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Calling On Your Heroes
Thomas McConkie
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Calling On Your Heroes
Calling On Your Heroes
Thomas McConkie • 07:57

Calling upon spiritual figures who inspire one's spiritual life is based on the idea that there are enlightened beings who may provide guidance and inspiration on the spiritual path outside of this physical world. It is a practice that can be found in many religious traditions, such as Buddhism and Christianity. This practice recognizes that there are beings who have attained higher realms of consciousness and wisdom. And by inviting them to be present, humans aim to connect with their divine qualities and benefit from their wisdom.

By welcoming these enlightened beings, one opens oneself up to their influence and assistance. It recognizes how one's own spiritual journey can be strengthened and made easier by the presence of these enlightened persons. By calling upon these beings, one can access collective knowledge and compassion. They are free to invite any revered spiritual figures who share their beliefs and ideals, such as Buddhas, saints, sages, and other historical figures. People that practice this desire to connect with the ideals and characteristics embodied by these species in order to develop their spiritual consciousness. They do this by pleading with them for guidance, cover, and motivation.

The act of calling spiritual entities can have a big impact on one's spiritual life. It promotes a sense of belonging, support, and connection for people who are traveling a spiritual path. By proactively inviting the grace, knowledge, and compassion of these enlightened beings, people can prepare themselves to receive it. This exercise can provide motivation and a sense of empowerment in challenging situations. The concept of calling out to or inviting spiritual beings is an appeal to go beyond ordinary life, seek divine guidance, and develop a close connection with the spiritual planes of existence.


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[Thomas McConkie, Mindfulness Teacher] There's a practice that comes up in Buddhism and Christianity, it goes by different names, but in some ways, it amounts to the same thing. I'm aware of the language "communion of saints" in Christianity. I love the phrase "calling in the retinue" in Tibetan Buddhism. As we're embarking on this process of exploring Dharma and gospel, the traditions, I want to just offer a meditation, where you can call forth your own retinue or invite whatever beings who inspire you, who inform your spiritual life, to be present right here. From the perspective of the mind, life unfolds linearly through time and space. But when we open the eye of the heart, reality presents itself differently, we could say. In the awakened heart, absolutely everything that has ever been, is, or will be, is already present. And so we're making use of this mystical understanding by calling in any beings that we care to to support our practice, our investigation, our unfolding. Give yourself a few moments to settle. Finding a posture that's comfortable, but also, a posture that allows you to be very alert and present. Feel the softness of the body as you breathe, the ground beneath you. Feel the straightness of the spine and the alertness that that invites in your experience. And begin to call on any being, any beings who inspire you, who support your feel in your life, on your path. These are illumined souls, abler souls, who bring the power of their own being, their wisdom, their compassion, their love and light, all right here, right now. Just feel this from the very center of your being, from the very center of your heart. These beings could be dear family members, who have long since passed, ancestors, who carry the lineage, the traditions that inform you in a beautiful and powerful way. And from the perspective of the heart, there is no time between you and them, no space between you and them, they're right here. All of their goodness, all of their virtue, their power, right at the center of your being, glowing from the inside out. Not just literal ancestors, but the saints and sages, the awakened ones, the noble ones. You can invite, in this moment, all Buddhas, past, present and future to join you and support your practice. Invite Christ and all his retinue, all his apostles and Mary and all of the saints from across the ages who followed in this path of humility and forgiveness. When you sit and open your heart and open yourself up to be inspired, whose presence comes to you, whose presence do you wish to be here more fully? Just allow yourself to call on them for assistance, for aid, support. Though we can't fathom the profound wisdom and compassion of the most illumined souls, nevertheless, their grace reigns down on us, calls us out and beyond ourselves. Let this be so, let it be true. On this path, you never walk alone.

Watching Now
Calling On Your Heroes
Calling On Your Heroes
Thomas McConkie • 07:57

Calling upon spiritual figures who inspire one's spiritual life is based on the idea that there are enlightened beings who may provide guidance and inspiration on the spiritual path outside of this physical world. It is a practice that can be found in many religious traditions, such as Buddhism and Christianity. This practice recognizes that there are beings who have attained higher realms of consciousness and wisdom. And by inviting them to be present, humans aim to connect with their divine qualities and benefit from their wisdom.

By welcoming these enlightened beings, one opens oneself up to their influence and assistance. It recognizes how one's own spiritual journey can be strengthened and made easier by the presence of these enlightened persons. By calling upon these beings, one can access collective knowledge and compassion. They are free to invite any revered spiritual figures who share their beliefs and ideals, such as Buddhas, saints, sages, and other historical figures. People that practice this desire to connect with the ideals and characteristics embodied by these species in order to develop their spiritual consciousness. They do this by pleading with them for guidance, cover, and motivation.

The act of calling spiritual entities can have a big impact on one's spiritual life. It promotes a sense of belonging, support, and connection for people who are traveling a spiritual path. By proactively inviting the grace, knowledge, and compassion of these enlightened beings, people can prepare themselves to receive it. This exercise can provide motivation and a sense of empowerment in challenging situations. The concept of calling out to or inviting spiritual beings is an appeal to go beyond ordinary life, seek divine guidance, and develop a close connection with the spiritual planes of existence.


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[Thomas McConkie, Mindfulness Teacher] There's a practice that comes up in Buddhism and Christianity, it goes by different names, but in some ways, it amounts to the same thing. I'm aware of the language "communion of saints" in Christianity. I love the phrase "calling in the retinue" in Tibetan Buddhism. As we're embarking on this process of exploring Dharma and gospel, the traditions, I want to just offer a meditation, where you can call forth your own retinue or invite whatever beings who inspire you, who inform your spiritual life, to be present right here. From the perspective of the mind, life unfolds linearly through time and space. But when we open the eye of the heart, reality presents itself differently, we could say. In the awakened heart, absolutely everything that has ever been, is, or will be, is already present. And so we're making use of this mystical understanding by calling in any beings that we care to to support our practice, our investigation, our unfolding. Give yourself a few moments to settle. Finding a posture that's comfortable, but also, a posture that allows you to be very alert and present. Feel the softness of the body as you breathe, the ground beneath you. Feel the straightness of the spine and the alertness that that invites in your experience. And begin to call on any being, any beings who inspire you, who support your feel in your life, on your path. These are illumined souls, abler souls, who bring the power of their own being, their wisdom, their compassion, their love and light, all right here, right now. Just feel this from the very center of your being, from the very center of your heart. These beings could be dear family members, who have long since passed, ancestors, who carry the lineage, the traditions that inform you in a beautiful and powerful way. And from the perspective of the heart, there is no time between you and them, no space between you and them, they're right here. All of their goodness, all of their virtue, their power, right at the center of your being, glowing from the inside out. Not just literal ancestors, but the saints and sages, the awakened ones, the noble ones. You can invite, in this moment, all Buddhas, past, present and future to join you and support your practice. Invite Christ and all his retinue, all his apostles and Mary and all of the saints from across the ages who followed in this path of humility and forgiveness. When you sit and open your heart and open yourself up to be inspired, whose presence comes to you, whose presence do you wish to be here more fully? Just allow yourself to call on them for assistance, for aid, support. Though we can't fathom the profound wisdom and compassion of the most illumined souls, nevertheless, their grace reigns down on us, calls us out and beyond ourselves. Let this be so, let it be true. On this path, you never walk alone.


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