Maybe We Need To Think This Out Again

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. (Ephesians 2:1-3, New International Version)

What happens when people spend too much time and energy scratching the itches of the animal soul, the itches for survival, pleasure, power, and avoidance of responsibility?  Among other things, we become less magnanimous, we become less aware and expressive of our total inclusion in life.

Step 11 of Steps to Knowledge, “I am not apart from life,” is an affirmation rather than a description of a current condition, as the step says…

“What is mysterious is your mind. It seems to be a distinct point of understanding, but it is as much a part of life as your physical fabric.You are an individual unaware of your Source and your total inclusion in life.Your individuality is a burden now, but it will be a great happiness to you when it can express life itself.”

At this point, I recall the words of the apostle Paul, where he says he makes his body his slave, so that he might be of service to others.  I recall the words of Paul when he talks about taking every thought captive.  I recall the chapter in A Course in Miracles about how the body is a means of communication.

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One thought on “Maybe We Need To Think This Out Again

  1. I disagree, about the affirmation: it’s stating the obvious (“This is so obvious if you look …”). But I appreciate what you are attempting. I say “attempting” as the connections between paragraphs are not clear; you endeavor is clear.

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