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by zoofence
September 26th, 2007, 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Joy
Replies: 13
Views: 23548

This is good stuff. How about the following as a construct or a model for consideration – on the understanding that we are not disposing of our erasers, not pouring concrete. Can we think of reality/Reality as consisting of three apparently separate and distinct levels, more or less as follows: 1) W...
by zoofence
September 22nd, 2007, 4:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Joy
Replies: 13
Views: 23548

jenjulian, this is a question which I expect every seeker wrestles with. It’s what I call the Sacred Riddle : How is it possible that if God is Infinite and God is all there is, that I am not infinite? And the answer is, “You are infinite, just in a finite sort of way!” To which our immediate respon...
by zoofence
September 19th, 2007, 5:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ashes to ashes?
Replies: 18
Views: 34984

Ashes to ashes?

Here is a link to a thoughtful article about life after death sent to us by a friend of TZF. The author considers life after death at length from a couple of angles, and concludes that, because the subject is by definition probably impossible to decipher entirely, the best course is to live life in...
by zoofence
September 19th, 2007, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

My attachment to Jesus is no longer to Him as a person but to the Christ Whom He mediated to us. Yes. If you read the piece at The Gazebo and at A Continuing Fiction , you will understand why, for me, a bit of the personal remains. Thus, the dependence on the Guru as a person is burnt away, but the...
by zoofence
September 19th, 2007, 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Joy
Replies: 13
Views: 23548

Art wrote … It is the reality of God in, with and under everything, unaffected by the fuss and feathers happening on the surface. and All statements of Truth are identical regardless of what prophet or Teacher spoke them. Just so! If God is all there is (and if God is Infinite, then God must be all ...
by zoofence
September 3rd, 2007, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

Art, I understand your sense of discipleship. I have been there. In my case, the relationship with the Guru was different from what I understand to be the norm, but it was nonetheless real, and as such it was extremely comforting and reassuring. But eventually it had to be undone. The why of that is...
by zoofence
September 1st, 2007, 3:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My question
Replies: 22
Views: 41536

Excellent points. I particularly like W4TVQ's "release me from religion". Very nice. It seems to be inescapably true that every seeker has to experience each of these steps for himself or herself. I suspect that the amount of fear a seeker feels when seeming to veer off the approved path h...
by zoofence
August 31st, 2007, 5:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My question
Replies: 22
Views: 41536

Good question, and good answer. Specifically, The article concludes that Christians say Allah is not the same God as the God who is the Father of Jesus. Here is the question that came to my mind. How do they know that? I suppose the answer is, they don’t know it, they believe it, and that’s enough. ...
by zoofence
August 28th, 2007, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

Interesting post, although there are a couple of points which make me a little uncomfortable. In expounding on all of this I do not intend to minimize the importance of Jesus of Nazareth as the premier revelation of the Infinite Light to those of us in Western civilization . (Italics mine) I am a li...
by zoofence
August 26th, 2007, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

A few posts ago, W4TVQ wrote What could be meant by "the Word of God"? How many tears, how much blood, has been shed over that question! W4TVQ refers to the Book of John, whose first few lines include, “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and the...
by zoofence
August 23rd, 2007, 7:17 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

Okay, now that we’re in The Sand Box, let’s continue. Jenjulian asked about ACIM and Jesus. W4TVQ makes some good points on those subjects. I have written elsewhere on The Zoo Fence about A Course in Miracles, and there is an essay, actually two essays , at Consider This . So, here I will address on...
by zoofence
August 22nd, 2007, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

A postscript to my previous post … Here, just for fun, is the way in the book I describe the first exchange between two apparently separate and distinct egoic beings – “Madam,” Adam says to Eve, “I'm Adam.” “Yes, I know,” Eve replies, “so am I.” Confused, he asks, “Are you real?” “No,” she replies. ...
by zoofence
August 22nd, 2007, 1:11 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

Further to the discussion in this thread about the “Why?” of Creation, and Lucifer, Satan, and so on -- I have written on this subject in our book In The Beginning , but here let’s briefly consider it this way. The Creation story in Genesis, and similar stories in lots of other traditions , tell us ...
by zoofence
August 20th, 2007, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Sand Box
Topic: Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk
Replies: 49
Views: 97093

A couple of thoughts --- Re the devil, he is, as others here have written, a handy device on which to blame all of the world’s ills, including our own (“it’s not my fault, the devil made me do it”). In a class I took recently about the Tanakh (Old Testament), I learned that the English word "sa...
by zoofence
August 20th, 2007, 2:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Forgive you, forgive me
Replies: 1
Views: 6819

Forgive you, forgive me

There is in our small, rural town, a nasty little man who has lived a nasty little life. For me, this man personifies the challenge of unconditional, universal forgiveness imposed upon me by my spiritual path. Here’s the thing. It is easy enough for me to imagine God forgiving this man for all the w...