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An Unclouded Mind can Learn Truth and Wisdom

“Wouldst thou with unclouded mind
View the laws by God designed
Lift thy steadfast gaze on high
to the starry canopy;
See in rightful league of love
All the constellation move.
Fiery Sol in full career,
Ne’re obstructs cold Phoebe’s sphere;
When the Bear at heaven’s height,
Wheels his coursers’ rapid flight,
Though he sees the starry train
Sinking to the western main,
He repines not, nor desires
in the flood to quench his fires. …

“But through this connected frame
Runs one universal aim;
Towards the Good do all things tend,
Many paths, but one the end.
For naught lasts, unless it turns
Backwards in its course, and yearns
To that Source to flow again
Whence its being first was ta’en.”

With Unclouded Mind

If we want to know truth, we have to have an unclouded mind. That means that we first have to rid ourselves of ll false beliefs and limitations. We can’t learn what is real when we wear blinders. We can’t see what is really happening on the stage through all the smoke and mirrors. cleansing the clouded mind is necessary. One by one, we have to empty the clouded mind of assumptions and beliefs.

God’s Law

Law exists at three levels. On the lowest level is man’s law. Above man’s law is Nature’s law. Man can try to pass laws that oppose those of Nature, but it always causes problems. At the highest level is God’s Law Any attempt to override God’s Law with man’s law is foolish. It just won’t work. On the other hand, God can and will change the laws of the universe when it suits His purpose to do so. Many spiritual groups and school advise us to look within to learn God’s law. Boethius seems to disagree with that. Continue reading “An Unclouded Mind can Learn Truth and Wisdom”

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New Thought and the Laws of Thought

“New thought or idea brings strength o body as well as mind. For this reason,the real, active intellect of the world lives longer. … Increased knowledge of the laws of thought (that great silent force in nature) will, in the future, enable the spirit to use its body, not only in full, but ever-increasing possession of its mental and physical powers.

“People’s bodies decay and lose vigor through thinking continually the same set of thoughts. Thought is food for your spirit as much as is bread food for the body. Old thought is literally old, stale substance or element. It does not properly nourish the spirit. If the spirit is starved, the body will suffer. … If the spirit be sufficiently strong to assert its demands caused by the gnawings of its hunger, there will be perpetual unrest.” ~Prentice Mulford

New Thought

Since Mulford wrote the quoted text about a hundred years ago, there has been much progress in understanding thought. While much is still unknown, we do know a few things. One is that mental deterioration of the elderly can be slowed down, if not entirely prevented, by continually learning new things and using the brain. Another is that we tend to become stagnant, both physically and mentally, when we stop learning. Mulford says the active intellect lives longer. That is likely true.

More important than the length of life is the quality of it. In the business world, particularly in regard to job interviews, they say that managers must remember that one year of experience ten times over is not the same as ten years of experience. This is something often forgotten in modern interviews. What it means is that even if you have done something for ten years, doesn’t mean you have ten years of learning. You may have learned enough to do the job in one year, then stopped learning. This principle is even more important in life than in job qualifications. New thought means you’re not just recycling old ideas in a new package. Continue reading “New Thought and the Laws of Thought”

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Poor Man at the Door; Do Not Ignore

“Does the poor man cry at thy door? Arise and open for him gladly; refresh him when he is wearied; sustain his heart, for it is sad. … Have thou also a law, a comely law for thy household. Establish an order that is wise, that the abject laugh not at thee. Be careful in all thy doings,that thou not be a sport for fools; be upright and prudent and both simple and wise. Let thy body be quiet and cheerful, thy greeting seemly and simple; thy discourse without fault. … Speak not overmuch, not even words that are wise; for all things that are over man, though they be wise are wearisome. … Among they brethren esteem thyself least. … No enemy shall thou have but Satan his very self.” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian

Poor Man at the Door

St. Ephraim isn’t the first, nor will he be the last, holy person to advise us to care for our poorer brothers and sisters. They are all right in giving such advice. And by brothers and sisters, I mean all of humanity, for we are all brothers and sisters. Poor, however, is a word that has many meanings.

We generally thing of a poor person as being one who has little money or material goods. But that is only one way to be poor. We can be poor in health, in education, in manners, in relationships and so on. We need to help each other when we can no matter what kind of poverty they are currently suffering from.

Most of all, there are those who are spiritually poor. They are the poorest of the poor since they are lacking in that which is true and eternal. Very often, when spiritual masters and saints advise us to “help the poor,” they are primarily concerned with the spiritual poor. While Jesus healed the physical eyes of a few blind people, he opened the spiritual eyes of hundreds. Opening those spiritual eyes is by far the greater miracle. Sometimes feeding the poor man means feeding your own spirit and soul.

Household Law

I believe that St. Ephraim is talking about laws (or rules) for family members and servants, not visitors. Although you may need some laws for visitors, you certainly don’t want to have some list posted outside the door. It should be more informal and assumed until you find someone breaking the rules. Like when Maya Angelou asked a party guest to leave her house because he was being too negative.

I don’t think St. Ephraim is concerned about rules like “wipe our feet,” or “flush the toilet after use.” We can look back to the first part of the quote to get the idea. He is talking about laws on how to treat people. He is saying that not only you, but your family and servants have to treat the poor man, as well as everyone else, with kindness and respect. He advises that we have household rules that do not make the “abject” laugh at us. It is not clear to me if he means the servants or the poor and downtrodden, but it doesn’t really matter. No one wants to be laughed at except a comedian. Although nowadays there may be fools who will laugh at very sensible rules. Such fools should be ignored. Trying to please fools will result in you doing foolish things. Continue reading “Poor Man at the Door; Do Not Ignore”

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Superior Law of God is Above Man’s law

“We feared not the observer’s eyes, neither did our consciences bother us…. Human society has yielded for seventy centuries to corrupted laws until it cannot understand the meaning of the superior and eternal laws. A man’s eyes have become accustomed to the dim light of candles and cannot see the sunlight. Spiritual disease is inherited from one generation to another until it has become a part of the people, who look upon it, not as a disease, but a natural gift, showered by God upon Adam. It those people found someone free from the germs of this disease, they would think f him with shame and disgrace.” Kahlil Gibran

Our Consciences Didn’t Bother Us

We had no guilty consciences. Nor did we fear being seen, getting caught. We had reached a time when wrong is right and evil is accepted as good, or at least necessary.

During World War II, we were appalled that the German Army under Hitler stooped to using snipers hidden in trees and building to shoot unsuspecting, and often unarmed, people. Many of them were not even soldiers. We thought this was barbarian.

Today we make a movie about an American sniper who took out many unarmed civilians He had no idea who most of them were, but he killed them because he was told to (“I was just following orders”, the Germans said). The movie was a hit and the man was celebrated as a hero. At the same time, we have a president who has nothing negative to say about Neo-Nazi groups or white supremacists, although he can’t seem to stop saying negative things about everyone else. His followers don’t seem to care. That includes millions who call themselves Christians. Our consciences didn’t bother us.

Superior Law

While man made law has become necessary in a world grown severely materialistic, it is flawed law. It often favors the wealthy and greedy at the expense of the poor class and working class people.

Real law is God’s Law. These are the original laws that always exist. They can’t be removed by a politician seeking votes. Greedy businesses can’t cancel them when they find them inconvenient. They are the laws under which all of creation came into being, so cannot be debated, canceled, or altered. Not by man, anyway. God, of course, can change them. If He did, however, it would mean drastic changes in the world we live it. He might do it anyway. Until He does, however, we must live according to God’s superior law. We may get away with ignoring some of man’s laws, but not God’s.

Part of God’s superior law is that He isn’t going to be the parent of a bunch of spoiled brats. He isn’t going to let us get away with doing anything we want to do. He isn’t going to clean up the mess we make when we do things we shouldn’t do. If we stick out hand in fire, we get burned. That is how we learn. Of course, we can also learn by noticing that others get burned when they stick their hand in fire and never do it. Learning without getting injured is best. God’s Law helps us learn. When we violate it, God does not punish us. We punish ourselves by foolishly doing such things. Continue reading “Superior Law of God is Above Man’s law”