Bead 2 – Befriending Reality

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. What specific lines, phrases, or presenter voices captured my attention in this segment?

  2. What are one or more events in my life that have placed me on a journey of “awakening to reality?” (Shohaku Okumura)

  3. I have experienced the “transformational power of silence” when… (Father Richard)

  4. A moment in my life when I experienced “awakening to something different” occurred when… (Father Richard)

  5. How am I currently practicing, or how might I imagine myself practicing, trusting and loving reality to a greater degree?

  6. Other questions I wish the group to discuss are:

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What lines or phrases linger in your memory from the Entanglement Bead of Befriending Reality?

  2. What does it mean to “awaken to reality” in our time? (Shohaku Okumura) How do you experience this dynamic occurring in your own life?

  3. Please share an instance where you have experienced the “transformational power of silence.” (Father Richard)

  4. Talk about the dynamic of becoming friends with Reality. How does this seem to be such a struggle? What changes when we choose to make Reality our friend?

  5. Please share examples of things we might do to practice trusting and loving reality to a greater depth.

One thought on “Bead 2 – Befriending Reality”

  1. Richard E MacKay says:

    Internal/ External Reality

    We are living in a Spiritual Time when the depth narrative and practices of several world cultural-religious traditions is being called to awaken to a new reality of common depth. We live in a time when science and technology has brought us to a new frontier in space, imaged with the image of the Earthrise from the moon.

    Right now, this new external reality and the traditional reality are not in harmony, but rather clashing with each other, like tectonic plates of the planet. It is my hope and prayer for the possibility of a bridge and reawakening through finding our commonality of depth mythology and understandings.

    These are just my thoughts on reality in its full sense occurs to me this AM. I don’t know if my thoughts speak to others or if I am mistaken.

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