July 11th, 2021

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I recently had a video chat with the friend who introduced me to LJ. In recent years I have had few opportunities to converse with spiritual seekers. Generally this lack of opportunity is associated with a period of dryness with respect to feeling tuned in intuitively. That makes the (usually brief) periods of opening into a more intuitive perspective stand out by way of contrast.

I felt fairly dry during most of the conversation until I began to describe how my preparation for a seminar on the music of Arvo Pärt led me to reflect on some readings in (or related to) Orthodox Christianity that I used to do in the early 90s. These readings, as well as attendance at a few Orthodox liturgies, came shortly before my interest in Sufism became formalized through an initiation into the Nimatullahi Order. That, in turn, preceded my reading of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna and my attending some services at the Ramakrishna Cetner in New York. All of these things happened while I was in graduate school. They were a background accompaniment to that experience. At the time I did not see a way of integrating them into my academic pursuits, but now that I am within the last decade of my involvement in academia, it occurred to me that spending more time with the music of Pärt (and also of Tavener, which I am not planning to teach, but which I may research further on my own) may constitute at least a gesture in the direction of integrating my life in academia with what at the time had been my side interests.

Another element to this is my ongoing study of astrology. The instructor of the astrology class that I've been enrolled in since the spring of 2019 suggested that I may have a tendency to become more contemplative as I grow older. This, combined with my reflection on the readings I had done in Orthodox Christianity, led me to revisit the writings of Mouravieff and to reach out to an online Mouravieff reading group. I had been participating in this group on and off for the last few months, but I noted that, when I described it to my friend, I began to feel immersed in an intuitive space. I had taken the last few weeks off from the group, but I returned yesterday and I thought it was a very good session.

I see that I have not written in over a year, and there is more going on with astrology that I could mention, but I will close with something remarkable that happened this morning. I had gotten up to feed the cat but, since it is Sunday, I went back to bed after that and had a vivid dream about two friends who were planning to bomb a shopping mall. After I woke up, I was having breakfast and was scrolling through Twitter on my phone, where I found out that there had been a bomb threat at a mall in Orlando, FL. Fortunately it was only a threat and not an actual attack. One detail that struck me was that the threat that had been called in mentioned two bombs. Dreams that appear related to current news stories happen to me every once in a while. Typically, they are the last dreams I remember just before awakening in the morning and typically they happen after I have had an experience of my intuition opening up during waking consciousness.


Peace,

KH