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by Chef JeM

"The Great Refuge": Truth of Self

Developing a practice of mediative contemplation plus contemplation in dyads.

Date:   6/8/2014 12:20:38 AM   ( 9 y ) ... viewed 1030 times

“The capacity to be patient, to bear with others through thick and thin, is within the reach of anyone” -
Eknath Easwaran

Just found this at about 9:52 PM (Pacific) while searching for:
"Entering into Joy" by Saint Augustine.

In the late 80's I took a training called R.I.S.E. (Raise Immune System Efficiency). The presenter of that program encouraged each of us to develop a meditation practice. The idea he offered was that we each pick a published inspirational piece to work with during out sitting and then read it slowly in a contemplative way. I choose "Entering into Joy".

There does not seem to be much info online now regarding the RISE program except for this one link:

More recently I learned that that the Bon Buddhist tradition speaks of entering the "great refuge" of stillness, silence and spaciousness. "Entering into Joy" offered me an entrance into this "great refuge"! I was recently inspired to reconnect with where this type of meditative contemplation began for me twenty-six years ago or so.

Eknath speaks of "the capacity to be patient" with one another is within each and everyone of us. This is supported by the "Gene Keys" where we find that patience is the "gift" of the "4th Gene Key". The "Siddhi" for that gene key is: "Timelessness". (Maybe "timelessness" can be considered as a "4th dimension" of the "Great Refuge".)

Eknath also said: “Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”
This matches what Rudolf Steiner wrote in his "Philosophy of Freedom" (a book I had mentioned in one of my recent blogs here.

June 14th -

Contemplation can be done solo or in a dyad. I was first introduced to dyads in 1980 at an Enlightenment Intensive in Houston mastered by Daniel Harrison.

"... The unique combination of contemplation and communication in a dyad leads to a dramatically increased consciousness, personal growth and the resolution of the inquiry through direct knowledge.":

I've started writing a book (more like three books in one) that includes the dyad form of contemplative communication. I may refer to the "Great Refuge".

June 25th -

Stillness and silence are probably easy enough to grasp. Spaciousness
might take some practice and yet "Your spiritual self is spacious"!:

I'm currently reading four lectures by Steiner: "The Search for the New Isis, Divine Sophia" presented at Dornach, Dec. 23–26, 1920 which included the Christmas Mystery in light of "the three kings" and "the simple shepherds". The perception of the kings were able to penetrate the spaciousness of the heavens thus perceiving the coming of Christ. "... if we fathom the expanses of space in the right way we begin to understand how the wise men from the East experienced the approach of the Mystery of Golgotha.":

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