Making Visible What Is Invisible

     Any study of Spirituality recognizes the need to bring into perspective the
magnetic attraction of our material world.  We only appear to be physical beings.  In reality what we sense only represents the visible tip of an iceberg.  We are not our bodies which are vehicles that are constantly changing.  The wise spend time retraining their minds, emotions and spirits to remain centered in the vast inner world, the reality of which is seldom reinforced during our lives.  This lesson will sensitize us to a number of these invisible qualities that mold and shape our moods, attitudes and choices.  In some respects this lesson will represent a review before our final session.

     How many of us spend time developing our sense of awe and wonder?  What kind of questions are we asking ourselves about our inner world that truly governs all our emotional and intellectual responses?  Every variety of crystal has a mysterious memory that allows each to develop its own consistent configuration.  What holds that memory?  Why does our species have so many silent genes, genes that have potential but now lack any known function?  Will all religions eventually evolve in their understanding that Spirituality has an unlimited potential to create community, build bridges and to integrate all religious paths into a common intuitive awareness?

      How many of us spend time developing our imaginations?  There may be no other quality of life that best expresses our creativity than how we develop our imaginations.  Confounding and humbling several architects and gifted building engineers, for example, a custodian envisioned the first external elevator in the world.  It was installed on the outside of the El Cortez hotel in San Diego, California.  It has been said that if we can envision it, we can build it.

     Think of all the areas that have surfaced in our lifetime that were developed from someone’s imaginations: nano-technology, fiber optics, stem cell research, new applications for composite materials, artificial intelligence and information-technology -- the one medium that has accelerated rapid change in electronics and communication in our generation.  The younger generations are fascinated with what will one day be viewed as primitive.

     How many of us spend time intentionally developing and refining our thought, emotional and spiritual patterns of expression?  Not surprisingly, the earliest response of children is anger when their world was not the way they wanted it.  This response tends to linger and grow stronger with use.  Are we doing the same with patience, gratitude, compassion, seeing humor in our mistakes and understanding that people are living on different levels of awareness?  Are we practicing more creative and wholesome ways of expressing ourselves?  Rather than saying, “I hate doing that!” we say, “I prefer doing this.”

     We forget that every experience, both pleasant and unpleasant, can teach us when we choose responses different from frustration, dread, regret, pessimism and hostility.  These new traits are developed when people choose to reinvent themselves every day.

     How many of us spend time developing our ability at being a self-starter?  If we had a list of 15 activities we wanted to accomplish during our life time, how many of them have we completed?  Motivation is an invisible quality resulting from our wills choosing to send our energy away from us.  We pick up a book and read it.  We go to the gym and exercise.  We choose to eat slowly and consume less.  Rather than wanting to travel and explore, we develop a plan and do it.  Rather than suffering in a poor work environment, we actively search for a new  experience.  When we find what we would prefer, we take a risk and rise above past choices that kept us safe while remaining miserable.

     How many of us are aware that the main culprit of our unhappiness is rooted in the judgments we make?   As we have noted previously, everyone is on a different level of awareness and therefore will exhibit a vast array of attitudes and values that are different from ours. Understanding this one aspect of life could prevent us from developing an emotional response based on the label we select for such people, e.g., stupid, insensitive, a womanizer, a control freak, a hypocrite, a Bible-thumping religious nut-cake, self-absorbed, arrogant, introverted, etc.

     The universe is large enough to accommodate all paths to spiritual refinement or delayed evolution.  Our response toward anyone only reveals the awareness level we have reached.  Our labels of right and wrong will not change where others are or who they are becoming.  What might offer observers another way is when we point to another level of consciousness and lead others by example.  The wisdom of a poem illustrates this:

I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.  I would rather one walk with me than merely tell me the way.   The eye is a better student and more willing than the ear; fine counsel can be confusing, but example is always clear.  I can soon learn how to do it, if I only see it done; I can watch your life in action, while you’re serious or having fun.  The greatest of all my friends are the ones who live their creeds; for to see the good in action, is what everybody needs.

     Finally, how many times do we practice the art of letting go of what cannot enhance our consciousness?   Religion uses the term forgiveness.  When we are not careful, the behavior and attitudes of others can easily make us a prisoner of our emotions and intellect when we find ourselves struggling with structures we cannot change.

     This is not to suggest that we grow insensitive to the plight of humanity, but to learn how to change what we can and let the rest up to the evolution of others.  Jesus never tried to change the harsh Roman tax structure among his people, but he did teach one chief tax collector to reverse his energy flow from receiving to sharing.  When we struggle, we become like that which we resist.  Just because we are on the just side of a cause, that does not remove the club in our hand.