Saturday, December 18, 2004

Excerpts from the 7 Spiritual Laws

From Chap. 3, "The Law of Karma or Cause and Effect":

"At the moment you consciously make a choice, pay attention to your body and ask your body, "If I make this choice, what happens?" If your body sends a message of comfort, that's the right choice. If your body sends a message of discomfort, then it's not the appropriate choice.
"For some people the message of comfort and discomfort is in the area of the solar plexus, but for most people it's in the area of the heart. Consciously put your attention in the heart and ask your heart what to do. Then wait for a response - a physical response in the form of a sensation. It may be the faintest level of feeling - but it's there, in your body.
[now pay close attention...]
"Only the heart knows the correct answer. Most people think the heart is mushy and sentimental. But it's not. The heart is intuitive, it's holistic, it's contextual, it's relational. It doesn't have a win-lose orientation. It taps into the cosmic computer - the field of pure potentiality, pure knowledge, and infinite organizing power - and takes everything into account. At times it may not even seem rational, but the heart has a computing ability that is far more accurate and far more precise than anything within the limits of rational thought."

Compare with the Bible:
Rom 9:1 ESV I am speaking the truth in Christ--I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit--
2Co 1:12 ESV For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
1Ti 1:5 ESV The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
2Co 8:16 ESV But thanks be to God, who put into the heart of Titus the same earnest care I have for you.
Eph 6:6 ESV not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,

It is evident that God works through the heart and conscience to provide us with an intuitive sense of what we are supposed to do. Some Christians think the idea of the leading of the heart is nonsense and emotional. But these people don't understand or appreciate the intuitive nature of the heart, especially when guided by the Holy Spirit. Chopra's discussion really clears up the mechanics of how it is the heart leading is worthy of our attention. As finite beings we have no faculty to truly comprehend that which is not visible to us, except by intuition.
This is a spiritual law that applies to everyone. It takes on new meaning for the Christian since we now have the eternal mind guiding our hearts, making us wiser and more transcendant in our existances, if we follow after God and his righteousness.
The following verses deserve to be looked at:

1Jo 3:18-22 ESV Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (19) By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; (20) for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. (21) Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; (22) and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.

Here the Bible says that sometimes our heart will condemn us. Those without Christ have no grace in this circumstance, when their own hearts condemn their actions and lives through guilt. Sometimes our heart will put us on a "guilt trip," so to speak, even though we have started to do right. I John tells us that in God, we have grace and can rest assured because of God's omniscience- he knows the truth.

Chap. 4 - "The Law of Least Effort"

Introductory quote:
"'An integral being knows without going, sees without looking, and accomplishes without doing.
-Lao Tzu'"

This quote jumped out at me. (BTW, Lao Tzu is awesome.) Of course I had said before, that I believed that Chopra's universal field of potentiality is really a personal integrative field. This quote seems to bolster that conclusion. What Lao Tzu is saying, is that a truly integrated person can use intuitive force to his benefit. The deductive intuitive force is the leading of the heart. The inductive intuitive force is the personal re-alignment of our tri-parte beings and the creation of an aura favorable to the purposes or intentions we have. I discussed the relationship of the mechanics of this and Christianity earlier.

To go a little further into the actual mechanics of intuitive induction, I have to point out Chopra's idea of going into the "gap." Going into this gap is achieved through meditation, where we sit in silence as a means to transcend and get away from the interference of our minds. This action helps to recenter our beings, much like holding up a set of wind chimes from a table and watching the chimes hang in their proper spots. We then introduce our intentions as we come out of the gap, much like we might set the wind chimes down in such a way as to make them lay in the pattern we desire. This has to be repeated because life gets us out of alignment through the introduction of new problems.

I think this whole scheme of things is quite similar to the Biblical idea of watching & prayer.
"Blasphemy!" you say. No, it is not blasphemy. Again, it is a spiritual law that applies to everyone, just like gravity applies to everyone. It is as simple as the fact that if you can get yourself in internal agreement your potential is much greater.

Again, the Christian's advantage is that he has not only the assistance of the eternal mind but also the opportunity to align, not only his internal self, but to align his internal self with the eternal mind, making his life that much more transcendant.

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