My teachings are easy to understand
and easy to put into practice.
Yet your intellect will never grasp them,
and if you try to practice them, you’ll fail.
My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?
If you want to know me,
look inside your heart.
Tao Te Ching v70
An open mind and humble heart help me grow and learn.
Learning plays a vital role in my spiritual development. I consciously approach my growth as a novice student. This cultivates important spiritual qualities such as open-mindedness and humility. I follow this discipline whether I am new to the spiritual path or have journeyed for years.
I view even the most challenging situations as gifts in the form of important life lessons. Every person and circumstance teaches me something invaluable about the nature of Spirit and of my own soul.
Studying worldly matters can be fun and help with daily living. Still, nothing fulfills me like growing in spiritual wisdom. As I gain knowledge and skills, I joyfully express my divine nature.
Then I saw and considered it; I looked and received instruction.—Proverbs 24:32
I rule my mind, which I alone must rule.
I have a kingdom I must rule. At times, it does not seem I am its king at all. It seems to triumph over me, and tell me what to think, and what to do and feel. And yet it has been given me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it. My mind can only serve. Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule. And thus I set it free to do the Will of God.
Father, my mind is open to Your Thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours. I rule my mind, and offer it to You. Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me.
A Course In Miracles ~ 236
. . . Is Wise In Speech And Action
You may not always choose your path. You stand before your Master awaiting his orders. But sometimes you are impatient; you demand and you expect instant action, instead of trusting those into whose charge He has given you to help you, to guide you and guard you in all your ways.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle