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11748Re: Andy: change and growth

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  • Andy
    Nov 28, 2003
      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, "jodyrrr"
      <jodyrrr@y...> wrote:
      > --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, Andy
      <endofthedream@y...>
      > wrote:
      >
      > [snip]
      >
      > > There is no growth.
      > >
      > > There is only apparent change.
      >
      > Some patterns and directions that can be observed in change are what
      > we call growth.
      >
      > From the regard of the individual, there is a trajectory of
      > development which seems to occur in the context of a spiritual
      > practice.


      *****This "trajectory of development" may occur in contexts other
      than spiritual practice as well. Spiritual practice is nothing
      special.


      > Especially fruitful practices trigger wholesale transformation of
      > the personality and the identity structures that are the
      > individual. It can be looked at as the combustion of
      > identification, a harvesting of the significances which harbor the
      > attachment to the personal being we think we are rather than the
      > impersonal one we never have not been.


      *****Very good! We cannot NOT be what we already are (and have
      always been). But sometimes this is most difficult (if not
      impossible!) to see.


      > When we know ourselves as that one, we can then see that we have
      > never changed to be it.


      *****Yes, this captures the paradox of change-no change very neatly.
      Well said!
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