Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
“The Metaphysical State of Mind that Produces Successful Living”
Since the turn of the century, particularly in the United States and other Western countries, success metaphysics has appeared in abundance. Over the decades, the basic teachings have evolved; yet the truths upon which they stand remain relatively intact.
More recently, however, the public’s attention has been drawn toward metaphysics under various labels and packaging, through books, tapes, television, radio, magazines, and social media. Mass media communications has played a major role, along with a growth in the availability of lectures, courses, seminars, individual counseling, and tutoring.
Through it all, millions in the United States alone have been introduced to principles and practices that are part of success metaphysics. That term, as it is being used here, can apply in small or large part to teachings that might come under the label of New Thought, or a positive-thinking approach to life based on spiritual reality.
The initial motivation for being attracted to any system of success metaphysics is, for the majority of people, the lure and promise of improvement in one’s life, particularly in the areas of love, money and health. If the system of success metaphysics is fully cognizant of the intricacies of what it is teaching, then it must be realized that the emphasis of what makes everything work for its followers is spiritual in nature – the foremost being that all good experienced in life is as a result of God.
Complementing this truth is the principle that the more someone places their personal ego aside, the greater their chances become to merge with the great God of the Universe. The focus of their concentration should therefore be more inward. Their initial motivation for self-need should begin to shift toward the importance of drawing close to God.
The whole of any worthwhile form of success metaphysics revolves around God as the nucleus, and thus should be the natural focus of attention. The fulfilling of one’s needs in matters of love, finance and health would naturally remain; however, the shift of focus would now swing to the Source, or God.
The initial motivation or need remains, but self-centered concerns of the personal ego should give way to an interest in the pursuit of spiritual oneness. God should become the center stage of attraction in one’s mind, as emphasis is placed upon Christ’s concept of, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.”
This in no way suggests becoming a religious zealot, running through life with half-crazed emotionalism. It does mean, however, coming to a calm realization that pursuing the Presence of God within oneself should take foremost priority, since if this is done, then whatever one needs will be met due to the relationship to the Presence of God within themselves.
Such an attitude, coupled with the spiritual self-revealing that occurs in mediation, should act as the impetus for realizing that while our immediate personal needs may have been the initial attraction or motivation, they were only the most surface of issues.
The real reason we are attracted or come into contact with any genuine form of success metaphysics is to begin a process of self-growth, to outgrow our present personal ego, and to form a more lasting relationship of a mystically intimate nature with the God-Presence of Universal Mind and Spirit within.
To truly succeed, personal egotism must be set aside in favor of universal selfhood. If we draw closer to God within ourselves, then we will find that a state of mind is emerging from within ourselves that sees things in larger perspectives, and is not content to stand still and bask in lesser accomplishments. A person’s concentration of creative energies — God’s creative thoughts — individualizes or takes hold of the individual’s spirit, resulting in the attitude that success in anything in life is left undone or unfinished unless it is pursued all the way to its ultimate culmination.
One becomes grateful to God for any minor victories won in life, but knows that far more is possible. A person’s consciousness vibrates with pursuing everything to its ultimate because the more universal one’s mind becomes through their relationship with God, the more they see the total picture or what really needs to, and can be achieved.
The closer we become to the Presence of God within ourselves, the more we are filled with universal love. Universal love is love based on compassion, understanding, tolerance, and patience with one’s fellow beings. People whose state of mind is really equal to success in the fullest meaning of the word possess, manifest, and express compassion, understanding, tolerance, and patience with others on a daily basis, as they live their lives. This does not mean striking a self-righteous pose with others, and spiritually patronizing them to make themselves seem spiritual superior. Holier-than-thou types are not in a state of mind to really practice the Golden Rule, since they are too mentally preoccupied with their own false sense of spiritual self-importance.
Once we have come into a metaphysical state of mind that produces successful living, we know we must do more than simply strike a prayerful position upon awakening in the morning, we must hold that position as a lifestyle for the entire day. God created the entirety of the Universe, which encompasses a great deal of activity. The nature of God is one of activity.
Such activity is a combination of God’s Spirit (Presence), universal consciousness, expression in matter or physical density. This expression involves the action or activity of a trinity of Spirit, mind, and matter. The closer we draw to the Presence of God within ourselves, the more we realize that only through taking action in Spirit, mind, and then body (physical manifestation) can our more significant needs be accomplished.
Those who have truly achieved a state of mind conducive to realizing success metaphysically, should have arrived at a point in their consciousness wherein they regard themselves as action-people, those who are relentlessly deliberate and concentrated, day after day, in the active pursuit of that which they strive to obtain.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 2: Modules 41–42.
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