A bit of New Age humor: Dog Letters to God
Dear God, How come people love to smell flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another? Where are their priorities?
Dear God, If we come back as humans, does that mean we were good dogs or bad dogs?
Dear God, Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize to them?


Spiritual Advancement and
Heart-Rate/Blood-Pressure Measurements

Excerpt from Chapter 2 - Measuring Spirituality

Have you unknowingly mired yourself in the seductive spirituality maze? Or, are you almost ready to cycle off the physical plane for good? In this chapter, I am suggesting three different ways of measuring spiritual advancement. These ways involve examination of:

Bodily measurements (blood pressure, heart rate and extremities' temperatures)

What gives satisfaction (pleasure, success, service, or freedom)

Facial expression (how wide open is the face)

Most of us have no idea where we are spiritually. There is much neurotic belief that all New Age spirituality is wonderful. What feels good is often what one pursues. If "feeling good" is the criterion, why not just pursue alcohol, heroin or crack? While feeling good is a useful factor, there are other major criteria for evaluating spiritual tools and paths. Does everything fit together and make sense? Is anything really happening psychologically and spiritually, or are the same old patterns just showing up repeatedly? Is any real human good coming from current paths? How much attachment is there to people, places, ideas, old trauma, a teacher or a favorite spiritual system? What do body measures of tension (blood pressure, heart rate and extremities' temperatures) show?

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© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze


This Chapter
  Spiritually Advanced?
  Offended by Measurements?
  Tyranny of Normal/Average
  Measuring Your Body - Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
  Avoiding Blood/Heart Measurements
  Short Term Results Trap - Blood Pressure Followup
  Measuring Inner Peace
  Measuring Stages of Spiritual Development
  Attachment to Pleasure
  Popular Childish Ideas
  Self Sabotage
  Attachment to Success
  Stage II New Age Leaders
  Attachment to Service
  Stage III Personal Example
  Freedom & Liberation
  A Wide-Open Face - Empty Soul Smile?
  Reading Smiling Faces - Empty Soul?
  Other Measuring Tools
  How Non-Attached Are You?
    Related Pages:
Stress vs. Healthy Blood Pressure
Healthy Blood Pressure Readings
Stress and Pulse Rate
Measuring Pulse Rate at Home
Healthy Heart/Pulse Rate Readings
Low Resting Blood Pressure = Inner Peacefulness?
Temporary Normal Heart Rate Readings = Not Necessarily Good
Body Measurements/Readings and Peace of Mind

Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "Trauma (large or small) that we have not resolved shows up as smoking, drinking, overweight, tension, numbing, or etc."