New this Week: 5/5/2021

Podcast
I’m taking a break from interviewing spiritual teachers in order to introduce The Induction Series.  There are certain writings which embody the “living word.”  They stir the soul by resonating with the highest parts of our self.  In The Induction Series, I’ll read from a number of these works with the hope of allowing all who listen an experience of something other than ordinary consciousness – a glimpse behind the veil.  Appropriately enough, the first episode is a reading of Bart Marshall’s essay “Transmission.”  As always, the podcast is free. 

Books
There will be at least two new books from TAT Press this year, but in the meantime I have one favor to ask.  If you’ve enjoyed the podcast and all the resources I provide, please leave a review on Amazon of my book Subtraction: The Simple Math of Enlightenment.  There are currently 32 reviews and once we reach 100 reviews that boosts the visibility of the book.  You don’t have to purchase the book on Amazon to leave a review, and a few minutes of your time will help others seekers find the book.  Just click the link above and leave a few words in a review.  Thank you!   

Event
TAT’s June virtual gathering is titled “The Way, The Life and The Truth.”  Join other seekers from around the world on June 12 and 13 for a deep dive into the essential steps of the Threefold Path as outlined by Richard Rose.  Featuring talks and small group dialogue sessions, this promises   See the full schedule.

Watching
Kudos to Tim Ferriss for passing on this video in his newsletter.  The Electrical Blueprints that Orchestrate Life.  This 19 minute talk is straight science, but its implications are startlingly profound.  For one, it explains why techniques such as The Secret or any mind influencing matter may actually have an effect, but it also addresses radical life extension and the creation of new life forms.      

Quote That I’m Pondering
“Many people are afraid to empty their own minds lest they plunge into the Void. Ha! What they don’t realize is that their own Mind is the Void.” ~ Huang Po 

Wishing you all the best,
Shawn

New this Week 4/16/2021

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Website News
To welcome spring, Pattiann Rogers provided both a poem and prose piece to update her webpage on the Spiritualteachers.org site. “Watching rain raining on a lake or pond is mesmerizing. Few can turn quickly from the sight of raindrops striking in chaotic randomness every part of the surface of the water, then immediately losing themselves as they merge into the whole and disappear as separate entities.” Read more on the Pattiann Rogers page

Event – redux
If you missed it the first time, catch my poetry reading with coauthor Phaedra Greenwood at SOMOS.  If words and space can pass truth, these certainly did: Hydroglyphics book launch.  As a bonus, you’ll see me try to disguise eight months without a haircut….

Listening
Check out Shawn Feeney’s Thin Places — “music written for quartz singing bowls,” contemplative, yes.  

Dutch
InZincht magazine published a guest column by me on Bernadette Roberts. The fact that it’s in Dutch only makes it slightly less intelligible for the English reader….

Quote That I’m Pondering
“Either I get honest or nothing is going to change.” ~Chris L.   

New this Week – 1/28/2021

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Podcast
For those of you who enjoyed The Hillbilly Sutra, there’s now a transcript available.  It’s truly a classic, so it’s worth revisiting or listening to for the first time.  

Event
This coming Sunday, January 31, join me for a virtual poetry reading sponsored by SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest).  Along with my coauthor, we’ll present a selection of visuals and poems from our book Hydroglyphics: Reflections on the  Sacred.  It’s free, starting at 4:00 pm Mountain time (5 CT, 6 ET, 3 PT).  Visit the SOMOS page for more details.

Event #2
The next TAT virtual event is February 6, 2021. In Thought, Word, and Deed is TAT’s first meeting of the year, and features a panel of teachers as well as breakout groups for participants to dive deeper into the topic. Normally, TAT’s first event is in April, so this is a nice mid-winter inspiration as well as an good introduction if you’ve never attended a TAT event. 

A New Book
Been working with a friend to create an introduction and overview of Richard Rose’s methods and techniques of spiritual practice.  A short book that jumps right to the core of his recommendations should be extremely useful.  Hoping to publish within the next three months.  

What I’m Pondering
 “I can’t do real magic,” said Randi in the 1987 Fresh Air interview. “I think there’s more magic in the opening of a morning glory than anything I or any charlatans in history has ever done, is doing, or will ever do.” ~ James “The Amazing” Randi 

Wishing you all the best,
Shawn

How many words must I use
to tell  you but one thing —
the empty page contains All.

Like this poem?  Find more in Hydroglyphics: Reflections on the Sacred, my latest book from the TAT Press.

New this Week: 12/13/2020

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Podcast
The latest edition of the Journals of Spiritual Discovery podcast was inspired by Richard Rose’s Lecture of Questions.  Powerful and literally life-changing, I thought it worthwhile to record, add new questions, and create a Lecture of Questions – Revisited.  The reading is also set to video if you want to view it on YouTube.  As always, the podcast is free. 

New Books this Year
It was a busy year at the TAT Foundation Press with my Hydroglyphics: Reflections on the Sacred published in the spring, followed with Falling For Truth by Howdie Mickoski and Sense of Self by Art Ticknor  Read more about them at the TATPress.org website. Please show your support by purchasing a copy and leaving a review on Amazon. Thanks!

Music
Allegheny Elegies, a contemplative new folk album by Isaac Hill.  Thoughtful lyrics accompanied by guitar.  Perhaps a nice gift for someone on your Christmas list.  Listen to it for free on Bandcamp and decide if you want to buy.

A Note from a Visitor
We are in the world with a lot of dismay at this time. My senses tell me that what’s happening is not good. I know on my own spiritual journey I have to go through the bad in order to get to the good and that always has been true in my life.
In this time 2020  I find myself isolated from my friends and family without resolve. Funny feeling like I have have done something wrong.
Fires are burning destroying life, COVID 19, all lives matter, family tension, business suffering, poverty, homelessness, isolated in a new world, and politics. 
I am writing to you today because I need to find solutions for our current events. I have been a helper my whole life and have no idea what I’m supposed to do next. I cry everyday for all life: my intentions are good.
I am writing to you hoping that my greetings can be forwarded to spiritual leaders or will be published in letter to the editor.
Namaste,
Catherine (rockawaycat@icloud.com)  

Quote That I’m Pondering
“It’s a gift to find the thing that inspires you, even if it’s sad.” ~ Clint Mansell

Wishing you all the best,
Shawn

How many words must I use
to tell you but one thing —
the empty page contains All.

Like this poem?  Find more in Images of Essence, my book from the TAT Press.

New This Week: 10/18/2020

Here’s a quick update on what’s new at SpiritualTeachers.org and elsewhere.

Podcast
The latest edition of the Journals of Spiritual Discovery podcast features “The Essence of Confrontation with Art Ticknor.” Several years ago, I featured Art in my film Closer Than Close, so catching up was long overdue. As always, the podcast is free, and there’s also video available for this episode. 

Event
The next TAT virtual event is November 7-8, 2020. Over eighty participants enjoyed the two-day event in August, and November promises another worthwhile weekend.  The theme is Absolute and Relative. “The Buddha nature to me is nothing more than the vein of the absolute that’s in every human being. But what will it take for it to be conscious, for the person to be conscious of it?”

A New Book
In my spare time, I help ease books into print through the TAT Foundation Press.  Sense of Self is the latest from Art Ticknor.  Filled with pithy observations, excerpts of dialogues with seekers, and a scattering of poems and photographs, Sense of Self brings the attention again and again to the space within. “Awakening is facing the ultimate practical reality.”

What I’m Pondering
“I am looking for that which contains the totality of everything, including me” — that is a koan worthy of the ancient masters. ~ V.C.