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    #4103 - Monday, December 13, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights A Christmas reflection from
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       #4103 - Monday, December 13, 2010 - Editor: Gloria Lee
      The Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights
      A Christmas reflection from Thomas Merton
      "Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for
      him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it,
      because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be in it, his place is with
      those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not
      belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak,
      those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, tortured,
      exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in
      this world."
      - Thomas Merton
      "And the deepest level of communication is not communication, but communion.
      It is wordless. It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it is beyond
      concept. Not that we discover a new unity. We discover an older unity. My dear
      brothers, we are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have
      to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are."
      - The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton
      "A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters.
      Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire."
      - Thomas Merton

      Merton quotes posted by Bill Lindley on Facebook

      Living on Love Alone - Confessions of A Spiritual "Teacher"
      by Bill Lindley on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 4:17pm 
      As I was re-working my Facebook page for the new layout, I found  that a
      wave of honesty flowed over me. As I was putting in the information 
      regarding education, I thought I would write something about that, as many 
      "seekers" might like to hear what a "teacher" of non-duality might have to 
      say in this regard. 
      My Partner and I were asked by the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral to  form a
      Religious Community in Lincoln, England in the 1980's. This was, in itself, a
      miracle; as between the two of us, we have not even one high school 
      Now I know it says on my profile that I studied at College of Marin,  and
      this is true, but I only attended one semester, having passed the  entrance
      examination after dropping out of high school without graduating.  I spent
      the last part of my senior year in high school in a psychiatric  hospital due
      to Asperger's syndrome, which being largely unknown in the  1960's, went
      undiagnosed. I studied teaching at college, as I loved learning,  but I was an
      emotional wreck in my teen and early adult life, so the social  life at school
      was hell. 
      I was always interested in spirituality, even from my earliest days,  and a
      sense of "oneness" was always there in some nebulous form. Growing  up as
      a Christian, I had no doubt that "God" was with me always. The 
      "Awakening" I experienced in my late forties, was just a "natural" 
      occurrence in a process that had begun at birth. Of course, I had studied 
      Advaita, as taught by Ramana Maharshi, and Nisargadatta Maharaj , but 
      their teaching only confirmed what was already present, and "my" 
      awakening was that I had been living an awakened life all along. As an 
      Aspergian child, and young adult, I had learned to be "the observer". I was,
       and still am, a very shy "person". Silence was my way of life. 
      And while I hardly ever talked, I watched and listened. I observed  that
      Love was the only thing that mattered, and if I relied on that alone,  with
      perfect trust, life was good. 
      My Partner and I have literally lived our 43 years together on love  alone.
      We worked in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, and not only made  a
      successful living in dangerous circumstances, but managed to make a 
      difference in others lives. When we joined the Church, we continued to 
      work for the poor and homeless, and when we had the opportunity to travel 
      to England in the 1980's, we sold all our possessions, and trusted in God to 
      see us through. When we were asked to form a New Religious Community, we
      were neither surprised or confounded, even though we had no formal 
      training or education in such an endeavor. Our "work" involved caring for 
      and counseling former psychiatric patients, being released from one of the 
      most terrible psychiatric hospitals I have ever encountered. We also took 
      in people sent to us by the local probation service, and ex-prisoners. We 
      never flinched. We trusted in Love only, and we were amazingly successful. 
      Living on Love alone, trusting it only, not only allowed us to reach out in the 
      dark to anyone, it laid the ground for understanding. And I guess this is the
      point of this piece. 
      Many who come to non-dual "seeking" come from educated  backgrounds. As
      I have stated before, many look at "enlightenment" as a  crown to a "good"
      education. But what is in your mind does not lead to the  truth. In some,
      perhaps many, circumstances, education can be a stumbling  block to
      awareness. I have been a real advocate for the "simple seekers".  People
      like Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection. A simple monk, shoe  maker, and
      cook, Brother Lawrence was responsible for The Practice of the  Presence
      of God, a small book of "Oneness" that is a classic of Christian  Mysticism.
      Or St. Therese of Lisieux, who's The Story of a Soul is a  testimony of a
      life of Love in action. Or look at Ramana Maharshi, or  Nisargadatta
      Maharaj, or even the Christ. Simple earnestness, simple Love.  These lead to
      understanding. These lead to Truth. You can study under well  educated
      people. You can read all the spiritual literature you can lay your  hands on.
      But living a life of service, trust and Love is what takes you to the 
      Absolute. To be in "God's" presence, to "be" God's Love, is the Absolute. 
      You can't learn it. You can only "live it". 
      My "teaching" is that we ARE unconditional Love. No person, no "God",
      just Love unfolding. The "nothingness" everyone talks about is seen as
      "everythingness" from here. I have uncovered the truth of my "faith" by
      living it, trusting it, and being it. A "teacher" lives his "teaching". Realize you
      are Love unfolding, and live accordingly. It is no more complicated than that!

      This quote was a major inspiration for the Community my partner and I
      founded "The Community of the Living Sacrifice":
      "There are so many people who live alone, crushed by their loneliness. It is
      obvious that too much solitude can drive people off the rails, to depression
      and alcoholism. More and more people seem to have lost their balance
      because their family life has been unhappy. There are so many who are lost,
      taking drugs, turning to delinquency; there are so many who are looking for
      a family and a meaning in their lives. In years to come, we are going to need
      so many small communities which welcome lost and lonely people, offering
      them a family and a sense of belonging. At other times, Christians who
      wanted to follow Jesus opened hospitals and schools. Now that there are so
      many of these, Christians must commit themselves to the new Communities of
      Welcome, to live with people who have no other family, and to show them
      that they are loved."
      - Jean Vanier, founder of The L'Arche Communities


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