Mentation

William Samuel

This site is dedicated to William Samuel, not in content, but in warmth and friendliness.

http://williamsamuel.com

THE WOODSONG BOY

The little boy in me likes to go to the woodland
and walk
and camp
and look for arrowheads.
The little boy loves to taste the sunshine and listen to the blue sky.

That’s where I’ve been. I found a handful of arrowheads today and they are beautiful.
I heard the blue of the sky
and listened to the green of the grass
and felt a blossom explode into a wine of frangrance.

Bill Samuel, 1986
THE CHILD WITHIN US LIVES!

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    • Su Child says:

      Rachel Samuel was Bill Samuel’s wife, who was ‘the wind beneath his wings.’ “The true home envelopes and tends you always…..tranquil home.” Thank you, Rachel.

      • su child says:

        Rachel mentored David Morgan Jones in editing The Wonder Within You of her close friend, David Manner’s meditative journals. From the back jacket: If the Truth that is hidden here comes through to you, say it secretly in your own words and experience the celebration of the heart. David, Bill and Rachel were very close.

    • Su Child says:

      I appreciate Sandy’s posts of every early Talk of William Samuel she can get her hands on. Since every hour of Bill’s early talks flow through many vital topics as Bill listens to each audience’s responses, I appreciate being able to go to those shorten segments within one talk, which are now available through YouTube William Samuel.

    • Su Child says:

      I’ve enjoyed having a visit today with Bill’s close friend, David Manners on his birthday, April 30, while reading selections in The Wonder Within You. Through his ‘journal writing,’ David shares himself, which many people have expressed wanting to know.

    • Su Child says:

      ….for individuals interested in listening to Bill Samuel’s most simple summary of his ‘aha’s, and ‘what to do’s,listen to Talk 2, Meditative Writing of his Monterey Peninsula College Talks in the audio library at http://www.williamsamuel.org – Since no one got up to leave, he proceeded to share “some things to do,” which are so simple we recognize more clearly how we are already living as Awareness, Itself, in this seemingly fast-paced daily Now, forever Here.

      • Su Child says:

        Sandy has recently shared Bill’s presentation at the request of Mrs. M.Dion Reed and her church group. She collaborated with Bill in completing his second book, The Awareness of Self-Discovery. The unique, still popular country Inn, The Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel, California had damp wood for use in their magnificent fireplaces. One learned early on that Bill Samuel’s talk was not going to be an intellectual presentation. Again, it’s wonderful to hear segments, which Sandy has artfully created. If you google her title, you’re likely to be in for a surprise. Persevere or go to her YouTube William Samuel site list. A talk in Dorothy Finch’s home may surface for sharing in time. It begins in a warm way with brief self-introductions.

    • Su Child says:

      “Finding One’s Right Place” is a fine example of Bill Samuel’s inimical way to create overtones, unique to each listener. So, Newcomers, I’ve just discovered that both sites which offer this talk, are currently qualified for tech attention. Wonderful; one cannot listen to the point of tech difficulty on either site without having the reality of “overtones” become a living realty. If in listening to Sandy’s offering begins to disturb this accumulation of ‘rich listening,’ switch over to http://www.williamsamuel.org/library and continue at about the middle segment halfway down the left column… as Bill begins using his beloved birdlife at Woodsong in introducing us to our own way of knowing. Until Jon checks and corrects the last segment, I suggest the listener stop without including it. Truly, these technical glitches provide opportunity to discover more of the process Bill uses in getting past the intellectual judge in every listener in order to deliver the heart of each of his messages.

    • Su Child says:

      I, too, now prefer the word,’tranquillity.’ As the daily media create images of impending disaster and turmoil, I reside in the reality of tranquility as I go about my moment by moment activities, acknowledging the divine presence always here at hand. Simple wonder.

    • su.child says:

      It’s with warmth and friendship that I invite readers to enjoy the variety of topics and writings, to know that your thoughts, descriptions of experiences, your ponderings are welcome here without judgment. We know that as we put any words from ‘the inside’ into the ‘outside’ as written words, that there is no safer place to begin than here, now.

    • su.child says:

      Bill’s audio talk entitled, “This Study,” in the http://www.williamsamuel.org/library
      allows the listener to experience Bill’s teaching style directly. Easter, 2017 is a fine day to listen to a “teacher of teachers.”
      Bill sings his song, leading the listener with both one’s heart and intellect to the holistic understanding of the Master’s message. When one discovers the title of this talk after listening while traveling with Bill step by step, one realizes his gift of thwarting the intellect from jumping in and out thinking it understands the full content of his message. Be patient, stay the full course of walking with Bill, listening and feeling this song he sings and be amazed.

    • Decades ago Bill Samuel searched for the simplest words to use in his communication. <amy decades ago he began to introduce the word, "awareness," in both his talks and writings to help people everywhere more easily understand the word, "consciousness." In the past few weeks his term, "meditative writing" has shown up on Google now that enough people have begun to use it. It is being used by a variety of different groups of people of different walks of life. In each case, much more than twenty years passed before either term began to resonate its simplicity and clarity, even to people on the street where mutual understanding is most meaningful. Decades of a variety of new ways of relating with others and oneself have finally brought about the daily usage of these terms in the everyday language of American culture. It's happening daily.

      • su child says:

        “Meditative Writing” has recently become a Google header term to umbrella the many ways individuals are “practicing the presence,” of being aware of one’s immediate experience. Bill Samuel introduced this term decades ago and gave a seminar on its practice in 1970. One can listen to it at http://www.williamsamuel.org in the audio library. Active meditative practices, which have developed during recent decades, can be discovered by googling this term. We’re delighted to participate in the easy viewing of the many practices individual Americans, especially, are currently engaging in.

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    • su.child says:

      Laura, I visited your website, etc., and enjoyed my first laugh of the day! You can learn more by also visiting the williamsamuel.org website. I suggest that you type this site into Google, and see your many choices of listings. Bill’s recorded audio presentations are being offered in the Library for those, who know that listening to more than a few sound bytes-allows the speaker to create what Bill referred to as “overtones.” You’ll be amazed.

      • Su Child says:

        for those, who’d enjoy hearing Bill Samuel’s 1971 lively presentation on ‘meditative writing,’ go to the website listed above, and click on Talk 1. About ten minutes into the Talk, Bill launches into his suggestions for this foundational ‘what to do,’ as an active combination of contemplation and meditation.
        This discipline changes individual lives! Please report any difficulties to Jon Shore.

    • su.child says:

      James M. Corrigan, author of An Introduction to Awareness, The Pure Nondual Presence of Awareness that is Realty, had not heard of William Samuel. I find his book an innovative approach to Philosophy, listed as Metaphysics. Bill mused in the ’70s that he’d lost touch with what people wanted to read in Metaphysics. I enjoy imagining the dialogue these two would be having today.

  4. su.child says:

    Since Janice Winokur has given me permission to share her meditative writings, which we’re enjoying from her collection, In the Light of an Alabama Rain, a meditation, Simple Harvest Publishing, Grantham, New Hampshire….it is fitting to share her Introduction here:

    When I lived in Alabama in the late 1980’s, I was blessed to meet and study with the late William Samuel, author, philosopher, and metaphysician. Bill was an avid journal writer, and he urged me to engage in my own journey of Self discovery through journal writing. With just one exception, all the poems, vignettes and essays in this small book were written during this period, including those that refer to other places to which I was travelling at the time.

    I enjoyed so many wonderful visits with Bill and his wife Rachel at their home in Birmingham. I will always remember with heartelt gratitude the days of quiet joy spent at their small rustic cottage, Woodsong, and the countless gifts of inspiration, guidance, and encouragement they gave to me so freely. Dear Reader, if anywhere you hear the humming of joy in these pages, please know that it is the melody that I learned at Woodsong.

    Blog – williamsamuelstudies.wordpress.com

    • su.child says:

      Janice Winokur uses the phrase ‘the melody she learned at Woodsong,’ which one might hear in her writing about her experiences with Bill and Rachel Samuel in their their bird and squirrel protected hills in Alabama.
      At this Spring equinox season I’m reminded of how often throughout the years, Bill mentioned awareness including the Pleides. These night skies during Spring equinox provide viewers in areas without moonlight magical experieces of the post-sunset skies alight with the zodical cone. Enjoy……..

  5. su.child says:

    A poem by Rachel Samuel

    For love to move

    in time and space

    there must needs be

    the sight of form, the feel of place

    for love to trace

    in its flow

    from “here am I”

    to “there you go.”

    It’s but myself I see

    reflected in another’s eye

    not just form

    but myself entire

    expressing that dictum divine

    to love my neighbor

    who, as love, is me and mine.

    posted on the williamsamuel.org website
    April 17, 2013 with photo of Bill & Rachel

  6. su.child says:

    …………….STOPPING………………….

    One would think it would be so easy, at any given moment, to stop and close the eyes and remember God. It has been said that if we could just stop and breathe, we could become enlightened. Other simple steps have been given by the masters. Joel Goldsmith is known to have said that if we gave thanks for every bite of food and drop of drink that we could become enlightened in a lifetime. So why does it seem so hard?
    An Olympic swimmer was once asked what she considered the hardest part of her workout.
    “Getting wet,” she replied.
    What is the hardest part of learning to live in the moment? I think it must be stopping, stopping to breathe, stopping to reflect, stopping to witness the moment, stopping to give thanks. When we stop, we put a brake on the habitual acts, the automatic responses, and the frames of mind which box us in. The power lies in the act of stopping itself; I can’t swim if I don’t get wet.
    Like a seed, the Truth lies hidden in our hearts. We cannot command it to grow through the sheer act of will. We can, however, use the act of will to make ourselves stop so that we may water our seed with our gaze. The Truth is always present, but we bring it up into the light and into bloom when we cultivate it with our attention. This is the beginning of peace, tranquility and joy.

    with permission from Janice Winokur
    In the Light of an Alabama Rain a meditation

    with Janice Winokur’s permission

  7. su.child says:

    “Same moon shines on ten thousand rivers,” Bill’s first assignment from his ‘Mr. Sure.’
    By honestly admitting that after 28 days he had so many possible meanings that he was sorry, but he couldn’t come up with just one. With that anwer, Bill qualified himself.
    Jon Shore and I have so many more of Bill’s early talks to possibly one day post in the Library at http://www.williamsamuel.org thanks to Tom Feltenstein. We both know when to stop. ‘This Study’ is Bill’s ‘whole story.’ Early Morning Bird Walk provides those, who are still eager for their anticipated summer birds to arrive, a feast of bird songs as Bill sings his ‘own song.’

  8. su.child says:

    In true warmth and friendliness, the final paragraph of the Introduction to David Manners’ 88 page book of his meditative writings, David’s dedicated friend William Samuel writes: ‘Awakening from the Dream of Me’ describes part of David’s journey. It is one of those shouts of joy we are all one day destined to make. This book tells of the wonder of looking within and finding God’s child unfettered and free, still very much alive, untouched by the tribulations of time.
    This out-of-print collection is eagerly anticipated in some new 21st Century format.

  9. su.child says:

    http://www.williamsamuel.org/library
    Jon Shore has provided an introductory set of recordings of William Samuel’s early Talks. This set provides a taste, or glimpse of the spectrum of Bill’s ways of communicating, ways, which he’d found to be helpful-ways to communicate heart to heart with his others, who intuited the Awareness of Self-discovery to be Reality revealing Itself.

  10. su.child says:

    “Happy New Now,” which Bill coined.
    Jon’s joining in – connecting globally with http://www.williamsamuel.org

  11. su.child says:

    In warmth and friendship, Jon Shore, now residing in Latvia, renews his friendships with friends of William Samuel. Visit his website,
    1ness4u.wordpress.com and surprise him. I love such surprises, don’t you?

  12. su.child says:

    When the media was relentlessly providing daily video coverage of starving African babies and their mothers, Laurel Carriel asked Bill, “What can individuals do about it.” He suggested that together, they send a bag of potatoes to start such a process. Today, Africa is emerging as the continent with enormous 21st Century global potential.

    Yesterday a grassroots group successfully completed the first arranged delivery of household furnishings and clothing for 45 families left homeless last June, in the Ashland, MT section of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. A similar small beginning of a process, right here in the USA. Everyone involved in this ‘giving and receiving’ is experiencing similar feelings of gratitude as families end their months of Community living in the Boys & Girls Club, and enter their new homes with some furnishings and warm clothing. Interested new volunteers plan to continue this process in the new year. May all our relatives on reservations soon experience basic standards of living with which to meet their continuing challenges with happy, hopeful hearts, and healthy bodies and minds. Aho!

  13. su.child says:

    I’ve taken a stroll down memory lane since my last post, when I noted my time frame wasn’t accurate, so I’ll edit it here. From 1969 into the early 70s I delighted in assisting Bill with recording his West Coast talks, but I struggled on an electric typewriter for other requests. He published The Awareness of Self-Discovery in 1970, and asked me to then work on a new format for The Melody of the Woodcutter and the King. Not my cup of tea, but I did the best I could – for moral support. I most enjoyed sharing my responses to his new writings, which would become The Child Within Us Lives! Fortunately, Rachel Jane Knight arrived in Bill’s experience. They married and her degree in English prepared her well for her new experiences. Later, Janice Winokur assisted Rachel in editing Bill’s final life work for publication. Now Sandy Jones brings her gifts and abilities to the emerging 21st Century ways of sharing William Samuel’s original style of communicating to hearts -while satisfying intellects sufficiently to not interrupt the process of getting his message – by first recognizing, then experiencing his simple suggestions as the awareness of Self-discovery becomes one’s experience in fact.

  14. su.child says:

    I’ve taken a stroll down memory lane since my last post, when I noted my time frame wasn’t accurate, so I’ll edit it here. From 1969 into the early 70s I delighted in assisting Bill with recording his West Coast talks, but I struggled on an electric typewriter for other requests. He published The Awareness of Self-Discovery in 1970, and asked me to then work on a new format for The Melody of the Woodcutter and the King. Not my cup of tea, but I did the best I could – for moral support. I most enjoyed sharing my responses to his new writings, which would become The Child Within Us Lives! Fortunately, Rachel Jane Knight arrived in Bill’s experience. They married and her degree in English prepared her well for her new experiences. Later, Janice Winokur assisted Rachel in editing Bill’s final life work for publication. Now Sandy Jones brings her gifts and abilities to the emerging 21st Century ways of sharing William Samuel’s original style of communicating to hearts -while satisfying intellects sufficiently to not interrupt the process of getting his message – by first recognizing, then experiencing his simple suggestions as the awareness of Self-discovery becomes one’s experience in fact.

  15. su.child says:

    During the mid-70s, Bill included me in constructing his second book, The Awareness of Self-Discovery. An essential aspect of Bill’s unique teaching style is his discovery of how he could create various overtones through telling his own stories. He explains what he does, and what the reader can expect, in the opening section of this important little book.

    A line in my journal during that time, which is as true today as I discovered then:

    “Stay with each unfolding moment, and be amazed.”

  16. su.child says:

    Wonderful, Gary,
    to discover this website of your own offerings from your practice of meditative writing!

    in warmth and friendliness right back ‘atcha,

    Susanna

  17. su.child says:

    Gary,

    Please do not post this introductory private message to you……

    This is Susanna, formerly of Santa Barbara, who loves this poem, and am so happy to have finally found you once again.

    -how long has this link been up from Sandy’s?
    -please e-mail me – and a phone number – much to share. I’ve looked for you periodically.

    -have you visited her new Facebook website?
    -I now have CDs from the reels of Bill’s early ’69 – ’72 talks I recorded on my Sony, which I lugged around. Hildie’s daughters provided me Hildie’s less clear reels and older machine when Hildie passed(& Sandy has copies).

    Where are you? I’m in WY -Rockie Mt. Highm

    my phone: 307.578.439

    “Susanna”
    http://www.glimpsesandglimmers.com (days)
    aka
    Su Child
    (pen name=new daily name)

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