This next series of blogs are going to be on the subject of spirituality. Now some may turn away at this point but be warned, read my fourth truth of bipolar under why I write this blog.
Spirituality is different than Religion. Spirituality is for those of us who have already been to hell and don’t want to go back. Religion is for those who have never been there in the first place.
Unfortunately, it is only by studying seemingly religious things that we can lean about spirituality.
I have written a formula for becoming right with God. The formula is; Prayer + Meditation+ Right Action = Right living in the eyes of God. It could also mean right living in the eyes of the world but that is not important to me.
This is my story after all that is all we will ever be is a story. I have BPI and because of that illness, misdiagnosis and my inability to see the truth, I made a mess of my life for the first 55 years. Add to that the fact that men on both my maternal side and paternal side have never reached 70, I will be 61 at the end of the month. This could mean my time is short. Now I could meditate on those things and I can become those things or I can, and do, meditate on this poem by the Sanskrit dramatist Kalidasa and come to understand and live this way.
”Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities(difficulties) and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendor of achievement
Are but experiences of time.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!
© by Kalidasa
Live well today and God will take care of the rest.
This poem leads us to a fuller explanation of the formula; prayer + meditation + right action
Prayer is the asking.” Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Mathew 7:7
I asked for mental wellness and for help to live as the above poem described, in today, this moment. Yes, I had many yesterdays that were not so good, but I asked if I could live one day mentally well, then I would have one yesterday that was good to treasure. It actually happened. Now, I have many yesterdays to look back on fondly and the not so good past is fading away to nothingness, only to be brought when my past experiences will help others. I no longer live looking backwards at the “what if’s”, “should haves” and all those other things that kept me firmly rooted in mental illness.
Meditation is not in the way we think of meditation today. What I mean by meditation is this;
”Meditation is the intense dwelling, in thought, upon an idea or theme, with the object of thoroughly comprehending it, and whatsoever you constantly meditate upon you will not only come to understand, but will grow more and more into its likeness, for it will become incorporated into your very being, will become, in fact, your very self. If, therefore, you constantly dwell upon that which is selfish and debasing, you will ultimately become selfish and debased; if you ceaselessly think upon that which is pure and unselfish you will surely become pure and unselfish.” James Allen.
A quick side note here. There is a James Allen free library on the internet. This quote is from the book “From Poverty to Power” and is directly from Part II” The Path Way to Peace. Finding and reading James Allen changed my life, especially that book.
Meditating on mental wellness and the things that bring mental wellness is what changed my life. Despite myself, I became mentally well.
Right Action for each of us is different and therefore is not easy to describe as we initially have no idea what right action really is. (See my first truth of bipolar.) It is trial and error. The key with prayer and meditation and right action is really getting to know yourself.
Jesus said,” If your leaders say to you, ’Look, the (Father’s) imperial rule is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ’It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the (Father’s) imperial rule is inside you and outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you live in poverty, and you are the poverty.” The Gospel of Thomas, Verse 3 (this is not in the bible but it really helped me)
It was when I got sick and tired of being the poverty that Jesus describes that I sought real help and real knowledge on how to get well. Ignorance may be bliss, but it sure stops you from growing. Real knowledge of ourselves and this illness is what keeps us on the road to mental wellness. This my formula for getting right with God, along with the main quotes I meditated upon to understand what getting right with God means. These quotes have become me. I hope this blog edition and the quotes can help you.
Our battle is with our minds, not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Please remember our battle will always be with our minds and our minds alone.
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The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work harder on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.