Lesson 96 – The integrated Self

Salvation comes from my one Self.’

Although you are one Self, you experience yourself as two; as both good and evil, loving and hating, mind and body. This sense of being split into opposites induces feelings of acute and constant conflict,, and leads to frantic attempts to reconcile the contradictory aspects of this self-perception. You have sought many such solutions, and none of them has worked. The opposites you see in you will never be compatible. But one exists.

The fact that truth and illusion cannot be reconciled, no matter how you try, what means you use and where you see the problem, must be accepted if you would be saved. Until you have accepted this, you will attempt an endless list of goals you cannot reach; a senseless series of expenditures of time and effort, hopefulness and doubt, each one as futile as the one before, and failing as the next one surely will.

Problems that have no meaning cannot be resolved within the framework they are set. Two selves in conflict could not be resolved, and good and evil have no meeting place. The self you made cam never be your Self, nor can your Self be split in two, and still be what It is and must forever be. A mind and body cannot both exist. Make no attempt to reconcile the two, for one denies the other can be real. If you are physical, your mind is gone from your self-concept, for it has no place in which it could be really part of you. If you are spirit, then the body must be meaningless to your reality.

Spirit makes use of mind as a means to find its Self expression. And the mind which serves the spirit is at peace and filled with joy. Its power comes from spirit, and it is fulfilling happily its function here. Yet mind can also see itself divorced from spirit, and perceive itself within a body it confuses with itself. Without its function then it has no peace, and happiness is alien to its thoughts.

Yet mind apart from body cannot think. It has denied its Source of strength, and sees itself as helpless, limited and weak. Dissociated from its function now, it thinks it is alone and separate, attacked by armies massed against itself and hiding in the body’s frail support. Now must it reconcile unlike with like, for this is what it thinks it is for.

Today’s lesson is about recognising that Salvation (happiness) comes from an integrated self.

Use the five-minutes-every-hour to say:

Salvation comes from my one Self. Its thoughts are mine to use.

Each time today tell your frantic mind that salvation comes from your one Self, and lay another treasure in your growing store.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS LESSON! It brings so much of what I’ve experienced and am still experiencing to be true, that a divided mind, a fragmented soul is constantly at war with itself. I had to first believe this myself, before I could see it in others. All of the work I do on myself and with my friends, family, and clients is centred on this concept of separation and fragmentation.

My first real, tangible evidence of this was in 2007 when I attended a Family Constellation workshop inBristol. The principle of constellation work is bringing the fragmented parts of a soul together so that they can move forward as a whole person.

This concept is also used in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) in the technique called ‘Parts Integration’. The signal for the therapist to use this technique is a client’s reference to ‘a part of me wants this, but another part of me want…..something else.’ How many times have you felt this conflict, this internal tug of war? How many times have you been immobilised by indecision because you could not reconcile the conflicting interest within yourself?

This can happen about many things, work, where to live, who to marry, which child to love the most, what to spend your money on, which religion to follow, which spiritual practice will work best for you. Its hard work isn’t it? Sometimes when the conflict is at is greatest you can wake up from a night’s sleep feeling like you’ve done a round or two with Mike Tyson.

When I see a new client I ask them to complete a wheel of life exercise, looking at eight different areas of their life, and rating how satisfied they are with each area. This often shows that the issue they first sought coaching for actually has its origins in something else. Much of the work we do from thereon is centred on bringing all the different parts in harmony with each other so that their ride through life is less bumpy, smoother.

I met with a friend today to receive her feedback on the draft of the novel. We somehow got onto this topic of goals. I’m an avid goal setter, but I’ve had to accept that any goal that I set that is of the body and not of the spirit is meaningless, and doomed to failure. When I’m aligned with spirit my life flows freely, I find ways around obstacles and see the opportunities behind the setbacks. When I’m unaligned I feel stressed, out of control, afraid of failure and ridicule. I know where I feel most comfortable, more grounded, and happier.

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About predencia

Author of novels Dare to Love and Betrayed www.pennydixon.com poetry anthology Raw www.cymbalspublishing.co.uk and blogger www.writingcreativelywithspirit.com
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