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Book Extract: There is a spiritual solution to every problem - Wayne Dyer
The book by Wayne Dyer had the right message I needed. It was as if God was talking and the message was profound. I liked the book very much and it was highly inspiring. The following are a few words I picked up from the book.
The following paragraphs explain how do you qualify as a spiritual person:
What I mean by Spiritual (Wayne Dyer)
It is written in the Bhagavad-Gita, the ancient Eastern holy book, "We are born into a world of nature; our second birth is into a world of spirit." This world of spirit is often depicted as separate or distinct from our physical world. I think it is important to see spiritual as a part of physical, rather than to separate these two dimensions of our reality. It is all one. Spirit represents that which we cannot validate with our senses. Like the wind that we feel but we cannot see.
Spirituality is from within, the result of recognition, realization and reverence. My personal understanding of spiritual practice is that it is a way of making my life work at a higher level and of receiving guidance for handling problems. The ways in which I personally do this involve a few simple, but basic practices. I have enumerated them here in my own order of significance.
1. Surrender: This is first because it is the most crucial and often the most difficult. For those of us who have grown up believing life is a "do-it-yourself" project it is hard to admit that we need the help of many others just to survive for a day. In order to surrender you must be able to admit to being helpless. That's right, helpless.
In surrender, my thoughts are something like this: "I simply do not know how to resolve this situation and I am turning it over to the same force that I turn my physical body over to every night when I go to sleep. I trust in this force to keep digesting my food, circulating my blood, and so on. The force is there, it is available and I am going to treat this force that I will call God, as a senior partner in my life. I will take the words 'All that I have is thine' in the scriptures at face value. I am willing to turn any problem over to this indivisible force which is my source, while always keeping in mind that I am connected at all times to that source!"
In other words, the spiritual life is a way of walking with God instead of walking alone.
2. Love: Activating spiritual solutions means converting inner thoughts and feelings from discord and disharmony to love. In the spirit of both surrender and love I find it helpful to silently chant to myself, "I invite the highest good for all concerned to be here now." I try to see anger, hatred and disharmony as invitations to surrender and love. They can be doorways to taking responsibility for thoughts and feelings. They are entryway to the inner world where spirituality is. With this understanding I have the option to allow spirit to manifest and work for me.
3. Infinite: Carl Jung reminds us that "The telling question of a person's life is their relationship to the infinite". My concept of the infinite includes accepting, without doubt, that life is indestructible. Life can change form but it cannot be destroyed. I believe our spirit is inseparable from the infinite.
4. Empty mind: My spiritual approach to problem solving involves being quiet and letting go of my ideas about exactly how something should be resolved. In this space I listen and allow myself to have complete faith that I will be guided in the direction of resolution. Call this meditation (or prayer if you like); I feel strongly about the need for meditation to nourish the soul and access divine assistance.
Completely emptying the mind of our agenda leads to forgiveness, which is a vital component of this practice. Getting to a state of emptiness means ridding ourselves of all blame and angry thoughts about what has transpired in the past. Empty means just that, empty. There is no room for hanging on to who did what and when, and how wrong they were. We let it go simply because it is a component of our agenda, and what we want is God's plan which works, and to toss out our own, which obviously doesn't. Thus when we empty our mind of our ego-driven thoughts we invite forgiveness into our hearts, and by letting go of the lower energies of hatred, shame and revenge we create a mind-set of problem resolution.
5. Generosity and Gratefulness: Sometimes I feel the necessity to remind myself that we come into this world with nothing and we will exit the same way. So, finding a spiritual solution to every problem involves doing the only thing I can do with my life. That is, giving it away and being simultaneously grateful for the opportunity to do so.
6. Connectedness: The Sufi poet Rumi once explained that the terms I, you, me, he, she and they are distinctions that cannot be made in the garden of mystics. In spiritual consciousness you view yourself as a flower in this garden and everyone else in the garden connected to you in an invisible way. Then you will feel the assistances that is available to you.
7. Cheerfulness: In terms of outward appearances there is something noticeable about people who have reached a high level of spiritual awareness. They seem to be in a constant state of bliss. In my own life I know that my state of cheerfulness is a reliable gauge of my level of spiritual enlightenment at that moment. The more cheerful, happy, contented and satisfied I am feeling, the more aware I am of my deep connection to the spirit.
These then are the seven ways I define spiritual: Surrender, Love, Infinite, Empty, Generous, Connectedness, Cheerful. You can see that spiritual is not restricted to any religion in my interpretation. Keep this list handy as you read on.