American Mystic, Ernest Holmes, wrote that his spiritual teaching
wasn't worth a dime unless people put into practice what he was
teaching. And this is true for the teachings of all the mystics
throughout history. In this point in time of world history we
have been gifted with so many spiritual teachers who have given us
their revelations of truth and spiritual guidance. Some of their
teachings have seemed too good to be true and some have given us
profound spiritual revelations that challenge us to go beyond that
which we have learned from the world; Isaiah calls us to accept that
G-d is All, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. We read in
Psalms, "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do
flows from it." Paramahansa Yogananda tells us, "you
do not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to
tear away the self-created veil that hides him from you."
The Buddha revealed that "The mind is everything. What you
think you become." And the Master Mind Jesus gave us the
greatest challenge ever for mankind with these two commandments:
"Love the Lord your G-d with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your strength. The second is this: Love
your neighbor as yourself."
Just these few revelations of Truth give us the key and the
opportunity to live the good life, the abundant life and the wonderful
life. When we connect the heart and the mind in truth and love
and intelligence our entire outlook and perceptions of our life
experiences change. Not only do we have greater insight into the
how and why our experiences came to be but we view the world around us
too with a very different awareness just as the Buddha revealed
"what you think you become." And this includes what we
think of others which is why the Master Mind Jesus informs us that
"equally important" to loving the Lord our G-d, we must love
our neighbor, and that means everyone, as yourself.
And so the natural question is, how do we go from "being in the
world to being not of the world?" And the solution lies in
"conditioning our mind to love." And for so many
of us this means we must start where we are. We must love
ourselves first as for so many of us loving our neighbor as our self
is not so much love at all. Too many of us have allowed the
world's false negative judgments to create within our minds a
persistent self-depreciation. And although there are those who
scoff and ridicule the practice of "affirmations" there is
no other way in which to condition our mind that is more
effective. We can take for example one of the greatest
affirmations from the Torah, "the Lord is my shepherd; I shall
not want" and in this directive to our mind we shall find
ourselves perhaps at first denying the "I shall not want" by
thinking of all the things we want that we don't have ... but, the
consistent and persistent conditioning of the mind with this
affirmation has changed the lives of so many people that this initial
mental contradiction, it has been proven, cannot be sustained.
In his book, "You Can If You Think You Can" Dr. Norman
Vincent Peale who was one of the first traditional Christian ministers
to see beyond religious dogma to a higher truth of the power of the
mind, shared this testimony from one of his followers: "I'm
a 17-year-old girl. I would like to thank you for your writings
and tell you my story. Something happened to me. I don't
know what it was, but I became very depressed and cynical. I was
really sunk. I read a lot, even a book about mental
illness. Suddenly, everything I had read on the subject sort of
closed in around me and I became convinced that I was psychotic.
I really wasn't, but I was letting myself believe I was.
I had to
do a term paper on "Enjoying life." Isn't that a
laugh? Well, anyway, in my research I came across your works;
such statements as "Those who look forward expecting great things
to happen can make them happen"; Build upon your
expectations. Expect a miracle"; "Stand up and quit
feeling sorry for yourself"; "Do a rehabilitation job on
your thoughts." These words and more opened my eyes
again. Hope flashed into my mind. Thank you for making me
aware again, for helping me out of that dark place and into the light
of happiness and faith, and for saving me with new hope. And
thank you for helping me get an A-plus on my term paper."
And so if you are feeling and thinking "bored, frustrated and fed
up" then you MUST THINK YOURSELF OUT OF these things for no one
can think your thoughts for you; not Isaiah, Jesus, Paramahansa
Yogananda or the Buddha ... for YOU and YOU alone have control over "what
you think you become."
SO IT IS!
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