1. The Presence

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. The 3 elements that most captured my attention in this Station were...

  2. The circumstances that occasioned my first reflections on the questions of ?What is life?? and ?What is real?? were...

  3. The Presence I encounter when I am alone is...
    ? I sense Its? Presence by...
    ? The name I give to It is...
    ? The ways I pay attention to It include...
    ? My favorite distractions for ignoring It include...

  4. 3 encounters with the reality of death that have impacted me include...

  5. The methods I use for visiting the hour of my death include...

  6. The personal life practices I will now begin or continue as a result of my encounter with this Station include...

*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 images, sounds, concepts, or messages caught your attention in this Station? What stuck in your consciousness? What do you remember? (Recreate a group verbal montage of the Station without reflection on specific elements but simply bringing the material back to mind).

  2. When in your own life has the question of ?What is life?? or ?What is real?? been raised for you? What were the circumstances that precipitated this reflection?

  3. How have you experienced yourself attempting to ignore or avoid wrestling with these questions? What are your favorite methods for staying on the surface of material existence and ignoring the depth?

  4. What is a ?universal human experience?? How do we know when we are experiencing such an experience?

  5. How do you experience or have you experienced the Presence that is being pointed to in Station 1?

  6. How do you acknowledge this Presence in your daily life? How do you find yourself actively seeking it out?

  7. What methods do you find helpful for visiting the hour of your death?

  8. What is ?Ultimate??

  9. What clues did you receive from Station 1 as to what it means to have an Ultimate Encounter? How do you experience this encounter in your life?

  10. What potential personal practices did you discern from this Station?

  11. What additional questions are raised for you, by the encounter with this Station, that you would like the group to discuss or address now?

0 thoughts on “1. The Presence”

  1. Authorlynnromaine@gmail.com says:

    I am watching a few of the first journey videos. This on the Presence brings to my mind my experience as I have camped alone over the past three autumns, each for a 60 day period in the desert. In particular, it correlates to the experience I had last October one night in the ruins of Chaco Canyon, where the silence was as loud as a hundred thousand voices. I struggled then to interpret that silence, but in the end I knew it as the deeper mystery of life speaking to me.

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