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You need not accept the authority of the teachings in this book just because they are attributed to me.
Live Greater, Think Deeper, Love Better: Spiritual Reflections for the Heart, Mind, and Soul
Listen to these words and be with them. You will know if they speak to your heart. Like a string being plucked on a guitar, truth always resonates in the heart of the listener. This is a living teaching. It lives through you if you accept it. Your acceptance is our covenant. It is our agreement to live and move and breathe together in the spirit of love and truth. While reading this book may be a first step into communion with me, know that meeting me in your heart is an ever-present possibility.
These words are one door that you walk through into that friendship. Don't stop listening when you put this book down. Keep listening that I might speak to you directly. Then, you won't need this book to create a bridge between us. The bridge will already exist in your heart. This book invites you into a living communion with one who loves you and accepts you without conditions. If you learn to receive my love, you will attune to it. Like one torch lighting another, my love will ignite yours and our love will become a single blazing fire.
It will burn away every obstacle to peace in your consciousness. As it burns, your brother and sister will approach you, drawn by the light of the fire that rages in your heart. If they let our love in, they too will catch fire and this fire of love and truth will continue to burn until it consumes every fearful thought. Only then will its job be done. Only then will my work here be complete. Our fire of light and love will give you the strength to face your fears, as well as the fears of other people.
It will let you know in every situation that you are loved. It will remind you to let others know that you love them without conditions.
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When you are scared, it will give you the courage to say "I'm scared. My teaching is not difficult to understand. I did not say "love only blacks or Jews or Muslims.
No exceptions. Even your enemy deserves your love. Even a child can understand it. Yet, it will challenge you every day of your life. This teaching will require all of your insight, all of your understanding, all of your willingness to practice if it is to become embodied in your life. And embodiment is what I ask for.
I ask you to embody the truth, not just to speak it. I ask you to live it every day. And when you forget, I ask you to become aware that you have forgotten. When you are afraid, I ask you to recognize the fact that you have fear rising and that fear shuts down your heart.
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I ask you to take a deep breath and remember. Remember me. Remember your brother and sister.
Remember who you really are. Perhaps this depth of love will manifest itself in many ways, here are a few qualities of this love that will be present:.
God is perfect and, therefore, loving Him requires that we see His perfection, understand this perfection, and act in accordance with it. When we see and understand who God is, the effect is that we must trust Him completely and without reserve. God is all-powerful and all-loving.
An all-powerful and all-loving God must be trusted to an unlimited extent.
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This means that we will see the Holy Spirit do amazing things within our souls. We will see God acting and transforming us. It will be more than what we could ever do to ourselves. We will witness God at work and be amazed at what He does.
If the link between soul and role is so critical in medicine, surely the same is true in education, where the relation of teacher and student must be deeply human for real learning to occur. Time and again, these metaphors have proven their capacity to welcome diverse voices in respectful discourse about difficult things.
Hosted by the seasonal metaphors, we are encouraged to speak about issues we often evade—and to do so in the language most meaningful to whoever is speaking—without anyone giving or taking offense. I can illustrate how this works by naming some of the inner life issues that arise, metaphorically, as we reflect on the seasons.
Fall is when nature plants her seeds. What seed was planted when I arrived on earth, with my selfhood intact, and how can I recall and reclaim more of my birthright potentials? In practical terms, this question takes us toward autobiographical reflection, sharing childhood stories that reveal something of who we were before our deformations set in.
And yet, the seeds of possibility planted with such hopefulness in the fall must eventually endure winter, a season when the potentials planted at our birth appear to be dead and gone. As we look out upon the winter landscape of our lives, it seems clear that whatever was planted is now frozen over, winter-killed, buried deep in the snow. Far too many teachers, physicians, and other professionals find the winter metaphor an all-too-apt description of the inner landscape of their lives. But as we come to understand winter in the natural world, we learn that what we see out there is not death so much as dormancy.
Some things have died, of course, but much that is alive goes underground in winter to await a season of renewal and rebirth. As adults, we like to think of ourselves as fulfilled, not partially dormant. When we drop that pretense and acknowledge how much remains unfulfilled in us, good things can happen, and not for us alone. Teachers tell us that when they start seeing what is dormant in themselves, they become better able to see what is dormant in their students—and they become better teachers in the process. Porter gave to the young James Baldwin.
Spring is the season of surprise. Now we realize that, despite our winter doubts, darkness yields to light, and death makes way for new life. Spring reminds us that, as creatures of the natural world, we know how to embrace paradox as instinctively as we know how to breathe both in and out. Our challenge is to stop using our minds to divide everything into forced choices, into either-ors.
How, for example, does a good teacher hold together the apparent opposites of freedom and discipline, knowing that children, and learning, require both? Schumacher pointed out, no one can write a formula for doing this, but good teachers do it daily as if it were no trick at all. Finally, summer is the season of abundance and harvest. The fact that someone has a real need does not necessarily mean that I am called to meet it: I cannot give what I do not have. So I need to know with real clarity what gift or resource has grown within me that is now ready to be harvested and shared.
If it is my gift to give, native to my own inner soil, I can give it without depleting myself: that gift will grow again, in due season. How is that possible in the midst of such diversity? The answer, I think, is simple. Seasonal metaphors evoke our shared condition, taking us onto common ground where we can explore meaningful matters and experience our connectedness.
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These assumptions are rooted in yet another metaphor from nature: the soul is like a wild animal. Just like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, savvy, resourceful and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places. Many of us learn about these qualities in the darkest moments of our lives when the faculties we normally depend upon utterly fail us—the intellect is useless, the emotions dead, the will impotent, and the ego shattered.
But sometimes, way back in the thickets of our inner lives, we sense the presence of something that knows how to stay alive and helps us to keep going. That something, I suggest, is the tough and tenacious soul. And yet the soul, despite its toughness, is also essentially shy—just like a wild animal.
It will flee from the noisy crowd and seek safety in the deep underbrush. If we want to see a wild animal, we know that the last thing we should do is go crashing through the woods yelling for it to come out! But if we will walk into the woods quietly and sit at the base of a tree, breathing with the earth and fading into our surroundings, the wild creature we seek may eventually show up.
Courage to Teach groups depend on a set of pedagogical principles and practices that flow from this understanding of the soul—which is why we invest heavily in training people to facilitate these groups. Western culture has little understanding of what is required to make safe space for the soul: group life in our society usually feels more like people crashing through the woods together rather than sitting quietly at the base of a tree!
So the facilitator of a CTT group is charged with teaching and protecting certain counter-cultural principles and practices, a few of which I want to describe here. First, CTT groups are voluntary. Not only does the soul respond poorly to coercion, but the soul knows best what that person needs or is ready for. But following this rule consistently is key to this form of community.
The last thing the soul wants is to be fixed or saved, and any effort to do so will send it running back into the woods. The soul wants simply to be witnessed, attended to, heard. And in a CTT group, it does not matter whether or not you hear my soul speak: what matters is that you help to create a trustworthy space where I can hear my own inner teacher more and more clearly.
If you doubt that this is a demanding art, just keep track of the number of honest, open questions you are asked—or ask of others—in the week ahead.