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Wringing out the light

Such love does the sky now pour, that whenever I stand in a field, I have to wring out the light when I get home.

~ St. Francis of Assisi

… Obstruct not the luminous spring of thy soul with the thorns and brambles of vain and inordinate affections, and impede not the flow of the living waters that stream from the fountain of thine heart.

 ~ Bahá’u’lláh

It is not a question of whether you “have what it takes,” but of whether you take what you have—and then use it. Take the gifts you have—they are plenteous—and share them with all the world. Apply them to the challenge at hand. Use them and give them in your life as if there’s no tomorrow. Cultivate the desire to do this. If you have the desire, you will have what it takes—precisely because desire is what it takes.”

~ Neale Donald Walsch

 

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The gift of holy curiosity

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Gleanings found here and there:

I live with the people I create and it has always made my essential loneliness less keen.

~ Carson McCullers

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

~ Albert Einstein

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Resting in the spacious flow of loving awareness — which some call God — we discover that we already have, right now within us, everything we could possibly be looking for. This is what the Hindus call ananda, and what Jesus called ‘the peace that passeth understanding.’ Our needs and wants are the illusions …

~ Russell Targ

How can we live the generosity that the Earth continues to teach us?

~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee


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Rest easy, then go with the flow

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This post is dedicated to the memory and work of Joan King, a master investigator of Reality who left this world June 11. As I spontaneously said to one friend, “Her work continues now, on whole N-E-W (non-ego-willed) levels, the ones she loved so much! Here is a soul who, in both science and spirituality, was a bridge-builder as she strove to illuminate the realities of the human nature with which we’re meant to navigate the physical aspects of this life, and our eternal higher nature, through which we have the opportunity to transform ourselves and our world. God speed, Joan. You’re with us every day, we know.

What if the only experiences that make any real impact in life are those in which we’re as completely present to the moment as possible?

And what if these can only happen when we’ve had adequate periods of rest and reflection?

Neuroscientist and author Joan C. King came to that conclusion in her research lab at Tufts University after she discovered that just as every cell in our body needs to function from a nucleus or center, we are also designed to live from some sort of core in order to be healthy and whole.

To do that, we need to function within the timeframe of that core or center, which is the present. If thoughts and awareness are swirling around in what-ifs of the future, or mired in what’s already become part of history, we’ll be disconnected from that ever-present center.

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It doesn’t go away, but our functioning has no access to it. And we sacrifice the greater share of our potential power, King says.

Those of us who pray or meditate know that one of the benefits of these is that they help us get back to that present-time condition of awareness. This is what leads to that “flow” we feel when we’re connected with and functioning from our center, a sensation of showing up in life and seeing a remarkable number of factors appear to simply fall into place.

Many even describe having experiences like these during dire or emergency situations, as though they connect with and go to some quiet inner place and then everything flows from that.

King describes another vital concept that cells model that is part of what enables them to function: they don’t stay “on” all the time. Cells’ life rhythm is cyclical. They experience periods of expending energy for a task, then immediately shift over into a “refractory” period during which they rest and gradually accumulate energy and resources in preparation for their next expenditure.

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Cells have no choice but to rest, and their innate wisdom abides by this requirement of healthy living.

Humans often skip this part of the cycle, even though it’s as much a part of our design as it is that of our cells, says King. In a culture in which sleep deprivation has become epidemic (and work could rightly be dubbed a state religion) lots of us may be missing the chance to function from our best and deepest resources.

Genuine rest and re-creation (to take that word down to its root parts) allow us to connect with our center effectively. Without these, our access to this greatest source of our natural strength is blocked.

King also notes that without rest cycles, we have little opportunity to use another powerful tool: learning from experience, because the resting phase is the one that gives us the time and space to reflect, the only way we gain the perspective that allows us to learn.joan_king_0008

Connect with Joan King’s work at:

https://www.amazon.com/Cellular-Wisdom-Decoding-Secret-Language/dp/1587611880

The spirit of Joan’s life is captured in her family’s request in lieu of flowers – that those who wish to honor her pay kindness forward to three other individuals.

Some of her own words about the lovely legacy she’s left for us:

“The cellular wisdom series of books is not a declaration of dogma, but rather is a vehicle for me to share my insights about the teachings of our cells and our bodies about how to thrive in our lives as individuals and in relationship, from intimate to corporate to community to planetary. My books are intended to stimulate you to explore and uncover your own insights.”  ~ Joan C. King


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The flow was pushed

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Big thanks to Penney Peirce and her Intuition & Energy blog for a gem she treasured in one of her posts recently. (There are many gems at Penney’s blog.)

She was making her way across country in a flow of transition and shared this from writer Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek:

IMG_1387It has always been a happy thought to me that the creek runs on all night, new every minute, whether I wish it or know it or care, as a closed book on a shelf continues to whisper to itself its own inexhaustible tale. …I can hardly believe that this grace never flags, that the pouring from ever-renewable sources is endless, impartial, and free.

Then, Penney notes, Dillard “has a turn of thought and says”:

The damned thing was flowing because it was pushed.

This leaves me gasping. How am I learning how to love, receive, and value this push?

We had a bunch of different sunflowers pop up in the garden before we planted anything - so I moved them to the edges of the garden and we got a bunch of different ones!  (Some from our garden last year and some I think from the compost we boFind Penney Peirce’s blog and more about her work and publications at: http://intuitnow.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-flow-driving-in-it.html