Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
Throughout one’s adult life, numerous issues must be experienced, some of which are difficult and challenging to say the least. No one who has ever walked this planet has lived a life unscathed by tough and trying experiences. Metaphysically and spiritually we understand and look upon problems as an avenue for spiritual growth and understanding.
Naturally, no one wishes to invite problems into one’s life; however, no one can avoid them. The truth is that they tend to force issues in our lives, or may bring something to a head that has long since needed to be addressed. If problems, even the most difficult, can be looked upon as blessings in disguise, then it is more possible to see the spiritual reality or meaning of what is taking place in our lives.
The late, world-renowned psychologist, Carl Jung, once said, “You don’t solve problems, but instead outgrow them.” What Dr. Jung said was indeed very true, when life and its problems are seen and viewed with a deeper Spiritual perspective.
A spiritual perspective can be compared to climbing a high mountain that has a wonderful view of the city in which you live. The higher up the mountain you travel, the greater the area or vastness you are able to explore from your elevated view of what lies beneath. At the top of a mountain, you can look back upon the noise, pollution and other factors that make the daily life of a city less pleasant.
In other words, by separating yourself from your immediate daily environment or activities, the chances greatly improve of your having a larger perspective of what is really occurring in your own life or the lives of others you know.
The suggestion of rising above problems is essential when it comes to living your life more successfully. When you find yourself in the midst of one or more problems, it is difficult to know what to do about them because in your mind you may be operating on the same mental wave length as the problem. You must, therefore, separate yourself or your mind from the mental level, or functional level, of your consciousness to allow the inner higher faculties of your mind to respond.
Most problems begin and continue, if they do, on the outer levels of consciousness. In other words, they function on the personal ego level, on a conscious level, in conjunction with the memory level of the personal ego. This is where conditional responses to life’s problems lie, waiting to react to various difficulties in one’s life.
The memory level of the mind is of human origin for the most part, that is to say, intelligence that is stored there. This data has been gleaned from events, experiences, and knowledge gained from an environment that is not highly evolved collectively in its consciousness to offer much assistance regarding solutions while in the midst of any problem. Furthermore, what assistance is offered is not necessarily even correct. In other words, it is the sickness trying to find its own cure, or trying, within the poison itself, to find the antidote.
Rising above the mental level in your mind is the only way to be able to see more clearly what should be done to deal with a problem. Rising above it also means rising above the effect on yourself psychologically, spiritually and physically. Problems, if they are severe enough or long-lived, can drain you of your peace of mind and emotional steadiness, and can have adverse effects on your health.
Down through the ages, those who have entered higher realms of spiritual consciousness within themselves have seen a much larger vision of what is taking place around them in this world; problems which have been brought about by lack of spiritual awareness. They have seen the cures which would be more evident if people did possess spiritual awareness and understanding.
Whatever problems you may be having in your life at this time, or may have to confront in the future, remember always that the way out of a problem is the way in. In other words, go into yourself as deeply as you can, since the deeper into your mind you travel, the more you ascend a stairway of mental levels to the Universal Supreme Intelligence of God within the nucleus of your mental being, where all is known, and wherein a peace that comes from knowing all that can be known abides as a combined all-knowing/all peace State of God-Being.
As you seek this state or come closer to it within yourself, the negative effects of problems ease away, and ideas found in the all-knowing Supreme Intelligence of God enter your mind through doorways of intuition, and provide you with the information necessary to remove, deal with or sublimate to your advantage any problems. Note that problems exist only on the problem level and do not exist on the universal level.
Exist in your mind on the universal level to as high a degree as you can, and both the problems and their effects on you will correspondingly dissolve into the nothingness of the temporary illusion of the unaware world that gave birth to them.
Universal consciousness flowing into your conscious level will cause such a state of mind. Therefore, when such universal flowing is not dominant in your surface consciousness, monitor your own conscious thinking and attitude and try to coordinate it with universal consciousness by taking hold of your conscious thought process and filling it with concentration on the nature of universal thinking, or the Mind of God.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 2: Module 31.
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