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Journey towards an undivided life.

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 Journey towards an undivided life.2004-09-09 11:52
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Ned Hamson passed on a mention of a new book by Parker Palmer: A Hidden Wholeness. I haven't heard of him, or read his previous books, but various snippets in the blurbs about them speak to me, and to something I just happened to be thinking about at the moment. You know, how to just be yourself and follow your own calling. So, here are some things others are saying about the man's writings:
The old Quaker adage, "Let your life speak," spoke to author Parker J. Palmer when he was in his early 30s. It summoned him to a higher purpose, so he decided that henceforth he would live a nobler life. "I lined up the most elevated ideals I could find and set out to achieve them," he writes. "The results were rarely admirable, often laughable, and sometimes grotesque.... I had simply found a 'noble' way of living a life that was not my own, a life spent imitating heroes instead of listening to my heart."

Thirty years later, Palmer now understands that learning to let his life speak means "living the life that wants to live in me." It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and shouldn't be so that we can better hear the call of our wild souls. ...

Palmer seeks to help us "rejoin soul and role," so that individuals and communities can be healed from the ravages of consumerism, injustice and violence. No small task, yet in classic Palmer style, this mission is fleshed out with stories, poems, personal confessions and a plan--concrete steps for creating "circles of trust" where honest, open sharing allows each person's "inner teacher" to show up. (Ground rules: "no fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight.") Palmer's concern is that too many people have "divided lives," with personal values that don't match what they are asked to do in the world to succeed. ...

Never naive, Palmer warns that these "circles of trust" are not management tools that organizations can force on employees for some grand motive, such as crisis control or increased productivity. They are the opposite of quick fixes--places where we sit and wait for our souls to tell the truth. ...

Here he speaks to our yearning to live undivided lives--lives that are congruent with our inner truth--in a world filled with the forces of fragmentation. ...

This is a personal, human, moving, insightful, practical work on the discovery of True Will, and living life in conformity with it. ...
and some quotes from what he actually wrote himself:
"Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."

"True self, when violated, will always resist us, sometimes at great cost, holding our lives in check until we honor its truth."

"...self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others."

"The attempt to live by the reality of our own nature, which means our limits as well as our potentials, is a profoundly moral regimen."

"One dwells with God by being faithful to one's nature. One crosses God by trying to be something one is not. Reality - including one's own - is divine, to be not defied but honored."
And, yes, it is about finding "the place where our deep gladness meets the world's deep need". Yes, I don't doubt it. There's a magic that is available by simultaneously connecting with what we're most inspired to do and what we notice most is needed in the world. And probably finding that they're one and the same thing. Every human being is very much needed in the world, and when we discover what we're needed for, and how exciting we find that to be, life has meaning. And we might live it undivided.


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11 Sep 2004 @ 08:23 by qmal @24.98.1.76 : standing in the light
Well these really hit home Ming , the last few things you have posted about life, the right path ,seeking... that, that is natural for you and such.....really striking chords ....because many of my own experiences have been in incongruence with society at large today,, for me partly excised in that I am programmed with the ideals you post here, as they seem very Quaker in origin, I mean conceptually. I have not heard of this author either but he obviously has defined some of the conceptual ideas that might help one understand and utilize in living in the modern world. The other part in this incongruent living fragmentation "divided life" thing is an effect of society at large and the materialistic programming delivered by the corporate techno age that has filtered into all walks of life in the industrialized nations. I never looked at it so broadly...well I have . I have tried to carry some of these concepts into various situations in life . Actually many situations kind of not even realizing. as it is an element of the brainware I have..ending in basic failure to integrate them with society and at quite some cost and struggle...

as quoted here by Parker J. Palmer " The results were rarely admirable, often laughable, and sometimes grotesque"

I have been bouncing back and forth over the years between what I want to do and what I should do.what I have to do.I have known for many years what I should do and have not been able to because of a variety of forces around me, and the brainware it creates in folks...and myself ...
I tried carried this conceptual frame work into business and tried to help every thing click between folks, but others involved and on the periphery were programmed with different brainware . Business was a disaster in the end so I packed up and went home. People conceptually were fine with the architecture that allowed some flexibility and choice of path,, control over means and ends .and flow toward their goals and the open freedom to do so.. They would and wanted to try, but could not really get things to click as our thought s were not aligned and in dedicative embrace of direction and goal . I think we all struggle with this type of thing because there is so much in society that doesn't click...it clashes....diversity is good, but diverse has to meet with unity in order to achieve wholeness, balance.
I sort of receded into a bubble of trees , alone where it is possible for me to think fairly uninterrupted.
( away from society at large ...its zipping all around me ... I have a theory that the trees filter out brainwaves somewhat) , It's really more about whats happening in the brain than the place but place is a factor depending on the forces that don't want you to do this kind of thing,,,say if it does not agree with their agenda.
Well , I'm not alone I am thinking and typing to you all. :)

which does exactly this for me .....quoting ?...

It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and shouldn't be so that we can better hear the call of our wild souls. ...

Its about thinking with out interference so you can hear your self. thinking with out interference . Really an internal thing in the end.

Quakers-. If I recall correctly, I think George Fox was incarcerated when he created the religion. can't remember ... He may have been incarcerated for creating the religion.. But it was in jail that he found this silence, but when out of jail he would go to a quiet place? I don't remember this stuff so well. Now to Quakers communication with god would be that conceptually each person gets directly with god themselves... they have a silent 'Telepathic' service. (well what I believe they do).. A service with out intermediate advise,council or clergy....(Priest,Rabi,Cleric,Minister,Pasture'...etc)..and their preconceived notions of the church and its agenda . they believe that the problem with religions so far was this intermediary interference....Receding to an environment where they can practice such, which is what the Quakers have done , for hundreds of years being outcasts of society in the beginning of the religion.. They receded into their own communities ..running from persecution. Expelled from society...they were sent here to the new world. At one time this country (US) was practically two thirds Quaker..I think in colonial times. Well its actually several religions and sects...
" The children of the light " as they were called in the beginning. Shaking quakers because they shook while in service, by the general public, and was the orthodox sect..ended in 1815? in Philadelphia, Pa..They believed in non-violence,have not fought in war, were friends to the American Indian and practiced friendly farming and so forth, ran the underground railroad during and before the civil war. "The Society of Friends "is probably the biggest sect today.


I think that we are all thinking / enduring the same type of struggle probably in sightly different position of view and problematic approach. Actually this clarifies some things for me with this post and just brought on another whole series of realizations with this one ...how do you do it ?
that will have to be another post but going on with this....
Personally relating to the direct quotes:

I have listened ,found, and decided

"Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent."

But did not stick to the above, and allowing or conducting, interference produced a lot disharmony in my life. but now seems to be changing somewhat.

"True self, when violated, will always resist us, sometimes at great cost, holding our lives in check until we honor its truth."

I know what this is, but have struggled to find position ,medium and message to achieve it.

"...self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others."

I have lived somewhat in practice of this but have had trouble with the limits, and potentials part . I like this one, flows nicely

"The attempt to live by the reality of our own nature, which means our limits as well as our potentials, is a profoundly moral regimen."

I have never been able to completely follow my feeling so it hasn't yet worked for me I define the god thing much differently, I don't believe in god as such . The Quakers do belive just that,except the concept is more complexly arranged and this is a good conversion of it and simplification. In the Quaker religion there is no breaking of any rules and if you do, you simply are not Quaker or faithful..there is no confession of sin as such or repent and rebirth type practices ..for example. There is ...forgiveness? Honor life is good though, your s and all life... they believe that.

"One dwells with God by being faithful to one's nature. One crosses God by trying to be something one is not. Reality - including one's own - is divine, to be not defied but honored



Another thing here that strikes a chord is the warning part. I can remember a conversation with someone that was concerned that corporations were sending people "down to meeting" to see how things worked ... I guess at times, to try to take the method to their infrastructure and learn combined thinking power in their objective , I did not understand it at the time, is quite clear now..

This one is such a Quaker concept

"circles of trust" where honest, open sharing allows each person's "inner teacher" to show up.

(Ground rules: "no fixing, no saving, no advising, no setting each other straight.")

And the above would be Gods job...I think most religions have some of these concepts. This in general is excellent conceptually and is importable to a new architecture of society,, and Big money wont be able to master this and distort it to their fashion and end,, unless they develop the wrong equipment,,, which I think is closer than not lately after going to
Vaxen's blog? I know one thing, I will probably hear from....my... Mother on this stuff by tomorrow to correct me on those Quaker ideal s and history stuff :) Actually I think Quakers would be quite interested in NCN. There may be many Quaker members. Very moving Ming and this book is probably good reading I think pick up a copy...Thanks

Friends Meeting is the loudest quiet place I have ever been to.  



11 Sep 2004 @ 15:38 by istvan : Dear gmal
Thank you for your indept sharing.
I belive you have touced upon treasures within you soul that we can all recognise.
One of those is real communication, in the spirit of your words:"It involves creating the kind of quiet, trusting conditions that allow a soul to speak its truth. It also means tuning out the noisy preconceived ideas about what a vocation should and shouldn't be so that we can better hear the call of our wild souls. ..."
If there should be any rules for any indepth communication, these should be it.
Yes the quakers are great people to be around.
When the silence of the soul burst frorth from the deapths of being, the surface, the ego will shake. Allow it.  



12 Sep 2004 @ 02:22 by QMAL @24.98.1.76 : Thanks istvan
Hey thanks to link to Enlibra log very interesting log :)  


12 Sep 2004 @ 19:31 by andy @80.229.28.120 : Thanks...
Thanks Ming. Those words speak to me, too  


12 Sep 2004 @ 20:16 by ming : Doing what you're here to do
I might tell myself I know these things. I.e. I sometimes say things like it, and even argue for them, and sometimes others find it inspiring. But the question is how to REALLY know it. How to act on it, live your life according to principles like that. The hard part is probably that that is the wrong way of looking at it. That it isn't really some abstract principles to go around remembering and trying to follow. Rather it is living the reality that is beyond any particular words. The reality of what is there, or maybe of what you sense is there, a little deeper than you can see.

Maybe, indeed, the best action plan is to try to create and provide spaces where it is safe and possible to honestly seek and pursue what one is here to do. Circles of trust. Where it is acceptable to go deeper, without having to adhere to a pre-written agenda.

One can't force or persuade or possibly even educate people into living their lives in accordance with their true nature. One can only ineffectively even convey it in words. But one can invite it and inspire it and nurture it, by making space for it, and maybe by doing it oneself.  



14 Sep 2004 @ 15:42 by qmal : Here and doing it :)
Thanks Ming and others at NCN. Yes, I strayed that path many times, made unbelievable mistakes so far, but still I remain on the path and also see that those things I perceived as off the path and out of the order and flow are indeed apart but not with out a place. After a year in the quiet space, that I choose. I arrived here and saw you and instantly new that I needed to take a few hints and lessons in this place, and perhaps might have something to add. Thank you sir. Guess I was trying to say that on my blog too, amongst other things  


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