girl said to me that all she desired was to be "spiritual."
That is the overall desire of everyone, but our terminology is not the
same. When you are really spiritually minded, you are expressing
yourself fully here and now. You realize that an automobile is a
spiritual idea in front of your door. A sandwich, when you are
hungry, is an answer to your prayer and is spiritual, also. If you
sing well on stage, it is just as spiritual as a man singing the 23rd
Psalm in the choir. The man who repairs the roof of your house is
performing spiritual labor just as well as a minister, priest, or rabbi
who may be reading a text from the Bible or broadcasting a sermon.
Realize that the spirit and body are one. Cease looking down on
your nose at material things; stop once and for all separating the
Spirit of God from the flesh and blood of the world. Every
physical act, no matter how base you may consider it, is the Living
Spirit within you animating material form. You are not degraded or
demeaned when you scrub a dirty floor or clean stables. If you are
condemning anything in this world, you are demoting and depreciating
Dr. Joseph Murphy, The Miracle of Mind Dynamics
I used this excerpt
from Dr. Murphy's book as this statement has come to me very often
during the past decade of responding to prayer requests on the Internet.
Too often, as Dr. Murphy explains, there is confusion in just what
"being spiritual" means. I believe, to be
"spiritual" is to "reflect the Spirit" in our life
experiences. The things of the Spirit are happiness, love, joy,
peace, harmony, beauty, intelligence and wisdom, and strength. We
realize all of these within us; within our heart, our mind and our soul.
Yet, we know that most often these are experienced through the
stimulation of things that are material ... or are not realized due to
conditions, circumstances and situations in the material or physical
It is impossible for the human mind to fully
conceive of Spirit as Omnipresence, and so let us think about Infinite
Presence; everywhere Present, just like the air that we breathe.
There are people who are so consumed with the thought of allergens,
dust, etc. that they can't breathe without effort. And there are
people who say that they are "spiritual" who live in poverty
and lack. Why is this? I think it has a lot to do with how
we have been "mesmerized" into accepting false ideas about our
relationship to G-d and Life Itself. Buddhism teaches that
"desire" is the root of all suffering and problems, and
therefore teaches that we are to "repress desire" so that we
can realize peace and harmony within. But, how long does our peace
and harmony last when we can't pay the rent or when we realize that the
world is filled with abundance while we experience a stark life of lack
and limitation? Spirit is creative and this means to do, to be or
to have something, and in order to live spiritually, we must "get
in the spirit of the thing" that we choose to experience.
Lack of desire can "cause" dullness, and for us to
"resign" ourselves to lack and financial struggle, or at best
living with "less" than we are capable of experiencing.
Spirit is "Abundant Life" ... and the more of this abundance
we experience, the more fuller expression of the Spirit we are
reflecting in our lives.
Christianity has perpetuated a false teaching
that leads many to believe that they are to reject material possessions
and seek to be of service to others instead. This false idea is
derived from the Gospel of Luke 18:18-25 "And
a ruler asked him [Jesus], “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit
eternal life?” And
Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one
is good except G-d
alone. You know the
commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do
not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother.’” And
he said, “All these I have kept from my youth.” When
Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you
still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you
will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” But
when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely
seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult
it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of G-d!
is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich
person to enter the kingdom of G-d.”
Knowing that the Master Mind Jesus gave us the
"key" to "increase" what we have, we know that we
can't fully understand the words from Luke 18:18-25, without considering
the "whole" of his teachings regarding wealth and abundance.
Jesus said, "I have come [to teach you] that you may have life, and
you may have it abundantly" and we can find in Matthew 25: 29
to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance.
But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."
And so we realize that this lesson is not about rejecting wealth and
material possessions, but instead is about our willingness to
"depend on G-d and G-d alone" for our everything. The
Master Mind Jesus was simply testing the rich, young man who professed
to have great faith, if indeed he had the faith that G-d would
"restore to him" the material possessions he would give up in
order to follow Jesus. In reality, Jesus was asking him to
"follow his teachings" ... to believe that what he had came to
him from G-d, and that in this realization, he can have it all again, if
he chooses to do so. And in his statement, "for
it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a
rich person to enter the kingdom of G-d”
... we can realize that just as the person who wants to "be
spiritual" eschews material wealth and possessions, people with
wealth, Jesus believed, pretty much accepted the same false idea that
there is a "separation" of Omnipresent Good ... which can
never be true. G-d Is All and All Is G-d; Omnipresent, Omnipotent
and Omniscience ... G-d in and through everything that is.
The "kingdom of G-d
is within you, not lo here or lo there" Jesus said, and this
means that we are not to give power to anything or anyone but G-d, and
in this knowing that All-Power is in the Spirit, we never need lack for
any good thing ... it is the "consciousness" that accepts
"all that the Father hath is mine" ... and we can have all
that we accept for ourselves that does not take anything away from
anyone else nor diminishes anyone, including ourselves, in any way.
It is the realization that the "abundant life" is the
"good life" that is available to all of us.
Let us say these words from the mystical Ernest Holmes'
meditation for "Supply" with confidence and faith: "I
always have an abundance of money and an abundance of whatever it takes
to make life happy and opulent. There is a continuous movement
toward me of supply, of money, of all that I need to express the fullest
life, happiness and action." And in
this realization, we shall be living a spiritual life filled with
happiness and joy, love and peace, harmony and confidence, faith and
wisdom; enjoying the best of times and the best of everything that the
Creative Spirit of G-d has made available to us.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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