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The Soul’s Fire


“Many sacred texts, such as the Bible, Koran, and Torah, speak of fire as a symbol of the vital life force that can be called upon for transformation, revisioning, or the transmission of renewed meaning.
Reflect upon the four fires—the fire of vision, the fire of the heart, the creative fire, and the soul’s fire. What does fire reveal to you about your dreams, work, health, relationships, creativity, and soul’s desire at this time in your life? …The soul’s fire calls us to be authentically who we are and serve others rather than our own egos.” Angeles Arrien
I’ve been studying and thinking about the Enneagram and it’s path toward our own spirituality and essence. Being aware of my “fixation” as a Type Seven offers me a great opportunity recognize those times I fall into ego and move away from my true self.
It is also interesting that although having the knowledge I tend to categorize myself as that personality rather than remembering to use it as a reminder that I am more and deeper and richer.
As a seeker, I know and respect many paths toward wholeness. My fundamentalist Christian upbringing by spiritually broadminded parents prepared me for my search for the nuggets of truth that are translated in different ways by different faiths – be it Buddhism, Taoism, or no ism. All lead me toward the fact of my oneness with everything and everyone. At certain times in my development, some spiritual languages are more accessible to me than others. There is no teacher who can’t be depended upon to shed light if I am open and listening and ready.
I mentioned Bede Griffiths in a recent post. His quote comes to me now. “To discover God is not to discover an idea but discover one’s self.”
And I love this quote from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ” “Love is seeing God in the person next to us, and meditation is seeing God within us.”
When I come to my own essence, to my authentic self, I see God, I am one with God.
The Student

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Soul Loss


“Where do you experience symptoms of soul loss: inertia, apathy, emptiness, numbness, confusion, futility, discontent, anxiety?” Angeles Arrien

How to identify? How to be aware? Resistance, self-righteousness, overwhelm,

More likely it is mindlessness. It is living my life by rote, not making decisions but oozing through my life. Seeking incessant distraction on computer games, romance novels or food.*

But what are the causes?

I have thought about this since I first read this chapter of the book. The causes come in many guises and I could call them by many names, but they all refer back to lack of solitude. Lack of time spent in contemplation, meditation, prayer…

It’s as simple as that. No matter how difficult to reorganize my life – I must!

The Student

* A sure symptom of living within the fixation of my enneagram type (7).


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Something New – Part 4

“The challenge of the Silver Gate is to reconnect to our regenerative forces and stay connected to them. Many cultures of the world have traditional practices to accomplish this.” Angeles Arrien
I am intrigued by an Ancient European custom cited in this section that is still practiced in some areas of the world. The challenge is to do something never before tried each month. The custom is to do it on one’s birthdate, but I will play fast and loose with that.
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It seems to me that if something has been on my calendar (moving forward month by month) for several years…it may be time. If not now, when?
And so…off to New York City for an Enneagram workshop. With fear (because I’m not sure if I know enough to even begin). With trepidation (because I am sure that of all the people attending the workshop I will be the least prepared).
With excitement (because I am attending a workshop on a study that fascinates me and has become a part of my life.).
The point is to  be doing new things that stretch me. Right?
Okay, then. I went going to New York alone for five days. That was a first.
The shuttle from the airport was a long wait so I decided to take the bus and the metro. There’s another new experience in NYC. It was a testimony to the kindness of people who helped me get off bus at the right stop in Harlem. And I was beyond grateful to the young man who carried my suitcase up the last flight of stairs from the metro.
I rented an Air B&B in an area that is familiar to me, but as I learned last month, the situation is always a bit of a crapshoot.  I could have stayed in my normal hotel but my digs were cheaper and included (I hoped) a real kitchen and room to lounge about in a homey setting. And as it turned out, it was lovely.
I went to two plays and one opera. In my blessed life I have been to many broadway plays and many live operas – but never alone. And I found that I enjoyed the productions just as much being solo, but I really missed the shared experience of discussing the high points.
And the workshop? Spectacular!
If you have the chance to study with either Russ Hudson or Tom Condon, just do it. I threw myself into it wholeheartedly and reaped wonderful rewards. I met great people who helped me on the journey of learning about myself.
Life Student

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