Self-Observing: Daily Life AS Meditation

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Renee Descartes’ declaration in 1637, “I think, therefore I am,”  powerfully aligned Western thought with the form-identified “avatar* ego” for the centuries that would follow. Yet we are fundamentally NOT the ego which is an amalgam of meticulously maintained, habitual thoughts ruled by fear.  We are the awareness — the vast consciousness which is one with the larger field of universal intelligence behind the avatar-ego.

We think approximately 70,000 thoughts per day. We can choose to let these thoughts ride roughshod over us and align us with the limited ego. Or we can come to understand our minds and consciously, intentionally train it to serve our own growth and the evolution of our society.

Most people don’t understand the purpose of the human mind as a tool. Like Descartes we deify the mind with its limited reality-frame, and indulge its incessant fear-driven discursive thought. We thereby inadvertently cause ourselves and others a great deal of unnecessary suffering.  Continue reading Self-Observing: Daily Life AS Meditation

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Community-of-Practice Democratizes “Esoteric” Quaker Mysticism

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Quaker Friends speak of a state of “unity.” Mystics worldwide describe resting in and obtaining guidance from undifferentiated consciousness as the ultimate state of bliss.

The Quaker Pathways Forward community-of-practice takes the mystery [but not the awe] out of “mystical.” We usher the mystical experience out of the esoteric closets of the few by participating together in practices which democratize the opportunity for ALL interested Friends to co-create with spirit. The community-of-practice cultivates Friends’direct, frequent, and sustained experience of the light —the undifferentiated field.
A “Mystical experience” is where deep contemplative practice melds with reality as a probability distribution as explained by quantum science, digital physics, and neurobiology.

In community, Friends foster and hone ongoing, conscious alignment with universal intelligence lived daily, for their evolution, and that of society. Continue reading Community-of-Practice Democratizes “Esoteric” Quaker Mysticism

Supports to Practice: Quaker Resources on Mysticism, Contemplation, and Quaker Revitalization

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There is a plethora of excellent Quaker and resonant material in use around mysticism, quantum science, contemplation, and the revitalization of Quakerism. There are as many pathways toward the goal of “being love” in service to the planet as there are Quaker Friends.

Therefore members of the Quaker Pathways Forward – Rekindling the Fire of Fox community-of-practice are enthusiastically encouraged to avail themselves of the publications, programs, curriculum, retreats, training, and study guides which enhance spiritual deepening. These are “supports to our practice” – tools that help to purposefully focus intent.

Some seminal offerings are listed herein. Continue reading Supports to Practice: Quaker Resources on Mysticism, Contemplation, and Quaker Revitalization

Community of Practice: Imagery

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Visualization is the language we use to communicate with the unconscious mind. Imagining ourselves doing something activates the same parts of the brain that are triggered by actually performing the action.

The brain is malleable —constantly rewiring itself in response to stimulae. We can use visualization intentionally, choosing mental images and simulations which align us with our most resourceful selves. With sufficient repetition, purposefully focused visualization will physically alter the brain in ways that serve us. We take command and control of our own neurons, the fundmental building blocks of our nervous systems, directing them to fire and form neuronal pathways that refine who we are. Visualization strengthened by strong emotion creates powerful neural pathways.
Continue reading Community of Practice: Imagery

The Fire of Fox in You

By Marisol Cortez
Cross-posted from Deceleration
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We had gotten wind of this talk at a meeting on climate organizing in San Antonio, where we had picked up a flyer describing Boyce Simms as “an engaged Eco-Buddhist” who “works to transform anger and despair into compassion toward neighbors, communities, and the environment.” Given Deceleration‘s concern not just with questions of climate justice but with the affective (or inner/emotional) work required to sustain effective action in the face of mounting climate and social crises, we were intrigued. Continue reading The Fire of Fox in You

Words by Friends: Achieving Unity through Earthcare

By: By Marta Rusek
Cross-posted from Friends General Conference (FGC) “Words of Friends”
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“Friends have been at the epicenter of everything – abolition, civil rights, the the peace movement – and I think a large part of that has to do with the contemplative practice that comes with being Quaker,” [Boyce Simms] said.
In July, Simms will deliver the closing plenary presentation at FGC’s annual Gathering in Niagara, NY. Her talk will take audiences through the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation needed to experience unity with our planet. Continue reading Words by Friends: Achieving Unity through Earthcare

Ancestor, What Did YOU Do at the Time of the Great Transition?

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Cross Posted from Resilience.org @ The Postcarbon Institute
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Once upon a time, as climate change accelerated in the 21st century, the recognition that everyone was in the same boat with a hole at the bottom jolted some of your ancestors awake. Quaker, Buddhist, and Unitarian Universalist environmental activists quietly and methodically gathered an eclectic group of allies into an intentional circle that embraced marginalized populations, and scores of grassroots organizations throughout the African Diaspora. Continue reading Ancestor, What Did YOU Do at the Time of the Great Transition?

A Modest Proposal for Revitalization of Quaker Message

By Brent Bill
Cross-posted from: Quaker Quaker
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“Have you anything to declare?” is a vital challenge to which every one of us is personally called to respond and is also a challenge that every meeting should consider of primary importance. it should lead us to define, with such clarity as we can reach, precisely what it is the Friends of this generation have to say that is not, as we believe, being said effectively by others. Continue reading A Modest Proposal for Revitalization of Quaker Message

Rekindling the Fire of Fox: Quaker Evolutionary Culture-building

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Quaker Pathways Forward -MINISTRY PREMISES
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Global society faces an existential crisis.
Quakers have historically been a catalyst in American social transformation.
Many Friends have the capacity to tap into archival memory, the DNA of Quaker contemplative practice, and leadings therefrom to guide people through the narrow straights of climate change disruptions, economic upheaval and systems collapse.
The time has come again for Friends to stand in the epicenter of social transformation and model an evolutionary response to society’s multi-tiered, existential challenges. Continue reading Rekindling the Fire of Fox: Quaker Evolutionary Culture-building

Buddhists, Friends, and Buddhist-Quaker Harmonic Unity with Nature

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Cross-posted from Befriending Creation, Quaker Earthcare Witness
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Quakers who celebrate their unity with nature, like Buddhists, know that separation of humans from nature is an artificial construct.
In fact, the absence of an isolated, permanent self which is separate and independent of the environment is at the heart of Buddhist practice. In Buddhism, “no [permanent] self” is the first “mark of existence.” i understand my “self” to be a process –a continually changing flow of interactions with my environment. Therefore, i am my environment and my environment is me. Continue reading Buddhists, Friends, and Buddhist-Quaker Harmonic Unity with Nature

Quaker Pathways Forward Ministry

By Pamela Boyce Simms
Quaker Pathways Forward
Seminal, Henry Cadbury
FELLOWSHIP PAPER
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Friends it’s time to shed the vestiges of outworn caterpillar thinking. Our planet faces an existential crisis. Climate change, resource depletion, and income disparity are now hastened by an unhinged political landscape, and we are racing toward the edge of a cliff!
Throughout history Quakers have repeatedly held and activated the equivalent of transformational “imaginal cells” which have triggered metamorphoses in American social norms and behavior. Continue reading Quaker Pathways Forward Ministry