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Mind – A Gift for Spiritual Purposes

William Cooper

Everything you do, every situation you deal with, every problem you consider, and every action you take involves mind. It is your connection to consciousness of your existence. But mind is not physical. Your brain is not your mind. Your brain is your interface with mind. But your mind is part of the mind of God. Your mind is provided by and is continuously managed by a far superior intelligence who has goals for you to achieve in your skills at using mind and who provides continuous assistance which is available to you at your request. The overall goal is to attract you into thinking a different way. 

The original animal way is to think almost exclusively of securing what you want. The intended spiritual way is to think almost entirely in terms of being useful and of being of benefit to others. God is engaged in the process of evolving each of us from an animal origin creature into a spiritual person. This is done by giving us opportunities to make spiritual choices. Mind is provided and supported for that purpose. This alternate way of thinking is a major adjustment to be worked out in your daily life with the assistance of the spirit administrators of mind. 

This working out isn’t done by the mind administrators exerting arbitrary control over your mind. It is done by you voluntarily cooperating with the plan the mind administrators are following. Some cooperation is unwitting. It just happens. But it is open to you to cooperate intentionally. You can intentionally cooperate by exploring and understanding the new way of thinking and by deciding what the new way of unselfishness involves for you, what changes are called for, and what attitudes and behaviors are appropriate. You can also cooperate by exploring the possibility of more efficient and more focused thinking on spiritual matters. You can even adopt methods of thinking that use available spiritual sources and wisdom resources that reside in the mother mind. 

These new spiritualized thinking abilities will benefit both your material life and your spiritual life. 

The undisciplined mind trends toward just continuing to be what it is, but the person who learns to train their mind to use spirit input, can progress rapidly in doing good and being useful.

Mind spirits have the task of supporting and encouraging our thinking from animal origin to spiritual person and thereby improving our goals and behavior by the spiritually mature choices we make. 

They have goals and agendas for us to develop our mind talents, our higher and higher connections into the mind of God the Infinite Spirit. We have the power to make it easier for them to benefit us as they wish to do. We can’t quite converse with them, but we can consider what they foster in our thinking and cooperate with those objectives. And what are their goals? For us to choose to be less selfish, more tolerant, more serving, concerned for others, more compassionate, more giving of respect, more supporting of others’ worthy efforts. Cooperation with the mind ministry of the mind spirits will accelerate our consciousness of learning lessons the angels, and various spiritual mind companions labor to provide to us. 

Mind spirits are also the connection by which we become receptive to the enlightenment being provided continuously by many spirit persons and broadcasts.

To the extent we engage in thinking about what is true, beautiful, and good, we are cooperating with the mind spirits, and we are simplifying contact with us by superhuman spiritual teachers. We are also making revelation and recognition of truth (love bestowed from God in many forms to us) much easier. This type of working out of our daily affairs with the aid of the mind spirits (by our elevated thinking) is their unique service to us. How do we cooperate? By intensely using what they offer. By thinking deeply and thoroughly about things that really matter. 

Things spiritual are invisible and intangible to us, but they are nevertheless real. We think of physical tangibility as the proof of reality. But everything that is tangible is only a shadow of the real, a reproduction according to pattern, of value in revealing something about the real but it is not reality itself. So real thinking is about spiritual meanings and values. Meanings and values involve the giving of love and service to others.

Very few people spend time thinking about what is real or how reality should impact their behavior. That inattention alone may be a major barrier to such people using the mind spirits to work out the challenges, concerns, and opportunities that life presents to all of us in our daily lives. 

How do we engage in thinking about reality?

Sincerely talking important things over with deity, the way Jesus did is a very effective model of real thinking. Following the “Summary” below, I have provided a list of how Jesus did this. With only a little effort you can create your own personal conversations with spirit that deal with similar situations and concerns in your life. 

  • Your conversations with God need to be frequent, sincere, faith-filled, and repetitive. 
  • Those conversations should involve applying your highest values to events and to your experience. 
  • You should stop and think about what really matters from a morals, values, and ethics perspective. What is unselfish? What is tolerant? What is respectful, kind, and unprejudiced? 
  • Use your mind to plan spiritual attitudes, actions, and new habits. Recall your experiences. How can you improve your past behavior and attitudes? How do you become what you admire? How do you help others actualize their potential? How can you be useful? 
  • Real thinking is thinking as fully as you can about things that really matter. Attitudes and actions that promote friendship, respect, and goodness really matter. 
  • An effective method of using prayer for real thinking is praying very short and immediately relevant prayers very frequently as you encounter the events and challenges of your daily life. Two examples of this are:
    1) prayer in the moment when you feel the need for help in any situation or when you feel gratitude and
    2) frequent prayer for awareness of the opportunities to be of help to those you encounter as you pass by.

When you have prayed such prayers, remain alert for anything that might indicate a response to your prayer.

Real thinking involves using the mind spirits to ponder or to utter prayers for Godlikeness and the doing of God’s will. It also involves understanding that such prayers are asking to manifest fruits of the spirit (kind attitudes and kind behaviors) in your life or the life of the other person you are praying for. Watch for such fruits. They are the answers to your prayers.

Summary:

The mind spirits are God the Infinite Spirit’s provision of mind to us. They are a gift through which we experience and respond to everything we perceive. Most importantly, they are our connection to the realm of spirit.

Mind spirits provide us with the abilities for thought, response, sensory recognitions, mood responses, emotions, disposition, distinguishing cause from effect, being receptive to all sorts of spiritual communications, perception of truth, formulation of wisdom, pondering truth, beauty, and goodness and much that we don’t even recognize. They do not think for us. We determine how to apply the abilities they provide, but the mind spirits come preloaded with instincts to think and to relate causes to effects and to elevate our thoughts beyond survival and pleasure and into love, sharing, and service for others.

We can intentionally cooperate, or we can simply accept the benefits of coincidental cooperation. Since progress requires our participation in choosing right over wrong and good over evil, we must cooperate to progress. Active cooperation is much more effective than unwitting cooperation. Intentional cooperation accelerates the rate at which truth can be transmitted to us by the angels, and others. 

Mind is the arena within which we pursue spiritual reality including personal spiritual progress. Consequently, we need to apply it to that end. Thinking about real things is the way we prepare ourselves to be receptive to what spiritual agencies are constantly trying to teach us. Sincere, prayerful thinking is an effective technique for real thinking. 

List of What Communicating with God Was to Jesus:

 Prayer and visiting with God was the way Jesus managed his emotions, his decisions and his life of unselfish service. You can make a lovely spiritual devotional practice by choosing one of these Jesus practices and doing what it describes. Jesus prayed a lot. This is what he did in his prayer time. With each of Jesus’ practices I have included an example of what I think they might have looked like. After considering these descriptions of Jesus’ prayer life, you might fairly conclude that a lot of it was adjustment of Jesus’ life by reminding himself of what he already knew, encouraging himself to live according to the truth he knew, and engaging God’s help in doing this.

  1.  Prayer to him was his sincere expression of spiritual attitude.
    Example: “Celestial source and my parent, I honor all that you are. All that you are and do is sacred to me.”

  2.  He committed his soul loyally to the service of his heavenly Father’s goals.
    Example: “I am so confident of the goodness of your plans and actions that I commit my will in advance to fostering your plans as my highest desire and my plan.”

  3.  He reaffirmed his personal devotion to God.
    Example: “It is my joy to devote all that I am or have to helping you achieve your goals. I take joy in simply being in your presence.”

  4. He expressed his thanksgiving.
    Example: “Thank you for including me in your plan and for personally serving constantly to train me appropriately.”

  5.  He applied prayer to relax and to avoid emotional tension.
    Example: “I relax in your spiritual embrace to gather energy into myself and to establish control over my fears and my enthusiasms.”

  6.  He used prayer to prevent and resolve inner and outer conflict.
    Example: “My parent, I am troubled by not knowing what step to take next to convey and represent your truth that all creation is designed and directed to support loving relationships among all persons. My fellows do not comprehend this. I know you can help me to sort out what part of this truth they will understand and accept? I trust you and I proceed in anticipation that appropriate inspiration will come to me.”

  7. He enlisted prayer to elevate his thinking to the highest spiritual meanings and values level.
    Example: “My dear spirit parent, I want to bring my highest spiritual values accurately to my mind. Help me resolve this perplexing situation of how to best serve all the other persons involved.”

  8. He used prayer to align his desires with truth, beauty, and goodness. (To ennoble his desires)
    Example: “Father, my values seem to be pulling me in different directions. I need to understand how I can arrive at a plan of action that will serve the needs of those involved while being loyal to love and beauty and goodness. How do I balance all the valid concerns and arrive at good conclusions?”

  9. He used prayer to test and confirm the rightness and reasonableness of his moral decisions.  (Morality is your rules for what is right or wrong and for how to treat other individuals.) “Love one another and do good to everyone” is the ultimate moral rule.   But applying the rule wisely benefits from a lot of prayer.
    Example: “Heavenly parent, I want to share a problem I am facing. Here is what I believe is a good way to deal with this problem. I want to see this as you see it. I want to understand what the likely outcome might be if I take my proposed course of action.”

  10. He used the inspiration received from visiting with God to enrich his thoughts.
    Example: “I am listening for your inspiration. I am waiting quietly to sense your inspiration. I am relaxed and focused on recognizing your presence and influence on my thoughts.

  11. He used time spent with God to add strength and energy to his higher inclinations.
    Example: “I come to be with you at this time to be energized by experiencing your presence so that I can serve more effectively in pursuing your goal of a cosmos united by all persons’ love for each other.

  12. He used it to convert his worthy impulses into worthy spiritual purposes and objectives.
    Example: “I come very intentionally into your communion to ponder with your assistance how I can be of help to this person who is in turmoil spiritually or emotionally or physically. I will enjoy any enlightenment you may want to impart to me.”

  13. He used prayer to achieve clarification of his viewpoint.
    Example: Father, permit me to explain how I see this situation in my life and what I believe my decision should be. I would welcome your gentle suggestion of the correct resolution.”

  14. In prayer, he declared and molded his faith in God and humanity to expand it and to make it wiser.
    Example:  Creator father, I trust you completely. I trust that regardless of what unexpected thing or tragedy or cataclysm may occur, it does not involve a betrayal of trust by you and that you will use it sometime to effect good that I will recognize as your service to us. I also trust that there is good in every person that can be appealed to for their benefit and for the benefit of others.”

  15. In prayer he surrendered his will on a spiritual level to adopt God’s will.
    Example: “I want your way to perfection to be my way, your plan to be my plan, your victories to be my victories. My will is to be like you to the maximum possible.

  16. He used prayer to assert his confidence in truth, beauty, and goodness at the highest spiritual level.
    Example: “Truth, beauty and goodness seem absent or handicapped in this time and place, but I know that they will sometime prevail. Help me to be patient, optimistic, and expectant.”

  17. He used prayer to discover and reveal courage.
    Example: “By what means may I find strength to remain loyal to my convictions and to face my fears and risks?”

  18. He would tell his Father about his discoveries.
    Example: “I have discovered another part of the truth of your love in the beauty of flowers and in the love of friends. I want to share with you what I have discovered. Please enhance my insight as I proceed.”

  19. In prayer he would admit and describe his complete devotion.
    Example: “Loving and gentle parent, let me recount the ways I am devoted to you. Above all else, I want to be like you. Therefore, I want to do as I believe you would do.”

  20. In prayer he would feel the rightness of his consecration and draw power from this.
    Example: “I feel your energy flow into and through me when I am in the actions you urge me to. This inspires me and energizes me.”

  21. He used prayer to sort through and adjust difficulties.
    Example: “I have described my situation to you as I understand it. I need help in understanding and balancing what is really involved in this and what is important and what is not and why.”

  22. He used prayer to mobilize his combined soul powers to withstand all   human tendencies toward selfishness, evil and sin.
    Example: “I want to use all of my abilities to restrain selfishness, evil, and sin in myself. I want you to lead me in doing this.”

  23. He did all these repeatedly and repetitiously.
    Example: “I come repeatedly and repetitiously to you on this matter because each time I receive some of what I need. It is not that you do not hear me or that you withhold from me but rather that I must adjust and grow before I can claim more of what you freely and fully give. Thank you for your gracious and kind patience.”

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