What is Feng-Shui?

Our simple seeker was fascinated in what
she had discovered in a Book Warehouse
store. She seemed to know she was meant
to find something of special interest
to her, if to no other.

What is Feng-Shui?

Yes. That’s the title of this incredibly
interesting, nineteenth century classic
interpretation by Ernest J. Eitel.
And it was marked down to $3.99.
It hardly seems fair.

Did you want to pay more?

Perhaps, if I had know how interesting
it would be to me, but that would mess
up their bookkeeping. People don’t do that.

You do.

Not in a book store. And not often.
But there are times when waiters
seem to go out of there way to be
helpful that I would not feel
comfortable not expressing thanks
with a higher tip than usual.
It’s just too easy to simply say,
thank you.

Don’t tell me; show me?

Yes.

What impressed you most with Feng-Shui?

The author was as interesting as his book.

In what way?

You know. He is, or was, so knowledgeable …

Is he not, now?

I don’t know.

Could he be less knowledgeable now
than he was 150 or so years ago?

That would depend …

On what?

On how well he kept himself informed about
new studies and insights on his subject of
interest, as they became available.

Yes, or whether he was content to rest on
his current awareness, in the false belief
that he had contributed as much as he could,
and so stopped what he had been doing so well.

But, surely we have to stop sometime.

Why?

Otherwise, the book would never be finished.

The book is never finished.

What book?

The story of our life.

One?

One.

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Unique Individuals are not Unique in Their Needs

Our simple seeker was discouraged.
She had done all she could to learn
the lessons of life that her Spirit
Teacher seemed intent on instilling
into her mind.

That’s it. My mind is full and I
don’t want to learn any more.

Any more of what?

Any more of anything. I need time out.

That’s something.

What’s something.

Knowing that you have a specific need
is a beginning.

A beginning of what?

Awareness.

Awareness of what?

Awareness of human needs.

I thought we were discussing
my needs.

Are you human?

So, all humans may need time out?

Time out from what?

From whatever they need time out
from.

Yes.

And that’s it?

Should there be more?

What am I supposed to learn from
this discussion?

That you are not that unique
in your needs.

Does that mean I’ll get time out?

No.

Learning is a Form of Awareness

Our simple seeker was studying with intent to learn more
about Neo-Confucianism.

How does it differ from reading?

Learning, or seeking to learn, something.

Intentionally?

Yes, and expecting to learn. I am learning
and I am aware that I have learned
something of value, to me, if to no other.

In such a short time?

Yes and no.

Isn’t that my line?

If it fits.

Yes. If what we are studying now is built
upon a solid foundation of earlier studies
then we can absorb our new learning
into an expanding and deeper understanding
of earlier studies.

Formal educations is, or should be,
built on these same principles.

Principles?

Yes.

One step at a time?

It doesn’t work that way.

How then does it work?

Expanding, integrating, and transcending.
How did the concept of transcending
come into your study of Confucianism?

Neo-Confucianism.

Would Confucius be impressed?

He might be horrified.

Perhaps not.

Why do you say that? Do you have inside
information?

Yes. The trinity that you imagined
(I had visualized an I Ching trinity,
or triad) involving the Supreme Ultimate
as a force that produced Yin and Yang
may well have developed from your
understanding of the Kabbalah Tree of
Life and its supreme triad of energies.

Isn’t it curious and interesting how
it all comes together?

What?

Knowledge.

It can come together if we continue
to open to new ideas without letting
go of what we have learned in the past.

Perhaps, all along the way we need to
be aware that what we are now learning
may itself become a foundation for
future learning.

Would you want to reach an end?

Is there an end?

No. Awareness is knowing there is
no end or boundary to awareness, and
in the end, learning is a form of
awareness.

Evolutionary Buddhism

Our simple seeker was puzzled with the
seemingly contradictory and mutually
exclusive (from her albeit limited
understanding) terms of evolutionary
Buddhism rolled in together.

What seems to be the problem?

Buddhism and evolution together?

Everything is together.

But, spirituality should be forever.

It is.

But not necessarily as it was
or may yet be?

Exactly.

Then how can anyone …

Which anyone?

This anyone, me. How can I ever understand
something that keeps developing, when it
isn’t what it was and may not be what it is?
I need stability.

There isn’t any.

Then what is there to hold onto?

In what way?

In thinking.

You could try holding onto the concept of
endless change.

That would be easy if I was looking
out of a high window at traffic below.

We are doing just that.

No Such Thing as Just a Dream

Our simple seeker was half asleep when Spirit
began to lecture to her on Freud’s concept of
ego.

Perhaps he didn’t think to use the term of
outer personality.

Ego as personality? That makes sense.

Actually it develops around our essence,
or soul, if you will, and it’s unique
personality.

She tried to focus with her weary mind
on what he was saying, and at the same time
wondered why He would choose such a moment.

Perhaps so your resistance to new ideas …

I don’t resist new ideas, at least not
just for the sake of resisting them.

Then why are you resisting the concept of
an inner or original personality and a mask
or protective energy that interacts between
the inner personality and the outer
enviroment?

Like a coat?

A living coat.

I don’t understand.

What?

Why we would need an outer personality
to protect our essence when surely
our physical body does that.

The physical body is a structure,
even though it is a living one.

Okay, so we have two personalities

Of course, we may have several.

I’m trying to accept two.

Okay. For now, think two.

Inner and outer?

Inner and outer.

The outer is directed by the inner?

When?

They take turns?

Not by design.

Then how?

The inner develops an interface …

As an aura?

Yes.

And the aura serves to provide
a sort of protection …

Go on.

I can’t think. I’m tired.

So, You’re not interested in learning
about the function of the outer
personality as it develops into ego,
and forgets, or denies that it’s role
is to …

You’re losing me.

That’s not possible.

Is this just a dream?

There is no such thing as just a dream.

or protection

Spirituality Requires Thought and Emotion

Our simple seeker was overwhelmed with the power
of what she was reading on a web site she had
connected to via a Twitter tweet. She could not
pull herself away, to wind down.

So, now you’ve discovered depth psychology?

You know that I studied that many years ago,
but this goes beyond a simple review.

Jung as a spiritual thinker was not part of
your formal studies?

As far as I can remember, spirituality
and thinking were not even considered …

Compatible?

Something like that.

What is your take on this new ethics?

It isn’t new in the sense that it would
replace the old.

Then, how can it be considered as new?

You’re setting me up.

Yes.

Then, please explain how the two can
merge, and why they now must.

They have never been separate.

As in the letter and the spirit
of the law?

Yes.

Then the old and new ethics of Spiritual
Depth Psychology refers to developing
an inner awareness of the purpose of
outer forms of ethical conduct and social
expectations, and why these serve us all?

Yes, and more.

What more?

The process of increasing awareness requires
and stimulates intellectual development.

And emotional development?

No.

Why?

When we each start to develop an inner
perspective of how and why to express
compassion toward ourselves and others,
in a way that honours both the past and
present, and possible future rules of
interacting with others, then our
emotional development will be
the stimulus to intellectual awareness.

They develop separately?

Yes and no.

How is that possible?

We each are usually more mature in either
thought or emotion, but each is
continuously, even if very slowly,
developing and influencing the other’s
growth.

Then,

Female Personification of Eastern Wisdom

Our simple seeker was deeply engrossed in reading
Terah Kathryn Collins’ The Three Sisters of the Tao.

It is possible to read with much less intensity.

Perhaps, for some, if what they are reading
is for casual entertainment.

Even some serious students allow themselves
a certain distance from the subject of the text.

Yes, it is as a text, with an important difference.

And the difference is?

Personal experience.

How can you be sure?

My own personal experience supports the author’s
general conception of bringing otherwise dry
ancient wisdom …

Can ancient wisdom be dry?

Yes, if it is presented in an overly intellectual
manner.

So, ancient wisdom needs an infusion of emotion?

I think so.

And your own personal experience confirms the
author’s truth?

What does that term mean?

What term?

The author’s truth.

What does it mean to you?

To me it means the author is expressing
her understanding of the subject she has
chosen to share with her readers;
an understanding she has developed from
personal experience as well as from
dedicated study.

Is that all?

Is it possible for her truth to mean more?

Yes.

What?

His truth.

The author is female.

Yes.

How Can I Know What is Possible?

Our simple seeker was meditating on
the seemingly-separate realities of
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Or past, present, and future?

Yes.

Why seemingly separate?

You know why.

Yes, but do you?

Yes. They are continuously and seamlessly
woven together.

In what way?

Each emerges from one of the others,
continuously.

What if I suggested that they exist
each within the other, at all times
and in all places?

I would find that possibility …

It is more than a possibility.

Then, I would still find it
difficult to accept.

But not impossible?

How can I know what is possible?

You could ask me.

But, your answer might be designed
to test my willingness to accept
whatever you might tell me.

Yes.

If They Have Eyes To See

Our simple seeker was enjoying, admiring,
and envying Dan Millman and his “The Law
of Spirit”.

He obviously shared a high quality
relationship with an awakened spirit
being.

Are we jealous?

Perhaps a little.

Why?

He is so much more …

Intelligent?

I can’t know that for sure, but ..

Then, what?

He seems to be so much more
comfortable with openly sharing
his relationship with a spirit
teacher than I am.

Why?

Perhaps he has more self-confidence.
After all, he is …

Male?

That helps, but also he earned
general admiration and respect
in his personal life.

Is his relationship with spirit
not also personal?

Yes, of course, but he was a
world class athlete before
he shared his spiritual wisdom.

His?

Well, it is his now.

How so?

Anything we learn from whomever
or whatever personal experience
becomes our own wisdom or
understanding, at least until we
begin to doubt it or to believe
there may still be more to learn.

Where do I fit in to this personal
philosophy of yours?

Is it a personal philosophy?

Yes, and we each possess one.

How can we know what our personal
philosophy is?

We each know, whether we claim to
or not. But, others may be
more aware than we ourselves are,
if they have eyes to see.