The Christ Child … from a metaphysical perspective

NativitySilhouetteWhile we encourage you to enjoy the traditional Nativity story which has been celebrated thousands of times, we also invite you to take a more spiritual than religious look at the Nativity story as well. We believe this highly spiritual look, based on a metaphysical perspective, will deepen your spirituality and expand your overall awareness when it comes to realizing the truth about who you really are — a spiritual being having a human experience.

The coming together of the Cosmic Christ and humankind’s awareness of the Cosmic Christ (God, the Eternal Presence in physicality) expressing Itself as each of us will help make Christianity whole and more spiritual than religious — at last.

This perennial relationship is expressed wonderfully and poignantly as the birth of this Universal awareness (the Christ Child) in our consciousness. This initial, highly intuitive moment of Christ-centric awareness is symbolized beautifully as an exoteric historical event in mainstream Christian faith traditions as the Nativity story. You will find those New Testament stories in Matthew, Chapter 1:18-24; Chapter 2:1-11; and Luke, Chapter 1:26-56; Chapter 2:1-20.

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Here are a few comments from prominent metaphysicians and scientists which we feel will help you realize that opening your awareness to a grander perspective will add such a heightened spiritual dimension to the Nativity story that you will find yourself birthing the incredible awareness of the Christ Presence (Christ Child) incarnating as you.

Max Heindel, the Danish-American mystic, reminds us that “grand and glorious is this Christ. The Word was made flesh, but not in the limited sense of the flesh of one body, but the flesh of all that is, in this and millions of other solar systems.”

“The Incarnation,” says Evelyn Underhill, Christian mystic, “is for popular Christianity synonymous with the historical birth and early life of Christ. However, for the mystic it is not only this but also a perpetual Cosmic and personal process. It is an everlasting bringing forth, in the universe and also in the individual ascending soul, of the divine and perfect Life, the pure character of God.”

“We are not individuals in God, for this would presuppose isolation and separation and disunion,” says Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science, “(We) are individualizations of God. There is no revelation higher than the realization of the Divinity within us.”

“Was Christ God incarnate? Yes, of course, but so are we!” Bernard Haisch, astrophysicist, joins the chorus of enlightened scientists.

“What good is it to me if the Son of God was born to Mary 1400 years ago but is not born in my person and in my culture and in my time?” Meister Eckhart asks a rhetorical question, don’t you think?

The Metaphysical Meaning of the Christ Child

Metaphysically, and uncommon-sensically, the Christ Child is born whenever anyone comes to the virginal conscious realization that he or she is the Cosmic Christ expressing in human form as himJumpingInClouds-sxc1169812_16005026/her. It is a pristine moment of enlightenment. It is an immaculate conception (the rare, but highly receptive, intuitive readiness for the Truth). It is an unblemished, pure, and stainless mystical insight into our True Spiritual Nature.

That is the spiritual essence of the traditional Christmas Nativity Story. And it is the blossoming (birth) of our awareness of that great Truth! In a much more expanded sense, every newly-formed Christed thought and idea, pioneering Christ-centric choice, and authentic Christed action is a Christ Child.

Our Christmas wish for you is that you will give birth to many ‘Christ Children’ as you walk the spiritual path on practical, more enlightened and Christ-aware feet.

 

 

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Christmas and Spirituality: A 2014 Bethlehem Moment

One of the most beautiful songs sung at Christmastime is O Little Town of Bethlehem. So, in honor of its traditional lyrics and music we thought we’d add a little more depth to its historical significance and highly religious tone by offering Bil’s metaphysical interpretation of the song, which focuses on the spiritual unfoldment within each of us — and Cher’s rewrite of the song to reflect the metaphysical meaning. We hope you’ll enjoy!

BethlehemO little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie,

‘Narrow is the gate’ or ‘extremely fine-tuned is the superior human perspective’ (O little town) that is able to attain a consciousness of expanded spiritual awareness (Bethlehem). It is from that ‘still point’ of inner clarity (how still we see thee lie) that we recognize the Christ Presence in human form as us.

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by.

This inner clarity is only possible when we raise our awareness above the ego’s chloroformed worldly perspective (deep and dreamless sleep), which finds it difficult to grasp higher spiritual principles (silent stars).

Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light.

Yet in spite of a blind ego’s material attachments (dark streets) the Christ Light (everlasting Light) shines within.

The hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight.

Our psyche’s natural striving for the truth (hopes and fears) during many incarnations (all the years) finally rents the veil of duality and separation (are met in thee tonight).

Nativity-worldFor Christ is born of Mary and gathered all above.

The heightened awareness of our Christ Nature (Christ is born) comes from our superior intuition (Mary) which is the product of a spiritually-attuned consciousness (gathered all above).

While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

This heightened perspective does not come from worldly thoughts (mortals sleep), but from highly developed spiritual insights (angels) that are aligned (keep their watch) harmoniously (wondering love) with universal truth principles.

O morning stars together proclaim the holy birth.

A consciousness filled with such highly-evolved spiritual beliefs (morning stars together) is able to recognize (proclaim) our divine inheritance (holy birth).

And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.

Our thoughts, words, and actions (praises sing) epitomize our oneness with the Eternal Presence (God the King), and exemplify the tranquil tone (peace) of all of the thoughts (men) in our waking consciousness (earth).

peace on earthHow silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!

Even before we are consciously aware (silently) of our innate divinity (the wondrous gift) the Christ Presence expresses Itself in human form as us.

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.

Every fiber of our being has divine origins (God imparts) that are synthesized through the love center (human hearts) which elevates our human consciousness to its deeper, more expanded Christ potential (His heaven).

No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,

However, an unreceptive mind (no ear) makes us oblivious to our divine heirship (His coming). And that explains why the ego’s sense-oriented perspective (world) is a consciousness restricted by the gravity of error (sin).

Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.

Regardless of our human limitations we have an inborn, nonresistant side of us that is filled with inviolate thoughts (meek souls that receive him) that savor the evolutionary ‘memory’ of the Christ pattern within us (the Christ enters in).

O holy Child of Bethlehem descend to us, we pray.

It is because of the expanded spiritual awareness (Bethlehem) of the indwelling Christ Presence (Holy Child) that we declare our indivisible connection (we pray) with our Higher Self.

Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.

From this elevated state of awareness we affirm our ability to transcend (cast out) any and all forms of duality and separation (sin) as we proclaim (be born in us) our oneness with our Christ Nature.

angelWe hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell.

We conceive (hear) at a Christed level of knowing (Christmas angels) the truth of who we really are (great glad tidings).

O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.

And from this thoroughly grounded understanding (come to us), an understanding that resonates at every level of our being (abides with us), we affirm the activity of Spirit’s I-am-ness (our Lord Emmanuel) as our ruling consciousness.

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We hope you enjoy Cher’s metaphysical lyrics (just 2 verses!), so you can actually sing O Little Town of Bethlehem using the traditional melody.

Trumpet Ornament on Sheet musicExpanded is my Consciousness; I am the Christ as me.
The world of fear does not live here,
the Deeper Truth I see.
Though I may think in error, I let my Christ light shine.
I live the Truth and claim my Good, I know I am Divine. 

I know within the Truth I am. I’m worthy and Divine;
Let error go, For this I know ~
I let my Christ Light shine!
I live in Truth proclaiming ~
The Christ as me stands tall!
May all I think, and say, and do
bring joy and peace to all.

 

 

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Spiritual Practice: Avoid Manacled Miniaturization

SpiritualPractice-AvoidManacledMiniaturizationSince we cater to more spiritual than religious appetites, this blogcast features a spiritual practice that is the perfect practice to foster the avoidance of manacled miniaturization! You might be asking, “What on earth is Manacled Miniaturization?” Let us explain!

Manacled means limited, chained, or restricted. Miniaturization means reduction or diminishment. So Manacled Miniaturization is what happens when we limit our awareness by practicing exclusive behaviors, conforming mindlessly to religious dogma, and sticking with literal-only translations of scripture. These limiting beliefs and practices are like blinders, keeping us shackled to a limited understanding of the Truth of who we are. In effect, we keep ourselves chained to a small level of awareness – hence, Manacled Miniaturization.

The practice of avoiding Manacled Miniaturization invites you to combine the knowledge from ancient truth traditions, metaphysical and esoteric knowledge, and cutting edge science in order to gain the clearest, most sane, and 21st Century relevant content to assist you in your spiritual growth.

Understanding the Shift in Human Consciousness

A stunning shift in human consciousness is occurring which is literally transforming the way we see and experience spirituality and religion. Make no mistake about it, the shift is absolutely monumental and enduring. It is a testament to humankind’s perennial search for who we are, why we are, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going.

PeopleSilhouette32337521People are searching for spiritual growth outside of fundamental religious church environments and opting for spiritual practices they can apply at home alone or with like-minded people in natural settings and/or in small study groups in people’s homes.

More and more people are realizing that organized religion’s fixation on perpetuating its dogmatic glaucoma, patriarchal governance, repression of women, same sex bigotry, external God focus, and literal-only interpretations of sacred scripture will not provide the spiritual guardrails or the smooth escalator ride needed for them to pursue their own spiritual path.

This spiritual path encourages you to opt for:

  • individual choice over institutional decree;
  • inner spiritual experience over ceremonial religious creeds;
  • cutting edge science and objective evidence over wishcraft and rigid dogma;
  • unity and global oneness over separation, exclusivity, and tribalism.

The rarified air of this practice may mean keeping it an individual practice because the level of heightened consciousness it endorses is reached by few people. It is a cutting edge practice, a spiritual pioneering practice. Its depth and expansiveness are available to everyone, but few take the time to cultivate a serious appreciation for metaphysical and esoteric material.

This practice demands people who aren’t willing to wait for mainstream religion and religious fundamentalism to catch up to more enlightened thought! You will recognize that once an expanded spiritual awareness is experienced, it makes it difficult, if not impossible, to go back to a walled-in religious perspective.

Staying ‘unmanacled’ means:

  • attending spiritual retreats and conferences;
  • finding top-notch TV, YouTubes, and websites on spirituality;
  • cultivating your own meditational and/or affirmative prayer practice;
  • forming study groups with like-minded people;
  • leaving dogma completely behind;
  • engaging in your own ‘heavy’ reading, writing, and blogging; and
  • traveling to spiritual sites all around the world.

mountaintop-victory-ca37900401It means freeing your hands for service and opening your mind up to metaphysical and esoteric thought; disciplined meditation; and getting to know more about sciences such as neuroscience, biology and quantum physics.

Take the manacles off and free yourself from the limitations of stale religious programming and fossilized beliefs that keep you handcuffed and out of the ‘enlightenment loop.’

 

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The Thanks-Living Advantage: Thanks-living Snapshots For 2014

1-snapshot-DNAWe are all pre-wired for joy, happiness, prosperity, inner peace, mystical and metaphysical understanding, health, compassion, wisdom, and unconditional love. They’re all part of our spiritual DNA. And we have the deeper knowledge at our soul level of knowing that each of these wonderful expressions are only one thought away, one affirmation away, one action away. And that’s the thanks-living advantage.

2-Snapshot-danceThe more you accept the dance of life, the better you can dance with life. Sometimes you can waltz through challenges, other times you find yourself in a tango with the surprises life throws at you. Sometimes you can swing from one experience to another, other times you can simply quick step your way out of interesting situations. The wonderful thing about it all is that you determine how well you dance. And that’s the thanks-living advantage.

3-Snapshot-AffirmInstead of affirming a specific outcome, try affirming the essence of what you want. For example, instead of affirming that you get a raise, affirm that you are financially free, with all your bills paid and plenty to share and spare. Instead of saying, “I no longer suffer from asthma,” affirm “I have now transcended all patterns of illness. I am happy, healthy, and whole!” You’ll find that’s the thanksliving advantage.

When we cleanse our consciousness of error thoughts and inclinations, we are baptized by the fire of this awareness. Every time we pull ourselves out of the illusion of our separation from Spirit, we are baptized by the fire of this awareness. Each time we raise a worldly thought to its spiritual essence, we are baptized by the fire of this awareness. When we lift ourselves out of the negativity of the moment, we are baptized by the fire of this awareness. Baptism is not so much of an event as it is a process of aligning ourselves with our Divine Nature. And that’s the thanks-living advantage.

Pay attention to spiritual truths. They are like mental shampoo which washes the materialistic film off your thinking. The more you do that, the greater your thanks-living advantage will be.

4-Snapshot-meditateIf we say we believe everyone is divine within, we need to be sure we treat every person that way. If we believe we are connected to Divine Substance, we need to live in alignment with that belief. If we recognize the power of meditation and prayer, we need to be sure we are making time to spend there! The more we do those things, the more elevated our thanks-living edge will be.

Each cell, every molecule, each atom is a sacred tabernacle of Spirit. These sacred tabernacles are connected. There is no denominational sparing. Their biology is their theology. When we realize the significance of this invisible connection, we will honor the human soul’s relationship to Spirit. When we acknowledge this connection, from soul to cell, our body becomes the highly-charged sacred ground of our being. When we achieve this perfect synchrony, we experience the inner peace, joy, health, and wholeness which are the truth of us. You’ll find that’s the thanks-living advantage.

5-Snapshot-BuddhaThere is an Eastern parable which says that if you meet the Buddha on the road to your spiritual enlightenment, you must kill him. This cryptic saying is telling us that our fixation on a particular spiritual or religious path as THE answer may hinder our spiritual growth. We must always remain open to new spiritual insights so we can grow our consciousness. Our movement toward Christ Consciousness is a cumulative process of unfoldment. It is also thanks-living at its best.

We have access to Divine Ideas because we are divine beings being human. We can receive them any time we want through our connection with Spirit. They come from our super-consciousness which warehouses our ‘Inner Net’ of Divine Ideas. We ‘up’ our thanks-living advantage every time we access our super-conscious awareness.

6-snapshot-DivineOrderWe invite you to be very careful when you refer to Divine Order as something ‘out there,’ something external that is rigid and imposed upon you by some celestial deity. It is omnipresent scaffolding available to you each consecutive-moment-of-now. Divine Order is not some cosmic force that acts upon you. Because Divine Order is the creative process of Mind – Idea – Expression, it is an intentional act of your creation. You can divinely order your good because you are a spiritual being having a human experience. And that’s thanks-living plus.

Gratitude is a total body, mind, and soul experience. It comes from the part of the brain that registers ‘soul’ experiences. So, when we walk along our favorite beaches and feel the sand under our feet and the breeze blowing through our hair, or drive along our favorite stretch of highway, or step out of our homes at night and admire the canopy of stars overhead, or enjoy experiencing the multi-colored leaf changes that November brings, our souls sing and our bodies are revitalized with streams of dopamine and serotonin, the biological gifts of gratitude. So you see, feeling gratitude on a regular basis heals us at a cellular level. Being grateful is not Pollyanna and it’s not to be taken lightly. It’s serotonin to our soul and dopamine for a life of thanks-living.

Now we invite you to create your own Thanks-living snapshots, as you walk the spiritual path on practical, grateful feet!

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From Goblins to Giggles with Gratitude

GoblinThere are certain phobias associated with Halloween which evolved from the fears people had of ghosts, goblins, and ghouls. For example:

  • Samhaino-phobia is the fear of Halloween
  • gravestoneCucurbit- phobia is the fear of pumpkins
  • Arachno-phobia is the fear of spiders
  • Pheumati-phobia is the fear of spirits
  • Hemoto-phobia is the fear of blood
  • Coimetro-phobia is the fear of cemeteries
  • Blenno-phobia is the fear of slime

They all sound a bit ghoulish, don’t they? They stem from people’s discomfort with darkness, graveyards, wastelands, ruins, and desolate places. Everything about ghouls and goblins sounds sinister, and macabre, and frightening.

The Metaphysics of Ghosts and Goblins

Although costumes of these creatures are worn good-naturedly during Halloween, the essence of these creatures can creep into our every day lives if we’re not careful. Metaphysically, they represent ghoulish thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors that fuel our fears and feed on our good. They can rob us of our health and make a wasteland out of our spiritual home.

They take the form of thoughts like:

  • I’m not good enough.
  • I’m so stupid.
  • I’ll never be able to be as successful as I want.
  • I didn’t have a choice.
  • I guess I’ll always be poor.

And attitudes like:

  • Truth principles may work for others, but they don’t work for me!
  • I know prayer works but I don’t have time to pray every day!
  • Some people attract all kinds of prosperity, but not me!
  • No matter what I do, I screw things up.

These are ghoulish attitudes and they serve us no good. They under mind any good we can achieve. They are tricks instead of treats that we allow to sabotage our health, happiness, and success. They are mental goblins we can do without! They are emotional ghosts of self-doubt, and self-deprecation, and self-punishment. They have no place in our lives, and no room in our consciousness.

Romans 8:38 says: I am persuaded that neither the (goblins of) death, nor the (ghoulishness of) life, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate me from the love of God, which is expressed in and through me.

  • I am persuaded that ghosts, goblins or ghouls cannot separate me from my highest good.
  • I am persuaded that sickness or disease, or financial difficulties, or missed opportunities, or unemployment, or the death of a loved one, or a natural disaster, or violence, or the economy shall not separate me from the Christ of me!
  • I am persuaded. I am confident. I am certain that no outer appearance has power over me.

ghost-baseball-batThe next time a goblin of fear, guilt, or negativity sneaks up on you say: “Bugaboo, get out of my life.”

Let’s practice:  Think of something in your life right now that may be causing you pain, shame, guilt, or fear. Say: “Bugaboo, get out of my life.”

  • “I refuse to put up with your ghoulishness!”
  • “Get thee behind me ghosts of limitation or lamentation.”

A Giggle State of Consciousness

See we’ve turned bugaboos into a BOO-tiful experience. We’ve got the goblins on the run! Now let’s keep them on the run with giggles of gratitude!  We call it the Giggle State of Consciousness. Research has now proven that complex humor (riddles, puns, funny stories) not only strengthens our immune system, it actually can improve memory and recalibrate our intuition! We can also approach problems with more flexibility, opening the channels to creative Divine ideas. When we identify our goblins, then practice regular mediation and prayer, we can live in a state of constant giggles! We can experience the pure delight and joy of knowing that we are never alone, and nothing has any power over us. We can say with assurance: My consciousness is greater than any goblin my mind can conjur up!

LaughterWhen we live in the Giggle State of Consciousness, we live from a state of pure joy and gratitude. Here’s a great quote we discovered about gratitude, by Melody Beatty:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

So when the goblins come out to scare you away from your Divinity, just go into the Silence, with the assurance that you can live in a constant state of Divine Giggles and Joy, knowing that wherever you are, God is — and all is well!

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Spiritual Scareware! How to Avoid Religious Fear Tactics

Halloween-Spiritual ScarewareHalloween is getting close — and scary things are in store! For the holiday, it is all in good fun, but in other areas of our life, scary things can be dangerous. So this seems like a perfect time to talk about “Spiritual Scareware!”

In IT language, scareware is software (i.e., pop up alerts and warnings) that uses false error messaging to lure users into buying a particular software program. Spiritual Scareware refers to the tactics religious fundamentalists use to frighten people into following their deluded doctrinal biases and dogmatic rantings, and steer people away from spiritual enrichment that comes from asking questions and studying a variety of metaphysical scripture interpretation.

Spiritual Scareware involves manipulative scare tactics that include but are not limited to believing in:

  • the fear of a God who punishes you if you mess up;
  • going to hell if you’re not good;
  • a devil who is a great trickster who is fighting for your soul;
  • tithing to the church to show your love for a God in the sky who rewards some and punishes others;
  • a literal-only interpretation of the Bible;
  • the idea that anyone who commits suicide goes to hell;
  • not questioning errant scripture;
  • the concept that divorce is against god’s will;
  • not going to church on Sunday is a sin;
  • attending New Thought spiritual services is a sin;
  • etc., etc., et. (you can add your own, from your expeience!)

This spiritual practice advises you that if you’re corralled by any of these delusional tactics excuse yourself politely and run to the nearest exit. Run, not because you’re scared, but because you want to distance yourself quickly from so much negativity and misinformation. As a matter of some compelling scientific fact, dodging religious scareware is good for your health:

What  Science Says About Fear-based Religions

SpiritualPractices-ResearchReligions that sell fear may damage the anterior cingulate in the brain, and when this happens, people often lose interest in other people’s concerns or act aggressively against them (M.R. Milad, G.J. Quirk, R. K. Pitman, S. P. Orr, B. Fischl, and S. L. Rauch, “A role for the human dorsal anterior cingulate cortex in fear expression,” Biological Psychiatry, 2007, Aug. 16).

Fear-based religions may create symptoms that mirror post-traumatic stress disorder. Brain-scan studies have shown that once we anticipate a future negative event, activity in the amygdala is turned up and activity in the anterior cingulate is turned down (A. Etkin and T. D. Wager, “Functional neuroimaging of anxiety: a meta-analysis of emotional processing in PTSD, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobia,” American Journal of Psychiatry, 2007, Oct. 164 (10): 1476-88).

People who feel they are being punished by God, possessed by demons, or who experience religious discontent – tend to have shorter life spans (K. I Pargament, H. G. Koenig, N. Tarakeshwar, and J. Hahn, “Religious struggle as a predictor of mortality among medically ill elderly patients: a two-year longitudinal study, “ Archives of Internal Medicine, 2001, Aug. 13, 161 (15): 1881-5).

People who find themselves ruminating on guilt and fear, or harboring negative attitudes toward an unresponsive God, clergy, or church members, tend to suffer from poorer health and depression. Fear-based religions can be hazardous to our health (Andrew Newberg in Born to Believe, Free Press, New York, 2006, pg.62).

Eckhart Tolle says, “Religions, to a large extent, are divisive rather than unifying forces. Instead of bringing about an ending of violence and hatred through a realization of the fundamental oneness of all life, they bring more violence and hatred, more divisions between people as well as between different religions and even within the same religion. They become ideologies, belief systems people identify with in order to enhance their false sense of self. Through them, they make themselves ‘right’ and others ‘wrong’ and thus define their identity through their enemies, the ‘other,’ the ‘nonbelievers’ or ‘wrong believers’ who not infrequently they see themselves justified in killing” (Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, New York: Dutton, 2005).

Is religious fundamentalism a form of mental illness?

That’s what Kathleen Taylor, a researcher at the University of Oxford and author of three books on neuroscience, suggests. “In the future,” Taylor said, “brain researchers may learn so much about the neural basis of fundamentalism that they can cure people of it” (Hogan, J., Can Neuroscience Cure People of Faith in Faith in God? What About Faith in Neuroscience? Scientific American, June 1, 2013).

How to Turn Spiritual Scareware in a Spiritual Practice

halloween_BooAs you can see from the scientific research above, dodging religious scareware may very well be a spiritual practice that is supported wholeheartedly by the scientific community as one of the best practices to insulate us from dis-ease! Here’s a formula to help you: We call it the BOO! Formula

B = Be on the alert! If someone is saying you HAVE to believe something, or silences your questions, run!

O = Open your mind! Read a variety of sources, take part in classes that share science and spirituality, and question everything! As you open your mind, you discover new levels of awareness that can transform your life!

O = Orchestrate quality time in the Silence! Make time every day for meditation and time at your Spiritual Headquarters. Your spiritual enrichment will strengthen your awareness and give you the discernment to turn spiritual scareware into a spiritual practice that will leave you enlightened and at peace.

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Spiritual Practice: A Bereitschafts Moment

force-handsHow many times have you heard people say. “I didn’t have a choice” or “H/She made me do it” or “There’s no such thing as free will?” How many times have you used these phrases? The truth is all of these statements are attempts to avoid taking responsibility for our actions.

The bad news is people use these statements all of the time. The good news is these statements misrepresent the people using these statements. Why? Because we always have a choice; no one can make us do anything when we are conscious participants; and there is such a thing as free will.

SpiritualPractices-ResearchThere is a compelling amount of research on the power of choice. Scientists the world over agree we cannot not make a choice. Essentially, we are wired for choice. And not only are we wired for choice, we are wired to make every choice our choice and no one else’s! And we owe this bit of failsafe choice-making to what we call Bereitshafts Moments.

A Bereitschafts Moment

A Bereitschafts Moment, also called Bereitschafts Potential, is the narrow neural time line between deciding to act and actually acting, In neurology, the Bereitschafts Potential (German for readiness potential), is a measure of activity in the motor cortex area of the brain indicating voluntary muscle movement.

This extraordinary human trait – and telling human trait- was first recorded and reported in 1964 by Hans Helmut Kornhuber and Lüder Deecke at the University of Freiburg in Germany. In a series of experiments, Benjamin Libet studied the relationship between our conscious experience of volition and the moment the Bereitschafts Potential ‘kicks in.’ He found that the Bereitschafts Potential starts about 0.35 seconds earlier than people report conscious awareness that they feel the desire to take some kind of action. He found that people were able to prevent an intended action at the last moment by consciously vetoing these actions.

What Does This Mean to Us?

Choices-ca21697612That’s an empowering piece of research, don’t you think? It means we have dominion over any and all of the actions we take. We have the power to choose what actions we take, when we take them, where we take them, and how often we take them. That built-in 0.35 seconds gives us unprecedented control over all of our behaviors.

Before anything we think gets translated into actionable behavior, we have the inborn opportunity to veto any and all of our intended actions. Isn’t that incredible? Before we actually criticize someone, we can stop ourselves. Before we drink that beer, we can put the bottle down. Before we steal the CD, we can decide to leave it on the shelf. Before we say something hurtful, we can censor the indignity.

A Metaphysical Interpretation: Genesis 1:26

We are reminded of the power we have over our thoughts and actions in Genesis 1:26. We’re citing it from its usual literal meaning first and then following it up with a metaphysical perspective in order to corroborate the awesome nature of the Bereitschafts Potential.

According to the Genesis account, we are given dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the cattle, and over all the earth, as well as over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

When we use a metaphysical interpretation of this scriptural passage, the animals, fowl, creepy things and earth stand for traits, habits, and characteristics within us.

From a metaphysical perspective:

  • the earth represents our human consciousness;
  • Fish (ideas);
  • birds (higher thoughts);
  • cattle (compliant, herd consciousness);
  • wild animals (untamed or undisciplined instincts); and
  • creeping things (our limited or destructive perspectives).

As you can see, camels weren’t mentioned because they hadn’t gotten over their evolutionary hump yet! (We’re messing with you!)

Seriously — Our dominion is guaranteed by each built-in 0.35 second Bereitschafts Moment which is constantly available to us before we take any kind of action. We never have to abdicate our power. We can choose how we will respond to anything or anyone!

Use your Bereitschafts awareness as a failsafe mechanism to barometer your alignment with your Higher Self. Will the next action you take be in alignment with your professed spiritual beliefs? Will it represent the Real You or the counterfeit you? Will the next thing you say be congruent with your stated principles and values? Are your behaviors consistent with your professed standards of conduct?

Honor your 0.35 second gift. Use it to master the art of living!

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