Journey of Faith


Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
NOVEMBER 11, 2018 - 32nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFE RELEASE OF LEAH SHARIBU AND OTHERS WHO ARE HELD CAPTIVE BECAUSE THEY REFUSE TO RENOUNCE THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"Stop judging that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?.... You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”
[Mt 7:1-3, 5]
SEEING THROUGH EYES OF NONDUAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Who do you see when you look at a stranger?

Many of our disputes today are caused by the way we see or don’t see reality. If we are honest with our-selves, most of us tend to see reality dualistically, where we are the center and everyone and everything else is an “object” separate from us. The dualistic mind is binary “either/or” thinking. It judges everyone, and everything by comparison and differentiation from it-self. The standard for these judgments is our egocentric minds.

A dualistic mind is necessary at times to function in our daily life where we are required to make distinctions and judgments necessary to perform practical tasks like driving a car, following a recipe, or a doctor diagnosing a medical condition or performing surgery. However, the dualistic mind has difficulty in perceiving wholeness and processing realities such as God, mystery, uni-ty, love, grace, truth, beauty, eternity, death, suffering, the meaning of life, and so on, which require openness, awareness, and a nondual mind or consciousness.
Nondual consciousness is a much more holistic knowing, where your mind, heart, soul, and senses are open and receptive to the moment just as it is, which allows you to love things in themselves and as themselves.…[it] is a panoramic, receptive aware-ness whereby you take in all that the situation, the moment, the event offers, without judging, eliminating, or labeling anything up or down, good or bad. It is a pure and positive gaze, unattached to outcome or critique….. Nondual consciousness is about receiving and being present to the moment, to the now, without judgment, analysis, or critique, without your ego deciding whether you like it or not. Reality does not need you to like it in order to be reality. (Fr. Richard Rohr OFM, CAC Daily Meditations, January 30, 2017).
Look at another person just as they are, without any comparison or judgment. Who do you see? Another human being unconditionally loved by God, just like you, warts and all.

Nondual consciousness lived in the awareness of the present moment can lead us through God’s grace to the ground of all being—to the Spirit that dwells within each of us—uniting us to God’s love and to one another. When we see with nondual consciousness, we are in the “mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16), living in unity of purpose through God’s love, and trusting together in the power of the Holy Spirit. We can begin with one another to realize and experience God’s Way of love, joy, peace, justice, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, healing, and salvation now and in each ensuing moment vote.
Reflect on Your Experience

To help us to begin to open ourselves to an awareness to what is, without judging, practice sitting in a chair in a quiet place for a few minutes with your eyes closed. Concentrate on breathing slowly in and out. As thoughts arise, just let them go and rest in the peace of God’s presence.
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  

Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia

Videos
Where Do Christianity and Nonduality Meet?" (Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM)

"Contemplative Life and Relationship with God" (Fr. Thomas Keating)

"Contemplation and Compassion" (Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Ph.D.)

"Christianity and Unknowing" (Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM)

"The Five Levels of Consciousness and Centering Prayer" (Fr. Thomas Keating)

"Non-Dualism and Thomas Merton" (Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM)

"Unitive Consciousness" (James Finley, Ph.D.)
Music
"Lord I Need You"

"Come Holy Spirit, I Need You"

"Holy Darkness"
Other Resources
"Dualistic and Nondual Thinking" (Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM)

"Contemplative Consciousness" (Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM)

"Oned with God" (Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Ph.D.)

"Rewiring Our Brains" (Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, Ph.D.)

"Overtaken by Oceanic Oneness" (James Finley, Ph.D.)

"Unitive Consciousness" (Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM)

"Christian Non-Duality - A Q&A with Cynthia Bourgeault"


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