OK. There are ways of expressing what I want to write without holding back and without conscious intention of offending, yet still managing to be direct.
This is largely a jotting pad for stream of Consciousness ideas that have been percolating for probably many years. It can be edited later, redacted, and the nuggets – should there be any, can be published more widely.
Entries from this point on have, in part, been prompted by my eldest son's recent comment that I should tell my story. I told him that the time would come when I would tell what I have gleaned so far from the many spiritual teachers and teachings I have hooked up with, but mainly to write about my experiences – some of which tally with what I've heard from others, and other which don't. As more than one famous teacher has said: “Don't take my word for any of this – test it for yourself!”
I used to hang back and even err on the side of agreeing for the sake of it in order to be liked , belong, and keep the peace. That was then, but this in NOW!
There will be occasional mentions of events from personal history interspersed here and there, but my story is only useful if it is able to serve as an example of how belief / human mind creates our perception and experience of the world.
This is no longer a popularity contest or looking for 'likes' on social media. There's no need. I am fortunate enough to have a handful of mighty companions who are on the same wavelength as me.