Meet the Other Woman

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is one of those rare finds, in my estimation, who holds many, many gifts. He is an exquisite blend of honesty, heart, humility, wisdom and vocabulary, that combined with a mind that draws from readings of sacred texts, poetry, musical lyrics and the classics of literature, makes listening to him an intriguing inquiry into one’s own self.
Speaking through his Heart, unlike channeling, Llewellyn transmits a message that leaves one with hope, understanding, (or yearning for it,) and Love. This talk, in two forty-minute parts, deals with the female side of the human incarnate. Calling on his extensive knowledge and training in Jungian psychology, Sufism, and “walking the path” and more, he relates to the listener a view of how to be with oneself for expanded knowing.

I hope these talks at least nudge you a little further along in your expansion.

I humbly submit…

Part 1

InnerPartner Part 1

Part 2

InnerPartner Part 2

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I would like to share something with you, but first a disclaimer.

What I am sharing should in no way be construed as a religious pitch, association, endorsement, or testimonial. It is just one way of looking at a piece of consciousness. If you can separate the package from the essence and gaze toward the essence, we’ll be in harmony.

I use the image of the diamond on many levels, from God to soul, to individual. The uncut diamond is raw, unrealized potential. After cutting, the faceted diamond has many points of view and each has it’s own quality of light. Each facet is a mirror as well as a window to the core. The whole and it’s parts. Without the parts the whole would not be.

Now this diamond may be covered with dirt until it’s self is unrecognizable, unmemorable. However it can be shined until it blinds us with it’s brilliance.

In this model the human is this Sacred Diamond. Mostly we are dirty with unacknowledged, unknown facets. We can, and do have varying states of cleanliness; shining facets, smudged facets, dirty facets, unknown facets, but we have the potential to be all clean, all the time.

Each one of these facets represents a quality, an essence of God — an essence of us. I use the Sufi explanations of these qualities to discover, investigate and contemplate the embodying of these qualities. I work to polish my facets, to “grok” the quality, in order to become the brilliant diamond I was meant to be.

Below are 3 links to the qualities. There are many more that can be found. The usual list is 99 qualities but it is said there are many, many more, and some lists you see are a little different that others.

If you sit with these qualities for a period of time you begin to see the bottomless Truth appear level by level. As you are ready to understand the meanings, what you thought you understood yesterday is not what you understand today, and tomorrow’s understanding will be integrated with your present wisdom.

This is a small explanation about God and His duties, and about what is known as the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah. The meanings of these names are endless, limitless, and indescribable. Even if all the water in the oceans were made into ink and the wood from all the forests were made into pens, we could not finish writing the explanations of these beautiful attributes of God.

— M.R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

One of the qualities is “Salam”, which means peace. You have probably met people who just have a peace about them. They relax you by just being with them. Such a person has that quality. And that is a quality which is a reflection of God, if you will. We all possess it, and in some that facet is unknown, dirty or ignored.

Below is one explanation or interpretation of this quality. I find reading different meanings from different sources, although basically the same, bring out subtle nuances with a deeper and expanded knowledge of the quality.

    • The Source of Peace, The Flawless, The Source of Wholeness and Well-Being
    • The One who is perfect, whole, prosperous and content.
    • The One who is the source of all peace, wholeness and safety.
    • The One who has rendered all of creation to be perfect, whole, prosperous and content.
    • The One whose creation is free of imperfections, free of faults and free of error.

From the root s-l-m which has the following classical Arabic connotations:

    • to be peaceful, quiet, tranquil, content, friendly, reconciled
    • to be free from imperfections, free from faults, complete, whole, sound
    • to be safe, secure, well, healthy, prosperous

This name is used in the Qur’ân. For example, see 59:23

This ancient Semitic root of s-l-m implies every manner of wholeness, completeness and prosperity.

Many seek peace by struggling, battling and trying to impose their will on others, yet external peace will only prevail as a reflection of inner peace. The only path to outer peace is awareness of the tranquil depths of inner peace, and the only source of such inner peace is the One known as as-Salâm.

According to Râghib the word Islam, which arises form this same s-l-m root, means to enter into salm… which means to enter into peace, or to enter into wholeness. That is, the word Islam means to be at peace with or reconciled with the ways and decrees of Allâh, and is often described as self-resignation, surrender or submission to the will of Allâh.

If you sit with this quality you may see that the state of Peace is more than being just quiet or non-combative. If you follow the thread of peace in every sentence, every word, through to your inner self and deeper to The Source you will see that it also shows you Perfection – since all is peaceful with no need to change anything. It also shows you the place of creation since it takes an impulse or spark which disturbs the Peace somewhat to create something, but the quality of Peace is needed to “hear” the idea and nourish the impulse.

If the human being would grok just one of these qualities and shine that facet of his diamond to perfection he would surely live in heaven.

Diamonds are God’s best friend.

Links you may find further quality info:

The Ninety Nine Names

Names of Allah

The Sufi Book of Life – Oracle

The Cosmic Ball

Thanks for the dance
I’m sorry you’re tired
The evening has hardly begun
Thanks for the dance
Try to look inspired
One two three, one two three one

Ahhh… The dance of the soul and the ego. A delicious meal comprised of sickeningly sweet desserts and healthy green Brussels sprouts. Yes, time has hardly scratched the surface and you are feeling as interested in the lessons of life as a punker’s interest in the Scouts of America. But the soul untiringly asks for your interest because, after all, we’re dancing for a reason.

There’s a rose in my hair
My shoulders are bare
I’ve been wearing this costume
Turn up the music
Pour out the wine
Stop at the surface
The surface is fine
We don’t need to go any deeper

Avoi-dance, masks, how we intricately weave deception. So well that we do not even suspect it most of the time. Oh it’s OK, no need to go deeper. You just make trouble for yourself. Bask in the drunken song of desire. Good times!

Thanks for the dance
I hear that we’re married
One two three, one two three one
Thanks for the dance
And the baby I carried
It was almost a daughter or a son

At some point we remember there is a connection to our soul. There is no getting away from it. We bought the ring, signed the papers and consummated the relationship. “We” will birth something and we will probably fall short of integrating all of yin and yang. But we feel thankful for the intention we had.

And there’s nothing to do
But to wonder if you
Are as hopeless as me
And as decent

All we really need to do is to be. We, at some point, enter that dark night and lose the compass we thought we had secured in our grasp that Source had so mercifully given. Is my soul good? Do I come from good stock? All we can do is wait and wonder.

We’re joined in the spirit
Joined at the hip
Joined in the panic
Wondering if
We’ve come to some sort
Of agreement

We are one with our soul and it, with our ego, gets a little nervous – no we’re shaking in our boots that maybe we’ve given up and said, “No more, I’ll take what I got” It’s OK here, i don’t need to be Perfect. Settling is OK, isn’t it? I Fear God!

It was fine it was fast
I was first I was last
In line at the
Temple of Pleasure
But the green was so green
And the blue was so blue
I was so I
And you were so you
The crisis was light
As a feather

As we hit the next plateau, we look back at the climb. The rocks, the crevasses, the wide rivers and the skinned – and healed knees. Perspective makes it look doable – laughable really. The desires that grew and withered are now meaningless. And it was a good fight. A delicious victory over the formidable opponent that now seems impotent and not worth the fret.

Thanks for the dance
It’s been hell, it’s been swell
It’s been fun
Thanks for all the dances
One two three, one two three one

Leonard Cohen

Ahhh… Thank you for that schooling which, although was something I’m glad I did, I don’t want to do it again. The Life Dance was exhilarating.

Well… maybe one more dance.

Maestro, music please!