Spiritual Living… A Higher Way Of Living We are always choosing to live our lives either from a material perspective or from a spiritual one, from the finite or the infinite, from the visible to the invisible.
A material consciousnessis where we experience life through our five physical senses. We judge and evaluate in accordance to what we can see, smell, hear, taste and touch.
A Spiritual Consciousnessis experiencing life through spiritual discernment, insight and revelation. We see past the form to the spiritual essence and Source which created the form and of which the form is made.
Seeing from a spiritual perspective is what Spiritual Living is all about. Jesus tells us not to judge according to appearances. In other words, seek the invisible, spiritual reality behind the appearance or physical form.
Spiritual Living is living life from a higher level of Conscious awareness.
It is my prayer for all of us that we can rise to a higher way of thinking, feel-ing and processing life, by developing inherent spiritual capacities. Herein is…Spiritual Living. . . A Higher Way of Living.
Spiritual Living is not a way of thinking about certain things, rather it is a certain way of thinking and believing about EVERYTHNG! Spiritual Living is based on the teachings of Jesus. From the Spiritual Living perspective, we are not so concerned with the literal interpretation of scriptures but rather uncovering and understanding the spiritual meaning and personal application beneath the obvious surface meaning.
Jesus’ main teaching style was through the use of parables. Parables are relevant stories which illustrate spiritual truths and principles. He was always having to pull aside his disciples and explain the hidden meaning behind the parable. He also knew that everyone may not get the hidden meaning. We know this by his customary phrase …”Let those who have ears to hear, hear.”, which usually directly followed his teachings. So, the following are some questions and answers which hopefully will clarify the focus of Jesus’ teaching and also what we teach through The Foundation For Spiritual Living. What Jesus taught is what I call Spiritual Living, because it all begins and ends with the Spirit of God in, through and as you.
• What exactly was Jesus’ message?
Jesus’ main focus was in preaching and teaching about the “Kingdom of God.”
• “And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues and preaching the gospel (good news) of the Kingdom of God.”
The mystery that has been hid through the ages is Christ in you.” Colossians 1:27
“And Jesus went about all the cities and villages teaching…and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity.”
• What is the Kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God is the Presence of God,and the Presence is the ultimate invisible reality. This Presence expresses as the ALL and ONLY….The ALL and ONLY Presence, the All and ONLY Power, the All and ONLY Peace.
• Where is the Kingdom of God?
Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is within you. “Jesus replied by saying that The Kingdom of God does not come by signs to be observed by visible display. Nor will people say, Look! Here it is. For The Kingdom of God is Within You.” Luke 17:21-22
”The mystery that has been hid through the ages is Christ in you.” Colossians 1:27
There is a fable that says…Once upon a time some very wise men, who had each discovered the Kingdom of God, met and discussed where they could hide the Kingdom so ordinary people couldn’t find it. One said, let’s hide it in the depths of the ocean. Another said no, let’s hide it in the farthest galaxies. The third replied, no, they would look both of those places. Let’s hide it in the most obvious place, a place where they will never think to look because they’ll think it’s too simple. Let’s place The Kingdom of God inside of people …they’ll NEVER look there! And so it is! It is the last place we look. yet it lies secretly and silently within you, waiting to be discovered. The Apostle Paul put it this way… ”The mystery that has been hid through the ages is Christ in you.” Colossians 1:27
• What is the “GOOD NEWS” of the Kingdom that Jesus talked about’?
The Good News for all people everywhere is that The Kingdom of God is already within you! You don’t have to go to a church, synagogue, temple or Holy City to find it. Someone said,“You will never find your heart in a temple until you find the temple (The Kingdom of God) in your own heart.” Because the Kingdom of God is already within you, anything you want, need or desire, or will ever want, need or desire is already within you also.
The Good News for all people everywhere is that The Kingdom of God is already within you! Therefore look within!Cease looking to your friends, job, church, minister, priest or rabbi. They haven’t got what you’re looking for.
All good is already complete and already residing within the inner Spiritual Kingdom. Therefore look within! Cease looking to your friends, job, church, minister, priest or rabbi. They haven’t got what you’re looking for. Looking to them creates nothing but frustration and disharmony in your relationship because you are depending on them to give you something they know they don’t have to give. This causes frustration in them and disillusionment and disappointment in you.Your good may come through others, but in reality it comes from the Christ, or Presence of God within you.
• How then do I discover The Kingdom of God within me?
Scriptures teach us to “Be still and know that I AM God. “ Psalm 46:10… “Seek .rst the Kingdom of God. ‘, Matthew 6:33… “Set your minds on things above (the Spiritual Kingdom within you) not on things of the earth.“ Corinthians 1:2…“Be transformed (go beyond form, the material world) by the renewing of your mind.“ Romans 12:2. It has been my experience that as I sit in the silence and ask to be shown the truth about anything, that spiritual insight and revelations are always the beautiful gifts I receive. Jesus tells us to ask and we will receive.
• How is SPIRITUAL LIVING a higher way of living?
In Spiritual Living we live in a conscious realization of the Presence or Kingdom of God within us. As we live in the atmosphere of the Presence … Christ in you … the most marvelous thing begins to happen! We see Jesus’ prayer… “Thy kingdom come…. On earth as it is in heaven,“ begin to express and manifest itself in all areas of our lives!
When the Presence of God is all you see, feel and experience within, then the Presence in all its many forms is all you experience externally. What you realize to be true in the Inner Spiritual Kingdom will begin showing up in your earthly life.
What you are consciously aware of within will manifest without. What is true of the Invisible Spiritual Kingdom within now appears as the visible experiences of our earthly lives. When the Presence of God is all you see, feel and experience within, then the Presence in all its many forms is all you experience externally. When you sense and feel the Presence as ALL internally, HE expresses Himself AS ALL externally. He is both the essence and the form.
So, in the Spiritual Living message, our primary focus in on “Seeking first the Kingdom/Presence of God within you, and then allowing all the other things to be added as a natural outcome. What you realize to be true in the Inner Spiritual Kingdom will begin showing up in your earthly life. What you are consciously aware of within will manifest without. We are told … “To Be Spiritually minded is Life and Peace.” Romans 8:6. To be spiritually minded means to keep your mind and conscious awareness on the Spiritual Presence and the Spiritual Kingdom of God within you.Here in is Spiritual Living…A higher way of living!
• What Role does by my mind in Spiritual Living?
We are taught in Christian Scriptures that our life is transformed by the renewing of our mind. The function of your mind is to be a center of conscious awareness of the Spirit, Presence and the Spiritual Kingdom of God within you. It acts as a receiver of the wisdom and understanding of God.
Earthly living if transformed into Spiritual living as you live in a constant conscious awareness of Christ in you.
We do not base our beliefs on what our five physical senses tell us, but rather on what our spiritual insight reveals.
• What is the secret to living a spiritual life?
There is no secret. It is living in the conscious awareness of the Presence, The Christ, and the inner spiritual kingdom. The manifestation of His Kingdom expressing Itself externally in your life, is in direct proportion to your internal conscious awareness of it as an already present reality within you. Remember that it is not the truth that sets you free, it is consciously knowing the truth that sets you free. It is your conscious awareness of the Spiritual Kingdom within you, which enables It to reveal Itself on earth, in your daily affairs. Earthly living is transformed into Spiritual Living as you live in a constant conscious awareness of Christ in you.
• Is there some way I can keep my mind focused on spiritual truth?
When you are dealing with symptoms and conditions such as sickness, disease or conflicts in relationships always ask …“ What is true of the kingdom of God?” Is there sickness’disease, or conflicts in the spiritual kingdom? Of course, the answer is NO! Then pray as Jesus thought, “Your Kingdom Come on earth as it is in heaven.” In other words let what is true in the inner spiritual kingdom become true in this earthly situation.
In summary, Spiritual Living…focuses on what is true of the Presence of Christ and the Spiritual Kingdom of God within you. We do not base our beliefs on what our five physical senses tell us, but rather on what our spiritual insight reveals. As scriptures teach we are in this world and live responsibly here, but we are not of this world. Since what we focus upon we strengthen, and “as we think so we are,” we keep our conscious awareness on the Presence and the Spiritual Kingdom. As we do this, the Inner Spiritual Kingdom expresses Itself in our earthly experience, and dissolves anything unlike Itself. In this way, Spiritual Living truly is a Higher Way of Living, because what we see “on high” in higher consciousness, becomes what we experience HERE and NOW.