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Spirituality

 


 

"You must have failed deeply on some level or experienced some deep loss or pain to be drawn to the spiritual dimension. Or perhaps your very success became empty and meaningless and so turned out to be a failure." Tolle 

 

Editor's 1-Minute Essay: Spirituality, Part I: What Does It Mean To Be a Good Person?

Editor's 1-Minute Essay: Spirituality, Part II: Totalitarians at the Gate

Editor's 1-Minute Essay: Spirituality, Part III: How To Become A Better Person

 

 

 

 

the most important concept on the Word Gems site

At the time of this writing, the Word Gems site conceals 794 documents; if printed, 10,000 or, maybe, 20,000 sheets might ensue. Clearly, I’ve said more than I know.

I no longer feel the need to add anything to this corpus of information. Especially, with this final chapter of the book, I ask myself: if required to choose one most important concept from the many gold-nuggets I’ve been privileged to see, what would it be?

It’s is the “mind the gap” principle - introduced in the “Surrender and Acceptance” page, and further discussed in the “Zen” article, along with the “Just Sitting” writing.

“Mind the gap” means that one perceives the great existential separation between “true self” and “false self.” It allows one to say, “I am here, the real me, reveling in a quietude of peace, and over there, across the divide, is the emotional chaos which, for so long, has been masquerading as my essential self but, in fact, is an imposter.”

I feel there is no more important precept that one might possess to prepare one’s spirit for life in the next dimensions. Why is this? It is so because “mind the gap” means that you’ve not only accessed, but have crossed over the threshold into, the domain of the sacred soul.

In this celestial realm of certainty, wherein one is linked to Universal Consciousness, all mysteries will yet bow the neck and bend the knee to one’s investigations. In time, the hidden regularities of the universe will disgorge themselves as you come to understand more and more and more… and not even some of those on the other side for thousands of years, who have not yet perceived the efficacy of “mind the gap,” will be able to stand against you.

Editor’s note: Some may ask, shouldn’t love have something to do with a “most important concept”? And I would say, yes, of course, as mystics, poets, and saints instruct of its highest expression of the human spirit. However, unless we access the “true self,” we will never experience authentic love, but only its ersatz counterpart, mere egoic wanting and needing. When we do find ourselves in this way, true love, a perception of oneness, automatically and naturally rises to the surface of consciousness. It was there all the time, in the silent reaches of the soul, inaccessible however, due to “static on the line” from the “false self.”

 

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit.”

Hui-Hai: “Your treasure house is within; it contains all you'll ever need.”

Douglas MacArthur: “It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.”

 

 


from the book, “The Power Of Myth,”
a discussion with Dr. Joseph Campbell 

 

 

Moyers: I remember a lecture in which you drew a circle, and you said, "That's your soul."

Campbell: Well, that was simply a pedagogical stunt. Plato said somewhere that the soul is a circle. I took this idea to suggest on the blackboard the whole sphere of the psyche. Then I drew a horizontal line across the circle to represent the line of separation of the conscious and unconscious. The center from which all our energy comes I represented as a dot in the center of the circle, below the horizontal line… Now, above the horizontal line there is the ego, which I represent as a square: that aspect of our consciousness that we identify as our center. But, you see, it’s very much off center. We think that this is what’s running the show, but it isn’t.

Moyers: What’s running the show?

Campbell: What’s running the show is what’s coming up from way down below…

 

 

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “We ask for long life, but 'tis deep life, or noble moments that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.”

Walt Whitman: “In the faces of men and women I see God.”

Henry David Thoreau: “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

Buddha: “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

Teilhard de Chardin: “You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience.”

Aquinas: “Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.”

Balzac: “The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.”

Chesterton: “Coincidences are spiritual puns.”

Denis Waitley: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”

Dalai Lama: “The universe is a single atom: the convergence of science and spirituality.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Spiritual force is stronger than material force; thoughts rule the world.”

Buddha: “Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.”

George Bernard Shaw: “The English are not spiritual people, so they invented cricket to give them some idea of eternity.”

M. Scott Peck: “The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.”

 

 

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