# 20, The Magic of Paying Attention

The quantum field teaches us the magic of attention that we can apply to prayer and meditation. In the field, clouds of subatomic particles make up atoms. They are too small to measure. They have fancy names like quarks, bosons and leptons. They are too small to measure. We can’t see them but we know they exist because they leave trails behind them in particle accelerators that can be photographed.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about these particles is that they come into existence when we pay attention to them, observe them. If you turn attention on them they blink into existence. If you turn away from them , they disappear into a void.
If we pay attention to needs we ask for in prayer and meditation and mentally surround ourselves with a sense that we have the answer already that we need , then the answer that we need tends to blink into existence and come to us at a very right time. This is paying attention to the answer and acting in quietness and trusting confidence as if we have it already and our focused attention will bring to us what we need, (Isa. 30: 15). This is resting in God, believing that what we need will come to us as we need it and we focus our creative attention on it by living and thinking as if we have the answer already. And it helps to constantly picture the answer coming to whenever we most need it. This the magic of anticipatory attention through visualization.
Not paying attention to our needs and desires of prayer and meditation causes our answers to disappear into a void. Faith, prayer and meditation have creative power when we envelope ourselves with our desires in calm relaxed faith and act as if we already have what we have desired. And of course to have what we need we must not rigidly demand the fulfillment of our need or desire to come in a certain way. We must trust in confidence and peace that the answer we need will appear and be open to all possibilities. Then we will recognize our answer when it comes.
This is the magic of attention both in the field of physics and in prayer and meditation. In prayer and meditation we are co-creators with God of our lives and our world. And in reality it is an enchanted world we live in.

# 19, How To Pray Without Ceasing

I Thessalonians 5: 17 commands, “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” How can we pray without ceasing? Does it mean we should be uttering a prayer all the time mentally or orally. No, it most assuredly does not mean this, for that would be absurd vain repetition. But prayer without ceasing does mean turning our heart toward God often in our daily lives.
We pray successfully when we do not ask amiss by asking for something to spend upon our selfish pleasures, that is upon our ego needs. Our egos hunger for approval from the world. Ego needs are thus always centered upon objects such as persons, accomplishments, situations things, money, etc. We center upon objects because we are looking for approval. All object or ego centeredness is based upon fear. The preacher wants the successful church so he can have more approval. You may want a new situation to increase your approval rating.
James 4: 3 speaks to ego centered prayer. He says it is asking amiss or missing the mark. He says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your pleasures.”
Praying without ceasing is to be filled with and project compassion. Compassion is the language of God and his universe. Feeling and projecting compassion is the way to pray successfully without ceasing at all times. In the Old Testament it is said, “ Be holy for God is holy!” But Jesus teaches, “Be compassionate for God is compassionate!”
Compassion is the key to praying successfully because our thoughts and emotions have the power to influence matter. The universe was created and is sustained by mind over matter.
Three major experiments in the 90′s proved that our thoughts and emotions can effect our DNA’s behavior instantaneously. In each case, extracted live DNA was taken
from a subject’s cells and placed in a vacuum tube and moved from 100 feet to 350 miles away from the subject. Then the subject was exposed to material that evoked emotions that ranged from horror and revulsion to ecstasy, love and compassion. An atomic clock was used to time the response of the DNA’s response to its owners thoughts and emotions. In each case the DNA responded immediately to the subject’s reactions. Feelings of horror and revulsion twisted the DNA into a knotted like mass. Feelings of joy, love and compassion relaxed the DNA into its normal ladder like position.
Prayer and meditation with love and meditation works wonders. We live in a magical, enchanted universe because the Divine Conscious Spirit that created it connects everything together. Quantum physics has demonstrated that our observation actually changes the behavior of sub atomic particles. A photon is ordinarily a wave of light but when we observe it, it becomes a particle. This observation effect was discovered several decades ago. Sincere compassion in believing meditation and prayer can effect the nature in which we live, move and have our being.
An outstanding Tibetan Buddhist monk was asked by a computer scientist and religious and philosophical researcher, Greg Braden, “Is compassion a force of creation or is it an experience?” Thoughtfully, the monk answered with great force, “It is both a force in the universe as well as a human experience.”
I tell you, living in non-judgment of all things with deep compassion is the most exciting adventure we can ever enter into. Do not judge what the answer to your prayer should be. Just live envisioning your prayer as if it is already answered. Live, seeing the answer as if it is current reality. See it in your imagination. Feel it with compassion for all concerned, including yourself. Stay open to all possibilities. Do not judge what exact possibility you should receive. Accept with Thanksgiving whatever comes. Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Walking in compassion and imagining the request as already fulfilled is praying without ceasing.
Let us illustrate this from two other writings.
John 16: 23 says, “And in that day you will ask me nothing. Most assuredly, I say unto you, whatever you ask the Father in my name; He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full.” What does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name? And how may your joy be full?
An ancient Aramaic translation of John 16: 23-24 gives explanation of these words and what asking in Jesus name means and how your joy may be full. Aramaic is a corrupted version of Hebrew that Jesus spoke. And it is the language that the Essenes who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls used. This translation is taken from the book, Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus. It says, “All things that you ask straightly and directly…from inside my name-you will be given. So far you haven’t done this…so ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer-Be enveloped by what you desire, that your gladness be full.”
Asking in Jesus’ name means asking according to his character, his way of life, his attitudes. As we have said , this means first getting your selfish, fear based ego desires out of the way. Ego repels the power to receive our answers; it is asking with hidden motives and not straightly and directly.
Your joy becomes full by you surrounding yourself with your answer. This is done by practicing the greatest principle in psychology, the “as if” principle. You must live and think always as if you have the answer already, surround yourself with your answer. Do not demand any certain answer. Just live as if you already have all that you need. Surround yourself constantly with this assurance. Envelope yourself with your desires of the health or wealth of Spirit and material things that you need and envelope yourself with the sense and belief that you have what you desire already. This draws the answer, solution to you.
But be open as to what form the answer shall come in and then accept what comes with gratitude. To demand the answer in a certain form causes you to miss it. You must live with the uncertainty of how your answer will come to you but with the certainty that the correct answer that is best for your soul will come. This enables you to live with peace, knowingness, and compassion for all. Being enveloped with compassion is praying with out ceasing.

# 19, How to Pray Without Ceasing

I Thessalonians 5: 17 commands, “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” How can we pray without ceasing? Does it mean we should be uttering a prayer all the time mentally or orally. No, it most assuredly does not mean this, for that would be absurd vain repetition. But prayer without ceasing does mean turning our heart toward God often in our daily lives.
We pray successfully when we do not ask amiss by asking for something to spend upon our selfish pleasures, that is upon our ego needs. Our egos hunger for approval from the world. Ego needs are thus always centered upon objects such as persons, accomplishments, situations things, money, etc. We center upon objects because we are looking for approval. All object or ego centeredness is based upon fear. The preacher wants the successful church so he can have more approval. You may want a new situation to increase your approval rating.
James 4: 3 speaks to ego centered prayer. He says it is asking amiss or missing the mark. He says, “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your pleasures.”
Praying without ceasing is to be filled with and project compassion. Compassion is the language of God and his universe. Feeling and projecting compassion is the way to pray successfully without ceasing at all times. In the Old Testament it is said, “ Be holy for God is holy!” But Jesus teaches, “Be compassionate for God is compassionate!”
Compassion is the key to praying successfully because our thoughts and emotions have the power to influence matter. The universe was created and is sustained by mind over matter.
Three major experiments in the 90′s proved that our thoughts and emotions can effect our DNA’s behavior instantaneously. In each case, extracted live DNA was taken
from a subject’s cells and placed in a vacuum tube and moved from 100 feet to 350 miles away from the subject. Then the subject was exposed to material that evoked emotions that ranged from horror and revulsion to ecstasy, love and compassion. An atomic clock was used to time the response of the DNA’s response to its owners thoughts and emotions. In each case the DNA responded immediately to the subject’s reactions. Feelings of horror and revulsion twisted the DNA into a knotted like mass. Feelings of joy, love and compassion relaxed the DNA into its normal ladder like position.
Prayer and meditation with love and meditation works wonders. We live in a magical, enchanted universe because the Divine Conscious Spirit that created it connects everything together. Quantum physics has demonstrated that our observation actually changes the behavior of sub atomic particles. A photon is ordinarily a wave of light but when we observe it, it becomes a particle. This observation effect was discovered several decades ago. Sincere compassion in believing meditation and prayer can effect the nature in which we live, move and have our being.
An outstanding Tibetan Buddhist monk was asked by a computer scientist and religious and philosophical researcher, Greg Braden, “Is compassion a force of creation or is it an experience?” Thoughtfully, the monk answered with great force, “It is both a force in the universe as well as a human experience.”
I tell you, living in non-judgment of all things with deep compassion is the most exciting adventure we can ever enter into. Do not judge what the answer to your prayer should be. Just live envisioning your prayer as if it is already answered. Live, seeing the answer as if it is current reality. See it in your imagination. Feel it with compassion for all concerned, including yourself. Stay open to all possibilities. Do not judge what exact possibility you should receive. Accept with Thanksgiving whatever comes. Jesus said, “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Walking in compassion and imagining the request as already fulfilled is praying without ceasing.
Let us illustrate this from two other writings.
John 16: 23 says, “And in that day you will ask me nothing. Most assuredly, I say unto you, whatever you ask the Father in my name; He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive that your joy may be full.” What does it mean to ask in Jesus’ name? And how may your joy be full?
An ancient Aramaic translation of John 16: 23-24 gives explanation of these words and what asking in Jesus name means and how your joy may be full. Aramaic is a corrupted version of Hebrew that Jesus spoke. And it is the language that the Essenes who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls used. This translation is taken from the book, Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus. It says, “All things that you ask straightly and directly…from inside my name-you will be given. So far you haven’t done this…so ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer-Be enveloped by what you desire, that your gladness be full.”
Asking in Jesus’ name means asking according to his character, his way of life, his attitudes. As we have said , this means first getting your selfish, fear based ego desires out of the way. Ego repels the power to receive our answers; it is asking with hidden motives and not straightly and directly.
Your joy becomes full by you surrounding yourself with your answer. This is done by practicing the greatest principle in psychology, the “as if” principle. You must live and think always as if you have the answer already, surround yourself with your answer. Do not demand any certain answer. Just live as if you already have all that you need. Surround yourself constantly with this assurance. Envelope yourself with your desires of the health or wealth of Spirit and material things that you need and envelope yourself with the sense and belief that you have what you desire already. This draws the answer, solution to you.
But be open as to what form the answer shall come in and then accept what comes with gratitude. To demand the answer in a certain form causes you to miss it. You must live with the uncertainty of how your answer will come to you but with the certainty that the correct answer that is best for your soul will come. This enables you to live with peace, knowingness, and compassion for all. Being enveloped with compassion is praying with out ceasing.

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# 18, Revelation and Redemption

Jesus was not just wise. He received knowledge directly from God. Most Christians, as the organized church became entrenched, came to think that Jesus’ connection to God was unique, that only he could speak revealed knowledge. I think this is a wrong view. I believe it developed as the church became very organized and gained prestige. Organized, established institutions often want only those in authority to have the control of revelation, knowledge, to control the people and one time revelation for once and all time is easier to control than revelation that can break through anywhere to anyone.
But I believe that the purpose of Jesus was to raise us all to our highest level and be like him in our connection to God. A higher consciousness of God has been and is the goal of many other cultures and religions. And in these, direct knowledge of Divine Spirit is a mark of higher consciousness.
All thinking occurs in the mind. The closer one gets to the mind’s source, the soul, the more one’s thoughts seem like revelations because they are different from thoughts connected to every day happenings and personal memories. It seems we are connecting to reality itself. This reality is often called the wisdom of the soul. For our souls are where the Kingdom of God resides. Our souls are connected to God and we realize this connection when we become open to it, believing in it. We are not meant to live in a sense of separation from God and the world. We are meant to have the revelation personally that we are one with both God and the world and then walk in that truth. This is called walking in the Spirit.
This experience is possible for anyone and many call it living in higher awareness or consciousness.
It is an aspect of intuition, which we all have but we may not have developed it much or recognized it. It is through this intuition that we learn our true self, our soul which is eternal.
But this intuitive gift of revelation was Jesus main source of teaching knowledge. A question would be asked and he spoke as God would speak for he he answered from his soul where God abode. Very plainly the mind of Jesus was one with the mind of God. In a way this is a terrifying model of spirituality to emulate. Can we ever seriously think we can receive thoughts directly from God?
Well, why shouldn’t we think this? If Jesus wasn’t out to help us have this kind of solid relationship with God, what was he out for? Everyone at times is struck by intuitive ideas, lightening flashes of insight that seem to come from nowhere. But these are actually windows into a higher awareness. Why are we to walk the spiritual path if our minds can not be trained to access God. It is actually most reasonable to think that insight, intuition, personal revelation can be attained on the spiritual path for all of us. I believe that Jesus did not come to be a one time supernatural event, which would really limit God, but he came as an example of someone who has reached the goal and we can also! This is redemption! Religion should be much more than a forgiveness of sins and going to heaven when you die.

# 17, Nothing Will Be Impossible

Matthew 17: 14-20 has an interesting story. “When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, and said, “Lord have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly;
he often falls into the fire and often into the water. And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.
In this ancient culture, casting out a demon was synonymous with casting out the sickness or disease. They wrongly believed that almost every sickness was caused by a demon. So do not worry about this term or usage. This was just their cultural understanding. There are no literal demons inhabiting human bodies causing sickness. Their is however demonic behavior which simply means self destructive or self defeating behavior. There are no literal demons.
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could not we cast it out?” He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
This is not a typical attitude for Jesus. He shows frustration and disappointment in his students. They have been told they have the power to heal, yet they fail. The higher consciousness of Spirit in Jesus is on a different level from everyone else. This is always frustrating. However, we can be like Jesus.
In one place Jesus teaches that it only takes a small bit of faith to do miracles. But here he implies that if you can’t do miracles, you have no faith at all. Perhaps this is rabbinic exaggeration to make his point very clear. Miracles begin within us! We each must find the place within us where nothing is impossible. The word faith wraps up the whole spiritual path we must walk to where Jesus is. And where is Jesus? He is in the place of consciousness, awareness, that knows that, “What is impossible
with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27).
Every great positive achievement in human history has come from someone or some group who dreamed and imagined it in the place within themselves where all things are possible. You and I can move the mountains or problems that we need to move. Nothing is impossible for us to overcome. And the miracle of overcoming always begins within us where God consciousness dwells. One thing that faith must believe is that nothing is impossible.

# 16, Jesus’ Faith That God Provides

Jesus taught us to have faith that God would provide. He taught this at a time when many of his followers were poor. Some did not know where the family’s next day meal was coming from. With startling images he taught saying, “And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you-you of little faith?”
Here Jesus teaches a simple, revolutionary idea that is the exact opposite of what we think about existence. Jesus wanted us to trust that the universe is a friendly place and let God take care of everything.
We should give even the most basic needs to God to handle. But we know that clothes to wear and other necessities require some work on our part, so what did he mean by saying God would provide it? He meant that we need emotional freedom from the burden of work and the worry of things needed. We need freedom from the burden of suffering over the seeming shortage of necessities.
He says to look at nature that provides everything that every entity, plant or animal , needs to survive. And nature is the book, the expression of God’s heart. It was written long before any sacred scriptures were. Nature provides for all in it without them worrying of fearing or killing themselves with overwork. The plants of the field and the birds of the air receive their provision daily without a sense of worry or burden of fear. This is the way God provides our needs if we will open our souls to it and be in unity and peace with the moment without worry.
If we do this we become free not of work but of the burden of work and the burden of worry, fear and suffering. We do what we are called to do in our place of doing, that is the way God provides for us naturally through the nature he rules. We think our existence depends upon struggle because we are complex creatures who are different from the animals of nature and the lilies of the field. In Jesus’ teaching this is a grave mistake.
We are created by the same Spirit which created all of nature. We are one with nature. As plants and animals naturally be what they are without worry and receive nature’s provision, so God will provide for us. But to receive this provision and receive it we need to chose to nurture our soul by being in tune with the Spirit who holds the universe together and choose to be aware of our soul’s connection to God and nature’s provision will naturally flow to us. This is the rule of a gracious Creator.
Again, we are all called to do and work at God’s calling for us but Jesus reminds us of the real crux of life. Life is not all about working as we think it is. Life is about working free from the burdens of fear, drudgery, worry and suffering. It is about working with love, trust and peace and the friendly universe will flow to us meeting our needs.
God does provide!

# 15, Real Religious Living

Jesus said in Matthew 22: 37-40, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these commandments hang all the law and prophets.”
These two commandments are the whole essence of life. They explain the only real religious living that honors God, others and all of life. These are beautiful and famous words. But organized religion has often misunderstood, misapplied and misused them. The church has focused on doing these commandments the hard way and missed God’s way which is much easier.
We should have focused on being, instead of struggling so hard trying to keep these commandments. We should have followed Jesus’ law of least effort and learned to naturally live and obey these beautiful and eternal words. But our focus on trying so hard has made these commandments a divisive thing.
By focusing on doing, trying hard, with great effort to keep these commandments, Christians caused a split between the select few who can devote their whole lives to loving God and those who spend a little time each week in loving God in structured worship. The Roman Catholic Church calls those who spend full time trying to love God, “the religious”, and they are in special orders, monasteries, convents and the priesthood. Throughout history for many of these folks, the full time religious approach has not worked very well.
Protestant Christians put their full time “religious” into professional religious or church roles. This too has not and is not working very well for many of them. The mental health of American Protestant ministers is perhaps at an all time low. In fact a Protestant or Evangelical minister who does have a sound psychological healthiness often winds up leaving the professional ministry because he does not fit in with what many of the church people expect him to be. This very false division of labor among Christians is based on the assumption that Jesus was talking about something terribly hard to do, something that takes enormous time and effort. It is an assumption that God is hard to please and is easily displeased. But a God who fluctuates all the time between being pleased and not being pleased is not a god of grace for grace is unconditional love.
Actually, Jesus was teaching wholeness in this passage. When a person gives his mind to loving God, transformation always takes place. For God is our Source. Choosing to love Him makes us aware that our soul is one with Him. In Unity with Him, our very breathing becomes loving him and others as we consciously choose to love. Love does not have to be performed according to our mistaken views of perfectionism. It instead is to be done in an effortless, natural way. This is the meaning of the law of least effort as taught in the sermon on the mount. Love comes naturally when we simply believe in the God who dwells in our souls.
Our children loved art, music and writing. No one had to force them to do art, music or writing. They turned to it naturally whenever they had the time for these were things their inner being found joy in. If children know they are loved they naturally turn to and love their parents and others whom they know love them. This is the way Jesus meant for us to keep the great commandments, joyfully without effort. And it begins when we begin to love our own souls which are already connected to God.

# 14, Believing in the Soul

Once, long, long, ago, a young princess named Sarah demanded that she be allowed to choose her own husband. Finally, her father, the king, allowed her to do so. She fell in love with a low born wood cutter. But his parents were the salt of the earth. And Joseph, the woodcutter was strong, handsome, loving and noble of heart.
When the King saw Joseph’s nobility of character he gave Sarah permission to marry him knowing his daughter would be happy. But, for three nights before the wedding the angel of death appeared to Sarah in a dream saying, “When you have been married exactly a year, your husband will die!”
On their first anniversary after Joseph went into the woods to work, Sarah saw the angel of death sitting in her front yard. She went to him and pleaded for Joseph’s life but the deadly harbinger said, “No! I warned you, and when he comes home from work, I will take him.”
Sarah fled to the wooded hills where a wise seer-sage lived in a cave, Satern the Seer. His knowledge of death and the afterlife was legendary. Exhausted she finally found him and for the rest of the day he took her on a spiritual journey of questions and thought that helped her to see the truth of death and the life after. She found comfort, release from fear and finally, how to triumph over death. Perhaps the greatest truth of several that he taught her was to become aware of the soul.
Life is full of illusion that is a subtle form of magic that hides reality from us. Take a piece of ice, a snowflake and a cloud of steam and upon seeing them you are asked, “Do you see any water?” If you say no. you have been deceived by the illusion. But if you say yes, you have seen through the illusion to the reality that all three in essence are water. Death is the greatest illusion of all that we must see through to the reality of the matter.
“Sarah,” said Satern the Seer, “you knew Joseph would die within a year and yet you married him, why?”
“Because, I truly loved him, I saw his goodness and nobility of soul.”
Satern replied, “You saw his essence, his soul. True love is recognizing someone else’s soul and joining your soul to theirs. The soul is eternal. It is our consciousness and it can never die. It comes from God, is connected to God, and returns to God. To join another in love is communion that can never be lost.”
“ We bury the dead or cremate them and we see it done, so we believe in death. Our eyes never see the soul but our heart, our spirit does. You can stop believing your eyes, death is an illusion. The eternity of the soul is the reality to see. The Apostle in I Corinthians 15 taught that when the physical body dies we are immediately raised a spiritual body.
Our main duty in life is to get to know our own souls and the beauty that can be found in the souls of others. Getting to know our own soul, becoming aware that the Kingdom or Rule and Power of God abides there is called the first resurrection in the book of revelation. Death has no power over those thus enlightened for they have found the God they are connected to, the God within them. Your soul and those souls of all others that you love are eternal. Take care of your own soul and nurture the souls of others. This is the work of Heaven on earth.

# 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.