Principle 11 Negation of Opposites 3 – 2020

Principle 11. Negation of Opposites. Week 3. This time: Our Weekly Mediation(s)
“It does not matter in what faction events have placed you what matters is for you to understand that you have not chosen any faction.” 
Last time:  A worthy Cause and The simplest meditation. 
This Time: Our Weekly Meditation(s)
Third Week:
Over the last two weeks  we considered the overall structure and general implications of the principle of the negation of opposities. We also looked at it in the context of the past. This week we try to focus on what it means or could mean for out present situations. How might I apply this principle? What consequences might arise? How might it change things? How will things play out if I ignore this principle?
 
As I have mentioned previously I find the best way to approach these 
kind of considerations is concretely —  that means that this week I’ll take a look at the principle and try to discover at least one situation where applying the principle could make a difference in the outcome of events, or at least how I feel about that outcome. 
An Invitation:
This week I’m sharing some thoughts on our weekly meeting. Whether you have never been, haven’t been in a while, or come almost every week, please take this as an invitation to join us. If you don’t get a weekly reminder by email you can find the link to our virtual meetings on the Facebook page of The Community of Silo’s Message Toronto Annex. Or you can just email me. Our meetings are open to the public. They are free. It’s not a club — you don’t have to join or subscribe to any particular belief — except being in favour of nonviolence, non-discrimination, and freedom of beliefs. It’s not a course — you come as sporadically or regularly as you prefer and your situation permits.
 
Have you wanted to join us for these meetings but the timing doesn’t work for you? Why not start another one? It’s easy, just invite one or two interested friends (neighbours, co-workers, family members) over and follow the steps of the experience detailed in the Book of Silo’s Message. Not comfortable with all that? Feel free to get in touch and we’ll help you get started.
 
First time here? Then you should know:
12 Principles of Valid Action. 12 months in a year. Coincidence? No matter, this happy circumstance allows us to dedicate one month to each principle. And every week that month we look at some aspect of the corresponding principle. These principles can be found in Chapter 13 of the Inner Look by Silo.  
Personal Reflections:
Here’s some thoughts related to this subject. I hope you find them of some use in  your own meditations.  Please consider sharing your ideas with us at the meeting this Wednesday, on our Facebook page or by email.
 
But before getting on with all that I encourage you to read Fernando Aranguiz’s recent reflection on this principle. You can find it here: https://dzuckerbrot.com/2020/11/to-choose-elegir/
 
Our Weekly Meditation:
Last week I wrote about a daily, or twice daily, practice that I called the “simplest meditation”, perhaps it’s not really the simplest but I liked the name. This week I thought I’d write about our “weekly meditation”.  
 
Illustration By Rafael Edwards
A simple guide to our Weekly Meeting:
We keep our meetings short (less than an hour) but in that time a lot happens. Our gathering usually begins with a short interchange about the principle, our situation and reflections about the last week. Then we continue with a totally different kind of practice.
 
The procedure can vary, but in our meeting normally two people familiar with these works volunteer to guide the meditation. One of them will suggest that we become aware of the distractions and tensions that are affecting us in that moment. They do this with three phrases: “My mind is restless. My heart is troubled. My body is tense. Those participating check their situation and respond in kind (assuming it is the case!). This quite naturally leads to the suggestion/affirmation: “I relax my body, my heart and my mind”. A few moments is given to do exactly that as best as we can. Outside of the meeting proper, in occasional seminars and workshops, we teach precise techniques that can be applied in this situation. These are designed to relax external muscular tensions, deeper internal tensions and specifically mental tensions. But in the meeting it is simply suggested and each one lets go of those tensions in their own way.
 
After this brief relaxation a theme is suggested for consideration. In our meetings we generally take the principle of the month, each week meditating on a different aspect of how it might be applied. This part of the meeting is a moment of gentle reflection. It is followed in turn by the experiences that are in many ways at the heart of our meeting — the Experience of Peace which at times can become the Experience of the Force. Whatever the result the procedure is a sort of guided meditation focused on the sensation of an expanding sphere. In a very short time can produce a feeling of profound internal peace, connection with a source of  internal force or energy,  and a growing feeling of joy. 
 
At the end of that work we are invited to clarify what it is we truly need and to ask for that from the deepest part of ourselves. Of course, believers in a particular deity might direct that “asking” to their God, saint or intercessor. For those who do not believe in a God or Gods, the request is delivered to and from the depths of their own being.
 
At one time that would have been the end of the weekly experience. However, each community of Silo’s Message is autonomous and is free to do things in their own way, and so by common agreement our meeting continues for another brief meditation. Having taken this  time to discover Peace, Force and Joy in ourselves, we turn our thoughts to those we care about, and their needs. With that last practice which we call, The Ceremony of Well Being the weekly meeting ends. Though often we’ll all go out together for a coffee, a meal, or just hang out for a while. 
Remember:
Whatever your opinion, your position, or your faction, complete truth and liberty are not there. Truth and liberty arise when you realize that you have not chosen any faction.  filled with growing Peace in yourself and around you, internal Force to face life’s difficulties and the Joy of an open future.
Worth Repeating:
Guiding our actions by the internal registers of unity and contradiction we can develop a coherent life increasingly filled with peace, force and joy.
Coming up:
This week we looked at how principle 11 “the negation of opposites” applied in past situations. Next week we shift from the past to the present. 

Note:
These notes have been posted on Facebook and sent to our email list, and thanks to Fernando Aranguiz on my website  www.dzuckerbrot.com 

A slightly different version will be available on instagram. Look for silo_toronto
We’d all love to hear your comments, thoughts, considerations, artwork, etc about any of this.

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