Dr. David Hawkins, a consciousness researcher and one of my favorite spiritual teachers, suggests that the best way to make your life a living prayer is to choose just one or two simple spiritual tenets or high-consciousness attributes and apply them in every area of your life, at all times, with no exceptions. At services last Sunday I discussed what this might look like. If we each take on one attribute of the higher levels of consciousness – kindness, generosity, gratitude, love – and use it as the lens through which we view and experience every element of our days, I truly believe that our lives will be transformed.
Charles Fillmore taught that spiritual evolution is not the consequence of simply knowing spiritual truths, but of becoming the truth that one knows. How do we do this? How do we bring spiritual principles into being through our lives? I believe that it’s a matter of recommitting, every day, to the things we hold most dear. We do this through spiritual practice, in which we acknowledge our calling, purpose, and power as God Seeds on earth. We do this through writing a mission statement and then restating and living this mission through all of our decisions, relationships, and activities. We do it through aligning our lives with our values and beliefs. We do it through meeting with each other every Sunday to celebrate our true nature as Divine beings on Earth and the greatness of all Creation.
But it’s easy to overlook the minutiae, especially in matters of the soul. We must commit even the smallest actions of our lives – not just our lofty spiritual practices but also the tiny details of our daily tasks, the seemingly insignificant and mundane – to the call of Spirit. There’s a story in the Jewish mystical tradition about a rabbi who is found singing psalms as he fixes a wheel of his wagon. Someone asks him how he can dare to bring God’s word into the stable yard, where he’s caked with mud and dung, doing menial work with his hands. The rabbi’s response is that if we can’t do the most trivial of tasks with the Love of God in our hearts, how can we be expected to the do the great ones with that same Love?
How powerful would it be to bring God to the little things in our home lives – diapers changed, toilets cleaned, spouses kissed, dinners cooked – and to grace our families with Spirit’s love? How profound to bring that love to the work of our professions, our families. We have the power to approach everything we do with the face of God, the hand of God, the love of God. Through that kind of life, we will indeed bring the truth we know into existence. We’ll give that truth our breath and our awareness, so that it will have a life of its own. And through that kind of ceaseless prayer, I believe we won’t just change our consciousness – we’ll affect the consciousness of the world.Share