Let’s do a quick overview of where we have been for a number of posts.
Portals to Transformation
1 DEEP PERSONAL PAIN
Because we come to realize we have been on autopilot with some assumptions…and those assumptions always determine how we understand the self. The WHO AM I question.
2. Noetic Experiences…
These would be moments we move beyond ordinary awareness to spiritual awareness which should be ordinary but isn’t.
3. The Right Resources, teacher, situations come on the scene that help us find our way
We then have choices that cultivate…
Choices that Cultivate Possible Transformative Moments
1. Gardeners accommodate new experiences and resist assimilating them.
• Zebra assimilated to a horse. Eventually the child will come realize
Looking at and thinking about our thinking. Observing what we are observing and thinking about.
2. Gardeners also have the capacity for equanimity – an evenness of mind or a state of inner unshakability in the face of all the highs and lows of our various experiences.
• Why is this important? This is what can make pain transformative instead of traumatic and debilitating
3.Gardeners have the capacity for CURIOSITY AND INQUIRY
I know some people, and most of them are Christians that are suspicious of anything new, new information, new ways of seeing the bible, new understandings of spiritual practice.
Practicing and Practices that Position Us Long Term for Transformation
DEFINITION- transformation means a change in how you see the world and a shift in how you see yourself. Not just a shift in your point of view but a whole different perception what of what is possible.
Noun or verb
Practice is a form of training. Like going to ball practice or dance practice. Practice is a routinized pattern that is engaged so that we can accomplish through the training was previously impossible through simply trying
Every religion has forms of practice or ritual ancient or more modern that are thought to bring a certain amount of transformation.
Praying the rosary every day for the catholic
Having a quiet time for the evangelical
Daily Chanting the psalms by the eastern orthodox
Daily chanting of a mantra by Tibeten Buddhists
Practices are varied do various things.
My goal in this series is not to lay out all the different practice possibilities. There are scores of them, none of them sacred from the standpoint of magical. All practice is dependent upon our readiness level and how they intersect our situation in life.
So what is the definition we are using here? TRANSFORMATIVE PRACTICE – is any set of activities (internal or external) you engage in with the intention of fostering long lasting shifts in the way you experience and relate to yourself, others and the rest of the world.