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  • Jeff Belyea
    Jun 25, 2009
      Check your inner compass.

      You may find that you
      still dwell there, but
      the 'way of the world'
      has distorted the view.

      Love,

      Jeff


      --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com, sean tremblay <bethjams9@...> wrote:
      >
      > I think most of us remember what it was like to dwell in the garden of Eden,  I know I do but the way back is pretty rough and I lost my compass
      >
      > --- On Thu, 6/25/09, Jeff Belyea <jeff@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > From: Jeff Belyea <jeff@...>
      > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Fruit Stand
      > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009, 9:39 AM
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      > In the story of creation,
      > God tells Adam and Eve
      > they may eat freely from
      > the Tree of Life and
      > enjoy Paradise forever...
      >
      > and then tells them not
      > to eat from the tree of
      > the knowledge of good
      > and evil.
      >
      > From that it would follow -
      > before the first bite
      > of the forbidden fruit,
      > A&E enjoyed a frolic in
      > Paradise.
      >
      > But, after, they became
      > self-conscious, found
      > fig leaves, and hid from
      > God. The story goes that
      > they were soon booted
      > out of Paradise. Ouch!
      >
      > Now, what if..they asked
      > for a second chance, and
      > asked God to remove their
      > knowledge of good and
      > evil and restore their
      > earlier blissful state?
      >
      > Imagine that God, being
      > in a good mode that day,
      > said OK, and A&E were
      > allowed to step back
      > into Paradise. Wow!
      >
      > What do you think would
      > happen if we (descendants
      > of A&E) were to suddenly
      > lose our knowledge of good
      > and evil?
      >
      > Some would say that we
      > would be in pathological
      > denial and foolish, and
      > would soon be blindsided
      > by some nogoodnik - and
      > evil would run rampant.
      >
      > Others would say that we
      > would enter a blissful
      > state in which we then
      > felt a Oneness with God,
      > and incredibly loving
      > and kind, and that the
      > power of this state would
      > actually cause us to accept
      > everything, everything
      > as perfect - no matter what;
      > that we would have stepped
      > back into Paradise.
      >
      > Now, before you take a
      > quick munch on that fruit
      > that has convinced you
      > that the latter group
      > would be abjectly naive,
      > and then come up with some
      > hypothetical or distantly
      > removed 'evil' out there...
      >
      > consider the possibility
      > that by being restored to
      > realization that we are
      > a spark of God's own fire
      > (OK, clay, too) we suddenly
      > found that no evil came to
      > us...and that any potential
      > evil would dissipate as
      > soon as we came close to it -
      > because of the restored
      > power that has no knowledge
      > of good and evil. Ummm?
      >
      > Consider also the possibility
      > that this restored power would
      > allow us to live without a
      > trace of fear and doubt about
      > anything - up to and including
      > death. In this state, even
      > death would only be a merging
      > with God and eternal Paradise.
      >
      > But how would be know if
      > this wonderful possibility
      > has any basis in truth?
      > Do we have to die first?
      >
      > No.
      >
      > Read any number of the tons
      > of written material on the
      > subject by authentic teachers
      > and masters of awakened
      > enlightenment who have
      > walked the mystic path.
      > This is their consistent
      > story.
      >
      > If you're fortunate enough
      > to know a living teacher,
      > they can help open your
      > heart to the possibility
      > of the truth of such a
      > delicious story.
      >
      > But your heart has to be
      > open, and/or your despair
      > deep enough to allow for
      > the possibility. All it
      > takes is a very small
      > opening in your heart and
      > mind for the light to
      > break through.
      >
      > Meditation is a way to sit
      > in the quiet of the garden,
      > allow your heart to open
      > and patiently listen for
      > the wisdom whisper of
      > enlightenment. ..
      >
      > that says...
      >
      > it's true.
      >
      > One Love,
      >
      > Jeff
      >
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