Monday, July 30, 2012

Beautiful To Me






Thank you all from my heart.  It is beautiful to me to say your names and slowly read your words aloud.  We have been wanderers apart these long months, I on my path, you on yours.  From this day I look forward to traveling together.

Sherry, I am so very happy to meet you.  I have always found my greatest challenges to be my greatest gifts, if not at first, then at last.  Pam, how are you?  I see that we shall have much to talk about! 


Julie, may I join with Pam in wishing you a very happy birthday to come?  I have been far away, but am very grateful to be here now.

Ember, how do you do?  I have heard so much about you from my husband, and I hope to hear much more.  Happy birthday to you Suzanne!  I think you wrote to me once?  It is a pleasure to meet you.  Hello Jacqueline, then we both are among the home-leavers.

Alice, thank you for your very kind words. I so look forward to knowing you.  Here's to our future together!  I am delighted to meet you David.  You are most perceptive.  Let's talk about the emptiness together.  That is such a lovely name Asta.  It makes me think of the starry heavens.  The honor is truly mine.

How generous you are dear Ruth.  Here we are again together, friends through it all.  How do you do Al?  As one simple person to another, I am not so very sure I can explain the Conversation myself!  But can we either one truly live without it?  Katrina, no one is more surprised than I!  And may God bless you.

As you say Julie, it is the spirit that makes a home.  Thank you for coming back.  If I have left my body behind, that is how we are all here together now to share in the spirit of the Conversation.  It was the only way.  

I want to visit with every one of you in turn, one day after another, and explore our questions together.  Would that be alright?  I'm afraid I'm not very good at machines, and I am completely dependent on the help of friends.  But with your help and patience, I look forward to joining in your conversation as we make our journey home.

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  1. Thank you for your kind words to us all. I'm sure we're all excited about this new journey together. I have a lot to catch up on, so hopefully we can all take our time.

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  2. hello Diana, looking forward to your posts and comments.

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  3. Greetings Diana, Thanks. I look forward to the continuing Conversation. I'll try to bring my full emptiness to it. Best, David

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  4. Diana, So honored you are joining our conversation! We had "spoken" via email some months back. Will be lovely to have your insights.

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  5. Hello Diana. We have been hearing about you.
    It is quite a gift that you give, gracing this
    page and the Conversation with your presence.

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  7. Hello Diana, I am Suzanne, (but not the one you refer to above). I remember receiving a very welcoming email from you a month or two ago. Something keeps me coming back to this blog, and on Facebook, I relish the posts amid so many others of a different vibration. I hope we can still be a part of one another's lives.

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  8. Dear Diana, Welcome, welcome, welcome! It will be lovely to talk with you one on one as you have suggested and I look forward to it very much. But I confess, you gave me pause with this comment you made: "If I have left my body behind, that is how we are all here together now to share in the spirit of the Conversation. It was the only way." Could you clarify what you meant?

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    1. Yes, I'm a bit worried about that too. Seems like the sacrifice in leaving Innermost House might have been too big. Diana, you will be in my heart and thoughts, holding you in the Light as you explore the new vision. May the Mystery weave you a body where you can be safe in the new. x

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    2. So, I've thought about what you've said, Diana, about leaving your body behind. In watching your video it's so clear to me that you consciously interact with your world wholeheartedly--body, mind, spirit--and that you use ALL the avenues of your incarnation in complete harmony and balance. To meet with us in cyberspace, just as the printed word, must not be 'full-bodied' enough compared to the usual way you interact with others. How can you explain what you what us to know about you in words alone, in a way that is as fully illustrative as the physical example of what it means to move through life with complete awareness, body included? Most great teachers teach Silence THROUGH silence. They embody their understanding for others to observe and to be able to tune into the vibration of their attainment. It will be more of a challenge for us to perhaps 'get' what you embody if we are not in your physical presence, but I'm still so happy that you're willing to reach out to us and make the attempt on our behalf.

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    3. Well, Diana, the quote you posted today helped me understand that you were referring to your 'body' as the dear house you had to leave behind for the purpose of meeting us online. Man, sometimes I can read or hear things way too literally!!! Diana, thank you for your sacrifice. I can't even begin to imagine how it must have felt to close the door of IH for the last time and resolutely walk away from that priceless jewel. It made me stop to consider how I have felt about my own homes over the years. Since marrying 38 years ago, my husband and I have lived in two apartments and have owned four homes. I must say that I never identified with my homes as an inextricable expression of my innermost self in the wholehearted way as you have with IH. I've loved my homes and have always enjoyed decorating them with things I love most (books, paintings, sculpture and color), but I've always known that the quality of 'home' as beauty and sanctuary was inside my own heart and was therefore always quite portable. Interestingly enough, since being a part of this blog/site, I have had a very honest discussion with my husband about my lifelong fantasy of living alone for awhile. I moved right from my family home into a home with my spouse and then my additional two children, and never had the opportunity to experience what it is like to live alone in the quiet space of my own choosing. I explained to him that it had nothing to do with him or with us as a couple, but rather something that I feel is a unique and necessary part of my own soul's journey. And yet, I don't know how to go about this except for going on regular spiritual retreats (not the same as living alone 24/7), without impacting his life too. My best solution is buying a duplex that would allow each of us to have our own space in the same house! I admire your willingness to follow the inner impulse of the Conversation, no matter where it leads and at what cost. Perhaps the unfolding of your new journey will provide me with the needed impetus to follow my own quest for inner solitude in ways I do not expect or may be hesitant to undertake. I have much I can learn from you, Michael and our blog group. Thank you for being willing to step out of your comfort zone in order to help us learn to do the same.

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    4. I echo your sentiments, Pam, including the duplex idea! I have expressed that idea to my husband as well, so you are not alone. We could have a whole conversation on the societal norms regarding households and relationships that seem out of date, or perhaps too narrowly focused.

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  9. Diana
    I am so pleased that there will be a blog. Journeys end and begin - the Creator holds us all as we travel on our journeys and as we rest. I have been working on mindfulness in my life more and more...and journeying as I age. What a blessing it is to be a fellow traveler with you. Blessings. Fr will osb

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  10. Thanks so much Diana. I am looking forward to it. Well done for managing the challenges of this kind of communication.

    I wonder if you have been thinking of John 12:24/25 in the christian scripture? That's what your words there, that Pam is quoting, reminded me of, Diana.

    Jesus says something like: "Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal." from The Message version.

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    1. Sounds like something Rumi would say!

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  11. Dear Diana, I am also looking forward to a one-on-one conversation with you. How generous and kind of you to want to know us on a personal level. What a wonderful meeting place for us all, unencumbered by geographical restrictions!
    Ruth

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  12. I anticipate with pleasure the coming Conversations with you, Diana. I'm another Suzanne - and yes, I emailed you just after I discovered Innermost House, and you wrote me a most kind reply.

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  13. Dear Diana, I've been meaning to tell you thank you for the thoughtful and kind email you sent in response to my inquiry about your upcoming speaking engagements. I was disappointed to hear that there were none, but so honored to be invited to join the Innermost House Facebook community. I love the quote and picture of the day as well as the lively, sincere, thought-provoking comments. Now, I'm even more thrilled to see that you will be part of The Conversation on the IH blog. Thank you for taking on this challenge. I look forward to your comments and insights.

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  14. I think I was a bit surprised the other day when I came on the blog. It was my first visit, having spent the rest of the year over on Facebook. It was like we were all in a room talking about someone (Diana) and her house, and then I popped out for a moment. When I came back I didn't exactly realise Diana was in the room with us, but I was just told the news that they had left IH. And later I realised that Diana was in the room with us. Maybe it's because her presence has been with us all along, that when she joined us it felt so natural in a way.

    I'm going to have to learn to write in a different style now and think differently about what I say (i.e. stop generalising us and we's) now that you are in the room with us Diana! Good to have you here with us in the global room of Conversation.

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  15. What a lovely personal hello. Asta x

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  16. Okay, I know this sounds unusual, but I often get messages from my subconscious through song lyrics or musical refrains that just pop into my head 'un-thought' of, like a subliminal message for me to pay attention to. (This despite that fact that in my awake state I'm TERRIBLE at remembering lyrics to songs and have always preferred instrumental music as a result.) This morning when I first woke up, the melody to WHAT A FEELING by Irene Cara from the movie Flashdance was repeating itself over and over in my mind. I checked out the lyrics on the computer and this is what my heart was trying to tell me:
    What A Feeling lyrics

    First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream that your fear seems to hide deep inside your mind. All alone I have cried silent tears full of pride in a world made of steel, made of stone. Well, I hear the music, close my eyes, feel the rhythm, wrap around, take a hold of my heart. What a feeling. Bein's believin'. I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life. Take your passion and make it happen. Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life. Now I hear the music, close my eyes, I am rhythm. In a flash it takes hold of my heart. What a feeling. Bein's believin'. I can have it all, now I'm dancing for my life. Take your passion and make it happen. Pictures come alive, now I'm dancing through my life. What a feeling. What a feeling. I AM MUSIC NOW. Bein's believin'. I AM RHYTHM NOW. Pictures come alive, you can dance right through your life. What a feeling. YOU CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL. What a feeling. PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALL. I can have it all. I CAN REALLY HAVE IT ALL. Have it all. PICTURES COME ALIVE WHEN I CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL. WHAT A FEELING. I can have it all. BEIN'S BELIEVIN. Bein's believin.' TAKE YOUR PASSION; MAKE IT HAPPEN. make it happen. WHAT A FEELING what a feeling. BEIN'S BELIEVIN'. (fade) I guess on an intuitive level, there's a sense that an awakened life (my passion) IS possible! Diana, lead on!

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  17. Diana, I am very glad to "meet"you! This morning's quote was God-sent. I wrote it down to keep where I can easily see every day. Mr. Emerson must have been through some dark times to have had such insight. Yes, that is exactly where I am now. Thank you for posting it.

    I, also, am so glad that we can communicate with you directly. Not that your volunteers haven't been great. I think they will still be on FB? I haunt both places.

    How difficult it must be for you to leave part of your soul behind in that little house, but know this: You have helped so many people with your vision and I hope that you can find another innermost house and be happy there, too.

    Sherry

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  18. Oh, Diana I am glad that God has led me to your site. I feel not so alone in my thinking. Although I long to be surrounded by the emptiness and the fullness of the moment God has me in at any moment.... I have been in a place of shedding. For years now I shed what isn't needed but still have too much that distracts me from living in the present and embracing the blessings before me. We moved into a house 3 weeks ago that fits like a glove to our personalities(1850 farmhouse) but now we must shed more to fit and function unencumbered. As I sit for what seems like hours watching the birds and their habits it makes me pause to feel the changes in myself. Things that were once important are fading away. I am excited to hear of your new journey and discoveries. Blessing, Stacy

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