Spirit is matter seen in a stronger light.— L. P. Jacks
“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between work and play.” — L. P. Jacks
“The mechanical mind has a passion for control – of everything except itself. Beyond the control it has won over the forces of nature it would now win control over the forces of society of stating the problem and producing the solution, with social machinery to correspond.” — L. P. Jacks
I don’t like the word “Spirit” because it has become an ambiguous and obscure religious concept. It is something that has been defined as being outside of myself. I pray to my ‘belief of God’ to give me a little more “Spirit”. I do this because I feel currently lacking in “Spirit”.
My definition of “Spirit” for this essay is “I am an essence from the Supreme One which inhabits a physical body at the center of my being”(Ghost In The Machinery) . The Supreme One has already given me access to Complete Collective Consciousness. There is no more that he/she can give to me. So where does this feeling of lack and limitation come from? This is what I call SIN Self-Induced-Nonsense.
My body and mind is like a rheostat.
A rheostat is a variable resistor which is used to control current. They are able to vary the resistance in a circuit without interruption. In practical terms I know this as a light dimmer switch.
I love the comparison of “Spirit” to electricity. My body/mind is like a rheostat for the “Spirit”. When a rheostat is turned down it does not change the full potential of current that is available; it only limits the amount of current that is able to flow; it provides a resistance to the flow. In the same manner my body/mind when it is turned down only limits the amount of “Spirit” that is able to flow, it provides a resistance to the flow.
Rubber band around the finger
As a child I can remember putting a rubber band tightly around a finger. The finger turned a purple color and I started to feel a numbness and tingling in the finger; illness. All I had to do is release the rubber band from around the finger and it quickly returned to normal; wellness. Did I consciously have to control the life process in me to bring wellness to the finger? No, I just had to remove the resistance to the flow. Health and wellness are endogenous (having an internal cause or origin)processes.
How do I turn the body/mind up is the real question?
There are two steps to solving this dilemma.
First, is to turn up the rheostat that I have. After I have done this for a while I will come to a realization that there are many resistances to the flow which I have created (SIN Self-Induced-Nonsense). The greatest resistance is thinking that I am only a body and mind. Other resistances are defining myself as weak, not spiritual, not good with people, etc. etc. etc.
Second, is to build a bigger rheostat. I need to remove the many resistances to the flow which I have created. The initial step is to forgive myself for creating such a small rheostat.
Forgiveness is a Process of Being
As I was forgiving myself I realized that forgiveness is a process of being – Matthew 6:9-15 Let this then be your prayer: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. Let your kingdom come. Let your pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us this day bread for our needs. And make us free of our debts, as we have made those free who are in debt to us. And let us not be put to the test, but keep us safe from the Evil One. For if you let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will have forgiveness from your Father in heaven. But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins. – I also needed to forgive each one of humankind for creating such a small rheostats. This creates a reverence for all human life; mine and others. Once I enter this collectiveness of humankind I also found a reverence for all life; I include all material things as life.
Only I can bring about forgiveness for my SIN Self-Induced-Nonsense “For if you let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will have forgiveness from your Father in heaven. But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins”.
Unfortunately each one of us has our own perceptions of oneself, the world around us, and of “Spirit”; so I can not give any specific advice about how to discover the “Ghost In The Machinery”. What is most important to my life is what I experience within; each one of us has a unique path that only oneself can traverse.
Matthew 6:31-34 Then do not be anxious, saying, What may we eat? Or, what may we drink? Or, what may clothe us? For after all these things the nations seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Then do not be anxious for tomorrow. For the morrow will be anxious of itself. Sufficient to each day is its own trouble.
righteousness – δικαιοσύνη dikaiosunē dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay From δίκαιος; equity (of character or act)
δίκαιος dikaios dik’-ah-yos ; equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolutely or relatively): – just, meet, right (-eous).