Neuroscience Context for Practice I.

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Mastery of our minds is essential to living in alignment with our highest, selves, i.e. with Love. Such mastery  involves working intentionally, creatively, and consistently with our brains.

We can train our minds to change the physical structure and the function(s) of the brain. If we continually pay attention to, and purposefully direct our thought processes we can gain tremendous self-knowledge. Until we begin to consistently work with the dynamics of our longstanding habits, belief systems, points of reference, and patterns, these processes run us. The brain defaults to what is familiar, not necessarily to what is healthy and growth producing.

We can shape, reshape, and mold our malleable brains like modeling clay to deliberately foster optimal growth and transformation. The terrain of the brain stands at the ready. We just need to pick up the tools and work methodically.  
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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

Love is THE Evolutionary Spark

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We are called to reclaim, live, and become the TRUTH of —Love— . Deep, impersonal, all-abiding love,   —the “evolutionary spark,” is impervious to the onslaught of our culture’s attempt to  commercialize, trivialize, and commodify it.

Becoming and being love connotes experiencing and transmitting the joyous “evolutionary spark” which propels our growth toward ever greater conscious alignment with the larger consciousness system.  

BECOMING LOVE: is to consistently expand our awareness beyond the self, (personal avatar-centeredness*), into Self (larger frame of consciousness). This means to live into —  intentionally experience our oneness with others and with ALL. When that experience becomes the norm it pervades, and conditions our relationships and we become universal love receivers, generators, and transmitters at once.

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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.
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