Wednesday, August 31, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 273

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, September 29, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF HEAVENLINESS


+ This is a post on the style of The Way of Prayer as we continue to explore Heavenliness through the lens of the 12 styles of the Mandala process created by Edward Bastian.  There are 3 more Mandala styles to explore after this: Reason, Relationships and Wisdom. After that, we move on to the 9 Attributes of Heaven.

+ THE SERENITY PRAYER > The Serenity Prayer was originally written by pastor and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the 1940's as part of a sermon. Though the full prayer is longer, the Serenity Prayer is best known for the first three lines: "God grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." The full length of the prayer is not as well known, but is worth sharing:

God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, Taking, as Jesus did, This sinful world as it is, Not as I would have it, Trusting that You will make all things right, If I surrender to Your will, So that I may be reasonably happy in this life, And supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.

+ This is one of the best known prayers on the globe because of its association with Alcoholics Anonymous.  Niebuhr did not get a copyright for it so it has been frequently adopted and adapted.  And why not?  It really does get to the heart of our need for prayer, doesn’t it? 

Since it is such a favorite of AA and other twelve-step programs, here are the 12 steps:
1.   We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2.   Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3.   Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4.   Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5.   Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6.   Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7.   Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8.   Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9.   Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs,

Addiction comes in many forms. I believe we are all affected by a variety of addictions. I believe unceasing prayer is the only permanent remedy.  What are your addictions?  It is good to take the time and effort to know what addictions you have and to work the steps.  Simply substitute “addiction” or “sin” for “alcohol” and “addicts” or “sinners” for “alcoholics.” 


+ The 7 steps of InterSpiritual Meditation by Edward Bastian are listed in SE21 and SE213. They are described fully in his book, InterSpiritual Meditation

+ To get inspired and illuminated by Ed Bastian, I invite you to set aside some time for these videos:  Seven Steps of InterSpiritual Meditation (11 minutes) | 15 minute introduction to InterSpiritual Meditation and the Mandala Process | 2 hour lecture & conversation

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Heavenliness page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Heavenliness” or “Love” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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