# 13, Emotional Freedom

Here is a fact we must learn to be emotionally free: The external reality of life can never be separated from the internal reality. The universe, God , is friendly toward all but this is only realized when we internally absorb and trust in this friendliness. You see, what you are internally, is reflected back to us by the external world. The universe is your mirror by which you can see the state of your soul if you will accept it. The Universe was created by Divine Spirit or Consciousness. We too are spirit or consciousness and our consciousness comes from God. We are connected to God and we can become aware of it if we accept it and trust it. We too are co-creators with God. We create the content of our internal consciousness and that creates the content of our external world.
We always reap what we sow. It is one of God’s inexorable laws. So negative energy like anger, resentment, judging is always destructive to our internal well being and our external well being. Friendly, loving people find themselves part of a friendly, loving universe. Angry, resentful, judging people find themselves in a hell of a mess. Their lives are full of destructive emotional turbulence.
Emotional turbulence is a great barrier to the fulfillment of our hopes, dreams, desires, intentions. It destroys our chance at helpful miracles in our lives and our chance to receive God’s message to us. We need to hear Jesus say what he did to the raging storm on Lake Galilee, “Peace, be still!” We can change our negative energy into a higher level of consciousness, of awareness of Spirit.
Hearing Jesus say within us , “Peace be still!” can drop the melodrama, hysteria, resentment, grievances, hostility and guilt from our lives. We can become free of self importance, self concern, self pity. We can laugh at at ourselves. We can see the humor in life. We can build humorous, playful , nurturing relationships. We murkily cloud our potential to experience the Spirit, the Divine within us, with our ego which has some good uses as a warning system of possible danger but it is inadequate to lead us through life because it is selfish. We can only trust Spirit to lead us successfully through life. Prayer, meditation and study are the main tools for us to use in finding the spirit of God within us and following it. Only by following Spirit instead of ego do we learn how to look at ourselves honestly in the mirrors of the universe and by listening to the Spirit within, correct ourselves. This brings emotional healing.
Here is a mirroring experience. Carol Riley was a most beautiful golden haired blond with classic blue eyes in the sixth grade. She was vivacious and smart. But I did not like her because she talked at machine gun rapidity so much. Amongst the girls she claimed me for her boy friend. I responded by rudely telling her I wanted no part of that. My mother told me sternly that it was an honor for someone to like you and a boy should never treat any girl that way. She said, “You don’t have to be her boyfriend but you have to be friendly!”
Later one of my teachers gave a talk in class about how what we strongly disliked in others was our own worst fault and we were afraid to admit it. This literally tore my guts up for some time because all who know me know that I love to talk. By grace and admitting my fault I have a great deal of emotional healing on this and other matters. Now, I talk even more than I ever have and enjoy it more; I just pause and listen to others when its their turn and I do not condemn anybody else or judge them for their talking. I am at peace with my own personality. We all can achieve peace if we will look with open hearts into the mirrors of the universe, especially the mirrors of other people who are actually us. They just appear differently.
Emotional freedom brings psychological and spiritual freedom also. Pain and pleasure are the two main emotions of life. We love what brings us pleasure. We fear what brings us pain. We want to get closer to what is pleasurable and move away from what is painful.
Emotional freedom is balance in life. Life is like being on a river. The left bank is pain and the right bank is pleasure. Get too close to the bank of pleasure and you will be hindered, slowed, or snagged on your life journey. Stay close to the bank of pleasure too much and you become addicted to things that bring you pleasure such as certain kinds of relationships (boss, pastor, lover,etc), money, sex, power, drugs, alcohol, things. All addiction is ego centered and destructive.
The same is true if you get too close to the bank of pain. Too much pain darkens all the enjoyment of life.
The emotionally free way to make the journey of life is to stay in the powerful middle of the river, handling pain and becoming stronger, enjoying pleasure but never becoming addicted to things of pleasure. May our hearts listen to the voice of Spirit within us saying Jesus’ words, “Peace, be still!”

# 12, Karma

Karma means, you reap what you sow. Every great religion has this as a great central truth. And woe be the person who fails to realize this truth. Many religious people think that it is what they believe that is most important. They think their unique religious doctrines are the most important thing about their religion. They think their doctrines make them more important than those who differ with them. But they are wrong. What you do is more important than the doctrines you hold. As one bumper sticker said, “My karma just ran over your dogma.”
We achieve our highest selves when we are constantly aware that we reap what we sow. Jesus taught this in many statements such as, “Judge not, that you be not judged; for what judgment you give out is the judgment you shall receive.” Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind.
When we constantly choose actions that bring happiness and success to others we receive the fruit of happiness and success ourselves. Every action and reaction is a result of choice. When we step back and observe the choice we are making, we move the choice into our conscious realm and we can choose the good instead of unconsciously giving into our selfish ego which is always self destructive.
We need always to ask our self two things. First, “What are the results of this choice I am making?” Our hearts know the best way. We must listen to our inner voices. Second, “Will this choice I make now bring happiness to me and to those around me?” If it will, then proceed with your choice; if not then go another direction.
There is only one choice in each moment out of many possibilities that will create happiness for you and those around you. Make it and you will spontaneously do the right thing at the right moment. All involved will be nourished towards becoming your highest selves.
The universe keeps a perfect accounting system. Every deed and thought will reap its appropriate action. Every wrong choice creates a debt to pay.
But they are ways we can transcend our debt or transmute it. Jesus taught us to pray, “forgive us our debts as we have forgiven our debtors.” We can learn from our bad choices that cause hurt and honestly teach others how to avoid creating similar hurt. In this way we transcend and transmute our debt. We can also forgive and not judge others for their similar bad choices. In this way we transmute our bad choices and create positive good for ourselves and others.
Another way to transcend our moral debt is to keep coming back to the Divine Consciousness and honestly review it in His presence. It is like washing a soiled linen. Each time you wash it some of the stain is removed. In this way, prayer and meditation heal us and help us to become our best selves.

# 11, The Way of the Universe

The way of becoming our best self is known as the way in the religion of Dao which means simply way. It is the way or the path in every other great religion and in Christianity it is sometimes called the way of the Lord. Today I will call it the way of the universe. The universe operates by dynamic exchange of information and energy. The two aspects of this flow of energy in the universe are giving and receiving.
Jesus taught that to him who gives, it shall be given in return in even better measure than that which he gave. (Luke 6: 38). “And in our willingness to give that which we seek, we keep the abundance of the universe circulating in our lives.” (Deepak Chopra, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success). If we want love, we must give love. If we need help, we must help others. If we need money we must help others with our money. The flow of life is simply the harmonious interaction of all the elements and forces that structure the field of existence. We and all the universe are in constant and dynamic exchange. If we fail to give or receive we stop the circulation of creative energy. The result is like stopping the flow of blood.
I spoke to a young Hispanic woman associate in Wal-Mart recently. She told of her mother who has always been in charge of the family and done all the giving. But now she is alone and in declining health. But she still wants to be in charge of all the family gatherings and do all the advice giving and other things. She wants every one coming to her and her house as they always did.
But the wise daughter told her mother, “Look you need to let us take care of you and help you with your needs now. You have always given to us and taken care of us and you will do a great wrong if you do not allow us to give to you in your need at this time of life.”
The daughter was right. Giving gives birth to receiving and receiving gives birth to giving. They are the same thing. Each is just a different aspect of the flow of energy in all the universe. Every atom exists because of the constant exchange of energy and information between the subatomic particles and every other atom. We can survive and become our best selves in no other way. What we need we can acquire by giving it away.
This works with corporations and nations as well as individuals. It is our intention behind the giving and receiving that is most important. Our intention must always be to create love and happiness for the giver and receiver.
To grow into your highest self, practice giving something to everyone you meet. A smile, a kindly glance, a silent prayer, even the thought of giving or blessing has the power to affect others. Our bodies are bundles of energy and information held together by our consciousness. The universe is energy and information held together by Divine Consciousness. Therefore we are thinkers in a thinking universe and thought has the power to transform. And always we should be conscious of the need to give and receive.

# 10, Achieving Our Potential

The will and way of God is that we become our highest selves and achieve our best potential. Our highest self is buried in our subconscious or in the depths of our soul. We are called by Spirit to awaken to our highest self. Meditation, thinking about what we are thinking, and contemplative prayer are our most important tools in discovering our highest self.
In our souls we are pure potentiality as God, the Divine Consciousness, is pure potentiality. It is a wrong emphasis in Christianity that we are separated from God by our sin. We are none of us separated from God. We are all connected to God and one another. But we certainly may not be aware of this. But we can awaken to this wonderful reality. As we become aware of the falseness of the myth of the Christian church that we are separated from God, it is the beginning of our becoming our highest selves and achieving our potential with an ever evolving awareness of God’s presence.
Outward Christianity emphasizes separation, sin, the need for rescue from damnation and getting a guarantee of eternal life in heaven after this life and thus escaping hell. Inner Christianity, which has always existed quietly and with much persecution in the shadow of outer Christianity, emphasizes connection to God and others and discovering the power of this connection within your self. Instead of heaven after death it emphasizes achieving our best potential now and creating our own heaven of calm within ourselves here and now, overcoming sinfulness and all sense of separation and being prepared to create with God our heaven after death. We can enter the next life as co-creator with God to evolve all the more as we help further the evolution of the universe. This is achieving our highest potential.
When we realize we are one with Spirit, with God, then in our meditation and prayers we can examine our needs, intentions and desires and their worthiness. Then we can release them into the pure potentiality of Divine Spirit of which we partake by the pure potentiality that is our own souls. This pure potentiality within our souls is connected to the Pure Potentiality that rules the universe. Pure potentiality in us, in God, is where it is possible to create anything. From here miracles do spring. It is the field of all possibilities within us and within the infinite universe. We can work with God to achieve our best potential.
We can release our goals, intentions, desires into the pure potentiality of God and our own souls. We can then leave them there with knowingness and peace that they shall orchestrate their own fulfillment. If we do this and make no demands as to how they are fulfilled but accept the provision that comes from God and within our own, soul which is connected to God, then we achieve our best potential.

# 7, Just Be

I am a harmful perfectionist and the one I most harm is myself and those few close to me. But I am aware of it and fighting it. The things I most love and am good at I try to achieve them perfectly and can lose emotional control if anything derails me from my pursuit of my objectives. I try to find some religious formula of daily life that will enable me to flow through my work with perfection. Each formula I try helps for about thee days and then it falls apart because I can’t work the formula perfectly enough.
Perfectionism for me and many others is self destructive. All perfectionism comes from our ego and it is driven by external things, the material world. Whatever springs from our ego is fear based. Perfectionism is propelled by the fear that if I don’t get this just right, then I will not be loved as I want to be. Why are we driven this way?
The answer is we want the approval of others. We want to attain the top position to show that we are special. We want power over others so they will give us the proper respect and admiration. And to be a person of power and worth we think we have to have a lot of money.
I catch myself striving for perfection in my religious devotion. Upon examination I have learned that this is not because I want to be the best servant to others that I can be but because I want to feel good all the time, to feel that I am in control of everything. Religious devotion, prayer and meditation for a while drives away my worries but then I let my perfectionism worry about how well I am praying or meditating effectively. Perfectionism is a demon that never lets the ego driven soul rest.
To the perfectionist, chaos and uncertainty are terrifying but to the trustful soul, chaos and uncertainty are the way of wisdom. Meditation has taught me that all the best opportunities to evolve into my highest self spring from chaos and uncertainty. Relaxed trust brings good to us from uncertainty whereas trying to organize everything perfectly so that we can find the good in life destroys us. We are to work to better all things. But the way of the Lord to work is the way of least effort. Trust the wisdom of uncertainty for uncertainty can always bring us what we need.
The way of trusting uncertainty is to determine each day to judge nothing that day. Accept each moment without judgment or blame saying to yourself, “the universe is just as it should be in this moment.” Then what may need to be worked on in that moment can be addressed but without judgment or blame. Thus make an opportunity of every moment to do your maximum good.
All the ego driven fear in trying to eliminate chaos focuses on the external world, the house, the yard, the bank account, the vehicles, the social position and power, the money. The ego desires perfection in these things so that it may be affirmed as a success. It leads us to believe that if this happens then we will control our chaos and uncertainty. But this is false. The fear of chaos and uncertainty comes not from the external but from the internal world of our spirits, our souls. Nature and the external world always reflect our internal world. All the material world is an illusion. Our spirit is the ultimate reality and only by becoming aware of and evolving to our highest self in Spirit do we attain to real wealth and success.
The answer to ego and all human problems is an internal spiritual one. Realizing that we are connected to God, one with God in our souls, we realize that we are co-creators with him of a world of bliss and affluence for ourselves and we do it in love because because it is or nature to create good and enjoy by just being. We can learn to live each moment in peace and unity with God, eternity and the universe.
When we do this our ego fears die and we are in our natural state of bliss which is always the state of God . Bliss is not happiness. Happiness is always for some reason. Bliss is being happy just because you exist, just because you are. It is when you stomp the ground and say, “I am!” And you rejoice just because you are. Bliss is our true, natural state when we are aware that our soul is connected to God and to all the universe and we are are all held together with every other atom by this blissful Divine Spirit. In bliss, we no longer worry.

# 6, The Spirituality of Our Bodies

I recommend Dr. Deepak Chopra’s book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, It is short, profound and powerful. He concludes the book by showing how the cells of our bodies operate by these seven spiritual laws for us. These laws are an intricate part of the universe itself. The following are his ideas and thoughts from his book.
Think of it, life and even our bodies are more spirit than material but with our thinking we tend to focus on the material to our detriment. The way of spirit is the way of abundance of life, balanced life and healthy life. Medical Doctor Chopra closes his book by showing how the cells of our bodies obey and illustrate the seven spiritual laws of success. Here I show the cellular demonstration of three of these laws. The Universal Mind, God, if you please, choreographs everything from the subatomic to the cosmos in perfect harmony throughout billions of galaxies. Its intelligence is everywhere and permeates everything. And everything alive is an expression of this intelligence and operates through these seven spiritual laws.
Any cell, stomach, heart, brain, etc., functions through expressing these laws of success. Every cell is born of pure potentiality or the pure consciousness that creates all things. This is the second law of spiritual success. Our world is a result of thoughts. Change your thoughts and you change your world. DNA is an example of pure potentiality, in fact it is the material expression of pure potentiality. The same DNA is in every cell but it orchestrates things in a different way in different cells to express itself in different ways to fulfill the unique function of that particular cell. We are all born of pure potentiality and thus we are all one with each other and with God. If we will accept this unity we will realize that we are not separated from God even by our sins. We can thus by grace live in peace and unity.
Each cell obeys the law of intention and desire by releasing its intentions and desires into the human body to orchestrate the body’s healthy function. We create the wealth and affluence we need for life by releasing our intentions and desires into the pure potentiality of divine consciousness and simply trusting in a relaxed way that these intentions and desires have infinite power to organize their own fulfillment in their own best time. This is the second law of spiritual success. All wealth and affluence and advancement is created out of conscious thought arising from the depths of our souls.
The t;hird spiritual law is the law of giving and receiving and we will close with it. A cell is only alive and healthy when it exists in a balance and equilibrium. Out of equilibrium there is cancer, infection, destruction. Every cell stays in harmony and health by a constant dynamic flow of giving and receiving. Every cell gives to it what it needs and it in turn gives back to every other cell what they need.
No human being can be happy and fulfilled unless they are balanced in joyful giving and receiving. Both are necessary to help others. You must give to help others; give both spiritual gifts and material help. But with equal grace you must receive from others all that they offer you. You can not be healthy and happy unless there is a dynamic constant flow of both giving and receiving. This is the way our body survives. It is the way we survive also.

# 5, The Law of Purpose

The following thoughts are borrowed from Deepak Chopra’s wonderful book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. Buy it or check it out of your library. It is tremendously helpful. His seventh spiritual law of success is called the law of Dharma which is your calling or purpose. To succeed you must answer the question, “Why are you here?” Romans 8: 28 says, “For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to God’s purpose.” For there to be harmony that blesses your life with good things even out of bad things you must love God and be living your calling or purpose.”
To live out your purpose you must make the following commitments. First seek your highest self. Jesus promised, “ Seek and you shall find.” In finding your highest self or soul you learn the way of God for you are connected to God. Realizing this connection you respond to life as your best self with love.
Second in discovering your highest self you must discover your unique talents. As you find them, have fun with them. Enjoyment occurs when you choose to use your talents for the good of others. Doing this brings you into a timeless awareness for you become aware that you are participating in eternal life at that moment of service. You become aware that your life shall never end. When we enjoy the work we are best equipped to do and doing it to help our fellow man, we live right now in a state of bliss.
Take time to answer these two questions: Ask yourself, “If money was not a problem and you had all you needed as well as time, what would you do?” If you would still do what you are currently doing then you are in your calling, because you have passion for what you do—you are expressing your unique talents. Then ask yourself: “How am I best suited to serve humanity?” Answer this and begin practicing it.
When you do this you will discover how you are that which God is, pure potentiality in your consciousness, in your soul. You discover something of your own divinity by finding your unique talents and serving humanity with them. In doing this you will create all the wealth you want. It will spontaneously flow to you. And you will know true joy and success and deep ecstasy of your spirit. You will be living the purpose that Jesus teaches us to live.

#3, Wizards Have Lives Full of Coincidences

The spiritual wizard following Jesus’ teaching knows that he must be alert and awake to coincidences, for they are messages from God. They are guidance, signs of God’s love and care, proof that the universe organizes itself to fulfill the deepest desires of our soul. Theologically we call coincidences miracles but they are natural miracles in an amazing way not supernatural or beyond nature. God works only through and according to nature for He is the creator of it. God is not beyond nature but in it and He sends amazing coincidences to the seeking soul.
I recently moved to Plainview. I have moved many times in my life and have always let moving stress me more than it should have. So this time I released my intentions and desires into the Divine Consciousness, which is God and also my own soul, for this to be our smoothest and most efficient move ever. And it has been. I have handled it with more confidence and less worry than I ever have.
My ancient pickup, however, broke down. It was too old to fix or sale. So I took it to the nearest auto salvage hoping to get two to three hundred dollars for it for scrap. They guaranteed me the scrap price of $270 but told me to come back the next day to see if they thought it was worth more.
The next day I ran into an acquaintance on the way to auto salvage and told him what I was doing. He said, “I wish you had told me about it for I would have given you $400 sight unseen for it, for I could fix it cheaply and get some service out of it.” That was the day’s first coincidence for me.
So I went to the auto salvage and told the proprietor of the $400 offer. I asked him to look at the pickup and tell me what he would offer. I looked into his eyes, which always reflect the fire of a man’s soul, and saw that he was disappointed at this development. Thus I knew it was worth the $400. He looked it over and did not take long. He did not even check some of the parts’ prices on the computer. He tried to look diffident but I could tell, again, by his eyes, that he knew he had a good deal. I got a little over $400 and everyone was happy. Coincidence # 2 for the day. If you get your ego out of the way in negotiation and try to serve your fellow human beings you often get what you want and make the other fellow happy also. Not listening to your selfish ego means always seeking a win-win situation in all relationships.
As I was departing I mentioned to Mr. Auto Salvage that I needed to shop for some box springs for one of our beds. He excitedly told me that he had purchased a brand new box springs at a local store last week on sale for a mere $40. I thanked him and proceeded downtown and got me what I needed for $20. Coincidence # 3 and the business day was only an hour and a half old. Life is exciting and full of magic and enchantment for the spiritual wizard.

# 4, Turn the Time -Bound into the Timeless

Walking with Jesus of Nazareth we learn how to turn the time bound into the timeless. We enter into eternal life her and now and life becomes enchanted. We become spiritual wizards.
A spiritual wizard can move back an forth in time. For example we move back and forth in time in our sleep dreams and our day dreams. The spiritual wizard awakens from his dreams in which he has gone back and forth in time and asks, “What does it mean which has risen from my past or beckoned to me from a possible future?” To a sincere seeker a true answer always comes from his inner voice which is the way the Holy spirit speaks to us.
Th answer from his/her inner voice helps the wizard to know what to do about some past happenings and learn from them the truth he needs to see or to rectify where possible some mistake. In the way the wizard takes the time bound past and turns it into a good work of the present that has timeless, eternal reward. Or the wizard sees what he/she should do in their time bound future to serve the good of humanity and turns this also into timeless reward. Bu the wizard must learn to listen to his soul where God dwells within him. This is the teaching and way of Jesus. It is an enchanted life.
A Wizard can take the time bound, repetitive, mundane chores of life and transform into timeless meaning. He views the dressing and preparing a little child for the day as a timeless act. He sees how it will help the child to walk thousands of miles in the future and be a force for good as one strand in the cobweb of the universe where everything is connected. There this child’s goodness shall send forth good vibrations to every other strand he is connected to timeless meaning and influence will continue for eons upon eons. Is this not magic? Is this not following Jesus the Nazarene. Look at his timeless wizadry.
Timeless time is created by each of us by being fully present in the moment in peace and unity with that moment fully accepting it as it is without judgment. Eternal life is lived now as well as after death by not wasting current energy by judging the moment. Just learn from it what you need. And be defensiveless. That is do not defend your opinions or viewpoint. If there is something bad in the moment you can work on it later but in that moment just accept and learn its lessons. Being fully present to the moment in this way is the Spirit’s present to you of eternal life here and now.
You see, judging the moment as to its goodness or badness is wasting energy that you need to create material and spiritual affluence here and now. The wizard believes that the universe is just as it should be at that moment. So be responsible and learn from that moment everything you can about your responsibility and then change what needs to be changed. And don’t waste time defending your opinions and viewpoint because that keeps you from behaving responsibly in the moment.
If you worry about the past or the future you are not fully present to the moment where life, eternal life is lived now because you are one with the Divine Spirit as Jesus was. Don’t you agree that leaning to accomplish is truly the work of a wizard? But we each have the power in us to do this.

# 2, Walking With Jesus

I believe in fairy tales, mythology and magic. I do not believe in literal demons or a literal devil. The only demons you will ever know are the self destructive and self defeating egotistical fear and disturbed emotions you will find in yourself and others if you honestly examine life. The only devil you will ever see is the one looking back at you from the mirror. You are the enemy. But you can be your best friend. Learning to follow Jesus teaching, you can become a spiritual wizard.
And just for the record, I don’t believe in the church’s version of a literal Hell. The Christian Church created this using about a dozen of sayings from Matthew. And they are Matthew’s words which he placed on the lips of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was warning us of wasting our lives for that which is not real and winding up on a garbage heap. But even there, there can yet be redemption. Matthew was so interested in Hell because of his Jewish brethren who rejected Jesus as the Christ. So he consigned all such to eternal torment. And what a terrible legacy this has been for the Church. To believe in such a Hell is to devalue your fellow human beings. Despite what some evangelists say there is more to us than sin.
But if we seek to understand and follow Jesus’ way, we learn the magic of spiritual wizardry, much to our well being. A spiritual “wizard can turn fear to joy.” (Deepak Chopra). A wizard can do this in every moment and day. We all live with fears every day. If we don’t control these, they destroy us. When our oldest child started to kindergarten, the we experienced separation anxiety. We lived close to school so she walked to and from. I walked her in the mornings and being self employed I took time to meet her on the way home.
At my wife’s suggestion, I let her walk a little ways home by herself, and then I would meet her and visit with her till home. This was to let her feel a little independence, confidence and trust. Still for a little while I had fantasies of someone kidnapping her. My heart would freeze for a moment at these thoughts and then I would burn with rage that their could be such people.
Our fears of such loss are good as a warning system, for such happenings are possible for any of us. So once we have been alerted our fears serve no further useful purpose. They are imaginings and are not real. If they were real they would have already happened. And since they are unreal they can be removed. The wizard realizes that the only thing we can ever lose is that which unreal. The real, our loved ones and our love, are eternal and can never be lost. The wizard in this case turns the fear of possibly losing his child into the joy of having the child in this moment. He stays alert to possible danger but lives fully in the present moment enjoying the one he has to love and care for. This is real magic.
Darkness is unreal. Light is real. The smallest light destroys darkness, removes it. But the heaviest darkness cannot destroy any light. The wizard knows this and trusts the light of the Universe, of God, and reflects it to all others. Follow Jesus teaching and you will be the light of the world as he was and as a wizard of light to all others you will constantly turn fear into joy. Harry Potter ain’t go nothing on us!