Perhaps the most subtle and most difficult transition for us to make is to move from the use and understanding of human traits by the human nature to the employing of divine qualities by our spiritual nature. This has been described as the longest journey — from the mind to the heart.
The human nature, using the limited vision of the rational mind, doesn’t have the capacity to perceive divinity and easily makes the mistake of believing that we, ourselves, are the source of such spiritually motivated actions as generosity, mercy and justice. This misconception leads inevitably to arrogance, the hallmark of the ego, and we cannot approach God with what is essentially the exact opposite of the attribute that is required for this — humility.
In his book Love, Power and Justice author William Hatcher notes that “we are the only creatures of God who have the capacity to be aware of our dependency on God”.
It is the spiritual nature that possesses the capacity to recognize that the amazing virtues of love, mercy, kindness originate with God and that we are privileged to use these infinite attributes that God has placed within us in infinite combinations to enhance our lives. We can remember now, when someone thanks us for being kind or merciful, to acknowledge in our heart the divine source of kindness or mercy. In this way we can grow in humility, and carry in our awareness the source of these qualities and thus draw closer to that source.
The animal and human nature each ask the same question in all our interactions with the world: “Do I eat it or does it eat me?” The human nature wears better clothes and couches the same question in more sophisticated language, such as, “Do I win or do you win?” or “Who controls who in this relationship?”
The spiritual nature always asks the same question, no matter in what world it happens to reside: “What do I need to do to ‘approach the Divine’?” Or perhaps more specifically: “What act of service do I need to give or receive in order to ‘approach the Divine’?”
Excerpted from With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past When We Can Investigate Reality?