At the threshold – your inner journey – the sacred art of compassionate service and the fields of Being and Dying
Answering the call – you made it to the threshold of our virtual Home; part magic theatre, part holy ground, a passage into active imagination and the art of creativity in the sacred arts of being and dying. Here we are. There are no accidents , dig deeper and listen to your inner guide.
Think of this site as a place for (and a constant reminder of the sacred art of living and dying ) of an oasis of contemplative practice, that accounts for impermanence, mortality, the Greater Reality, and one link between human existence and the Greater Reality. Journey into a deeper awakening to the sacred art of being and dying, into a new landscape, the art of the practice of Living which is beyond the conventional response to mortality – “conventional” at least relative our current and evolving culture of fear and denial. That is to say that generally speaking, is to ignore and hide dying. But there are other active responses both historical and contemporary that are worth examining and is the purpose for this site.
WHY A THIRD MESSENGER? To revive the ancient wisdom teachings for compassionate service, teachings of the heart and practices for deeper inner growth and to Celebrate Being and Dying.
Third messenger is here to share in this state of awakening and expand the practice of compassionate presence. In my heart of hearts the intention for third messenger is to create a path, to offer some contemplative moments, insights, resources that deepen our sacred art of being and the sacred art of dying daily through a practice of remembrance. “ I want every human being not to be afraid of death, or of life; I want every human being to die at peace, and surrounded by the wisest, clearest, and most tender care, and to find the ultimate happiness that can only come from an understanding of the nature of mind and of reality.” A respectful remix of Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying .
Thomas Merton wrote “what can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves… It is the most important of all voyages of discovery’s call and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
Rumi has said Come, Come again a thousand times come again
Come to engage and be stimulated in our school of inner practice and in the art of inner journaling. We seek to speak in a softer compassionate voice away from the clinical coldness of medicine or science. A voice part theater part art gallery part chapel (Sanctuaria) part sacred space part luminous ground. Come visit our Sanctuaria in Asheville, our Cottage of the Doves a place for inner growth.
Action Item !!!! Third Messenger is a guidance system for the encounter
Third Messenger is a guidance system for the encounter, a watering hole, an oasis for refreshing and deepening our journey of living and being. This site is bringing forth a message of possibility incorporating tools for responding to the cry of suffering by pointing to a conscious awakening into the sacred path that we all share. Think of this as a virtual well that welcomes pilgrims to refresh . A midwife or anamcara (“The experience of our ancestors that leaning into, instead of avoiding pain lessens distress at the end of life both physically and spiritually” (We now see a similar concept in the what is called post traumatic growth in the sciences and in the field of mindfulness meditation) . The ancient Celts saw the parallel between the processes of birth and dying. In their tradition, the ideal hospice employed anamcara midwives who assisted both birthing and dying processes under the same roof.” Richard Groves)
Third Messenger brings into play a body of tools to support a deeper resonance in living fully in the sacred arts of living and dying. It is time to find our own way, to own our own bodies and bring into motion self care healing because medicine can’t answer the call of spirit mind body.
To respond to “being “ a call! What call? Now is a time within the community of caring humanity to nurture a healing consciousness, a compassion that engages each of us in the art of self care management.
“ I want every human being not to be afraid of death, or of life; I want every human being to die at peace, and surrounded by the wisest, clearest, and most tender care, and to find the ultimate happiness that can only come from an understanding of the nature of mind and of reality.” A gentle remix of Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book Of Living And Dying.
The heart of the matter
Third messenger is here to share in this state of awakening and expand the practice of compassionate presence. In my heart of hearts the intention for third messenger is to create a path, to offer some contemplative moments, insights, resources that deepen our sacred art of being and the sacred art of dying daily through a practice of remembrance.
As dying was medicalized, it was removed from our lives — to the ICU and the funeral home — both fairly new institutions if you consider how long people have been dying. Dislodged by modernity, dying became a taboo, slightly gross subject for polite conversation. Physicians and the families of their patients began to see death as a defeat, not an inevitable culmination. John Cloud, “A Kinder Gentler Death”, in Time Magazine (September 18, 2000) If, by way of contrast, we examine the Tibetan tradition (particularly as it was practiced in Tibet before the Chinese Communist takeover), we see that Tibetan culture incorporates awareness of death into everyday life. Tibetan Buddhists believe that a persistent awareness of one’s own impermanence is a key to living a happy life. (See The American Book of Living and Dying by Groves and Klauser and Transcending Life series , C Tong – http://www.practical-spirituality.com Why and how is creative intelligence linked to Being and Dying – “directly observe and report on the whole structure of Reality, with all its dimensions and facets,and provide principles and means that impact both living and dying, since they are conceived with the whole picture of Reality, and the entire destiny of “self” (whether in life, in death, or in any other possible destiny). That is exactly the “position” that the greatest Spiritual Realizers and Spiritual Masters throughout history have “stood” in and have spoken from”. “Most human beings living in the material world are only aware of their “lowest”, physical component, and the corresponding physical dimension of Reality. Through genuine Spiritual practice, one can become aware of (and as) higher components, and ultimately even Awaken as the Divine Self.” Adi Da
Now is a time to be enriched in the art of healing through the integration of the collective wisdom traditions and learning about the ways the teachings bringing forth light to sooth the issues of the denial of death . Now is a time that we can engage, in a mindful and heartful conversation which celebrates the mystery of life and hidden powers of acceptance to be in the dance and poetry and mystery of living fully.
Third Messenger is a place for creative activists to turn ideas into action & for the community at large to become a force for love. We hope to incubate, educate, & represent the needs of the community of caregivers and practitioners who are at the gates of living and dying.