December 11th, 2018

a change of focus

"We have considered various aspects of the contemplative path through the lens of reactive mind: What is practice like? What is ego like? What contemplative skills begin to develop? What are some special challenges? In the following section we shall consider the very themes but through the lens of receptive mind. Each of these themes looks different depending on how much mental clutter has been cleared away by the practice of contemplation so as to enable receptive mind to emerge.

We do well not to think of the change of focus from reactive mind to receptive mind as a progression to a different stage in the spiritual life. While the language of stages in the spiritual life is ancient and esteemed, it gives the impression that such stages line up in sequence. The decluttering of awareness gradually reveals the expanseless expanse of awareness that has ever been the radiant ground of humanity, a radiance both hidden and manifest in the mystery of God in Christ. Nothing is added to reactive mind to turn in into receptive mind. Quite the opposite. The practice of contemplation proceeds by the gradual removal of layers of clutter so that the radiant ground of light now shines less lumbered and encunmbered.

Receptive mind sees and reacts to life in a manner different from reactive mind, but all that characterizes reactive mind remains and can suddenly return to dominate rather than allow, behold, listen, and let be. After sufficient decluttering, and the resulting simplification of our inner sight, receptive mind has room to shine forth, while reactive mind tends to dominate less and less-at least in our better moments." pg. 93.94 Martin Laird 'An Ocean Of Light'
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morning devotional reflections

morning devotional reflections

'An Ocean Of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation' by Martin Laird

'The Spiritual Canticle' by St. John of the Cross found in 'The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross' translated by Kavanaugh & Rodriguez

"that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full" 1 JN 1:3,4
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the Jesus Prayer

It is in my ongoing spiritual battle 3:03 PM Tuesday afternoon. I just woke myself up to get a cup of coffee and to write some crap in my online diaries. I got to keep up the flow of words.

I have been dozing for a couple of hours in our living room easy chair. Off somewhere in my head thinking about a million different things. I can close my eyes anytime of the day and fall asleep. I am in a state of exhaustion. I do often wonder if I could close my eyes and fall asleep in a hospital room.

This morning I got up around 6:30 AM. I got up had a bowl of cereal for breakfast. I messed with our main computer and then wrote in my paper diary.

Carol got home from work around 8:40 AM this morning and went to bed around 9:30 AM. She works tonight and then is off a night.

I did make a video this morning for my Youtube channel. I have been mainly reading when not in a coma from a book titled, 'An Ocean Of Light: Contemplation, Transformation, and Liberation' by Martin Laird.

There is not much else to report this afternoon. Outside today it is icy cold and gray. Well I suppose I will close to sit and wait for tomorrow to come.



downy woodpecker
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