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by anna
June 19th, 2008, 3:44 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Stumbling into Gurus (6/19/2008)
Replies: 0
Views: 13282

Stumbling into Gurus (6/19/2008)

It was just prior to this time of inner work that I encountered Da Free John, then known as Bubba Free John, now known undoubtedly by some other name. Indeed, thinking back to this time in my life, his development as a Western spiritual guru with devotees and the fame that came with all of that, in ...
by anna
June 19th, 2008, 2:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spiritual Agendas
Replies: 6
Views: 8565

Re: Spiritual Agendas

Yes! yes! to both of your comments. I suppose paradox is just another word for something which cannot be truly described, because at the realization of the paradox, what can one say after all?!! Paradox itself closes the dialogue, ceases the questioning, stops the mind from its constant rantings. I ...
by anna
June 15th, 2008, 6:55 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Disease Brings Solitude (6/14/08)
Replies: 3
Views: 8950

Disease Brings Solitude (6/14/08)

Toward the middle of this traveling time, I developed a strange and inexplicable inner ear disease while visiting Kauai, in Hawaii, which created vertigo, and which was to turn me inside out, and enforce seclusion during which time I would spend months, which evolved into years, of inner work and so...
by anna
June 15th, 2008, 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spiritual Agendas
Replies: 6
Views: 8565

Re: Spiritual Agendas

My response to “surrender to something greater than what?” inquiry. The term spiritual “search” implies, indeed requires, something “greater” than what presently IS. Otherwise, why would one be searching? If one is full and complete, there is no need to search. Yes, the every day self is who makes t...
by anna
June 4th, 2008, 4:16 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Thoughts about Spiritual Ambition
Replies: 0
Views: 13244

Thoughts about Spiritual Ambition

Someone mentioned on one of these forums, somewhere, sometime, the “problem” of wanting to be somebody, do something, achieve something, even though it may now be in the "spiritual realm." Well, I thought I’d enter my own two cents on that subject, since ambition has been a large part of o...
by anna
May 5th, 2008, 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Learning from our past?
Replies: 6
Views: 13950

Re: Learning from our past?

It is possible that the beginning of the expression of evil lies in the very action taken, for example, by an atheist visiting a religious forum in order to argue with those with whom he essentially never agreed, nor intends to agree with. It appears to me that the glee with which an individual seek...
by anna
April 27th, 2008, 11:43 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Spiritual Sports (4/27/2008)
Replies: 0
Views: 13286

Spiritual Sports (4/27/2008)

When we arrived in Honolulu, the place where I grew up, and where my side of the family still resided, we rented a small cottage on Sierra Drive, a winding road up the face of a mountain, which overlooked Kahala and the sea beyond. It was a relatively inexpensive rental -- while of course, to our co...
by anna
April 27th, 2008, 11:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spiritual Agendas
Replies: 6
Views: 8565

Spiritual Agendas

I realize that this is an oxymoron, if you consider that agenda implies self-will, and spiritual implies surrender to something greater than oneself. Even so, each seeker initially comes to this journey with an agenda, and only the successful ones, who reach the end of that journey, realize somewher...
by anna
April 9th, 2008, 8:01 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Burning the Past (3/20/08)
Replies: 4
Views: 7394

Re: Burning the Past (3/20/08)

Yes, his book never grows old. Sometimes when I read it, it feels like I am swimming in light! I pick it up anywhere, any time, open it any where, and it is like reading it the first time. I have found that sometimes it pays to read the paragraph backwards, in other words, start at the end of his st...
by anna
April 5th, 2008, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: A New Earth/ Oprah
Replies: 10
Views: 9484

Re: A New Earth/ Oprah

All I can say about organized efforts to obstruct free thinking is pity those who do so. No one loses but the objector. The thoughts remain accessible, and free thought is our birth right, even if in prison, no one can control your thoughts. So, as Jesus might reply, "Give unto Caesar what is d...
by anna
March 29th, 2008, 7:28 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Turning Points
Replies: 12
Views: 9930

Re: Turning Points

First, I am moved to ask "who" is it that feels an "ouch" in response to the "jumping off" suggestion? Was it the resistor to change? Was that resistor resisting its resistance, ad infinitum? Only the thought that "I must not resist", or its opposite "I m...
by anna
March 29th, 2008, 6:30 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Burning the Past (3/20/08)
Replies: 4
Views: 7394

Re: Burning the Past (3/20/08)

Good to hear it resonates! In my own personal experience, early on the purpose of spiritual seeking was, although primarily unconscious, a seeking of more power and control over my universe. In other words, despite my avowed turning to God, I was really trying to get from God power; it was not a rel...
by anna
March 20th, 2008, 8:10 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Burning the Past (3/20/08)
Replies: 4
Views: 7394

Burning the Past (3/20/08)

For all of these years we were dirt poor, and there was even a point when we sold all our silver as well as gold that we had in our possession, to purchase something or other that we deemed necessary at the time. There was even a moment when we appraised my diamond engagement ring in anticipation of...
by anna
March 20th, 2008, 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Music as Word of God
Replies: 17
Views: 18539

Re: Music as Word of God

Windabove’s excerpt from Ibn Arabi has a positively transformationall quality if you read it slowly and with an open heart: it excludes the “me” entirely upon the reading – you cannot read it with a separated and therefore finite point of view. If you do, it becomes muddled and incomprehensible. Ins...
by anna
March 16th, 2008, 2:08 pm
Forum: Nancy's Blog
Topic: Good Company (3/16/08)
Replies: 0
Views: 12672

Good Company (3/16/08)

Good Company When I recall the past, I realize that our choice of friends, if indeed there truly was a choice involved, determined in great measure our speed along the path. The Indians urge any spiritual aspirant to engage in satsang, which roughly translated, means good company. While commonly use...

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