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A Path of the Light (Practices)

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Please note that as I said in my "Welcome" thread, this Path could also be labelled as

 

A Path of the Heart

or

A Path of Peace

 

While there is no substitute for our group practice (as far as I'm aware), there are many other practices that may lead to our doors, which are freely available in various writings, so I feel it's best to discuss and to illustrate our Way in Group Studies unless there are any objections?

 

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As I said,

 

On 07/05/2018 at 2:27 PM, Daemon said:

In the light of several of the contributions to this thread, I feel that it would be wise to open it with an examination of basic communication skills, namely active listening, which may be considered to be one of the keystones of all spiritual practices because it develops the foundational skill of hearing the Light of the heart.

 

 

An introduction to active listening (from 1974).

 

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It's my view that, unfortunately, it's impossible to duplicate the experience of hearing and being heard by others in writing or in a video or even via videoconferencing.

Regarding our group practice, the same appears to hold true. However, it seems that group practice held via videoconferencing may sometimes act as an attenuated substitute, although, it appears that most would need to have attended at least one our meetings or that of one of various similar groups (for example, a gathered[1] unprogrammed[2] Quaker meeting) prior to being able to duplicate some of that experience via video linkage. Having said that, please note that, like the Quakers[3][4], we do not consider that any form of transmission of the Light takes place from person to person (as we also hold the view that the Light is always present within everyone). The effect of our group practice is probably that it provides the opportunity for a synergistic resonance to take occur between the participants. Please note also that, unlike the Quakers, we do not necessarily base our Paths upon the teachings of the Nazarene[5], neither do we speak during our practice, nor do we have a hierarchical (patriarchal) organisational structure. Please note also that this is not an official viewpoint as everyone is different, so we have many different viewpoints and or community is founded in our group practice, as I've said previously.

 

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Footnotes

 

[1] For example, one individual's viewpoint (although not the way I'd describe it)  http://www.tractassociation.org/tracts/the-gathered-meeting/

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quakers#Unprogrammed_worship

[3] Some of us also regularly attend Quaker meetings, although none of us are members.

[4] I was informed that our Path probably predates not only the Quakers but also the Nazarene.

[5] However, many of the Quakers I know are not Christians either.

 

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Having spent several weeks considering the evolution of this topic (if any in this particular environment), I feel that the most effective and efficient method of making our Path (of the Light) freely available to anyone and everyone who might have an interest would be by building upon the core of traditional (unprogrammed) Quakerism and by outlining some of our more readily accessible practices as adjuncts.

Although there are major differences between these two Paths, this approach may hopefully illustrate that at the same time there's no significant difference in our core group practice other than that we do not interrupt our shared Silence with what the Quakers call vocal ministry.

For some of us the sparse vocal ministry found even in unprogrammed traditional Quakerism detracts from our  individual and shared experiences of our group Silence. Others find value in both and it is probably also important to point out that even within traditional Quakerism the group Silence is often unbroken for the duration of the Meeting.

I will continue developing this topic by outlining how to learn what I consider to be probably the most accessible and effective of our individual core practices, an ancient heartcentric breathing practice, which is becoming more widely disseminated under the labels of coherent or resonant breathing.

 

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There are only two effective and efficient ways to learn resonant breathing (of which I'm aware:

  1.  ChiKung (like @Miffymog) over a couple of years, although that's not guaranteed and if, like, him, you make the mistake of following an unqualified source, you're probably not only going to fail but you're possibly also going to harm yourself.
  2. Instrumented biofeedback over a couple of months.

Of these, the only guarantee of success would be the second.

You might also be able to pick it up in other ways (e.g. highly skilled individual tuition, the free HeartMath™ app[1] or attending meetings held in the Light of Silence). If you have a high degree of body awareness, your chances of success without the use of instrumented biofeedback are exponentially multiplied.

 

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Footnotes

 

Although I have found that their relatively cheap biofeedback devices may be an adequate substitute (in the absence of access to  professional-grade medical physiology equipment and expertise) this is NOT an endorsement of the HeartMath™ cult. ☮️

 

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Sorry if this is in another thread of yours, but how do you define Light ?

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By inviting someone to one of our meetings so that they can explore that question from their own experience. As an alternative, I sometimes direct people towards unprogrammed Quaker meetings. In that case, I may accompany them and/or make available a few simple and potentially useful adjuncts, such as those that I'm in the process of making available via this topic.

 

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However, sitting in a cafe (even reading a book) can provide you with exactly the same experience (if your attitude and the ambience of the place is conducive).

To summarise:

Show up with the right attitude in the right place with the right people and the answer to your question will become obvious to you.

 

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