DIY SPIRITUALITY: Shifting Your Own Gears

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

(REVISITED) Dr. Robert Schuller coined the phrase, “If it’s going to be it’s up to me.” Matthew Fox, translating the works of the 14th Century mystic, Meister Eckhart, said: “And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace and if I am not also full of grace?”  In both instances, these gentlemen are speaking to the idea of practical spirituality.

Spirituality, in the context of applying definite universal principles as a way of life, has become a widespread concept. The Soul of those who “catch” this idea, leaps for joy, arousing sweet memories that have been lying dormant.

In many ways the awakening is like stepping onto the next rung of the ever-expanding, upward-spiraling journey of life. In many instances, it is religion, a disciplined practice of reading and studying the lives of enlightened ones who have performed seeming miracles and influenced the masses, that leads one to this point of self-realization.

Like all new adventures, there is much to be learned while becoming familiar with the terrain of self-reliance. For example, while spirituality is the common thread running through all religions as well as the fundamental foundation of them all; it transcends the practice itself. 

Spirituality is awakening to the Indwelling Presence of one’s own being. It is the aligning oneself with the self-governing power within us that is ready to be unleashed as Peace, Love, Wholeness, Harmony, Wisdom, Joy, and Unlimited Supply. However, we have to shift our own gears from limited thinking to possibility thinking.  

In a very real sense, the nature of spirituality is scientific; inasmuch as it is absolute and infallible, therefore reliable and dependable. It goes without saying that in order to experience the benefits of any science, we must first obey its principles. Mystics of all time have made it plain, that ultimately, the universe does not play favorites; i.e., “What It’s done for others, It will do for you.” 

When old limiting beliefs began to shift to a new way of seeing things, it is a result of our own efforts. No one else can do that for us, yet they can guide and teach us that it is through changing our thinking that our life begins to change.  Yes, while spiritual leaders and practitioners support us as we learn to apply spiritual principles in our lives; nonetheless, in the final analysis, it is always our very own acceptance of the desired good/ or the healing declared on our behalf that sets the Perfect Law of Life into motion. 

Spirituality is the mental atmosphere of the one whose awareness is unified with the Divine. No matter how you slice it, the path of conscious spirituality is always a Do-It-Yourself endeavor.  You shift your own gears that catapult you to a greater expression of life and living.

In addition to religion and science; philosophy is another doorway to higher realms of understanding. For example, I love contemplating the far-reaching implication of the words:

“I AM the way, the truth, and the life.”

 This Weeks Affirmation

“I know my life is made from my choices. I will start today creating a masterpiece!

by Judy HIlley

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