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  • Live Your Agreements, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    fulfilling their agreements with you Is conditional or intermittent okay for you Would you like God for example to be as human with you as humans are with each other Is it reasonable to expect perfection from others and not from yourself Also can you commit to perform your agreements perfectly Here s where we need to define a better basis for living our agreements Underlying our most important agreements are certain needs or expectations First we need to understand our agreements through communication Having conscious awareness of our agreements is important for us to live them Second do not we expect loving support during both times of success and those instances when our efforts fail Finally I believe we all would like to have some mechanism in order to change our agreements as we grow and circumstances change This spiritualizing habit is not about living our agreements perfectly It is defining and living a process in which we can love and grow through our agreements in life The basis for this process is to make our agreements conscious through reflection and communication provide loving support for both success and times of failure insist that agreements change when they cannot be lived with spiritual integrity Step four Implement this spiritualizing process in all your agreements The key here is to faithfully live your agreements or change them Our Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside 6th Spiritualizing Habit Live Your Agreements by Jef Bartow Our next spiritualizing habit is one that most of us feel we already exhibit Unfortunately the instinctual human process of sublimation consistently removes that which our conscious awareness does not want to accept It is fairly easy for us to see how others do not live their agreements especially in close relationships It is far more difficult for each of us to see how we are just like others In order for us to see the truth of our own behavior requires greater awareness of our agreements Step One Identify what are your agreements in life To begin it is easy to identify that a marriage agreement exists if we are married If owning a business we can pull out our legal partnership agreement If we make income we can read the IRS tax code or talk to our accountant to understand our agreement with the government But is this what it means to live our agreements Based on a strict outer material orientation we could say yes Based on a spiritual orientation the answer is a profound no Even our legal system accepts verbal agreements as binding 9 Spiritualizing Habits So our agreements have been created by written documents a verbal meeting of the minds our emotional understandings with others and even our repeated behaviors over time Isn t this the basis for common law marriages Step one is about coming to the realization that we have many agreements in life It is also about making them conscious and a basis for growth Start with

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  • Leave Everything Better, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    how we leave that we have control of In addition many of us have lived through life changes where we felt we did not have any control at all Examples include moving to a new city the divorce of our parents the end of a romantic relationship a job layoff or a close friend moving away This habit is not about contemplating our death Part of it is about learning what eastern mystics call non attachment So how do we do it Let s start with the fact that we will leave everything sooner or later 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 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 Step One Learn Non attachment In order to live with Buddha after death one must practice the four Brahma Abodes These practices are called the four immeasurable minds and include love compassion joy and equanimity These practices are immeasurable because if you practice them they will grow in you every day until they embrace the whole world Equanimity here means nonattachment nondiscrimination even mindedness and letting go So what does it mean to learn non attachment or equanimity The first element is freedom continually giving the freedom for each person and situation to move forward naturally and without our control A good visualization for this is seeing twigs floating in a river The currents of the river are Spirit The twigs are us humans As we move down the river there are times in which we re all gathered close either moving slowly or quickly At other times we flow around rocks or other obstacles one by one There can definitely be a togetherness flowing in Spirit but we are individual twigs and must fulfill our individual destiny for Spirit Since we now have a nonattached attitude about end results we can approach every situation objectively to make things better A good example is our work situation There is always room for things to improve and operate better So take your own work responsibilities and define how you can make things better As a parent how can you better contribute to your child s growing learning and stability in life How can you help your spouse or partner better help your child s life What can you do give or change to improve your romantic relationship The overriding important principle here involves putting on a magical pair of glasses that shows you how things can be better and how you can make it happen You put on these glasses in each life situation until they become a permanent part of how you see the world Step three Communicate what

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  • Focus on the Air Not the Water, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    by bringing up what s wrong and what others should do to fix it This negative form of communication and underlying attitude rarely brings good results For the next week or so look to become aware of how you communicate and what you re thinking when you re communicating See how many times a day you get into the negative communication mode identified above See what percentage of your day is focused on what others need to do versus what you can do to improve things Once you have a good picture of your communication style then identify how you can communicate more positively You may have to use the count to 10 before you speak in some situations Even if you still begin by thinking negatively stop yourself before you speak and identify how you can turn your comments into a positive Step Four Cultivate your replacement Our Living Spirit Store Books Paths Look Inside 8th Spiritualizing Habit Focus on the Air Not the Water by Jef Bartow Most of us are all taught to do a good job from the time we were a child whether it s cleaning up our room taking out the trash or helping with dinner Unfortunately many times we are put in positions where we don t feel we can do a good job If you surveyed most corporate environments in this country a large group of both employees and management will convey the limitations on high performance The same goes for parenting Even with all the self help literature education and counseling available most parents still end up parenting like their own parents about average This spiritualizing habit is not about improving performance on day to day tasks It is about implementing a change in attitude and orientation toward life circumstances The first thing for all of us to realize is that we will leave everything and everyone we know at some point in our life especially at death Leaving is inevitable It is normally only when and how we leave that we have control of In addition many of us have lived through life changes where we felt we did not have any control at all Examples include moving to a new city the divorce of our parents the end of a romantic relationship a job layoff or a close friend moving away This habit is not about contemplating our death Part of it is about learning what eastern mystics call non attachment So how do we do it Let s start with the fact that we will leave everything sooner or later 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 Step One Learn Non attachment In order to live with Buddha after death one must practice the four Brahma Abodes These practices are called the four immeasurable minds and include

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  • Know When It's Time for Change, Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    on our conditioning Most of our relationships from childhood condition us to create safe and secure connections with others These safe and secure connections usually involve loyalty sympathy and attachment all instinctive forms of relatedness Breaking attachments is never easy The most fundamental teachings of Eastern mysticism involve becoming non attached to everything in life including matter itself The reason why is that our attachments create suffering If we are to resolve our suffering we must detach As with much in spiritual growth it is easy to say but difficult to do Change involves becoming detached in order to then move in another direction regardless of whatever circumstances or individuals are involved As we all know and feel there is insecurity involved in change Beyond our selves the insecurity in those others involved in our changes powerfully impacts our own confidence and motivation for change Another major factor is matter itself The inertia in the matter within our bodies physical instinctual emotional mental etc greatly inhibits change 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 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 The Spiritual Path is all about change A simple way to put it is that the Path is a process of change from personal and material to impersonal and spiritual At one time or another everything must change within us and around us If we define some simple keywords to describe spiritual it s fairly easy to see how much change will be involved for the human nature part of ourselves These keywords include objective meaningful detached other oriented compassionate and purposeful Obviously we need a lot of help in moving from a human nature oriented personality to a spiritual beingness By design within the human kingdom we have the capacity to develop a spiritual Self and spiritual senses to help us overcome our inertia Our higher Self includes the potential of 15 spiritual senses An early one we develop is intuitive perception As we persevere on our spiritual journey we also have the potential to individuate others including divine reasoning realization comprehension and discernment as part of our spiritual Self Utilization of these senses can be a profound way in learning to know when it s time for change First when the situation cannot benefit from working smarter and you must work only harder to resolve it it s likely that it s time for a change whether your attitude behavior or your involvement When you can t make adjustments that will help the situation then you know it s time for change Second when you see that you

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  • Habits for Living a Spiritual life, Spiritualizing your day to day life, Articles on spiritual growth
    the everyday world If some of these look familiar don t be surprised The important point is that the total of nine spiritualizing habits you will learn here together fulfill the principle that the whole of growth is greater than the sum of the parts Home About Us Articles Paths Programs Contact Us 9 Spiritualizing Habits Work Smarter Not Harder Learn Not to Do Become Mindful Solve Problems While Changing

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  • 12 Characteristics of Spirit, Spiritual Growth through Spirit, Articles on Spirit and Spiritual Growth
    Faith Order Peace Purity Beauty Serenity and Innocence Each of these characteristics can lead us into various Planes and Realms of our universe both materialized and spiritualized So use each characteristic as we go along to explore and experience objective Spirit in its 12 parts Home About Us Articles Paths Programs Contact Us January Serenity Feburary Innocence March Integrity April Love May Justice June Harmony July Truth August Faith September

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  • Article on spiritual astrology, article on spiritual growth for astrologers, article on spiritual Mastery through astrology
    relationships of our birth chart Beyond becoming aware of our personality functions operating within the conditioning of their natal signs and houses our growth is learning to internalize these personality aspects rather than continuing to behave based on our conditioning By the end of Self Balancing we have internalized our instinctual nature Moon our intellect Mercury and our emotional nature Venus and Mars Reorientation The first half of the astrological mandala 1st through 6th houses represents our activity based form building part of life Passing the descendant we begin our true potential for evolution of consciousness and spiritual attainment If we do not make this reorientation to growth then we just begin our devolution toward death The requirements of reorientation are immense Transition By the end of the spiritualizing phase of Reorientation we are at the precipice of Adepthood or first level Mastery We have been through the trials of Job and the crucifixion of Christ and now have a personal self which is aligned conditioned and directed by an objective spiritual Self and self conscious Soul Most initiates in the past leave embodiment in Matter before the end of this place in growth Staying on the physical Plane and maintaining a personal self beyond this point will necessitate a specific commitment to serving Humanity and this earth evolution Beyond the focus of Living Spirit s Spiritual Path of Astrology there is still another phase of growth in which we learn to live our Destiny as a spiritualized Being The rare individual who attains this opportunity in physical embodiment will truly provide a service to Humanity This phase of true spiritual Mastery is just as structured as our spiritual mandala is for our personal self spiritualization The depth of self surrender purity and fortitude required is proportionate to the level of service and destiny that has been committed to by our God Within on its path of spiritual destiny in Matter Astrologically there is a full reversal in the spiritual mandala and conditioning influences from Spirit The characteristics of Spirit replace the astrological signs as the driving force in growth Each personality function Planet takes on a whole new level of operation and focus Effectively we now must become a cosmic Being serving systemic evolution Images provided by NASA NASA does n0t endorse this site This is what is meant by Transition We transition our entire spiritual focus to what will become our spiritual job for the future For some this phase is about leaving Earth and or our solar system for a new assignment For others we transition to a destiny that is all about assisting this local evolution and God s plan for it In every case it is about leaving Humanity and becoming a conscious part of the Spiritual Kingdom By the end of this Transition phase of growth we understand and begin to live our spiritual gift to Humanity Chiron Our fully functioning spiritual identity Uranus and spiritual wisdom Neptune have become the driving force in

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  • Article on an advanced spiritual growth Path based  on transpersonal psychology's Individuation
    believe that higher energies begin to rush into the organism even transfiguring it physiologically In this phase of growth we are challenged to internalize our shadow and our lower anima animus Before internalization our shadow represents the negative or repressed parts of our un transformed Personality As we become aware and transform the shadow we truly begin taking responsibility for our life We never eliminate the shadow but transform it into a subconscious ally regarding living our own values and fully detaching from our conditioning in life During Egoic Individuation we identify our internal contra sexual self anima animus and begin to remove the projections of it from those in our life This more internal processing is helped along by an outer focus in dealing with our self indulgences egotism and superego conditioning Here s where we transition from a personal orientation to an other orientation in life including generosity toward those we share life with In the process we learn to live outwardly based on principles and inwardly based on numinous archetypical symbols The last part of Egoic Individuation involves beginning to move our center of consciousness into a Low Subtle Self characterized by intuitive cognition and mental discrimination A primary focus of this phase of growth is to transcend and begin disintegrating the balanced perfected Personality we have so carefully built On our psychological mandala of life we fully embrace accelerated evolution of consciousness and devolution of our inherited matter bodies This place in growth is where many become entangled in regression rather than embracing a whole new level of orientation Some of the ways that we make this transition is by dealing with various archetypes conditioning especially the mother archetype We are challenged to deal with our physical body and remaining family issues in life Finally by intensely focusing on resolving our projection process in life we begin living life based on daily conscious qualification of spiritual energies and a higher creativity Mana Personality Becoming fully focused as a Low Subtle Self is the first major step beyond living as a Personality Fully transitioning our center of consciousness into the spiritual Planes Realms begins the most arduous part of the psychological spiritual growth process With spiritual insights and energies flowing more freely throughout our entire existence we face the dangers of an inflated spiritual ego mana personality fueled by powerful spiritual influences This phase begins when our integrated ego consciousness is expanding and transcending to become the Self It is characterized by ego inflation and a sense that one is already the Self This resonance of the Ego with the Self creates an amplified reverberation and feedback loop that can destroy the Ego This phase of growth is for careful non identification with higher energies but a willingness and surrender to allow these energies to transform the Ego Unless we are careful the death and regeneration of our Ego and Personality during this phase will result in death Various spiritual practices can assist our surrender including cultivating

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