Developing The Skills Of Spirit

August 17, 2003

Imprinting May Create Barriers To Be Overcome

  1. I was raped as a schoolgirl and that moment became a lasting variable in defining my identity.

  2. My parents were killed in an automobile accident. After that, God became cruel and unfair.

  3. When my mother compared me to my siblings, she referred to me as "the dumb one."

  4. I did not do well within the Iowa Test topologies and administrators placed me with marginal students for most of my elementary education.

  5. My child died of a type of leukemia that was curable and I felt betrayed by physicians and God.

  6. My father graduated from Harvard Law.  His expectations and connections opened many doors for me.  All I had to do was walk through them. I did just that.

  7. I have a genius for "knowing" the answers to questions that have not yet been asked.  At the age of 29, I have 22 clients.

  8. My nannies were brain trusts who home schooled me.  I started my career at a point where true peers were few.   Where does one go at age 26 with a base salary of $165,000?

  9. My parents never addressed my spiritual orientation.  They wanted me to decide for myself.  Is there really a God?  Is there something I should to learn?  At this point in my life, I really don't care.  Life is good.

  10. I have met managers and administrators who expect results.  No one taught me that I had to produce.  I learned that when I wanted results, I simply asked others.

Begin Examining The Root Feelings And Thought Patterns That Motivate You

  1. What are you doing when you are the happiest?  What skills are you using when you feel most confident with your identity?

  2. Do you consider the work you do “a job” or, does your vocational environment provide you with the opportunity to express who you are?  Has your work become a way of life?

  3. How do you define your purpose for living? Do you have specific tasks that you feel a need to complete before you leave your body?

  4. When you feel exhausted, overly distracted or even in despair, are you aware of specific places where you are investing your life energy?  Consider: What percentage of your energy do you invest in guilt and regrets?  Do you invest energy to please others, get others to like you and become everyone’s friend?

  5. How important are your thoughts and decisions regarding the invisible world?  Examples: God, ideas, Jesus’ teachings, values, ethics, your faith orientation.

  6. Have you ever experienced an epiphany, i.e., the sudden end of chaos and lack of direction.  Or, does your identity change depending on the potential for pleasure, wealth or prestige?”

  7. Are you ever tempted not to show up while in the presence of an authority figure?  Examples: Doctors, Ministers, Professors, the Academic Dean, a Police Officer, a 4-star General.

  8. Have you experienced the struggle between the mind (thoughts) that says, "I must forgive" and the heart (emotions) that says, "But I have a right to be upset"?

  9. Are you aware that what you dwell on expands?  You must remain a guardian of your thoughts.  Thoughts will modify your brain chemistry.  Negativity, worry and fear are toxic on a cellular level.  Thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness will detoxify your cell tissue.

  10. Have you thought about what life will require of you when nothing physical exists?  What skills are you developing that are timeless and have universal applicability?  Consider: What are you enhancing and perfecting within the world that no one sees, i.e., what resources and reinforces your current attitudes?

What About The Path To Salvation?

  1. Do you have an image of who you would like to be in all circumstances?  When you fail, do you readily accept your experience as the price for growth and try again?

  2. Are you confused by the labels the Church has given to Salvation?  Is it a path of "works and specific, necessary beliefs" or the path of your acceptance of "God's grace"?

  3. Are you driven by a fear that we must get it "right" in this lifetime or perish?  Or, have you come to a place of peace, trusting God for the outcome of all things?

  4. Do you have a sense of momentum, i.e., "I used to react with strong emotion when faced with an act of disrespect or rudeness, but now I have developed patience and understanding"?

  5. What do you think is happening in creation?  Consider: We awaken from our journey through the birth canal into a bright world, we are vulnerable, impressionable and we have no road map.

  6. What do you think about people who have gotten all the "gold rings" while on life's merry go-round, e.g., fame, fortune, good looks, power, opportunity, travel, global insights?  Consider: Is there a level playing field where they are no further ahead than a humble, blind beggar?

  7. What forces brought you to this moment?  Consider: You are in a study group, in a church family, in a stable community, with excellent literary resources (books, Internet, etc.) in a culture that grants you an abundance of time to think, read and consider your spiritual evolution.  Was this luck, your choice, or some divine favoritism over others in the world? 

  8. When we meet people who claim to "be saved" do they exhibit qualities of spirit that are attractive?  Would "whole people" need to refer to themselves by such a label?

  9. Salvation may be a state of consciousness where we are always stretching, forever curious and constantly engaged in skill development, i.e., we sow our seeds of helpfulness, radiate our loving energy and become the leaven for the loaf.

  10. Could God's plan be the same for every person?  Consider: We are novices who are practicing the art of creating.  We will continue creating until we learn that the best results are produced when our thoughts, desires and emotions come into harmony with those of God, i.e., creating through radiating loving energy, and only loving energy.

  11. Consider: Every person comes to the earth on a different level of awareness, each working on their specific agenda.  Because of this, there can be little agreement about "the path."  This creates the tension of life energies that supplies the matrix necessary for growth. To survive as a specie, we need police, designers, artists, physicians, trash collectors, highway crews, electrical technicians, the military, priests, etc.  As each person evolves, societies move forward. Spiritually, the same value-choices exist within each vocation.  The existence of deception may produce a love for truth.  The existence of terrorists can promote a love for keeping the world safe.  Societies that become unbalanced give way to other cultures who are.

  12. Truth surrounds us.  Our imagined needs often determine and define what we are attracted to.  When we discover that we are whole, as all life forms are, our needs fade and an entire new realm of truth opens to us.  This is when higher levels of creation can begin.