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    #1786 - Monday, May 3, 2004 - Editor: Jerry Highlights Home Page and Archive: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm Letter to the Editors: Click Reply , compose
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      #1786 - Monday, May 3, 2004 - Editor: Jerry

      Highlights Home Page and Archive: http://nonduality.com/hlhome.htm
       
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      The following are excerpts from Dancing in the
      Mirror: Inspirations on Peace and Joy,
      by Bryan
      Walton. Walton lives in Canada and was trained as
      an electronic engineer. He currently conducts
      seminars on project quality management. It is a
      nearly channeled book of random readings, each of
      which straightforwardly restores your connection
      to reality, whether you are experiencing fear,
      confusing love, disturbed energy, difficult
      emotions and feelings. This book is designed to
      be opened and read at random. There is even a
      system, using a deck of playing cards, which
      insures randomness.
       
      The influence of three works mentioned by the
      author is evident: the Seth material, A Course in
      Miracles, and Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now.
       
      This is a gentle, peaceful, warm and loving,
      insightful book. It is not of the nature of
      radical nonduality or even a qualified
      nonduality. It's a useful book about
      understanding personal reality.
       
      Excerpts follow. A couple are from the website
      (where you can read more pages from the book) and
      a couple I typed from the book. This is a very
      good book for someone who wants a gentle, loving
      reminder about the nature of reality and how to
      guide the attention to where there is a greater
      truth.
       
      This is the book's website:
      http://www.centrelinepublications.com/

      On Guilt
       
      Feeling guilty about feeling guilty is a classic
      exercise to make things complicated. Consider
      that you actually enjoy feeling guilty and
      justified at the same time; this appears to have
      the energy you crave. That this is another kind
      of illusion, a “story”, is obvious. so you have a
      choice. Initially, the choice to go after peace
      may appear to be the opposite of peace. Stay with
      it, for it is the source of your power.
       
      Remember, your feelings only guide you to the
      gap, otherwise, they don’t matter. They can also
      confirm your peace. The point is not to go on a
      delusional rampage of self-justification and
      projection, or self-indulgent guilt and remorse.
      Uncomfortable feelings are only to tell you to go
      back to peace and joy.
      ~ ~ ~
       
      On Sadness
       
      Feelings of intense sadness well up to be
      processed in the light of day. This is the very
      beginning of a big process of opening and being
      in your heart. Although you won’t always feel
      this sadness, it is still there. Yet, you will
      note that when you “tilt” slightly to imagine
      information coming to you from the Spirit, your
      heart feels buoyant. This tilt is the key shift
      for you to feel the heart energy. It is not to
      deny the pain and sadness. In fact, you will find
      that with practice, you will be able to embrace
      them both. Just allow yourself to feel the joy of
      our contact and the sadness that is also yours.
       
      The sadness is in process of transforming—to move
      into a powerful expression of love. Let yourself
      understand that all parts of your psyche are in
      this state right now. The trick is to welcome it
      with a gentle question mark. The question is not
      intellectual knowing; it is a far deeper
      repatriation of self. At one level, you could see
      it as the pain of birth. The birth of a fuller
      expression of your selfhood, with all parts or
      aspects loved, accepted, and none distorted by
      denial.
       
      The process may be a bit uncomfortable for you
      because of lifetime habits. It is quite all right
      for this to show up as the sensation of sadness.
      How to rejoice in the feeling rather than
      thinking that something is wrong is somewhat of a
      challenge. These energy flows are healing. As you
      change your relationship with these feelings and
      stand away from judgement, they will gracefully
      open their petals to allow the beauty to shine.
       
      ~ ~ ~
       
      On the Heart of Possibility
       
      Where the tides flow easily, so does the energy
      of the universe flow. Easing this opening through
      the heart will allow the energy of wisdom, the
      energy of love, the energy of presence, to
      manifest itself in ways that were no possible
      before.
       
      The practice of being in the heart is the
      essential step from which all other steps follow.
      The heart state allows the opening of
      possibilities, the limitless expression of the
      greater self. In practical terms, this will
      enable the magic of probability to work in the
      favour of all and allow you the perception of
      knowing that any event will tend to meet the
      criteria of the heart.
       
      Even if it appears not to be what you desire, the
      heart gets into the "nitty gritty" of your true
      intent -- a rather enormous "nitty gritty." The
      heart gives you a broader perspective based on
      trust.
       
      What a marvellous concept. "Trust!" It can, and
      will, actually become your experience. It will
      add a zest and exuberance that will delight you
      and help others along the way. For this is your
      intense desire.
       
      ~ ~ ~
       
      On Flashes of Inspiration
       
      Operating from the passion of your intent is far
      more powerful than trying to overcome your
      perception of failure. This is the point of
      always seeing life as a new beginning -- Now!
       
      The whole idea of starting over again is the
      basis of all the exercises. The urging for
      frequent repetition is to get around your
      tendency to prolong any state, to elongate way
      beyond its momentary nature. For that is what
      these inspirations are, momentary flashes
      followed by the dulling blindness that has you
      stumbling around believing in the perpetuation of
      the initiating state. This life is made up of a
      series of flashes and then you operate in the
      variations of memory of the flash to sustain and
      give substance to the void between flashes.
       
      How about using the same method by seeking
      flashes of illumination on a frequent basis? That
      is exactly what is offered to you in the hourly
      remembrances. In this way, you constantly
      regenerate yourself as a beacon of love.
       
      So rest easy. As you open up to love's
      beneficience, so will your joy grow and your
      vitality for life. By life, we mean the glimpse
      of the eternal reality -- the truth of whom you
      are radiating through the fog of illusion to burn
      off the haze and bring vivid clarity to
      perception.
       
       

       
       
      Here is commentary on another book...
       
      Book Review
      by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
       
      The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice
      Susan Gordon Lydon
      HarperSanFrancisco 02/97 Hardcover $18.00
      ISBN 0-06-251202-1
       
      Here is proof positive that crafts are much more
      than creative outlets —they can be catalysts of
      our personal transformation. Susan Gordon Lydon
      shows how knitting has played a major role in her
      life as prayer, passion, inward journey, stress
      reducer, source of renewal, and service of
      others. Throughout the book, the author presents
      wonderful insights into this ancient craft,
      especially the important role it has played in
      aboriginal societies.
       
      Knitting has led Lydon into ever-expanding
      circles of understanding. It is the lure that
      enables her to delve into the spiritual riches of
      Native American spirituality, Arica, Sufism, and
      Judaism. It has been a spiritual teacher during
      periods of illness and depression. And as a
      result, she concludes, "The purpose of craft is
      not so much to make beautiful things as to become
      beautiful inside while you are making those
      things." The Knitting Sutra shows how craft can
      be a spiritual practice which facilitates an
      appreciation for the connectedness of all things.
       
       

       
      Finally, here are some excerpts from My Driveway You Can See The Moon, by Jerry Katz.
       
      i went with my brother's family of four to the
      krispy kreme in los angeles.
       
      they gave each one of us a free donut while we
      waited to order.
       
      we ordered a dozen. so we got 17.
       
      and we ate them all.
       
      i loved the girl who handed out the free donuts
      warm from the deep fryer and glaze shower.
       
      she has one of the great jobs humanity has ever
      known.
       
      her handing out of one donut is as inspirational
      as any human gesture ever was.
       
      ~ ~ ~
       
      The question to ask, for me, is not what the
      meaning and purpose of suffering is, but, What is
      the ultimate division that I harbour, what are
      its manifold expressions and how are they
      reflected in the universe? Before trying to
      explain what I see, I need to see what I see.
       
      ~ ~ ~
       
      People read these things looking for ... what?
      Sometimes you need to come home to a homemade hot
      meal, apple pie with vanilla ice cream melting on
      top of it, and to relax for a couple of hours.
      Then you go off to a nice comfortable bed for a
      good night's sleep. In the morning everything
      looks different. And there's left-over apple pie
      for breakfast.
      Download the e-book for free at http://nonduality.com/ndsp1.zip
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