

Everything we do, each involvement which we engage, can be “spiritual practice,” when we remain attentive. In addition to meditation and other methods and exercises we may find useful and enriching, our abiding alertness and sensitive attunement with what life is presenting, while also noting our internal responses, provide self-understanding and inform us of our present capacity of functional consciousness, while suggesting how we might elevate our perspective and adjust to align more harmoniously and freely in life. Relaxed attentiveness is the key, and by remaining calmly attentive our appreciation of life can be enhanced.

 

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The Teacher

Arising early each morning at his hillside home, Master Wing reverently bowed three times, uttering: “I give thanks for the opportunity to serve. I give thanks for the opportunity to learn. I give thanks for the opportunity to grow.” He then entered qigong practice, meditated in silent stillness, and awaited the arrival of the first of several private students scheduled for the day.

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Essential Self

Whether involved in a geographical journey or a mental excursion, in Reality (the changeless essence and foundation of life) we are ever “here-now,” as the changeless Presence – our inherently enlightened Self – witnessing timelessly, formlessly.

The truth of our being (which is the ultimate contentment we yearn for), is as sages have declared: closer than our breath, just behind our processing mind.

 

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Absolute-Relative

Discussions about the Absolute contrasted with the Relative, are ultimately inconsequential, because the Absolute is appearing as the Relative – is enacting the play of opposites (the changing, the temporary). Symbolically, if the ocean represented the Absolute, and its individualized waves were symbolic of the Relative, the overview perspective would confirm that the ocean and its waves are one.

 

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Innate Divinity

Father Tim was a much beloved yet somewhat unorthodox teacher. Once, following a meditation gathering, he spoke on the theme: “The Divinity Within.” He concluded the session by inviting parishioners to “receive the blessing of a glimpse of God.” He had them line up to file past an alter on which he’d placed a single item, a mirror.

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Egoic awareness – the insular (confined) sense of self – fosters our acceptance of limitation and lack regarding outlook and function. Overcoming this restrictive, delusional orientation is the primary objective of those on a spiritual awakening quest. In fact, this sense of restraint and accompanying dissatisfaction prompts the search for greater freedom, empowerment, and creative function.
Whichever approaches may be chosen to assist one’s pursuit of self-liberation (following recommended life-style regimes, employing strategies for improved function and navigational skills amidst life’s continually changing conditions, and engaging in contemplative practices), each individual’s experience as they move through this process will be unique; will differ markedly.
Regardless of one’s path or process, spiritual actualization eventually occurs through a necessary shift in perspective; a reorientation revealing one’s innate freedom and virtually limitless capacity as the spiritual Self (a return of awareness to one’s inherent wholeness).
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Contributing

Though our appearance here is fleeting, our contributions matter. As agents of infinite Spirit, the love we express, the assistance we render, the recognition and encouragement offered to others, in some measure uplifts them and catalyzes their growth. Through our affirmative interaction we assist others in the realization of their creative potential, the successful outcome of their worthy aspirations, and the accomplishment of their unique life mission.

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Knowing

Revered Teacher, How will I know when I have awakened spiritually?

Dear Friend, A unified, omnipresent Spirit-Essence undergirds the entirety of Creation. As souls, we are individualizations of It. When we know this directly as the core, foundational reality of our being, we are spiritually awake.

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Contentment

Desires and preferences tend to arise when we feel somehow incomplete. Our pursuit of desires and the enactment of preferences seldom results in a sense of being restored to wholeness and contentment.

Wholeness and contentment abide continuously as the core essence of being. Knowing our core essence, we enjoy wholeness and unconditioned contentment. Meditation practice can reveal our core essence by reorienting us to essential being, above doing.

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True Nature

The Divine Reality within you is expressing as you. – Hu

Our assumed identity isn’t our true nature – authentic Self. We are born to this earthly garden to blossom uniquely during our allotted cycle. This fleeting appearance is an orientation and specialized viewpoint enacted by Something formless and eternal. This eternal Something is our true nature – that which we always, already are in essence .

 

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Contributing

Those possessed by an insistent, forceful demeanor attempt to bend others and circumstances to their will; their preferred, conceived agenda. As their compassionate heart and spiritual knowing begin to emerge, they realize that the superior way to relate with others and contribute to circumstances is to bend in conformity to the prompting of a higher direction, through sensitive attunement, then selfless response to unfolding processes – adjusting as necessary, graciously, in trust amidst transitioning circumstances and arising needs, moving in harmony as an evolutionary agent .