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The Source of Inspiration

“The Spiritual Mind is the source of the ‘inspiration’ which certain poets, painters, sculptors, writers, preachers, orators, and others have received in all times and which they receive today. This is the source from which the seer obtains his vision, the prophet his foresight. Many have concentrated themselves upon high ideals in their work, and have received rare knowledge from this source, and have attributed it to beings of another world – from angels, spirits, from God Himself; but all came from within – it was the voice of their Higher Self speaking to them. We do not mean to say that no communications come to man from other intelligences – far from this, we know that higher intelligences do often communicate with man through the channel of his Spiritual Mind – but much that man has attributed to outside intelligences has really come from himself. And man, by the development of his Spiritual Consciousness, may bring himself into a high relationship and contact with this higher part of his nature, and may thus become possessed of a knowledge of which the intellect has not dared dream.” ~William Walker Atkinson

The Source of Inspiration

Whether you call in inspiration, insight, intuition, or a muse, the source, directly or indirectly, is what Atkinson calls the Spiritual Mind, more correctly called the Divine Soul. It is true that this Spiritual Mind is the source of inspiration to many great artists including painters, writers, and musicians. But as Atkinson himself admits, sometimes that knowledge does come to us from higher beings through the soul.

Ours or Theirs?

Atkinson seems to be determined to convince us that most inspiration is from our own Spiritual Mind (or Soul), not from other beings. But what he apparently doesn’t get is that there really is no difference, no conflict at all. On a spiritual level – and the Soul is definitely spiritual – all is part of the One, and the One is the source of all knowledge and truth. So it isn’t ours or theirs, but both since we are part of the One. Continue reading “The Source of Inspiration”

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Absorbing Thoughts for Good or Bad

Absorbing Thoughts

“Thought being unseen substance is absorbed by all. If you absorb another person’s thought, it mingles with your own. Then in part, if not in whole, you will think that person’s thought. You will to some extent see, feel, judge, and form opinions, as does that person. You are to greater or lesser extent swayed and influenced by the person. His or her thought, or spirit, has mingles with yours. You are not wholly yourself. You are in part this other person.

“This is as much a mesmerizing power thrown upon you, as that thrown by the mesmerizer on his subject. It works by the same law. If you associate a great deal with another person, are rarely by yourself, and see few others, you will be constantly taking in that person’s thought. If it is in motive and refinement higher than your own, you will be benefited by it. If it be in motive, taste, and refinement lower than yours, you will be injured. Your taste, your refinement, your motive, and judgement, also will be tingled with the thought of the inferior person. … To be closely associated with a person thinking much of the time his or her lower thought, id for you to absorb this thought.” ~Prentice Mulford

Absorbing Thoughts from another Person

Prentice Mulford is not a psychiatrist or brain research doctor, so we must take that into consideration with what he says about absorbing other’s thoughts. I’m not saying he is wrong, only that his statements and conclusions may be overly simplistic.

Two Minds in One

For starters, Mulford doesn’t seem to distinguish in this concept the differences between the conscious mind (not to be confused with Spiritual Consciousness, which is something entirely different) and the subconscious mind. We need to understand that it is the subconscious mind that is being influenced by the thoughts of others, and mostly it is influenced by their subconscious thoughts. While this may be occasionally problematic, it is generally a good thing. It has to do with the fact that our thoughts affect how the world around us appears. It is not, as some suggest, that we are literally changing the world with our thoughts. We are only changing the illusions that hide the real world from us. Continue reading “Absorbing Thoughts for Good or Bad”

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Silent Song for the Mind and the Soul

Sing a Silent Song

“’I am silent, father. I want to sing a song to you while I am silent.’
“’Sing it. I am mind.’
“’I understand mind, Hermes. You cannot be known, since you stay in yourself. I am happy, father. I see you laughing. The universe is happy. No creature will lack your life, for you are the lord of the inhabitants everywhere. Your forethought keeps watch. I call you father, eternal realm of eternal realms, great divine spirit, who through spirit sends moisture on everyone. What do you tell me, father Hermes?’
“’Child, I say nothing about this. It is right before God for us to be silent about what is hidden.’ “’Trismegistos, don’t let my soul be deprived of the great, divine vision. Everything is possible for you as master of the universe.’
“ ‘Praise again, child, and sing while you are silent. Ask what you want in silence.’
“When he finished praising, he called out, ‘Father Trismegistos, what shall I say? We have received this light, and I myself see this same vision in you. I see the eighth, and the souls in it, and the angels singing a song to the ninth and its powers. I see the one with the power of them all, creating those in the spirit.’ ‘From now on it is good for us to remain silent, with head bowed.
“’From now on do not speak about the vision. It is fitting to sing a song to the father till the day of leaving the body.’ ‘What you sing, father, I also want to sing.’
“’I am singing a song in myself. While you rest, praise. You have found what you seek.’ ‘But is it right, father, for me to praise when my heart is filled?’
“’What is right is for you to sing praise to God so it may be written in this imperishable book.’
“’I shall offer up the praise in my heart as I invoke the end of the universe and the beginning of the beginning, the God of the human quest, the immortal discovery, the producer of light and truth, the sower of reason, the love of immortal life.’” ~The Discourse on the Eighth and the Ninth: Nag Hammadi Library

A Silent Song

How can anyone sing a silent song? As Hermes indicates, you sing it in your mind. We all do sing silent songs. We hear an old favorite on the radio and we mentally sing it for hours after. Or sometimes a song just pops into our head and we can’t help mentally singing it for a while. And there are times when this is the best way to sing a song.
First, we have to notice that Hermes’ definition of a song seems to be somewhat more general than that of most people today. It seems that chanting, humming, or even talking mentally would qualify as a silent song to him. And that is probably as it should be.
Sometimes, we find it difficult to find the time to practice spiritual techniques, affirmations, meditations, prayers, and so on. But if we can do it silently, that makes it much easier. When we are on a train, bus, or car heading for work, we can sing the song in our mind as we go. If we are practicing sun gazing, but other people get too close, we can chant a silent song rather than verbalizing it. Continue reading “Silent Song for the Mind and the Soul”

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Flesh and Spirit, Body and Soul, Journey Together

Flesh and Spirit Journey Together

“Stars faded and lit up again at the very moment when someone’s invisible hand decisively drove away the cloud which was attempting to hide the vault of heaven with an impenetrable veil. And in the silvery stellar light illuming a mountain trail, there appeared a steed — persistently pushing forward, despite the fatigue attempting to fetter his flesh. It was as though he knew his goal and was sparing no effort in trying to reach it. …

“The four-footed pilgrim was striding confidently, despite the fact that he had not climbed mountain trails before. But that was not important, because he fully trusted his rider, knowing that he had only to stumble slightly and the horseman would immediately come out of his dormant state and pull on the reins in the blink of an eye to adjust the steed’s pace and direction. Horse and rider seemed to merge with each other into a single whole. Thus, it was possible to afford rest to the man aloft, who, after gaining strength during his four-footed friend’s repose, would help free the latter from fatigue. …

“Thus, the flesh and the spirit often stride through life merged together. For the one without the other does not have the significance that is inherent in their union. The body without the spirit is dead.” ~ Parables from Shambhala by Zinovia Dushkova

The Horse

If you didn’t get it from reading the quote, the horse in the story is not a horse at all but a human’s gross body of matter. Dushkova equates it with a horse as being a way for the spirit and soul to move around. While in a sense, it is true that the body can serve that purpose, it makes it sound like the soul is helpless and cannot move without the body, so they need each other. This is not exactly true. The soul can function quite well on its own, thank you, but only on the spiritual level. It can’t really do much on the physical level. So the body is needed on the physical level but is eventually left behind. The belief that Jesus will one day appear and carry us off to Heaven while still in our physical bodies is wrong. Jesus said that flesh does not inherit the kingdom, so the physical body is our horse on this level of reality only. While here, flesh and spirit journey together in order for both to function at their best. Once we enter the spiritual realms, there is no need for—or place for—the physical body.

In the parable quoted above, the horse does not fear climbing the high mountain because it fully trusts the rider. It would be great if that were the case, but it is rarely so. Continue reading “Flesh and Spirit, Body and Soul, Journey Together”