How (or What) We Learn — 02.13.29

Guiding Thought

The purpose of Life for all beings is to experience happiness, peace, contentment, and safety, Knowing the Oneness and Immortality of the Divine Self. Such Knowledge is beyond speech, beyond thought; It is found in the depths of the heart where communion (co-union) with All is reality. We now bring the unifying force within our hearts to all people and experiences and thus Know ourselves as the happiness, peace, contentment, and safety we Are.

Reflection
Mary

The Dalai Lama recently said:

“How we view human nature can mean the difference between living in a world filled with people who are perceived as hostile, violent and dangerous, or as essentially kind, helpful and gentle. A deep awareness of the essential goodness of human beings can give us courage and hope.”

It’s difficult sometimes to see beyond the daily news; it can be almost impossible to avoid it and the “spin” seems to almost always be in favor of the sensational – the violent and hostile. And yet, the world I EXPERIENCE on a day-to-day basis, MY reality, seems to have little in common with what the news portrays. Yes, I see the impacts of poverty and drugs and homelessness right here in my own community. More importantly, I see individuals, community agencies and governmental programs all dedicated to helping provide happiness, peace, contentment and safety. I choose to view human nature as kindness, as all of us wanting these same things.  We’ve just learned through different families and cultures different ways to achieve these goals.  South Pacific is a classic musical movie, one that’s not aired these days probably because of political incorrectness (e.g. a song titled “There is Nothing Like a Dame”).  And yet, there’s a very meaningful song as well, “You’ve Got to Be Taught”. (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VPf6ITsjsgk) We’re not born to dislike one another – part of the lyrics “you’ve got to be taught to be afraid of people whose eyes are oddly made and people who’s skin is a different shade.” If you watch young people play, you’ll likely see it’s NOT human nature to be hostile and violent. It’s human nature to be kind, helpful, gentle and loving. If we teach our children and grandchildren well (or let them teach us) perhaps future generations will more readily bring the unifying force within our hearts to all people.

2 thoughts on “How (or What) We Learn — 02.13.29

  1. Journey of Peace – Day 29 – Lita
    The purpose of Life for all beings is to experience…
    I have been finding myself playing with the edges of self-definition lately. I signed up for this consciousness work. I would suspect most of us in signing up for events, courses, our lives, etc., find out sooner or later that what is on the plate is certainly different than what we imagined.
    I say that I like to live on the edge and explore Big Mind. Well, what happens when I/you/we get to the edge? Is the edge an individual construct or a collective one; the one beyond words, thoughts, even our imagination.
    At some point you either leap or walk away. I would like to think that taking that leap beyond words and thought and into the heart, we get to this new definition of our humanity:
    Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire
    – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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  2. Journey of Peace – Day 29 Steve

    Guiding Thought

    The purpose of Life for all beings is to experience happiness, peace, contentment, and safety, Knowing the Oneness and Immortality of the Divine Self. Such Knowledge is beyond speech, beyond thought; it is found in the depths of the heart where communion (co-union) with All is reality. We now bring the unifying force within our hearts to all people and experiences and thus Know ourselves as the happiness, peace, contentment, and safety we Are.

    Reflection day 29

    What comes up for me in this guiding thought is that it is a matter of the heart, not of the mind. We cannot think ourselves into happiness or peace. It is not a matter for our thoughts. It is in our hearts that we find the peace and contentment of our Divine selves. It is in our hearts that we communicate with God.

    This is all such serious stuff! I was going to find some appropriate passage from Kahlil Gibran, or some such, but decided instead for a little humor. At least, I think it is funny. I think.

    I Think

    It is said that the Buddha stated that we cannot “think” our way to enlightenment.

    So,

    I think
    .
    Therefore, I am not
    .
    I think.

    Sgw 2018

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