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I do vippassana meditation taught by S.N.Goenka. Today after the journey from head to toe and reverse got over, I felt that my real self was trying to separate from the body. But there was something which didnot allow it to happen.
The moment I came out of the meditation, immediately problems of the world are posed to be solved and that state of peace vanishes. I do not even remember that I am on the path of enlightenment.

WHY NO PEACE?

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Optimism with Eyes Opened

Of late I have been thinking of a comment Jason made last month to the year 4 class. He said that he used to be pessimistic, but that over time he has come to feel his optimism.

I have struggled with pessimism, sometimes to the point of depression and immobility. In middle school, I wondered if an asteroid might smash into the earth and end the human race, hopefully putting the planet’s future in the hands of a wiser and more capable species. Now I find myself experiencing varying degrees of hope and despair, depending upon my mood and the universe in which I am seated. Sometimes hopeful, I am also painfully aware of what we are doing to ourselves, each other and the planet with our massive abilities and relatively small understanding. It is hard to live with eyes opened.

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Patience and Trust

It seems to me that there is a real relationship between patience and trust. I see it often in my work as a PoemCatcher. As i invite people to write a poem "on-the-fly" they often respond with "I couldn't" or "I don't know how". In moments like these it seems that i trust in their creative ability more than they do. So i wait with my net...(www.poemcatcher.com)

Here is where i also need patience, as I watch their internal journey unfold, travelling from doubt through fear to possibility, and allowing all this space, because out of no-where (that beautiful DIVINE NO-WHERE) I get to watch a seed of inspiration arise. The first line, or first words. The spark of creativity emerges.

It (the spark) seems to thrive in patience, seems to follow invitation and seems ever-present.

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The poets say it...

I've been thinking lately a great deal about what happens after you give up the chase for those satori experiences Jason was talking about in last video. Anyhow, I'm not saying much right now - I don't seem to be able to to, it's a quiet time for me. But I stumbled across this which says it brilliantly: http://www.teachersdomain.org/asset/pe08_vid_howegate/

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Plunging into Ecstasy ...

"Ecstasy is not something separate from fear. Ecstasy is something that includes fear in the price of being human."
~ Jason Shulman, The Instruction Manual for Receiving God

The American Heritage Dictionary offers 3 meanings for ecstasy:
1) Intense joy or delight.
2) A state of emotion so intense that one is carried beyond rational thought and self-control: an ecstasy of rage.
3) The trance, frenzy, or rapture associated with mystic or prophetic exaltation.

Its origin is from the Latin word for "terror".

I, like perhaps many others, have only considered the first, more upbeat, definition for ecstasy. Which is why I have spent several days on my teacher's passage above and could not make the connection to fear coupled with ecstasy. As I see that the meaning is not limited to intense joy and includes emotion beyond the rational and trance and terror, I am standing at attention with eyes wide open.

Jason goes on to say in this passage about ecstasy the following:

Dadirri-the Aboriginal way

There is an Aboriginal word, Dadirri which is a special quality and unique gift of the Aboriginal people. It is an inner deep listening and quiet still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. In english translation we might call it contemplation but it still does not quite capture the Aboriginal meaning. The Dadirri way teaches us to be still and wait. They know that in time and in the spirit of Dadirri the way will be made clear.

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Jason's Answer to a Member's Blog

Erin Minta asks a question in her latest blog. Here are my thoughts:

We might say that the spiritual path has two central components: having experiences and then giving them up. Both are vital for any realization to occur. Spiritual experiences are important because they enlarge our view of what the world is by deconstructing our prior ideas of who we are and what the world is about. Because of experiences our perceptions change. For example, the distance between subject and object changes as does the solidity of our personal self as it takes on more fluidity. We begin to have a new relationship with our thoughts and feelings, no longer instantly believing in them as “the truth,” but seeing how they are simply a product of our basic beliefs.

Elizabeth Herman's July Forecast and Australian politics

It was very interesting listening to Elizabeth's forecast about tyranny and freedom with governments. Last week here in Australia our Prime Minister was forced from office by his cabinet. The Deputy Prime Minister challenged his position and she had overwhelming support. He was still in his first term as Prime Minister but was not accessing his cabinet to make decisions and the Labour Party's popularity was decling rapidly. Now we have our first female Prime Minister! She was born in Wales (that's info for you Leonardo).

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Healing into Self-Care

There are many ways to view self-care, and each view is perfect at any given time, from the eyes of each unique viewer. In this blog, I want to briefly intersperse some of my own thoughts or views about self-care with various quotations or views of others, including some of my kabbalistic learnings.
To me, self-care means expressing love for the little self and the Soul Self in action. But before we can express love for ourselves in action, we must be able to FEEL that love. And the more we are able to feel, and then express our love for ourselves, the more we are able to feel and express our love for others. Love begins within, and as it expresses within, so it can express without.
And all the while, we struggle and experiment with finding the balance between the two – caring for self and Self, and caring for others.
Jesus said, “Love thy neighbour as thyself”.
Buddha said, “ You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”.

Aliveness in the face of death

I have never 'blogged" before, nor "twittered" so I'm dipping my toe into this new experience. I was driving home from visiting my mother and was inspired to write a blog. Where did that come from?
Mum has been in a nursing home for 5 days now. She has dementia and recently broke her hip. Dad and Mum have been married for 60 years and now Dad is adjusting to living alone and not being Mum's carer. I see his profound grief and sadness and I melt with tenderness wanting to ease his suffering but knowing I cannot.