Re: [Meditation Society of America] The Ending of The Trance
- Beautiful, Sean.
"Being present in all moments
and the gifts unfold for you." is
To call the realization of this
high teaching found in most, if
not all, sacred writings, "nothing
special" speaks to the wisdom
that you know naturally.
This is not common knowledge,
certainly not commonly comprehended
knowledge. It may be parroted
intellectually, but to Know it
is a different matter.
Those who have not been graced
with this wisdom are the
"bent over pilgrims" needing
compassion, that Bill Tremblay
(the poet I mentioned earlier)
They are crippled by fear
and doubt, and spend their
time in regret for the past
and in fear of the future.
The bodhisattva Knows and yet
vows not to enter fully into
enlightenment (nirvana) until
all sentient beings come to
this knowledge experientially.
Such is their compassion.
About paying: a fine line
between selfless help and
greedy unfeeling exploitation.
But for some, too frightened
to run alone, there is an exchange
of energy (money paid to the guide
for guidance - running along side
until they overcome the fear)
that creates value for them and
enhances their (a word from your
earlier writings) faith - that they
can come out of the dark fear into a
marvelous light (end the trance),
and enjoy life...being present in
every moment, realizing that they
need not fear or strive, and that
the gifts will unfold...by grace.
--- In email@example.com, sean tremblay
>present at all moments and the gifts unfold for you. It's available
> There is nothing special here Jeff, it's just a matter of being
to everybody. example : I was asked once to take a class of people
out on runs I thought why would they want to pay me to go running
when all they have to do is open the door and go run.
> Jeff Belyea <jeff@...> wrote: They may be your teachers.
> You may be an old soul,
> blessed with uncommon
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, sean tremblay
> <bethjams9@> wrote:
> > I've seem mystic hearts in Indonesian street kids and sacred eyes
> in my hound dog.
> > Jeff Belyea <jeff@> wrote: A friend of mine of from
> > the 70s, who was the most
> > gifted poet I ever met in
> > person, spoke of those who look
> > down from their ivory towers
> > with no compassion for the
> > "bent over pilgrims" (those
> > lost and in dark despair).
> > There is a "trance" that
> > socialization imposes on
> > virtually all people. There is
> > also a means of trance-ending,
> > for those who are desperate
> > for release from its grip.
> > Many may be "successfully"
> > socialized and look no
> > further, but I agree with
> > Thoreau that "most live
> > lives of quiet desperation."
> > And some will not settle...
> > and become seekers.
> > Yes, there is a danger in
> > seeking. But once the intuitive
> > stirring begins, few can turn
> > back from the seeking of
> > the elusive "something more".
> > No one can "teach" transcendence,
> > but there are massive bodies of work
> > that report on its enlightening
> > power. The authentic reports are from
> > experiential knowledge.
> > Neither not knowing about
> > transendence, nor disdaining
> > any talk of it, negates it.
> > Either there is an interest
> > and a passion to seek, or
> > there is a relative (or even
> > passionate) comfort with
> > life.
> > For those bent over pilgrims:
> > There may be those who sell
> > snake oil and seek only self-
> > aggrandizement,
> > but..
> > there are also those among us
> > who offer guidance from mystic
> > hearts and sacred eyes, from
> > pure compassion.
> > In the Buddhist tradition,
> > these are Boddhisattvas.
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