You are a spiritual being, an immortal soul, going through a human experience. Upon your birth into this world you took on some new good and bad karma (right and wrong ideas) from your parents, environment and culture. These early influences began the formation of your personal beliefs, which developed into your personality. While each of us believes he/she sees the world objectively, we don’t. Each of us sees the world through his/her individual personality (the collection of ideas and beliefs). Thus, everyone lives in a somewhat different world. “A Course in Miracles” states the situation this way:
It is impossible not to believe what you see, but it is equally impossible to see what you do not believe. Perceptions are built up on the basis of experience, and experience leads to beliefs. It is not until beliefs are fixed that perceptions stabilize. In effect, then, what you believe you do see. That is what I meant when I said, “Blessed are ye who have not seen and still believe,” for those who believe in the resurrection will see it. (ACIM Old Text 192 – New 208)
Needless to say, we all experience a great deal of conflict resulting from the clashing of our countess different personalities. While I am ever seeking harmony, friendship, community, love and peace of mind, I can never find it until I transcend my own limited beliefs about myself, others and life in general. I need to become enlightened through personal transformation. Such transformation can only be accomplished through a notice of spiritual practices in which we embrace the precepts of enlightenment.
My Associate Minister, Syntysche Groverland, and I have decided to do a series of talks on the ideas or principles of enlightenment as they have been related over the years by the mystic teachers and gurus we have studied over the years. From these enlightened teachers, we have distilled the seven principles of enlightenment which are:
- Recognition of one’s dilemma
- Courage to face one’s fears and karma
- Specific spiritual practices
- Understanding non-attachment
- Right thinking, right action
- Loosing self in service
- What is enlightened love
To listen to this talk series, please visit our Sermon’s Archive.