Bead 7 – Go Deep!

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 Go Deep... Living Beneath the Surface?

  2. To me, living from the “center of my being” means…

  3. When the Narrator states that “the only reality we are dealing with is consciousness,” I interpret this to mean…

  4. The universal message I received from Joe Slicker about human consciousness is…

  5. Three situations where I easily get caught “living on the surface of life” include…

    The “snakes and vipers” appear in my life when…

  6. My five favorite preoccupations include…

  7. I believe Teresa of Avila establishes a connection between “self-knowledge” and “humility” because…

  8. Choose one of the following five quotes from Teresa of Avila to explore:

    "…what a blessed madness…"

    "…how Thou dost afflict Thy lovers!"

    "…how different thought is from understanding."

    "…we now begin to touch the essence beyond the five senses."

    "…the important thing is not to think much, but to love much…"

    In my own words, I believe this quote means…

    I have experienced this in my own life when…

  9. By having no moderation in contemplation one will arrive at perfect moderation in everything else.

    "That in everything except contemplation a person ought to be moderate."

    I believe the message of the above quote from The Cloud of Unknowing is…

  10. As a result of my encounter with Go Deep... Living Beneath the Surface, new or renewed personal practices I may consider include:

  11. 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 Go Deep….Living Beneath the Surface?

  2. Share your perspective on the narrator’s comment that “the deeper path is generally one human being’s approach with resistance.”

  3. What is the meaning of “living from the center” of one’s being? What illustration can you share from your own life?

  4. Is Joe Slicker simply a crazy old man or does he have something universal to teach us about human consciousness? What message did you receive from his communication?

  5. Someone summarize the concept of Teresa of Avila’s 7 Circles.

  6. How do you talk about “living on the surface of life?” What are the commonalities of Joe Slicker’s commentary on the Dense Dimension (body, mind, emotions) and Teresa of Avila’s Outermost Circle?
    How do you experience this in your life?

  7. Talk about the link Teresa of Avila promotes between “self-knowledge” and “humility.” Why isn’t she promoting self-confidence, self-help, and self-improvement?

  8. Choose one of the following five quotes from Teresa of Avila to explore:

    "…what a blessed madness…"

    "…how Thou dost afflict Thy lovers!"

    "…how different thought is from understanding."

    "…we now begin to touch the essence beyond the five senses."

    "…the important thing is not to think much, but to love much…"

    In my own words, I believe this quote means…

    I have experienced this in my own life when…

  9. By having no moderation in contemplation one will arrive at perfect moderation in everything else.

    "That in everything except contemplation a person ought to be moderate."

    I believe the message of the above quote from The Cloud of Unknowing is…

  10. What additional questions do you wish the group to discuss?

2 thoughts on “Bead 7 – Go Deep!”

  1. David Lawler says:

    Yesterday concluded The Ultimate Entanglement. This process over the last couple of months has been almost magical in the way that it blended with my involvement in A Course of Love. I’m grateful for this. I am slowly looking out at the world in new ways and feeling deeper levels of peach than I’ve ever known. Thank you!

  2. In this castle that Teresa describes, she says we should visit the rooms of self-knowledge often because this is where we cultivate humility. I find myself in these rooms quite a lot. Life events place me there even when I’m not really looking to be in those rooms. Being humbled is a brutal and beautiful experience. I experience both being grateful for seeing what I could not see before, and the painful experience of my illusions being stripped away. Being in the rooms of self-knowledge is an experience where I get to review my assumptions, my behaviors, my choices, my patterns. I get to know this being who I am more deeply, which is a unifying and loving experience and can feel alarming because I now must learn to operate out of a different knowledge base. I’m not the same person I was when I entered the room!

    This truth that St. Teresa explored 442 years ago is still true and likely as controversial and unpopular. I’m grateful to Interior Mythos Journeys for bringing Teresa’s insights to light again. I love so much about this metaphor. I love that she explores the castle of the essential being, which is in the body! And the invitation for each of us to willingly enter the rooms of self-knowledge to be humbled and educated, and do so often, feels like a message humanity sorely needs to know about.

    It often begins by being thrown into the rooms by life events unwillingly and unaware. So when this happens, we can know that this is the right place to be. We can be in this room aware that this is the way life initiates us and takes us deeper into the castle. We will go to these rooms, or find ourselves there, again and again. With this understanding, we can be more aware of what is happening and maybe even experience gratitude to be broken open and humbled. It can bring us more compassion for ourselves and others. Surrendering to this experience also brings us closer to our essential being and to the mysterious source at the center of the interior castle.

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