February 1st, 2015

Animal Wisdom: You Are Loved

 ve is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation. -Rabindranath Tagore
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 "...I considered the possibility that these were the final minutes of my life, and thought that some summing-up was in order. What had been the point of my life? What had I loved most about it?
What immediately came to mind was a memory of riding my horse ....
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Riding Je t'aime is the closest I've ever come to the blissful union with the divine that mystics seek through meditation. I meditate regularly, have been doing so most of my adult life, and highly recommend it. But the greatest moments of spiritual opening don't usually happen then. Rather, meditation sows a seed of authentic presence with ourselves that explodes into spontaneous bloom, often when we least expect it. For me, these moments of awakening occur most often in relation to animals..." -- Linda Bender
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Bender is a veterinarian, i have ordered her book, $12 plus shipping.

The Cloud Of Unknowing (58) - Chapter Seven And Fifty

HERE BEGINNETH THE SEVEN AND FIFTIETH CHAPTER

How these young presumptuous disciples misunderstand this other word “up”; and of the deceits that follow thereon.

".... I grant well that in our bodily observance we should lift up our eyes and our hands if we be stirred in spirit. But I say that the work of our spirit shall not be direct neither upwards nor downwards, nor on one side nor on other, nor forward nor backward, as it is of a bodily thing. For why, our work should be ghostly not bodily, nor on a bodily manner wrought."


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The Cloud Of Unknowing (60) - Chapter Nine And Fifty

HERE BEGINNETH THE NINE AND FIFTIETH CHAPTER

That a man shall not take ensample at the bodily ascension of Christ, for to strain his imagination upwards bodily in the time of prayer: and that time, place, and body, these three should be forgotten in all ghostly working.

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".... For the perfection of this work is so pure and so ghostly in itself, that an it be well and truly conceived, it shall be seen far removed from any stirring and from any place.

"And it should by some reason rather be called a sudden changing, than any stirring of place. For time, place, and body: these three should be forgotten in all ghostly working.... And if it were possible, as it on nowise may be, yet it should be for abundance of ghostly working only by the might of the spirit, full far from any bodily stressing or straining of our imagination bodily, either up, or in, on one side, or on other. And therefore let be such falsehood: it should not be so."

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and etcetera/

The Cloud Of Unknowing (61) - Chapter Sixty

HERE BEGINNETH THE SIXTIETH CHAPTER

That the high and the next way to heaven is run by desires, and not by paces of feet.

'..., Him (Christ) needed never the more to have went upwards than downwards; I mean for nearness of the way. For heaven ghostly is as nigh down as up, and up as down: behind as before, before as behind, on one side as other. Insomuch, that whoso had a true desire for to be at heaven, then that same time he were in heaven ghostly. For the high and the next way thither is run by desires, and not by paces of feet. And therefore saith Saint Paul of himself and many other thus; although our bodies be presently here in earth, nevertheless yet our living is in heaven. He meant their love and their desire, the which is ghostly .... And surely as verily is a soul there where it loveth, as in the body that Doeth by it and to the which it giveth life. And therefore if we will go to heaven ghostly, it needeth not to strain our spirit neither up nor down, nor on one side nor on other.
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The Cloud Of Unknowing (62) - Chapter One And Sxty

HERE BEGINNETH THE ONE AND SIXTIETH CHAPTER

That all bodily thing is subject unto ghostly thing, and is ruled thereafter by the course of nature and not contrariwise.
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"... For although that a thing be never so ghostly in itself, nevertheless yet if it shall be spoken of, since it so is that speech is a bodily work wrought with the tongue, the which is an instrument of the body, it behoveth always be spoken in bodily words. But what thereof? Shall it therefore be taken and conceived bodily? Nay, but ghostly, as it be meant."

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Yes, but see my comment of Chapter 51