Principle of Action & Reaction 2

Principle of Valid Action 2. Second week
This week we are continuing with our considerations about principle #2 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is called the “The Principle of Action and Reaction” and says: “When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.


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Principle 12 Accumulation 3

Principle 12. Third Week
This week we continue our reflections on principle #12, “The Principle of Accumulating Actions” which says: “If you repeat your acts of internal unity then nothing can detain you.” This week’s meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss thoughts, doubts, and insights into how we might apply this principle to our current situation.

In my reflections
I’ll focus on discovering at least one situation where my old habits and accumulated failures might demoralize me. Then I will consider at least one situation where I can try to change my accumulated habits by doing something(s) in a new way.

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Principle 12 Accumulation 2

Principle 12, Second Week
This week we continue our reflections on principle #12, “The Principle of Accumulating Actions” which says: “If you repeat your acts of internal unity then nothing can detain you.” This weeks meeting will give us an opportunity to discuss what we’ve learned so far about how we applied, or could have applied this idea in the past. Can I notice how even small steps accumulate and form a direction in my life. For example, can I recognize how laying down the beginnings of a new habit could have changed a later outcome. Among other things, our weekly meetings give us an opportunity to compare notes, discoveries, questions, etc., about the principles.

Everyone has their own way of approaching these principles. I like to
take a look at the principle we are considering, and over the week I’ll try to discover at least one situation where I allowed old habits and small failures to accumulate and demoralize me. Then I will consider how, for at least one situation, I might have change this by doing some small things in a new way, with the intention of creating new habits and extending them to more situations and bigger things.

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Rafael Edwards

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Principle 5 Acceptance 1

Principle 5, First Week
This week some wide-ranging thoughts as we begin our considerations of a new principle in our monthly rotation through the 12 Principles of Valid Action. These appear in Chapter 13 of the book, The Inner Look. This one is the fifth one and is sometimes called The Principle of Acceptance ” it says: “If day and night summer and winter are well with you, you have surpassed the contradiction”

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Update and Principle 4 Proportion 2

Besides these ongoing blog postings I occasionally post additional material on this site. Most recently a note entitled “Another Near Death Experience: The Three Pathways” you can find that here.

For those of you in Toronto attending our Wednesday get together can I suggest that you bring a friend with you? Perhaps someone you’d never normally invite to a meditation? Looking forward to seeing you (both!).

Principle 4, second week

We are continuing with our consideration of principle  #4 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). Also called  “The Principle of Proportion” it says: “Things are well when they move together not in isolation.”

This week our meditations on this principle are focused on the past i.e on: how I applied, or could have applied, this principle.

Here’s some personal reflections. I offer them in the spirit of dialogue and exchange, and look forward to hearing your thoughts about, and experiences with, this principle.

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Principle 4 Proportion 2nd Week

In keeping with our practice of considering one of the 12 Principles of Valid Action each month, we will spend the next four weeks considering various aspects of principle  #4 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is also called  “The Principle of Proportion” it says: “Things are well when they move together not in isolation.”

This week our considerations of this principle are focused on the past i.e on: how I applied, or could have applied, this principle.

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Principle 2 Action and Reaction 2nd Week

Principle of Valid Action 2, Second week
This week we are continuing with our considerations about principle #2 from chapter 13 of the book (The Inner Look). It is called the “The Principle of Action and Reaction” and says: When you force something towards an end you produce the contrary.”

More information, stories and thoughts about the principles in general and this principle in particular can be found here.

We will turn our attention to our present situation and try to see how this principle might be applied, what utility it might have, and what possibilities or difficulties it might hold.

All of this is not just to understand this principle of valid action more deeply but also to begin to reflect more deeply about our daily behaviour. Can I transform these principles from platitudes into a way of encountering my life, into a dynamic meditation that I can practice at every moment.

Last week’s post had some background about the Principles of Valid Action as well as a few ideas, stories, etc to aid in your reflections. Here’s a few personal reflections I hope will be of some use whether you agree with them or not. Read More...
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