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Spiritual Entrepreneur’s Guide to Self-Transformation

Every Spiritual Entrepreneur must surrender to the process of self-transformation. There is no lasting success without it. We have covered the topic of Universal Law extensively and how it applies to your transformation as a business owner. This post and tonight’s Bible Hangout represents the conclusion of our discussion on Universal Law.

The whole point of Universal Law is to assist you in the transformation of who you are today into who you must be to fulfill the divine call on your life as a Spiritual Entrepreneur. It matters not that you operate a business that is as far away from something spiritual as one can get. Being a Spiritual Entrepreneur means recognizing that when something claims the majority of your waking hours as most businesses do, then that something must do more than supply you with cash; it must also nourish your spirit.

The final chapter in Bruce McArthur’s seminal book, Your Life, advises us to¬†be the law. First, we learn the law; then we live the law; and, as we live the law, we become the law. Becoming the law requires us to undergo a self-transformation. In order to release that which lies within us, we must be willing for our lives to become unrecognizable.

Are you willing to change so thoroughly that who you become will be unrecognizable to the person you are today? Are you willing to radically shift the way you think and the way you feel in order to have what others think belongs to the elite few?

Radical Self-Transformation is Possible

Let me tell you what I mean by “radical self-transformation.”

All of life is the process of becoming. In truth, you don’t have to “become” anything. You are fine just as you are.

And yet, there are gifts and talents unknown that lie within you. They are dormant. Their only pathway to physical expression rests in your transformation. And, no one can transform you but you.

If you do not surrender and then commit to the process of self-transformation, it shall not happen for you. No one can read the books you must read to awaken the parts of you that lie dormant right now. No one can go through the experiences you must go through to learn the lessons that will shape you.

People can tell you what to think and how to feel but they cannot think or feel for you. That is why all transformation, as far as your life is concerned, is self-transformation.Self-transformation - Proof of the Truth

The giants of history prove what is possible. Earlier this month, my spiritual mother, Rev. Dr. Della Reese Lett, made her transition. I know that radical self-transformation is possible because you do not go from the slums of Detroit, Michigan to the top of Bel Air Road in one of LA’s poshest neighborhoods without going through a radical self-transformation.

Through her ministry at UP Church, she taught us how to do the same.

Self-Transformation Step #1: Learn the Law

Bruce McArthur lays out a simple 3-step process to self-transformation. Step one: Learn the Law. You’d be surprised how many people fight the idea of universal law. Perhaps they resist the idea that our universe is one of laws because they associate spiritual law with the laws of humankind.

To learn the law “does not mean you must memorize or be able to quote the laws. It means: know that there are laws! Knowing this, you have already taken steps to incorporate the principles into your life by setting your purposes and ideals in accord with the laws” (McArthur).

I always look back to nature as a guide. I remind myself that just as every flower requires a seed to be born into expression, every experience I desire requires a seed in order to be born into expression. When I feel frustrated with my results in a particular area, I remind myself of the seed/harvest cycle that must take place in order for my desired expression to come forth.

When you endeavor to learn the law, your prayer changes. You no longer ask for things but rather for the seeds to create the life you want. Give me the seeds that produce health, wealth and happiness in all forms.

The seeds are all around me. They’re in my hands right now. The reason self-transformation is so important and so powerful is that my transformation allows me to see what is already present and do something with it.

Self-Transformation Step #2: Live the Law

Knowing the law or knowing that there is a law is one step. Now, I must live the law. I recognize that every thought I think, every feeling I entertain, sows a seed in the soil of my consciousness. And, as God is forever faithful to the physical seeds of the earth, He is also faithful to the seeds of my mind and your mind and every other mind that thinks and feels.

I do not simply want to recite the law of giving and receiving. I want to actually give and receive. Let me not be satisfied to know that there is a law of compensation; instead, let me work that law of compensation to bring me the fruit that I desire to see expressed in my life.

Here’s where the self-transformation really takes off. I may be changed a little bit by knowing that there are universal laws. But as I endeavor to live in accord with those laws, I change at my core.

For example, the seed of money is helping people. I draw money into my life just to the degree that I help people. So, if I want more money, then I must help more people.

Most of us have a ceiling on how far we’re willing to go to help others. We have been cautioned by well-meaning parents and friends on over-extending ourselves. Getting personally involved is one way to help others. That’s one type of money seed you can sow.

Another type of money seed you can sow is to create something — a book, a play, a widget — that helps people without you being present. For example, the episodes of¬†Touched By An Angel starring Rev. Della continue to bless people even after she has left this earth plane.

Self-Transformation Step #3: Be the Law

As you live the law, you cannot help but to become the law. As you discipline yourself to think and feel in accord with God’s law, you change and you change at your core.

Being the law accords you a freedom that escapes most people. “We have long regarded freedom as being free of something. But freedom, in its broadest sense, is a much greater state in which all things are possible to you. The key to true freedom is living the Universal Laws in the highest way” (McArthur).

We all admire high achievers — people like Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Folorunsho Alakiija. But we often do not learn about these people until they have mastered being the law. Unless we know them personally and have had the privilege of seeing them push through the process of learning the law and living the law, we tend to dismiss them as exceptional.

Occasionally we get a glimpse into the life of a high achiever, but more often than not, we learn about their “back story” only after they’ve ascended to the heights that made us admire them in the first place.

Being law means much more than simply complying with universal law. “It involves making yourself one with the purpose of the Universe,” which is absolute good. Take time to examine your motives and purposes and your ideals. Release the fears, doubts, and animosities of life so that you dissolve your selfish self.

Your Purpose: Fulfill the Law

The scripture that we used to guide this conversation on universal law comes from Matthew: Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

As you become the law, you fulfill the law. You become the manifestation of love that God designed you to be, for the law is love.

“Learn the law; live the law; be the law and you will fulfill the law, and you will transform your life. This is the work of self-transformation” (McArthur).

Your task is simple. Recognize that there are universal laws that govern your and my existence. Endeavor to comply with those laws. Allow yourself to be changed for the better. Let better thoughts and feelings come from you. As you do, you will become the law. As you become the law, you fulfill it.

7 Rules for Making the Impossible Possible

Every Spiritual Entrepreneur needs to know the rules for making the impossible possible.

There is a Law of Faith that works in every arena of your life, including your business. Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith (Matthew 21:22).

In other words, you must be able to see that which you seek. You cannot have what you cannot see or conceive for yourself. Your ability to perceive it opens the portal by which it travels into your expression. The strength of your inner vision controls the speed by which it finds you in expression.

Spiritual Entrepreneurs make the impossible possible by making some desired good as real as possible in their minds. They invest time to deeply feel some desired experience, bringing into play all their senses. The more real an experience becomes in their minds, the more likely the experience will play out in their life, world, and affairs.

So, let’s look at some rules for making the impossible possible.

Rule #1: Make Prayer Your Friend

Prayer is the pathway by which the impossible becomes possible. As McArthur explains in Your Life, prayer “is not a technique nor is it just a way of making requests of Spirit. Rather, prayer is the concerted effort of the physical consciousness to become attuned to the consciousness of the Creator, either collectively or individually.”

When you want to do what has never been done, you must line up with the Universe so that you may become an outlet for Its expression.

I call this type of prayer “ocean deep praying.” When you pray ocean deep, you move beyond seeking to get your needs met and you open yourself up to be a conduit for the Spirit to flow into expression.

There are seven conditions for ocean deep prayer:

  1. Recognize God as your Father/Mother. Shed the label “human.” Know yourself as the temple of the living God.
  2. Acknowledge oneness with God. Put aside the attitude that Spirit is separate and apart; know yourself as an emanation of the One Power and One Presence.
  3. Go to the Secret Place. To access the “secret place” within you, you must travel beyond your fears, anxieties, doubts, worries…anything that links you to the outer world. It is a movement in mind.
  4. Close the door to the outer world. Give your attention to the world of infinite possibility within. Focus on the infinite nature of your being as an emanation of God.
  5. Believe before you receive. Make the desired outcome so real in your mind that when you finish prayer, it’s as if you’ve lived the experience.
  6. Seek the kingdom above all things. Concentrate on establishing the consciousness to have and the thing shall be added.
  7. Forgive everything and everybody. Make a daily practice of forgiving everyone and everything.

Rule #2: Rev Up Your Faith

Sometimes I wish “faith” didn’t have the religious connotations that it has because I believe more people would use it and make a point to rev it up. “Faith is simply the ability to perceive that through the infinite power and wisdom of the Spirit within, working through the Universal Laws, nothing is impossible” (McArthur).

Said differently: Faith is your ability to see that the combination of universal intelligence and the application of Universal Law makes anything and everything you want achievable.

Abilities can be strengthened. So, the more you recognize universal intelligence at work in your life, world and affairs and the more you grasp the working of universal law, the easier it will be for you to see that what you want can be had. We may never know all the little inner realizations that happened within Roger Bannister that led to him breaking the 4-minute mile. What we do know is that you saw the clock reading 00:03:59 as he crossed the finish line.

If you can hold your inner eye steady on the desired outcome, the means by which it shall come about will present themselves.

Rule #3: Master the Art of Blocking Out Distractions

As one who grew up in a household that valued academic success, I thought my cognitive abilities would carry me to my end goal. I have learned that my success also depends upon the development and refinement of my non-cognitive abilities.

In religious terms, I might describe one such non-cognitive ability as having faith. Having faith means that no matter what it looks like, God is my “instant, constant, and abundant supply.” My faith compels me to expect God “to open ways where to human sense there is no way”…to believe that God will “guide, protect, and direct me in His service.” I believe that I will be taught how to “raise my understanding to His higher understanding” so that I can have what now is only a dream. (Quotes in paragraph from McArthur)

To make the impossible possible you need to master the art of blocking out distractions. That may seem like a tall order, especially with all the things that compete for our attention. But the process is simple. Start with 60 seconds of uninterrupted time focused on what your desired good will feel like. Every time you feel like you can do more, add an additional 60 seconds. Do this every day, preferably at the same time every day. Over time your practice will become your habit.

Rule #4: Cultivate a Sense of Expectancy

One of the first lessons that stuck with me when I joined UP Church in 1997 is that “you do not always get what you want but you always get what you expect.” I can remember Rev. Della telling us to¬†expect something good to happen.

I struggled to understand how to develop a sense of expectancy until it dawned in me that we expect whatever we get ready for. For example, I am writing this blog post in anticipation of talking to you later tonight in the Bible Hangout.

McArthur said this about expectancy: “There is no disease or malformation of the body that God power cannot heal when faith and expectation are strong enough.” So, while you lay in the hospital bed, begin to make preparations in your mind of what you will do when you are restored to full health. While you are yet recovering from one more unexpected financial challenge, begin to make preparations in your mind of what you will do when you have more than enough money to spare and to share.

The simple act of you getting for some desired good cultivates a sense of expectancy for that good. The more you do to get ready, the greater your sense of expectancy.

Knowing this, what will you prepare for?

Rule #5: Reach for an Inner Conviction

McArthur paints a pathway to demonstration of the impossible:

hope –> confidence –> trust –> faith –> knowing

You may be at the level of hope for some good you desire. Fan the flames of that hope until you develop a confidence about what you want. But maybe you already have confidence about your desired good. In that case, your focus is to develop a trust in the application of universal law that will bring it about.

As you trust the law to do what it has always done — which is work perfectly — you begin to see your desired end as something you can have personally. Eventually, that focused sight becomes a knowing or an inner conviction.

There is no timeline to complete this movement from hope to knowing. You may walk this path in 2 minutes, 2 days, 2 years or 2 decades. Determine where you are on the spectrum of seeing the impossible as possible for you and work on that area.

Rule #6: The Body is the Key to Demonstration

McArthur writes, “Nothing is impossible. This depends upon the faith and the expectancy of the body.” Our bodies are the key to our demonstrations.

Take for example, a kidney transplant. When the surgeon introduces the new kidney to the body, there is a period of time during which the body must accept it. Patients may be given anti-rejection medicines to keep the body from rejecting the organ. Unless and until the body accepts the kidney, the transplant patient is kept under observation.

Whatever new experience you desire must be accepted in the body first before it can become a reality in your experience. You must make it real for yourself before it becomes real for you. Even something as simple as taking a vacation and enjoying time with your family. If you cannot make it real for yourself, then you may go on the vacation but it may turn out to be the most unpleasant experience imaginable. Or, the trip may not happen at all.

The key to demonstration lies in the body’s acceptance of whatever good you want. Once the body accepts that I think you desire can be so, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a part of your living expression.

Rule #7: The Subconscious Mind is the Key to the Body

If the body is the key to demonstration, then what is the key to the body? The answer is your subconscious phase of mind.

The body expresses whatever gets impressed in the subconscious phase of mind. No exceptions. If it shows up in your experience, you can know with clarity that it has been impressed in  your mind.

The subconscious phase of mind learns by two methods of alone: hypnosis and repetition. It “learns” differently than the conscious phase of mind. The conscious mind can be educated by reading a book, taking a class or watching a video. The subconscious phase of mind learns through repetition.

The subconscious mind¬†“memorizes” the actions we do over and over again until we no longer “think” about those actions. Here’s the good news. The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between an actual action and an imagined action. Therefore, you can rehearse some action in your mind over and over and over again. The subconscious phase of mind will treat that imaginal act as a real experience and it will memorize it as if it happened.

Once the subconscious phase of mind memorizes or accepts some at — whether real or imagined — it expresses in the body.

Why Understanding Belief is Key to the Spiritual Entrepreneur’s Success

Belief is Universal

I have been known to say, “Changing what you believe will be some of the hardest work you do.” In truth, changing belief can be easy — if you believe it can. Every Spiritual Entrepreneur needs to understand the power of belief and the simple process for releasing beliefs that do not serve. That’s our conversation for tonight’s Bible Hangout.

We tend to think of belief in religious contexts. People call themselves “believers” or refer to other people who they deem religious as “believers.” In truth, we humans are biologically wired for belief. Everyone believes something. Belief refers to “all that we think, say, and do. Beliefs are the basics of our consciousness” (McArthur).

Belief Precedes Expression

You cannot have what you cannot or will not believe. Your belief sets up space in your consciousness for the types of experiences that come into your life.

Someone may say, “Well, I didn’t believe that I would get into a car accident.” And, I would say, “You’re right. You didn’t¬†specifically believe that you would get into a car accident but you believe that car accidents are possible.”

Whatever you believe opens the door in your life for experiences that match that belief. Your belief makes you attractive in a specific kind of way. So, you may not imagine the specific things that happen to you but your belief sets up a vibration within you that draws to you all that matches it.

Without belief, an experience has no point of entry into your life. Therefore, we must learn to close the door to beliefs that bring what we do not want.

Your Belief Serves As An Open Door

George Bernard Shaw said, “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” Your transformation hinges upon your ability and willingness to change your belief.

When the door to your home is opened, anything that passes by has the option to come inside. Why? Because the door is open. The only way to insure that nothing unwanted gets into your home is to close the door.

It is the same with our minds. The beliefs we hold keep the door open for matching experiences. The only way to keep the experiences away is to keep our minds free of the beliefs that invite them.

I always pay attention to the phrases Jesus used often. One such phrase was “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The word that translates as “repent” is the Greek word¬†metanoia, which means to change your mind.

Your mind is but a collection of beliefs. In effect, He’s saying, “Change what you believe.”

Belief Functions Like a Tree

Do you know what you believe? McArthur suggests (and I agree) that “most of us are not consciously aware of all that we believe.” We seem to be marvelously aware of what we believe when we like the fruit it produces and miraculously unaware of what we believe when we do not like the fruit it produces.

“Every happening in your life comes as a result of some belief you hold.” Experience, therefore, gives us a chance to uncover what we believe.

Belief functions very much like a tree. Its roots go down deep in our subconscious mind and its leaves bear fruit. That fruit is our daily experience. You cannot change the fruit until you change the tree. Likewise, you cannot change the experience until you change the belief.

If we will become students of our own experience, our daily lives can reveal to us the hidden trees (beliefs) that drive our behavior.

Ignore the Setback; Pay Attention to the Belief Underneath It

“Any difficulty is a red flag raised by the Universe to let you know you have a belief that is not in accord with the Universe’s flow and love” (McArthur). I wish there were a pill that I could manufacture to cause the person who takes it to stop storytelling about her difficulties.

First, I would make that pill a part of my daily vitamin regimen; then, I would partner with the right pharmaceutical giant and make a fortune!

The stories we tell ourselves about the difficulties and setbacks in our lives keep those difficulties and setbacks in expression. You do not have to take my word for it. Prove it to yourself.

Choose something that really annoys you right now. Make a pact with yourself that you will not talk about it for the next 30 days, both inwardly and outwardly. Track your progress on a calendar and see if it doesn’t lesson or altogether disappear from your life.

Our stories of what’s going wrong in our lives act as the lifeline of energy for the very problems we want to be rid of. Let us learn to ignore the setback. Instead, we should give our attention to the belief that produced it.

What must I believe in order for this experience to be a part of my life right now?

Create New Beliefs

Did you know you can choose your beliefs? I ask that question because there may be someone reading this post who does not know you can choose what you believe. We tend to think of belief as static.

In truth, beliefs last only as long as we keep them in place. At any moment, we can remove the structures that support those beliefs and they must come tumbling down. Thought is the structure that supports belief. Remove the thought and the belief has nothing to stand on.

Perhaps it would help us to grasp how the mind learns. We have two phases of mind that learn: the conscious phase and the subconscious phase (also known as the “deeper mind”). The conscious phase of mind learns through the acquisition of information through activities like reading books and watching videos.

The subconscious phase of mind learns differently. Its learning happens through repetition. Hence, you can read a good book, take in a lot of good information consciously but have none of it impress the deeper mind.

Belief lives in the subconscious phase of mind. If you want to impact belief, you must train the subconscious according its mode of learning: repetition. In tonight’s broadcast, I will share two powerful techniques I use to create new beliefs.

How to Release Unwanted Belief

McArthur gives the example of a woman who repeatedly attracts “no good” men. He explains that their appearance in her life points to belief that men are no good. The law of believe states: “as you believe, so it becomes for you.”

If it’s there, you believe it.

He gives three steps to releasing unwanted belief.

  • First, accept that you believe it without condemning or judging yourself. Take in the outer evidence of your belief without telling yourself a story of why you believe it or who made you believe it. Just accept it.
  • Then, make a declaration as to whether you really want to continue with that belief. This declaration is for you only because it is your mind that must be impressed with something different.
  • Finally, choose the new belief you want to hold instead. “Whatever new belief you substitute for the old one should be in accord with your purpose and ideals” (see previous posts on purpose and ideals).

Tonight we will put this information into practical use.

Can You Believe Big?

Borrowing from one of my favorite teachers, Eric Butterworth, McArthur gives the formula: C + B = A.

“That which you can conceive (C), plus that which you can believe (B), is that which you can achieve (A).” It costs you nothing to believe big. You do not hurt anyone when you believe big.

Only your willingness to do so stops your ability to believe big. Can you see yourself in the house you want? Can you see yourself experiencing life at the level you want? Can you see yourself giving to others  in a way that makes you deeply satisfied? Can you see the contribution of your gifts and talents making a difference on a planetary level?

Can you accept that your “little corner of the world” can be as big and as influential as you desire it to be? Jesus called you and me the “light of the world,” which means we have something within us that if we will fan its flame, we will light not only our lives and the lives of those near us but the lives of everyone on the planet.

Are you willing to believe that big?

Let the Universe Take Care of How

Recently, UP Church celebrated its 5th Worshiping in Color celebration. I call it a mini “New Thought Revival.” Everything about the day just blew me away. I remarked to several people that each person went to the next level in creativity in their particular area of service.

Upon reflection, what really made this year’s Worshiping in Color work is that everyone played their position. Each member of the team did what they were supposed to do to successfully complete the tasks assigned to them. The cohesion of our team caused all of us to win big!

We have the same opportunity with God. Each of us serves on a team of two with God being the star player. Our job…our role…is to supply the belief. God takes care of the how. We lose when we start trying to do God’s job.

I’m not a tattoo person but if there was a tattoo to put on my body, it would this:¬†How is none of my business!

“You do not need to know how you will achieve your goal.” Your¬†only responsibility is to believe that it can be done and do the step that’s in front of you.

Trust the process and let the Universe take care of how it will work out for you.

What Have You Learned About Belief?

Now it’s your turn. What did I miss about transforming belief? Please share your thoughts in the comments about the way you’ve changed what you believe. You never know whom you might inspire with your response.

The Spiritual Entrepreneur’s Guide to Achieving Balance

The Real Issue is Balance

Can we talk about having it all? Where did that concept come from? So many people run themselves into the ground trying to have it all.

As a spiritual being — divine in origin — you actually already have it all. Much of it lies in potential and, to the degree that you can¬†have it in your thoughts and feelings, it can be yours in your physical experience.

Everything comes into expression via Law. All experiences in your life begin as a seed planted and nurtured in mind. When the time is right, that seed sprouts and becomes your experience.

What we need is the consciousness that supports having it all, and that consciousness is one of balance.

What is Balance?

“Balance is a state of equilibrium — of health on the physical level, fulfillment on the mental level, and joyousness on the spiritual level. Balance is handling all the aspects of life in a way that results in the greatest good for you and for others” (McArthur). In a balanced consciousness, there are no losers. Life does not reduce to a zero sum game of winners and losers.

If you can wrap your head around a Creator that creates no losing experiences because Its nature is love, then may you can also buy into the idea that winning in life is not the luck of the draw but rather by divine design.

Why is Balance Important?

Balance optimizes you for success. “Without dynamic balance, we don’t have the essential ingredient for transformation and we cannot achieve the purpose for which we came in the present experience” (McArthur).

Consider a washing machine. The washing machine in your home works just to the degree that its load remains balanced. If the load gets off balance, the machine has a fail-safe to turn off because it cannot go any further with the wash cycle. In order for the machine to resume normal functioning, the load must be readjusted. Once you put everything back into a balanced state, you can use the machine again and expect it to function normally.

The same principle applies to us. When we are off balanced internally, everything gets thrown off and we do not function properly. For example, “when we become ill…the illness can completely disrupt our work, our family life, our recreation, or any other activity or interest we may have. When we create such conditions, it is a cry from our hearts for greater balance in our lives” (McArthur).

What is the Law of Balance?

McArthur explains that “the law of balance is founded on the fundamental nature of the universe: love. It provides that all interactions within the universe are equal exchanges.” And, the law of balance is that “all exchanges balance.”

That balance can happen at¬† the point of exchange or it can happen after an exchange is made that wasn’t balanced. He explains “any exchange that you make is balanced when what you give is equal to or greater than what you receive. If you give less than you receive, there is an imbalance which remains; by this law you will eventually have to face that imbalance and deal with it.”

“The criterion for balance does not involve the other person’s view or opinion. It is personal.” So, of course, I wanted to know: “If value is determined by me, can’t I just overrate what I give and underrate what others give me?” I mean, if the Universe eventually balances all exchanges, why do I need to both with making sure the exchange is balanced?”

The reason why is that the imbalance shows up in your body, in your world, in your affairs. “No matter how the interchange may be made, you will know subconsciously, if not consciously, whether you met the criterion of giving in equal measure to what you receive” (McArthur).

In short, you get away with nothing. You can pay now or you can pay later. The imbalance is something internally perceived by and impacts only you.

Workshop to Establish Inner Balance

In tonight’s Bible Hangout, we will work through a process for achieving inner balance through self analysis. I will give you seven tools (taken from Your Life) to help you determine where you may be out of balance and what you can do about it.

Tool #1: Self Analysis

One of the fastest ways to understand whether we’re in balance is to examine our health — our physical health, our financial health, and our relational health. When you consider the broad categories of health, wealth, and happiness, how do you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 = Help!; 10 = I Got This!)?

Here’s what you can do to look at your world and identify areas for improvement:

  1. Make a list of everything you do in a day and throughout a month, from the moment you wake up until you go to sleep at night.
  2. Study each item on your list and ask yourself some important questions: Why am I doing this? How do I feel about it? Does it give me a lift, or a pain, a headache, a peaceful feeling, or a knot in the belly? Wherever you find a point of tension such as pain, unhappiness, fear, or anger, know that you are looking at an imbalance.
  3. Make a clear, easy to execute action plan to resolve the areas of tension you identify.

Tool #2: Time and Balance

When we find ourselves overwhelmed, it can be challenging to push ourselves to make a schedule. But you need one. When you create a time budget, you insure that no important aspect of your life gets overlooked or neglected. You have seven key areas to consider:

  • Work and associated aspects
  • Play — mental and physical recreation
  • Development of mental and physical abilities
  • Eating
  • Rest, relaxation, recuperation, and sleep
  • Social activities
  • Spiritual activities and meditation, study and time for self
  1. Take the list of items from Tool #1 and turn it into a Time Budget.
  2. Now categorize the activities listed according to the seven categories listed above.
  3. Now look at your time budget and let’s consider the things that cannot be overlooked because they keep order in your world. Do you have time schedule for activities that keep the mind and body alert and in harmony with your ideals? Have you scheduled time to keep up your home? Have you built in time to express gratitude for your life? What are your outlets for giving in service to others? And, what about those necessary things like grocery shopping and running errands?

Tool #3: Balancing the Spiritual, Mental, and Physical

McArthur advises that we “keep an equal balance in the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the body-functioning…For, every phase of the physical, mental and spiritual life is dependent upon the other. They are one…”

You may want to get some colored pens or highlighters for this tool.

  1. Assign a color to each area — for example, blue = spiritual, pink = mental, yellow = physical.
  2. Now go through your time budget and shade in the areas according to their categories.
  3. Look for areas of your day that can serve a dual purpose. For example, if you find that you simply cannot fit a workout into your day, can you perhaps adjust your work environment and use a standing desk? Or, if you work in an environment that you do not find uplifting, can you turn that experience into your spiritual classroom where you meet negativity with love?

“It is equally easy to become a mental giant, but a spiritual and physical pygmy, or a physical giant and a mental and spiritual pygmy. Balancing the spiritual, mental, and physical does not mean they must have equal time, rather each must be given equal emphasis. This means you don’t neglect one for another” (McArthur).

Tool #4: Keep Your Activities in Accord With Your Purpose and Mission

You’ll want to revisit the Circular Ideals Chart we completed last week and the Life Purpose Statement we completed the previous week. “Dynamic balance is only achieved through effective use of: 1) your life’s purpose, 2) your ideals, and 3) spiritual guidance in your life.

You can check how well you are doing in achieving balance by reviewing your weekly activities and asking these questions about each activity:

  1. Is this activity in accord with or contributing to achievement of my purpose?
  2. In this activity are my thoughts and attitudes, words and acts in accord with my spiritual, mental, and physical ideals?
  3. Is this activity in accord with my spiritual guidance?

If you can answer “yes” to those three questions, you have made a team of your spirit, mind, and body; they are coordinated and cooperative. If you cannot answer “yes,” you have changes to make for a better balance.”

Tool #5: Flexibility

No day goes exactly according to plan. So, allow for unexpected interruptions. Always remember that you’re on an adventure with God and your title is “Co-Pilot.” The “Pilot” position is forever taken by God.

Here are McArthur’s suggestions to remain flexible throughout your day:

  1. Begin with whatever plan you’ve already made for the day.
  2. As soon as you hit a glitch, an obstacle, a problem, an irritation, or whatever derails your plan, be aware that you’ve just tripped over one of the threads in the weavings of Spirit.
  3. Allow your awareness (body, mind, and spirit) to rest lightly on this glitch and see what comes to you. If something does, take it up at once and go where it leads. Never argue with yourself about it.
  4. When you come to a stopping point, pick up your original plan and go on until another anomalous thing manifests itself. Then follow it. And so on.

Tool #6: Moderation; Avoid Excess

By human standards, success pertains to the car you drive, the house you live in and the watch you wear on your wrist. But once you get the car, within a year, it’s just a car. Once you purchase the big house, after a year or two, it’s just a house. And, the watch…within six months, it’s just another watch.

Novelty wears off.

Include in your definition of success a well-rounded balance with moderation in all you do and in all your relationships. McArthur suggests that “the well-rounded aspect of balance includes having the ability to play as well as work, to relax as well as to drive yourself, and to be appreciative of the finer aspects of life as well as of material success.”

The number one regret of the dying is that they never learned to live. When you look back over your life, you will find a collection of moments and the emotions associated with those moments. “To achieve success in anything at the expense of your body, your mind, your home, your marriage, or your relation to Spirit will prevent you from achieving true contentment, an inherent spiritual need and desire of every person” (McArthur).

Tool #7: Stability

Mind your own spiritual business! “Do not allow discouraging and disorderly events in others’ lives to disturb your equilibrium. Their problems are not yours unless you choose to make them so…Balance creates stability. If you react to a friend’s difficulties by being angry or sad, you are allowing outside forces to affect your stability. That’s not helpful to you or to your friend” (McArthur).

Keep your mental peace. “When someone criticizes you, instead of feeling angry you can try to keep your sense of balance…Remember, if people are angry with you, that’s their problem, not yours. Don’t make it yours by becoming emotionally involved. Look at it from a balanced and stable state. You then can more readily find the true message the Universe is sending you. Nothing happens by chance, so there is something there for you, generally different than the angry words indicate” (McArthur).

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