#4406 - Monday, October 24, 2011 - Editor: Gloria
Vernon Howard gave a talk with the title “Transfer Island.” It was about a
place where people went until the boat came to take them to the other shore.
He was speaking about the inner journey, but this is also applicable to our
Today we learned that Bill Lindley’s transfer came. In his last message he
that he was awaiting transportation, having been diagnosed with
cancer. We all hoped to hear from him again.
Let us sit here together in a communal silence, bathing in the beatitude of
Go ahead and let your eyes moisten and your heart soften. Nothing
with that. And then let us be "up and doing," whatever it is that we
That is the way to keep love alive.
by Vicki Woodyard on Facebook
Bill Lindley blogged 140 "Notes" in the year he was on
Facebook. They were
all gems of wisdom, gleaned from a lifetime of
offering his generous heart in
service to others. Bill could write
about the Gospel of Bugs Bunny, Ramana, or
Mr.Rogers with a humble human
touch that also spoke profound truths. Even
in his last note he was still
reaching out to serve others.
Bill modestly summed up a career shared by his
partner of 44 years, John, in
these few words.
"My Partner and I worked for years in San Francisco's
Tenderloin district as
Residential Hotel Managers, and helped many
young people transition to the
City, and resettle.
After a transformation as a result of reading The Cloud
of Unknowing, my
Partner and I started attending Grace Cathedral in
San Francisco, and in a
short time, I became the Cathedral's first
full time maintenance person. After
a short period, the Dean of Grace
made arraignments for my partner and I to
go to Lincoln Cathedral, in
Lincoln, England. Upon our arrival we did
maintenance work for the
Cathedral, but soon we were asked by the Dean to
Contemplative/service Religious Community. I wrote the rule, and
Community of the Living Sacrifice was born.
The Community worked with young Gay people, and we housed
newly released psychiatric patients and the Homeless. We were
successful, but anti-Gay sentiment in the Church of England
resulted in our
return to the United States, where we studied to work
developmentally disabled, and did that work for some time.
After that we
worked for HUD housing, and provided housing for the
poor and elderly.
As the Community was coming to a close, I discovered
Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj. This
revitalized the spiritual
search, and in 1990 a final understanding
occurred, and all seeking stopped."
~ ~ ~
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!
"...but where can I go, I am always here."
In a couple of interviews I did over the last year, I
referenced my thought
while in the monastery, about looking at death being,
to me, like anticipating
Christmas. Death, the final mystery; the duality of
Life. Birth, death and life,
all illusions, but part of the flow of Love.
If you are wondering why I decided to write a note about
death, it's because
on Friday last I learned that I have cancer. And not
just a "little" cancer, but
apparently there are multiple major organs
involved, including my lungs and
bones. I said to the doctor, "This is
pretty bad isn't it?" The doctor said, "Do
want me to tell you the truth?" I
said "Of course", and he said, "It's bad!" He
let me know that there was
little to be done. And I thought to myself.
"Christmas is coming!".
And then I thought of my Partner of 44 years. No
Christmas for him. The
only sadness I feel is for him, I have an
inexplicable sense of fascination and
joy. I took a walk in the desert
today, which was hard, as I am in a good deal
of pain due to a tumor on my
spine. But as we drove into the desert area we
love, I was overwhelmed with
joy. We will work this out as we have done for
44 years. My partner is a
saint, unbeknown to himself. I told him the quote
from Ramana Maharshi; "You
say I am going away, but where can I go? I am
always here. You give too much
importance to the body."
I gave an invitation to those who would like to meet and
talk to me, to come
here to see me. This is even more important now. Now
that I am "waiting
transportation", I want to speak frankly. I can offer you
that is not transmittable in my humble writings. I can
show you a life that has
been lived for the Absolute. I can arrange for a
group meeting, or individuals.
Just message me. Also, depending on my
condition, I can come to see you,
but I would need transportation costs, and
a place to stay. No charge for the
teaching, but you might bring "goodies"
for everyone to share.
When my partner and I heard the doctors grim news, I said
to him, "Now I
will have plenty to write about on Facebook.", and I will. I
will follow the
journey, as long as it takes, and share my joy with my
loving friends. I feel
like a vapor, the body is failing, but the Love that
I am is well and eternal. I
am only that; Love. So I repeat, "...but where
can I go, I am always here."
by Bill Lindley
To the Many Friends of Bill Lindley: Bill passed away
four evenings ago. I
know we shall all miss him very much. Bill said that if
he ever had a funeral,
he would like the proceedings to commence with the
theme used to introduce
Warner Bros. cartoons, "The Merry-Go-Round Broke
Down" and end said
proceedings with their closing number with Porky Pig
coming on stuttering,
"The-the-the That's All Folks!" But there will be none
of that as Bill amended
that plan in the end with nothing. So, I shall
scatter his ashes in the area he
referenced in his last blog. I am thankful
that Bill did not have to wait long for
transportation. Peace. John.
"When people who live their meaning meet each other,
a connection is made
outside of time and outside of space that
has a very lasting effect. It becomes
part of this bigger network, a
bigger connection of light which gives meaning
to the whole of life.
It affects not just you, not just me, it affects the whole,
is very meaningful."
Shine on, dear Bill, shine on.....
"If I allow you to
who will be found
Ramana's Smile? "
~ Bill Lindley