Jumping right in here… Like I mentioned last night, as I start phase one of my ministerial studies into spiritual practitionership, I’ll share what I’m currently studying and any musings that may come up in regards to it. If you’d like to read along with me, feel free. (Please excuse me if I quote a lot of the same book for long stretches of time, but at least now you’ve been forewarned.)
The way this thing works is, each class is based around a book. I’m to read the book and take the test on its contents to go to the next class.
And here it starts… Practical Spirituality 112 (they bumped me ahead of 101 due to my past studies): The Power of Thought. The assigned book is Power Through Constructive Thinking by Emmet Fox, an author and New Thought leader from the 1930's. Apparently this book is a classic, but I’d never heard of it.
I read the introduction and really like it so far. He talks about our minute-by-minute thinking being like the ‘weather of the soul’ and our fixed convictions about things that matter being our ‘climate of the soul’ — something far more influential and rooted in our being. As for ‘things that matter’, he names a few with the following questions:
- What do you really believe about the great problems of life?
- What do you think about your relationship to God?
- What sort of God do you worship?
- Do you think that prayer really makes any difference?
- Are you merely praying to a magnified edition of yourself?
- What do you think about life after death?
- Do you think you have ever lived before?
- Are you nourishing a grievance at the bottom of your heart?
- Why is one person sick and another person well?
- Why does one person live in a comfortable home and another in the street?
- Why is one person popular/respected and another person disliked/ignored?
- Why are so many sincerely religious people unhappy and frustrated?
- Why are many Bible students unable to solve a single one of their own problems?
- Why is it that learned people and philosophers are notoriously unsuccessful in the business of personal living, if it is really true that ‘knowledge is power’?
Wow… These are the types of things I’d love to discuss at a pub. Just saying.
As I dig into this thing, I’ll keep you posted as to my ponderings on the contents of it. Again, if you’d like to check out the book for yourself, you can grab it here and read along with me. It’s nice to have company:)