--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
> --- In email@example.com, "Andy"
> <endofthedream@y...> wrote:
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org,
Good to hear/read from you. From Sandeep's post and from your words,
I'm going to assume that you are now taking the masters level "Facts
of Life 101" course, as well as sharing your right on the spiritual
money wisdom with your students.
*****No, I'm not teaching this semester. Dealing with a particularly
stubbon bout of recurrent cancer, one that requires a more aggressive
treatment (stem-cell transplant, a 4 week hospital stay, and more fun
than you can shake a stick at! Hahaha!!!). But yes, when I do return
to work later this fall (hopefully with some hair intact!), I do plan
on starting up the spiritual inquiry/meditation group that we talked
about last fall.
One thing I see that has come to my mind from this is the rabbit in
Alice in Wonderland (I think he was the one), who would say, while
scurrying around to keep such important appointments as the tea party
with the mad hatter, "So much to do, and so little time". Way too
busy to realize that it's actually "So much time, and nothing to do".
*****Yes, there is nothing to do, and yet things apparently get
done. In the matter of time, three words: it is not. ;-)
And like Nasrudin in this tale, trying to awaken "scholars" to the
opportunity to live their life while they have it to live, I also
think of Gurdjieff, who at the end of his 1200+ page masterwork, All
and Everything, sums it all up by commenting, that the most
astonishing thing about humans is that they have no conception of, or
appreciation for the fact that they are mortal.
*****Until such appreciation manifests itself in their lives. Either
at the moment of the body's cessation or, perhaps, earlier, in a
cancer ward. Either way, it's a grand trip! :-)))))
And yes, as you point to, "on the edge" events can certainly be eye
openers, and potentially end the "They have eyes but don't see"
syndrome. But, my oh my, they can be quite a trip! So as we go
through the inevitable rocks and rolls on our journey, it becomes a
real joy to bump into uplifting words, concepts, and things, and I
certainly consider what you share as such, so I hope your visit here
will not be just a brief one. And of course, I hope you are well and
*****Remember from the original Star Trek, the Vulcan IDIC? Infinite
Divisity in Infinite Combination. So are all the uplifting words,
concepts, and things. What moves Andy, bores Bob, upsets Joan, and
enrages Father Marshall.
Thought tells us that to be "safe," we each much think and believe
alike. I don't know if it is possible, but in the course of human
history, it hasn't happened ever. It takes something more to
transcend this drive for safety, some sense of security in what is
perceived not through thought but beyond thought. And sometimes
meditation is a useful tool to provoke such seeing. But it is not
essential. Nothing is. As the late, great runner-philosopher-
cardiologist George Sheehan repeatedly wrote, "We must all be an
experiment of one."
Peace and blessings,
*****Thank you. Hugs!