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Podcast 81: A Conversation with John Philip Newell

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John Philip Newell, the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality, is one of the most prominent teachers of spirituality in the Western world.

In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC in recognition of his work in spirituality and peacemaking. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh and he has authored over 15 books, including Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, A New Harmony, and his most recent visionary title The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings.

You can stream or download this episode and all other episodes at AshtonGustafson.com, Stitcher, and in iTunes.

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The Cosmic Conversation

It seems to involve connection and relationship.

Its theme, plot, and storyline is loss, renewal, and transformation beyond itself.

The only agreed upon word, thought, and idea it seems to be conveying is Love.

It only knows the present moment. Yesterday and tomorrow are not a part of the vocabulary.

Why are we only talking about money?

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That’s Amore

 

Maybe it was a meal. One where you could graph each flavor on the fork. The wine seemed to be encoded with a holy memo. And the conversation felt as though it was tied to something that always was and always will be.

Maybe it was with a child. You saw they had no sense of yesterday or tomorrow. The moment, the now, was all that they knew. It was all there was and all they had capacity for. And they were delighted to be your teacher as you became their student.

Maybe it was a flash of a moment on an autumn walk. As golden leaves swirled above, below, and around you, you felt connected. Connected to all of it. It was like you were the point of origin for heaven and earth to conspire in the universe.

Or maybe it was walking through an airport. Strolling through faces you started to see eyes. And after you saw the eyes all you started to see was the soul and the essence of each individual. All you could take in was our unity and likeness. Uniformity was nowhere on your radar.

That’s amore.

That’s all we’ve ever lived, moved, and had our being in.

The moment.

The now.

No past.

No future.

Enjoy.

 

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The Inner Child

Talk with him or her often.

Ask him to remind you to be wide-eyed.

Seek her counsel and lean into her innocence.

Think back…How did you see before you were taught in/out, up/down, left/right, right/wrong, or winner/loser?

The inner child knows these answers.

Before we started to analyze everything we simply experienced everything.

So may you……simply…

………………………………………..experience…

………………………………………………………………..everything.

The you that is truly you will be so glad to see you again.

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