By the grace or mercy of God, we have been given the faculty of distinguishing what is real and what is unreal, what is permanent or changeful, what is proper or improper. This capacity takes us out of the rut of circular, mechanical thinking, beyond intellectual understanding to insight. The first step is to watch your thoughts. You may not be able to do this during work or in busy times, at least not in the beginning. But as you proceed with silent contemplation or meditation ask yourself, “Is this thought permanent or transitory, real or unreal?”
The tenet that the observed world is a manifestation of a deeper dimension is now rediscovered at the cutting edge of quantum field physics. It is not new: it has been a basic element in classical Indian philosophy. Samkhya, one of the earliest philosophical teachings in India, held that there is a compendium of knowledge and information conserved in a nonphysical plane of reality, referred to as the Akashic Records.
What is the condition of our minds right now? How are our hearts? This moment is all we have—so at this moment, how creative are we, how in touch with the source are we?
We need courage to be creative. To be sensitive and aware requires great courage. This word courage comes from the same root as the French word coeur, which means heart. So please have the courage to listen to your heart, to your body, your hara not just to your head. You will discover new ways to experience your life.
Anyone can be creative, but the spectrum of creative people is vast; what factors determine our place along that spectrum? Environmental conditioning plays a role, genetics may play a limited role, synchronicities play a role, unconscious drives play a major role, and the learning we accumulate as the “soul” (the learned propensities of the subtle body) reincarnates through many lifetimes, and may be the most important factor of all.
Also in our current issue: The Temple: Meditations on the Spiritual Life by Nicole Grace; Seven Valleys of the Soul’s Journey by Rasoul Sorkhabi, PhD; An Astronaut’s Experience of Cosmic Consciousness by Edgar Mitchell; The Hollyhock Miracles by Karen Wyatt, MD; Arise, Awake, Walk the Authentic Path by Prem Prakash; Watching Your Thoughts is Easy by Ellen Wood; spiritual cinema, reviews and more.
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