One of the most beautiful things things I’ve seen is in actually quite mundane. For me I have learned much from the sowing of seeds. The thing that always struck me about planting seeds was that each seed opens at its own time, no matter how much fertiliser or water we add/ Its a beautiful and deeply spiritual process, and this is reflected throughout mythology where we find the theme of A god-like figure buried in the ground from which all sustenance comes forth from. I think of Osiris in Egyptian Mythology who is depicted sometimes as being green skinned; he is both God of the Underworld and God of the harvest and flooding of the Nile.
Osiris was not only a merciful judge of the dead in the afterlife, but also the underworld agency that granted all life, including sprouting vegetation and the fertile flooding of the Nile River. He is described as the “Lord of love”,….. Through the hope of new life after death Osiris began to be associated with the cycles observed in nature, in particular vegetation and the annual flooding of the Nile, through his links with Orion and Sirius at the start of the new year.[Osiris was widely worshipped as Lord of the Dead until the suppression of the Egyptian religion during the Christian era
- Taken from Wikipedia
This process of birth death and rebirth is something so intricately tied to human thought, to the energies of the human psyche,to the cycles of how things unfold in our lives. I wanted to share with you some recent things which have unfold in this period of gestation, where after my crazy idea about having tea with someone has been planted so to speak in the arena of the everyday and hopefully on its own time will spring forth with as Rumi says full of some unimagined beauty.
Place of Precipitation
There is this beautiful statue of the child Buddha pointing up with his left hand , and down with his right. A phrase is attributed to this child buddha
To our right is a picture of the world largest child shakyamuni Buddha statue at Chobar about 38ft tall. I placed that pictures here to illustrate the pose. which is indicative of something much deeper a mystical revelation many have experienced over the years,which is that the heart of man is the meeting place, the nexus point of two worlds, the world of the The World of the Infinite and the World of the finite. Some like the Native Americans would call us care takers of this world, others would use the term vice-regent. In the Sufi tradition I am reminded of Surah al-Baqarah 2:29-33 which says:
He it is Who created for you all that is upon the earth; then He turned
toward the heaven and made seven firmaments,
and He has perfect knowledge of all things.
And behold! Your Sustainer said to the angels:
“I am about to establish upon earth a representative, a khalifah.”
They said: “Will You place on it
one who will spread corruption thereon and shed blood-
whereas it is we who proclaim Your limitless glory
and praise You and hallow Your name?”
God answered: “Truly, I know that which
you do not know.”
And He imparted to Adam the names of all things;
then He brought them within the
ken of the angels and said:
“Declare to Me the names of these,
if what you say is true.”
They replied: “Limitless are You in Your glory!
No knowledge have we save that which
You have imparted to us.
Truly, You alone are all-knowing, truly wise.”
Said He: “O Adam, convey to them the names of these.”
And as soon as Adam had conveyed to
them their names,
God said: “Did I not say to you,
‘Truly, I alone know
the hidden reality of the heavens and the earth,
and know all that you bring into the open
and all that you would conceal?’ ”
The Right Now
Whatever the term we may use the reality is the same, that a man with an awakened heart is the site of the manifestation of the divine in this realm. He is the representative of the creator here . What is fortunate for all of us, is that we do not have to wait till we are completely enlightened to see this work in our own lives. How many times through intuition we have happens upon an idea, that with patience and tender care blossomed into something beautiful. How many of us have seen the birth of a sibling, or had children of our own?
This is a roundabout way to get to the talk of Sharing a Cup of Tea with you, sort of like the history of tea itself actually. I hope you have enjoyed the ride thus far. Secondly I feel that we needed a particular context, a special back drop if you will so that we could see the directions this project have taken since we all though your comments and our talk about the project on through comments and the Facebook page have seeded and slowly with loving kindness tended this idea.
This is no longer our idea, definitely not my idea any more, but belongs at the moment (if we all can be patient) to the child of the eternal moment. Always waiting to precipitate, to be born in our lives at the right time. II feel if we are again patient when we sti down for tea or to talk something will be born not only in our hearts but someplace in the world an energy will be made available to will push all of creation further.
It is because now we are all conscripted in the service of maintaining a sacred space for something new to manifest that I decided to write this post. On Friday the working with Oneness Facebook page posted a link to my Sharing a Cup of Tea with you post on their wall, saying:
AN INVITATION TO A VIRTUAL CUP OF TEA: How do we live at this time of “darkness before dawn”? What is most important? Here is one suggestion. Do you have others?
This along with comments I received on the blogs Facebook page opened my eyes to something much deeper. Initially I thought I would sit down and actually have tea with people. However no one locally has answered my invitation, though many more people far away from here have. Once I read this posting by the Working with Oneness Group and read through the comments on the page I realized that the ‘tea’ itself was only a metaphor in many ways.
What matter the most is that we were getting together as people to sit together. Sharing a cup of tea physically was one of an infinite number of forms this coming together could take place. There was the power of the internet, that allows us all to come together amd share a moment. It was a far reaching epiphany of sorts.
It was in many ways just like planting a seed. Once planted we have to wait and be aware, to see what we are being called to do or address. With that in mind I see that where possible, I could physically on my own time invite people to sit with me over tea, as well as see if there is a way we can all come together in a more dynamic way than on the blog. I have many ideas and look forward to hearing from all of you as always.
Thank you all for your feedback, especially Working with Oneness , all of you readers those who are silent and those who comment, the those on the blog Facebook page.
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- Sharing a Glass of Tea with You (mycaravanofdreams.com)