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Chartres Cathedral
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Oliver Perceval

Regular relaxation and meditation is a means to progressively resolving all the problems of modern day living, stress, ill-health, etc.

It’s about letting go - of everything - not just relaxing the body - but much more important, the confusion brought about by mind and thinking - continuous stress is a major contributor to diseases like cancer.
 
Our minds, and the way we live, are the result of subtle indoctrination - from birth.  We unquestioningly conform to rules, regulations, expectations - all of which creates stress. It is a denial of who we really are.

The solution is to be found through AWARENESS - using our own senses - listening to, seeing - what is- free of indoctrinated judgement.

The core of Being -  sensitivity, awareness - lies in the abdominal region (the gut feelings that give us true direction) - finding oneself in touch with the reality of Life itself and with the Nature of and the movement of things all around, as well as within. 

This is a momentous time of the inevitable breakdown of the old structured, controlling systems across the world - at last.

To survive and go beyond it is necessary to find the clarity of direction gained only in the

 - STILLNESS - 

in the simplicity of just lying down - nothing to conform to - simply  lying  down -  the truest possible -

 MEDITATION 

re-connecting with our spiritual roots.

“This is why what he (Empedocles - 500 BC) has to say is, really, not so much a teaching as the taking away of any teaching: the constant contradicting of what we thought was certain; the continuous undermining and destroying of whatever had come before; a completely natural process of unlearning all the things we believed we had learned until we are left with nothing but the naked reality of ourselves as we have always been, as we always will be.”
pg 476 ‘Reality’ by Peter Kingsley.

“It can seem so solid to begin with. Go on reasoning about it and you can be sure it will stay that way, because you are keeping it solid with your own thoughts. But live with it, if you dare, and after a while, when you try to touch it, it will have vanished.”
- Peter Kingsley

“There's a truly beautiful creative energy in not knowing, because then you leave the space open to find out. I must credit a therapist and teacher named Joseph Jastrab for pointing this out, in one mention that I heard and thought about for the next (following) 20 years: it's so powerful to hold open the space of not knowing. I mean powerful in that it connects you with the strength of your quest for self-understanding. If you think you know, you cannot find out. If you fill in missing knowledge with false information, you clutter the space where the truly meaningful wisdom could come in. This is partly why 'quick answers' are so perilous to growth: they prevent it. If you honour your lack of knowledge, the discomfort of admitting that you don't know who you are will, fairly soon, give way to the experience of your authentic quest. And that is an expression of your commitment to yourself - a commitment which now moves to front and centre in your life."
 - Eric Francis (Planet Waves)

“You are Life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul. Once you find that out, not with logic, not with the intellect, but because you can feel that Life - you find out that you are the force that makes the flowers open and close, that makes the hummingbird fly from flower to flower. You find out that you are in every tree, and you are in every animal, vegetable, and rock. You are that force that moves the wind and breathes through your body. The whole universe is a living being that is moved by that force, and that is what you are "
"You  are  Life".
- Don Miguel Ruiz

In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. 
In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped. 
Less and less is done 
Until non-action is achieved. 
When nothing is done, nothing is left undone.
The world is ruled by letting things take their course. 
It cannot be ruled by interfering.
- Lao Tsu 500 BC

Used by many teachers, ancient and modern, the words ‘non-duality’ have a potent message...... IF one stops to ponder their meaning.  That is...... non  identification with big as opposed to small, and north and south, and good and bad, and certainly not party politics - all a deception from the reality of ONENESS. In fact each is inescapably a part of the other.

The word ‘ONENESS’ is that much more a powerful, clear and direct representation...... It represents the single, one movement of Life, which we all are. Not a part of life, as the thinking mind would conceive it, but, we ARE Life, each and every one of us - no identification - no separation......  ALL is intimate, interrelatedness, interdependence. Nothing can exist, be alive, in separation.

And, the oneness exists in the only reality...... NOW. ‘Oneness now’ is the only reality. Anything else is illusion!

“This is why what he (Empedocles - 500 BC) has to say is, really, not so much a teaching as the taking away of any teaching: the constant contradicting of what we thought was certain; the continuous undermining and destroying of whatever had come before; a completely natural process of unlearning all the things we believed we had learned until we are left with nothing but the naked reality of ourselves as we have always been, as we always will be.”
- Pg 476 ‘Reality’ by Peter Kingsley.

 
Michael & Marianne Brookman, Brook Farm, nr Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0HR, England
E-mail: enq@natures-sway.co.uk