Joe Bradshaw:

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The Practice of Compassion

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As we access and grow on the spiritual path, we inevitably prepare ourselves for the understanding of the requirements needed for our final liberation from the Wheel of Samsara.
Above all, the foremost prerequisite for this realization is the knowing of self. It is no surprise there was written on the top of the gates of the temple of Delphi the inscription that said: “Know Thyself”. This is no doubt the beginning of a life-long journey of self-discovery.
On this voyage through the many aspects and phases of life, we discover that we are not condemned to live at the mercy of the waves of fate as mere animals. One of the primary lessons we are to learn by living a human experience is the knowledge of Compassion.

What is the exact meaning of Compassion?

There is a Zen Buddhist story that illustrates the feeling of…

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Hidden truth, the occult and its lessons shared with me.


One of the gifts I cherish the most is consciousness as it leads to awareness. On that note I choose to share a little more of myself on a deeper level. I grew up surrounded with religion and hypocrisy, getting glimpses of goodness being surrounded by good people that walked through life with the blinders on. Tunnel vision clouded by selfishness.

I asked the questions that they were afraid to answer or confront the truth of the answer. I asked why were Tarot Cards evil? Why are psychics considered evil? Why is divination the work of the devil? My youth was a gift in many ways. As I reflect on growing up in a place where religion ruled, even in the country where there is supposed to be separation of church and state. Utah is a religious state! The L.D.S Religion in fact controls all that happens within its borders and has since it was formed by the Pioneers that devotedly followed their leaders and settled down in the beauty of the land.

Being somewhat of a rebel and Pandora’s Brother so to speak I had to open the box. The gifts in the box have been many and have added great depth expanding my nothingness to greater nothingness. For many my studies may seem evil yet the evils of my studies have given the gift of reality and love of all that exists.

The occult has fascinated me and I have reached the conclusion that the occult is in fact what we fear most.

Occult

adj.1. Of, relating to, or dealing with supernatural influences, agencies, or phenomena.

2. Beyond the realm of human comprehension; inscrutable.

3. Available only to the initiate; secret: occult lore. See Synonyms at mysterious.

4. Hidden from view; concealed.

5.

a. Medicine Detectable only by microscopic examination or chemical analysis, as a minute blood sample.

b. Not accompanied by readily detectable signs or symptoms: occult carcinoma.

n.

Occult practices or techniques: a student of the occult.

v. (-klt) oc·cult·ed, oc·cult·ing, oc·cults

v.tr.

1. To conceal or cause to disappear from view.

2. Astronomy To conceal by occultation: The moon occulted Mars.

v.intr.

To become concealed or extinguished at regular intervals: a lighthouse beacon that occults every 45 seconds.


[Latin occultus, secret, past participle of occulere, to cover over; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.]


oc·cultly adv.

oc·cultness n.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

The occult for me has been finding the hidden truth within thus allowing me to be me. I am a true unique as we all are and we hide our uniqueness with fear. Fear of what is hiding within ourselves that which we choose not to seek or acknowledge. Hidden within from our selfish views or perspectives is our inner truth.

I am grateful for the stories of others and the fear of the occult shared by my family and friends. The truth for me is that the occult is my questioning of myself to find my inner truth hidden within. If knowing my inner truth is evil then I am one evil individual. However I would ask those that would call me evil how well they know their inner self? I included the definition of occult that perhaps another perspective may lessen the fear of the occult in some aspects and reveal the true meaning for us as human beings. Are you hiding your inner truth behind the fear of the occult? Fear not your inner self and stop hiding it question and find your inner truth rather than fear what is hidden there.

I thank you for allowing me to share a thought or two and a little more of my inner truth. I recently posted a poem called “Within, and used the term “Chung Fu” it comes in the context used from the book of changes and means “Inner Truth”. I hope we can as human beings reach for our inner truth and share the love that we find there. Thank you for allowing me to share and it is my hope that we all can share some love and a smile making our world a better place for all we share it with. Please share a smile share your love and help make our world a better place for all we share it with. Be the change positive know yourself and share your love.