Raked the leaves again this morning. I raked them the day before yesterday too. There are so many now. They rain down in all their rich shades of gold and crimson. Odd when they fall, they twis and twirl then lightly land on the now bare wooded shrubs. So for a short time, like every year, the garden has turned to a reddish, brownish and golden flurry of colour that is quite mystical in many ways. Looking towards the sky the falling leaves appear like a kaleidoscope when shaken as they tumble down. For me It means a long time spent outside, clearing not only leaves also broken branches and clearing bracken or pulling weeds. The hard part is lugging everything over to the large old white sacks and filling them to be deposed of. I love the crackle of the leaves under my feet as I walk to fill the bags. The whimsical way small bits of fallen branches lay on and around the garden path are a delight but some would say a mess. The real magic of this time of year are the hundreds of mushrooms growing among the clutter. More than last year, they just pop up on old tree stumps and between the slate and in shaded areas of grass. I love the smell of the earth this time of year too, its just so sweet after the rain. Especially in that part of the garden that remains untouched. There, the earth is fresh and full of ground covers and where beetles and spiders are busy about their day. The freshness of this untouched beauty, makes me think of Eden – who knows it may have originated here. I feel this will be our last autumn in the house and although I want to go, I will miss the sweet earth – the smell of bracken and broken mushrooms. The songbirds as they chirp up high in the trees. My, what a wonderful thing a garden is. ~ Eve
photos from my garden.
I would not call this meditation, sitting in the back garden. Maybe I would call it eating light on a summer’s day. Mystical traditions recognize two kinds of practice: apophatic mysticism, which is the dark surrender of Zen, the Via Negativa of John of the Cross, and kataphatic mysticism, less well defined: an openhearted surrender to the beauty of creation. Maybe Francis of Assissi was, on the whole, a kataphatic mystic, as was Thérèse of Lisieux in her exuberant momemnts: but the fact is, kataphatic mysticism has low status in religious circles. Francis and Thérèse were made, really made, any mother superior will let you know, in the dark nights of their lives: no more of this throwing off your clothes and singing songs and babbling about the shelter of God’s arms.
Mary Rose O’Reilley, The Barn at the End of the World
The involution of a superconscient spirit in inconscinet Matter is the secret cause of this visible and apparent world. The keyword of the earth’s riddle is the gradual evolution of a hidden illimitable consciousness and power out of the seemingly inert yet furiously driven force of insensible Nature.
Earth-life is one self-chosen habitation of a great Divintiy and his aconic will is to change it from blind prison into his splendid mansion and high heaven – reaching temple.
The nature of the Divinity in the world is an enigma to the mind, but to our enlarging consciousness it will appear as a presence simple and inevitable. Freed we shall enter into the immutable stability of an eternal existence that puts on this revealing multitude of significant mutable forms..
Illumined we shall become aware of the indivisible light of an infinite consciousness that breaks out here into multiform grouping and detail of knowledge. Sublimated in might we shall share the illimitable movement of an omnipotent force that works out its marvels in self-imposed limits. Fixed in griefless bliss we shall possess the calm and ecstasy of an immeasurable Delight that creates forever the multitudinous waves and rhythm and the ever increasing onward-going and inward-drawing intensities of its own creative and communicative world possessing and self-possessing bliss.
~ the Indwelling Spirit – Sri Aurobindo – to be continued.
From His Bio.
Man’s present existence in the material world is in this view or vision of things a life in the Ignorance with the In- conscient at its base, but even in its darkness and nescience there are involved the presence and possibilities of the Divine. The created world is not a mistake or a vanity and illusion to be cast aside by the soul returning to heaven or Nirvana, but the scene of a spiritual evolution by which out of this material inconscience is to be manifested progressively the Divine Consciousness in things. Mind is the highest term yet reached in the evolution, but it is not the highest of which it is capable. There is above it a Supermind or eternal Truth-Consciousness which is in its nature the self-aware and self-determining light and power of a Divine Knowledge. Mind is an ignorance seeking after Truth, but this is a self-existent Knowledge harmoniously manifesting the play of its forms and forces. It is only by the descent of this Supermind that the perfection dreamed of by all that is highest in humanity can come. It is possible by opening to a greater divine consciousness to rise to this power of light and bliss, discover one’s true self, remain in constant union with the Divine and bring down the supramental Force for the transformation of mind and life and body. To realise this possibility has been the dynamic aim of Sri Aurobindo’s Yoga.
Mind is a good servant, but a bad master. This means if you control it, it will act as you want. The mind is a bad master if it has control over you to go its way. Once the mind’s control is firm you are lost! Mind is a storehouse of low desires and always misleads you. It has the stamp of animal desires on it from billions of years. If you control the mind, desires become inactive. Because the mind also has good desires from human lives, those desires are worked out. Mind is a good servant but a bad master!
At one point, Baba noticed that (a disciple) was not in a good mood and he asked her, “When you ride a horse, what would you do if it goes out of control?” She replied, “There were certain rules to follow in such situations.” Baba explained, “If you get nervous or angry, you cannot control the horse. If you have control over your mind, the animal will become quiet. If control is lost, both the rider and the horse are lost. The horse is just like the mind; it is good if controlled, but dangerous if it becomes the master.”
Mind is the master power that molds and makes, And we are Mind, and evermore we take The tool of thought, and shaping what we will, Bring forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills, We think in secret, and it comes to pass – Our world is but our looking glass. — James Allen
This short and inspiring poem contains a world of wisdom within its few short sentences. It serves as a powerful reminder that we are what our thoughts. What we consistently and persist in thinking, be it good or bad, sooner or later our thoughts will manifest into reality. May you always think about the other, because their joy or pain could be in your hands……..
“You may control a mad elephant; You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; Ride the lion and play with the cobra; By alchemy you may learn your livelihood; You may wander through the universe incognito; Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful; You may walk in water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”
– Sri Yogananda (Autobiograpy of a Yogi
Cut not the wings of your dreams, for they are the heartbeat and the freedom of your soul. ~ Flavia ~
You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
~ Erica Jong ~
Like attracts like. Whatever the conscious mind thinks and believes. the subconscious identically creates.
~ Brian Adams (from ‘How To Succeed’) ~
By choosing your thoughts, and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you determine the quality of your Light. You determine the effects that you will have upon others, and the nature of the experiences of your life.
~Gary Zulak – from “Seat Of The Soul” ~
There is nothing I can tell you That you do not already know. There is no question that you can ask me That you Yourself cannot answer. You have just forgotten.
~ David Littlewood (from ‘Start To Live’) ~
Good words are like roses – they make you smile.
Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and the use establish the life your experience. ~ Sonia Croquette ~
Here is a story from the Spiritual Teacher Daskalos. It is through Daskalos, I learned about the importance of thought forms. A wonderful teacher, Daskalos, helped many to reach a deep understanding of spiritual laws. He, himself, healed many people during his lifetime. He lived quietly and humbly, taking on only a few disciples. I highly recommend that you visit his website, which is a tribute to his teachings. The website offers online virtue lessons which are pretty amazing in all areas of spirituality.
Researchers Of Truth Website can be found online….
The Awesome Power of Our Sub Conscious Mind
A Story from the Spiritual Teacher Daskalos – much thanks to Researchers of Truth Website.
Daskalos tells a story of a rural farmer on Cyprus that fell prey to a medical doctor and a psychiatrist playing tricks with his sub conscious mind. This farmer was healthy and strong. But to test their hypothesis that the sub conscious mind affects even the health of the material body, the doctor told his friend the farmer that he looked ill and specifically that he had a certain disease with this and that symptom. The farmer rejected the suggestion of the doctor saying, “No you are wrong, I feel very healthy and strong”. However, even though he consciously rejected the idea that he was ill, the farmer’s sub conscious mind stored the suggestion of the doctor. Then later in the day, the psychiatrist came and also told the healthy farmer he looked ill. Again the farmer rejected the idea that he was sick and went on working. Then a little later the farmer started feeling sick. By the time the doctor came back again he found the farmer was indeed sick and showed the symptoms suggested by the doctor. This time the farmer also claimed to be sick with the illness that the doctor had suggested.
I have seen many cases where such suggestions and auto suggestions produce a physical manifestation – or what we might well call an out-picturing from the sub conscious mind. And there are also many documented cases where someone is hypnotized and told their bare arm would be touched by a hot cigarette, then the hypnotized person’s arm was touched with a pencil and the skin produced a blister. How could a physical blister be produced by an ordinary pencil? It was the awesome power of the sub conscious mind! The sub conscious mind is so powerful that it can cure so-called “incurable” diseases as well as send a person to an early grave. The sub consciousness does not discriminate; it just stores whatever information it is exposed to. And that information (good or bad, true or false) does have a powerful influence on our life. So we must be very careful with the sub-conscious mind and make a regular effort to discover and remove any harmful suggestions planted by ourselves and others. And likewise we must be careful what we say to others because this too can take root in their sub-conscious mind whether they want it to or not. And even greater care must be shown to the little children around us, as their sub conscious mind is even more porous and vulnerable to such implantation.
Returning now to the last part of Joshua’s parable of the Sower where He tells us: “But others [seeds] fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” This statement also informs us of the principle of a seed…any kind of seed whether it is a plant seed or a thought/emotion seed (thought forms). When a plant seed is implanted in good soil and receives the proper water and light that seed will produce many, many more of its kind. We can easily see the demonstration of this principle in the wheat fields of Kansas, the apple orchards of Michigan and the cornfields of Indiana. Plant one seed of corn in the proper conditions and you will reap one corn plant with up to 6 ears of corn on it. And each ear of corn produces an average of 800 seeds (kernels) per ear of corn. So we see from sowing a single seed of corn we get a bountiful harvest of 4800 or more seeds. That is a 4800% return. What a rich result for sowing just one seed. God has provided this kind of abundance in the laws governing the worlds of existence, which are within the Divine Plan.
As Above, So Below
This is how it works on Earth and this is how it works in the heavens, which we will enter when we leave this world. But when we enter those heavens we will already find a ripe harvest waiting for us. That harvest will be the result of certain emotional, desire, thought and idea seeds we have been holding to and attending to during our life on earth. “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Matt 18:18
And if we find that our earthly or heavenly harvest is less that good; we can always stop, uproot the undesirable things in our life and make a step forward by planting better seed in straighter rows. So it is very important that we make the effort to consciously choose good seed to plant in our field (our life, our personality) and avoid the bitter hundred-fold harvest of poor seed planted sub-consciously. (Sub consciously planting means expressing thoughts, emotions, words and actions in habitual ways.)
The wise understand this law of manifestation and work with it consciously by intelligently choosing the seed thought forms they create and re-vitalize. These elementals are the emotion/thought forms and thought/emotion forms. I say emotion/thought forms and the thought/emotion forms because our (thought forms) – elementals are a mixture of both thought and emotion. The life they have and the power they exert on our personality depends on the quantity and quality of the energy (ethers vitality) we give them. We charge our elementals with power by virtue of the attention we give to them and the number of times we re-vitalize them by repetition. If we stop giving attention to an elemental; it becomes dis-enerized and dormant. If we water our elemental-seeds with little attention and only a few repetitions; we get weak and ineffective elementals. If we water our seed thoughts/emotions with great regularity and intensity we create very, very powerful elementals. And if we overdo it and the elementals get too much energy, we can lose control of them and they can take a kind of temporary possession of our personality. In these kinds of cases, the personality will become plagued by: uncontrollable bouts of mental and emotional instability, fixed ideas, and OCDs (obsessive compulsive disorders) and in serious cases lead to insanity.