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Phil Shankland  // Posts published by Phil Shankland

29 Dec Posted by in Via Positiva | Comments

consciousness

“The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.” 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 Positiva Einstein was a realist. As he said, “I like […]

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18 Nov Posted by in Via Positiva | Comments

gravity

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like a free floating space walk daisy-chaining with atoms, saints and galaxies.” Via Positiva In ‘Gravity’ at her lowest ebb high above the earth Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) gives […]

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04 Nov Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

much ado about nothing

“Outside of God there is nothing but nothing.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Meditation is like fly fishing without a fly expecting to catch nothing … expecting nothing … standing in the Source.” Via Negativa It was only in the 5th century that ‘zero’ was introduced to mathematics and philosophy and it set a cat amongst the pigeons. […]

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10 Oct Posted by in Via Integrativa | Comments

Gardeners Question Time

“What we are looking for is what is looking.” St Francis of Assisi Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like reaching hand over hand for the rungs of a monkey ladder over a gorge.” Via Integrativa One of the great railway journeys in England is the Settle to Carlisle line renowned for the viaduct across the […]

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19 Sep Posted by in Via Creativa | Comments

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“Cast the net on the right side of the boat.” Jesus, John 21v6 Meditation: “Meditation is like fly fishing without a fly expecting to catch nothing … expecting nothing … standing in The Source.” Via Creativa In 1901, a group of divers excavating an ancient Roman shipwreck near the island of Antikythera, off the southern […]

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30 Jan Posted by in Via Creativa | Comments

how long is now

“This is the fullness of time – when the Son of God is begotten in you.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like a Mexican wave of prayer from Christian monks in desert monasteries to Tibetan lamas in mountain monasteries from age to age.” Via Creativa “If a tree falls in a forest and […]

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28 Jan Posted by in Via Integrativa | Comments

Life of Pi

“Spirituality is not to be learned by flight from the world, by running away from things, or by turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, we must learn an inner solitude wherever or with whomsoever we may be. We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Saying the […]

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22 Jan Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

lighten our darkness

“I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you Which shall be the darkness of God” T.S. Eliot Meditation: “Each repetition of the word is like a hachure stroke towards perfect darkness.” Via Negativa The purpose of meditation is not to control your thoughts – they cannot be tamed – […]

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I see you

“We are the mirror as well as the face in it. We are tasting the taste of eternity. We are pain and what cures pain. We are the sweet cold water and the jar that pours.” Rumi Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like fingerprints on a steamed up bathroom mirror until you can see clearly.” […]

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alchemy

“We must learn to penetrate things and find God there.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Meditation is like a chocolate soldier slowly submerged in a river of hot chocolate; or a mercury cop in Terminator crossing a river of molten mercury.” Via Transformativa The goal of the alchemist is to turn base metal, typically lead, into pure metal […]

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