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Friday Inspiration - 11 September 2009
By Melissa Bult

Princples and Practice of a Spiritual Life - Part 1
Recently I was intuitively directed to ‘go back to basics.’  Basically this meant looking at all the key ideas, beliefs and tools I have learned over the years that bring me back to balance and peace, no matter what is happening in my life.  So today I was guided to discuss ten of the principles I live by for this week’s Friday Inspiration.  I will be sending five this week and the following five the week after. 

1.Your ‘Outer World’ is a reflection of your ‘Inner World’ - this principle reminds us that whatever we believe, think and feel is projected into our outer reality.  The concept of what you give out, you get back also falls into this category.  This idea is never meant to produce guilt or induce ideas about karma but merely to create awareness that we can choose what kind of vibration to project into the world and this will be reflected back through our outer experiences.  The idea is also related to how we feel about ourselves, if we do not love ourselves for instance, then how can we allow others to love us. 

Our Ideas about ourselves and about life are reflected back to us through our relationships and experiences.  When we are dissatisfied by our outer circumstances we must not seek to change them, but rather change the way we think and feel about them.  A Course in Miracles suggests we do not seek to change the world, but change the way we feel about the world.   

2. Bless everyone – bless the people you like and also the ones you do not like.  When our focus is on the good of others we open the door for more good to come into our life.  I heard best selling author and speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer say that we should want something for someone else, more than we want it for ourselves.  Just like Saint Francis said in his famous prayer -

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love;

When we bless others we are automatically blessing ourselves as there is really only one of us here.  Just as when we condemn others we are actually condemning ourselves. 

Whenever I find myself in a situation where the energy between myself and another is not ‘good’ or I feel threatened in some way by that person and do repetitions of blessings either aloud and in my mind.  “I bless you (name of the person), I bless myself and I set us both free.”   

3. Every experience is a chance for growth – whether we judge a situation to be ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ there is a reason for it and an opportunity for us to grow and learn.  When we can step back and see the bigger picture we are more likely to take the ‘gem’ from every experience.  We may not understand in the moment why certain things happen but we can always find the gift in any situation if we really choose to. 

Affirm – ‘Only good can come from this experience’  

4. Everything happens for a reason - following on from point number three, I have always believed that everything happens for a reason.  I do not believe in a disorganized Universe but rather see it is a perfectly organized system that is not fully understood.  Everything, no matter how random it may seem has a purpose.  Sometimes the reason may seem very minor and sometimes it can be huge, but indeed all the people you meet, places you go and the experiences you have are part of a bigger picture in the evolvement of humanity.  I have always found comfort in the belief that all things are perfect - we are exactly where we are meant to be at any given moment, having the experiences we are meant to have for a reason.  We may never know what the reasons are but we can most certainly trust. 

5. Only love is real - this is one of my favourite quotes from A Course in Miracles and is a constant reminder to me in all situations.  We are in any situation choosing to think or act from love or from fear.  Think of love as ‘light’ and fear as ‘darkness.’  In truth only light is real but when light is blocked it can seem dark, really what you are experiencing is not darkness but a lack of light.  Love is light and fear is darkness.    

According to the teachings of A Course in Miracles, fear is an illusion.  An illusion being something we believe to exist when in reality it does not.  Love is our true essence and fear is the illusion we experience when we forget our true essence (when we forget the highest that is within us). 

When we choose to re-member ourselves as beings of love we can also see others this way too.  So if someone ‘acts’ in an un-loving way towards you, you can recognise that in that moment that person has forgotten themselves.  The only thing real about that person is the love, the rest is an illusion.  (Remember that this is not to be used to excuse or enable bad or abusive behaviour). 

Join me for the next week for the following five principles. 

Have a fantastic day.

Love, light and blessings

Melissa x


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