In the canons of early spiritual metaphysics (now known as New Thought), it was taught that “The physical evidence of any teaching lies not in the authority or history of an organization, but in the ability of an individual to prove the teaching.” (Nona Brooks)
This week I experienced another “proof of the teaching” and wanted to share it here.
An article I wrote on Kindness as a Leadership Practice was published in a national professional journal as a feature. It was an honor on many levels, and the culmination of a journey that began around the same time as this blog, and it is indeed a “demonstration” of the application of these principles.
The important aspects of this should not be overlooked, and include the following:
- it did not manifest overnight (it’s been about a 6-year journey!)
- it required that I “treat & move my feet“
- it required that I walk through disappointments and still keep moving forward
- it showed up in a way that I was not expecting, but is still wonderful
- it came after many smaller “wins” that I acknowledged and was grateful for
- it was never assured or certain – I had to keep pressing on in faith
The principles of spiritual metaphysics are simple, but as Louise Hay taught, not always easy. One major reason they are not easy is that in our modern, cinematic world we have been anesthetized to the reality of miracles. We assume that they should be immediate, and must include a handsome prince/beautiful princess, a storybook castle and a happily ever after (you know what I mean). The “go big or go home” mindset has been terrible for our collective spiritual enlightenment.
The storybook expectations mask the mini-miracles that come along and that are essential to our spiritual growth and development; and this is FATAL to our long-term ability to rely on these principles. We must learn to crawl before we can walk, and walk before we can run. Too often, in the kingdom of the miraculous, we want to go from Misery Lane to Easy Street without doing our work: we want to run a marathon before we have learned how to walk.
The biggest problem with this is that when the BIG WIN doesn’t show up, we are tempted to “go home“, or return to a state of disappointment and non-belief – wondering why we allowed ourselves to be duped. This is unfortunate and wholly unnecessary.
Spiritual teachers must take care to pay attention to, and highlight the miracles of every size, shape and hue for in these stories lie the depth, breadth and strength of these ancient teachings.
Spiritual seekers have a part to play as well. Don’t lock in on the BIG, QUICK wins (e.g. winning the lottery). Look for the everyday miracles: the “green lights and parking spaces” that Louise Hay taught about. Feel grateful for the little ways of ease and grace, and know that your Good is always in motion, on its way to you.
Mary Baker Eddy taught:
“The place you seek is seeking you, the place you need is needing you. Divine Principle brings need and supply together for mutual good. God wisely, intelligently, and lovingly controls, guides, protects, prospers, and blesses this union of [God’s] idea and this joyous activity, work.”Mary Baker Eddy
All of us – teachers and students, guides and seekers – need to remember this Truth: Divine Principle brings need and supply together for mutual good.
And when we see it show up, we can be assured that more will follow if we acknowledge it, feel gratitude for its arrival, and keep moving forward. As such we are demonstrating the “physical evidence of [the] teaching” through the proof that showed up in our lives and we owe it to others who are seeking to share our experiences of Good.
We don’t do this to attract members, build empires or win “converts“. We share our demonstrations because we remember when we showed up in a class, at a Center or at a meeting and wanted, even needed, to know that there was a Power for Good in the Universe and that we in our desperate states, could somehow and in some way, use it to help get ourselves out of our messes and back on track.
We never know when someone who is hanging on to hope by a thread will hear our story, relate to our journey and hold on to their faith long enough to take another step forward. In this, our sharing becomes a sacred duty – part of our contract with our fellow travelers and seekers; a down-payment on the “debt” we owe to those who shined a Light for us when we showed up tired, weary and desperate.
As one of my early teachers always said, “This stuff works!“
Indeed it does – for me, and for you.
And so it is.
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