Faith Comes From Living In The Spirit… It’s Not About Being Religious

Like The Force, The Spirit Gives Out Its Gifts Without Conditions

I remember the first Star Wars film, and what stuck most with me was how everyone, even Darth Vader could access The Force. Yes, both good or evil had access to The Force.

The Force didn’t judge the motives of those who used its powers. It gavHis Spirit Gives You Love Without Any Condition's... How Will You Share That Love So Freely Given To You?e them whatever they requested unconditionally. It was always up to the person what they did with the skills they received.

Though the Force is made up in the mind of the author of Star Wars, The Forces attributes paralleled the attributes of those of God or The Creator whom I call The Spirit. Most of all I caught The Forces show of unconditional love flowing out to every entity. The Force always left it up to the individuals to do with the gift of the power whatever they chose. The actors choice was to give The Force a level of influence in their lives; the actors are much like us when it comes to The Spirit; we can choose to be novices or masters.

The Force Is With You And In You And Just May Be You

Like The Force in the movie, The Spirit in real life, when given mastery in our lives, heals us and strengthens us. Provides us with mental clarity and the ability to do anything we believe we can do. So, for me, the terms The Spirit and The Force are synonymous and being a Spirit Man is a lot like Yoda being a Master.

So, today as a man, I AM also The Spirit for It lives in me and through me, its hard to explain, but It’s now becoming me, maybe I AM becoming a master.

The choices are mine as to how I use the gifts given to me by The Spirit. I can choose the “dark side” or the “Light.” Today, I want The Light and to use The Spirits gifts to help me give, or better yet BE unconditional love towards all mankind, all sentient beings, and the earth. The rest of this article is just about the spiritual journey of how I got to where I AM at this moment. I hope you will join me, and may The Force be with you.

The Spirit Is Always With Us

Do You Want A Spiritual Awakening?

If you are like me, you feel the need for a spiritual awakening at the very core of your being. This desire is ever-present, always there, softly humming in the background of my consciousness. It’s inside me, and outside of me, it encompasses me and everything in my world, all the time.

In my space, I mostly call this presence Spirit or Love. I always want to make it easier for me to relate, to people of different cultures, religions, and spiritual practices. So I defer to them and interchange Spirit and Love with whatever name brings comfort to that person.

It is man who names everything...
What Is The Spirits Name?

Being human means, we must have a name for everything. There are so many names for what really in truth is nameless. Jesus, God, Life Force, Yahweh, The Field, Spirit, Love, etc. To say the name of this presence has to be exactly this or that limits It to the religion of the mind and the form of my (our) thoughts.

Knowing we humans need to label and name to relate, I will use the names Spirit, I Am and Love throughout this article, feel free to replace these names with any name, you find comforting.

Maybe love is the only pathway to knowing the Divine.
We Feel Something Drawing Us To It

When I was younger, I was taught that the Spirit only wanted to be with certain people, of particular religions, which performed certain practices and, and, and… It’s now obvious to me; the Spirit wants to be one with me, you, and everyone. Yes, no one is excluded from the Spirits unconditional love and desire to be one with all creation. There is no religion or spiritual practice that will bring us any closer to the Spirit then we already are.

As I grow in age and gain more wisdom, I am coming to believe that before any of us ever sought after the Spirit; the Spirit was already with us. Actually, in us, the Spirit just patiently waits for us to know, we were already one and the same.

How many times have we felt the Spirit’s presence, but we could not quite connect with It? Sometimes the presence of the Spirit is so strong It causes us to tremble, at other times it’s barely perceptible. We cannot see It, yet we know the Spirit is where ever we are. It’s a primal knowing, which we have felt since the beginning of time, It’s presence, is here, now, and we like It have no beginning and no ending.

We sense the Spirit drawing us near, softly whispering, deep calling unto deep, eternally in love with each other. We have known in our heart of hearts, since the beginning of time, that our very souls have always cried out, praying that we would be immersed in the very essence of the Spirit. Having this kind of relationship was needed for us to feel complete. For some of us, we thirst after the Spirit, longing to be immersed in It, filled with It, and know that we will only feel at complete when we are one with the Spirit.

Our Hearts Are Aflame

I cannot speak for all men, but most of those who I have known, have what I would call inherent Spirit knowingness. This knowingness bids them, call out from the deepest recesses of their souls, for the Spirit to come commune with them. They cannot rest until they are one at heart with the Spirit. Their hearts are aflame, as they seek the filling of the Spirit. With a burning desire, they ask the Spirit to guide them and show them how to be love and see the world and all creation through the eyes of love; for in our hearts we know that the spirit is pure unconditional love.

Many of us feel desperate, somehow we are like little children who cannot feel safe and complete, without their moms and dads. The Spirit is our mother and father! We search high and low for the Spirit; we cry out from the depth of our souls for the Spirit to come and be with us. We long to see ourselves, the earth, and all sentient beings through the eyes of the Spirit. We know in our hearts the Spirit can only give us what we need; hearts aflame with unconditional love for ourselves, the earth, its creatures and all mankind.

My Story ~ A Thirsty Man In The Desert

When I was younger, I did not understand that the Spirit and I were one. I only knew that I longed to know the will of the Spirit, to be filled with the Spirit, and to love myself and others as the Spirit loved me. So, like a thirsty man in the desert, I have searched oasis after oasis, followed many “narrow pathways” that promised me living water. Being lead to the wells, I drank deeply, but never was my thirst quenched, and never did the water come freely. I became disillusioned and was left tired and empty. My thirst was unquenched. Leaving my body, soul and spirit depleted.

The Search For Living Water

Year after year I searched, for the Spirit, the living water that would quench my spiritual thirst. Days turned into years, years into decades in this spiritual desert, I would never give up, until I died. Nothing could stop me, so I continued to search for that “living water,” drinking from the sickly wells, followed by one disappointment after another until I could no longer go on. My body in a state of absolute depletion, and yet the thirst was still there, but being too weak, all I could do was to lay quietly and let my body, mind, and soul be as they were, and accept my conditi
on and put my fate in the hands of the universe. I rested and even feel asleep. When I The Spirit Will Lead Us Through Life's Desertsawoke, I looked into the silence of the desert, and like a mirage shimmering out of desert heat I saw a figure, a form, a man walking on the heatwaves, he was beautiful, and had a flask of water strung across his chest. He came to me, knelt at my side, gently lifted my head, put the drink to my lips, and for the first time in my life’s journey, living water flowed across my lips, and my strength was restored. I looked deeply into his eyes and thanked him for coming to me when I had given up all hope. He only said it is good that you have given yourself up. Now rest, relax, be quiet, knowing I AM with you, for we are one, and I am you. I will always be with you in this world without end.

The Spirit Will Quench Our Thirst
The Spirit Will Quench Our Thirst

No More Searching

I marvel, I thirst no more. My thirst is quenched, I AM Spirit in Spirit, and so I relax in real knowing that I AM one with the Spirit.

How is it possible that only when I gave up altogether and felt I had nothing, that I gained everything? My years in the desert are but a fading memory, the agonizing search, so many false promises. Only when I allowed the stillness of exhaustion to seep into my entire being, did I surrender to what was already within and my thirst was no more.

The Spirit Loves Us No Matter Who We Are
The Spirit Loves Us No Matter Who We Are

You Are So Loved… You Are Never Alone

I hope my story, helps you on your life’s journey. Maybe you will not have to suffer the empty deserts, or narrow pathways leading to sickly wells. It was only when I reached the point of exhaustion, that I was able to truly relax and let go. The Google dictionary defines “to relax”:

To become less tense or anxious. “He relaxed and smiled confidently.”

Antonyms: contract, tighten. tense. restricted, holding on.

    • cause (a limb or muscle) to become less rigid, antonyms: tighten.
    • make (something) less firm or tight.” relax our hold” antonyms: contract, tighten.
    • make (a rule or restriction) less strict while not abolishing it.” they persuaded the local authorities concerned to relax their restrictions” antonyms: tighten up.
The Spirit Awakens Our Heart To Eternity
The Spirit Awakens Our Heart To Eternity

No More Religion Or Special Techniques

Wow! Did you check out the antonyms? They described me whenI was so focused on finding the Spirit. i.e., contracted, tightened, rigid, strict, holding on. When the Spirit saturated me with His living water, quenching my thirst, I realized for the first time who I was. I no longer needed to rely upon, or trust the words of other men, or drink from their wells.

Today, my reliance on the techniques, ways, and things of the world are fading fast. I now know that it’s the Spirit, being one with my spirit, that breathes eternal life in me. Whispering to me softly, the Spirit is guiding me gently on my spiritual path, the Spirits path, the only path that matters, for it is the only way into eternity.

I am free from judging myself, and others. No oaths to keep, no religion to hold onto, no work to do, no enemy to fight, no one to overcome, no thoughts to resist. I can just relax and be myself, my beautiful self, my spiritual-filled self.

Relax With The Spirit... Relax With God
Relax With The Spirit… Rest With God.

Relaxing With The Great I Am

My life in the Spirit is not about doing a certain meditation or saying the right prayer. It is not about me teaching someone else “the way.” The Spirit can handle that.

For me, life in the Spirit is truly an absolute experience of Resting and Relaxing in the Spirit. Letting myself be embraced and cradled. Trusting in the stillness, relaxing in the assurance that the Spirit is there, ever present so I can lay down my thoughts on what should be and relax, into the arms of the one who loves us without any conditions…the great I Am.

Its That Easy To Know The Spirit... We Just Need To Relax
It’s That Easy To Know The Spirit… We Just Need To Relax.

Relax, It’s Handled

I now know what Jesus meant when he said: “resist not evil.” Wow, how simple the Spirit has it handled, so we can relax, lay down our protections, our fear, and our walls. When we relax and just acknowledge that the Spirit has it covered, we will see evil dissipate, in fact, it implodes upon itself and disintegrates. If there is even anything such as evil, it loses its foothold when it comes to the light of the Spirit, the master of unconditional love who abides within us and with us all.

Robert C. MorganRelaxing Into The Present Moment

When I refrain from the mental struggle surrounding good and evil, the past and the future, I make room for the Spirit to be able to pour more living water into my soul. Together we resume our rightful place in my earthly life experience. We are once again able to relax and function in the present moment; quickly obtaining all that is necessary for us to experience the fullness of our existence. As my spirit rests and relaxes in the divine consciousness (HOLY SPIRIT), Spirit speaks to my mind, and I understand that wherever I am is Holy Ground. So what else is there to do, but to smile, breath and relax for I am in the best place ever.

The Spirit Hides Us In A Secret Place

The Spirit Hides Us In A Secret Place.

Relaxing In The Secret Place

Because we have made no human effort, we have resisted no evil, having stopped fighting temporal powers, we have now opened ourselves to the way of the Master. The way of the Spirit, the way of the Creator. For now, we can relax and live in GRACE, instead of fear, judgment, and shame. We can now relax and live our lives in the present moment, the time when temporal power no longer affects our peace.

We are now able to abide in the secret place of the most high, and live, and breathe divine GRACE. This gift of GRACE lies within each of us and is not separate, or apart from us, it’s in you now! The recognition of your Christ Consciousness is just relaxing and recognizing the state of Christ is in you, the knowingness that Spirit is one with your spirit and you are in the “I Am.”

Now let us all go into the presence of divine grace and relax. We no longer fear anything as we live in Spirit’s Divine Grace, in Christ consciousness, in God’s love.

Robert C Morgan, “Bobby” Doctor of Holistic Healing and Counselor.

Heal Disease And Sickness With Thankfulness And Gratitude

Gratitude, It’s A State Of Mind And A Guiding Star

I can’t speak for everyone, but I sure am glad, I finally live most of my life in a place of gratitude. I am not bragging, I’m just claiming and acknowledging the blessings that an attitude of gratitude brings to me.

We Are Always Happy When We Are GratefulMy state of mind and spirit are not always perfect, but when my love for the attitude of gratitude even starts to fade I am quick to recognize it. I almost immediately, reset my course with gratitude once again being my guiding star. Living my life with my first intention being grateful for everything helps me to be more physically, psychology relationally and spiritually healthy.

 

Having an attitude of gratitude, means we live life at a higher vibration, making it easier for us, as well as those around us, to experience the joy of living at a higher level. Practicing an attitude of gratitude instills in us increased levels of peace of mind, happiness, vibrant health, and deeper, more satisfying personal relationships.

Gratitude is the one thing that cost us nothing to give, yet it attracts outrageous levels of abundance
in every area of our lives.

An attitude of gratitude seems to have an almost magical healing effect, as it clears karma while touching every part of our being, making every aspect of our life better. So, if you want to be in the best physical, psychological, relational and spiritual life, then it’s time to put your intentions on having an attitude of gratitude.

An Attitude of Gratitude Serves as the Foundation of all Healing

I have to share this with you, as it is one of the great truths, about gratitude. As a holistic practitioner, I help people to live more vibrant and healthy lives. Helping them onto to the pathway of gratitude is the first thing I always do, as I know that without they’re having an attitude of gratitude there is usually no lasting health for my clients. Yes, they get some good short-term results, as I teach them the proper ways to take care of themselves. The haunting thing is in most, case lasting healthful vibrancy eludes them if they are not able to enter into a heart of gratitude.

Having a heart of gratitude is not easy for many of my clients, we have to take baby-steps, as they have lived most of their lives caught up in emotional turmoil. Many of them have not learned the wonderful way of resting in an attitude of gratitude. Moving them towards holistic healing takes time, so we gently guide them in recognizing the little things to be grateful for first. Once they begin to practice giving thank for the smaller thing, they then soon start to acknowledge the good aspects of their lives and learn to give thanks.

We immediately see a powerful impact on their emotional and physical well-being. As our clients begin to live in “a heart of gratitude”, they start to count their blessings. All of them, without exception, feel happier, and that in turn, has a ripple effect on the rest of their life. They start to eat better, sleep better, exercise more, and undoubtedly they have fewer physical challenges. All I can say is Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Recent Scientific Studies

According to research by the Institute of HeartMath, a state of gratitude “improves the heart’s rhythmic functioning, which helps us to reduce stress, think more clearly under pressure and heal physically”. It’s physiologically impossible to be stressed and have a heart of gratitude at the same time.

Great Reasons to Live in Gratitude

 “In the midst of a grateful heart, we find the peace that passes our human understanding.”

Dr. Lisa Aspinwall, professor of psychology, University of Utah, “has determined that grateful people may be more likely to:

  • Take better care of themselves physically and mentally
  • Engage in more protective health behaviors and maintenance
  • Get more regular exercise
  • Eat a healthier diet
  • Have improved mental alertness
  • Schedule regular physical examinations with their doctor
  • Cope better with stress and daily challenges
  • Feel happier and more optimistic
  • Avoid problematic physical symptoms
  • Have stronger immune systems
  • Maintain a brighter view of the future

Being grateful keeps us from focusing too much on the past, or speculating too much into the future.

A grateful heart is a happy heart that keeps us present, and happy in the prIn the midst of a grateful heart, we find the peace that passes our human understanding.esent moment. When we are grateful, the so-called “challenges of life” fade away as we focus on the joy that accompanies our thoughts of gratefulness for whatever

comes our way. In the midst of a grateful heart, we find the peace that passes our human understanding. Even as life’s storms roars about us, we honestly feel peaceful and can be safe harbors for our fellow-man who has not yet found the peace. This beautiful attitude of gratitude can only come from a heart and a mind that is rejoicing in gratefulness.

 Break Down The Walls

When we greet the morning with our minds intention focused on the spirit of gratefulness, any walls of fear or judgment, towards oneself, or to others, are demolished. We can say thank you, thank you, thank you, letting the healing warmth of a grateful heart permeate our very essence. As we move through our day, we are not so easily thrown off by the twist and turns that are part of everyday life. We are fully able to set our life’s course with grace and ease as we follow the star of gratitude.

Because our intentions are focused on being grateful, we think less and less of ourselves, yet we are always alert to what is going on within us, and around us. Every aspect of life becomes more precious, holding deeper meaning than it did before we placed our intentions on being grateful. We see what is around us, and we become awestruck, almost reverent in our observations of all sentient beings and the earth itself.

As we now see and experience everything through the purifying filter of a grateful heart, we automatically attract more reasons, things, and situations for which to be grateful. The world seems to be so alive more than we could have ever imagined. Sometimes it is hard to tell if the joy and happiness we are feeling is coming from this earthly plain or a celestial dimension.

The world bathed in the loving light of gratitude seems ethereal, more stable, more trustworthy, more solid than ever. We reflect on the actuality of this state, and we know that we are one with each other, and with the spirit, and all is exactly, as it should be.

A Few Ways To Start Living In Gratitude…it only takes a smile

1. Count your blessings. Take a few moments right now and think of one thing tor that you are grateful. Smile and think about how wonderful it is to have something in your life that you make you feel grateful.

2. Think of someone who needs your loving thoughts. Smile and send a warm thought to them, fill your heart with gratefulness, as you are making a positive difference for them by just sending them loving thoughts.

3. Smile and say thank you, thank you, thank you! Whenever a sorrowful or negative thought enters your space, just say thank you, thank you, thank you.

4. Smile and give thanks for the food that you eat. Again a simple thank you, thank you, thank you, will do miracles.

5. Smile and ask the universe to provide you with a way to show your gratitude by helping another person feel cared for and loved.

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe, which change forever how we experience life and the world,”– John Milton

 Everything Is A Gift

With our intentions focused on making gratitude the foundation of our lives, we begin to leave negative thoughts and emotions behind. We no longer find ourselves having room for them in a world that unfolds in perfect grace where everything is a gift.

What Can You be Grateful For? Everything!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

 

Robert C. Morgan, Holistic Practitioner, Counselor & Spiritual Healer

References
  1. Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity – Robert A. Emmons
  2. The Hidden Messages in Water – Masaru Emoto
  3. Gratitude: A Way of Life Kindle Edition – Louise L Hay
  4. Words Of Gratitude Mind Body & Soul – Robert A. Emmons
  5. Daily Gratitude: 365 Days of Reflection – National Geographic

In All Things Be Grateful Show Gratitude

If you want more of everything that is good for you, then be grateful and express gratitude for everything that happens in your life. There are few things more important than maintaining an attitude of gratitude; after all, what else can you give a God who has everything?

Instinctively and experientially we know the importance of being grateful and showing gratitude, but I wanted some scriptural references, so  I looked up scriptures concerning thankfulness, gratefulness, and gratitude when I came across this passage in Luke.

“Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” 

I was having a difficult time understanding this verse until I took the liberty of adding in the word gratitude, then the verse made perfect sense, as its words now aligned with my instinctual and life experiences.

After reading and reading this passage in Luke, as well as related passages in Mark, this passage, as well as the other passage from Mark seem to be missing the word GRATITUDE. Without the word gratitude the verse, is confusing, even suggesting that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, which does not align with the Christs teachings.

Let’s take a look at what a vast difference this verse makes when we add the word gratitude into the verse.

Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has GRATITUDE will be given more; whoever does not have GRATITUDE, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.”

By putting the word gratitude into the verse it brings the verse in line with the teachings and heart of Christ. Though more than two thousand years have passed since this verse was written, its truths are as relevant today as when Christ spoke the words.  

 

Being religious has nothing to do with our living out our lives in a state of gratefulness. The Creator meant for all of us to live and abundant life and a key to experiencing that life is to always remember to be grateful for everything and in all situations. Having a heart of gratefulness has proven to be one of the Creators universal laws. We can not live a useful life without it, as an attitude of gratitude has a positive affect on every aspect of our physical and spiritual lives.

Jesus teaches and encourages us to be grateful, for our lives are reflections of our thoughts, our thoughts are energy and become physical manifestations. Remember, whatever you think about the most you will attract, so when you’re in an attitude of gratitude, you will automatically draw abundance into your life.

I Am Grateful Action Plan

  • Each day, throughout the day, think about all that you’re grateful for.
  • Take the time to write down twenty-five things, challenges, or situations you are grateful for.
  • Post your list somewhere you can easily see it.
  • Read your list at least once a day and say out loud – Thank you, Thank you, thank you.
  • Update gratefulness list as more things you are grateful for come to mind. Focus in on having at least one-hundred things you are grateful for added to your list withing thirty days.
  • Share what you are grateful for with family and friends.

 Feel the gratitude developing every cell of your body.  Let your attitude of gratitude draw more and more beautiful things into your life.  You deserve them.

Love and Blessings,

Robert Morgan “Bobby”