Five Basic Principles for a Spiritual Life

Published August 26, 2014 by

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Perception and expectation are the products of consciousness and they, in turn, create our experience of reality.  In the subconscious mind, we store the constant influx of data from the conscious mind without filters.  That stored content colors our perception of the world, building our own point of view, dictating the way we react to people and events around us in the world.  And that leads to a highly judgmental and stereotypical reaction to and expectation of those we meet, often blocking any kind of authentic interaction with someone new.

Negative stereotypes are learned expectations, many of them unconscious, which allow us to marginalize entire populations.  Hitler began with the Jews, then the gypsies, then the disabled.  Modern so called undesirables can include people of color, gays, foreigners, the homeless, disabled and the elderly.

What difference does it really make in the long run?  After all, like calls to like, right!  Well,  that’s true if I have absolutely no desire for spiritual growth and personal transformation. But if I long for true change in my life, then I’ve got to put aside the cultural, socioeconomic and geopolitical straight jacket mentality and open up to a whole new world view.

I worked for five years under a mean spirited gay supervisor.  If  I had chosen to judge all gays, lesbians and trans by the behavior of that one man, then I would have completely blocked myself from the  positive experiences and interactions with the new friends which I now have.  And my life would be the poorer for it.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.*

Most of us know the second verse above by heart, but what did Paul mean in the context of the whole?  What does that mean:  a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, particularly as it relates to the second verse?  If I wish to change my life, do I not first have to surrender my life to the God of all creation, dying to the limiting mind set of my past as I am transformed by a new way of thinking and being in the world?

True, in all actual transformation of mind and body a dissolving,  breaking-up process necessarily takes place, because thought force and substance have been built into the errors that appear.  In each individual these errors have the power that man has given to them by his thought concerning them.**

Why does bad stuff still  happen to me even though I’m really trying to change, to grow spiritually?   The first reason which comes to mind is I just wasn’t paying attention to what was happening in me and around me. The first conscious warning I usually get is my body’s physical reaction to what is happening. A close second is that I just didn’t want to see what was happening.  Have you ever refused to see the warning signs in a relationship which suddenly implodes with no warning!   We see, but refuse to acknowledge what we see, like a child who covers her eyes with her hands and believes that no one can see her.

Why does it take so long to overcome the negative results of false beliefs in my life?  Changing behavior patterns in the world is only one step toward wholeness.  Changing the thought patterns of a lifetime is one more step toward wholeness–it takes time to change not just our surface, conscious thoughts, but the closely held thoughts and images in the subconscious must be overwritten as well.  Once we truly begin to open ourselves to God consciousness, then our progress toward transformation becomes steady and sure, one day at a time.

Forgiveness is essential spiritual awakening because we cannot love God and harbor resentment and anger toward ourselves or others.  Anger and resentment are like a cancer in the soul and no amount of justification will ever change that!

Sin is a falling short of the divine law, and repentance and forgiveness are the only means that man has of getting out of sin and its effect, and coming into harmony with the law.  Forgiveness really means the giving up of something. When you forgive yourself, you cease doing the thing that you ought not to do.**

If I want to experience healing and wholeness in my life right now,  then I must be willing to completely change my way of thinking, living and believing  right now!

Rev. Claudia Naylor

Romans 12:1-2*

Jesus Christ Heals, by Fillmore**

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