MIND and SPIRIT

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“Be ye therefore transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
 ~ Romans 12:2 ~

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“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” 
~ William Shakespeare ~ 

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“Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all these things will be added.”  ~ The New Testament ~

Creativity is the natural birthright of every living being. We all engage in it whether it is called play, work, or artistic expression, it’s within every one of us. Our habitual patterns of thought, words, and actions ignite our creative juices.

When I was a child, long summer days were spent playing ‘house, kick the can, jump rope, hide-go-seek,’ and other fun-filled games. At the end of the day, exhausted, I and my friends sat on the porch steps and played “That’s My Car.” We watched cars drive by, and when we saw one we liked, we pointed and yelled out: “That’s My Car.” We played until we were bored and then went on to the next pastime of storytelling.

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I love books with illustrations. I notice if I gaze at the images on the pages long enough, they begin to convey what the printed words alone could not. The same is true when I view a painting that depicts the soul of humanity through the lens of the artist. Likewise, when I look deeply into nature, her secrets are unveiled. These pictures in my mind, symbolizing some invisible essence, evoke feelings of possibilities within me. They become the inspiration for the things I desire to experience.

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When it first dawns upon us that creativity is our inherent nature, it may also dawn upon us that we have the power to consciously manifest the things we long for, and finally let go of the cycle of disappointment, regret, and feeling like the victim of circumstances. 

There are powerful tools we may implement like visualization, vision and/or dream boards, and affirmations that teach our mind (the mirror of consciousness) the images of what our happiness looks like… and with focused attention and discipline, the things we see in our minds begin to show up as our experience.

However, and interestingly enough, mastering the art of manifestation is not necessarily a change in consciousness. Like the game, That’s My Car, there may be a tendency to claim ownership of the outer appearance without claiming the qualities and feelings that the mental picture evoked. It’s not enough to have the lovely home if there is no peace there; or the beautiful prince/or princess charming, if love is not there; or the prestigious job, if there is no fulfillment there. This lack of substance may result in feelings of disappointment, regret, and victimhood, all over again. 

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The spiritual practice of Life Visioning is a great support in becoming an effective and conscious manifester.  Asking yourself questions about, not only what the good you are seeking looks like, but what it feels like, and what qualities of God it exudes; such as love, peace, harmony, abundance, joy, wisdom, etc. It’s about acknowledging what you are currently thinking, saying, and doing that is not congruent with your vision. Finally, the telltale question: are you willing to become the change you desire to experience? 

Engaging in this provocative self-inquiry aligns us with both Mind and Spirit and creates the perfect mental equivalent for the good you ought to have. Think on these things.


This Week’s Affirmation

“I am capable of creating and maintaining a great life, and I’m worthy of the effort.”

By Debra Langley

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