Topics Of Contemplation

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LAFAYETTE, LA—As I mentioned in the previous post, there are a few things/topics/concepts that have been calling me, and in which I intend to dig deeper during my upcoming solitary retreat.

Some of these are:

  • What goes on in the head is not important.
  • Adyashanti’s concept of No-Self (vs enlightenment/transcendent Self) and do I even want this. Is it worth giving up God/Her? Note: My description of some of his terminology was incorrect. He basically has three levels of spiritual development: Ego (the personal self), Transcendence (what most call “enlightenment” and where I am at (no ego/personal self, but still a Self/Witness/Unity/God)), and lastly No-Self (even the Witness/God falls away).
  • Meister Eckhart’s complete surrender to God.
  • Meaning to these travels. Is there something I should be doing in these towns I travel to?
  • Clarification of my message. What do I stand for?

Though it may seem like I’m going to try to figure these things out with analysis and logic, that isn’t what I intend. I intend to focus on a topic, expand (release my self boundaries), surrender my will (“I want/I don’t want”) and sit quietly while listening for Her whispers/guidance/insights.

That’s why the solitude is so important: Less distractions mean more focus; quiet surroundings amplify Her whispers; and natural settings increase the intimacy/connection between us (Her and I).

What can I say? I know it’s weird but this is what works for me.

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6 thoughts on “Topics Of Contemplation

  1. Not so weird. With some minor semantic variation, these are the things I contemplate, whilst I watch my kids at gym club, argue with greedy financial institutions over the phone, tidy the house, plan for christmas and do all the other 1000 things which make up an average day. I check in with her/him/it most days during my sitting practice and this, all of it together, is my solitary retreat. Somehow I feel we are doing the same thing, wayne. 🙂

  2. You may not have a choice about whether to enter the state of No-Self. One possibility that some teachers propose is that we will all eventually evolve through all these states. You might enjoy reading Bernadette Roberts, “The Experience of No-Self”. Fascinating description of her passage through these states. Upon entering the state of No-Self she describes the loss of what she had perceived as God in the previous state of No-Ego.

  3. Just for the record, there is no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to naming and describing these states. Savikalpa and nirvI kalpa salad his have been well described at least since Patanjali. An accessible book by two who have known these states is Maha Samantha Antardhyana. ISBN 978-81-86336-89-2

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