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We had gathered from North America, England and Germany as we have done each month since the August Summer School. Today we would look at the Book of Ecclesiastes.

Two of the group who have a passion for the book led us into it. We worked our way through selected passages like a nourishing 3-course meal. Amongst the many flavours, one lasted. It is found in chapter 12 and verse 7

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. King James Version (KJV)

In the translation we…


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“When the storm passes and the roads are tamed, and we are the survivors of a collective shipwreck”

The opening line of the Covid era poem called Esperanza (Hope) by Alexis Valdes.

‘A collective shipwreck’ yes it feels like we are all experiencing this together as if we are aboard a ship. The wrecking of the ship is unusual in that it is happening to the passengers rather than the ship. In a sense, the image of the ship could be seen as holding us as we go through this experience.

“With a weeping heart and a blessed destiny we…


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I am the watcher,

I watch all things

I watch you and all those feelings generated by usually other people or things

Know that I am watching

Join me in the watching

Feelings feel

Watchers watch

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Since the New Year, I have been paying attention to the film shown on BBC 1 late on Friday night. Something about the time and the watching brings the weekend into being.

Never sure whether the film will hold me I watch until I drop to sleep or stay the course. The Notebook seemed slow to start, an old boy (James Garner) reading stories to an old girl (Gena Rowlands) who is suffering from Alzheimer's. …


A film by Jamie Catto

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I was familiar with Ram Dass I had listened to a few of his recordings. He is a teacher in the school of non-duality. There are many teachers of the school and essentially the teaching comes down to the titles on the teachers' books, for Ram Dass that is ‘Be Here Now’.

The message is ‘Just be’ yet many of us seem to need to know ‘how’. That has spun, movements, communities and everything that goes with such enterprises.

Jamie Catto’s film which in 80 minutes tries to encapsulate the essence of Ram Dass teaching summed up like the books…


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The Hymn of the Pearl is considered apocryphal in other words writing that did not make it into the Christian New Testament. The link below will bring you to it. It was a few years ago I picked up a book, “The Lost Scriptures”. It was in reading it that I came across ‘The Hymn of the Pearl’. I found the story fascinating as if it was speaking to my own journey. Recently I shared it with a community of which I am a part. …


Reflecting on The Hymn of the Pearl

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When I was eighteen I worked in a local hotel and I was offered a job as a trainee manager. I was flattered and said yes only to go back and say thank you but I had a sense that this was not my stopping off point.

A few years later an old flame asked would I marry her again I was knocked off my feet and said yes only to go back after a time and say (it was much harder) thank you but I had a sense that this was not in my plan.

When I recall these…


Reflecting on The Hymn of the Pearl

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“If you go down to Egypt and bring the one pearl, which is in the land of the devouring serpent, You shall put on again that garment set with stones and the robe which lies over it” Hymn of the Pearl

Here we have a condition, “If you go down to Egypt…….” Again Genesis’s Joseph comes to mind who ended up in Egypt not due to the acceptance of a request but due to circumstances and other people’s decisions. I wonder whether knowingly or unknowingly, whether accepting a task or finding ourselves in a situation brings us to the same…


Reflecting on the Hymn of the Pearl

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From the wealth of our treasury, they gave a great burden, which was light so that I could carry it by myself. Gold from the land above, silver from great treasuries, and stones chalcedonies of India and agates from Kushan and they girded me with steel, Hymn of the Pearl

This passage brings to mind the words of the Master recorded in Matthew chapter 11,

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in…


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I have recently replied when I have been asked how was my week, “Which day and which hour?”

On Sunday I became aware of the presence of the one other with me at the Meeting for Worship in the meetinghouse. I wondered whether the presence I felt could also convey the presence of God.

On Monday as we followed the theme of prayer at Elijah I became more aware that regardless of the form it is a universal practice. For those who do pray it seems to be an attempt to reconnect with the origin of our lives.

On Tuesday…

Gordie Jackson

Northern Irish, Spiritual, Trade Unionist, living in Hertfordshire, England, writing to understand and share life…

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