The Educated Heart with Robert Bly
During this talk, Robert Bly gives a delicate and lively view of the fantastic flowering of feeling in the 12th century Provence. The feeling thought, developed of Arabic, Gnostic, and Albigensian sources, blossoms as love poetry famous at that time.
Bly distinguishes in this talk between the literal mode, the psychological mode and the mythological mode, and he locates the “Amor” or ecstatic love in the latter. That mythological mode of feeling led to Sufism among the Arabs.
When we hear the Provencal poetry he recites toward the end we recognize the terrible loss we suffered when these traditions were uprooted and destroyed.
Jesus, The Master Artist with Michael Bernard Beckwith
This electrifying excerpt from a service at Agape International Spritual Center recorded Easter 2008 brings us right into the room as Michael Bernard Beckwith invites attendees to participate in a celebration of spirit.
Take a look around for a second and look at the shape of spiritual beauty that is revealing and manifesting and reflecting the image and likeness of God in myriad ways this morning. As you look around, just take in this awesome site. As you hear the inaudible… hear that inaudible vibration move through our choir, feel the motion of the universe move through the movement of Agape, and feel the divine pulsating through your own heartbeat. I welcome you to the Agape International Spiritual Center, a non-local idea of the mind of God. “Have consciousness, we travel.” I welcome you here on this wonderful day of celebrating the regenerating rejuvenating resurrecting spirit that is within us all as we seek to discover and release that cosmic good that is our life. In which no circumstance or situation can permanently keep it down, deny it or hinder it.
Something within us is stronger than anything that we may be facing and this is what this day is all about. I welcome you into this vibration, and we continue in the service with our affirmations and purpose statement, and they will be delivered this morning by an individual, who when you look up the vibration of selfless service in the metaphysical dictionary, you’ll run into Robert Harris otherwise known as Buddha Bob, because of his selfless giving for many, many years as being the director of our parking ministry as well as other things that he found himself in service. He will be doing that particular aspect of the service. He will be followed by the Rev. Cheryl Ward, the dean of our university at Agape, and many of you have sat in classes with her and seen her speak at Agape. She will be giving the selected reading of the day and anchoring us in a moment of prayer.
Pure Water - Poetry of Rumi with Coleman Barks and Eugene Friesen
An inspired live performance of the poetry of Jellaludin Rumi (1207-1273) with Sufi stories & jokes, accompanied with music by Bach, O'Carolan, Friesen and others. One of the premier translators of Rumi (1207-1273), Coleman Barks is a renowned poet and bestselling author of The Essential Rumi and Rumi: The Book of Love. In concert, Coleman brings his earthy mastery of Rumi's work to life with drama and humor.
The performance captured on PURE WATER recalls the essence of the communal celebrations of poetry, stories, jokes, prayer, and music in which Rumi's work was first uttered, but in a distinctive contemporary setting. The cello of Grammy Award-winner Eugene Friesen carries the language directly into the heart of the listener with a diverse menu of world folk melodies, Bach and improvisation. "What is the soul? Consciousness. The more awareness, the deeper the soul, and when such essence overflows, you feel a sacredness around. It's so simple to tell one who puts on a robe and pretends to be a dervish from the real thing. We know the taste of pure water..." - Rumi
Choice, Change, Choice with Michael Bernard BeckwithAnother great excerpt from a service at Agape International Spritual Center recorded in 2007 brings us right into the room as Michael Bernard Beckwith invites attendees to participate in a celebration of spirit.
From within your desire to be more expands the gap between what is said and in what follows reveals of golden hue. Like a beacon drawing you inward, this golden gap of opportunity carries you to the luminous lane. The luminous lane of your own heart. There are no yesterdays in the luminous lane. There are no tomorrows, even the present does not exist in the luminous lane. There is only the now. as you choose the luminous lane it widens to a accommodate the growing strength and power of your intention.
You are standing in the light of infinite possibilities. You are standing in a place of expanded awareness. You are seeing yourself, knowing yourself as you choose your next moment. In the luminous lane your real self shines. You are teachable, pliable, willing and more. You are clear, open, happy and free possibilities emerge because there is nothing to fear. Limitations dissolve because there is nothing to resist. The deepest desires of you heart reveal perfect right action. In the luminous lane, the loving words you want to speak are spoken. The peaceful response that you want to make is made. The gentle touch you want to give is given. Become aware of the golden gap arising before you, the space between opportunity and action. Turn within; step out of your habitual reaction and into the luminous lane of creative response. From this place choose into the more of you, the affirmative statement. Now watch the golden opportunity arise before me. I turn within and creatively respond from the luminous lane of possibilities of my own heart and every moment I consciously choose to be more, and every moment I consciously choose to be more, and every moment I consciously choose to be more. Written through our very own Reverend Safire Rose, wonderful writing. Give her thanks for that and I invite you to continue your inward glance.