Walking the Spiritual Path Day 22

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Nothing can harm you as much as thoughts unguarded.  Buddha

The mind is like water.  When it’s turbulent, it’s difficult to see.  When it’s calm everything becomes clear.  Buddha

To walk the spiritual path means to become very aware of the mental chatter and the thoughts that crowd in demanding attention in every waking moment.  At the early stages of walking the spiritual path, it is a common misconception to believe that the stuff inside me — what I like and don’t like, my beliefs and my attitudes, what is important and what isn’t — all belong to me.  After all, all these things are within me and have been for as long as I can remember, so of course, this mental and emotional stew must be mine.

Being sensitive to the energy around one is part of being a spiritual being.  This creates a big problem.  It means that attitudes and beliefs outside myself are absorbed and used as if they were my own.  But these thoughts and beliefs do not belong to the higher mind and soul.  This low-level nasty energy is so strong it can drown out the quiet wisdom and clarity that my higher mind offers.  With time and persistence, this mental and emotional garbage can be cleared out, creating a sense of inner calm and mental quiet.

From this place of clarity, the guidance of the higher mind is easier to be aware of.   The mind is quiet, emotions are tranquil, and life is peaceful.  This is the only place the higher mind lives.  The higher mind will not chase me down to shout in my ear.  I need the self-discipline to return to her.

Affirmation:  Today I seek only the peace and stillness of my higher mind.

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