Will You Help God Help You? – Part 4

We have been looking at tools that we can bring to our disposal for creating a keen sensitivity to realizing when we fall of the path that God has set for us – i.e. sliding back into the destructive ways of the world. That sensitive alert we want to cultivate is one that motivates us to immediately return to God.

The first three tools we considered were:

1. Willingness: a willingness to call upon God for help and to conform to His ways.

2. God: If you could live your highest and best life through your own efforts, you would have done so by now. No one can. We have to look for the help that transcends our humanity. That assistance only comes from our Creator.

3. Meditation: a practice for rooting out the thought processes that prompt us to act in ways that are deleterious to our spiritual and physical well being. It allows us to stay in the present moment where life lives and our connection with God exists.

Let’s finish by examining the last two:

Inquisitiveness:

You were born perfect but you were unconsciously conditioned. You didn’t know that the meanings you attached to the world around you would become hazardous to your health – false interpretations especially facilitated through that voice construct in your head and lived out in the masks you try to cover your true self with.

It’s not your fault, but neither is it an excuse to be a victim. A victim sees no possibility. You have infinite possibilities. Now is the time to ask yourself questions. It’s not your fault for where you’ve been, but is your total responsibility to learn how to wake up and see what is real. Then you can see what is possible.

Definitions change as knowledge increases. Carlos Castaneda

You must question everything about how you’ve been living your life and look to see who has been in charge – deconstructing your false self in the process so that you can be free from your own opinions. It’s time to sow seeds of doubt in the voice in your head – time for you to take yourself off autopilot and grab hold of the helm.

This is not a one-on-one battle to try to get the voice to shut up. It doesn’t know how. However, you can neutralize it with the power of truth. You can always recognize your adversary when it’s around. It’s that mental barrage that is totally devoid of love.

It might say something like, ‘You’re stupid!’ Instead of rolling up into a fetal position, ask your heart, not your head, ‘Is that really true?’ Your heart will tell you ‘no,’ and it never lies. Think about what happens to you physically and emotionally when you’ve lived in agreement with the lies in your head. Respond to that apparition, ‘I’m far better than that.’ The voice will hiccup in disbelief.

Ask yourself (your heart), ‘What would my life be like, what would I be like, if I didn’t believe this lie, and instead embraced the truth of the wonder of how God made me?’ The voice gulps.

Commit to be kind and loving with yourself every time that voice squeaks. Do something that you don’t think you deserve – walk on the beach, do nothing for 30 minutes, get a root beer float.

Suppose that voice tells you not to go to a party you’ve been invited to, because the people there will make fun of you for being such a geek. Moreover, it says it knows just how you feel and suggests you reach for the bottle of wine you have in the kitchen to make yourself feel better.

What if you said to yourself, ‘Who says I’m a geek? It’s just that old lying ghost in my head. I don’t need a judge in my life any longer. It only brings me grief. I’m not believing anything it says ever again.’ And you go to the party! The voice moans.

However, let’s say you lost this round and chugged that bottle. The following day, when the voice berates you for your drunkenness, instead of exposing your flesh to be scourged, what if you respond with ‘Yes, I did something that was not good for me. I’m going to forgive myself for my unconscious behavior and act differently for my greater good.’ The voice begins to dissipate.

You see how much more powerful that is when you exhort yourself, give yourself another chance and hold out love and hope? Instead of hating yourself, continue to ask powerful questions to help you dethrone that mental tyrant. For example:

‘Can I allow myself to decide that I’ve been punished enough? Could I let go of wanting to punish myself? Will I let it go? Wouldn’t I rather be free? Can I stop from planning any more punishment against myself in the future? Could I let that feeling go?’

When will I do these things? Is there any reason why that moment can’t be right now?’

Questions are powerful. That voice in your head cannot stand up to inquisition, nor can it stand against love. If it says you are a monster inside, tell it to show that monster to you. (It can’t, because the monster doesn’t exist. It never did.)

Everything the voice says is a lie. Whatever it says, answer with ‘Who cares?’ Then tell yourself the opposite of its accusation. Always ask, ‘What is real, true and important here?’ When you become aware of your old ways of being and choose to do otherwise, (i.e. God’s ways) you will have real freedom.

Write your powerful questions down and post them around your house to remind you to return to your present moment. You are now in the process of living from the heart and leaving the mind behind…

Action:

‘Transforming moments’ consist of revelations (ah-ha moments of truth) that can literally change your life – if and only if you implement them. You cannot wish your problems away. You must reach out to God and challenge your adversary. God will move on your behalf, but you must act first.

That opens the way for you to create something new – a life that you want by putting your faith in your transforming moments (ultimately sent to you by God) and act!

You have to participate in getting back the life you were meant to have. And that’s exactly what we are going to do together…

Next time.
Goodnight and God bless.

Will You Help God Help You? – Part 3

In the first two parts of this series, we began examining what kind of tools we could use to generate an awareness that will warn us when we’ve slipped back into the ways of the world – forgetting our path with God, and in the process, forgetting about God Himself. We know that the ways of the world are destructive. Indeed for many of us, it was the effects of that destruction that led us to the Lord in the first place.

Cultivating our awareness will prompt us to return to Him.

The first tool was exercising our free will to call on God for help and be willing to change our ways to maintain our connection with Him.

The second tool is God Himself. You’ve not been able to crawl out of the brainwashing you received as a child and you need the help of Someone who transcends that experience. That only Someone is God because He knows every detail of what has happened to you, how you have suffered, and what you have done to perpetuate that suffering. Only He can deliver you from all of that…

The third tool for consideration:

MEDITATION

We first encounter the word ‘meditate’ in the Bible just before Isaac encountered his bride-to-be (Rebekah):

And Isaac went out to meditate and bow down [in prayer] in the open country in the evening… Gn. 24:63 AMP

So we know that one of the Patriarchs meditated.

What else does the Bible say about meditation?

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Josh. 1:8 ESV

…the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly…Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Ps. 4:3, 4. NKJV (ESV translation substitutes the word ‘meditation’ with ‘ponder’ and the AMP says ‘commune with.’)

…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – mediate on these things. Phil. 4:8 NKJV

So meditation is not a foreign concept to God. We can see that we are commanded to contemplate the word of God continually for accurate action on our parts, which results in having a good life. Additionally, it is revealed to us that mediation is a tool for making the mind a ‘still place’ in order to be ready to commune with our Creator.

I purposely bring this up because there are many ‘Christians’ who claim that meditation is evil and opens up the mind for the devil to rush in and occupy the practitioner. Rubbish!

Mediation is a tool for slowing down the mind, creating an environment where we can watch the mind (and the voice in our head) at work – looking for the lies we’ve created so that we can unravel them. In other words, to ferret out the satanic template that was placed there so long ago, so that we can uproot it and the associated thoughts that bind us.

It’s also a very powerful tool to help us enter into the present moment, freeing us from the past to contemplate a different way of being. If we stop running from the present moment and ourselves, we can deconstruct our impressions of the past, and create a space where God can come and heal us from the associated self-inflicted meaningless meanings of hurt.

When we take care of our present moment, we can help bring fulfilling consecutive moments (i.e. our future).

Meditation helps you embrace whatever life if offering (whether or not it is attractive to you) and be happy in that moment – freeing you from the deluge of your opinions and the punishment you inflict upon yourself for not living up to them. In other words, it assists you in exorcising your false self so that your focus turns to what serves you, instead of what benefits the voice in your head.

The practice of meditation is for enlightenment, not for achieving some supernatural state. It’s for revealing the qualities of the spirit God placed within you – to get to know the real you. In a nutshell, it’s for unlearning what you think you know.

(This can be scary for those who are attached to their mask; yet ironically, it is this very camouflage that perpetuates their suffering.)

There are many methods of meditation. Let’s look at a simple one:

Get yourself a silent timer or one that plays a pleasant tone (like a bell or gong) at regular intervals. This sound is to remind you to stop chasing after your mind (which you’ll do repeatedly in the beginning) and return to just noticing what’s going on.

Find a quiet place, free from distractions – no music, media devices, or people.

(In the beginning you may squirm, as you will be uncomfortable being with yourself. So if you feel you absolutely need music, make it an instrumental so that you are not concentrating on the lyrics.)

Wear loose-fitting clothing and find a comfortable place to sit with your spine erect and eyes open. (There is a tendency to engage in your mental chatter when they’re closed.)

Be aware that the voice in your head will fight you every step of the way because you are threatening its very existence. It will use mental abuse, confusion, distraction and even sleep to stop you. In the beginning, it will be successful. Don’t judge yourself for giving in to the voice. You will gather strength and prevail with practice.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THIS ENTIRE PROCESS IS TO BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE WITH YOURSELF.

Set your timer for one minute. Add one minute every day until you are meditating one hour per day for the rest of your life.

(You will gain better focus, concentration and awareness, and lower blood pressure, peace, happiness, present-moment living the ability to stay on your God channel.)

Breathe slow and deep – in through the nose, out the mouth, relaxing after each exhalation.

(This makes you an active participant and acts as your point of focus. Focusing on breathing is the beginning of awareness. It is one of your God-connections. You can’t stop breathing. God breathes you. Breathing is a celebration of life.)

As you’re sitting still, staying with your breath, you may want to count your breaths to help you focus, or use guided imagery, e.g. ‘Breathing in, I accept life. Breathing out, I release love.’

Meditation looks easy but de-conditioning yourself is an arduous task. That voice in your head will declare war – flooding you with your fears and parading your strategies for hiding from life before you, to shame you for your weaknesses.

[We counterattack (with love) by not making excuses for what we’ve done. Instead, we just notice them, seeing what they are, looking for our motivations behind our doing them, and then discovering the false meanings behind those incitements. Then, we can watch our false and unworkable concepts we have about life and ourselves dissolve. We give ourselves love and compassion without condemnation, knowing that just like everybody else, we did our best to try to make our way in this world.]

The voice will tell you meditation is stupid and doesn’t work. It will also say that you’re stupid and this path is too hard. It will try to cajole you into returning to your distractions, addictions and / or isolation. The voice says your life is fine just the way it is (because it lives off of your suffering).

Then the criticisms come as it says you’re not ‘meditating right’ in order to keep you unconscious; and how better to do that than convincing you you’ve failed again. IT WANTS YOU DEAD IN THE HEAD.

But all you have to do is to lovingly and kindly acknowledge that you’ve been ‘thinking’ again, let the thoughts go, and take the next breath.

We are striving for a ‘mindless’ state, that is, one where we have successfully stripped away our false mind (the collection of our masks). Again, we don’t beat ourselves up for having them. Everyone has had the same brainwash. We can be rid of the voice by cutting off the power we’ve been giving it.

Everything that has worth (joy, peace and love) is foreign to our false mind. The sacred things live in the place where we are mindless – our spirit. When we gain awareness of the nature of our mind / spirit conflict, we can shift to our spirit side, end our reactionary state, and focus on our breath.

The quality of your life is entirely dependent upon the quality of the relationship you have with yourself and God.

Meditation is a way of bringing you into spiritual alignment. Doing so, you can see how you have been living your life and what that has cost you. Shedding that, you discover your highest and best path for reconnecting with God and for being at one with yourself.

If you’re putting off meditating, look to how you put off everything and commit to stepping over that.

If an old belief presents itself during mediation, ponder whether it’s true or not. If it’s a lie, let it go. Return to your breath until another one pops up, and then rinse and repeat. You can’t have too much truth. Peace comes with truth. So, if you’re experiencing stress and resistance in your mediation, celebrate! You’re on the cusp of a good, healthy change. Never give up and acknowledge yourself for your efforts.

You’re not trying to get something. You’re learning how to live in the present moment. Relax and let all your thoughts come, see them for what they are, and let them go. Instead of being afraid of what you might find, be curious. Your thoughts are not you; they are illusions.

If you suddenly quit meditating because you come up against something you think you can’t handle, don’t judge yourself. Simple recommit. Each time you meditate, try to step further into those thoughts and emotions that frighten you. With every crescendo, take a deep breath and look at the meanings you’ve attached to the thoughts and to your reactionary body sensations. Discover what made you think they were true and let them die when you see they have no healthy purpose.

If you sit still with fear, it will dissipate. If you find yourself squirming, you are on the verge of discovering another way you resist suffering. If you feel you are reaching a ‘breaking point,’ realize this process is not a punishment. Instead, you are on the edge of a life-transforming revelation. When you can face that fear and let it wash over you instead of running, your struggle will be over.

(You see, resistance is a force – showing up as confusion, self-criticism, self-sabotage, perfectionism, blaming, envy, busyness or procrastination. We usually meet resistance in life with more resistance (in the aforementioned forms) to try to neutralize it. If we fail, we judge ourselves. If we turn to meditation to discover our ‘resistance pattern,’ we’ll be able to drop it and open ourselves up to whatever happens next.)

During our practice, we do nothing but stay aware of our breath and notice our thoughts. In so doing, our minds lose their frenzied way of being while we are nurturing a growing field of clarity. We identify our habits and who we are trying to be when we try to hold our world together with unworkable beliefs and we discover the ways we punish ourselves when we think we fall short. Ultimately, we’ll be able to watch our negative patterns and let them unravel, having compassion for ourselves for thinking they would protect us.

There is nothing in your head that can really hurt you. It’s only the ignorance and denial you practice that brings pain. A thought is only an ephemeral wisp, and emotion is just a form of energy.

When a thought arises, instead of letting it hook you, (‘What if this thought is important?), question it: ‘Who would I be without this thought?’ Replace it with a thought that loves you.

Meditation is not about doing away with your thoughts. Your mind never ceases to think. But when you learn to stop giving them such importance, you’ll be able to let them go and return to the breath.

As we see the falsity of our thoughts, we lavish gobs of forgiveness upon ourselves for what we’ve ignorantly said or done to others or ourselves because of our belief in them. Then we stay on the hunt for other covert ways we’ve utilized and let them go as well.

Remember that you must implement your revelations. When you shed the person you think you are, and remodel your inner space so that it only holds love, joy and peace, your outer world will be filled with the same.

When we become open to every present moment, we become part of the unfolding life where there is no suffering. (There will always be painful moments but we don’t have to suffer by making life itself, the events in it and ourselves wrong.)

Celebrate by giving up having to know what will happen next. Appreciate your gift of life and the gift of yourself, and spread the love. That’s what living in the kingdom of God is all about.

Next time, last tools.
Goodnight and God bless.

Will You Help God Help You?

We know that God is all-powerful and He doesn’t really need our help (directly). More about that later…

Beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing with every person that descended from them (through the end of time), God gave the gift of free will. It is really an agreement between God and all people, whereupon He agrees not interfere with their volitional decisions.

He will do His best to try to show you the right path but your decision for your next moment rests entirely in your hands – as well as does the consequences for those decisions.

Why is that important?

Since mid-July of this year, (beginning with the post: How The Devil Stole Your Soul), we studied how the Devil convinced Adam and Eve that they were less than perfect by telling them that God lied to them regarding the potential consequences of their disobedience and encouraged them to disobey God so that they could ‘better themselves’ through rebellion.

As we know, God does not lie and Adam and Eve did become ‘damaged goods’ through their subsequent disconnect with God. Then they passed this disassociation down to their descendants, who passed it on to there own – ad infinitum.

When I say ‘damaged goods,’ I mean people who think they are not ‘good enough’ or ‘unlovable’ in God’s eyes, the eyes of others, and in their own.

If someone suffers from a malodorous and fractured sense of self, they look outside of themselves [to others and to a parasite that resides in their mind while existing outside of it (ego / voice in their head)] to find acceptance / validation. Yet because these same people believe they are inherently flawed, they present a false persona to others (a mask) that they hope those others will love.

But, if you’re trying to get someone to love your mask, and even if they do, that’s not remotely related to loving the real you, so your real needs never get met. When you’re engaged in this fruitless, frenetic dance, you take on the characteristics of fear, shame, guilt, anger, bitterness and rigidity – which makes you an extremely poor candidate for healthy, love-filled relationships, as well as making you vulnerable for unhealthy relationships of the most destructive kind.

Seeing as how all of life exists in relationships, your life becomes no life at all…

Praise God we saw last time (Can God Deliver You From Yourself?) that nothing can stand against our God and nothing can block His love from blanketing you. God created you and set you upon a good path:

Does not [God] see my ways and count all my steps? Job 31:4 AMP

You have also given me the shield of your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, so my feet did not slip. Ps. 18:35, 36. NKJV

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way…The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. Ps. 37:23 & 31. NKJV

Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Ps. 23:6 NASB

Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before they ever took shape, when as yet there were none of them. Ps. 139:16 AMP

It’s just that you were knocked off of your path as a child due to the unconscious brainwashing that took place. All you have to do is ask God to take you back (in confession and repentance) and He will – no exceptions! He’ll clean up the mess you’ve inadvertently made out of your life and restore you to His kingdom, whereupon your life will be a blazoned glory of your Father.

But see the scripture above, ‘steps of a good man’ and ‘The law of God is in his heart.’ Thus, in order to get a good life, you must include God and do your best to be obedient to His word. Only then, will God set all things in good order for you – including all the love and acceptance you could ever want, both from Him directly and from others whom He loves you through.

You have freewill choices and efforts that you have to make to have the kind of life you want:

In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Eph. 6:10 – 13. AMP

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Eph. 6:14 – 17. NKJV

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. Rm. 8:13, 14. NKJV

You must make a continuing choice for living God’s way, thus keeping your love-connection with Him intact. That’s the primary way in which you help God help you. Then, God will grant you the highest and best life…

But what happens when you don’t? And I’m talking here about people who are doing their best to walk a godly path. Yet you’ve seen many a Christian (some of them quite famous for their ‘holiness’) come upon hard times, where sin has crept in and their lives fell in ruin.

Why is that? Didn’t they have enough faith? I don’t think that’s true in most cases.

First of all, many people think that the devil takes a hike when you saddle up to God. Not so! He doubles down on his efforts to pull you away from Him. God is going to annihilate the devil (through Christ), but that’s not going to happen until the time of this world is done. It’s up to you not to listen to nor act upon Satan’s suggestions.

Second, we are literally swimming in a sea of humanity 24/7, which, for the most part is godless – either by choice of through ignorance.

Guess what? Swimming in that mire can break us down little by little. Incrementally and sneakily, our old humanity (with that voice in our head) creeps back in. We don’t even recognize our descent back into the wiles of our flesh until our lives begin to fall apart once more.

Still, we can always return to God to start anew. Yet, what if we could greatly reduce our backsliding and thus our valleys of suffering, and live the majority of the time on the peaks of our love-filled life?

It is possible. How? We must become a detective and find out all the sneaky ways the world tries to tug at us and uncover the games we unconsciously play to stay in the satisfaction of the flesh.

We can become hyper-aware of all those shenanigans and nip them in the bud when they first raise their ugly heads.

When we do that, we become aware too of the need to return to God with confession and repentance to get our lives back.

So, I’m going to shift gears in our series and look at solutions (Praise God!) to this age-old dilemma. It’s based upon my 45-year study of human behavior (and that includes my own). It’s only one set of solutions, but it’s a way that brought me back from the brink of death and I believe I’ve been charged by God to share it with you should you choose this mission of awakening.

What is this mission? It’s a way to lay the foundation of how to gain instant awareness of when we’ve been sucked back into the ways of the world, so that we can regain our conscious appreciation for whom God made each of us to be. In other words, to reclaim the perfect humanity that He already gave us.

You don’t have to understand that perfection, you only have to embrace it. As a perfectly created image of God, you already possess all the attributes of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22, 23.)

If you let these spiritual qualities manifest (by following God’s path), love, acceptance and happiness would lose its elusiveness; self-judgment would be a bygone practice and you would attract whomever you wanted, to share your rediscovered happiness and love with…

This is the most important task that you will ever take on because it is a matter of life or death: to either live in and by the light of God that He has always planned for you, or to remain in the darkness and die by degrees.

You’ll need the right tools: willingness, God, meditation, steadfast awareness and inquisition, and action.

I’ve listed these tools in the order that you have to apply them.

WILLINGNESS

No one else can give you your life back. You have to take it back and you can only do so if you are willing.

I placed the tool of ‘willingness’ before ‘God’ because He never violates our free will. (He does that primarily because He wants you to willingly send your love to Him. After all, it’s only love that’s freely given without coercion that constitutes real love.)

That’s why it’s so important to make sound decisions, because in order to preserve your free will, God has to allow the consequences of them to play out.

God will do anything you ask of Him (within His guidelines), but you must be willing to call upon Him and make those requests before He can move on your behalf. Also, you must be willing to change your ways of being and doing (repent) in order to shed that unworkable life that you’ve been living.

To be continued…
Goodnight and God bless.