Tuesday, April 19, 2022

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 78




+ My Joyful Wandering posts are usually published before they are complete so I urge you to bookmark this blog or this post if you want to see where my wandering goes next.  

+ On April 22, 2022 I added the photo above and more about our 2019 trip to Germany and France. Also I invited you to see many photos I have uploaded in the past 20 years.

+ JW 77 got to be too long so it's time to begin another post as I wander through this amazing life.  Remembering past events in my life is fair game in these posts and you could do some joyful wandering with me by remembering past events in your amazing life and maybe even adding a JW post of your own.

+ A recent event, pre-Covid, was associated with the fiftieth anniversary of my wonderful marriage.  Mary and I and our daughter and grandson headed for Germany and France after we celebrated at a Wilde Family Reunion idining  n Pittsburgh. This was in August 2019. 

Our flight to Frankfurt was delayed so we remained in Pittsburgh for a night and had to cancel our reservation for a hotel in Bingen on the Rhine.  But it all worked out.  Instead of that hotel we stayed at one right on the river, Hotel NH Bingen, and right next to the museum I wanted to visit there, the Museum am Strom which features a fascinating exhibit on the life and work of Saint Hildegard of Bingen, a nun who was a great spiritual teacher, leader, artist, gardener, mystic and scientiest of the 12th century.  Judith Liro, a colleague of mine and fellow InterSpiritual Mentor, is a founding member of St. Hildegard's Community, contemplative and activist followers of this wise woman from 900 years ago.  See where Joyful Wandering takes us.  I hope you are enjoying the journey.

Our trip began in Germany and ended in Germany.  In between we went over the border to Alsace.  

A highlight of our stay in Bingen was the museum featuring a great exhibit on Saint Hildegard of Bingen.  Then, a delightful roundtrip boat trip on Der Mittelrhein from Bacharach to St. Goar before driving to Alsace.  Returning from Alsace we visited friends in Brühl.  We had a wonderful time and we enjoyed going to a park on the Rhine in Mannheim and visiting the Maulbronn Monastery and a short stop in Heidelberg.

We spent several days in Alsace, a part of France which has a history of being German much of the time for many centuries. We stayed in Eguisheim which is surrounded by vineyards and has many of the storybook village features of the region. Once again Rick Steves guided us to a wonderful place, Eguisheim where we stayed at a wonderful hotel which now has a different name. We drove to storybook villages and towns, vineyards, wineries and a partially restored castle with a view from a high point in the Vosges Mountains. Before we left we stopped for lunch in one of the most popular storybook villages of Europe: Kaysersberg.

Here are links to photos from that trip:

+ Maybe you would like to see all of the galleries going back 20 years. That's when I began using a digital camera. As of April 22, 2022 I have uploaded nearly 2800 photos in 117 galleries at pbase/abundancetrek. Since 2002 Mary and I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit England, France, Norway, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, China, Brazil and more.  Mary's job often made our overseas trips very economical.  I took advantage of these opportunities to travel and often made her jealous because I did sightseeing while she worked.  Within the USA and Canada we have enjoyed going to many places including California, Florida, Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Quebec, Ontario and, of course the great state of New York where we have lived since 1988 except for a couple of years in Western Massachusetts.  Perhaps my Joyful Wandering posts in the future will focus on some of these trips


Tuesday, April 5, 2022

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 77

+ I wonder what I will offer here in this post as I write this on April 5, 2022 at 3:19pm ESDT.  

+ I think I will begin where I left off in JW -- 76.  Baseball.  The 2022 season was delayed by a week due to a strike which got resolved.  The season will begin on April 7 and the Red Sox will meet the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  So, right off, the great rivalry between these 2 teams is re-ignited.

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+ During the Wilde Family Reunion in Pittsburgh in August 2019, we celebrated two 50th wedding anniversaries: Jeanette & Stewart Long (June 28) and Mary & John Wilde (July 12). We all went to see the Pirates play the Cubs on a very hot afternoon.  Fortunately our seats were in the shade.  The Cubs won behind the great pitching of Jon Lester who was a huge factor in the Cubs finally winning a World Series in 2016.

+ My other 2 blogs are somewhat organized.  This one is definitely not. Enjoy! 

But if you want the more organized ones, here are the links:

The OUR AMAZING JOURNEY posts are on The Abundancetrek Blog. The latest one is OUR AMAZING JOURNEY -- 21.
 
+ I have been discovering a variety of mantras and chants and songs lately.  Here are links to a few:

+ I have been a blogger for 2 decades.  From 2002 to 2007 I offered MESSAGES FOR THE TREK.  Here is the one I posted on January 19, 2005, my 58th birthday:

A MESSAGE FOR THE TREK 1/19/05

+ Do you often experience life as a feast?  I do.  I didn’t always but now I do.  It takes fasting and other kinds of purification. It takes meditation and contemplation and prayer.  It takes all kinds of experiences and relationships.  I got to this point through many years of spiritual effort.  Now I am writing about the abundance and joy I am experiencing. Possibly this will be helpful to you. My growing awareness that life is a perpetual feast is based profoundly on the practice of stillness. Over and over again, I need to be still and allow my body, mind and soul to become centered and grounded again.  I have resisted mightily and I still resist but I have gotten past many of the blocks and I’m getting past a few more as I continue to be on this journey of discovery and delight. 

     In stillness I come into contact with everything there is.  It’s awesome.  It’s amazing.  It’s fantastic.  It’s delightful.  It’s heaven.  Yes, it’s heaven.  I’m in heaven and I’m enjoying being here in heaven a lot.  Are you?

     In no particular order the practice of stillness opens the door to the glorious experiences of silence, solitude, simplicity, detachment, discernment, devotion, delight, humility, healing, holiness and, finally, heaven.  Heaven is the experience of abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty, love, truth, peace, justice and freedom.  These are the nine characteristics of heaven.  Everyone of them could be called love.  God is love. 

     “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10a) 

     Know that I am love!  Know that I am beauty and truth.  Know that I am abundance, joy and wisdom.  Know that I am peace, justice and freedom.  What a feast God has made for us.  We’re all invited.  We’re all wanted.  We’re all cherished.  It’s a happening.  It’s happening now here.  Do you experience it? 

     Begin.  Be still.  Breathe deeply.  Breathe fully.  Be glad all over.  Celebrate.  Enjoy.  Lighten up.  Loosen up.  Be centered.  Be grounded.  Be yourself.  Begin again.  Be still.  Breathe deeply.  Breathe fully.  Be ... and the wheel of life keeps turning, turning, turning.  It’s a delightful journey and it’s simple, too.  Very simple.  Very simple and very good.

     There are many tools and techniques out there for becoming still, becoming you.  I have benefitted and continue to benefit from: Chi Lel Chi Gong (easy to learn from a videotape and workbook), Centering Prayer (quite easy to learn), Yoga (Erich Schiffman’s book and website and video makes this pretty easy, too), the twelve pathways to higher consciousness, chakra or energy work, working with archetypes and many others which I will cover in future messages or elsewhere at Abundancetrek.com.  Perhaps you already have an effective practice going. Please share.

     I am convinced that we can never get very far on our spiritual journey in isolation.  We are meant to be one unit which we might call a family or a community or a village or a tribe or a nation or a church.  These terms are not that important.  The main thing is to realize that we are intimately and intricately connected to each other and to the source.  There is really no separation at all.  In the practice of stillness this becomes totally clear.  But there are no words which can even come close to describing this mystery, this truth, this abundance, this joy, this love, this beauty, this freedom, this peace.  I believe this mysterious and wonderful oneness extends beyond earth to the whole universe.  I believe that the biblical event which possibly brings the most light to this mystery is the encounter of Moses with the burning bush during which God says: I AM has sent you.  I AM!  Moses possibly experienced this as a voice coming from beyond himself but it is never really beyond us.  It IS us.  I AM!  This is the holy name of God.  It’s God’s name and it is your name and my name.  Practice stillness faithfully and see for yourself.

     God is everywhere and God is complete wherever God is.  So, my experience of God is not an incomplete thing.  It is complete.  I’m not asserting here that I am God when I am living my life as this particular human being.  My particular life lacks all kinds of experiences and relationships which God encompasses.  When I practice stillness, though, I get in touch with the wholeness, the holiness, in a mysterious and wonderful and indescribable way.

     I believe that God is now creating the new church for the new age here on earth.  We have become a planet best described as a global village.  We can no longer hide from each other the way we once could hide behind mountains and oceans and jungles and deserts.  We thought and unfortunately continue to think that violence is necessary for our protection and security.  We have convinced ourselves and continue to convince ourselves that there is not enough to go around, that it is necessary to divide us into haves and have nots.  We have erected huge barriers which are looking pretty ugly in our global village.  There is the barrier between the rich and the poor, between the various races and religions and nations and cultures, between the healthy and the sick, the popular and the unpopular, the powerful and the powerless.  These barriers need to come down and that’s what God is doing by creating the new church for the new age.  The new church for the new age is Christian and Jewish and Islamic and Hindu and Buddhist and Taoist and lots of other wisdom traditions.  This is the church Jesus really wants, not an exclusive dining club but an inclusive one.

This is a link to all of the MESSAGES FOR THE TREK.

+ Thanks to the virtual Silent Retreat I was at today, April 9, I discovered a wonderful song to encourage us to get up and move > https://youtu.be/fCZVL_8D048.  It was good to get my body fully into this wonderful contemplative time.   


Saturday, October 9, 2021

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 76

My immersion in post-season Baseball has begun.  Last night, October 8, I watched most of the Red Sox-Rays game in St. Petersburg.  And then I stayed up to see the finish of the Giants-Dodgers game in San Francisco.  The Red Sox and Giants are my two all-time favorite teams and last night they both were wonderful.  The Sox came from behind and trounced the Rays 14-6 to tie the series at 1-1.  The Bullpen led by Tanner Houck kept the Sox in the game from the second inning on. The hitters came alive and set records for their accomplishments.  Kiki Hernandez went 5 for 6 including a homerun and 3 doubles.  Altogether the Sox hit 5 homeruns.  But Houck is clearly the MVP of the game. What a performance. Here’s an article > https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/tanner-houck-retires-30-straight-over-4-games

Great pitching was also on display in San Francisco.  The Giants won the first game of the NLDS series with the Dodgers 4-0.  Home runs by Giants sluggers plus the pitching by Logan Webb > https://www.mlb.com/giants/news/giants-win-nlds-game-1-2021

I did not watch the second ALDS game between the White Sox and Astros in Houston for very long.  The Sox could not hold on to a 4-2 lead and lost decisively 9-4.  The series moves to Chicago with the Sox on the verge of elimination.

The Brewers beat the Braves in Milwaukee 2-1.  Pitching by both teams was great but I did not watch that game.

It was Baseball at its best for me with those Red Sox and Giants victories with such great pitching and great hitting.

More about Baseball >   

I became a fan of the Giants when they were still in New York.  They moved to San Francisco in 1958 and so did the Dodgers.  I was 11.  So the NYC National League rivalry became a California NL rivalry.  The Giants did not win a world series in San Francisco until 2010. So I waited a long time.  Between 1959 and 1963 the Dodgers won 3 World Series and lost 1. They also won in Brooklyn in 1955 and in Los Angeles in 1981, 1988 and last year, 2020.  Overall the Dodgers have a 7-12 WS record.  Against the Yankees 2-8.    

I became a Red Sox fan in the 60s when I was at the Maine State YMCA Camp for 3 summers.  I can remember beginning to like the Red Sox in the 50s but I was definitely a White Sox fan and definitely anybody but the Yankees who simply were too dominant from 1936 to 1964.  In that period the Yankees won the World Series 16 times and lost 6.  The Red Sox won 5 World Series between 1903 and 1918.  They got into the World Series in 1946 and lost to the Cardinals in a seven game series. They got into the World Series in 1967 and lost to the Cardinals in a seven game series. They got into the World Series in 1975 and lost to the Reds in a seven game series. They got into the World Series in 1986 and lost to the Mets in a seven game series. Incredible frustration because they often had contending teams especially in the 40s, 70s and 80s. 

In this 21st Century the 2 most successful teams are the Red Sox and Giants.  The Sox won the World Series for the first time in 86 years in 2004.  They also won in 2007, 2013 and 2018.  They haven’t lost a WS in this new century.  The Red Sox are a hard team to beat when they do get into a World Series. In 78 WS games since the modern World Series began in 1903 they have won 49 and lost 29. Overall 9 WS victories and 4 losses. Only the Yankees (27) and Cardinals (11) have won more. The Athletics have also won 9. The Giants were not too successful in the twentieth century winning in 1905, 1921, 1922, 1933 and 1954 and losing in 1911, 1912, 1913, 1917, 1923, 1924, 1936, 1937, 1951, 1962 and 1989. Five wins, 11 losses. But, like the Red Sox, this new century has turned things around.  They lost a seven game series in 2002 to the Angels but won in 2010, 2012 and 2014.  So now they are 8-12.  So, it’s Yankees 27, Cardinals 11, Red Sox and Athletics 9, Giants 8, Dodgers 7.  The Yankees have only won 1 since 2000, Red Sox 4, Giants 3, Cardinals 2, Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 1, Angels 1, Marlins 1, White Sox 1, Phillies 1, Royals 1, Cubs 1, Astros 1, Nationals 1. It is wonderful that 14 different teams have won since 2001.  No team has won in consecutive years since 2000. The last team to do that was the Yankees in 1998, 1999 and 2000 (3 straight). Before that the Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993.  The Yankees did it in 1977-78.  The Reds in 1975-1976.  The Athletics in 1972-1974 (3 straight). The Yankees in 1961-62. The Yankees in 1949-1953 (5 straight).  The Yankees in 1936-1939 (4 straight). The Athletics in 1929-1930. The Yankees in 1927-1928. The Giants in 1921-1922. The Red Sox in 1915-1916. The Athletics in 1911-1913 (3 straight). The Cubs in 1907-1908.  I think it takes at least 3 consecutive WS wins to be considered a dynasty. So, the dynasties are in bold. 3 for the Yankees, 2 for the Athletics. As I said, none yet in the 21st century.  The Giants have come close with their wins in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Friday, September 10, 2021

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 75



+ A message from The Heavenly Council:

This is the good news: Miracles happen. We are all on an amazing journey and it gets really marvelous once we realize that we journey on behalf of all creation. We are never separate from every other creature. This realization changes everything since you now perceive all of your pain and joy as everyone's pain and joy. This is the way it is. The whole creation shares your pain and joy at all times, at this time, all the time. The pain and joy you are experiencing is inclusive of all the pain and joy everywhere, past, present and future. This is very mysterious. You gotta love the mystery, just love it. Love your pain. Love your joy. Let them become one. This is how miracles happen. There is no other way

Friday, August 20, 2021

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 74


+ Let's pray for the women and girls of Afghanistan. Here is a great source of information and wisdom and suggestions > https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/blogs/posts/praying-the-news/838/a-prayer-for-the-women-and-girls-of-afghanistan 

http://abundancetrekblog.blogspot.com/2021/08/our-amazing-journey-1.html is the first of a new series of posts on The Abundancetrek Blog. Unlike here at this blog I will be offering ideas for our journey in a way which can become a book in the arena of InterSpiritual Wisdom, Practices and Community Building.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 73



+ It has been nearly 11 months since I posted the last Joyful Wandering post.  My intention is to offer these posts far more often from now on.

+ The photo above is from our recent trip to Eastern Long Island.  This one is from Riverhead where my parents met and lived in the 1930s.

+ I have worked with another version of these 8 QiGong verses and this method for more than 2 decades.  I think what I found today is a more illuminating version of the 8 verses and I like the ZhiMeng method from what I have read so far.  I do believe any method of QiGong is a powerful tool of energy harmonizing and the healing which can result from it.

+ The following is from today's Bowl of Saki (August 18) which I frequently turn to for powerful inspiration and illumination > 

At every step of evolution man's conception of good and bad, of right and wrong, changes. How does it change? Does he see more wrong or does he see less wrong as he evolves? One might naturally think that by virtue of one's evolution one would see more wrong, but that is not the case; the more one evolves the less wrong one sees, for then it is not always the action itself which counts, it is the motive behind it. Sometimes an action, apparently right, may be made wrong by the motive behind it. Sometimes an action, apparently wrong, may be right on account of its motive. Therefore although the ignorant are ready to form an opinion of another person's action, for the wise it is most difficult to form an opinion of the action of another.

The Daily Bowl of Saki is always something from the writings of the great Sufi teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan who came to the USA about 100 years ago and founded a Sufi center which his son and grandson have led.

https://wahiduddin.net/ is where you will find all of the Bowl of Saki posts and far more.

+ My cousin Evelyn has told me about an upcoming workshop on "a rare mindfulness practice & teaching from the Himalayan Siddha tradition taught by meditation-master HH Swami Vidyadhishananda." Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-breathe-and-still-the-mind-tickets-166092187203 for detailed information.

Friday, May 21, 2021

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY May 2021


Thank you for reading the third edition of

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY

May 2021 

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THE FOCUS OF THIS EDITION IS ON THE HEAVENLY ATTRIBUTE OF JOY 

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BUT FIRST …. 

+ Here are the links to the …

first edition of THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY March 2021

second edition of THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY April 2021 

+ And, here are links to all seven of The Abundancetrek Blog posts on THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH as of 5/18/21 > One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven |

Posts 5, 6 and 7 are lengthy posts offering most of the Facebook Group posts and comments offered during February, March and April 2021. 


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The fruit of the Spirit is

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Against such there is no law.

-- Galatians 5: 22-23 NRSV 


Learning to celebrate joy is one of the great practices of the spiritual life.

— Joan Chittister 


. . real religion is the transformation of anxiety into laughter.

 — Alan Watts 


Joy is the happiness that doesn't depend on what happens.

-- Br. David Steindl-Rast 


Heaven is simply full of joy. And, since we are heavenly beings right now, right here, we are full of joy unless we are allowing earthly attachments to dominate us. Heaven is full of joyful music. Do you hear it? Listen. Connect. Dance. Sing. Sing for joy. Dwell here. Rest here. Relax here. Thoroughly enjoy the music, the dance, the feast, the freedom of heaven. 

There are many earthly pleasures which offer temporary happiness.  But the joy which happens when as we travel on our amazing journey is eternal, infinite and permanent.  Let us vow to cultivate the practices of The Amazing Journey of the Mind, The Amazing Journey of the Heart, The Amazing Journey of the Body and the Amazing Journey of the Soul.  

These are essential journeys for opening the door to heaven with all of its abundance, joy, wisdom, beauty, love, truth, peace, justice and freedom.  We can enjoy these fruits breath after precious breath when we devote ourselves to the Amazing Journey practices which are taught the world over by wise teachers from many traditions.  With the internet and the books and other sources we have so much guidance.  We can truly be the joyful community of humanity.  We are here to receive and give joy. 

Like each and every one of the heavenly attributes, joy is a gift given freely and abundantly moment after moment. Live joyfully. Live thankfully. Live in this awareness, this reality. This is the way things really are. 


Accept the present moment and find the perfection

that is deeper than any form and untouched by time.

-- Eckhart Tolle


 The joy of Being, which is the only true happiness, cannot come to you through any form, possession, achievement, person, or event — through anything that happens. That joy cannot come to you — ever. It emanates from the formless dimension within you, from consciousness itself and thus is one with who you are. -- Eckhart Tolle


The essential contrast between joy and happiness has been pointed out by many wisdom teachers. They really are different.  In order to enjoy the truth that we really are in heaven right now, right here, we need to know this difference deep in our mind, heart, body and soul.  Earthly pleasures of all kinds can only create temporary periods of happiness even if they seem like a long time.  Perhaps no one has offered more wisdom on this truth than Eckhart Tolle.  The 2 quotes above come from A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose. Here is a link to a longer excerpt that includes those quotes > https://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/reviews/excerpts/view/19587.   


A vision without a task is but a dream

A task without a vision is drudgery

A vision & a task is the joy of the world.

-- On an English church sign 


Here we are on our fragile planet hoping to find reasons to be hopeful, happy and whole.  We are fragile and vulnerable but full of energy and ideas, full of beauty and wisdom, full of love and determination. May our joy in this life become more complete as we grow in our commitment to the path of compassion, mindfulness and service which gives us meaning and purpose. 


Be joyful, though you have considered all the facts

-- Wendell Berry

 

Perhaps the most radical act of resistance in the face of adversity is to live joyfully.

  Ari Honarvar 


Don't be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous.

-- Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan 


There is plenty of pain in the world. No doubt about it. But heavenly beings know that pain is temporary and joy is permanent. And the more we embrace our heavenly identity, the more we feel joy and overcome pain. The world needs us. The world needs our joy. 

We need to approach our state of mind with curiosity and open wonder.

That curious listening to life is a joy — no matter what the mood of our life is.

-- Charlotte Joko Beck in Finding What You Didn't Lose by John Fox


Breathe in joy.  Breathe out pain. 

Simply be aware of this breath right now.  

Joy comes freely with each and every breath 

and all we need to do is be aware of this wonderful gift 

given so freely, so abundantly, so lovingly. 

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But wait, there’s more … 

+ The Abundancetrek.com JOY Page·

+ JOY is one of the 37 featured practices at Spirituality & Practice

+ S&P offers a Twelves Gallery on JOY.

+ Search for JOY at Spirituality&Practice.com – 4052 results as of 5/18/21

+ Here is a link to the page with links to the 366 Spiritual Explorations posts which I offered on The Abundancetrek Blog in 2016. These posts are devoted to the 9 heavenly attributes and the 12 spiritual practices. JOY is featured at posts 309 to 316.

+ At Abundancetrek.com you will find pages on the nine heavenly attributes: Abundance, Joy, Wisdom, Beauty, Love, Truth, Peace, Justice and Freedom. And you will find pages on the 12 essential spiritual practices:

·         THE JOURNEY OF THE MIND > Stillness, Detachment, Humility

·         THE JOURNEY OF THE HEART > Silence, Discernment, Healing

·         THE JOURNEY OF THE BODY > Solitude, Devotion, Holiness

·         THE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL > Simplicity, Delight, Heavenliness 

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The focus of the next edition will be on The Heavenly Attribute of Wisdom.

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 And finally ...

 + Where do you see The New Faith for the New Earth happening? I really want to know. I mean progressive communities of faith committed to a dramatic expansion of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainable Abundance for all.

This list will grow in future editions as I learn more about what’s happening and as you offer what you will share with us.  I am restricting this list to communities of faith who value the InterSpiritual path and  have a global outreach.  I am sure I am leaving out many significant communities of faith.  Please help me fill in the gaps. In future editions, I intend to add local communities of faith demonstrating strong commitment to a dramatic expansion of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainable Abundance for all. Please offer suggestions.

Spirituality and Practice | Facebook link

Spiritual Paths

Center for Action and Contemplation | Daily Meditations | Facebook link

Charter for Compassion | Facebook link

Gratefulness.org | Facebook link

Contemplative Outreach |Facebook link

One Spirit | Facebook link

Inner Frontier

Contemplative Life

Center for Courage and Renewal | Facebook link

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY April 2021

 

Thank you for reading the second edition of 

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY

April 2021


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THE FOCUS OF THIS EDITION IS ON
THE HEAVENLY ATTRIBUTE OF ABUNDANCE
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BUT FIRST …. 

+ Here is a link to the first edition of THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY

+ Here are links to all six of The Abundancetrek Blog posts on THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH as of 4/22/21 > One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six |  Posts 5 and 6 are lengthy posts offering most of the Facebook Group posts and comments from February and March 2021. 

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ABUNDANCE

 There is enough for everyone's need but not for everyone's greed.

-- Mohandas Gandhi 

We humans cannot live in dignity and freedom while we pollute our planetary home.

-- Diarmuid O'Murchu 

Awake! Awake! Holy One, we are the choir. We are awakened to the terrible things we have done to your gift of the garden. Now our plea is for the music, notes and words, that we need to sing to those around us who are in a deep sleep of unawareness. Our hearts are full to overflowing with the pain of what we see around us. Give us, we pray, the melody for awakening our human family. Amen

-- This prayer was written by Holly Hallman when she was the Presbyterians for Earth Care Vice Moderator as she took part in the PEC-Yukon Climate Conference in Alaska

Since this edition is being published on Earth Day, April 22, 2021, focusing on ABUNDANCE is particularly relevant. 

Abundance is our birthright but we cannot have abundance in our lives independently.  We simply must attach the word sustainable to abundance or we risk losing it all for everyone. We must be willing, eager, to share and to take measures to create a world where no one is denied their birthright.  We must be responsible members of the planetary home we live on, our habitat, our provider.  This responsibility takes many forms. I invite you to prayerfully ponder how you have both taken this responsibility and how you have avoided this responsibility.  We can all do better and it has become imperative that we do so.

Earth is an amazing realm of abundance.  But we humans are not taking care of our planet in a way that is essential for all to enjoy the gift of abundance. 

To live abundantly, to thrive and prosper, is to vow to grow.
This is not growth measured by accumulation of things or status.
To vow to grow is the willingness to be more
— more awake and more aware—
to experience more joy, clarity, aliveness, freedom, and creativity.
— Ellen Grace O'Brian


We are all entitled to abundance. Or, to put it another way, all the glories of the heavenly realms are our birthright and our eternal destiny. There is no need to wait for abundance. It is here now, always has been, always will be. There is no adequate explanation for this truth. It simply is the way it is and the way it is is simply wonderful.

The glories of the heavenly realms are miraculous, mysterious and marvelous. We begin participating in this abundance whenever we simply accept the gift gratefully in the here and now. Every breath we take is a new opportunity to receive abundance, to be in heaven.

So, breathe in this abundance right now. Begin again. And again. And again. Smile. Sing. Dance. Laugh. Listen. Rest. Relax. Wonder. Imagine. Love. Cry. Pray. Receive. Give. Appreciate. Share. Care. Stand. Sit. Walk. Swim. Fly. You are in heaven. Nothing is impossible. Everything is within reach.

You do not need to do anything; you do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You do not even need to listen; just wait. You do not even need to wait; just become still, quiet and solitary and the world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.  -- Franz Kafka

I love this quote for a host of reasons.  A major reason is that it shows the relationship of the practice of stillness to the heavenly attributes of abundance and the other heavenly attributes including joy and freedom.  It also emphasizes several other essential practices including silence and solitude

In other words, this quote gets to the heart of what The New Faith for the New Earth is all about.  We need to open up to so much more of the divine reality we live in.  All too often we live without perceiving the abundance all around us.

Another quote I love says this in a different way:

It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.

-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

So, don’t hold back. Abundance is a constant gift for us to receive and give and share when we proceed this way.  

There is a verse in the Pauline letters which makes a similar point:

The fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Against such there is no law.
-- Galatians 5: 22-23 NRSV

There are simply no limits to the abundance.  There is no law preventing us from receiving, giving and sharing all of these amazing gifts.  In these heavenly realms we inhabit Freedom abounds. 

The heavenly gift of Abundance is not intended for some of us or even many of us but it is for all of us. You know that you have abundance in your life when you are truly satisfied with what you have and do not feel you need anything more than that. Are you satisfied?  Or do you feel like you need more?  There’s a book about that.  Here is a quote from that book:

 It is human nature always to want just a little More. People spend their lives honestly believing that they have almost enough of whatever they want. Just a little More will put them over the top; then they will be contented forever. ... People seek after More under the delusion that they will be happy when they get More. In fact, if and when they get More, they are not any happier than they were before and they still want More.   -- Timothy Miller in How to Want What You Have

I suspect that most of the people reading this page have far more than just about anyone who ever lived in the centuries before us as well as most of the people living on the planet right now.  So how come we want more than we already have? I think it is a strong sense of deprivation which comes from seeking what we see others having. Rarely do we compare ourselves to those who have less and would like to have what we have.  So how can we change our perception and find immense satisfaction in what we have now? 

I associate abundance with heavenliness.  Heavenliness is attained as we let go of attachments associated with our egos and worldly ambitions.  We do not have to die in order to reach heaven because heaven is everywhere.  As we let go of all the distractions, we become our essential Self which has always been here waiting to be activated in our lives.  Contemplation, Meditation and Prayer are essential practices on the way to our awakening, to our awareness and to our intimate, intricate and infinite connection to all there is.

+ Search for ABUNDANCE at Spirituality&Practice.com – 402 results as of 4/21/21

The Abundancetrek.com ABUNDANCE Page· 

+ Here is a link to the page with links to the 366 Spiritual Explorations posts which I offered on The Abundancetrek Blog in 2016. These posts are devoted to the 9 heavenly attributes and the 12 spiritual practices.

+ At Abundancetrek.com you will find pages on the nine heavenly attributes: Abundance, Joy, Wisdom, Beauty, Love, Truth, Peace, Justice and Freedom.

And you will find pages on the 12 essential spiritual practices:

THE JOURNEY OF THE MIND > Stillness, Detachment, Humility
THE JOURNEY OF THE HEART > Silence, Discernment, Healing
THE JOURNEY OF THE BODY > Solitude, Devotion, Holiness
THE JOURNEY OF THE SOUL > Simplicity, Delight, Heavenliness

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 And finally ...

 + Where do you see The New Faith for the New Earth happening? I really want to know. I mean progressive communities of faith committed to a dramatic expansion of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainable Abundance for all.

This list will grow in future editions as I learn more about what’s happening and as you offer what you will share with us.  I am restricting this list to communities of faith who value the InterSpiritual path and  have a global outreach.  I am sure I am leaving out many significant communities of faith.  Please help me fill in the gaps. In future editions, I intend to add local communities of faith demonstrating strong commitment to a dramatic expansion of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainable Abundance for all. Please offer suggestions.

Spirituality and Practice | Facebook link

Spiritual Paths

Center for Action and Contemplation | Daily Meditations | Facebook link

Charter for Compassion | Facebook link

Gratefulness.org | Facebook link

Contemplative Outreach |Facebook link

One Spirit | Facebook link

Inner Frontier

Contemplative Life

Center for Courage and Renewal | Facebook link

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Monday, March 15, 2021

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY March 2021


+ Thank you for reading this first edition of THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH: OUR AMAZING JOURNEY.

THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH:
OUR AMAZING JOURNEY

March 2021

+ My Amazing Journey has moved me from envisioning THE NEW CHURCH FOR THE NEW AGE to a significant change.  I am now envisioning THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH.  There is a book which inspired me to change THE NEW CHURCH to THE NEW FAITH and there is a book which inspired me to change THE NEW AGE to THE NEW EARTH.  The books are: The Future of Faith by Harvey Cox and A New Earth by a Eckhart Tolle.  The links will take you to the Spirituality and Practice book reviews for these two great books.

 

OK, there is one more book I must mention here, a book which I suspect is rather familiar to you: THE BIBLE. In the Bible, the prophets tell us that God is "doing a new thing." In both testaments we are told that there will be or already are "new heavens and a new earth."

 

I identify myself as a Christian but I now must identify myself more precisely as a Progressive Christian. All too many people who identify themselves as "Christian" these days simply do not share many of the values I hold dear.  I affirm the Eight Points of Progressive Christianity which were created by many Progressive Christians working with Progressive Christianity.org which was previously called The Center for Progressive Christianity.  I also like Our Vision of Progressive Christian Spirituality: The shape and substance of a new Christianity for the twenty-first century by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of  Spirituality and Practice.

 

I identify even more precisely as InterSpiritual.  This means I know that I now live on a planet where the wisdom traditions of all of humanity are intermingling like never before and I embrace this with all my mind, heart, body and soul.  Something new and different is happening and I choose to say YES to whatever this "new thing" is.

 

There have been InterSpiritual teachers for millennia but now we are in an era when more and more people are claiming this path in new ways.  So, I intend to share a variety of wisdom and practices associated with this wonderful path.  I hope you will join me on this Amazing Journey.  I see it as an adventure, even a risky adventure for those fiercely determined to join together to dramatically increase compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all.

 

So, my friends, I really don't know what THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is and I am sure I will never be able to put it in words.  One word that does come to mind is “mystic.” That brings me to Wayne Teasdale.  I hope you will follow that link to the Spirituality and Practice pages on this amazing teacher of InterSpiritual wisdom and practices.  He coined the term "Interspiritual."  In a chapter in A Monk In The World he identified eight teachers who explored this path and inspired him to explore it.  They are:  Thomas MertonAbhishiktanandaBede GriffithsAmmachiRaimon PanikkarDavid Steindl-RastThich Nhat Hanh and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. I don’t know why he did not include Thomas Keating because I know he was immensely inspired by him and was a close colleague and friend. 

 

+ My amazing journey has included for most of my life a growing interest in the wisdom and practices of other religions and cultures.  Since 1975 I have been a Minister of the Word and Sacraments of The Presbyterian Church (USA).  Since 2017 I have been a InterSpiritual Mentor certified by the Spiritual Paths Institute.  What a wonderful journey this is.  It gets better all the time.  And where would I be without my fantastic family and friends and spiritual companions? I intend to share more of my amazing journey in future editions. But you don’t have to wait!  You can see a lot about me at the website I have worked on since 1999 > Abundancetrek.com, and the blogs I have offered for almost as long > The Abundancetrek Blog and The John A Wilde Blog.

 

+ You can find the numbered #TNFFTNE posts on Twitter or Facebook. The first 32 are below. I keep adding to them. You might not agree with all of them but I am sure you will agree with some of them and hopefully be informed, inspired, illuminated and even transformed by one or more.  I try to offer #TNFFTNE posts which get to the heart of what THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is all about.  Humanity is evolving and we are now in an era of an awakening to something new and different.  I am trying to understand it and describe it as best as I can.  I hope you are also doing this and I hope you will share your wisdom.  I look forward to your contributions in future editions.  Yes, YOU.  You are wonderful.  You are amazing. 

 

+ Are you interested in having me or another mentor be an InterSpiritual Mentor offering you guidance, encouragement and information as we share this amazing journey?  Please visit the Spiritual Paths Institute website.  Here is a link to the page with mentor information.


+ Here is a link to THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH Facebook Group

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The numbered #TNFFTNE posts >

as of 3/15/21

 

#TNFFTNE 1 > The New Faith for the New Earth > #tnfftne is essential for all creation > #tnfftne is an idea whose time has come (again).  Ideas go round and round.  They come.  They go.  They come again. so #TNFFTNE is not a new idea but it is as old as life itself.

 

#TNFFTNE 2 > THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is now here and you are an essential participant right now.  You know what it is as well as I do because we are one.

 

#TNFFTNE 3 > THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH unites all creatures everywhere with this CREDO > We are intimately, intricately, infinitely connected to a matrix of unconditional, unlimited, uniting Love which is miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.

 

#TNFFTNE 4 > THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is: non-hierarchical, free, open, loving, caring, compassionate, healing, energizing, inclusive, humble, non-judgmental, fun, creative, yours, mine.

 

#TNFFTNE 5 > THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is happening now.  It is essential.  You know when you see it.  It is all of us creating more and more Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainable Abundance.  You can consider more ideas at http://abundancetrek.com

 

#TNFFTNE 6 > Since THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is mysterious, it is hard to describe.  Actually it is impossible to describe.  But we have clues.  I have a take on what #tnfftne is and that's what I am writing about.  Sometimes I will be right and sometimes I will be wrong.

 

#TNFFTNE 7 > THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH is open to correction, revision, new ideas, new visions, new possibilities, new directions.  Let us all be open and committed to discovering new ways to create more compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all.

 

#TNFFTNE 8 > we are creating the new faith for the new earth which is creating #compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all breath after breath.

 

#TNFFTNE 9 > we are creating the new faith for the new earth which is creating #compassion, peace, justice and sustainable #abundance for all thought after thought after thought.

 

#TNFFTNE 10 > In the essential practice of #stillness you discover who you are, your purpose, your message, your path and there is simply no other way for you learn that. http://abundancetrek.com/stillness.html

 

#TNFFTNE 11 > The New Faith for The New Earth is essential for all creation. Humanity is evolving rapidly now so now is the time to create far more compassion, peace, justice & sustainable abundance throughout the planet.

 

#TNFFTNE 12 > It is simply urgent that we embrace the #GELF, the Great Evolutionary Leap Forward.

 

#TNFFTNE 13 > So far this hashtag has not gone beyond me but the day will come. Why? Because whether people know it or not, we are all creating THE NEW FAITH FOR THE NEW EARTH + http://abundancetrek.com

 

#TNFFTNE 14 > We need to learn as much as we can about how to be effective in our efforts to create more compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance here, there and everywhere.

 

#TNFFTNE 15 > "When (people of all the religions) ... open ... to the transcendent mystery, going beyond word, beyond thought, simply opening themselves to the light, to the truth, to reality, then meeting takes place. That is where humanity will be united.” -- Bede Griffiths

 

#TNFFTNE 16 > It is such a battle to be myself. It is an essential battle because being myself is absolutely required by divine decree. This is how I contribute something essential to the universe.

 

#TNFFTNE 17 > Connections are everywhere just waiting for you to notice them and become blissful in this awareness.

 

#TNFFTNE 18 > “The voyage of discovery is not seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” -- Marcel Proust + This is one of the Quotes of the Moment at The Church of I AM > The Spirit of Now

peterrussell.com

 

#TNFFTNE 19 > We must move beyond the narrow confines of our nations, our denominations, our religions, our cultures, our opinions, our beliefs, even our perceptions of reality.

 

#TNFFTNE 20 > The New Faith for the New Earth is only created when there is an abundance of stillness in your life. In stillness you discover who you are, your purpose, your message, your path and there is simply no other way for you to learn that. + http://abundancetrek.com/stillness.html

 

#TNFFTNE 21 > The universe is a free lunch but finding the restaurant that serves it is often tricky.

 

#TNFFTNE 22 > There is stuff going on in your mind right now which is far more amazing than what you are thinking right now.

 

#TNFFTNE 23 > Breathe deeply. Breathe fully. Be still. Be silent. Be centered. Be grounded. Lighten up. Loosen up. Let go. Let God. Celebrate. Enjoy. Be glad all over! Something wonderful is happening. This is bliss.

 

#TNFFTNE 24 > The New Faith for the New Earth is growing by Leaps and Bounds. Be awake, aware and connected and you can't miss it.  This is bliss.  This is a Great Evolutionary Leap Forward.  This is growing compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all.

 

#TNFFTNE 25 > Here is a great series of meditations on creating a New Story > https://cac.org/themes/a-new-story/ + This is what The New Faith for the New Earth is all about and we are growing.  Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainable Abundance for all.

 

#TNFFTNE 26 > “Humility is the awareness that there’s a lot you don’t know and that a lot of what you think you know is distorted or wrong.” ― David Brooks, The Road to Character

 

#TNFFTNE 27 > “We are participants in a vast community of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.” — Parker Palmer in Let Your Life Speak

 

#TNFFTNE 28 > Tune into this moment. Isn’t it wonderful?  See. Hear. Touch. Taste. Smell. Feel.  Remember.  Imagine. Breathe. Pray.  Create.  Connect.

 

#TNFFTNE 29 > “There comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other.​” -- Wangari Maathai

 

#TNFFTNE 30 > “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely, when you are in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafiz

 

#TNFFTNE 31 > "Humankind, full of all creative possibilities, is God’s work. Humankind alone is called to assist God. Humankind is called to co-create. With nature’s help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life-sustaining." -- Hildegard of Bingen

 

#TNFFTNE 32 > "My religion is kindness ... I'd rather be kind than right ... You can always be kind." --  Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

 

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