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Author Topic: Rohr Meditations -- Week of 11/4/2012 -- WHAT IS “THE TRUE SELF”?  (Read 4321 times)
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« on: November 04, 2012, 07:21:30 AM »

November 4, 2012

Richard's Daily Meditations

WHAT IS “THE TRUE SELF”?

    
Conservatives look for absolute truth; liberals look for something
“real” and authentic. Spouses look for a marriage that will last
“’til death do us part.” Believers look for a God who never fails
them; scientists look for a universal theory. They are all on the same
quest. We are all looking for an immortal diamond: something utterly
reliable, something loyal and true, something we can always depend on,
something unforgettable and shining.

There is an invitation and an offer for all of these groups from
John’s very short Second Letter, when he writes: “There is a truth
that lives within us that will be with us forever” (2 John 2 [1]). But
most of us know very little about this, so we end up as St. Augustine
admits in his Confessions: “Late have I loved you, Beauty so very
ancient and so ever new. Late have I loved you! You were within, but I
was without.”

Prayer:
Who am I, God? And who are you?
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012, 11:48:58 AM »

A plant is not thinking: Tomorrow I will put a new leaf to the north and then next week when it rains I will grow a metre taller. Its existence is just unfolding out of itself spontaneously, naturally, unplanned. Similarly, your true life unfolds in the same way but you are unaware of it because you allow your mind to imagine fanciful ways of being and then pursue your projections. Like this, you began thinking and strategising your existence rather than simply experiencing your natural being.

We cannot breathe tomorrows breath today. Therefore, knowing this, leave your existence to existence and start enjoying your cosmic play. Best of all, don't try to be anything at all. This is a secret few recognise.

- Mooji
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2012, 01:16:38 PM »


Who am I, God? And who are you?


Dear Lord, please help me open my mind and heart to receive your answer. In Jesus's name, Amen.

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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2012, 08:12:45 PM »

A plant is not thinking: Tomorrow I will put a new leaf to the north and then next week when it rains I will grow a metre taller. Its existence is just unfolding out of itself spontaneously, naturally, unplanned. Similarly, your true life unfolds in the same way but you are unaware of it because you allow your mind to imagine fanciful ways of being and then pursue your projections. Like this, you began thinking and strategising your existence rather than simply experiencing your natural being.

We cannot breathe tomorrows breath today. Therefore, knowing this, leave your existence to existence and start enjoying your cosmic play. Best of all, don't try to be anything at all. This is a secret few recognise.

- Mooji

sigh...Mooji must be an engineer. (puzzle maker, deconstructor, constructor and exhibitionist all wrapped up in one.)

Which sums this up to me as dribble. Not disrespectfully, but linguistically. Tell you the truth, it's up there with Shakespeare and most verbose poetry. Don't get me wrong, i love the translated versions, but i am unable to discern anything that is happening if i am busy trying to crack the linguistic code of conduct first. Lost in translation at best.
Why people can not simply say what they mean, and stop trying to explain themselves as if the reader needs to be taught how to process things. It's like telling the reader what to do, how to do it, how to draw THEIR conclusion, and not their own. Can you say control freak, Bossy etc. Sheesh, give the reader a sliver of an ability to think for themselves. The church pulls this crap too...i just want the facts, and i want the freedom to think and discern for myself.

Gosh, and i thought i had nothing to say....
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012, 09:35:37 PM »

A plant is not thinking: Tomorrow I will put a new leaf to the north and then next week when it rains I will grow a metre taller. Its existence is just unfolding out of itself spontaneously, naturally, unplanned. Similarly, your true life unfolds in the same way but you are unaware of it because you allow your mind to imagine fanciful ways of being and then pursue your projections. Like this, you began thinking and strategising your existence rather than simply experiencing your natural being.

We cannot breathe tomorrows breath today. Therefore, knowing this, leave your existence to existence and start enjoying your cosmic play. Best of all, don't try to be anything at all. This is a secret few recognise.

- Mooji

sigh...Mooji must be an engineer. (puzzle maker, deconstructor, constructor and exhibitionist all wrapped up in one.)

Which sums this up to me as dribble. Not disrespectfully, but linguistically. Tell you the truth, it's up there with Shakespeare and most verbose poetry. Don't get me wrong, i love the translated versions, but i am unable to discern anything that is happening if i am busy trying to crack the linguistic code of conduct first. Lost in translation at best.
Why people can not simply say what they mean, and stop trying to explain themselves as if the reader needs to be taught how to process things. It's like telling the reader what to do, how to do it, how to draw THEIR conclusion, and not their own. Can you say control freak, Bossy etc. Sheesh, give the reader a sliver of an ability to think for themselves. The church pulls this crap too...i just want the facts, and i want the freedom to think and discern for myself.

Gosh, and i thought i had nothing to say....

Since you put it that way, I see what you mean.  It makes sense to me, because I speak nerd.  Seems like he's saying to let your "true self" grow naturally rather than always trying to be a certain way.

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 03:39:50 AM »

November 5, 2012


Richard's Daily Meditations

WHAT IS “THE TRUE SELF”?


[In] finding your True Self, you will have found an absolute reference
point that is both utterly within you and utterly beyond you at the very
same time. This grounds the soul in big and reliable truth. “My
deepest me is God!” St. Catherine of Genoa shouted as she ran through
the streets of town, just as Colossians had already shouted to both Jews
and pagans, “The mystery is Christ within you—your hope of Glory!”
(1:27 [1]).

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians+1:27&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

The healthy inner authority of the True Self can now be balanced by a
more objective outer authority of Scripture and mature Tradition. Your
experience is not just your experience, in other words. That’s what
tells you that you are not crazy. That God is both utterly beyond me and
yet totally within me at the same time is the exquisite balance that
most religion seldom achieves, in my opinion. Now the law is written on
both tablets of stone (Exodus 31:18 [2]) and within your heart (Deuteronomy
29:12-14 [3]), and the old covenant has rightly morphed into the new
(Jeremiah 31:31-34 [4]).

Prayer:
Who am I, God? And who are you?
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 08:44:40 AM »

Since you put it that way, I see what you mean.  It makes sense to me, because I speak nerd.  Seems like he's saying to let your "true self" grow naturally rather than always trying to be a certain way.

Alan


Yesssssss, less is more!!! I understood that comment.

So based on those words, i can say...it is about inner trust at being led without controlling the outcome, and being ok with this.

(sometimes being verbose is good, not in Mooji's case)

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« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2012, 08:41:21 AM »

November 7, 2012



Richard's Daily Meditations

WHAT IS “THE TRUE SELF”?


Most spirituality has said, in one way or another, that we have all
indeed begun to forget, if not fully forgotten, who we are. Universal
amnesia seems to be the problem. Religion’s job is purely and simply
one thing: to tell us, and keep reminding us of who we objectively are.
Thus, Catholics keep eating “the Body of Christ” until they know
that they are what they eat—a human body that is still the eternal
Christ.

Is it possible that we do know our True Self at some level? Could we all
know from the beginning? Does some part of us know from the beginning?
Does some part of us know—with a kind of certitude—who we really
are? Is the truth hidden within us? Could human life’s central task be
a matter of consciously discovering and becoming who we already are and
what we somehow unconsciously know? I believe so. Life is not a matter
of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we
have always had.

Prayer:
Who am I, God? And who are you?
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2012, 09:30:19 AM »

I know we know, but we are too busy to settle down enough to hear the inner self.
I know this, i have reached it, and long to be with it over and over again. But alas, everything
i think is in the way keeps me from "planning" the return of this self. To busy setting up the staging!

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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2012, 04:22:23 AM »

November 8, 2012


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WHAT IS “THE TRUE SELF”?


Our True Self is surely the “treasure hidden the field” that Jesus
speaks of. It is your own chunk of the immortal diamond. He says that we
should be “happily willing to sell everything to buy that field”
(Matthew 13:44 [1])—or that diamond mine! Could any one thing be that
valuable that we would sell everything for it? In all the Gospels, Jesus
is quoted as saying, “What will it profit you if you gain the whole
world and lose your own soul?” (Matthew 16:26 [2]), and the context
invariably implies he is talking about something happening in this
world. If you find the treasure hidden in your own field, then
everything else comes along with it. It is indeed the “pearl of great
price” (Matthew 13:46 [3]) to continue our precious gem metaphor.

The early Christian writers tell us that this discovery of our True Self
is also at the same time a discovery of God. . . .The two encounters
with a True God and a True Self are largely experienced simultaneously
and grow in parallel fashion.


Prayer:
Who am I, God? And who are you?
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« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2012, 08:21:17 AM »

A major focus of mine right now is asking God to help me want to search for this "pearl of great price." My ego self knows that this will require me giving up a lot of what it thinks it is looking for even though the heart wants to trust that God will provide something SO much better. Definitely a major shift in consciousness requred that will require help from Outside.
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« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2012, 10:51:03 AM »

A major focus of mine right now is asking God to help me want to search for this "pearl of great price." My ego self knows that this will require me giving up a lot of what it thinks it is looking for even though the heart wants to trust that God will provide something SO much better. Definitely a major shift in consciousness requred that will require help from Outside.

This is Great News, John!   Cheesy

Just tell your ego that if it would chill out and let go of the wheel, it will be stronger and happier, and at the same time, and even more than satisfied, and consequently no longer annoying.  So it's a win-win because the ego only thinks it is losing by deprogramming the faulty OS the world placed therein.  It will cooperate pleasantly and joyfully with the True Self as it emerges!    Grin

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« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2012, 07:23:10 AM »

November 9, 2012

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WHAT IS “THE TRUE SELF”?


One of Jesus’ most revealing one-liners is, “Rejoice only that your
name is written in heaven!” (Luke 10:20 [1]). If we could fully trust
this, it would change our whole life agenda. This discovery will not
create overstated or presumptuous individualists, as religion usually
fears, but instead makes all posturing and pretending largely
unnecessary. Our core anxiety that we are not good enough is resolved
from the beginning, and we can stop all our climbing, contending,
criticizing, and competing. All “accessorizing” of any small,
fragile self henceforth shows itself to be a massive waste of time and
energy. Costume jewelry is just that, a small part of an already
unnecessary costume.

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10:20&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

Most of Christian history has largely put the cart of requirements
before the “horsepower” itself, thinking that loads of carts, or
“I have the best cart,” will eventually produce the horse. It never
does. The horsepower is precisely our experience of primal union with
God. Find God, the primary source, and the spring water will forever
keep flowing (Ezekiel 47:1-12 [2]; John 7:38 [3]) naturally. Once you know that,
the problem of inferiority, unworthiness, or low self-esteem is resolved
from the beginning and at the core. You can then spend your time much
more positively, marching in the “triumphal parade” (2 Corinthians
2:14 [4]), as Paul so playfully calls it.

Prayer:
Who am I, God? And who are you?
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2012, 07:18:04 AM »

November 10,2012


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WHAT IS “THE TRUE SELF”?


Your True Self is who you are in God and who God is in you. You can
never really lose your soul; you can only fail to realize it, which is
indeed the greatest of losses: to have it but not have it (Matthew 16:26
[1]). Your essence, your exact “thisness,” will never appear again
in another incarnation. . . .

[1]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+16:26&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

You (and every other created thing) begin with a divine DNA, an inner
destiny as it were, an absolute core that knows the truth about you, a
blueprint tucked away in the cellar of your being, an imago Dei that
begs to be allowed, to be fulfilled, and to show itself. As it says in
Romans (5:5 [2]), “It is the Holy Spirit poured into your heart, and
it has been given to you.” . . .

[2]: http://biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+5:5&version=NIV;MSG;DRA;KJV

John Duns Scotus (1265-1308), the Franciscan philosopher . . .called
each soul a unique “thisness” (haecceity), and he said it was to be
found in every act of creation in its singularity. For him, God did not
create universals, genus, and species, or anything that needed to come
back again and again to get it right (reincarnation), but only specific
and unique incarnations of the Eternal Mystery—each one chosen, loved,
and preserved in existence as itself—by being itself. And this is the
glory of God!

Prayer:
Who am I, God? And who are you?
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2012, 07:47:31 PM »


So it's a win-win because the ego only thinks it is losing by deprogramming the faulty OS the world placed therein.  It will cooperate pleasantly and joyfully with the True Self as it emerges!    Grin

Alan

LOL. Clearly you haven't met my ego.

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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2012, 02:50:37 PM »

hehe, what a colourful ego...Long Sword in hand, you are impressive!
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