The Oracle – Guidance For Growing A Soul
Or: Read Selected Excerpts
What is a soul? Is there a difference between a soul and a spirit or are these simply two words referring to the same thing? These are questions many of us ask. For some, they are no more than the stirring of a mild curiosity. Others see them and this topic as the primary concern of life. There is a revolution underway that is transforming how people respond to this mystery – these questions about the soul, its origin, nature, and needs. Crossing cultural and traditional lines, individuals and institutions are responding to deeper intuitions and sensitivities. One way to see this is to recognize the difference between Translative Teachings – interpretations of the wisdom stories as they relate to our lives. And, Transformative Practices – activities engaging our minds and bodies that have the power to liberate practitioners from the frightening perception of being separate and alone.
Considering Translative Teachings and Transformative Practices, there is not a new and an old way – nor a right and wrong way. Both have been part of human culture for millennia. Both remain essential to our growth and development. However, to say that we are seeing a revolution speaks of the numbers of people who have recognized and are engaging in transformational, devotional practices that radically transform our thoughts, feelings and actions. Even those who still prefer Translative Teachings are yielding to the knowledge that Transformation does not threaten time honored teachings. There is room at the table for both and all are welcome. This spirit of recognition and accommodation is revolutionary.
The Oracle, Guidance for Growing a Soul, invites readers to undertake a transformative practice handed down through the ages. The deceptively simple question; “Who Are You?” was posed to students of the sage, Ramana Maharshi. Two thousand years earlier, Jesus, the Christ, and before Him, Greek philosopher, Plato asked the same of their followers. By asking and asking again – looking and looking deeper – something surprising was found.
These men, our most respected spiritual exemplars knew the answer. However, then as now, it was not the answer itself, but the fact of fundamental identity that makes all the difference.
From page: v
An Oracle is a source of wise counsel. An Oracle might be a living person or an even more “alive” but disembodied spirit! In, The Oracle – Guidance for Growing a Soul, you, the reader are invited to write in response to The Oracle’s questions and statements. As the roles of writer and reader merge, an opening to the unseen and unexpected will be found.
From page: 5
And so The Oracle asks, “Who are you?”
Who do you see when you look in a
mirror? Write now, and quickly! Do not allow
your imagination to embellish and thereby
deceive. Be neither hard nor kind. Truth itself
is far more helpful than our attempts to meddle.
From page: 16
Jesus said that those who love their families
more than the work of awakening, are not fit
to be His disciples. “Dad,” the masculine
archetype, can be rough!
Teresa of Avila said that those lacking the
stamina required to complete their spiritual
quest should remove themselves to the
kitchen and peel potatoes! “Mom” does not
sound much gentler.
Make no mistake – this is difficult work. Heed
their advice if you really must. But do not let
these two voices scare you away!
Now… do you really want to leave?
Summon strength and stay the course!
From page: 33
Reflect now, upon all you have learned. Consider what it must mean. You have the ability to create difficulties and fearful circumstances. But you also have the power to create peace and manifest love. Who could have such power?
Who! For goodness sake, who are you?
Write more if you wish, or hold the question as a hot coal that burns away delusion. Hold it as a grain of sand lodged in an oyster – the result of which is a treasure. Or hold it as koan – a question that defies simple, logical answers. Hold this question with steady persistence, allowing it to change you – your perception of the world you live in, and ultimately your experience of “self.”
Now… Who are you?
From page: 99