When I was young I used to pray for a bike, then I realized that God doesn't work that way, so I stole a bike and prayed for forgiveness.
Popular with some New Age folks is the idea that our minds need to be emptied (empty-mind meditation). They believe that would be a more spiritual state. The question remains: "Why do we have all these billions of brain cells if God did not intend us to think?" Are we calling God stupid for giving us all this "useless and best-discarded" brainpower? Is it really the best thing for us to assume God made a mistake?
Yes, we need to reduce the domination by our minds; but I believe the best goal for most of us is to integrate our minds with our bodies, our hearts and our awareness. In my opinion and experience, a goal of mind elimination/separation sets people up for ongoing pain and suffering. Integration, on the other hand, leads us in the direction of inner peacefulness.
The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking. Albert Einstein, 1879-1955
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
|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."|