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New Blog – Searching, Being and Becoming

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Here’s a Link to my latest post on my new blog – enjoy.

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Deep Simplicity

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Over the three decades or so that I have been exploring life through the lens of spiritual practices, one of the most touching aspects of this exploration is how the simplest of observations come back to visit, again and again, over the years. Rather like old friends they appear, time and time again, to share their wisdom.

Sometimes, these insights have a remarkable knack of appearing so simple and obvious. So that my mind looks at them and immediately reacts with ‘ah yes’ I get that. And yet each time that they revisit they reveal a deeper truth, as if this exploration is a spiral journey that repeats itself, over and over again.

Let me share a couple of these old friends with you.

One of these insights is that we create, or at least co-create, the world that we live in. In the parlance of the Christian faith, we reap what we sow. It has been my observation of late that this is one of the most profound and penetrating truths of our existence. Right here, right now we are creating, with our thoughts, our words, our deeds and our non-deeds, the world we live in and experience each day.

Often, we may seek to avoid what is right in front of us, right under our noses, and seek to escape into other realties, other parts of the Earth, other philosophies or high-sounding spiritual paths. Yet, here in this simple truth of creation is the beginning, the middle and the end of our human experience and of our spiritual search.

A second example, is the truth that our bodies are the embodiment of enlightenment itself. An observation most eloquently expressed in the teaching of Gautama Buddha. But, isn’t enlightenment some magical state alternate consciousness, the ultimate bliss of someplace else, other than here?

Again, it’s one of those insights which seem easy to grasp intellectually, nodding our heads knowingly before moving onto the next truth. Yet here, in this humble human body, at the visceral, gut, cellular level is enlightenment, the very essence of our awakened being.

Perhaps, you too have your favourite old friends, who revisit you from time to time and share the light of their wisdom?

With Best Wishes,

© David R. Durham
The Poet Photographer

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The World As Hologram

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This week’s Friday YouTube video link features a lecture by Leonard Susskind, who is the Felix Bloch Professor of Theoretical Physics at Stanford University, and Director of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics.

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In this lecture he discusses the indestructibility of information and the nature of black holes in a lecture entitled The World As Hologram.

David R. Durham
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Christian Orthodoxy

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This week’s Friday YouTube video link features a lecture about Orthodox Christianity.

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Fr. John Behr takes on those who dismiss Jesus Christ on “historical grounds,” by explaining how historicism itself is problematic and, indeed, heretical. The alternative to historicism as our mode of interpretation, he explains, is Christ on the cross as the foundation of all our knowledge and interpretation.

David R. Durham
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One Way Street

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I was just reading a quote from the Persian mystic & poet Rumi, which finished with the sentence – “No ripe grape ever again becomes green, and no mature fruit ever again becomes raw.”

How true this is. The things we do, don’t do, say, don’t say etc. are all a one way street. Whilst many software tools we use have a handy “Un-Do” function, we do not.

This reminds me of an interview I read with a prison psychiatrist, who commented something along the lines of, the biggest regret of many lifers is that they could never go back, they could never un-murder someone and bring them back to life.

When we make our decision, small and big, often we select a route we can never go back on. And, whilst in our minds we may return again and again, it’s done, over, finito.

© David R. Durham
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Origins of Yoga

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This week’s Friday YouTube video link is about the Origins of Yoga.

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This series of four videos are by the author Georg Feuerstein PhD., who has extensively studied and written about Yoga, offers an invaluable insight into the true nature of Yoga as a spiritual discipline.

David R. Durham
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Freedom For Now

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Enjoy this freedom while you can, the internet has become a serious problem for the ruling elite,
Many people are openly sharing previously suppressed information and ideas,
Your elitist slave master’s agent provocateurs can’t cope with the volume,
Their agent provocateurs can’t spread lies fast enough to counter the daily exposure of the damaging truths about their corporate cults of greed, sham democracies and militarist agendas,
Your slave masters are cornered and wounded, hemorrhaging money, in danger of becoming, well dare I use the word; poor,
Equity dividends down to near zero, crashed real estate markets, treasury bond markets are in disarray, toxic derivatives are sinking them into a financial black hole,
And the rich ruling elite are running out of grateful third world countries to exploit,
The rich ruling elite have bought all of the important politicians, and still their corrupt systems are failing.

Enjoy this freedom while you can,
Before your ruling rich elite push the panic button of war,
Ah yes, there is always war, thank the Gods for war,
It has served them well in the past, why not now?
Seven billion people and counting, who would miss the odd billion or two or three?
They can make tons of money funding these wars and make even more money clearing up after it,
Of course you will have to choose a side and hope that yours’ wins,
The rich elite don’t care, they play on both sides, wars are a win-win scenario for them.

© David R. Durham
Spiritual Healing & Counselling
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Spiritual Paradox

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A paradox can be defined as any person, thing, or situation exhibiting an apparently contradictory nature.

Meditation and many other spiritual practices, and hence their teachings, are highly paradoxical in nature

  • We learn the skills of meditation and diligently practice, so we can ultimately let go of it all.
  • Often we’re trying to discover or attain some other state of being, that we’re are already in.
  • Whatever we do think we have attained or realised along the way, becomes something else that have to let go of.
  • We think meditation is all in our mind, when it turns out to be primarily down to our heart.
  • We yearn for healing enlightenment, yet our liberation lies in compassionately embracing our darkness.
  • And in the end, the only time you can practice pure meditation, is when you know you no longer need it anymore.
  • We search for our dearest love in the rarest of experiences, only to find our true love was right here all along under our noses, here in the most ordinary of things.

Does this all mean that meditation and spiritual practices are a waste of time? Hardly. For it is only by going through these transformational processes, that we arrive at the simplicity of our natural awakened self.

© David R. Durham
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The
 Tipping 
Point

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The
 New 
Year 
issue 
of 
Resurgence 
& 
Ecologist magazine,
 The
 Tipping 
Point,
 is 
packed
 with 
thought provoking
 articles.

This issue brings together change-makers working to restore the balance and presents practical solutions to tackle our environmental crisis: local currency initiatives, renewable energy strategies, national schemes to restore land to wildlands in the Netherlands and more.

It 
is 
available 

via the Resurgence 
& 
Ecologist Website or 
as 
an 
app
 from
 iTunes.


David R. Durham
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