Leaf of the Tree

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Beyond the prison of self

 

The spiritual nature has a value system that places priceless relationships above any object or hoped-for outcome.

But the human nature, if left in charge, does not.

The sign that we’re in a situation that requires a shift from the eyes of our human nature to the vision of our spiritual one is when we find ourselves focusing on the imperfections of others to such an extent that we experience an increasing intensity of negative emotions that, in turn, causes deterioration in personal relationships.

The only escape from this vicious cycle is to change what we see, to elevate our perception, and to begin looking at others with the sin (imperfection)-covering eye of the spiritual nature.

The spiritual nature doesn’t dwell on perceived imperfections but instead seeks the missing spiritual attributes that the situation is calling for and creates an act of service designed to release those latent virtues, which exist within the heart of every soul.

When that happens, the destructive negative emotions and imperfections begin to dissipate. They are, after all, merely perceptions and `decisions’ of the mind or human nature, and the resulting emotion is the energy of those thoughts in motion.

Image: Cary Enoch Reinstein

However, in the survival-motivated blind imitation that is the human nature’s customary behavior, our mind and emotions can liken our current experience to one that has registered as negative in the past. In order to truly investigate the reality of the matter, we need the spiritual nature and its vision to come into the driver’s seat, to interrupt this reflexive imitating of what happened — or what we perceive to have happened — in the past.

If we are unwilling to do this, we will remain prisoners of that past, and of what, in essence, is actually an imagined past, the perspective of the mind alone.

A sign that we’re progressing away from imitation towards investigation is that negative emotions we’ve experienced are replaced by positive ones, and there is also a noticeable improvement in the way we feel, and within the tone of our relationship  with others.

Excerpted from With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past When We Can Investigate Reality?, from George Ronald Publisher:

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Our choice holds the remedy

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When I don’t invest in a lower emotional tone, don’t buttress and reinforce it, shrug it on like a cloak or a duty or a sentence, an inner vision, and a spirit of faith, are waiting to take me in a different direction.

These dwell faithfully with me and will, like blooming plants, reach, always, and with complete willingness, toward the uplifting joy of acceptance and happiness right in the moment.

Why would I imagine I want anything else, or that there’s any other choice to be made? Where else can I be right now, anyway?

dk2IMG_1562Yet it’s my choice that allows this. When I do, I feel energy arriving. This choice bestows energy rather than consuming it. Always an affirming embrace, it feels like a favorite memory.

This possibility is available in each moment, so long as some story, some made-up figment that’s never been real, isn’t allowed to convince me otherwise. The feelings that such figments may hold, or try to hide from, could be worth my consideration, though.

I have to remind myself each day that the human world offers very little reinforcement for choosing the remedy of this truthful way.

But I am capable of remembering, and turning to receive, what does.

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The All-Knowing Physician … perceiveth the disease, and prescribeth, in His unerring wisdom, the remedy.                                                   ~Bahá’u’llah

Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.    ~ Steve Maraboli

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How it all gets better, and better

IMG_0456Our spiritual nature has a value system that places priceless relationships above any object or hoped-for outcome.

 But the human nature, if left in charge, does not.The sign that we’re in a situation that requires a shift from the eyes of our human nature to the vision of our spiritual one is when we find ourselves focusing on the imperfections of others to such an extent that we experience an increasing intensity of negative emotions that, in turn, causes deterioration in personal relationships.

The only escape from this vicious cycle is to change what we see and elevate our perception and begin looking at others with the sin (imperfection)-covering eye of the spiritual nature. The spiritual nature doesn’t dwell on perceived imperfections but instead seeks the missing spiritual attributes that the situation is calling for and creates an act of service designed to release those latent virtues. They exist within the heart of every one of us.

When that happens, the destructive negative emotions and imperfections begin to dissipate. They are, after all, merely perceptions and `decisions’ of the mind or human nature, and the resulting emotion is the energy of those thoughts in motion.IMG_2952

However, in the survival-motivated blind imitation that is the lower nature’s customary behaviour, our mind and emotions can liken the current experience to one that has registered as negative in the past. In order to truly investigate the reality of the matter, we need the spiritual nature and its vision to come into the driver’s seat, to interrupt this reflexive imitating of what happened — or what we perceive to have happened — in the past. If we are unwilling to do this, we will remain prisoners of that past, and of what, in essence, is actually an imagined past, the perspective of the mind alone.

IMG_1838A sign that we’re progressing away from imitation towards investigation is that we will feel negative emotions being replaced by positive ones. There will be a noticeable improvement both in the way we ourselves feel and within the tone of the relationship.

Excerpted from With Thine Own Eyes: Why Imitate the Past When We Can Investigate Reality?

Find the book at: http://www.amazon.com/With-Thine-Own-Eyes-Investigate-ebook/dp/B00I1JPC7I/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1HZRQ7PYGWAHX38SNW3K

 

Artwork courtesy Nelson Ashberger.