Thursday, November 25, 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

A Reason for Gratitude

      In honor of the coming American holiday, Thanksgiving, I thought I'd offer some quotes on gratitude.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.  (Epictetus)

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.  (Eckhart Tolle) 

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.  (Oprah Winfrey)

Saturday, November 13, 2021

A Book to Ponder, Part 2

     Last week we were discussing Deng Ming-Dao's XXX, which is a book of short examples from three Chinese traditions -- Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.  I wanted to share a particularly lovely translation of a chapter of the Tao Te Ching that Mr. Deng translated: 

Among the ten thousand things, 

Tao is the most profound.  

It is the treasure of good people, 

and the protector of bad people.  

Beautiful words are sold at the market.  

Noble deeds can be presented as a gift.  

Even bad people are not abandoned.  

A king is enthroned as the son of heaven 

and appoints is three ministers.  

The nobles may present their jade disks 

and parade their teams of horses, 

but it's not as good as presenting Tao.  

Why did the ancients prize Tao so much?  

Was it not because:  

if could be had by any who sought it, 

and that the guilty could find forgiveness in it?  

That is why it is the treasure of the world. 

     Something to ponder, no? 

Saturday, November 6, 2021

A Book to Ponder

      We now call to order the chapter meeting of the Deng Ming-Dao Admiration Society.  Our point of discussion for today's meeting is his book, The Way of Heart and Beauty: The Tao of Daily Life.   It is a book well worth reading and savoring.

     Like many of his other books, Mr. Deng offers small chapters, usually a page or two in length.  In this case, he takes writings from three Chinese traditions -- Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.  Most of the chapters tell a short story, some almost fables, some offering a brief discussion of some philosophical point, some poetry.  They are all interesting, both to compare the three traditions viewpoints as well as to find pearls of wisdom for one's own life.

     That said, I rather wish that the author had offered some hints for interpretation of the more esoteric chapters.  Perhaps something like what Stephen Mitchell did for his translation of the Tao Te Ching.  Or perhaps my heart is not ready to open the nuggets of those chapters yet.  In any case, I am sure you will find your own nuggets to treasure in this worthwhile book.  Recommended.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Saturday, October 23, 2021

An Intriguing Book, Part 4

     I wanted to close this series on the book Wisdom of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives From The Michael Newton Institute with some quotes which really touched my heart.     

     Sometimes a person, in a Life Between Lives session, would allow their guide to speak through them.  That way, the therapist could discourse directly with the guide on behalf of the client, asking questions and getting clarification.  Here are some pithy responses that really spoke to me.  It concerns situations in which a person has a strained relationship with another person: 

When we realize each person on this planet is walking a path designed to be exactly what they need, we can pull back and let go of our arrogant assumption that we know what is best for them, loving them just as they are.

Unconditional love is acceptance.  Each person is on their own soul journey.  Once we honor the choices of our loved ones, even when it hurts us, even when it keeps us awake at night, we will eventually find peace. 

     Words to ponder, no? 

Saturday, October 16, 2021

An Intriguing Book, Part 3

      I've been raving about a wonderful book I discovered, Wisdom of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives From The Michael Newton Institute.  It details how various people come for a particular hypnotherapy protocol in which they are guided to see the interim existence between lifetimes.  I kept wondering what I would learn if I could meet my guides, my soul group, and the council of elders in the eternal plane.

     Many of the patients found in their Life Between Lives session that they were here on Earth to learn lessons or to heal the past.  Still others had contracts to fulfill.  One fascinating story tells of a man who found that his past life was as a child in a Nazi concentration camp.  He strove to maintain a positive attitude in such horrific circumstances, and made a special point to always look one particular guard in the face.  He felt, intuitively, that this guard had children of his own and the boy wondered how he could do the terrible things he did to children like his own.  Finally, the boy was ushered to the gas chambers by this very guard.  The boy faced his death bravely, holding hands with another child and not succumbing to fear or panic at the last moments.

     Interestingly, the man found out that the Nazi guard from the past life was his own father in this lifetime.  He was informed that his role in the past life was to teach the man, now his father, to become more compassionate and not submit to orders which he knew were immoral.  This was due to a contract made between the two men, in which he agreed to live the brief life as the imprisoned child in order to help his father in this life to learn lessons.  It almost made me feel as if this life is a bit like a play, in which we play parts in various ways, and when the curtain falls, we assume a different part.  Fascinating reading.