Political Responsibility

From Center for Action and Contemplation -July 8th, 2018

Go down to the palace of the king and declare, “Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” —Jeremiah 22:1, 3

The Hebrew prophets and Jesus clearly modeled engagement with both faith and the public forum … [but]
Today many believe that “inner work” is the purview of spirituality and that we should leave the “outer world” to politicians, scientists, businesses, and workers. Most of the negative feedback I receive is “Don’t get political!” Yet how can I read the Bible and stay out of politics is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” —Jeremiah 22:1, 3

The Hebrew prophets and Jesus clearly modeled engagement with both faith and the public forum … [but]
Today many believe that “inner work” is the purview of spirituality and that we should leave the “outer world” to politicians, scientists, businesses, and workers. Most of the negative feedback I receive is “Don’t get political!” Yet how can I read the Bible and stay out of politics.

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Radical for Real

From Center for Contemplation and Action – July 12th, 2018

There is a lot of talk today about “radical” politics on both sides … and so the very word “radical” now has a somewhat negative connotation. “Radical” just comes from the Latin word radix, meaning “root.” For something to be “radical” it should cut to the root of the issue and deal with causes, not just symptoms, which politics rrarely does on either the Left or the Right.

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Metaphors

From Center for Contemplation and Action
Excerpt from Meditation for July 29th, 2018

Metaphor is the only possible language available to religion because it alone is honest about Mystery. The underlying messages that different religions and denominations use are often in strong agreement, but they use different metaphors to communicate their own experience of union with God. Jesus says, for example, “There are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too listen to my voice” (John 10:16a) …
We must never be too tied to our own metaphors as the only possible way to speak the truth. Rather, we must approach all metaphors and symbols humbly and respectfully, keeping all the inner spaces of mind, heart, and body open at the same time.

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Wake up!

From Center for Contemplation and Action
July 31, 2018

Education as it is currently understood, particularly in the West, ignores the human soul, or essential Self.
This essential Self is not some vague entity whose existence is a matter of speculation, but our fundamental “I,” which has been covered over by social conditioning and by the superficiality of our rational mind.
In North America we are in great need of a form of training that would contribute to the awakening of the essential Self.

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A Sacred Spectrum

From Center for Contemplation and Action
August 1, 2018

Everything is a facet of the one thing.
Think in terms of white light shining through a prism to reveal the full spectrum of color perceivable by the human eye: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, andviolet. Each of these colors is part of the original whole and cannot be separated from it—turn off the light source and the colors disappear.
Now apply this metaphor to the world around and within you. Everything you see, think, feel, and imagine is part of and never apart from the same Source.

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Go get a mirror

From August 28, 2018 Meditation – Center for Contemplation and Action

“The ability to think critically about ourselves is the first necessary step … toward full consciousness … Self-criticism is quite rare in the history of religion, yet it is necessary to keep religion from … arrogant self-assurance—usually called idolatry, which is the central and grounding “sin” of the Old Testament.”

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