Bigger Fundamental Truth of Beauty –Journey of Beauty 02.09.29

Guiding Thought

How do we distinguish fundamental beauty from fleeting, or superficial, beauty? What is the nature of illusion? What is the nature of dis-illusion? How do we get through illusion to Truth?

Reflection / Contemplation

Urgency and Ease: two states that have occupied my attention these last couple of days. Well, they have been with me all along perhaps and pop up now and again (along with all of my other contradictions), with mixed frequency and intensity. Here they are in relation to Truth and Beauty.
Folks who like to play the Truth game are pretty certain that theirs is the one and only game in town. Politicians and religious leaders are obvious players as are those in their camps of being “Right”, as in my “Right” is more right than your “Right”. Plug in whatever topic you want. There is no shortage of opinions or expressions thereof. I have no shortage of opinions myself. I am also very clear that our incarnate reality is more complex and nuanced than the black and white pronouncements of what Truth is.
The term “Both/And” was introduced into our lexicon when I was in graduate school and became a substrate for much of the material we were exploring. The gist of Both/And allowed for two truths or positions of being right to co-exist. That is a wallop of gray, now isn’t it? I was much younger then, and now have some decades behind me with direct experiences with black, white, and gray. Both/And are occupying more of me these days, although it can be a hard concept to live out and explain these days given the political climate of our times.
And then there was the term “Allurement”. What a Beautiful word that was presented in a course on Evolutionary Cosmology by the physicist Brian Swimme (he is worth checking out in my books, as he is on the thinking big committee). As best I can recall, the term described as having all the right conditions for something big and beautiful to occur (like our Earth) – a mix of the right ingredients and being at the right place at the right time. Too much too soon and you implode, or too little too late, and you fizzle out. We just have to stay aware enough to know when to leap, otherwise the opportunity is lost.
I can’t help but apply this concept of allurement to my seemingly contradictory states of urgency and ease, the Both/And. Well, you get me, of course, but you want the right kind of me to show up and express the best of me that I am able to do, and not have me implode or fizzle. This is the bigger fundamental Truth of Beauty: Beauty, True Beauty can handle the contradictions.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Beauty of Ease –Journey of Beauty 02.09.28

Guiding Thought

What memories do we have of beauty? How are beauty and freedom related? What are we learning passively, simply by showing up to think about beauty every day?

Reflection / Contemplation

I am taking a bit of a break today, not from Beauty, of course, but from my earnest and strident nature. One of today’s guiding thoughts addresses the passive learning of Beauty by just showing up. And so my plan for the day is to be filled with the Beauty of Ease.
My closest and dearest companions know well how I am #1 on the Enneagram (a system of for psycho-spiritual development with origins suspected from the Ennead – ancient Greece – and worked their way through the Desert Fathers, and Sufis and in the more modern times, Gurdjieff to psychiatry, the Jesuits, the Diamond-Heart Approach is now a bit more mainstream). A suggested spiritual practice for my particular Enneagram type is to color outside the lines, step away from routine and order, the idea of perfect. My house itself is not always in order, and my friends laugh at the description of this type, but this system addresses the internal landscape and dialogue. I readily identify with the #1.
Some folks are turned off by this system, as they think it is too negative. They want a nicer entry to inner work. I had first come to this system through the Jesuits and spiritual direction in my early 20’s. I didn’t do a whole lot with it and then about 10 years ago it popped up while I was listening to a radio interview with Richard Rohr OFM (a Franciscan priest) who is a big proponent of this system. He believes this is one of the best forms of spiritual work for our times. Mind you, the return of this system into my life was not peaches and cream. It was another, “I have been found out” moment, and spoke so loud, I could not ignore it.
Those tight shoulders which I mentioned a few days ago received some better attention than a continuing education course could. I got a massage and reminder, too, of how I hold myself in the work I do and the nudge to make it easier on my body/shoulders. Ah, ease.
As my day is just getting started it will be an interesting experiment to stay at ease with all things and see where and how Beauty shows up, especially in relationship and community.

Guest Contributor Lita Artis

 

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Beauty is now available as a free book.
You no longer need to wait for the Guiding Thoughts to be posted here daily–you may move at your own pace. This link will take you to the document in Dropbox; you may download it from there.

I accept donations and gifts via paypal: paypal.me/SusanBillmaier Thank you for the energy exchange!

Here is the schedule:

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)
Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)
May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)