March 17, 2019
Living a Spiritual Life
Integrity – Be Truthful in Facts and Motives
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin said, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” And so based on this, we can ask of ourselves, “Are we living a spiritual life consciously aware or unconsciously and ignorant of this truth?” And more importantly, how do we know?
Conscious spiritual living can be a joyful journey if we have the right equipment and the right map. Ernest Holmes gives us the tools; practices that assure our deepening connection with All That Is and changing the way we think and feel. Meditation, treatment, visioning, classes, and journaling; these practices (and there are more) teach us about ourselves and bring about changes in how we interpret and react to our experience. We’ll stumble and sometimes fall as our experience changes around us. We get back up, resume the practices, and integrate our thinking with what we value.
“We must not lose sight of the fact that what we are talking about has nothing to do with will power. We are not forcing anything to happen. We do not coerce God. We cooperate. As we recognize God’s universal nature as good, as the source of all abundance, and as the perfection that resides behind all life, then we may come to accept all these things. We do not create them of ourselves. We accept them, and in our acceptance of them they are manifested in and as our experience.”
– A New Design for Living (1959) (p. 131.4)