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Thoughts

22.11.14

Communion => community
Truth => love

The day of evil/hour of darkness

24.11.14

……but, in order to do those 3 or 4 life-transforming things, you have to keep doing the hundred other ordinary stuff!

Job’s comforter

Life is precious. Make each day count. Keep it fresh!

Nettlesome

Cheapjack

“If we don’t end war, war will end us.” – H.G. Wells

Moving from ritualism to sacramentality!

Distinguish:
Sentient
&
Sapient

26.11.14

“Courage is only the accumulation of small steps.” – George Conrad

“I will thank the LORD with all my heart! I will tell about all your amazing deeds!” (Psalms 9:1 NET)

“The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.” – George Eliot

The divinization of man => the humanization of all creation!

Wainscot

Judder

Crabwise
Sidle

Pabulum

27.11.14

I love you = I respect you – “I take you seriously.”
I love you = I trust you – “I have confidence in you.”
I love you = I care for you – “I want to do all that I can to better your life.”
I love you – I share with you – “I can reveal myself deeply to you.”

If I could write one book like “Intimacy & Solitude”, my life would not be in vain.
Or if I could live out what I learn from a book like that, wouldn’t that be better?!

Wisdom, compassion & courage

Could divorce ever be a loving thing?

We must go through a long, hard process of thinking & understanding before we come to the decision on what the core issues are and how to address them best.

Superficiality is the curse of our age.

Inaction is also a decision.

Adapted self

No-self => defensive/isolated or dependent/demanding

No true solitude (deep self-knowledge) without intimacy,
And no true intimacy (deep mutual communication) without solitude.

Distinguish:
Solitude
&
Introversion

Distinguish:
Intimacy
&
Romance-sex

Self > identities (assigned roles/simplistic labels)

Taking the contemporary traditional/conventional views of “love” and radically reformulating them!

Sexual warfare!

You cannot do for another what you have not yet done for yourself.

Sex therapy as spiritual warfare!

Subtle (disguised, maybe even unconscious) emotional manipulation

Core-knowledge, core-confidence & core-love (mutual core knowledge & confidence)

Fear (inward) & hate (outward) go hand-in-hand. On the contrary…

Marriage should bring the freedom to do more, not a restricting situation.

Openness/vulnerability
Vs.
Neediness/incompleteness

Is it possible for 2 or more people in intimate relationships to live fully as individuals without killing anyone else? Or should each of them live as only half-persons in order for the relationships to survive?
Isn’t a world where half (or quarter of) the people live fully and half (or three fourths of) the people die fully, better than a world in which everyone is only half-alive (or more aptly half-dead)?
Is this the essential difference between the ancient & modern world?

What does it mean to be (spiritually) alive?
To keep moving one’s faith closer to the truth, & one’s desire closer to Beauty. And then to progressively live out one’s convictions (belief-aspirations) – becoming a good person!

The need (of the self) to be needed (by others, especially that one special other)

Less (quantity) is more (quality)

Misogyny ~ Gynophobia

What does duty have to do with choice?

Freedom & meaning ~ self-knowledge & intimacy

Fifth Gospel – if each of the four Gospel writers had their own peculiar versions of Jesus, why can’t I?

Internalized stereotypes

This author is a humanist, existentialist, liberal, relativist-pluralist, progressive, individualist & feminist

Distinguish: Male & masculinity
Female & femininity

The possessive/insecure wife
&
Her cavalier/free-spirited husband

“Stay together for the kids”

“Shit”
“Fuck”
“Bitch”

28.11.14

Chance = nature (the elemental forces) + nurture-culture (human history) + choice (individual freedom)!
Where is GOD in all of this??
……Peekaboo!

Use Internet & mobile (esp. social networking) only on alternate days.
Focus more on solitude & intimacy! 😌
From information & communication wisdom & communion

Relationship:
Oneness/unity – essential/core/spiritual/unconscious level (accessed indirectly, by faith)
&
Twoness/diversity – practical/superficial/psychological/conscious (accessed directly, by experience)

Peek + boo = peekaboo!

Bland, blind & binding notions

Marriage after singleness
Marriage within singleness
Singleness after marriage
Singleness within marriage
Co-existing stages!

I didn’t know that Internet is a capitalized word!

Secular spirituality

Soul-restoration
Self-healing
Self-therapy
WOW!
Can you please allow/encourage me to help myself?

Bonding:
Woman – romantic/psychological
Man – sexual/physical

Distinguish:
Attachment
&
Affection

Evolution
Vs.
Extinction
The choice that you face at every major juncture of the journey (individually, relationally & culturally)!
The tracks keep running – parallel, overlapping, converging, intersecting, diverging……

The we-self

We must be single when apart, & married when together!
:mrgreen:
Once in a while, can we get out of this straitjacket (of being husband-&-wife), and just be a friend/confidant/therapist to each other?
Then we can both get back into the marital roles again. We would function so much better if we had such times of Sabbath!

Irascible

“Without let or hindrance”

Welfare:
Freedom
Vs.
Safety
Self-expression
Vs.
Social order

Gaol

Civic virtue

Arresting & moving!

Hobbism

What do the prostitute and the monk have in common?

Nostrums

Human nature > our own desires & beliefs
The given, essential constitution!

19.11.14
– How can we understand the biblical language of “heaven”, “hell”, etc. apart from the notion of afterlife?
– GOD does intervene in history, but only very rarely, in exceptional situations.
– Paranormal
Preternatural
Metaphysics, not anti-physics
– The monarch
Vs.
The man of GOD
– zenhabits.net
– Spirituality & philosophy are mutually interdependent, just like theology & ethics.
– Spirit is (your) life continuing in others, through (your) Word, after (your) death – reincarnation!
– Each person’s failure to find fullness of life can/should be a stepping stone for others (coming after) to succeed!
That’s how history moves forward…
– The prohibition of consuming animal blood, in the Torah, also seems to point toward vegetarianism as the ideal.
– Professional fuckers
– The sovereign LORD
&
The inward Light
– Morass
– Truth
&
Authority
– Perforce
– Salt, light & leaven
– Frank Spina
– Egregious padding

20.11.14
– We need a spirituality that is both biblical (faithful to the original theological revelation/tradition) & realistic (relevant to our lived experience)
– Bible – read, study, meditate, reread, etc. (get into it!)
Other books – just get the gist & apply (use them)

21.11.14
– The triad:
1. Work (maximize study, household chores, personal things-to-do, ministry, and minimize everything else)
2. Freak out (music, movies, TV, outing, sleep, etc.)
3. Contemplation (Scripture meditation, reflection, journaling, writing, liturgy, silence, solitude, retreat, fasting, etc.)
Instead of balancing all of them in each day. Set apart one day for each (3-day cycle)!
Maintain basic underlying rhythm for everyday (15 min. Zazen, exercise, daily calendar check, etc.)
– “The Cross behind me (motivation/energy), the world (New Creation) before me!”
– I just wanna maximally enjoy each & every day of my life (from now until my death), and do whatever I can to help others around me to do the same.
– Game of Thrones:
The Starks – “Family (natural bonds), honour (personal integrity) & duty (to king/country)”
What if they are conflicting?!
– A perfect body (very high maintenance)
Or
A perfect soul (includes a fit body)
Choose… You can’t have both!

22.11.14
– “I can and I will!”
– Diorama
– Dianoetic
– “I bear the wounds of all the battles I avoided.” – s dutta
– “It was Grace that taught my heart to fear”
“But with you there is forgiveness, therefore you are feared.”
WOW!
– What is the difference between:
Satori,
Nirvana &
Parinirvana?

23.11.14
– Supafly 😉
– Sleep/night is the engine of action/day!
– “….out of fear of life and fear of death we fall short of what our lives could be.” – Jürgen Moltmann
I want to understand what “fear of life” means! Is it not the same as fear of death (in a different sense)??
– Serial:
“Game of Thrones” – Season 1
WOW!
– Movies:
“2001 – A Space Odyssey”
Spiritual ~ cosmic ~ metaphysical!
Reach out to touch it, & you will never be (the same) again……….
Compare with the movie “Prometheus”

25.11.14
– “What people believe is a measure of what they suffer.”
– Now I know why the book is called “A Song of Fire & Ice”!

26.11.14
– GOD (eternal & perfect) loves Man (finite & fallible).
Same nature (divine image) & everything else polar opposites…
But in GOD’s eyes, Man’s mortality is their glory!
Man (rational & independent) loves woman (sentimental & vulnerable).
Same nature (humanity) & everything else polar opposites.
But in man’s eyes, the woman’s frailty is her beauty!
– Omerta
– Death is the inability to live.
Life is the ability (freedom/possibility) to die!
– Indict
Grand jury
– Determinedly unmelodic
– Can you identify the wolves in shepherd’s clothing?
What about me?!
– The male has a limited capacity to tolerate female nonsense, & the female has a limited capacity for male nonsense.
– Can one be both naughty & mature?
– Pure chance
– What are the interactions between spirit-faith, conscience-morality, intellect-reason & emotion-body?
What are the interactions between politics, economics, culture, religion, technology, business & ecology?
– The book “Intimacy & Solitude” (by Stephanie Dowrick) must be read together by couples.
– Inter-religious theologies must be done in Christian theological seminaries along with (not instead of) biblical theology.
– The Cross
Vs.
The Bible
The Spirit
Vs.
The Letter
The process
Vs.
The tradition
The inward life
Vs.
The organizational structure
Christ
Vs.
Church
Christianity
Vs.
Religion
– Resolve that you will never be tamed, to remain wild, until you die!
– Exclusivity – it is not that I cannot control myself, but that I am not convinced about the necessity/value of such closed loyalty.
– Imaginative historiography

29.11.14
– Down time
– Hypersensitivity » over-reaction
Callousness » indifference