An acquaintance of mine gave me this book a while back, Kitchen Table Wisdom, Stories That Heal, by Rachael Naomi Remen.

Continuing on the theme of living soulfully from the last post, I am adding the following from her work with people struggling with illnesses and loss.

In avoiding all pain and seeking comfort at all cost, we may be left without intimacy or compassion; in rejecting change and risk we often cheat ourselves of the quest; in denying our suffering we often may never know our strength or our greatness.  Or even that the love we have been given can be trusted…Beyond comfort lie grace, mystery, and adventure. p. 75

Unexplained pain may sometimes direct our attention to something unacknowledged, something we are afraid to know or feel…The thing which calls our attention may be a repressed experience or some unexpressed and important part of who we are. p. 76

Without reclaiming that which we have denied, we cannot know our wholeness or have our healing…Sometimes because of our beliefs we may have never seen ourselves or life whole before.  Our life force may not require us to strengthen it.  We often just need to free it where it has gotten trapped in beliefs, attitudes, judgement, and shame. p. 77

Rachael Naomi Remen (2006) Kitchen Table Wisdom, Stories That Heal. New York, New York: Penguin Group

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True Nature is so loving, so kind – infinite in its kindness and compassion and intelligence – that it relates to each condition exactly according to what the condition needs.  And it doesn’t give you an instruction that you cannot relate to.  It doesn’t try to tell you to practice something that you cannot practice.  In our work, we discover that True Nature responds to our limitations – our stuckness, our lack of development, our reactivity – appropriately and with attunement and kindness.  Book #N – p. 24

I had used the menu, at the top of this blog, with the three categories: Monthly ThoughtsAndrew Cohen, and Hung Ying-ming as “baskets of blog posts”.  When you clicked on any of these three you were taken to that grouping posted in ascending order from the top. Andrew Cohen and Hung Ying-ming, are now essentially archives that you can still access by clicking their names here or from the menu to the left.

I now am replacing these authors with A. H. Almaas.

Welcome to the Liminal Insights

blog

and spiritual resources site!

 

So you know where I’m coming from:

I find that my spiritual orientation has substantial and substantive evidence/reason, as the more academic articles I’ve written attempt to explain.   This spiritual framework then contributes to a practice which philosophically can be situated within many of the tenets of Neo-Platonism, Taoism, and the psychological/spiritual work of the Ridhwan School.  I hold that honest science and sincere faith inquiries can be co-informing regarding Truth.

In short I think we need to have integrity, humility, reverence for Being in all Its forms, and compassion.

Morally we serve Reality best by considering both the depth and breadth of our actions.

(For a short overview of where I’ve been and where I’m going see these highlighted links.  More specifically see article on non-believers.)

I am using the topics under the “Pages” section at the top left, beneath the “My Personal Writings – Perspectives and Propositions”, for reader interface, where I will periodically post my personal articles and musings. These, along with the links offered to the left, will be placed under the following categories of spirituality.

Firstly it needs to be considered IF there is such a thing as spirit and how would we ascertain this at minimum and know it as foundation. This is an epistemological question. “In other words, epistemology primarily addresses the following questions: “What is knowledge?”, “How is knowledge acquired?”, “What do people know?”, “How do we know what we know?’” wikipedia The secondary consideration deals with, given what we know and how we know it, what is the nature of this Being and our being. This is a metaphysical category. “A central branch of metaphysics is ontology, the investigation into what types of things there are in the world and what relations these things bear to one another. The metaphysician also attempts to clarify the notions by which people understand the world, including existence, objecthood, property, space, time, causality, and possibility.” wikipedia Given what we might conclude from these inquiries, how then would we live and orientate ourselves to life? This category I’m labeling meaningful living.

Two additional categories will often overlap with much from the other three categories above. They are things artistic, often multi-media in form, and miscellany. That name says it all.

If you happen to look into these pages, I thank you for the effort and feedback. I will be approving comments only to keep the focus on the content of this site. Your comments will most likely be visible, unless you wish them to remain private; email those to me here: liminalinsights @ gmail . com

With appreciation for inter-quest dialogue,
Joel

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