The last post “Who Are You Talking To? . . . describes the types of people you expect are listening to you and their reactions. But what about the actual conversation? How do you deliver the same message while using different key words? Well, it all depends on your audience. You know the people in your life better than I do, so I will give an example.
You find out that you are getting a promotion with a big pay raise at work. This is great news, so who do you tell? Of course, you have to tell anyone who will listen! But not everyone will be happy for you . . . including co-workers or colleagues, friends, neighbors, a spouse, and maybe some family members. So what do you say? Once again, it depends on your audience!
If you are making more money or have more power than the person you are telling and that person is jealous of you for some reason, just say “I got such-and-such job, I hope it works out okay”. . . end of conversation. If the person you tell is supportive, say “I got the promotion for the position I was telling you about.” But if a person loves you unconditionally, you say “Yippee!, Yahoo! Yeah! I am so excited, I am so happy because I got the promotion with the big pay raise, let me tell you all about it!” Enough said.
The positive affirmation for August is relationships in this world (realm) that are important to you. Without this type of relationship you can never truly find peace. Without this special bond, you could never truly know unconditional love. Without this most beautiful covenant, that I am about to explain, you will never truly experience eternal joy!
Many people live their lives without ever reflecting on life itself or its meaning for them. Their lives may be full of activities. They may marry, have children, run a business, become successful, or become scientists, teachers, or musicians, without ever obtaining any degree of understanding of why they do these things. Their lives have no overall purpose to give meaning to separate events! They have no clear idea of their own nature or identity, and of who they really are!
Cultivation of life’s spiritual side has benefits!!! First, the individual increasingly develops those innate qualities that lie at the foundation of human happiness and social progress. Such qualities include faith, courage, love, compassion, trustworthiness and humility. As these qualities are increasingly manifest, society as a whole advances.
It is only in relation to the Creator, and the purpose which that Creator has fixed for His creatures, that human existence has any meaning. If there were no Creator, if humans were simply chance products of a thermodynamic system, as many in the world today would lead you to believe, there would be no purpose in life. Each individual human being would represent the temporary material existence of a conscious animal trying to move through his or her brief life with as much pleasure and as little pain and suffering as possible.
The ultimate aim in life of every human soul should be to attain moral and spiritual excellence. To align one’s inner being and outward behavior with the will of an all-loving Creator. That each individual has been bestowed with a unique destiny by God. A destiny which unfolds in accordance with the free exercise of the choices and opportunities presented in life. In particular, it is through the moral exercise of our divinely conferred free will that opportunities are provided for spiritual advancement.
The soul animates the body and distinguishes human beings from the animals. It grows and develops only through the individual’s relationship with God, as mediated by His Messengers. This type of relationship is strengthened through prayer, knowledge of the scriptures revealed by His Teachers, love for God, moral self-discipline, and service to humanity.
The evolution or development of the soul and its capacities is the basic purpose of human existence. This evolution is towards God and its motive force is knowledge of God and love for Him. As we learn about God, our love for Him increases; and this, in turn, enables us to attain a closer covenant with our Creator. Also, as we draw closer to God, our character becomes more refined and our actions reflect more and more the attributes and qualities of God.