*So Now What

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Dear Diary,

Welcome to day 18 of the 40 Day Spiritual Practice!

21 days – Science shows that it takes 21 days to break old habits and create new neuro-pathways.

40 days – The Universe and Spirit create in 40 day increments, re-birth. (Solar Year)

Overview:

This program is a 40 day program where you pick one new thing you would like to create in your life.  You will be doing this one thing consistently for 40 days.  If you miss one day, you must begin again at day one.

The purpose of having a Spiritual Practice is to live in alignment with your truth…….Now!

 ‘So Now What’

A dear friend of mine once told me of a story of a lady that was on her way to Carnegie Hall for a concert.  She was running late and realized she wasn’t sure how to get there.  She saw a man about to get into a cab, who happened to be Pavarotti, but the woman didn’t recognize who he was.  She abruptly asked with immense anxiety, “Excuse me sir, do you know how to get to Carnegie Hall?”  He replied with great peace and knowing, “Practice, Practice, Practice.”

Practice, Practice, Practice

So now what…

There is a point in ones Spiritual Journey when they have reach, what I call ‘input overload.’  They have read almost every book this side of the spiritual section of Barnes and Noble.  They have done enough seminars, spiritual retreats, cleanses, meditations to know that ‘they don’t know.’  Lol!!!  For some, God has spoken to them and some may even have had moments of enlightenment.  Hopefully, they know that their beliefs create their reality and that the ‘Laws’ of the universe work in exact correlation to who they are being.  In fact, by the actual definition that enlightenment is an experience and not a destination….some would even be considered enlightened!

As above, so below

What goes in, must come out.  What goes up, must come down.  

What goes down, must go up.  What goes out, must come back. 

As within, so without.

So now what…

It is one thing to ‘talk the talk’ and it is another to ‘walk the talk.’  In the Tao Te Ching there is a quote, “He who thinks he knows, doesn’t know.  He who knows that he doesn’t know, knows.  For in this context, to know is not to know.  And to not know is to know.”

There is a point in the spiritual journey when knowing doesn’t mean anything without application.  And so the inner critic speaks to us….”My darling, it is time to walk the talk!”  And then there is the next level, simply ‘walking the walk.’

So now what…

Practice, Practice, Practice!

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Having a Daily Spiritual Practice is the ‘Practice.’  What you are practicing is slipping into the gap of the unknown, transcending into your true self and becoming one with the miracles of the universe.

“Be still and know I am God.”

Joseph Campbell writes about creating a sacred place for ‘Transformation’ where the temporal wall may dissolve to reveal the wonder.  He says, “This is an absolute necessity for anybody today.  You must have a room, or a certain hour or so of the day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you.  This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.  This is the place of creative incubation.  At first you may find that nothing happens there.  But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.”

It became clear to me along the path that the bottom line to getting what we want out of life is ‘Commitment.’  Committing to a Daily Spiritual Practice is where transformation happens…

“Commitment is God”  – Goethe

So now what…

Committing to a ‘Daily Spiritual Practice’ is the key to walking the talk.  This path also helps to creating new neurons and habits so that we can be in alignment with our Spiritual Truth.  Discipline is what allows us to get in accordance with our truth.  Living a life and having your beliefs in alignment with Spiritual Principle, is a must to be fully actualized.

In the book, ‘The Art of Happiness’ the Dalai Lama says ‘Mental Outlook’ is the only thing that brings happiness.  He goes on to say, “As long as there is a lack of the inner discipline that brings calmness of mind, no matter what external facilities or conditions you have, they will never give you the feeling of joy and happiness that you are seeking.”

The discipline to overcome negative thinking and actions is the commitment of having a Daily Spiritual Practice.   There are two basic paths, one is the path of suffering and the other is through discipline.  When you are ready to stop suffering, it is time to do the work in accordance to ‘right thinking’ and ‘right action.’

So now what…

Daily Spiritual Practice

I Promise to be still and know the truth.

I Promise to only speak the truth of abundant health, happiness, prosperity and love.

I Promise to be one with the all, so that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

I Promise to stand for the truth that everyone is Divine.

I Promise to focus on the positive and optimism side of life and circumstances.

I Promise to think only of Divine, to work only for Divine, and to expect Divinity.

I Promise to give a gift where ever I go and to whom ever I come in contact with.

I Promise to give an abundant amount of energy to the expanding of my consciousness.

I Promise to declare the truth and release all worry, anger, hurt and fear.

I Promise to focus on happiness and release the presence of complaining and troubles.

I Promise to have faith that the Universe is working at all points in time for the higher good.

I Promise to allow these truths through my daily spiritual practice and connection to source.

I Promise to vibrantly live the truth today.

And so it is, e

Homework:

1.  What is your Daily Spiritual Practice?

2.  Reflect on the question, “What am I committed to?”  “Who am I committed to being?”

3.   Set up a sacred space in your home to meditate and be still.

Love, e

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