Bud said:In a nutshell, I think all the above, this searching for the soul as described in the third method of attention and within those ten or so pages, is another way of thinking about the singular 'I' one is wanting to fuse?
Yes, I agree. Some of what Sylvan says is subtle, and his terminology is different, but I find it fascinating that he comes to many of the same things that the Cs have lead us to via hints and suggestions and encouragement.
Bud said:I think that this is just a different way of talking about what we already understand as the normal, daily Work. It's just being presented from a traditional christian perspective. Is that right?
Yes. And more. It's as though the very things the Cs have said about religion, our ancient ancestors, our status before the "Fall," and so on, are all wrapped up in there. In a sense, it is like another line of confirmation that makes a connection that relieves a certain tension within.
Bud said:If so, I am surprised that this way of talking about the Work has had the impact on me that it has. Of course, it has been awhile since my first exposure and approach to this Work and my initial reactions were all intellectual and ego-based; so a lot of 'dumping' had to be done just to get me into a more receptive frame of mind - to prepare me, so to speak, to understand the Work properly. Does that make sense? If so, no time spent in this preparation was wasted, osit, it was just a necessary prerequisite in my case.
Exactly. I had to go through years of dumping. You've moved pretty fast in comparison!
I think that the reason it has such an impact is because it brings us back full circle, in a sense, to something so ancient, so deep and real, that the heart "sings" a bit to know that the way we have been reassembling things is obviously on the right track. We know things, via the Cs, that some of the other sources do not know, and our addition of a bit of science to the "recipe" fortifies it and gives true food to the intellect so that the mind and soul can begin to work in tandem instead of in opposition.
Bud said:Reading this book has been time well spent (invested) and I hope everyone here gets a chance to read it too. :)
Yes. And his additional descriptions of some praxis are very helpful. For example, he notes that we are not required to BE in a "higher state" at all times, but it is necessary to know what state we are in at any given time!