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Phil Shankland  // Posts published by Phil Shankland

Plato’s cave – the shadow of the real

Plato’s cave – the shadow of the real

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” ― 1 Corinthians ch13 v12 Meditation: “Saying the mantra ma-ra-na-tha … each repetition the erasure of a pixel of illusion.” Via Transformativa Pop […]

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31 Mar Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

unoriginal sin

unoriginal sin

“Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” ― Oscar Wilde Meditation: “Saying the mantra ma-ra-na-tha is like rune reading the pattern on the side of a snake as it slithers by.”” Via Negativa What’s so original about original sin? I guess there has to be a first time for everything so for the […]

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beyond belief

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.” ― William James, The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy Meditation: “Meditation is like floating on the meniscus between sky and water, between heaven and earth, between spirit and flesh, between knowing and believing.” […]

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04 Dec Posted by in Via Creativa | Comments

on stillness

“Nothing in all creation is so like God as stillness.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Meditation is like spinning a silk Sagrada Familia out of silence.” Via Creativa What started out as a reaction to fast food culture – ‘slow food’ – has accelerated into other areas of modern life including slow travel, slow gardening and slow sex. Carl Honoré’s 2004 […]

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20 Nov Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

how the light gets in

“Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.” Paul McCartney Meditation: “Meditation is like picking your way across a peat bog from one tuft of silence to another.” Via Negativa When the comfort of our familiar world becomes threatened by changing local or world events a common response is to look backwards to the ‘good old days’. Nostalgia […]

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31 Aug Posted by in Via Positiva | Comments

the Promised Land

“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have already given to you, as I promised to Moses..” Joshua ch1 v 3 Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like playing verbal hopscotch from now to now.” Via Positiva One of the things our parents teach us if we are well socialised is to […]

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12 May Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

an idea to live and die for

“The thing is to find a truth which is a truth for me, to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die.” Kierkegaard Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like entering the void – each syllable a hachure stroke towards perfect darkness.” Via Negativa In the credits at the end of the […]

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the best day of your life

“Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them.” Epictetus Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like watching the bag dancing in the wind in American Beauty.” Via Transformativa How will you know when it’s the best day of your life? […]

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26 Oct Posted by in Via Integrativa | Comments

what time is now?

“All time is contained in the present Now-moment.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like dismantling a wall that separates your true Self from union with God … each syllable a brick … each word a course.” Via Integrativa Today the clocks go back – so don’t forget to correct yours. The clock on my […]

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29 Sep Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

presence and absence

“In the silent darkness we are given new eyes. In the heart of the divine we can see more clearly who we are.” Macrina Wiederkehr Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like dismantling a wall that separates your true Self from union with God … each syllable a brick … each word a course.” Via Negativa In […]

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