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by Sue Laidlay

Sue Laidlay


17th November
Latest Thought! From 23/08/2010

Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.



Original Thought from 17/11/2009

In order to be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Descartes


Sue Laidlay


doubt/not knowing
It's a subtle distinction. I suppose Descartes means to question all things he held as 'known', which is where he started from with his philosophy, and didn't exclusively apply it to spiritual 'things'. Although I think that is a good place to start from and I like the built-in proviso 'at least once' which allows a return, once questioned.

Sue Laidlay


Thought for this week
Heaven must be in me before I can be in heaven. Charles Stanford (Nov 24 in the Quaker Daily Readings)

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first week of advent thought
Truth without love is cruelty, love without truth is sentimentality

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Phil Cousineau, The Art of Pilgrimage
I am convinced that pilgrimage is still a bona fide spirit-renewing ritual. But I also believe in pilgrimage as a powerful metaphor for any journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveller. With a deepening of focus, keen preparation, attention to the path and respect for the destination at hand, it is possible to transform the most ordinary journey into a sacred journey, a pilgrimage.

Sue Laidlay


From; Prayer, by Carol Anne Duffy
Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.


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Between Christmas and New Year
'Old things are past away: all's become new. Strange! he's another man, upon my word...' John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (the ending)

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New Year, New Decade
And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. And he replied go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.
Minnie Hoskins


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1 Kings 19:11-12
And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord: but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake but the Lord was not in the earthquake; And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

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Ephesians 6:14 (Good News Bible)
So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight round your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace.

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30.1.10
"I am standing at the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud, just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. . . . And just at the moment when someone at my side says: 'There, she is gone!' there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 'Here she comes!' And that is dying."


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Gleanings from the Writings of Baha'ullah 66,127
Lay not on any soul a load which ye would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things ye would not desire for yourselves.

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From Christine Parker
Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
~Stephen Covey



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22nd Feb
Love is a state of being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some other external form.
Eckhart Tolle


John Spencer


22nd Feb
These simple words are at the heart of everything. I look outward and inward for inspiration. Recently I realise how looking inward is the priority, which George Fox realised so clearly.

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Contributed by Christine Parker
"But sometimes, unexpectedly, a quiet moment finds us and we drop down into
the life we have beneath all the rushing and the trying and the endless
daily details, sinking into the fertile soil of the sometimes neglected
inner life, where the seeds of remembering what matters are planted. What
comes from that place when we give it half a chance flowers in our lives and
the world, creating unexpected changes in the direction of our journey and
offering unanticipated blessings to us and those around us."
~Oriah Mountain Dreamer


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3rd day of Spring
When you cease trying to control and manipulate your experience, meditation spontaneously happens.
~Adyashanti


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Live adventurously
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Matthew 7:7



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Giving up after all
I don't think anyone reads this!

John Spencer


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other contributors are very welcome too
Path of Love
"And how you ask are we to walk the spiritual path? We answer: Say little;
love much; give all; judge no-one; aspire to all that is pure and good-and
keep on keeping on."
~White Eagle



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From Jenny Diski's webpage
“Memory is continually created, a story told and retold, using jigsaw pieces of experience. It's utterly unreliable in some ways, because who can say whether the feeling or emotion that seems to belong to the recollection actually belongs to it rather than being available from the general store of likely emotions we have learned? Memory is not false in the sense that it is willfully bad, but it is excitingly corrupt in its inclination to make a proper story of the past."
Jenny Diski


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Easter Monday
Truth does not always need to be spoken, but what is spoken needs to be true. Roland Carn

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Food for thought
To the hungry, God comes in the form of bread.



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Volcanic ashday
God comes disguised as our lives. Etty Hilessum



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Almost May day
Where there is no vision, the people perish Proverbs 29:18

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Coalition?
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:24



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Shinsho
Does anyone really have to fret
About Enlightenment?
No matter what road I travel,
I’m going home.


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After my JW friend's visit...
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
~Terry Pratchett


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Faith
When I took the leap,
I had faith I would find a net;
instead I learned I could fly.

John Calvi


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Lengthening days
Ye have no time but this present time; therefore prize your time for your soul's sake
George Fox 1652


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What World Cup?
The best revenge is to live well. Nietzsche

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Rainy Friday
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned in life: It goes on."
-Robert Frost


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Summer
To see the world in a grain of sand
And heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.

William Blake


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Friday
Our life is full of brokenness - broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God's faithful presence in our lives.

Henri Nouwen




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July already
"When it comes to interacting with others - and everything you do requires interaction - relinquish technique. Release your need to do it right. There is no right. Open your heart and be yourself. You are never more vibrant than when you are vulnerable, never more genuine than when you are humble, never more trustworthy than when you are completely open."
Aman Motwane


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Don't worry
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:24

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Faith
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Tagore

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Anger
Anger comes from holding a model of how you think the world ought to be but isn’t. Ram Dass



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Goals
We put a lot of effort and struggle into accomplishing our goals, but we fulfill only half of them. If we accomplish even as much as that, we consider ourselves lucky. In reality, the fact that we cannot do even half of what we want to do is a sign of our lack of freedom.
Gehlek Rimpoche


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Sad
But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)
Cry; and upon thy so sad loss
Shall shine the traffic of Jacob’s ladder
Pitched betwixt Heaven and Charing Cross.

Francis Thompson, In No Strange Land


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King James version
Romans 8:38: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
8:39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Sue Laidlay


From Prayer, Carol Ann Duffy


Some days, although we cannot pray, a prayer
utters itself. So a woman will lift
her head from the sieve of her hands and stare
at the minims sung by a tree, a sudden gift.


Sue Laidlay


from A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
The most important, the primordial relationship in your life is your relationship with the Now, or rather with whatever form the Now takes, that is to say, what is or what happens. If your relationship with the Now is dysfunctional, that dysfunction will be reflected in every relationship and every situation you encounter.

Ian Holliday


The Power of Now
I have found this business of living in the now, very hard, very hard! Of late, after a long time in chronic pain and various medical interventions, I "fell over" mindfulness meditation, which has a similar approach to life.

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September sunshine
It is our tender and Christian advice that Friends take care to keep to truth and plainness, in language, habit, deportment and behaviour; that the simplicity of truth in these things may not wear out nor be lost in our days, nor in our posterity's; and to avoid pride and immodesty in apparel, and all vain and superfluous fashions of the world.
Yearly Meeting in London, 1691


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no title

The wind blows hard among the pines
Toward the beginning
Of an endless past
Listen: you’ve heard everything.

Shinkichi Takahasi


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There’s a place that opens only to tears.

Pain is but the breaking of our shell of understanding. Khalil Gibran


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From Radical Forgiveness, Colin Tipping
Tradtional forgiveness always begins with the assumption that something wrong took place and someone 'did something' to someone else. The victim archetype remains operative... With radical forgiveness, the finger points the other way. The problem lies 'in here' with me.

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Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest

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Monday
Lord, Thou knowest how busy I must be today: if I forget Thee, do not Thou forget me.
Sir Jacob Astley


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Six points
• Give thanks – find 100 things a day
• Be still for some time every day
• Keep your capacity for awe and wonder
• Share with each other the hidden depth in ordinary things
• Invest a daily action with a special significance
• Pay attention to the details of an ordinary experience such as being alive
Extract from The Friend Richard Thompson, 2000


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Friends
If you allow me to have Christ simply as a friend, he may become what you call God; if you force him on me as God, he cannot become a friend.
Pierre Ceresole, 1920 QF&P 26.47


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From Quaker Daily Readings

Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change this world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead


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The One
The One you are looking for is the One who is looking
Francis of Assisi


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Psalm 31:15
My times are in thy hand.