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Julian of Norwich: Creation as tiny as a hazelnut

This extract from Revelations of Divine Love is chapter 5 from the first revelation. Here Julian discusses the nature of the creation and marvels at how small it is when seen within the eternity of God’s existence. She goes on to express the impossibility of finding peace within something so small and limited. “At the… Continue reading Julian of Norwich: Creation as tiny as a hazelnut

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Essential Teachings: The Heart Sutra

This is a translation of the condensed essence of the Prajna Paramita Sutra quoted from Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das: “Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, practising deep prajna paramita Clearly saw that all five skandhas are empty, transforming all suffering and distress. Form is no other than emptiness, emptiness no other than form; Form is… Continue reading Essential Teachings: The Heart Sutra

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Greek VS Aramaic Bible Versions -The First Impediment

Interesting post on the importance of understanding the meanings of words in the right context and the perils of mistranslation. I never knew the Aramaic word for God is both masculine and feminine – gives new depths to the teachings…

Waking The Infinite

Recently I shared with you a project I undertook as the result of a realization I had during the course of my early awakening related to early Christian texts and how it was that I saw a big elephant in the room that had managed not to make its way to the canonical Gospels. 

My first big question as I made this realization was “why?” The answer has pulled in a number of reasons, not just one, which is one reason why I have been moved to undertake this project. It is a fascinating story, and it helps to bring early Christian thought back to where it needs to be, in my estimation, which is a complete system not only for being, but for becoming more than we thought possible. 

The first, and perhaps most important layer or impediment to deeper realization of what Christ was teaching is…

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Cloud of Unknowing: Final Words

Extracts from the last chapters of the classic mystical text The Cloud of Unknowing. Here our anonymous author explains who the book is for and offers some final words of encouragement to those called to the contemplative life: “Now if you think that this kind of prayer will not suit your physical or spiritual temperament,… Continue reading Cloud of Unknowing: Final Words

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Cloud of Unknowing: Death of the Ego

Extracts from some of the later chapters of the classic mystical text The Cloud of Unknowing. Here our anonymous author explains how to forget the self and some of the dangers of the contemplative path and how to deal with them: “Make sure that there is nothing stirring in your mind and will but God… Continue reading Cloud of Unknowing: Death of the Ego

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Cloud of Unknowing: Techniques to get rid of distractions

Extracts from chapters 26 and 32 of the classic mystical text The Cloud of Unknowing. Here our anonymous author explains the work of contemplation and gives some tips on how to focus (and these tips work really well, in my limited experience): “Set to work, therefore, with all possible speed: beat against this high cloud… Continue reading Cloud of Unknowing: Techniques to get rid of distractions