Five Basic Principles for a Spiritual Life

Published August 19, 2014 by

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The human brain occupies physical space, fulfilling vital neurological functions necessary to the well being of the body.  The brain is the work horse of the body, but consciousness defines who we are in the world. There are a wide variety of mechanistic metaphors to describe how the conscious, subconscious and super-conscious mind operates, especially those comparing human consciousness to computers.

The comparison to computers is convenient and contemporary, but I’d actually be more comfortable with a comparison to a sailing ship:  the captain is in charge of destination, discipline and cargo as conscious mind, the ship carries the memory of every journey taken as sub-conscious mind, and the seas, currents, winds and heavens above represent the super-conscious.  Much more poetic, which is less than relevant, but there is something much more alive and personal, tangible if you will, in the image of a sailing ship.

It is the activity of conscious mind which interacts with the world around me everyday, receiving thousands of bits of data, processing and responding to all of it and storing most of it away for future reference.  The subconscious mind is the storage facility for all of that data. But unlike the conscious mind, the subconscious mind takes it all in without filters or judgment and promptly regurgitates ‘relevant’ memories in response to whatever the conscious mind is processing.

For example, if the last time you interacted with a police officer was a bad experience, your sub-conscious spits that memory out.  Your immediate physical or gut level response is visible tension, anxiety and resistance which an officer promptly reads in your body language.  Consequently, you are both wired for conflict and suspicion. In metaphysics, this is called creating your own reality.  In computer lingo, it’s called garbage in, garbage out.

It is my perception of people, places and events which creates my experience of reality.

My perception is the result of my conscious awareness of what is going on around me, plus input from the subconscious, which triggers either negative or positive expectations based upon past experiences.  The subconscious is neither good nor bad–it holds all of the learning experiences of my life and is a vital source of information, but it cannot be allowed to dictate the future based solely upon the past.  That would be totally self-defeating if my ultimate goal is spiritual growth and personal transformation.

The super-conscious mind contains the collective wisdom and knowledge of all the ages* and it is available to everyone.  Metaphysicians call this Christ Consciousness and it is our ultimate goal to function from this level of mind.  Yet, realistically, that’ a major leap from our practical, everyday mind set.

The first step, then, is to be aware of how we process and use information and to be alert to the almost constant chatter in the ‘back’ of our minds know as self-talk.  

Most people don’t realize it, but as we go about our daily lives we are constantly thinking about and interpreting the situations we find ourselves in. It’s as though we have an internal voice inside our head that determines how we perceive every situation. Psychologists call this inner voice ‘self-talk‘, and it includes our conscious thoughts as well as our unconscious assumptions or beliefs.**

Positive self-talk can walk us through every kind of challenge by encouraging and supporting mind, body and spirit in the midst of crisis or simple stress.  But negative self-talk tends to be habitual and unconscious.  We can sell ourselves on failure before we ever take the first step towards transformational living.

Self-awareness is an important tool in spiritual growth and successfully living in the world.  When I find myself instinctively reacting in a negative way to a person, an idea or an event, it’s vitally important to step back mentally and emotionally to evaluate my response.  Is it rooted in my past, is it connected to something or someone present whom I’ve learned not to trust or is it truly coming from my higher self?

Creative visualization is another important tool in fulfilling God’s Divine Design for our lives.  We use prayer not to beg, beseech or bedazzle God with our worthiness, but to clarify our own vision in communion with God.  We begin with a Divine Idea centered in the very heart of our awareness, enriched with the love of God and clothed in images of beauty and wholeness.  As we hold this image close and invest it with the power of the Word, we become co-creators with God.

Concentrated attention of the mind on an idea of any kind is equal to prayer and will make available the spiritual principle that is its source in proportion to the intensity and continuity of the mental effort.***

We open our awareness to the presence of God in this moment and consciously feel the power of Oneness with God in this desire for wholeness and spiritual growth.  Now, we release and set our desire free.

You have done your part when your true word has gone forth. Now rest at the center and say:  ‘It is well; Thy work is sure; I am satisfied.’ Do not argue with anyone, nor discuss the matter that you have submitted to Spirit; simply say, ‘All is well; it is finished.’****

Where we invest the deepest desires of our heart, in faith, there is wholeness and the fulness of being.  There is God.

Rev. Claudia Naylor

Carl Jung*

Ben Martin, Psy.D**

Jesus Christ Heals by Fillmore***

Atom Smashing Power by Fillmore****

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