Today At Meetingbrook

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Get the 'f' into place

"Be(lie)f" read the speaker's tee-shirt.

"Be life" I would have thought would be better antidote to belief.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Learning to read "and" right

This word is
truth.
And this word is
alive.
And what is alive is always
changing.

(Just Friday morning prison talk?)

Yeah, truth is just like this -- and that's the truth!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

First, see no harm

Desmond Tutu said we are because we belong.

To be is to belong.

What is love? Love is when we recognize connection is ultimate reality. And compassion flows recognizing suffering.

First we must see reality as it is.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hermeneutic of wholeness

Virgin birth is wholeness from wholeness. Nothing is taken away.

No part is separate.
“Not for a moment dare we succumb to the illusion that an archetype can be finally explained and disposed of. Even the best attempts at explanation are only more or less successful translations into another metaphorical language. (Indeed, language itself is only an image.) The most we can do is to dream the myth onwards and give it a modern dress. And whatever explanation or interpretation does to it, we do to our own souls as well, with corresponding results for our own well-being. The archetype -- let us never forget this -- is a psychic organ present in all of us. A bad explanation means a correspondingly bad attitude to this organ, which may thus be injured. But the ultimate sufferer is the bad interpreter himself. (-- C. G. Jung, “The Psychology of the Child Archetype” in Sacred Narrative, Readings in the Theory of Myth, p.253, Ed. by Alan Dundes)
Be careful with myths.

They are your story.

Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm game


 It's obvious, the structures aren't holding. We are learning that death is as near as the next breath. I've decided to enjoy this present breath. And this one. And this.
When people are on the point of drowning, all they care for
is their lives.  But as soon as they get ashore, they ask, "Where
is my umbrella?"  Wisdom, in life, consists in not asking for the umbrella.
-- John Wu

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials.
-- Lin Yutang

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think;
the wise reject what they think, not what they see. . . .
Observe things as they are and don't pay attention to other people.
--Huang-Po
Everyone will now let go of structures that no longer serve well the people once dependent on them. Look around. Do you see someone in need? Help them.

If there is a god, that god will be in the middle of anything that helps people through their difficulties.

If there is a you and me, we will be in the middle of god touching with healing those suffering, those longing for you and god and me.

Be a good sport.

Let light and healing be the process of your life, my life, and god's life.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Make no effort; be that which is what you are


Two young and small cats come to meetingbrook to see if we can live together. Two older dogs watch warily the wary watching of them by the cats. The two humans living here watch carefully the initial watching one with each other.
O God, enlarge within us
the sense of fellowship with all living things, and especially with our brothers and
sisters the animals to whom you gave the earth as their home together with us. We remember with shame that we have dominated over them in the past with ruthless cruelty,
so that the voice of the earth, which should have risen to
you in song, has been instead a groan in pain. Teach us that they do not live only for our benefit, but for themselves and for you, and that they love the sweetness of life as much as we do.”
— A Prayer of Basil the Great
We'll read from Ramesh Balsakar at table practice after cabin practice. He'll suggest that all there is is consciousness. Five words: Consciousness is all there is.

When the seeker doing the seeking finally asks, "Who cares?" -- that's when something begins happening.

I've been reading heidegger's hidden sources, East Asian Influences on His Work, by Reinhard May (1989), trans by Graham Parker (1996). "Only the destruction of one's own being or of the world as a whole is something total for the human being." (Heidegger, p.84)

Ramesh puts it in the hands of "God."

The ego will dissolve. No effort will assist.

Cat will be cat. Dog, dog. Human, human. God, god.

Dusk comes at 6pm.

Time to sit.