Joy’s 4th eNewsletter
Please read to the end for an exciting announcement!
In my last newsletter I mentioned that reincarnation was a common belief in the lifetime of Florence Nightingale. Following the Soul Collage session at the Sophia Spirituality Centre in February one of the participants sent me a paper on Hinduism written by Father Richard Rohr who is a globally recognized ecumenical Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Centre for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When I think of Saint Francis and his followers I am reminded of the Saint Francis Prayer:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.
Reincarnation is a Hindu belief. Father Richard Rohr writes that like so many Westerners, he grew up knowing almost nothing about Hinduism, even though it is by far the oldest of the “Great Religions”. He writes that because he had never met a true Hindu and their dress, various gods and temples seemed so foreign, Hinduism was not taken seriously. He says that it is common to see everything in reference to one’s self – whenever one’s nationality, era and religion are the only reference points. He writes that Christianity is the “Johnny-come-lately” as compared to Hindu and Buddhist Scriptures which draw upon inspirations from the collective unconscious or the Eternal One Spirit.
Mirabai Starr is another contemporary scholar who writes, speaks and leads retreats on the inter-spiritual teachings of the mystics and talks about a global spiritual path. In her work she weaves together the major faiths and talks about mystics having a direct encounter with Spirit and of wisdom figures lighting her path. She says that the First Noble Truth of Buddhism can be translated as it hurts to be a human and the reason we suffer is because we are wishing things to be different from what they are. In other words, desire, attachment and aversion cause suffering. There is, however, an innate desire for union with God. This brings me to the subject of death which has been called by Alice Bailey the Great Awakening. Alice Bailey was a writer of more than twenty-four books on theosophical subjects, and was one of the first writers to use the terms New Age and the Age of Aquarius.
As Esoteric Philosophy is a new area for me, I travelled to Brisbane in early March to attend several days of workshops with William Meader at the Relaxation Centre in Brisbane. William Meader is an international presenter and is one of the most influential teachers of the Ageless Wisdom. He lives in Oregon and presents regular workshops in the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. His book, “Shine Forth; The Soul’s Magical Destiny” is well worth reading. The journey of the soul is my current interest and I have organized for William Meader to come to Adelaide at the end of February 2017. We have planned for an evening dinner with presentation on Death – the Great Adventure, a morning of Esoteric Astrology and a full day workshop on death. Please let me know on my email: email@example.com if you have an interest in being part of this project as a sponsor or attendee.
Most spiritual traditions teach that we are so much more than our personality and body image although these attributes contribute to the way we live in the world. In the workshops conducted by William Meader I learned more about my soul’s journey and how in the language of Esoteric Philosophy my personality which is made up of thinking, emotional and physical ‘bodies’ needs to fuse with my soul or causal body to become my Higher Self. Esoteric Astrology has become a further tool to self-awareness and assists in a cosmic view point. The word ‘shadow’ which I was familiar with from a Jungian perspective was also used by William Meader to demonstrate the distortions of spiritual truth.
Another tool for self-awareness which I experienced many times is the Enneagram. In many ways learning about The Seven Rays from William Meader reminded me of the Enneagram which is a powerful approach to understanding the psychology, emotions and behaviour of ourselves and others. It has its origins in ancient wisdom traditions and is designed to assist a person to pay attention to their primary drives, passions and compulsions. On a diagram of a circle there are nine numbers, divided into three ‘centres’, or dominant approaches to life. Numbers 1–3 represent a heart centre, 4–6 represent a head centre and 7–9 a gut centre.
Each centre has interconnections that may promote or retard growth/development.
This subtle and complex nine pointed tool gave me the awareness that my ‘boss’ or ‘challenger’ self in the gut centre (8) would benefit from moving to a heart centre (2) and working to assist the community at large. I understood that by withdrawing to a head centre (5) I would not be moving in a positive direction for my type.
My inborn temperament at best assists me to become my authentic self. Yes! For me there have been a number of valuable spiritual tools in my quest to find my Higher Self.