What the Trinity represents is the non-dual relationship between the finite and the Infinite, between that which is bound to linear time-space and that which is Eternal beyond time-space. Three is the “magic number” that recognizes the distinction that makes relationship possible (“not one”) but also breaks down the duality that appears to destroy the unity inherent in the relationship (“not two”).
Love doesn’t save us by preserving us in our current form —nothing can do that. The emotion of love tends to want to preserve what it loves, so if you stay in the shallow end of the love pool, that’s likely all you’ll ever know of it. But if you go to the deep end and dive in, you’ll learn that love saves us by making us whole.
The work goes on. All the fellow grievers have returned home, and here I am in this suddenly empty place. I have been alone most of my adult life –both my profession and vocation call for it, and my temperament eagerly answers– but it’s strange how different that quality feels when it comes to the […]
Elizabeth Shipley “Betty” (Moss) Pickett left her body in a state of peace during the night of Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at her home in Punta Gorda, Florida. She was 86’d.* Betty was born March 2, 1932 at the Fort Drum military base near Watertown, New York, the middle child of Rowland and Virginia (Shipley) […]
In most monotheistic traditions, it is understood that God is not a being, not a physical object to be detected with the senses, but the ground of all being, a unified Spirit behind the many detectable things. But then specific claims are made about that Spirit, such as its gender, preferences for human clothing and […]
For those who are relatively new to the Not Two/Noesta Aqui websites and Facebook page, this is a unique collaboration between two like-minded souls: myself, Waldo Noesta, and a fellow pan-Perennialist named JP Reville. I am the designated wordsmith, while JP does all the behind-the-scenes work on our websites and generally lives life up there […]
Let’s get this straight, world. I don’t write for you. I don’t write for myself, maybe not for anyone alive right now. We’re already dead. I write for our grandchildren, that they may have something to believe, something that might help them find the way. We must leave them ideas that haven’t been idolized and […]
I’ve been feeling self-conscious about the lack of gender balance in The Peasant and the King. In sharp contrast to Birding in the Face of Terror, which has several female characters playing prominent and heroic roles, and where the male narrators receive lessons of a feminine relational spirituality of interbeing along with the heady crown chakra […]
You cannot reach enlightenment by trying. But you also cannot reach it by ceasing to try. That just leaves you back where you started, and if you were satisfied with that state, you wouldn’t have started trying. Not to mention the futility of trying to stop trying. So no, do not try, and do not […]
During the silent worship portion of Quaker meeting today, a Friend ministered to the community by asking, “Do we live the Gospel?” and then sitting down, in that wonderfully open-ended, Quakery kind of way. My deep aversion to speaking in public got the best of me. (I’m still getting my feet wet with the idea […]