How do we purify the mind? The easiest, shortest and most comfortable way is by being thoroughly honest and sincere. Then it is not very difficult and the Holy Spirit helps us. If we harm anyone unnecessarily by thought, word or deed, we will be disturbed. When we are balanced and relaxed we are automatically harmless. We have to purify the heart and mind with faith in the Lord, by controlling of the mind, by self-reflection and meditation. When our vision gets cleared we are able to contact angels and higher Masters. They want us to be Liberated, to realize our original Bliss.
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As many of you know, we continue to explore the teachings of “The Way of Mastery” four times each week: two daytime and two evening classes. I am very enthusiastic about how this material is shifting my consciousness in easy, systematic and gradual steps.
One insight offered in this material is to recognize that the human body that we wear upon the earth is a communication device. We use the physical body to receive information from the world. We also use the communication device to project thoughts & words out into the world. This mechanism also serves as an intercom to broadcast to ourselves our thoughts, feelings & reflections about what is going on in our life.
The Way of Mastery provides a guide for the “atonement.” Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, calls the atonement the “regeneration” process. Fillmore says that first there is Generation, which is what God creates then comes Degeneration, and then Regeneration.
In the Revealing Word, Mr. Fillmore writes: regeneration–A change in which abundant spiritual life, even eternal life, is incorporated into the body. The transformation that takes place through bringing all the forces of mind and body to the support of the Christ ideal. It is the unification of Spirit, soul, and body in spiritual oneness. Regeneration begins its work in the conscious mind and completes it in the subconsciousness. The first step is cleansing or denial in which all error thoughts are renounced. This includes forgiveness and a general clearing of the whole consciousness. After the way has been prepared, the second step takes place. This is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
The stated goal of The Way of Mastery is to support the incarnation of Christ consciousness in human form. Over and over we hear that life is consciousness. So it behooves us to look and see and tell that Truth about what is going on in our awareness.
Let me use a tennis analogy. When we observe what is going on in the field of play we start to recognize the different voices that arise in our awareness. First of all there is the player, with racket in hand trying to score a point. The player keeps an eye on the ball and is continually trying to lob it over the net. Each time it does, the player is saying: YES. Got it. Here is another and another. All the while there are strong voices heard from the bleachers. Bleacher talk sounds like cheers (or jeers) depending on which player they are supporting. Bleacher talk is immediate and reactive.
Another voice which might be heard is the “critic.” Usually that conversation occurs AFTER the game has been played. It involves a lot of judgments and comparisons. If the player is listening to the bleachers, that can be distracting. If the player buys into the critic’s review and opinions, that can be uplifting or demoralizing.
There is another voice that can be discerned by the tennis player. It is the voice of the coach. The coach cannot play the game for you. The function of the coach is to support the player in playing the best game possible. The coach offers feedback, guidance, and encouragement.