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  • Peace, Characteristic of Spirit, Spiritual Growth through Spirit, Articles on Spirit and Spiritual Growth
    spiritual step Peace then conditions our spiritual Soul subjectively and our Ego objectively This makes Peace a pivotal characteristic within our spiritual growth With each of these descriptions I equate surrender with the process that brings us this Peace This surrender is of our Ego to our Soul s plan It is the surrender of our individualistic Personality to rapport and cooperation with our soul group When we bow our personality existence to our soul s purpose we receive a powerful spiritual inflow which brings us a sense of inner poise As we reach this state we can then live the outer objectification of Peace the calm and quiet undisturbed freedom from conflict or material agitation Spiritualizing Exercises The next 30 days is an ideal time to bring Peace into our life Let s begin by using our daily reflection to review how our Ego still controls and or motivates our behaviors Where do we have difficulty in bowing inwardly to God and outwardly to those we consider authority figures Define and implement specific steps to bow this sense of egoism and gain a greater self awareness of our spiritual nature Let s also focus on how our Ego influences or conditions our sex life partnerships and our joint resources The light of the Sun will shine on these areas of our life during this month Use this light to gain a greater awareness of the lack of rapport and cooperation we exhibit in sex or partner relationships Define specific ways in which you can improve your sex life and participation in key partnerships In order to bring lasting change let s make these specific actions into disciplines until they become habits Even just one or two new habits will significantly increase our spiritual inflow They will also greatly increase

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  • Purity, Characteristic of Spirit, Spiritual Growth through Spirit, Articles on Spirit and Spiritual Growth
    reading relates to our spiritual practices This is a good time to define and commit to a goal which increases our reading and purifies it into a clear lucid and unmixed spiritualizing practice Further how many hours per week are we involved in activities in which we can exchange ideas and knowledge with others regarding our spiritual philosophy Let s define one new periodic activity that can increase this spiritual practice Or just as good transform one of our weekly leisure activities into a spiritual practice of observing and reflecting upon how principles and philosophies of Spirit affect life One good exercise is finding TV programs and movies which can be used as this spiritual practice Last season Joan of Arcadia was an ideal example West Wing and Everwood are current examples of programs that can be transformed into a spiritualizing practice And the number of movies that are available is a long list Since astrological ninth house activities include our spiritualizing activities Purity naturally becomes a powerful tool to improve the quantity and quality of what we have defined as our spiritual practices During this next month let s use our daily meditation or reflection to review all of our spiritualizing activities with regard to the degree in which they provide a clear clean lucid flawless and virtuous means of transforming our Personality and Ego Evaluate how much of our Personality Ego needs motivate our involvement in these activities What changes in attitude orientation and behavior do we need to make to purify even these defined spiritual activities Finally this next 30 days is a good time to review recapitulate and initiate changes which will better align our day to day decisions and behaviors with our spiritual philosophy for life How are we continually still motivated by security comfort

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  • Beauty, Characteristics of Spirit, Spiritual Growth through Spirit, Articles on Spirit and Spiritual Growth
    one glimpses through the transparency to the reality of the One Spirit Objectively Beauty becomes the quality that evokes our highest sense of pleasure through its aesthetic expression in life Spiritualizing Exercises So how do we use this Beauty to amplify our spiritual practices First for the next few days take some time during your daily meditation and or reflections to review your social life and what social image you have developed and express Document a summary of what you ve learned about yourself in this review Next take a few days to reflect on what you consider to be the inner you the core of your individuality or consciousness of self When completed compare this inner self with your social image How does your self image express your inner self How does it not What changes can I make in my attitude orientation and behavior to better express my true individuality How can I more express the core of myself in this season of celebration and socialization An ideal way to bring Beauty into expression is through the celebration of Christmas or Hanukkah Most of you have by now completed your decorations for the season and preparations for the holidays Now is a time to bring more Beauty into these celebrations of Spirit What can I do to more fully express the Christ Messiah in the appearances of this holiday season How can I proactively initiate at least one activity that will bring the splendor of the Spirit of Christmas or Hanukkah to my family and friends For those of you who are not faint of love or will this is a good time to introduce a very powerful spiritual practice that of the celebration of the 12 days of Christmas Mythologically Christ was born on December 25th Responding

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  • Work Smarter, not Harder, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    evening before or reflect and process on your success in yesterday s spiritual practices Two use waiting time during the day to get in an additional 20 30 minutes of purposeful reading each day Three engage your spouse partner in shared responsibility of helping your children with their homework so you can take that time on other spiritual practices Or make a deal with your older child or neighborhood adolescent to help your youngest with their homework for compensation The key is to be creative and determined to make changes in your life that will benefit everyone The most powerful benefit to others is you being and behaving more spiritual Try brainstorming with friends or co workers about how to increase productivity Go through your daily routine and use the following principles to make changes Our Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside 1st Spiritualizing Habit Work Smarter not Harder by Jef Bartow In today s accelerating world pace and objective material orientation many of us are caught up in an almost frenzy of long hours and multitasking to be successful in life Spiritualizing means bringing into balance both our objective focus and subjective orientation It also means continually increasing our daily spiritual practices until they are our whole life Whatever you call work even if it is also your passion need not consume your life To bring balance in life we need to improve our productivity whenever possible In addition we need to balance our goals and responsibilities with the spiritual reality that fulfilling one s destiny will always involve purpose balance and focus Very likely work for many of us is our vocation Typically we receive compensation for working a 40 hour or so work week For many professionals the adage is 40 hours for a paycheck 60 hours for a career On the other hand studies have shown that typically an American worker consumes over one third of their work hours unproductively One way to observe this is to see how there are periods of frenzied activity and periods of waiting getting ready for the next wave The waiting is consumed in conversations meetings overseeing others i e children subordinates getting reorganized resting breaks etc all of which are considered work whether professional or in the home life 9 Spiritualizing Habits Home About Us Articles Paths Programs Contact Us Work Smarter Not Harder Learn Not to Do Become Mindful Solve Problems While Changing Always Seek Win Win Live Your Agreements Leave Everything Better Focus on the Air Not the Water Know When It s Time for Change Our articles are available for reproduction for all members Please give credit to the author For non members please contact us for permission to reproduce articles Step one Reflect and evaluate where you spend time unproductively during each day If you don t feel you spend time unproductively each day keep a diary of your daily activities for a week Then group the time you spend on various activities by

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  • Learn Not to Do, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    think about what s important in spiritual growth is behaving based on Purpose Focus and Balance Here Purpose is re orienting ourselves to Spirit Focus is increasingly implementing spiritual practices and Balance is creating a balanced internal subjective versus outer objective life So what s important to us becomes our A s B s and C s Our A s are highly important to our spiritual growth B s are less important and C s are not important to our growth Simply you re A s should always be your focus and your C s become your Not Does Now assign an A B or C to each item on your list according to how important it is to your spiritual growth and performance in life Step Five Now organize this list within your A B C s of importance and level of priority to your spiritual growth To not totally forget about priorities also identify each item on your list as a 1 or 2 or 3 based on the priority of when you need to implement these activities For simplicity 1 s need to be done now or today 2 s in the next week or so and 3 s whenever For example a daily spiritual practice is a 1 while a monthly spiritual practice would be a 2 Additionally feeding your baby would be a 1 while paying your monthly bills would be a 2 Your list now becomes a combination of importance and priority through the A s B C s and 1 s 2 s and 3 s Our most important items to focus on are our A1 s next highest are A2 s and then A3 s The spiritual principle of Not Doing is to not do your C s and B s while always focusing on you re A s Step Six Maintain an on going spiritualized to do list with your A1 s first A2 s second A3 s next then B1 s B2 s etc This list will have your highly important and high priority spiritual activities at the top A1 s The time robbing B1 s and C1 s move down the list as they should The spiritual habit of life here is to focus on your A s while Not Doing your B s and C s Wait until your B s become A s and never do your C s Learn to Not Do by changing delegating and avoiding your C s especially the C1 s that you re routinely doing now Learn to focus on your A1 s to A3 s And give yourself a break You will still have to do some B1 s or even some C1 s for a while The key here is to re orient your attitude and behavior as much as possible to what s important to your spiritual growth rather than just what s of priority in your day to day life Our Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside

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  • 3rd Spiritualizing Habit: Become Mindful
    Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside 3rd Spiritualizing Habit Become Mindful by Jef Bartow Our third spiritualizing habit for life is taught by different names in various traditions Eastern mysticism calls it Mindfulness In Western theology the term is pray without ceasing In business a model of action is defined as first plan second execute and third evaluate the results of your actions Therefore one is always planning executing or evaluating Finally psychologically this habit is sometimes called introspection Prior to becoming mindful we need to learn to meditate One of the first major steps in meditation and a key in spiritualizing yourself is to learn to quiet the daily mind chatter while learning to concentrate There are many methods of doing this One method is to replace the mind chatter with evaluation thinking For many evaluation of behaviors and life is feeling based Did I do well How did I screw up What do they think of me Replacing this mind chatter with evaluation thinking is a mental activity It is a concentrated review based on a positive and constructive orientation This evaluation is to determine ways to improve your behavior and how you execute your plan Therefore this spiritualizing could just as easily be termed simultaneously planning executing and evaluating Effectively we turn our habitual daily thinking into a powerful positive tool to improve fulfilling our goals and spiritual practices Home About Us Articles Paths Programs Contact Us Images on this page provided by NASA s Hubble NASA does not endorse this site Our articles are available for reproduction for all members Please give credit to the author For non members please contact us for permission to reproduce articles 9 Spiritualizing Habits Work Smarter Not Harder Learn Not to Do Become Mindful Solve Problems While Changing Always

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  • Solve Problems While Changing Causes, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    transform the underlying causes In our examples this could be to define what you can do to improve your job performance while providing suggestions to your boss on how to improve the overall department s performance and job results Similarly you can define how you can make the holiday season more joyful and loving for your partner while also doing what you can to help validate your partner s self esteem and value in your relationship You could also suggest ways in which you both can lovingly confront the parents regarding their continuing behavior based on unfulfilled past expectations Getting to the root causes and driving influences of our life difficulties especially those within us is a powerful way to bring spiritual transformation in our life It does require looking deeply at ourselves and others with the willingness to make changes in how we live and relate Our Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside 4th Spiritualizing Habit Solve Problems While Changing Causes by Jef Bartow With our first three spiritualizing habits we are now able to work smarter and more effectively In addition we have learned how to stop the mind chatter and become more aware of our present psychic state and issues that tend to dominate our normal thinking and feeling By becoming Mindful we have also created a substantial amount of time and focus to deal with our issues environment and growth needs Through our formal education process everyone learns how to identify a problem and take simple steps to solve it Much of the time this is recognizing a symptom of a problem and taking steps to eliminate the symptom We have a cold so we take some medicine to get rid of the symptoms Unfortunately unless we determine why we have the cold we will continue to get periodically sick with similar or slightly different symptoms and never get to the root of our sicknesses Spiritually 90 of all sickness is not physically based but rooted in deeper problems throughout our Personality Our fourth spiritualizing habit is a way of getting to the real problems and transforming the influences which put them in our lives First we need to realize that any problem has three levels The first level is the symptoms that we observe Underlying or behind these symptoms is the problem which creates the various symptoms we experience Home About Us Articles Paths Programs Contact Us Our articles are available for reproduction for all members Please give credit to the author For non members please contact us for permission to reproduce articles Images on this page provided by Jenny McCarthy 9 Spiritualizing Habits Work Smarter Not Harder Learn Not to Do Become Mindful Solve Problems While Changing Always Seek Win Win Live Your Agreements Leave Everything Better Focus on the Air Not the Water Know When It s Time for Change Thirdly behind our problems are the causes which create the problems in the first place If we do not change or transform

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  • Always Seek  Win-Win, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    five Cultivate a spiritual win win attitude toward life This step is about taking our new orientation to others and our self and expanding it to all forms of life and life activities The power of this attitude is that we become a positive life affirming instrument for Spirit The more we do this for others and all of life the more opportunity Spirit and God have in doing it for us Our Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside 5th Spiritualizing Habit Always Seek Win Win by Jef Bartow Our fifth spiritualizing habit for life goes against everything that we are conditioned to believe and live in today s society From sports to our philosophy of government from education to our capitalist business environment or even in finding our true love we are taught that winning is good and being number one is best Unfortunately the Spiritual Path is not about winning or being number one It s more about giving up our successes and learning from our failures as a Personality while we create a self conscious Soul and Self that transcends our growingly inadequate personal self This transformation process is only successful as we truly become other oriented whether this other is other humans other kingdoms in nature our own spiritual source and finally God Becoming other oriented is one of the most difficult achievements for humans to attain Our next spiritualizing habit is a powerful way to begin living other oriented with the faith that Spirit will bring us exactly what we need for our growth Simply this spiritualizing habit is to always seek win win solutions and outcomes in all facets of life Work Smarter Not Harder Learn Not to Do Become Mindful Solve Problems While Changing Always Seek Win Win Live Your Agreements Leave Everything Better Focus on the Air Not the Water Know When It s Time for Change Home About Us Articles Paths Programs Contact Us Our articles are available for reproduction for all members Please give credit to the author For non members please contact us for permission to reproduce articles In eastern mysticism a spiritual practice that compliments win win is to cultivate non competition Our competitive nature keeps us attached to the various ways we suffer as humans Our attachment to our outer material life impedes and limits us in developing a spiritual orientation Even in the spiritual community many behave to fulfill material needs first with the idea that once I m comfortable secure and happy I ll pursue the more difficult parts of spiritual growth So our first step to cultivate this spiritualizing habit is Step one Identify and eliminate the various ways we are competitive If you need some help in identifying your competitiveness just ask your family and friends Beyond the obvious take time during the next week to observe the competitiveness around you throughout the day Use your daily meditative time to review and document your insights into our competitive nature and its non

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