The following resources were gratefully shared at the OneLight Gathering on Friday 9th June 2017 at London's monthly Interfaith Ceremony, generously hosted at Notting Hill's Essex Unitarian Church.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
by Rev. Alison Trower
Source of all Being and Breath,
in all the shapes that we are, we live in one skin,
breath one air, and beat with one life force.
In our humanity we are full of contradictions, and we make divisions
between good and bad, wanted and unwanted.
Creating a shadow
causes us great suffering,
Love sees us in our naked truth
and still hold us with tenderness, reverence and the deepest care.
Pure love knows no judgement;
in the Light of this pure love, may we integrate and welcome back those pieces we have
judged and rejected.
Inspire us, Source of All, to befriend those parts of ourselves we
have learned to disapprove,
to feel appreciation for our wholeness, and
to discover the harmony by welcoming the discord.
We give thanks for everlasting Forgiveness and Grace.
Light abounds and in our shadow light always flickers
to show us the way home to the great heart of All That Is.
By learning the universal language of compassion
may our collective heart ring with joy for the opportunity
to be human together,
for here we have the window
to see ourselves in one another and to
behold Divinity at the core of our very existence.
An exert from Tara Brach
'We practice Radical Acceptance by pausing and then meeting whatever is happening inside us with this kind of unconditional friendliness. Instead of turning our jealous thoughts or angry feelings into the enemy, we pay attention in a way that enables us to recognise and touch the experience with care. Nothing is wrong - whatever is happening is just “real life”. Such unconditional friendliness is the spirit of Radical Acceptance....
The Buddha’s loyal attendant, Ananda, always on the lookout for any harm that might come to his teacher, would report with dismay that the “Evil One” had again returned. Instead of ignoring Mara [the Evil One] or driving him away, the Buddha would calmly acknowledge his presence, saying, “I see you, Mara”. He would then invite him for tea and serve him as an honoured guest. Offering Mara a cushion so that he could sit comfortably, the Buddha would fill two earthen cups with tea, place them on the low table between them and only then take his seat.'
Hoʻoponopono is a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness.
I love you