Sustainable Spirituality

I have gained a great many benefits from learning and digging deeper into the teachings of New Thought; benefits that have helped in ways too numerous to count. The great transformations I have seen in my own experience and in that of others inspire me to support the continued sharing of these principles and teachings. They also give me strong reasons to hold the movement accountable to first do no harm. We should take care not to set up guidelines and guardrails that serve ourselves but that lead others to cast the whole lot of teachings aside.

This casting aside is what I hear most often from people who affiliated with the teachings for a while, but never saw the great abundance they were promised (or believed that they were promised) – and left, disillusioned. Some went back to their Christian roots. Others are simply disillusioned with organized religion and spirituality as a whole, and that makes me sad because I know of the great Good that can come out of walking a spiritual path.

In a recent blog, I wrote that the teachings in New Thought are based on Christianity as well as other spiritual traditions. As such, I feel that is is helpful to teach the larger context instead of putting so much emphasis on things like “Prosperity” because the core essence of the teachings lies in the larger message.

Louise Hay shared in her movie, “You Can Heal Your Life” that when she placed her foot on the spiritual path, things began to open in front of her.

I recognize in using her example I am potentially creating another expectation that when we step on to the spiritual path, the fame and fortune of a Louise Hay is ours. That is NOT what I am saying: I am using her – a prominent and beloved teacher – to highlight the message that walking in the Light helps bring the “green lights and parking spaces” to us with less effort.

In the biblical canon, the concept of “green lights and parking spaces” is illustrated throughout, but here is one example that nicely highlights the concept that Truth teachings are a way of life – and not about manifesting millions:

Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See, the place where we dwell under your charge is too small for us. Let us go to the Jordan and each of us get there a log, and let us make a place for us to dwell there.” And he answered, “Go.” Then one of them said, “Be pleased to go with your servants.” And he answered, “I will go.” So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. But as one was felling a log, his axe head fell into the water, and he cried out, “Alas, my master! It was borrowed.” Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there and made the iron float. And he said, “Take it up.” So he reached out his hand and took it.

2 Kings 6

It’s easy to pass by this mini-miracle as the next passages move quickly into a story of chariots, horses, fires and the ability of the prophet (Elisha) to hear what is spoken in the King’s bedroom from afar. But I believe that the sum total of the benefits to walking the spiritual path is codified in this passage.

Elijah passing the mantle to Elisha

This was not a life or death issue. It was not a crisis. It was someone who had borrowed an axe to do work, and who lost the most valuable part of it when the head (heavy, metal portion) came off and fell into the deep river.

Elisha, being a holy man; a prophet, stopped what he was doing and cut off a stick that he threw into the water where the axe head had sunk, and the iron axe head rose to the top where the man could retrieve it.

This seemingly small act of Good no doubt kept this worker from having to take money he did not have to replace the axe head that he borrowed. We don’t get much more detail around this event but we can imagine ourselves, having to purchase something to replace what we had borrowed. We can assume he was poor, or on hard times, or he would have purchased his own axe. We can also assume from his statements that losing this one and needing to replace it would be a hardship.

Elisha is that person whose feet are firmly planted on the spiritual path. He was Elijah‘s heir apparent, and the mantle of responsibility as prophet to the people of Israel had been formally passed to him at Elijah’s transition.

The lesson of the axe head is in many ways more relevant in today’s modern world than the story of how Elijah called down fire and brimstone to defeat the false gods.

It is likely that we will become disillusioned if we position ourselves to wait on the heavens to open and smite our enemies, or deliver us the bejeweled answers to our financial problems. The reason is that in this expectant posture, we can (will!) miss the many, MANY miraculous things that come our way – the green lights that help us make it to work on time on a critical day; the parking spaces that make our day a little easier, the axe heads that we borrow and do not know how we could afford to replace.

Abundant blessings come to us in strings of many mini-blessings. If we are aware of them, they form a tapestry of a most abundant, blessing-filled life. Our challenge is to take care not to calibrate our vision to be waiting on the BIG ONES, and unable to see the great flood of little ones that come into our experience, every day.

In life there are times when we feel overwhelmed. Nothing seems to be working, or going our way. This is often when people navigate to a spiritual teaching or organization – to seek an end to the pain, to the struggle. I understand that impulse, but I also know that it doesn’t work that way.

In pondering this blog post, my mind wandered off to a story told by a friend – a former US Army officer who had to learn survival skills as part of his training. That memory reminded me of scouting, and the field guides we used to use when we went camping or hiking in the woods.

Field guides don’t teach you how to ascend the ranks to be the grand poobah. They teach you how to identify poisonous plants from edible ones; how to treat minor cuts and scratches with plants; how to make a fire without matches; how to survive by building a shelter if you’re caught in a snowstorm; how to identify the direction (N/S/E/W) using natural landmarks and the stars.

Learning spiritual principles is a good first step to ending our pain or stopping our struggles, but this solution is only sustainable if we understand that the teachings are not a primer on how to manifest the next Power Ball winnings or Prize Patrol visit. They are a field guide on how to live a life using spiritual tools to navigate the challenges that come with being here, now (physical existence on this planet).

When I am engaged with someone who is in a “life pickle“, one of the first things I do is to encourage them to get a small notebook and begin to journal the many little blessings that I know are already coming into their lives. I have seen this simple exercise transform the individual experience on many levels time and again.

I will close this post with a reference to one of my favorite 20th century spiritual writers: Florence Scovel Shinn. She wrote in one of the 4 books she is best known for that we must take care not to “…neglect the day of small things, for little beginnings have big endings“.

And along the spiritual path, these “big endings” are very often a life of peace, harmony, wholeness and being provided with what we need in each moment.

This is what I call “sustainable spirituality” and while it might not be as “sexy” as the prospect of manifesting millions; sustainable spirituality is achievable by anyone, from any perspective, in any situation or circumstance – and it’s free to you, and to me.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

Prayer for Times of Turmoil

The One Infinite Presence that is the True essence of all, and that constantly and consistently expresses in, as and through all Life is expressing here now – in my own life, and in the midst of this global circumstance. In this moment and always I stand on the knowing that the Power and Wisdom of Spirit is at the center of all.

Grounded in this Reality, and regardless of appearance; I stand in strength. In the midst of fear, I know peace. In the midst of chaos, I know calm. In the midst of illness, I know recovery and health. In the midst of lack, I know that I am provided, always. In the midst of danger, I know God’s protection surrounds, enfolds, and lifts all to higher ground, to safety.

I stand firmly on this foundation of Truth, and am grateful to know that regardless of the storm, the challenge or chaos; Spirit is present, and all is well.

In calm gratitude and with a deep sense of peace I release my word into the Infinite Law, assured that it returns complete and fulfilled. I speak it, I know it, I let it go. And so it is.

A hedge of protection

In many traditional religious circles, the phrase “hedge of protection” is referenced to indicate the protected status religious people have in life.

The concept is derived from many verses, especially those in Psalms and Proverbs, and the specific language comes from the story of Job.

In this story, Job is a prosperous and content man, living the good life with all the trappings of that status. As the story goes, in a conversation Satan tells God that Job is only faithful because things are good; because God “put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has,…

Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

Job 1:10

This verse has generated a host of references to this “hedge of protection”, and is (understandably) comforting to people navigating the uncertainties of life.

In a recent conversation with a friend who is a devout Christian, they made a comment about this hedge of protection and that they feel sorry for non-Christians who don’t benefit from it. I try not to argue about religion so I smiled and swallowed the multiple rebuttals that were in the tip of my tongue, such as the most obvious one: Job wasn’t a Christian,…so (yeah).

The interaction made me think about the concept, but from a wider vantage point. I considered Job, the many faithful Jews, Muslims and others whose lives have surely had that same hedge of protection. I thought too about the multitudes of people whose religions acknowledge a Power and Presence but whose practices diverge from the people of the Book*.

I’d make an educated guess that devout, practicing adherents of all these religious and spiritual groups have experienced the protective benefits described in Job. And for this reason, I believe that this benefit comes, not from gaining favor from a specific deity or following certain dogma; but from living in alignment with Source. Wayne Dyer would put it this way: living “in Spirit”, or an inspired life.

Louise Hay said often that once she put her foot on the spiritual path, she began to get “green lights and parking spaces” and Joel Osteen routinely refers to God’s “favor“.

The GOOD news about this hedge of protection is that it is available to us all, regardless of our religious or spiritual affiliation. The path to this protection begins with an acknowledgment of what Joseph Murphy called The Light Principle and Ernest Holmes called “a Power, greater than we are,…” (e.g. God in traditional religion).

After a basic acknowledgement – or willingness to accept this as Truth; establish a regular spiritual practice. For some this is prayer; for others, meditation. It can be yoga, walks/jogs in nature, creating art – almost anything that allows for some quiet/contemplative and solitary time.

Once you establish your regular routine, practice seeing how Spirit shows up. This happens in ways large and small; grand and simple. If you’re not sure “how” to do this, simply decide/expect, or as the folks who do this stuff regularly say, “put out the intention” that you will RECOGNIZE instances where/when Spirit shows up.

And you’ll start to see things change in ways that feel miraculous.

If this is an entirely NEW concept to you, there are a plethora of places to learn. While there are some newer resources, I have found these to be timeless:

  • How to Get What You Really, Really, Really, Really Want (13 YouTube clips from PBS special)
    • I refer to this as “Spirituality 101” and recommend it first to those interested in learning non-religious, spiritual concepts.
  • You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay (available at most libraries)
    • Super teaching and intro to several other great teachers
  • Teachings of Neville Goddard (start with Live in the End)
    • Some of this teachings are a little off the beaten path, but his concepts on spirituality are quite profound.
  • Keep It Simple (recent blog post about beginning a spiritual journey)

A hedge of protection doesn’t require an exclusive invitation, or membership in a specific organization. It’s available to anyone who is willing to take that first step.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path 

*People of the Book refers to Jews, Muslims and Christians

Abundant beginnings: statement 1

God is lavish, unfailing Abundance, the rich omnipresent substance of the universe. This all-providing source of infinite prosperity is individualized as me – the Reality of me.

John Randolph Price, the Abundance Journey

The first concept presented is one of ALIGNMENT. It lays out that the Source of our abundance – indeed, ALL abundance – is Spirit (God) – individualized as each of us.

(mic drop)

This is a definite line of demarcation from society’s belief in prosperity and abundance.

Our jobs, paychecks, the equity in our homes, our bank accounts, our stock portfolios,… none of these can be considered “unfailing“. History has shown that these are fleeting at best.

In metaphysical corners we often say: One Source, many channels.

Each job, paycheck, dividend, bonus, inheritance (etc.) is simply a CHANNEL of the abundance that we receive from Spirit. When one channel dries up or stops flowing, there are many others from which it can continue to flow in our direction. Our job is to stay in peace, and be ready to recognize the others channels. Often we are so freaked out by the financial (or other) “reality” we think we’re facing that we can’t see them open up – even if they’re right in front of our noses. The Abundance Journey process helps us move a step back from that panic and a step or 2 toward greater vision.

We live in a world/culture/society that reacts to the surface appearance of everything. Paying attention to the surface appearance is a surefire way to panic when the “channels” we count on begin to look a little shaky. We’re relying on them when in truth we should be relying on the Source – the unfailing and all-providing Source of infinite prosperity.

When we learn to get into alignment with our true self (our Divinity), we know that regardless of the economy, property values or employment status, we are always provided.

Alignment

One method for getting into alignment is taking the 40-day Abundance Journey. A good next step is to develop a daily practice of meditation, quiet reading, or prayer. Another step is to learn how to practice “the pause” when seemingly bad financial news comes your way.

While it’s hard not to be fearful when serious financial worries show up, it is possible to move from fear to faith – no matter what it looks like on the surface. The “pause” is stopping yourself in that space right after bad financial news shows up and taking a breath, then reminding yourself that God is the Source and Substance of all your Good. Adjusting your thinking about the circumstances when a layoff, large expense or other financial event tries to steal your peace is the first step in getting into alignment.

An affirmation I use when too rattled to remember the entire 1st statement is this: “God/Spirit is lavish, unfailing Abundance – my all-providing Source“.

The journey to peace and demonstrations that just keep coming (notice I said demonstrations, not lottery winnings) begins with alignment; which begins with simple things, like the 40-day journey. This year, give yourself the gift of PEACE in your life around your well-being (financial and otherwise); the peace of knowing that all is well – because that is the Truth; and so it is.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

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Abundant beginnings

As we kick off another calendar year, and with the New Moon just a few days old, it’s a great time for a deep dive into John Randolph Price’s Abundance Journey. For the first 10 days of this new year, we’ll examine 1 statement a day from that journey.

John Randolph Price
The Abundance Journey
Manifesting

John Randolph Price is no longer with us in physical form, but his impact will be felt for decades to come. He’s perhaps best known in metaphysical circles for his contribution to understanding spiritual abundance through his 40-day Abundance Journey, which is detailed in The Abundance Book.

The “journey” is a journaling exercise where each day, 1 statement of 10 is written in a journal and pondered in meditation and in thoughts over the next 24 hours, at which point the next statement is journaled, pondered, and so on. The 10 statements are journaled, in order, 4 times making it a 40-day trek.

There are 10 statements of principle, and at first, each can seem a bit obtuse – especially for the new seeker. In fact, to new seekers it can seem highly unlikely that there is any “magic” to writing these statements down and thinking on them.

This may not be “magic” per se, but there is great power in these simple words. In my own small circle, I have seen miracles unfold through the serious and intentional application of this process.

I undertake this journey a couple times each year, and started a new one just a few days ago after the New Moon phase kicked in (my rural grandparents’ ways are still rooted deeply in my consciousness). Only 1 day into this most recent journey I received a notification that I would be receiving an unexpected bonus in the next month. I am always grateful, although I am no longer surprised when these things come along. I simply say “thank you” and know that I Am provided (always!).

Members of my family have seen blessings, as I have written in several blog posts – including the story of one family member whose housing situation went from decent to critical almost overnight. You can read about their experience and the blessing of the Abundance Journey here.

When first introduced to the Abundance Journey, it can seem like the words are intended as magical incantations; and when things start to “show up“, it’s hard to believe that they are not!

They are not magic but are (I believe) infused with a transformative power – if we are willing to do the work.

A couple notes on the process:

  1. if you’re squeamish about traditional Christian language (and I’ve been there, so I understand),…this can be challenging initially. Price was a metaphysical Christian and used biblical-friendly language. For students who find this to be challenging, I suggest substituting “Spirit” or “Divine Wisdom” for God. The word doesn’t matter. The understanding and intentions do.
  2. Set aside time each day to journal. The process requires that you maintain the momentum, and directs you to start over at Day 1 if you miss a day. Make the commitment. It only takes a few minutes each day.
  3. If this is new to you, let this journey be a private matter between you and your Divine connection (God, Spirit, …). When you share this with others – especially others who may be skeptical – you open yourself up to the doubt that they can cast on the process. Treat this as a sacred act. Keep it private. Once things start to show up, and you’re seeing improvements; then you can share if people ask. Give yourself the privacy and space to experience this without commentary from the non-spiritual peanut gallery.
  4. Be patient! Keep your focus on the process – not the outcome. The true gems come over time when these concepts are your default response and understanding of abundance.

The book is available in Kindle format (99-cents), as well as in paperback ($7), and is small enough to fit in a purse of backpack (about the size of a “phablet). I personally like the paperback.

Later today the post on Statement 1 will be available, and the subsequent statements will follow the next 9 days.

So, Happy New Year & here’s to your ABUNDANT 2020!

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

Manna’s modern lesson

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions…” 

Exodus 16:4-5

Newcomers to metaphysical spirituality are often drawn to the teachings for the purpose of healing. In many cases the focus on the healing is their relationship to money, and the study of metaphysics has helped countless seekers learn how to change their perspectives around money and live in a much more harmonious relationship with it.

Unfortunately, some seekers come with misguided, preconceived notions about metaphysical teachings and attracting wealth (thanks in part to the movie The Secret and some of its Law of Attraction teachers) that can create misunderstandings and disappointment.

In my previous post I wrote that too often we pray, chant, affirm, meditate and wait on a million dollars – feeling increasing misery and disappointment as time passes and we’re still not seeing it materialize. From this perspective we are unable to recognize the crinkled, unassuming dollars that show up – millions of times across our lives. 

In this regard, while I do not draw a line in the sand and say that it’s impossible to manifest winning lottery tickets or some other giant, financial windfall; it has been my experience that the Good we seek comes to us most often as daily bread.

I feel justified in this perspective since it has some strong Biblical backing. The first and most significant reference is documented in Exodus about the Hebrew people’s journey from captivity in Egypt.

They had followed Moses across the parted Red Sea, and into the desert, where they faced much uncertainty – at least it seemed so to the average person.

Keep in mind that the concept of One God had been competing with the many gods of Egyptian culture that they had lived in for generations. And while they had been slaves in Egypt, they had more to eat than they saw available in the desert. Human nature being what it is, the many gods of Egypt were associated with enough food and this One God concept was starting to look like an iffy proposition.

Fifteen days into the second month of wandering in the desert, the unrest was growing. God then spoke to Moses and promised to provide food to the people – and the food came, but not in the form of a warehouse of food designed to last a few months, or even a week.

Quail fell from the heavens into the camp each evening, and in the morning after the dew on the ground had gone away, “thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor“. The people were told to take what they needed for their family for the day and not to hoard or store any extra. They were specifically instructed to eat that day’s manna; not to keep it overnight.

True to human nature though, some people saved a little extra, keeping it overnight. But in the morning, the manna smelled terrible and was found to be full of maggots.

I think we can all relate to the motivation. Only one day before they had been close to starvation. When the manna came they found just enough sustenance to feed them. Could they count on this God to provide tomorrow’s supply?

When we are in distress, and especially financial distress, it can be tempting to focus our meditation, prayer and affirmations on a large financial solution to our problems.

If I could just pay off <insert list of debts>, things would be OK.”

Lottery winnings, an unexpected inheritance from a wealthy relative or finding a valuable and rare coin in our change purse all seem to be pretty desirable answers to our prayers when we’re knee deep in money trouble. Like the Hebrews wandering in the desert – we want to know that we’re going to have enough, and we think we know how much “enough” it needs to be.

It didn’t work that way for the Hebrew people. The manna went BAD if they hoarded more than they could eat throughout the day. It doesn’t work for us, either.

The God portrayed in the Hebrew scriptures was teaching the people a lesson: that they needed to draw closer – to rely on God, and not once in a while when they needed something (like a quick escape out of captivity); but all the time. They were learning that God is the Source & Substance of all their Good. In this story the manna fell for 40 years, sustaining them until they entered the land of Canaan.

The lesson for the 21st century modern world is this: real abundance comes when we move beyond the excitement of manifesting amounts of money and things, and move into the knowing that no matter what we need, no matter how dire our circumstances appear to be, we are provided: always, and in all ways. There’s not a lottery jackpot anywhere that can compare.

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Always exciting

Southern Homewares SH-10025 Shelf Basket

I never tire of hearing or sharing the stories of how things show up for those who understand Spiritual Law and are willing to be patient. In previous blogs I have written about a pair of shoes that showed up in divine perfect timing (and price!), a flute that appeared for a young musician, a chair for a new house, a tree and a part time job – and many more stories of receiving what I like to call “daily bread“.

When New Thought reemerged in popular culture in the late 1980s and blossomed into the phenomenon known as “The Secret” in the early 2000s, much of the focus was on getting stuff – often in the form of manifesting wealth. Many Law of Attraction (LOA) gurus were launched into fame and fortune by the movie. Some are still around while many others faded into history – some more infamously than others.

While I have experienced plenty of success in attracting jobs and money into my life, I have also learned that the principles of spiritual abundance work best in the area of daily bread, as opposed to winning lottery tickets. I have come to believe that the reason for this is that the Universe keeps a perfect balance sheet. There is indeed, no free lunch in life – whether you’ve learned the art of manifesting, or not. We receive in our lives what we have paid for in mental and spiritual coin.

If we are a miserable person, and see only what’s wrong in life, we are paying – in spiritual and mental coin – to receive more misery. If, however, we choose to see the good in life; the opportunities, the beauty, the peace and plenty – we are paying to receive more of these experiences in our life.

This week my daughter was searching for an under-shelf basket like the one pictured above. A quick search on Amazon for the one she wanted showed that it was $10. She didn’t want to spend $10 for a single basket, but she still wanted one, and so she let go of the desire, and settled into a knowing that she’d get one at the perfect price and in perfect timing.

The next day she was driving home from the pool with her kids when she had the urge to stop in the local thrift store bargain basement. On a table near the front of the store, piled high with castaway household goods, she spied an under-shelf basket – in perfect condition. The price? 40-cents.

This is not the first time she has manifested what she wanted with this “method” and here’s how that works:

  • She lives as much as she can in the knowing that she is provided; or as Charles Fillmore (Unity co-founder) said it:

The inexhaustible Resource of Spirit is equal to every demand.  There is no reality in lack.  Abundance is here and now manifest.

Charles Fillmore
  • She allows her attention to fall on something that she either wants or needs, imagines how it will benefit her or her family, and then she lets it go.
  • She does NOT get hung up on how much it costs, whether she has enough money to buy it, what will happen if she can’t buy it – none of that. She identifies it, sees it as hers in her mind’s eye and let’s it go, knowing that it’s going to show up and not caring where or when.
  • She remains open to the HOW, and listens to her inner guidance. Invariably, the things she and her family need show up.

Spirit’s resources are inexhaustible; it’s we who grow impatient and weary. Spiritual Law is indeed equal to every demand and lack is an illusion – a persistent one at times, but an illusion all the same.

Abundance is always here if we know how to see it. And so it is.


Charles Fillmore
Unity
Abundance
Prosperity
Spiritual law
(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path    

Job for the New Thought audience

(re-sharing)

One of the more prominent controversies in New Thought today is the blow back against those in the movement who teach that it is consciousness and consciousness alone that creates – and that when we are ill, or have bad fortune; we have created or even invited it into our experience.

This has caused a tidal wave of backlash, and terminology like “sick shaming” and “spiritual malpractice” has emerged to push back against this largely unhelpful interpretation.

Some New Thought “purists” may scorn the push back as being evidence of a weakening commitment to the principles of spiritual living, but a deeper dive into the ancient spiritual foundations may provide more support for the push back than the purists.

In the Hebrew scriptures, the book of Job tells a story of a wealthy and prosperous man who seemingly has everything one could desire: health, wealth, family, power and stature in his community. AND,…he had a strong relationship with the Creator.

According to the scriptural canon, God allows Satan to test this man by inflicting all measure of horrors on him. Satan believes that Job’s love and devotion to God are situational, and so to prove Satan’s error, God allows him to test Job.

Those with any biblical history in their background will recall that Job suffered the loss of his livelihood, his servants, his family and then suffered horrible physical ailments.

During the trials and tribulations that Job suffered, 3 of his friends came to him and provided comfort and commentary. They also suggested that Job has created all of his own problems through his relationship with God and encouraged him to repent – or in New Thought parlance: to get his consciousness straightened out.

This is rejected in the telling of the story: we read that the reason was Satan’s desire to prove Job as a “fake” and we see in the end that Job remained steadfast in his devotion to God throughout the ordeal, and was restored and increased – no repentance or consciousness change needed.

This same Truth is reiterated in the teachings of Jesus in John 9, where Jesus and his disciples come across a blind man who was begging.

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” 

John 9:1-3

The lesson here is clear: the blindness was NOT due to a lack of consciousness on the part of the man, or his parents – but presented instead as an opportunity to show the power of Spirit to heal.

The spiritual tools taught in New Thought are indeed powerful and life-changing. However, adherents and practitioners without an in-depth knowledge of the historical spiritual canons (Hebrew scriptures, New Testament, Bhagavad Gita, Dao de Ching, etc.) must take care to study beyond the counsel of a limited circle of teachers before pronouncing the truth as they know it and teaching it to others.

The challenges in our lives, and the lives of others, present a grand opportunity to tap into the rich spiritual history of humanity and to use the refined and modern tools of 21st century spirituality to do good works in the world.

New Thought practitioners – and their clients – benefit greatly when the perspective of first do no harm is practiced throughout the spiritual guidance process. The counsel to “first do no harm” is taken from the writings of Hippocrates and used today in the oath taken by medical professionals (physicians) upon entrance into professional practice.

Seeing lack, illness, misfortune and other trials as an opportunity to shine the Light of Spirit is a noble undertaking. Pointing out that the person experiencing these challenges has invited them into their lives is not only cruel and unusual and often harmful; it’s unsound spiritual practice and well-documented in the historical spiritual canons as wrong.

The healing benefits of spiritual living are accessible to all, but there is a responsibility for those who put themselves forward as professionals in the art that extends beyond passing the tests, paying licensing fees and hanging out a shingle. There is a responsibility to own the wisdom we are sharing and ensure that it is based on sound principles that stand the test of time and align with the teachings across the ancient wisdom canons.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

(read the 2nd Job blog in this series here)

A prosperous New Year

I wanted to share an online opportunity to “step up” to spiritual prosperity in 2018…

These principles work – and I have demonstrated their efficacy many times in my life, but it’s important to understand that they are not tickets to jackpots; so be prepared for deep learning, spiritual growth & yes, increased prosperity!

Start your New Year off with a gift to yourself!