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

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#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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Friday, October 2, 2020

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 72



+ Photo is of Delta Lake, September 2020.

+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It's a mystery, isn't it?

+ 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.

+ Your Turn


Thursday, July 9, 2020

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 71

+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It's a mystery, isn't it?

+ Dear Christian Trump supporters, I know you believe that making Trump President would lead to policies and laws that you folks on the Right think would be good for us.  But, oh, what a stain you have put on the name of Christianity and the stain will not wear off for generations to come.  

+ 4 Music Videos I like >
·         New Soul by Yael Naim


+ Your Turn

Monday, May 11, 2020

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 70

+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It's a mystery, isn't it?

+ Beginning Again is a powerful and even essential spiritual practice and I'm not the only one who says so. Here is SE 126 where I quoted a few wise teachers telling us to Begin Again ... and Again ... and Again.  > http://abundancetrekblog.blogspot.com/2016/05/spiritual-explorations-126.html

+ Your Turn

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 69


+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It's a mystery, isn't it?

+ I really like this chant > Hidden Things > https://youtu.be/rG-THBxIzz0. It is based on Jeremiah 33:3 > Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. 

+ The Gratefulness Word for the Day on February 18, 2020 offers this very profound and provocative thought by one of the great contemporary Buddhist teachers: “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” -- Thich Nhat Hanh

+ 2 More #TNFFTNE tweets: 

February 18, 2020
#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.

+ Your Turn …

Saturday, February 15, 2020

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 68


+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It's a mystery, isn't it?

+ The New Faith for the New Earth #tnfftne
I have begun to offer tweets on The New Faith for the New Earth with the hashtag #tnfftne

February 5
+ 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.

February 10
#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.
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#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.

February 15
#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

+ Your Turn …

Monday, February 10, 2020

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 67




+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It's a mystery, isn't it?

+ About the bitter political division here in the USA. 
FORGIVE. FORGIVE. FORGIVE. That's the only solution. For example. As a Liberal, I must forgive Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell and many others.. Can you, any Conservative I'm reaching with this message, forgive Nancy Pelosi and Barrack Obama and many others? I must simply accept and love and appreciate Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell. Believe me, that's not easy. And Conservatives must simply accept and love and appreciate Nancy Pelosi and Barrack Obama. That's how we begin to heal the nation. That's how we become The United States of America.

+ Your Turn ...

Joyful Wandering -- 66




+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It’s a mystery, isn’t it? 

+ The Iowa Caucuses + I think the pundits are missing something or maybe they don't want to see it. The 3 winners in Iowa have new ideas and want to move the party, the country, in new directions: Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren. The 2 losers represent the failed Corporate Democrat policies: Biden, Kobuchar. The Democratic base wants to see progressive change. Don't stand in our way Old Guard. Go with the flow.

+ 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.  

We are at the initial stage of a #gelf, a great evolutionary leap forward.  Everything is changing.  Everything.  At a rapid pace.  The New Creation will, of course, in many ways, look the same, be the same, as creation has been BUT it will be unmistakeably different in crucial ways.  Sometimes we know we are participating in #tnfftne.  Sometimes we don't. It is always miraculous, mysterious and marvelous.

Since #tnfftne is mysterious, it is hard to describe.  Actually it is impossible to describe.  But we have clues, important 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.  I am open to correction, to revision, to new ideas, new visions, new possibilities, new directions.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 65






+ Where have I been? Where am I going? It’s a mystery, isn’t it?
+ These JW posts keep me focused because writing is a tool that works for me as a way to find out what is important to me and what I feel called to embrace this moment or this day or this week or this month or this year or this decade or this century. I need to do these posts and maybe you do too whoever is reading this. Writing is such an important tool of discernment for some of us, even possibly many of us.

+ On The Abundancetrek Blog, I offered 366 Spiritual Explorations posts in 2016, a leap year.  Here we are in another Leap Year.  In the last 4 years I have collected many more resources and quotes on the Abundancetrek's 12 spiritual practices and 9 heavenly attributes.  So, more SE posts may be coming soon.  That's my intention, anyway.  It will not be daily.  I can't do that again.

+ Authoritarianism has a long history.  It has prevailed most of the time everywhere on earth including even in my home country, the USA.  We call ourselves a democracy but are we really?  We do indeed have some glorious moments when democracy has prevailed but it has yet to be a consistent winner over authoritarianism. Pehaps plutocracy describes our political reality far more than democracy.  As the song goes, “Money Changes Everything.”  We have seen the wealthy get too much control of our country again and again.  Recently, the power of the plutocrats has become more apparent and more threatening than perhaps ever before.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 64

+ This post includes thoughts begun on January 16, 2019 and there may be additions and edits.  

+ I have not added anything to my Joyful Wandering Series of Posts since early 2016.  I have missed this blogging.  So, here we go again.   Aren’t you excited?  I am.  

+ This amazing Journey of Life can lead you anywhere and everywhere.  It is a mystery and, as yet, there is no Theory of Everything which scientists can agree on.  Not even a theory.  So, the reality of our life is that we do not know everything, not even close.  This journey takes us to places where we have never been before again and again and again.  We are all explorers.  We are all pioneers.  We are all called to embrace the adventure. 

So, here we go again.  I have had Joyful Wandering posts before on this blog and elsewhere.  In 2016 I changed the blog I was using from the Abundancetrek Blog to the John A Wilde Blog.  I may re-read some or all of these posts and I may offer some highlights in future JW posts.  

+ Here is the first of an amazing series of videos on Integral Mysticism presented by Wayne Teasdale and Ken Wilber. This was in a past JW post but I am so glad I re-discovered it. These two brilliant spiritual teachers offer so much wisdom on our amazing journey.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Compassionate Politics -- 1

Make no mistake about it: The Electoral College victory of Donald Trump is a tragedy coupled with the continuing Republican control of Congress even though they lost some seats in both houses. It appears to me like the USA is falling apart. This is a huge crisis facing us and it will take a huge effort by concerned citizens to put this country back together again.. We are in trouble.  Make no mistakle about it.

So, I am beginning a series of posts on Compassionate Politics which will, hopefully, contribute to the huge effort needed by concerned citizens to put this country back together again.

Here are a few websites which are movers and shakers for the compassionate politics our nation so desperately needs:

I anticipate adding a few more to this list but this will get you started.

Friday, June 17, 2016

POLITICS 2016 -- 1

+ 6/17/16 + With Hillary Clinton’s negative approval rating, the GOP had an excellent chance to win the White House this year. But the GOP is imploding. Their base is now Far Right and they have given us Donald Trump. The Democrats, therefore, have an excellent chance not only to keep the White House for another 4 years but also to take back the Senate and maybe even the House of Representatives.

The election is still a long way off and it is possible that Donald Trump will become less objectionable than he is now to the electorate.  But, as of now, it looks like Democratic candidates will find the wind  at their back.  Nevertheless, it is still indeed possible that the electorate could elect a President and a congress far more authoritarian and oppressive than anything we have seen in recent years.

The polls are encouraging for the Democrats right now.  President Obama has become more popular, even having a favorable approval rating exceeding 50 per cent.  The Democratic party is seen more favorably than the Republican party by a substantial margin.  One recent poll shows Hillary Clinton with a double digit lead.

I disagree with Hillary Clinton on many issues but I do not believe she would lead us into the chaos Donald Trump would create.  We need to change a lot of things here in the USA and Hillary Clinton is not one to change us all that much. But the changes Donald Trump and a GOP congress would give us would be very destructive. I hope we don’t give them that opportunity.

Monday, May 16, 2016

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 63

+ updated at 11:57am on Monday, May 16, 2016.

+ This post includes entries from Monday, May 16, 2016 until a date in the future (turns out to be January 16, 2019). Latest entries are at the top. If you would like to contribute, write JW in your subject line and send it to John@abundancetrek.com or put a comment on my Facebook page.

+ Stir offers  I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump


+ Yes, racism has been and continues to be a very sinful reality here in the USA. This article takes a little time to read but it definitely reveals why I am for Bernies Sanders for President.  He gets it.  The others don't.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 62

+ Updated at 11:05am on Monday, May 16, 2016.

+ This post includes entries from Tuesday, March 15, 2016 until Monday, May 16, 2016. Latest entries are at the top. If you would like to contribute, write JW in your subject line and send it to John@abundancetrek.com or put a comment on my Facebook page.


+ Check out an impressive Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute special exhibit of Terry Slade's unique art now happening. The artist is very much focused on the damage we are doing to our environment. However, he offers art as tools for meditation and contemplation making it possible to change our ways.

+ Inner Frontier offers "Sustaining Presence" by Joseph Naft. Excerpt: "If we want to be present, not just momentarily, but to stay present a little longer, the key is to relax into being here. We relax our body, sense it, and relax into the sensation. We notice our thoughts and relax into the cognizant space behind them. We relax into the equanimity behind our more superficial and fleeting emotions."

The Guardian offers "Let Donald Trump Be Our Unifier" by Eve Ensler.  Excerpt: "He is the outcome of an insidious exceptionalism – the bedrock belief that American lives are more precious and valuable than any Others, those that we stigmatize, bomb, torture, murder, control, invade and whose economies we trash, whose resources we devour, whose futures we steal."

I do believe that we can be transformed by our better angels as we deal creatively and energetically with this long shadow over the planet. This is a powerful, far-reaching and all too revealing article about what the problem is.

+ Inner Frontier offers Modes of Presence by Joseph Naft.  Excerpt: "In the coming weeks, we will experiment with each of these twelve modes of presence. For this week, please look at your own work of presence and its various flavors and aspects. How do you come into presence? Does it descend on you unbidden? Do you rise into presence? Do you choose to be present? Do you choose to stay present? Who is the you that is present?"

+ Common Dreams offers "The New Truth About Free Trade" by Robert Reich. It begins: "I used to believe in trade agreements. That was before the wages of most Americans stagnated and a relative few at the top captured just about all the economic gains."

+ Joyful Wandering posts 1 to 58 are found on The Abundancetrek Blog. You can find them all here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 61

+ Updated on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:49am

Spiritual & Practice offers A Thought to Carry with You :
Way back in 1971, humorist Erma Bombeck wrote that it seems "rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners." She was not only perceptive but prophetic. 

This week, help reverse the trend. Look for a way each day to listen to someone, letting go of any other agenda. Remember all the tools at your disposal: concentrated silence, a nod, simple words of support like "um hmm" or "oh?" or "wow!" Reflect back what you hear the other person saying, so that they can hear themselves more clearly. Ask follow-up questions like "How come?" or "What happened then?" Offer gentle encouragement to someone by your unconditionally accepting presence. It's okay if that someone is yourself.

+ Spiritual & Practice offers "Unleashing America's Shadow" by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. Excerpt: "'With media complicity, Trump has unleashed the beast that has long resided not far from the American hearth, from those who started a Civil War to preserve the right to enslave a fellow human to the Know-Nothing mobs who burned Irish-Catholic churches out of fear of immigrants.' This observation is from Timothy Egan's excellent article "The Beast Is Us" in The New York Times."

Patheos offers "The Making of Donald Trump and the Unmaking of a Nation" by Frederic Schmidt. Excerpt: "But Donald Trump is also the media’s creation. Together, since Richard Nixon’s appearance on 'Laugh In,' Presidents and the media have been erasing the boundary between entertainment and national leadership. Presidents make the rounds on talk shows and fawn over the hosts, treating them as the high priests of public opinion. They try their hand at stand-up comedy and they reduce policy debates into punch lines."

+ Dharma Wisdom offers "The Heart's Intention" by Phillip Moffitt. Excerpt: "Setting intention, at least according to Buddhist teachings, is quite different than goal making. It is not oriented toward a future outcome. Instead, it is a path or practice that is focused on how you are 'being' in the present moment. Your attention is on the ever present 'now' in the constantly changing flow of life. You set your intentions based on understanding what matters most to you and make a commitment to align your worldly actions with your inner values."

+ Weaving Home offers "Wilderness Places" by Naomi Kelly. Excerpt: "So we can come face to face with ourselves in the wilderness, with our fears, with what gets under our skin and makes us act in certain ways,. When we are on a Lenten journey, we take the time to see, to let our inner nature see the false self that so often holds us hostage. Seeng with the eyes of the heart can reveal all the pettiness and fear that tends to drive us into habitual directions of non-functionality."

+ Patheos offers "On Making America Great Again" by Erin Wathen

+ So, would a Bernie Sanders presidency be good for the economy?  An independent analysis suggests that it would be a dream come true for millions of hard working Americans who deserve much better than what the plutocracy has offered us in recent years. Common Dreams offers "Enacting Sanders Agenda Would Catapult Economy, Shatter Inequality" by Lauren McCauley.

+ Joyful Wandering posts 1 to 58 are found on The Abundancetrek Blog. You can find them all here.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 60

+ updated at 9:56am on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

+ I am working on the spiritual practice of humility for the next series of posts in the Spiritual Explorations series. There will be 16 posts beginning at SE49. It sure helps to have the resources Spirituality and Practice offers including their quotes on humility. You can search for all kinds of resources at the best website in the universe.   

+ Inner Frontier offers "Walking Presence," the next in the Presence Trigger series.

+ Spirituality and Practice offers The Most Spiritually Literate Films of 2015. How many have you seen?

+ Video > The Mystic Heart Uploaded to Youtube on Nov 12,2006 > In this dialogue series, Brother Wayne Teasdale and Ken Wilber discuss the advent of an integral mysticism in the postmodern world. Reflecting on their own spiritual experiences, the relation of science to spirituality, the lives of the great inter-spiritual pioneers, and how youth culture is revitalizing the mystical traditions, Brother Wayne and Ken show how an integral perspective can bring the revelations of mysticism

+ Diane Rehm Show at its best today, January 18.  Two important interviews >

1 - Congressman John Lewis and author Andrew Aydin talk about March: Book Two, a comprehensive and inspiring history of the Civil Rights movement. 

2 - Joseph Stiglitz deals very informatively with the huge crisis of income inequality in the USA.  

+ “The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.” -- Black Elk
As Jesus said: "The Kingdom of God is within you."
When we get to mysticism, we get to the heart of all of our great wisdom traditions. Wayne Teasdale promoted this vision.

In The Mystic Heart (2001), Wayne Teasdale says, “The real religion of humankind an be said to be spirituality itself, because mystical spirituality is the origin of all the world religions. If this is so, and I believe it is, we might also say that inter-spirituality – the sharing of ultimate experiences across traditions – is the religion of the third millennium.” (Teasdale, p. 26) + For more on InterSpirituality, visit https://quotationstreasury.wordpress.com/tag/wayne-teasdale/

+ Joyful Wandering posts 1 to 58 are found on The Abundancetrek Blog. You can find them all here.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

JOYFUL WANDERING -- 59


+ Updated at 1:13pm EST on Friday, January 15, 2016

+ This post includes entries from Saturday, November 21, 2015 until January 15, 2016. Joyful Wandering posts 1 to 58 are found on The Abundancetrek Blog.   You can find them all here. Latest entries are at the top. If you would like to contribute, write JW in your subject line and send it to John@abundancetrek.com or put a comment on my Facebook page.


+ Daily Necessities 
Tips & pointers for building a spiritual life from scratch
Pray 
Meditate 
Be aware/Stay awake 
Bow 
Practise yoga 
Feel 
Chant and sing 
Breathe and smile 
Relax/Enjoy/Laugh/Play 
Create/Envision 
Let Go/Forgive/Accept 
Walk/Exercise/Move 
Work/Serve/Contribute 
Listen/Learn/Enquire 
Consider/Reflect 
Cultivate oneself/Enhance competencies 
Cultivate contentment 
Cultivate flexibility 
Cultivate friendship and collaboration 
Lighten up 
Celebrate and appreciate 
Dream 
Give thanks 
Evolve 
Love 
Share/Give/Receive 
Walk softly/Live gently 
Expand/Radiate/Dissolve 
Simplify 
Surrender/Trust 
Be born anew
from Awakening The Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das and found when scrolling down http://www.sapphyr.net/buddhist/buddhist-quotes.htm


+ Patheos offers 

Advent Two: Longing for Sunlight and Song by Jill Crainshaw. It begins: 

The songs and images of the Advent and Christmas season stir in many people a longing for peace and good will. But peace is hard to come by these days. Instead, violent world realities incite fear.

How can a fear-wearied world rejoice with songs of hope? How do we keep fear from taking over and destroying our capacity to love and care for each other and our neighbors with open hearts and minds?


+ DailyZen 12/2/15 > "If you have any desire to surpass others, or any thought of your own ability, this is egoism and possessiveness. These are sicknesses in the context of nirvana, so The Nirvana Sutra says, “Space can contain everything, but space does not entertain the thought that it can contain everything.” This is a metaphor for the disappearance of egoism and possessiveness, by which you proceed to indestructible concentration." - Hongren (602-675)

‪#‎Advent‬ > http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/…/…/view/24493/advent+ The Spiritual Discipline of WAITING is a major theme of the season + One of the great spiritual practices related to waiting and patience id FASTING + Doesn't quite go along with everybody putting up their Christmas tree by now, does it? + Advent's great themes are hard to honor these days + Excerpt from this S&P resource for the season > As Pierre Teilhard de Chardin advised, we need to "trust in the slow work of God." That is what the Israelites did during their long sojourn in the desert and what Christians do during Advent.

+ The SpiritualLiteracy Blog offers "After Paris - Thoughts from Rabbi Lerner." Excerpt: "Lerner points out that the ancient strategies of revenge and payback should be out of the question; they lead only to more bloodshed. Healing will come only when we move beyond the unconscionable terrorist attacks of ISIS and the havoc the United States and other countries have reigned down on the innocent civilians in Syria and Iraq in drone attacks. He writes: 'As long as our resources (and here I include not only the U.S. and the West, but also China and Russia) are primarily focused on military, economic, cultural and political domination of the world, what we saw in Paris will become an increasing reality worldwide.'"

+ If you are on Facebook, I invite you to "like" and be inspired by the frequent (almost daily) photos and reflections offered on Weaving Home.  You can also go to The Weaving Home Blog offering wisdom regularly (often once a week). Here is an excerpt from the first post by Weaving Home creator Naomi Kelly, a Presbyterian pastor and a Spiritual Director:

We can plug into the Spirit of Christ in many ways, Weaving Home is one such guide to deepen your spiritual practices to enthuse and inspire, so that you are empowered to live out your calling to love God and each other.  

+ Spiritual Explorations posts have begun to accumulate on The Abundancetrek Blog. You can begin this series of posts at Spiritual Explorations -- 1 or you can find any one of the posts by going to abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html.