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by joe
Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

The problem with limiting one's focus to the principles of Christianity is that it tends to focus attention on the dogma of the Christian religion rather than the Essence of Overarching Spirit. If it has to conform to Christianity it becomes somewhat exclusive to a larger perspective of spiritual i...
by joe
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Is there a way to actually separate the principles of Christianity from the narrative of Christ and God the Father and have things make sense in terms of going to church and listening to sermons?
by joe
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

How do you just quote part of someone's post here? I wanted to address what you were stating regarding the importance of speaking from one's experience rather than quoting scripture. There are many Christians who will say they have experienced Christ in their lives. They won't necessarily refer to t...
by joe
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

"There are other stories, much older, that are virtually identical to the Jesus story."
Can you give me examples?
by joe
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Very well stated. Any specific advice on how to navigate the life group?
by joe
Thu Dec 21, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Why can't Christians just say that God is a concept that can have many other names and Jesus was an example of an awakened individual? The narratives are so heavy and dominating, especially when the Bible is quoted. Maybe it's just because of the form of Christian sermons. They can't really follow ...
by joe
Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

I don't know about the power thing, though it is certainly an issue for some spiritual leaders. I like what you point out regarding the notion of outside salvation. I guess what I'm struggling with, as I incorporate attending church into my spiritual journey (as it's the closest spiritual community ...
by joe
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

I'll provide a specific example. The other day at a sermon the pastor was talking about the difference between joy and happiness. In his description, I realized he was talking about being connected to the ground of being (joy) vs. being carried away by thought forms (happiness). Then he said the sou...
by joe
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Connecting Tolle teachings with Christian sermons

Does anyone have any idea why Christian sermons are so dependent upon narrative and personification? Why there are so many references to figures, like Him and Jesus and why is everything spiritual attributed to these personifications? How do we square such language with basic spiritual principles?
by joe
Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Questions
Topic: Gateways to Now
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Gateways to Now

Which of the gateways to now do you all use and do you find some work better than others. Why?
by joe
Sat Feb 13, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: Tolle, or Eastern approaches vs. Christianity
Replies: 56
Views: 17966

Re: Tolle, or Eastern approaches vs. Christianity

Now, to ask and pray for Jesus to save us with the promise that he will do it, is a message that is both simple to understand and easy to carry out. Through Jesus we have peace with god. What do you think about that message? Isn't peace with god to connect to truth? Believe in Jesus and he will tak...
by joe
Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: Tolle, or Eastern approaches vs. Christianity
Replies: 56
Views: 17966

Re: Tolle, or Eastern approaches vs. Christianity

Sorry. I don't get how to do the quoting here. Maybe you can explain. What I've been thinking is that there are universal principles that may be recognized in myriad ways and forms. People on this forum would be examples of those who look for ways to connect to truth through a variety of means, but ...
by joe
Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: Awakening / Spiritual Enlightenment / Truth-Realization
Topic: Tolle, or Eastern approaches vs. Christianity
Replies: 56
Views: 17966

Re: Tolle, or Eastern approaches vs. Christianity

Thanks for sharing Joe, is your definition of spirituality inclusive, or bordered by doctrines (right/wrong) then? Inclusive I suppose. For me amorphous is okay too, even as a precursor to understanding as a thing evolves in our awareness. Not what I meant. The danger of just thinking in terms of b...