As we all strive towards enjoyment of physical health, free of ailments, we also wish to experience a comparable state of mental fitness.
Pride in ourselves comes more easily when we know that our body is in good shape, vital and functioning freely without impediment.
Similarly, our self confidence increases when the same principles are applied to our psychological health, when positive, creative thoughts and ideas govern our emotions.
Mental health is becoming recognized as an issue that threatens to dominate medical issues in the community in the future with serious personal ramifications even more distressing than physical disease.
Prevention is the wisest path to follow. This is a relatively simple matter if each of us chooses to become as focussed on the natural rules that must be followed to establish mental fitness as we do in our disciplines to create physical fitness.
We all know the importance of the state of our directing consciousness of mind.
We know that our own mind plays a vital role in determining a happy and successful life.
However interested we may become in studying the mind and its processes we must remember that our emotions have and equal, and sometimes superior power to help us or hinder our life aims.
We are handicapped if we do not understand the essential co-operation that must be arrived at between our thinking self and our feeling self to the extent that we must include in our self awareness adventure the understanding and culture of our emotional being.
There are old guidelines of value such as - “When there is an internal battle between the head and the heart, choose the heart!” Another that says “The mind can often lead you astray, the heart never.”
We must make our own choices in assessing whether our live is valued as a thought or a feeling state, but it is unlikely that happiness, peace or love will be seen as predominantly thought.
It is only our own wisdom or intuition that each must use to determine when and how to blend and apply these two aspects of our nature.
Excerpts from The Fields of Life – our link with the Universe by Harold S. Burr
pub. Neville Spearman
To ignore or to ridicule something is not to disprove it.
We have a bumper crop of muddleheads who confuse democracy with indiscipline – Liberty with Licence.
Blinkers of prejudice are a handicap in blazing new tracks.
There are two sides to the coin of freedom. We have the freedom to profit by doing right – but also the obligation to take the consequences of doing wrong.
Strange to say but Nature designed the Universe without consulting our chemists and physicists.
We have flocks of twittering sentimentalists who feel that the criminal is more important than his victims.
We must waken up to the mind trends that are damaging… thoughts not dictated by reason integrity but followed by fear of standing alone in the light of our own intelligence and faith in the qualities that have resulted in constructive human endeavour.
Mental bullying is powerful only when we are fearful. Unless we stand freely to express our truest thoughts and attitudes regardless of ‘thought police’ and those who wish to control our minds and take away our freedom – only enslavement can be the result.
In present times many nations and cultures have become uncertain and their strength and health in their communities is being tested and often found wanting, particularly as there are signs of threatened violence by stealth of a largely invisible enemy that fans the fears of all people.
Times are dramatic and chaos exists in the material world. Our children need protection of their minds as well as their bodies.
We must provide a strong voice for the nurturing of our children in values that strengthen goodness
if indeed we wish them a chance for a good future which they can not only enjoy but to which they can contribute by building a future and better world.
Their survival in the present world violence is less assured than we would wish.
If our leaders persist in following trends of thinking that neglect their prime responsibility for the protection and welfare of our nation we cannot be guaranteed that the disintegration of our community morals and integrity of our minds will not allow our destruction as a civilization. All the hard won advances of mankind suffer betrayal in the hands of evil and violence.
The survival of our children in the present world violence and amidst the insanity that dictates it, is endangered. It will be up to our younger generations to counter the evils. Help them keep clear thought and prayer for their strength to help bring the world to sanity and to peace.
More and more we have had to lose confidence in our leaders. They have not been capable of guiding us to the goodness and peace we all desire. More and more we must rely upon our own thought and common sense and with confidence, persist in seeking to find the way to a good and true society, much of which will depend upon our children now coming to maturity.
Do not let them be subjected to violence in any form of persuasion that is not aligned to the highest ideals and seek to nurture and realize their peaceful objectives in life.
1. Practise Relaxation of the mind to allow subconscious activity to calm prior to Meditation.
2. Practise Meditation by simple reference to your personal affirmations and sources of inspiration
3. Balance input or ‘feeding’ the mind with material of others with attention to the expression of the creative ideas and concepts born of your own thought.
4. Remember the magic of the term ‘balance’ as an aid in assessing values of everything.
5. Beyond all complex intellectual activity there resides an innate faculty that is invaluable and termed ‘common sense’.
6. The innermost wisdom within us all always is our retreat when suffering a troubled mind.
7. Mind without emotional support remains sterile.
When beginning to question ourselves we seek to be aware of the extent of our knowledge and feel confident to dip into that pool of knowledge we already possess.
When it comes to deeper issues rather than mere practical ones, we are less sure of ourselves. Most of us have not taken time to make a study of human nature and psychology that reveals that we have different layers and degrees of conscious awareness other than the two we are in the habit of describing as states of being “asleep” or “awake” and it is understandably the latter that is our main concern here as the realms of unconsciousness demand much deeper study.
So when we are in what we consider is our normal state of consciousness or wakefulness we are selective and free to choose to focus upon whatever we wish whether it is a mundane task or a serious intellectual study. So there is potential for great differences between us as individuals in our natural inclinations when combined with the power of free will and choice.
Whatever we choose as our focus to study; whatever we choose to consciously think about; we are increasing our self confidence as our knowledge and interest grows and most importantly our direct experiences in applying what we know. This is the hardest of all but is assisted by our ability to prioritise and to concentrate with perhaps the added vital ingredient for success – to add enjoyment to whatever we are doing.
Our first discipline then is to become aware of our thought processes, to understand them and to then learn to channel them as we harness them to our ultimate life aim or aims.
Consciousness expands beyond just being aware, to a deliberate exploration and development of our human mind and its talents and capacities. Our journeying from a degree of enquiry to certainties and from certainties to further paths. These in turn promise us a degree of wisdom – that allows us to live at peace within our own being.
It is experience that is our teacher as it is our intuition that points the way.
That somewhat misunderstood and mysterious faculty we call our ‘conscience’ is that part of our intelligence that saves us from dangerous or impulsive choices and we must consider as our ever present friend that reminds us to be aware.
Expansion of our awareness develops ever widening sensitivity towards nature and other people so that our personal consciousness or intelligence comes to embrace a wider and wider sphere…and to fulfil the limitless potential of human consciousness to embrace Life itself.
In celebrating at Christmas the birth of Jesus, we are reminded to search out His direct teachings and contemplate their importance and the truths they reveal. It is ours to open our minds to the profound messages that we comprehend and aspire to develop our own nature towards a greatness beyond our present human growth.
“A new religion will be given out yet it will be but a facet of the old. There is but one Religion, as there is but One God. Truth Itself is infinitely greater than can ever be mirrored in all the teachings, the philosophies, the religions of the world. Each of them catches and reflects as it were, one beam of he Light. Whether the reflection is a true one or not, depends upon the purity of the mirror.”
“And know that I am with you always; yea, to the end of time.”
Life is precious.
Life lived in refinement is progress.
Man’s cultural life must be inspired by Beauty, his intellectual life by Truth, his spiritual life by Selflessness
Man’s technological progress is legitimate only when used in the service of a goal for a simpler, healthier, happier natural life for all to live in freedom within the Law.
We have inherited the freedom to work for and achieve human ideals.
We must honour those who have made this good fortune possible and choose well our actions.
We must remain true to the classic values that we know are right – from cleanliness, purity and goodness to the greatest and noblest qualities a human being can express and that we recognize as capabilities that may be emulated within ourselves.
It will encourage our confidence in seeking the survival of spiritual values in human culture and withstand negative trends and influences if we remember that the light of a single candle flame can reduce darkness and can in fact be the source of a proliferation of a thousand candle flames more to bring Light to the world.
We grow from the study of particulars to comprehend the whole. This applies to the understanding and expression of our emotions, with the comprehensive, mysterious and all important emotion of love.
So as we know the nature of our personal focus of love and its familiar expression, we expand to consider and embrace all manner of its other qualities. In this we are aided in understanding and respecting traditional astrological properties related to the heavenly spheres and zodiacal energies and to the different types of personality and character of other people we meet along life’s way.
In the course of our lives we should welcome opportunity to learn of their approach and perhaps share some insight into their attitude and understanding of love.
We observe the Aries type of love – in its courage and valiant expression in action
Taurean love that is stable and possessive and strong to claim its own
The restless love of Gemini associated with need to communicate through speech and writing
Cancer’s love is kindness that creates and secures a home base to nurture others
Leo’s love that is a magnanimous power and radiation of an inherent sense of rulership
Virgo with talents tuned towards and demanding excellence in self and in others
Libra’s love equates with harmony and balance in emotional expression in partnership
Scorpio loves with an intensity few can match in depth of feeling and its search for truth
Sagittarius seeks to demonstrate spontaneity of love associated with a freedom of body and mind
Capricorn with its capacity to work hard and persevere fulfils a natural desire to help others
Aquarius breaks free of any formula for love, seeking beyond personality to a wider sense of oneness
And we have Pisces love that is humble enough to demonstrate true self sacrifice and to love without bounds
We know that the quality of Love itself cannot be analysed. Yet we know that as there are different types of love so there are differing degrees of human capacity to experience and to radiate this wonderful quality that at its finest can be described as the Great Love that has given life to our whole world and beyond.
We are born as individuals to certain parents – in a particular society and culture – in our ‘mother country’ or geographic location.
Here we live as an atom in that beloved nation, culture , society and family.
In gratitude we appreciate the good and try to address the evils, offering our loyalties and talents to the soul of our nation – a nation that in turn will aim to contribute to the wider universal world of all mankind.
The laws of evolution and growth encourage us all to expand and grow in consciousness towards eventual comprehension both of the internal realms of our own psyche and mental environment as well as the vast cosmic spheres of life outside our limited individuality.
Consciousness is the Experiencing and we are the Experiencer, functioning with a mixture and often a blend of sensation, emotion, thought and soul that constitute the ‘I’.
It is within the enduring and eternal aspect of the ‘I’, that we call the soul that resides the intelligence that blends all of our life experiences to arrive at a degree of wisdom. Here reside the true guideposts to help us learn and grow towards our finest capacity and expression as human beings.