Many try to live a good life by following the rules and expectations of a religion, family or society. This practice may indeed bring a “good life” in more ways than one but it is not the primarily what is called for by Jesus and other great religious leaders. It’s not what they wanted for us. They wanted what in Christianity was called a metanoia, a change of heart that leads to complete transformation of mind, body and soul—or as some writers call it, the Great Death. This is not the death of the body, but the death of our former ways of looking at the world which created the negative habits and practices we previously lived by. It entails a change of identity, a death and rebirth while alive in this body that precludes turning back. It is transformation at the highest order which entails a great deal more than obeying rules.
Setting Oneself on the Road to Transformation
Assuming, however, that one makes the choice to move beyond following the rules to undergo the transformation, how does one do it?
A very good way to set oneself on the road to transformation is to develop a profound relationship with one’s own mind, body and spirit. The Kingdom of Heaven is within, as they say. Therefore, it stands to reason to look here for transformative blessings. For many people, the Kingdom within is the last place one would look for healing and growth because of the anxiety, depression, confusion, etc. that many people feel on a daily basis. Yet, this place of often questionable turmoil and striving is the very field of play.
Progress on this inward field can be made by working with dreams, which Freud called the the Royal Road to the Unconscious, along with regular meditation and prayer. It helps greatly when these practices are done with:
- great intention to heal and subsequently manifest my true self at its deepest level,
- gratitude for the many gifts that have been given
- a profound faith that this transformation and any attendant healing will take place
My next blog will further discussion on why intention, gratitude and faith invite miraculous changes on the transformative path, changes that cannot be achieved by just following the rules. Please click here to see Part II of this blog.