What’s New – June 2018

Posted on June 16, 2018

  • We have posted additional study material for the chapter “Introduction” in Practicing the Presence.  In the Introduction to Practicing the Presence, Joel says that the secret of all successful living is consciously practicing the Presence of God, daily and hourly.  He also says that students always ask the question, “How do I practice the Presence?”  The additional study material for this chapter provides extensive quotations from Joel’s writings and recordings that answer that all-important question.
  • We have posted a new Question and Answer from Joel.  He answers a question about the best and quickest way to rise above a physical problem.
  • JUNE 30 is the fifth Saturday of the month, and as we often do on the fifth Saturday, we will have TWO sessions on that day, one at 8:00 a.m., and one at 6:00 p.m.   To maintain the rhythm of our standard schedule, we do not proceed with our current study program on a fifth Saturday.  Instead, we hear either a seasonal recording, or a recording the complements our study program.  During the next week on July 4, the United States celebrates Independence Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  It is a day that brings to mind the universal spiritual idea of freedom, or liberty, and so we will hear one of Joel’s recordings that addresses the idea of spiritual freedom.

Posted on June 2, 2018

We have posted a new Question and Answer from Joel, in which he answers a question about “taking no thought.”

Re-Posted on June 1, 2018

We have posted additional reference material for our study of the chapter “Contemplation Develops the Beholder.”  At this point in our study of the eight most important chapters, it may be helpful to ask ourselves whether we are “reading” or “studying” the chapters.  One of the documents posted reminds us of what Joel said about the importance of study and suggests one study method that we have found valuable.  The second document is a story from Lao Tzu, which nicely illustrates the attitude of a “beholder” that Joel teaches in this chapter.