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by Speculum
November 29th, 2009, 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could it be that ...
Replies: 7
Views: 16524

Re: Could it be that ...

Speaking of creation vs. evolution … Anyone who has built their own house (as Anna and I have) knows that when doing carpentry, plumbing, masonry, electrical work, or the like, the presence of a prehensile tail would be a tremendous asset. Just imagine the usefulness of having another “limb” capable...
by Speculum
November 29th, 2009, 2:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could it be that ...
Replies: 7
Views: 16524

Re: Could it be that ...

Here's one of the last comments in the email exchange ... As we consider all of this, a touch of humor works wonders. ... Agreed. Without humor, we are brittle. And there the email exchange dissolved. Maybe time ended? Most (all?) of the package is not pre-installed from an "external source". Actua...
by Speculum
November 23rd, 2009, 8:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could it be that ...
Replies: 7
Views: 16524

Could it be that ...

The following are excerpts from an e-mail conversation I have been having with a couple of TZF visitors. It seems to me sufficiently interesting to warrant sharing here with others who may wish to join in. As I often do, I awoke this morning at 4 AM, and sat for a while, listening. The Question ret...
by Speculum
November 22nd, 2009, 1:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

The cause of my problem may have been uncovered at last.
Excellent news. Please do keep us informed.
... coincident with my apparent emerging from the nightmare of dysgeusia, I have encountered a most extraordinary teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh ...
So that was the reason for it all!
by Speculum
October 8th, 2009, 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

Art, I am so sorry to hear about your health situation. Georg makes good sense, but as you observed, all the same, it's no fun. You should not be surprised or concerned about your reaction, be it fear or frustration or whatever. Consider Ram Das (Richard Alpert), who spent decades as a close, even i...
by Speculum
September 21st, 2009, 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

In that same connection I constantly repeat (hopefully not just mindlessly) this ACIM prayer: My name, O Father, is still known to you. I have forgotten it, and do not know where I am going, who I am or what it is I do. Remind me Father, now, for I am weary of the world I see. Reveal what you would...
by Speculum
September 16th, 2009, 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

I must still deal with the day-to-day as if it were real. The human side of mind is very reluctant to unlearn the old A day or so ago, a TZFer wrote asking about some of the stuff in The Gazebo item that generated this thread. I wrote her much of what I have written here. The Teachers tell us that ...
by Speculum
September 12th, 2009, 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

The last few days, pondering the issues raised in this thread, I have found myself looking about my life in the Maine woods, and wondering how it is possible that all I perceive and hear and experience can be “an illusion”, that I am “myself” an illusion. Of course, I know the answer to that questio...
by Speculum
September 7th, 2009, 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

A friend observed that my “Vanishing Realizer” theory is a bit too weird to be true. Maybe. Unless life is, as so many of the Teachers suggest, simply a waking dream. Thus, Nisargadatta, “You and your world are dream states”. Let us not forget that, as I wrote in In The Beginning , we are told in Ge...
by Speculum
September 3rd, 2009, 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

at least for Nisargadatta I can say from some book that he would say that this presence is not the important part and of neither importance is your existence as a seemingly separate person. .... This kind of evidence is a non-separative one - at the moment Jesus or Buddha are evident that way they ...
by Speculum
September 3rd, 2009, 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking or Seeing? Hearing or Listening?
Replies: 5
Views: 11719

Re: Looking or Seeing? Hearing or Listening?

As I see it, the purpose of "the reality we have made" is to reflect our sense of being "me". That is, our reality is ourselves perceived "outerly". The inner and the outer are one and the same. So, we are perceiving ourselves, or what we consider ourselves to be. As for what we see and what we miss...
by Speculum
August 30th, 2009, 2:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Re: Rapture?

Over the years, Anna and I have encountered a basket of Gurus and Teachers and their groups. Our experience has been that generally speaking if you want to know what the Guru or Teacher has to say, go directly to him or her. The disciples and devotees seem not to be reliable sources in these instanc...
by Speculum
August 29th, 2009, 7:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rapture?
Replies: 21
Views: 42278

Rapture?

I was thinking the other day about the Christian concept of rapture. As I understand it (and I may very well have it wrong), at a certain moment designated by God all those who have been admitted into the ranks will be seized and transported to Heaven. The rest will be left behind. A year or so ago,...
by Speculum
August 9th, 2009, 5:08 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Dark Stuff
Replies: 5
Views: 11309

Re: Dark Stuff

"books like A Brief History of Time or Cosmos or The Immense Journey are books about God" "Every electron in the whole universe knows what every other electron is doing" As will come as no surprise to even the most casual TZF reader/visitor, I could not agree more with those statements. More, I know...
by Speculum
July 31st, 2009, 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking or Seeing? Hearing or Listening?
Replies: 5
Views: 11719

Looking or Seeing? Hearing or Listening?

A friend sent this to me today. I searched it on the internet, and found it repeated in blogs and the like all over. I don't know whether it is a true story or an urban myth, but either way, it's good; and it sure says something about us humans. Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning...