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Everyday Spirituality

I read online at Market Watch a list of 10 habits of debt free people. Number 10 is valuing experience over stuff. Good advice. The goals to experience gratitude, courage, and activity are better suited for economic and spiritual health.

We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Parents, if you allow your children incessantly to play computer games, want stuff, or be picky, don’t complain later in life if your children are complicated or frivolous. Children should be allowed to keep their innocence and yet mature through growth in the understanding of man and woman’s higher nature. If you worry less “about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear,”[1] you will do more for the wellbeing of children than you can imagine.

“Spirit doesn’t know the stuff called matter. Soul includes in itself all substance and is Life eternal. Matter is a human concept or invention. Life is divine Mind. Life is not limited; death and limitation are unknown to Life. If Life ever had a beginning, it would also have an ending.”

 


[1] Matt. 6:25, 31; Luke 12:29

I heard simple, yet direct and eye-opening advice last night on financial planning. But first the speaker reassured, “You can understand policies that affect your finances,” she said.

Four check points that make a big difference in finances:

  1. Check you deductibles
  2. Check your beneficiary designations
  3. Check to see if your will is up-to-date
  4. Check your home owners insurance to make sure it’s what you need.

If you have cash flow, you may be more inclined to select a high deductible which will come with a lower premium. But, peace of mind can come with a low deductible and save you from getting a shocking surprise.

Always update any documents that specify a beneficiary. Relationships change every day. Some can be shattered, so revisit who you have listed as a beneficiary for a life insurance policy to make sure it reflects your wishes. It’s a matter of simply filling out a ‘change of beneficiary form.’

Have a will and make sure it’s updated since family situation are so volatile these days.

Choose from three types of home owners insurance: basic, broad, and special. You CAN understand them.

Also, you can understand the power of life insurance to work for you and your family financially. You can find out if you can annuitize it if you need extra money for retirement, an illness, or college.

Together we can blast the notion that we can’t understand something. We can understand. We can dismiss the belief that something is a mystery and discover the spiritual cause and effect that helps us get through life with fewer bumps.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Not understanding the cause or approach of disease is no argument against the mental origin of disease. You confess to ignorance of the future and incapacity to preserve your own existence, and this thinking helps rather than hinders disease. Such a mindset induces sickness. It is like walking in the darkness on a high narrow ledge. You cannot stop suspecting danger, so your steps are insecure because of fear and your unawareness of mental cause and effect.

“We approach God, Life, as our fidelity to Truth and Love expands; and in that ratio we can know all human need and be able to discern the thought of the sick and the sinning for the purpose of healing them. Error of any kind can’t hide from the law of God. Paul said, “The mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”[1]

 


[1] Rom. 8:6

After years of hostility toward God and religion, it’s time to look up again. We can peer into the immortal cosmology, past all the foibles and meanderings of the human existence.

The hostility gets old as thinkers roll up their sleeves and demand a higher and better concept of God. Human beings also demand religious accountability, not so easy in the coming, but coming nonetheless. We need to keep up with the progress.

Though we’d sometimes like to throw God and religion in the trash basket, it’s not going to happen. God and religion are as deep-rooted in our psyche as the fact human beings have noses and ears. Even people who say they don’t believe in God, believe in something—and they have noses and ears so we aren’t going to through their ideas in the trash either.

Not that God or religion has all the answers to the mysteries of the universe, but updated knowledge about God and religion can convey why it is we do believe and imagine.

It’s our nature to increase the level of exposure for God and religion. The passion to communicate spreads the messages received by consciousnesses around the world.

We get tired of defining ourselves by our skin color, gender, or ethnicity. We want to define ourselves as an aspiring consciousness, artist, parent, physicist, etc. with opportunities.

A God and religion, not tied to human traits and history, allows for these ambitions and opportunities.

From Science and Health, “Happiness is won as the good has ascendency over the evil and the spiritual over the animal. The attainment of this spiritual condition improves our progeny, diminishes crime, and gives higher aims to ambition. Every valley of materialism must be exalted and every mountain of selfishness must be brought low, that the highway of our God may be prepared in Science.”

 

 

Film, “The Way Back,” caused my outlook on life to tighten.

It’s a Peter Weir screenplay based on the book, “The Long Walk: A True Story of a Trek to Freedom,” by Slawomir Rawicz, a Polish POW. The veracity of the story is debated, but the story line is still worth noting.

The show, staged in 1941, follows gulag escapees from Siberia to India, via Tibet. It starts at the prison camp, and brings to attention the genocide under USSR Marxism. Basically, prisoners were placed in the force labor camps for petty crimes or for cracking a joke about the government. That fact alone is a wakeup call to me. I am privileged to live in the United States.

Anyway, the escapees face freezing days and nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, a torturous desert, the Himalayas, and moral questions. It shows the power of survival, yet it also shows that complaining about breaking out of imprisonment isn’t all that glamorous. They had to pull together and keep the high goal of freedom before their minds.

There are times when my mind feels imprisoned in sickness or worry. I shouldn’t expect a quick-fix, but should have the willingness to fight for total freedom.

The men had to walk thousands of miles to get out of territory where they weren’t threatened to return to imprisonment. To escape the human mind and ego, and reach freedom in the divine Mind, takes hard work, community spirit, and persistence.