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Phil Shankland  // Posts published by Phil Shankland

14 Oct Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments


“God is not found in the soul by adding anything but by a process of subtraction.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Meditation is like Windows Task Manager allowing CPU usage to fall to 0%.” Via Negativa On a riverside walk recently (today actually) I was musing on where negativity comes from. Is it our ground zero … […]


04 Oct Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

neti neti

“Once you label me you negate me.” Søren Kierkegaard Meditation: “The more you abandon all images, all words, all imaginings and the more you allow the silence to overwhelm you … the more powerful you become.” Via Negativa My favourite guru in the annual spiritual supermarket sweeps in Tiruvanamalai in Tamil Nadu every December and January […]


02 Oct Posted by in Via Integrativa | Comments

hidden in plain sight

“The shell must be cracked open if what is inside is to come out.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like giving a prisoner in a cell a syllable spoon and little by little digging themself free.” Via Integrativa We come home to ourselves when we realise … there is nothing missing. We can […]


I am the Walrus

“In the Kingdom of heaven everything is in everything else. All is one and all is ours. We are all in all as God is all in all.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Saying the mantra is like dismantling the wall that separates you from your true Self – union with God … ma – ra – na […]


28 Sep Posted by in Via Positiva | Comments

between the ‘I’s’

“Where there is isness, there God is.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “Saying the mantra – ma-ra-na-tha – is like walking on the slats of a rope bridge acrosss the divide from ‘I’ to ‘I Am’.” Via Positiva Next time you wake up watch out for your first thought – play a game of thought tag with […]


02 Sep Posted by in Via Negativa | Comments

Meditation: “Meditation is like lowering yourself in a bucket into the centre of your soul.” “Think of the soul as a whirlpool and you will understand how we are to sink eternally from negation to negation into the One.” Meister Eckhart Via Negativa “And we know that all things work together for good to them that […]


29 Aug Posted by in Via Creativa | 1 comment

the sound of silence

“There is nothing so close to God as silence.” Meister Eckhart Meditation: “If ‘Om’ is the sound of cosmic background radiation ‘ma-ra-na-tha’ is the sound of the heartpulse of god’s love in the cosmos.” Via Creativa Studies in neuroscience reveal a surprising relationship between thought and action. You might reasonably presume that thought is prior […]


28 Aug Posted by in Via Integrativa | 1 comment

“no hay camino …”

“there is no path …” In the entrance to artist Cesar Manrique’s ‘Seventh Wonder’ – Jameos del Agua – there is an extract from poet Antonio Machado’s poem Proverbs and Songs 29: “Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.” “Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.” Here you will […]