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InvisibleVeritas
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Relationships as Spiritual Practice
    #4670253 - 09/16/05 04:33 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

In my life, the true teachers are not those who put themselves forth as gurus, but those who interact with me in "everyday" ways.

My children, friends, partner, family members, neighbors, co-workers, Shroomerites, and even the sweet guy who delivers mail to my office--they are all working with me on my spiritual growth.

Part of this is my intention to use my experiences to apply the ideas I cherish, and part of it is the response others seem to have to my way of interacting with them. I endeavor to give them my "permission" to be real, to engage in more than the usual small talk, and to meet each other on a soul level.

In this way, I intermingle my internal spiritual work with my external spiritual practice.

When I remember that nothing is truly mundane, and that each interaction is an opportunity to express my truest self, I get to peek at the sparkling spirit inside the people I meet. What a treat!


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Veritas]
    #4670331 - 09/16/05 04:52 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

You nailed it spot on! It's the everyday events that really determine where you are at. It's the place I often go into my sleeping robot routine and miss EVERYTHING .


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Icelander]
    #4670464 - 09/16/05 05:26 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Iceman aka Robby  :grin:



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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Swami]
    #4670493 - 09/16/05 05:33 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

what about all life as spiritual practise?


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Swami]
    #4670631 - 09/16/05 06:23 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

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Swami said:
Iceman aka Robby  :grin:






Good thing you put that smiley face in there. :wink: :grin: I'm pretty well built don't ya think?


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Icelander]
    #4670642 - 09/16/05 06:27 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I am learning.  :tongue:

Have you been pumping iron or eating iron?


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Icelander]
    #4670661 - 09/16/05 06:32 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

This is more like it:



:wink:


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Veritas]
    #4670697 - 09/16/05 06:42 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Nice picture of you. :thumbup: Where is the Iceman?  :blush:


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Swami]
    #4670708 - 09/16/05 06:46 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Hmmm...methinks thou art confused. :grin:


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Swami]
    #4670784 - 09/16/05 07:13 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Where is the Iceman?



Ah there's the Iceman. He looked up at the camera after he just finished his 400 page book on the intricacies of Quantum Mechanics and Physics, so as to prepare for his PhD exams at Harvard, and said the following..

"The fact that the voltage differential between inner and outer layers of a plasma membrane when an action potential is generated but doesnt cross threshold could pose a potential threat to the ultimatum of what is our dimensional space-time fabric continuum..."
-IceMan



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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #4670792 - 09/16/05 07:16 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

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SkorpivoMusterion said:
Where is the Iceman?



Ah there's the Iceman. He looked up at the camera after he just finished his 400 page book on the intricacies of Quantum Mechanics and Physics, so as to prepare for his PhD exams at Harvard, and said the following..

"The fact that the voltage differential between inner and outer layers of a plasma membrane when an action potential is generated but doesnt cross threshold could pose a potential threat to the ultimatum of what is our dimensional space-time fabric continuum..."
-IceMan






"I don't have a brain tumor"


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
The more knowledge, the more grief.
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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Icelander]
    #4671571 - 09/16/05 11:22 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

Icelander said:
Quote:

Swami said:
Iceman aka Robby  :grin:






Good thing you put that smiley face in there. :wink: :grin: I'm pretty well built don't ya think?




UH, pretty knobby knees if you ask me!

Uhg, I just opened the door in a thread with words like iron and knobs in it...*sigh*.


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"So really, ordinary reality is a kind of chemical habit, sanctioned by culture, which says it's okay to use certain drugs, eat certain foods, and have certain sexual behaviors. However, when you transcend all this pre-conditioning by returning to the original wisdom of the animal body, then you discover this immense dimension of opportunity. For some people, it is a frightening risk. To me, that's the psychedelic experience."
Terence McKenna


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: VirgilKane]
    #4673152 - 09/17/05 07:51 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

to do this right
in relationships
you have to remember that it is your practice only that can be criticized by your practicing self.

partners and beings that are (in effect) your teachers, may be on different paths.

I mean relationships are usually governed by conditions that existed before decisions to transcend or seek higher knowledge.


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: redgreenvines]
    #4673310 - 09/17/05 10:26 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Me thinks you speak from experience here. :wink: :heart:


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

With much wisdom comes much sorrow,
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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: redgreenvines]
    #4683078 - 09/19/05 07:46 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I don't think they need be on the same path to be teachers for us, though. If I view everyone who interacts with me as a teacher, I do not change or criticize their actions, but alter my perception of their actions.

For example, my relationship with my ex-husband was formed prior to my intention to pursue higher knowledge and consciousness. If he came into my life now, I would not be attracted to him & thus would miss out on all the lessons I have learned from him. I am often led to criticize his actions, and feel some anger at him for being irresponsible, but I do not forget what a teacher he is for me.


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Veritas]
    #4683124 - 09/19/05 07:56 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I agree

most of the learning is
patience
kindness and
how to share our toys and love

anyone who teaches us that
has done a service
it can be mutual but rarely is


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: redgreenvines]
    #4683148 - 09/19/05 08:02 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

IMO it is rare because we reject the experiences which contain the most un-learned information!  They are often painful, wrenching, heart-breaking, disappointing, frustrating and enraging.

We are all offered the same lessons by those around us.  The difference is in the student, not the teacher. :grin:


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Re: Relationships as Spiritual Practice [Re: Veritas]
    #4683215 - 09/19/05 08:18 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Great perspective and right on IMO. :thumbup:


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" All that lives was born to die"-Anom.

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