Below are two sermons delivered on April 24, 2016 at Metropolitan Community Church - San Francisco concerning the Head Center of the Enneagram and Points 567. The title: 'Twas Grace That Taught My Heart To Fear.
The first sermon is more Christian in flavor and readings. It touches on one esoteric aspect of the Enneagram - the Nadir between Point 4 & Point 5. The second talk is more Buddhist in flavor and readings.
Lyrics to John Newton's Amazing Grace are below.
To fear God is really the beginning of wisdom.
Therefore, my beloved . . . work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you . . .”
What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live as hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.
The Dhamma (the Truth) is beautiful in the beginning, beautiful in the middle, and beautiful in the end.
Buddha in A.II,51
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.