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9 Elements by Mind Map: 9 Elements
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9 Elements

Actual ethical and moral capacity

Define ethics, morals

Connection between living the spiritual life and moral capacity. wisdom - action, inner transformation - outer transformation

Awareness of and relationship between beliefs, principles, values, & ethical behavior. Ability to act from this integrative perspective

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Internal locus of control, self-directed

Moral Codes - "stepping stones to spiritual dignity" W.T. to "interior freedom"

Br. Wayne's contemplative or mystical character: wisdom, sensitivity, shifting from self to others, accepting others as they are,

Mature self-knowledge

Define:

Tools for cultivating

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Inner Life, requires practice,

"Self-knowledge, when it reaches its full potential, becomes the basis for very radical inner change. Mature self-knowledge happens when we move beyond denial - denial of our faults and limitations, our buried motives or hidden agendas- and beyond judgment of others, beyond projection on othes our own need for inner work." Br. Wayne

Seven levels of transformation: consciousness, will emotions, character, imagination, memory, action,

Spiritual practice

Q: What works for you?

Practices

"Spiritual practice, the work of our transformation, is the means of inner growth and change toward human maturity glimpsed in the best of religous experience." BR. W

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New Definition; "Spiritual practice is how the mystic approaches the inner self and relates to others, the world, nature, and the cosmos. Spiritual practice is the cutting edge of radical interior change and the basis for profound self-knowledge to emerge in our lives." Br. Wayne

"technology of inner change"; "devotions along are insufficient, must be contemplative;

The goal is the same: integration and transformation

Other thoughts

Logistics

Questions

Ethical dilemmas

May touch on one or several elements

Solidarity with all living beings

Interconnectiedness - essential fact - unity of reality, being, all seen & unseen, interdependence, validated through science

Inherent worth

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Questions

Simplicity of life

Non-consumerism, poverty?, uncluttered by property or money, wealth and power, focus on what is essential, strips away distractions, related to justice,

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Humility

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"Humility of heart is a great treasure because it keeps us honest, cutting away self-deception, falsehood, and inauthenticity." Br. Wayne

Define humility

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Honesty and self-truth, related to what is, rather than what seems to be Br. Wayne; egoless understanding, as opposed to false self's projections, foundation of the spiritual journey which must be grounded in the truth of ourselves.

"Humilty of heart is closely related to egolessness. Egolessness is to live out o fthe depths of the heart in a spirit of kindness, mercy, love, and compassion.... It is really love animating the person's motives, actions and ways of regarding others."

Prophetic voice

For what? social and environmental justice

Duty/obligation of conscious beings, esp when we see great harm

"The prophetic voice vigorously acknowledges the unjust events and policies that cause enourmous tension, misery, and dislocation in the lives of countless numbers of people. Wars; the plight of refugees (most of whom are women and children); unjust economic, social, and political conditions that enrich a small class of rulers while oppressing the masses; threats to the enviornment - all are matters that should evoke the moral voice and our willingness to respond. We no longer have the luxury of ignoring the many challenges to justice in all its forms. We have a universal responsibilty to apply the moral or prophetic function whereever we see justice disregarded, threats to world peace, oppression by states against its people or a neighboring nation, or some other danger as yet unforeseen." Br. W

"If men or women who are leading rich inner lives cannot or will not respond to events and situations that require them to do so - such as cases of injustice, oppression, and environmental degradation.... An atttitude of 'busienss as usal' simply reveals a bankrupt moral and spiritual authority in the face of grace moral evil, such as exists with Tibet.

History of prophecy - prophets

Engaged in the world, emerges out of contemplative altitude (depth) and humility, attention to BOTH the authentcically transcendant (that is, truly aligned with "God") and attention also to the immanent/practical. Wayne said the first step in this process is inquiry (like Meditation-- asking "who am I?" "What is this all about"). The second step, that arises naturally, is the Contemplative state. The contemplative state is the DISCOVERY that you are not alone but are in a RELATIONSHIP with the transcendant. The contemplative enters a relationship with the divine-- call it I/I, I/Thou, I/It, whatever. This relationship is a communing of the divine with the embodied, and, FROM that relationship emerges a natural Prophetic Voice-- that you THEN have something to share, something to say, that connects the immanent (embodied) and the transcendant (coming from "God" etc.) in an effective way for other folk etc. (Kurt)

3) Are you speaking of the "authentic Self", the "I-i" where the Self, devoid of ego, speaks from the perspective of the unitive Kosmic good, true and beautiful, regardless of personal effects? 4) Are you speaking from the integrated I-i where both Selfless Self and little self consider what is best for self, community and planet? Lynne

Deep Nonviolence

Traditional practices - ahimsa, wiccan rede, golden rule,

Examples - Gandhi, Jainism, King

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If all is interconnected, then respect for the digity of all is shown through nonviolence,

Action congruent with inner attitudes

Stewardship obligation/duty/responsibility to all in the living shared system

Rights - right to respect of dignity, to exist, to access the needs of life, to be protected

Ahimsa, non-harming, golden rule, connect with moral capacity

Let's make it practical- How nonviolent in regards to areas of our lives? as individuals and groups- food, work, consumerism, families, pets, neighbors business, government, religions, entertainment

What does nonviolence look like? patience, humility, non-aggressive, gentle, honesty, exploring areas of conflict and friction as areas rich in learning and growth

Selfless service and compassionate action

Should this just be "service"? or sacred service?

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Commitment to social dimension,

"This is a form of actionthat , as the Bhagavad Gita so powerfully emphasizes, does not seek a result; it is not attaches to the possible fruits of any action, so it is not performed with any purpose in mind other than to respond to the perceived need in the moment. Selfless ervice doesn't come easily. It is something one must learn through education and practical experience." Br. W

Interspirituality

Definition

Mysticism