8 Ways to Plant Spiritual Ideas Deep in Your
The fundamental aim of spiritual study is to get facts and
principles into the Heartâ€™s fertile ground. Ideas must get through
habitual and familiar filters; otherwise, the information is
diverted from having its full power.
Itâ€™s not how much you read or hear that counts, but how much
you take in and make your own. How can you receive knowledge
deep in your core so the principles work for you in far higher
ways? Here are eight proven methods that work wonders:
1. Write your own book of development. Gather pearls
of wisdom as you read, listen to audio programs or attend talks.
More importantly, when YOU have an insight, get it down! Youâ€™ll
find as years go by that the notebook youâ€™ve created is filled
with wisdom that has special resonance for YOU.
2. Contemplate. Picture yourself flying a glider.
The tow plane lifts you. Now itâ€™s your time to soar. You pull
the connection and youâ€™re on your own. The winds lift you higher
The glider is a perfect parallel to the art of contemplation.
Focus on a single word, sentence, illustration or experience
that matters to you. Put the spotlight of your attention on
it. Whatâ€™s in this idea that isnâ€™t presently seen? What does
the experience REALLY mean?
Then, let go of the thought. Soar in the silence. It is the
silence following the focus that reveals the core. The silence
takes you beyond what you already understand. Transcend the
word, concept or experience and move from theory to revelation.
Soar to a higher level of deep and rich understanding.
3. Read aloud. Read enthusiastically and with conviction.
You may even wish to stand and gesture freely. You can imagine
that you are addressing a large and attentive audience, like
your own thoughts that now wish to change. Reading silently
exercises your intellect, while reading aloud combines both
your intellect and your power of speech.
4. Read with repetition. Take four or five pages from
a good book, and read these same pages every day for a week
before going on to the next four or five pages. Read them more
than once, if you have the time, but at least once a day. Just
before going to sleep at night is an ideal time. Something marvelous
happens when you do this. Information seeps through old patterns.
I first learned of this method from Og Mandino in his classic
book, â€œThe Greatest Salesman in the World. â€The benefits are
5. Be a metaphor hunter. This is wonderful fun. Simply
be alert to daily life experiences, historical examples or encounters
with nature that have a resemblance or connection to a spiritual
For example, letâ€™s say youâ€™re on a hike. You observe an old
tree that has fallen into a stream. The tree is lodged but the
flowing water gradually breaks it away and takes it downstream.
You think with delight how the flow of Truth clears away old
thinking that no longer serves your Heart.
Again, it all comes down to what you plant in your Heart.
The same experience happens to two people. One seizes the experience
and plants the lesson deep within, the other letâ€™s it just bounce
off the old and familiar mental patterns.
6. Express the knowledge you gather. See yourself
as a conduit of information, like a lake that stays pure by
taking in fresh water on one side and releasing it on the other.
Refuse to be a stagnant pond! Find ways in harmony with your
talents and interests to live and express what you learn, even
though you may sometimes be criticized. Write, speak, paint,
dance, start businesses, raise healthy children. These are all
ways to express spiritual knowledge in action.
7. Transform your automobile into a rolling cosmic university.
So much good information is now available on audio CD. Drive
time on the less crowded open roads is a great place to absorb
these treasures. It doesnâ€™t all have to be spiritually focused
material. Helpful ideas can be found in programs on efficiency
and vocabulary, for example. In all your listening, however,
donâ€™t forget the enlightening value of a quiet drive as well.
8. Make the most of group meeting opportunities. A
group where sincere men and women meet to delve deeply into
lifeâ€™s great questions can be a powerful venue for collecting
more knowledge. Just be aware that not all spiritual and wisdom
groups are true and healthy, and some take dreadful wrong turns.
More than a few foster dependency to support the endless insecurities
of the â€œleaders.â€
For example, they pry into peopleâ€™s affairs. Never forget
that your privacy is your sacred right and must never be sacrificed.
Just because you participate in a group activity does not mean
that you owe them any explanations concerning your private affairs.
This prying is a sure sign of an unhealthy group.
With self-reliance, what is best and true for you has an
amazing way of finding you. Groups are temporary vehicles that
can be valuable, but only if there is genuine value in the group.
Use these eight methods and watch your secret garden start
to bloom in your Heart. Youâ€™ll feel joy and cheerfulness reach
you at unexpected moments, and more frequently.
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