Five Basic Principles for a Spiritual Life

Published September 16, 2014 by

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The power of prayer is not unleashed through the use of formulaic words, postures or demeanor, because God never has, never will, nor ever could withhold the riches of the kingdom of heaven from His creation.  Such action would go against the very nature of God.  The one true purpose of prayer is to open our minds and hearts to the presence of God within us and to attune our human will to the will of God.

Persistency in prayer awakens the spiritual consciousness and sets into perpetual glow the core of the soul. When this has been accomplished, one is in a constant state of thanksgiving and praising, and the joy of a conscious union with creative Mind is realized.*

All our seeking is in vain until that moment when we finally turn within, hear and understand the words of Jesus: “…nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”**  Or ponder the words of Paul when he said:  Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?***

God is Spirit and that Spirit indwells us all.  God is the Creative Principle underlying all of creation, bearing fruit in and through our lives as we choose consciously to become co-creators with God.  And it is important to note that no one has an exclusive corner on God’s loving abundance.

Some of us may choose to express more of God’s love and light than others, but this does not grant us the right to judge others and the choices which they have made.  There is no faster or surer way to alienate family and friends than to try saving.  Neither have I the wisdom or the right to pray to God to destroy my enemies.  No matter how barbaric or misguided their behavior seems to me, they are still God’s children.

I have the right and the responsibility to pray for peace of mind and heart, for the right of self-determination and a richly abundant life for all people everywhere.  But, it is not my right to dictate what those qualities of being must look like across cultural and national boundaries.  As I practice the principles of a spiritual life through prayer and meditation, the quality and essence of my life is transformed.

Our life becomes that of a beholder, beholding the glory of God in all things–in the green grass, in the gentle breeze, in the turbulence of the ocean, and in the calm of the night.  If we live continuously in the contemplation of the invisible Presence and Power underlying all things, this very place whereon we stand is holy ground.****

Rev. Claudia Naylor

Jesus Christ Heals by Fillmore*

Luke 17:21**

I Corinthians 3:16***

The Art of Meditation, by Goldsmith****

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