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Principles and Practice of a Spiritual Path

Monday, September 28th 2009 @ 4:11 PM (not yet rated)    post viewed 1762 times

Recently I was intuitively directed to ‘go back to basics.’  Basically this meant looking at all the key ideas, beliefs and tools I have learned over the years that bring me back to balance and peace, no matter what is happening in my life.

So today I was guided to discuss ten of the principles I live by for this week’s Inspiration.

1. Your ‘Outer World’ is a reflection of your ‘Inner World’ - this principle reminds us that whatever we believe, think and feel is projected into our outer reality.  The concept of what you give out, you get back also falls into this category.  This idea is never meant to produce guilt or induce ideas about karma but merely to create awareness that we can choose what kind of vibration to project into the world and this will be reflected back through our outer experiences. 

The idea is also related to how we feel about ourselves, if we do not love ourselves for instance, then how can we allow others to love us. 

Our Ideas about ourselves and about life are reflected back to us through our relationships and experiences.  When we are dissatisfied by our outer circumstances we must not seek to change them, but rather change the way we think and feel about them.  A Course in Miracles suggests we do not seek to change the world, but change the way we feel about the world. 

2. Bless everyone – bless the people you like and also the ones you do not like.  When our focus is on the good of others we open the door for more good to come into our life.  I heard best selling author and speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer say that we should want something for someone else, more than we want it for ourselves.  Just like Saint Francis said in his famous prayer -

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love;

When we bless others we are automatically blessing ourselves as there is really only one of us here.  Just as when we condemn others we are actually condemning ourselves. 

Whenever I find myself in a situation where the energy between myself and another is not ‘good’ or I feel threatened in some way by that person and do repetitions of blessings either aloud and in my mind.  “I bless you (name of the person), I bless myself and I set us both free.” 

3. Every experience is a chance for growth – whether we judge a situation to be ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ there is a reason for it and an opportunity for us to grow and learn.  When we can step back and see the bigger picture we are more likely to take the ‘gem’ from every experience.  We may not understand in the moment why certain things happen but we can always find the gift in any situation if we really choose to. 

Affirm – ‘Only good can come from this experience’

4. Everything happens for a reason - following on from point number three, I have always believed that everything happens for a reason.  I do not believe in a disorganized Universe but rather see it is a perfectly organized system that is not fully understood. 

Everything, no matter how random it may seem has a purpose.  Sometimes the reason may seem very minor and sometimes it can be huge, but indeed all the people you meet, places you go and the experiences you have are part of a bigger picture in the evolvement of humanity.  I have always found comfort in the belief that all things are perfect - we are exactly where we are meant to be at any given moment, having the experiences we are meant to have for a reason.  We may never know what the reasons are but we can most certainly trust. 

5. Only love is real - this is one of my favourite quotes from A Course in Miracles and is a constant reminder to me in all situations.  We are in any situation choosing to think or act from love or from fear.  Think of love as ‘light’ and fear as ‘darkness.’  In truth only light is real but when light is blocked it can seem dark, really what you are experiencing is not darkness but a lack of light.  Love is light and fear is darkness.  

According to the teachings of A Course in Miracles, fear is an illusion.  An illusion being something we believe to exist when in reality it does not.  Love is our true essence and fear is the illusion we experience when we forget our true essence (when we forget the highest that is within us). 

When we choose to re-member ourselves as beings of love we can also see others this way too.  So if someone ‘acts’ in an un-loving way towards you, you can recognise that in that moment that person has forgotten themselves.  The only thing real about that person is the love, the rest is an illusion.  (Remember that this is not to be used to excuse or enable bad or abusive behaviour).  
 
6. Contemplation is the highest form of activity – Aristotle said that and he was on to something.  When we contemplate that which we wish to experience or create in our life we put ourselves in the position of doing just that.  Often we waste much of our time contemplating what we do not want or fear rather than what we do want.  As I have heard Dr. Wayne Dyer quote on many occasions ‘the law of floatation was not discovered through the contemplation of the sinking of things.’ 

When you look up the meaning of contemplation you get the following explanations; the act or state of contemplating, thoughtful observation or study, mediation on spiritual matters, intention or expectation.  

It is useful to contemplate all things, to think about them with detachment and open-mindedness, to go to greater depths within ourselves for answers we have not yet discovered.  As I heard the Dalai Lama say – ‘there is a big difference between something that has no proof of existence, and that which has not yet been discovered.’ 

Great things have been discovered through contemplating the solution, not the problem.  If your life is full of excuses then you are contemplating from the ego, to change this you can contemplate from the highest that is within you and know that there is an answer to all things waiting to be discovered. 

7. All things happen in perfect Divine timing – there is a time for everything and that timing is perfect.  Divine timing is when all the people and conditions for a particular event are in perfect alignment for all parties involved.   When we pray for things in our life we often put a time limit on them or get stuck around how things will ‘need’ to happen in order for satisfactory result.  Doing this not only blocks things from manifesting but also limits the possibilities. 

The Great Divine Spirit (or God) has a much bigger perspective than you do, as does your soul.  When you put limitations on how and when things will happen you can limit the possibilities.  I have learned over the years not to get stuck on the timing of things because when I do, not only do I block the flow of events I also realise that in many cases what I thought I was ready for, I was not and if it had come sooner it would not have been as perfect as it is. 

As it is explained in the Tao Te Ching (a book of 81 verses written 25 centuries ago and meaning – ‘living and applying the great way’) – the Tao does nothing…but leaves nothing un-done.  Meaning all things occur perfectly, naturally and with ease if we allow the space for that to happen, just as it does in nature.  This does not mean we never take action, of course not, but instead of forceful, fear based action, we take action that is wise, intuitive and in harmony with all of life.  

8. Everything I need comes to me and everything I need to know is revealed to me – Louise Hay said that and she was right.  I have always found great comfort in affirming this and have always found it to be true.    

Believe it or not, life was not meant to be a struggle, nor was it meant to be ‘hard’, it will be whatever you believe it to be.   When you put yourself in the flow of things you know that there is enough for everyone and whatever you need, will appear to you when you need it and whatever you need to know will be revealed. 

There are plenty of earth angels just waiting to assist you if you just allow yourself to receive.  We are all programmed to have a successful life in whatever form that takes and as part of that we are given free will which means it is up to us to ask for Divine support and guidance on the journey.  You can change your mind about any situation or belief in any given moment, remember that a miracle is a change in perception.

9. Prayer and Meditation are the keys to spiritual growth and wellbeing – it does not matter which spiritual path you follow, they will all advise you that meditation and/or prayer are essential.  Mediation in its many forms allows us to centre, to listen to our inner selves, to be still and quiet and connect at a higher level.  We can tune out all the physical and visual noise in our world so that we may explore our inner depths. 

Prayer is a form of communication with God or Divine Spirit (however you define it) and also your higher self.  When we pray (and there are lots of different ways to do this) we are choosing to connect and call forth a higher form of guidance. 

Prayer is often lumped under religious context but it is not only for those who are religious.  It is a form of self expression and an opportunity to affirm what is happening for us at the present moment, we may be calling on protection, giving gratitude or requesting assistance. 

In ‘A Course in Miracles’ it is stated that prayer is the medium of miracles and I have certainly found that since I went back to daily prayer I can say life has changed in miraculous ways. 

Always find a form of prayer and meditation that suits you.  For meditation the best place to start is simply working with proper breathing and learning to be totally present.  It is important to be grounded and start with the basics.  In terms of prayer, I have always found that prayer that gives gratitude rather than prayer that asks for anything is the most successful.  For example rather than saying ‘please bring me more abundance because I do not have enough’ you would say ‘thank you for all the abundance in my life, I am most grateful and I trust the flow of abundance.’   I always surrender things too so when I do prayer I simply say that I surrender my life to the highest that is within me and I know that all things will happen in Divine and perfect order. 

10. Love Yourself - I believe there is nothing more important than loving and accepting oneself.  This has nothing to do with being egotistical, your ego is all about conditional love i.e. I am loveable because of what I have, what I do, what others think about me etc…

Loving yourself means recognising your Divine nature and choosing to accept all parts of yourself.  When we love ourselves we do so without condition, nothing outside of us is responsible for whether we are loveable or not, we are loveable because we exist.

We were created in love and therefore that is our true nature.  So loving yourself is merely recognising and acknowledging your true nature.  When you love yourself you automatically love others because we are all connected and you open the door for others to love themselves. 

Affirm daily – ‘I am loveable because I exist.  I am willing to love and accept myself right now’

Love, light and blessings
Melissa


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Diane Wilkins
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IntegratedEventsCentre said on Wednesday, September 30th 2009 @ 10:40 PM:

Thank you Melissa for your awesome article and inspiration.

Blessings to you,

Diane SmileWinkLaughing

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