Science Of Mind #47

A Creative Spirit Expresses Through Me

Let us take a very simple lesson from nature. Perhaps from where you are sitting you can see a tree in full bloom. If so, remember that the tree’s roots, from which it draws its life, are entirely invisible. Unless the tree drew on this invisible source, it would never flourish. We have roots in the Mind of God. Our personality, our individuality, everything we are and do that the world sees is really a result, in effect, of our continually drawing on the infinite.

We must come to believe that the Creative Spirit in back of all things also flows through us. If we think of ourselves as rooted in God and expect Divine Power to flow through us, our every thought and action will be animated by the same life and power and beauty that clothe the lily of the field. God has imparted our life to us, placing no limitation or condition that would restrict us, other than this: Our life must be lived constructively, in unity and love and sympathy with everything around us, if we expect to live it to the fullest. I believe that every person is born to be creative and to live to the fullest and to be happy and glad and prosperous and whole.

It is the Father’s pleasure to give me the Kingdom of Good. I accept it with joy and thanksgiving, knowing that I am called to be a creative center of Life. All that I wish for myself, I wish for others as well. Sensing the presence of Love guiding and protecting me, I go forth to spread this Love to all those I meet.

-Ernest Holmes

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Pagan Prayer #23

Morning

Today is a day to focus on energy. Energy can be removed, and I am going to take the energy out of the things I don’t want in my life. No energy will go into negative thoughts about myself or others. No energy will go into actions that do not make my environment a better place. All of my energy will be focused on the places, thoughts, and beings that I want in my life. All others will be banished.

Evening

I know that I did my best today to focus on energy and how to use it. Tonight I will rest knowing that negative thoughts and feelings have no energy in my life or in my being.

-From the book ‘a Daily Book Of Pagan Prayer by Megan Day

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Science Of Mind #43

The Fullness Of Life Flows Through Me

Your place in Life is to become an outlet for Its wisdom, intelligence, love, beauty, and creativity. Your relationship to Life is that you are of like nature to It. You are in it and It is in you. Some part of you exists as pure, unmanifest Spirit. This side of your nature has never been troubled. Since you are fashioned from the stuff of the Invisible, Its nature is incarnated in you. Because of this, your word has the power in your world of localizing itself, of manifesting itself in concrete form. You are in Life. Life is flowing through you. It is you. It decrees, affirms, knows, and imagines. That which it decrees transpires. You are like it. You rule your own world.

Every idea you have automatically sets the Law of Life in motion in such a way as to produce the definite form of that idea. There is something involved in a sunflower seed that acts upon the creative energy of nature in such a way as to produce a sunflower and not a cabbage or a potato. Definite ideas produce definite results. This means that if you are using this Law to bring loving friendship into your life, then you are specializing it for this definite purpose and not for something else.

I choose to live the kind of life that I deeply desire. Accepting and affirming the truth of my being, that God and I are one, I free myself of beliefs in limitation and lack, and move forward into a new life of loving friendship and joy.

-Ernest Holmes

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Spiritual Essays #21

Changing Natural Evolution With Spiritual Evolution

Spiritual Practice

by Jayaram V

We are Nature’s robots, created to speed up its processes and evolutionary mechanism. We are already doing its bidding, working vigorously to evolve Artificial Intelligences, eliminating weaker species, designing more capable and powerful robots, and inventing efficient biological and mechanical systems. We have yet to realize that the world is the factory of Nature in which it employs the beings to do its work. Even climate change may be part of that evolutionary process too, which Nature intends to accomplish through us. Jayaram V


We are all born with the natural mind, which is subject to the natural pattern of thinking and behavior. Because of that we are subject to ignorance, delusion, duality, desires, and attachments. Under its influence, we act according to our desires and perceptions and according to the threats and opportunities which we perceive in our environment.

Much of our behavior is predictable because the same mechanism is at work in all. We do not perceive the reality without filtering it according to our awareness, desires, maturity, knowledge, ignorance and understanding. With regard to the world and worldly life, we are mostly driven by selfish desires and natural instincts to ensure our survival and success, which we measure by how much we are appreciated, accepted, approved or criticized.

Understanding Nature’s agenda

I have stated elsewhere that if we let Nature play out its agenda, the world would witness increasingly dominant species who will exemplify asuric behavior rather than sattvic behavior. Nature does not promote morality or virtue but dominance and survival. It favors those species and individuals who survive by all means rather than those who are gentle, well mannered and well behaved.

For Nature morality, honesty or virtue are means or strategies rather than ends, just as immorality deception and vice are. Nature favors those who have the flexibility to use them according to their convenience, rather than those who strictly use them according to their moral values. Whether you like it or not, this is the truth, and if you want evidence you can just look at the people, the leaders and businessmen who are more likely to achieve success, name and fame in this world and attract our attention and adulation.

I have also painted a dark picture, suggesting that if we let Nature have its ways, the world would become increasingly darker and evil, inhabited and dominated by more aggressive, insensitive and destructive people, who will throw all caution to wind and focus upon their survival and success. They will disrupt the traditional way of life and introduce a new set of rules and code of conduct that will break lose all morals and traditional institutions of marriage, family, gender roles, etc.

Fortunately, we do not have to live by primitive instincts or play out the hidden agenda of Nature. We have a choice to rise above the natural mind and express our humanity and the highest of our moral and spiritual values. Although in Nature’s lexicon, morality and immorality, vice and virtue are strategies for survival, we do not have to fall into its trap and let lose the brute in us. We can use our intelligence to transcend Nature and express our humanity.

Spirituality as a solution to contain Nature

Spirituality is the only solution to save the world from the chaos of lower Nature and manifest its higher intent and purpose. The lower Nature is a primitive and brute force, with the predominance of darkness and grossness (tamas). The higher nature is a divine force with the predominance of light and purity (sattva). By spirituality I mean using the higher nature to restrain the lower nature and manifesting the divine qualities which are listed in our scriptures such as the Bhagavadgita.

Spirituality also means cultivating purity and removing the impurities of our minds and bodies so that we can bring out the best in us and establish a just world based upon our highest ideals. It is setting in motion a self-regulated evolutionary mechanism, which is different from what Nature intends to promote, whereby we mentally and spiritually grow and transform into beings of light and wisdom rather than being guided by the barbarian principle of might is right or the survival of the strongest and the meanest.

Cultivating higher qualities will help you transcend your primitive human mind and your instinctual responses. It is where spirituality becomes important and relevant. We already have a spiritual solution in place to transcend Nature and restrain the natural, destructive behavior in us. It has been tested for centuries in many traditions and in different parts of the world and proved valuable even in case of the most evil people. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to practice spirituality from an early age and evolve into better humans. We should make it part of our academic learning so that from an early age people can learn to safeguard themselves against Nature’s evolutionary pressure.

Practices which can alter the course of natural evolution

You do not have to believe in God or any religion to practice spirituality, but for its practical value to experience peace and equanimity and become a better human being by rising above your own meanness and pettiness. To be spiritual means to be a better human being who looks beyond his or her selfish concerns and desires. It is to live responsibly with better awareness, intelligence and social responsibility. In this regard, the following qualities are considered universally beneficial to keep your monkey mind under control.

1. Compassion

Rich or poor, strong or weak, everyone suffers. Therefore, everyone deserves compassion. Compassion arises when you focus upon suffering, while envy is the result of comparing your success or wealth to that of another. Success does not necessarily make people happier or better. When a person becomes successful, he will have more enemies, more suffering, and more possibilities of indulging in sinful actions and earning bad karma. Therefore, with compassion you can establish a positive attitude towards the world and avoid feelings of envy and anger towards those who are more successful or happier than you.

2. Detachment

Generally speaking, detachment means being aloof, uninvolved or disinterested in the happening around you. We become emotionally involved with the people and the world around us, which often lead to mental and emotional instability. Excessive involvement with the world would also lead to attraction and aversion to the dualities of life, which in turn color your thinking and cloud your judgment. Therefore, cultivate aloofness or indifference towards the happenings outside. Detachment also means letting go and not holding on to any past grievances and grudges.

3. Not hating

We tend to hate many things in life. Hatred is responsible for all our physical and mental ills. Hatred manifests as anger, dislike, annoyance, frustration, resentment and so on. In many cases the source of anger is hatred only. Those who dislike the world and people in general tend to be angrier. Therefore, if you want to resolve your anger, you have to understand what you hate and why you do. If you can manage not to hate anyone or anything by changing your thinking or your responses, you will automatically get rid of a lot of negativity from you. Not hating is also the basis of nonviolence, which is considered in many spiritual traditions as the highest virtue.

4. Sameness

This is the most difficult virtue for anyone to cultivate or practice. Sameness means being equal to all the dualities of life such as praise and criticism, love and hatred, and success and failure. Sameness arises from letting go, discipline, balance, self-restraint, flowing with the flow, getting along, and knowing what you can or cannot control. You may not always be successful in your effort, but try to practice it whenever possible until it becomes a natural response.

5. Right Living

This is not a recommendation to become a Buddhist. Right living means virtuous living. It is to be on the right side of life, avoiding the sins and the evil to which our minds and bodies are vulnerable. Right living is the foundation of all spiritual practices. You cannot be spiritual without being virtuous. In this regard there is no better example than the Eightfold Path of the Buddha, which goes by the name, “Right living.” It can be practiced by anyone, even secular people. Right Living or the Eightfold Path consists of the eight important practices which lead to peace and the resolution of suffering. They are, right view, right intentions, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right concentration.

Pagan Prayer #13

Morning

Today is a day to focus on happiness. Happiness for me can only be defined by me. No one can tell me what will make me happy. I know that happiness does not come from the outer world, but is the deep contentment that comes from being at peace with myself. True happiness is not fleeting, but is deeply rooted. Today I will cherish my happiness and share it with everyone I can.

Evening

I know that I did my best today to focus on happiness. Tonight I will rest knowing that I can be truly happy no matter what is going on in the outer world. And once I have happiness, no one can take it from me.

-From the book ‘A Daily Book Of Pagan Prayers’ by Megan Day

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

And remember…

There is magic in the world

Seth Kelly Curtis

Pagan Prayer #8

Morning

Today is a day to focus on words. The words I speak, the words I hear, the words I read. Words have power, and I need to be aware of that power. The energy I put into my words can be creative or destructive. Today I will use my power to communicate wisely and I will focus on the good effect I can have with positive words and ideas.

Evening

I know that what I did and said today made a difference. I will rest tonight knowing that I made an effort today to ensure that my thoughts and words had a positive effect on the world around me.

-From ‘A Daily Book of Pagan Prayer ‘ by Megan Day

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Rosicrucian Reflections #53

We, as humans, have two duties with regard to Universal Love. The first is to love ourselves so that we can love others. The other is to cultivate tolerance, for although it may not be possible to love everyone; it is imperative to hate no one.

-Rosicrucian Manuscript

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Essene Meditations And Blessings #55

Meditation

Wherein lies the source of joy?

The inner peace of winter

Prepares me for the answer;

It shouts quietly to me,

“Do not seek happiness; seek rather

Your true nature,

Your true reason for being;

Seek your dharma.

Joy is the child of completeness,

Of living your dharma.”

At this time of new, small beginnings,

I feel the clarity of vision growing in me,

And I am pregnant with joy.

The Blessing

The silent stirring of new life in me

Fills me with an inner strength,

The strength is good;

And it comes from a place

Deep inside my being

That has only been reached

In the depth of ego-death.

This power I trust;

This is the power

Of love and compassion

The world cries out for.

The veil of illusion

Lifts slowly and reveals.

-Danaan Parry

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May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Daily Meditation #47

Peace, Poise And Power Within

Peace, poise and power are within me, for they are the witnesses of the inner spirit of all truth, love and wisdom. I am at peace within, and all around me responds to that great calm of the inner soul which knows its rightful place in the All Good. Power is born from within me and passes into my experience without effort or labor. I rest in security and peace, for the inner light shines forth and illuminates the way. I rest in you.

-Ernest Holmes

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis

Spiritual Essays #3

Truths of Existence – The First Universal Law

All knowing is a Rediscovery

The First Law: All knowing is a kind of discovery. It is becoming aware of what is already present in the universe. Our knowing does not create it.


This is the truth. The universe is a store house of information. We can only know, grasp or sense or conceive what already exists in it. In knowing, we simply become aware of what is already present, which may happen through effort or by chance. All knowing is a kind of discovery of the knowledge which is already inherent in the universe either as a reality or a possibility or an idea, which may be known, unknown or yet to be known.

It is the same as in a journey where you may not yet know the destination, and you may not have yet reached it, but it has always been there whether you reach there or not. Perhaps, much of that knowledge will never be known to human beings as our minds are not made to grasp the immensity of the universe or its true dimensions. Unless we invent a superhuman mechanism to discern the knowledge contained in the universe, it will forever remain a mystery to us.

One of the questions that concerned me was this. Does knowledge arise from knowing or does knowing arise from knowledge? Most importantly, which one comes first? In the context of our minds and our lives, unless you go to the origin of your own life, it is very difficult to answer this question. For example, when did you start learning? Where, and exactly how, you got the knowledge which helped you survive in your mother’s womb?

Is some knowledge preprogrammed in you, which does not require any effort to know but is already integrated into your memory and awareness such as how to stay alive in the womb, not to breathe, keep moving your hands and limbs to facilitate growth or blood flow, or using your senses or breathe for the first time when you come out of your mother’s womb? Were you listening to the sounds that were coming from your mother’s body and from the world outside?

As you examine these issues, it becomes evident that a lot of knowledge is inherent in our minds and in the objects and beings of our existence. From that, it follows that knowledge must be inherent in the universe in various forms, and all that we can ever do is to find it or discover it in various ways to improve our lives or our chances of survival and happiness. An inanimate object may not be aware of the knowledge which is hidden in its form and structure, but it made up of that knowledge only

The Upanishads affirm this. They distinguish between manas (lower mind) and buddhi (intelligence or higher mind). The lower mind (manas) is the memorial and instinctual mind. It is a receptacle of information. It receives information from outside, but does not create anything new. (Hence, the rationale that we should not take credit for our knowledge but acknowledge God as the source of all). The higher mind is the thinking or the rational mind. It makes sense of the world by processing the memories and perceptions according to the algorithm built into it. Imagination is a part of it.

The Yogasutras point to the same. They suggest that the mind is a mirroring mechanism. The purer and quieter the mind, with the predominance of sattva, the greater will be its ability to mirror the truths of the universe. Our knowledge may arise from mirroring the information contained in the books or from others or by attuning our minds to the knowledge which is hidden in the universe. The knowledge of the srutis (the heard ones) arises from that only. So are the numerous inventions, which scientists stumble upon.

Perhaps a million lifetimes will not be sufficient to unearth even a fraction of the knowledge which the universe holds in its myriad formations, from the tiniest quantum particle to the largest nebulae. The universe is a vast information system, which contains countless other information systems, and which in turn contain innumerable others. No one can ever catalog all the systems or all the data, which the universe holds in its objects, and which goes into its structure and functions.

The universe is packed with information, or what we know in computer science as data. This data, the extent of which is enormous and unimaginable, is embedded in every aspect, formation and mechanism of the universe. It manifests objectively as forms, structures, patterns, words, sounds, energies, forces, laws, configurations, consciousness, intelligence, mathematical formulas, numbers, processes, systems, reactions, movements, atoms, quantum particles, events, phenomena, and so on. Whatever that you can perceive or conceive is filled with enormous amounts of information, some of which is useful, some not so useful, and some whose relevance we may yet to know.

Whatever that is here is knowledge in its numerous manifestations. Intelligence is the means by which it is known. It is never lost, nor it can ever be destroyed. As physicists are coming to realize that even when a whole galaxy or a star system turns into a black hole, all the matter becomes crushed into a soup of particles, but the information that formed the basis of it before its collapse survives and exists in the event horizon as a copy.

The thing may disappear into another form or state, but the information associated with that thing survives even the worst of destruction. We do not know whether that information becomes the basis for the new objects and systems that eventually emerge out of it in some other time and space, dimension or reality. The indestructibility of knowledge makes possible the idea of time travel or the idea that we can recreate past and future events by travelling back and forth in time.

How that knowledge arises or comes into existence we do not know. Perhaps it is eternal in the sense that it has always been and will always be there, even when the universe ceases to exist in a state of latency. Perhaps it is what it means when the Upanishads say, “Prajnanam Brahma”, which means Brahman (the universal Self) is pure intelligence. Existence is an aggregate of numerous knowledge systems. They can be known only through intelligence. The higher our intelligence, the greater the knowledge and awareness we possess.

For example, the idea of one plus one equals to two (1+1=2) can never be lost either functionally or conceptually. It will remain forever even if this universe comes to an end and whether the earth exists or not. It has always been a universal truth, whether we know it or not. The sum of the two numbers is always two in our universe. In some other universe it may be something else, depending upon how it is structured or what knowledge exist in it or what number systems will be used in computation. There, it may be 2 or 2.2 or 3 or 10, but in our world, it is always the same. Each universe is a sum of possibilities according to the information which is built into it.

As far as our universe is concerned it appears that whatever exists, shall always exist as an idea even if it is lost. Whatever is possible or probable, and whatever that is known, unknown and yet to be known is already inherent in the universe either actively or latently, and in some form or the other, as a reality, possibility or idea. All knowing is but an unraveling of the mysteries of the universe. We can know nothing, unless it is already present, nor can we create anything which does not exist in the universe as an object, idea, reality or possibility. Even imagination or creativity is a mechanism of the universe only, created and embedded in our minds on the basis of the information which is already available in the universe.

Thus, all knowing is but a kind of discovery. It is a journey from a state of not knowing to a state of knowing some aspect, function, mystery, law or truth of the universe. It is finding, stumbling into or becoming aware of the knowledge that is preexisting in the universe. When it is hidden, we are ignorant. When it is revealed, we become aware and knowledgeable. It is true with regard to self-realization or entering the state of Nirvana. It is true with every journey. We may or may not know the destination yet, but the destination already exists in some form as a reality or a possibility. This, no one can dispute.

The past is never lost. The future is never nonexistent. It is “an idea, whose time has yet to come.” The past is stored somewhere in some form of energy, impression or data. So is future. At this every moment, a part of the universe has been becoming known or becoming conscious or coming to life in our world and in our minds. It does not mean it never existed before. It has always been there, and it will always be there. We just happen to stumble into it and become aware of it through sensing, knowing, mirroring and experiencing.

May God bless and protect you and…

May you always be

Healthy, Happy

Safe and Comfortable

Seth Kelly Curtis