Friday, January 23, 2015
Developing a Closer Relationship to Our God
In this quote from William LePar's spiritual source, The Council, they explain how we can develop a closer relationship with our God. In this quote, for those of the Christian belief system they mention Jesus. The Council has always recognized the other major belief systems. In this case they are speaking to an audience that is Christian so they speak in terms that those in attendance can relate to. The Council refers to all major belief systems as offering those in that system the best opportunity for their spiritual growth.
The Council: At first, it might be advisable to ask yourself what kind of relationship do you want and do you expect with your Creator. The closer you are to your Creator, the more intimate a relationship you have with Him and the more subtle it is, the more you are apt to view others as part of your own family. You begin to develop a greater relationship with your God by developing a greater sensitivity to those around you. In this process then you become plagued with many questions, many concerns, many crossroads of "Well, is this right or is that right? Should I do this or should I not do that?" And at times, it takes a great deal of effort and honesty to look beyond just the simple question, "Is this right? or is that wrong?" and see what it truly serves.
Right and wrong. There are definite rights and wrongs, let us put it this way, but you become more aware of those rights and wrongs in relationship to your understanding of them and regardless of how you may consciously be aware of what is right and what is wrong, it is still that inner understanding, and that inner understanding then is increased as the relationship between you and God increases. The greatest bridge between you and your actual Infinite Father is Christ. The attitudes that Jesus demonstrated should be attitudes that you make an honest or an earnest effort in achieving or developing. To have too great of an expectation for yourself, in other words having the attitude of "I will be able to do this and I will be able to do that and I will do this and I will do that" sometimes is a sign of egotism, which is a horrendous stumbling block in all spiritual growth. The attitude is that I will try, but if I fail, I will get up and try again because success in spirituality is determined by two things and that is, when one fails, he gets back up and starts over again, and that he is willing to realize that in some areas his true success and true accomplishment lies in always being able to get back up and start over again. To be truthful to yourself is important, to realize that there are things that you will be able to accomplish, but there are things that you will not be able to accomplish. Be willing to subdue the destructive, self-serving ego and many times this is hidden in self-righteous attitudes that individuals show. Subdue that, control it, and allow the more productive self-esteem to come to the surface and govern your life, self-respect. So if you can control the ego and allow the self-esteem, the self-respect, to come to the surface, to be willing to accept that when you fall in an effort, you must pick yourself back up and start over or start from wherever point you are. Those are the two elements of true spiritual growth. To give you a simple line of direction to follow is not our right to do. We have given you guidelines.