Doubt

 

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“6 But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all.  Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. 7-8 If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.”

-James 1 : 6 – 8 (GNT)

Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. Meaning, whoever doubts no longer has control over his thoughts, behaviors and attitudes, but rather, is controlled by the thoughts, behaviors and attitudes of those surrounding him. Most people probably wouldn’t think twice about the verbiage in this passage, but if you take a minute to comprehend the magnitude of these words, they are truly breathtaking.

Doubt, as defined by dictionary.com:

  1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
  2. to distrust.
  3. to fear; be apprehensive about.

Using the first line of this definition, consider the following:

  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that God created man from the dust of the ground, breathing life-giving breath into him, in order to bring him into being; I doubt God’s creation of man.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that by God’s commandment alone, He created the very earth on which we are living; I doubt the power of God.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that angels are capable of existing alongside man, even in a realm beyond the one we know to exist, and despite repeated mention of their existence throughout the Bible; I doubt the word of God.

There may be things that we as humans will never be able to comprehend.  Things like the existence of UFOs or the mathematical dimensions of the universe, are pretty vast, and sometimes vague, subjects.  However, if we accept the fact that we are not going to understand everything we encounter in life, and move forward with the open mindset of “what-if?”, then we are already ahead of the game! 

If you find that the mention of any of the above statements, plants a seed of doubt in your heart or mind, then seek out the truth as it applies to your own beliefs, and clear it up! The things we don’t even consider being a hindrance to our faith, are probably the most prominent obstacles we will face. Do not accept things just because someone told you to.  For the love of God, please – UNDERSTAND WHY you are supposed to believe what you are told. Have the answer to any question that might come your way, seek to understand the big picture.  If you get stumped during the process, just ask God for guidance. If you ask, you will receive; if you seek, you will find; if you knock, the door will be opened.  However, do you know what must be done prior to receiving, finding, and having the door opened for you? A conscious and consistent effort on your part for knowledge.

With Love,

nikki | mytwisteddream

“The beauty is there, but you cannot doubt it when you see it.”
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Why is Psychology Important?

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If you cannot operate the machine you are controlling, you will never be able to produce what was meant to be produced. It is necessary to study the mind through psychology, in order to understand how to control it while incarnated on this physical plane of existence.

The Faith of a Child

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In Capernaum, near the Sea of Galilee, Jesus was speaking with his disciples about heaven. When the disciples inquired about who was the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven, Jesus welcomed a child into their presence and replied, “I assure you that unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the Kingdom of heaven. The greatest in the Kingdom of heaven is the one who humbles himself and becomes like this child.”  (Matthew 18: 3-4)

After reading this, I began to think.  How does one humble himself and become like a child?  What child-like characteristic(s) must one possess in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?  In writing my list of “necessary” traits for the faith of a child, three stood out:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Untainted by Emotion

If we are not curious, we will never learn.

If we cannot forgive, light-stifling darkness will slowly begin to consume our hearts and minds, as our subconscious [unbeknownst to us] secretly dwells on the resentment that remains as a side effect of harboring negative feelings toward another entity.

And finally, if we allow these negative emotions to control us without conscious knowledge of the darkness that is gradually building inside our minds over time, we will begin to weaken and bend until we are no more useful than the keyboard I am typing this on.  We become like puppets, or ‘robots’ as I like to say, our minds being manipulated by the world around us.

All of us have “robot-isms” – it is our human nature.  However, unless you are able to recognize this fact and routinely acknowledge its presence, all while maintaining enough curiosity about its existence, in order to consistently seek out knowledge with the intent of continuously bettering yourself – you just might not enter the Kingdom of heaven (per Jesus).

Face your fears and find the beauty in them!

Daily Minutes

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When beginning self-study, it can be extremely hard to get through the crucial first step, self observation.  It is our human nature to perform learned behaviors over and over, until what was once new, becomes routine.  For example, take your drive to work.  When you first started your job, you might have planned or experimented with different routes, in order to ensure timely arrival each day.  Once you found a route that suited this need, you probably have not deviated from it since.  Because your ride to work has become second nature, your trip might now include finishing your makeup on days you’re running late, or mentally combating rush hour traffic by way of an audio book escape!

You are able to do this, because after your mind performs the same learned behavior day after day, that behavior eventually becomes a habitual action, requiring no thought whatsoever.  Therefore, your mind is free to focus on other, “more pressing” issues.  Unfortunately, examples of this habitual action are found in many areas of our lives where it should not be – in our marriages, relationships with friends, and in going to church or related events.

Because we have trained ourselves into this mess, we must train ourselves out of it as well.  That is why self-observation is so important.  You must first be able to identify these habitual behaviors, or areas of your life that you’ve set on autopilot.  As a result, your mind will begin awakening to the fact that you do not control certain aspects of your behavior.  Once you’ve identified these “mind tricks,” you will begin to catch yourself prior to their execution, therefore improving your self-control and gaining true self-consciousness.

I hope this document helps you in the observation of your daily actions, so that you might begin to awaken your mind to the world around you.  You do not have to record every single day of your life, but when beginning self study, it is important to understand the areas of your life that need the most work.

Click Here for PDF Document:  DAILY MINUTES (PDF)

Pick something & find beauty in it!

Man as Machine – Intro to Functions (Diagrammed)

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I am passionate in sharing the knowledge I’ve acquired through self-study, by modeling man as a machine.  I discovered this method of at ardue.org, and recommend it to everyone I know who might be searching for more out of life.

In this model, we are told that there are moving parts within man’s “machine.”  Each part (or function) operates independently from the other, and each has it’s own “mind.”  However, the overall mechanism of man’s machine is dependent upon which of its parts are functioning the best.  Similar to a car, man has an engine to make him run, wheels to make him move, a steering wheel to point him in the right direction, and even a computer chip to notify of possible malfunction.

Analogies and visual aides are my best teachers.  This is the first in my series on Man as Machine:  FUNCTIONS OF MAN

I will forever be grateful to Duncan Macdonald, for compiling such a large amount of knowledge from various sources, and putting it in one place for me to find! 😉

Soul Mate: The True Definition

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.

A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then leave.

A soul mates purpose is to shake you up, tear apart your ego a little bit, show you your obstacles and addictions, break your heart open so new light can get in, make you so desperate and out of control that you have to transform your life, then introduce you to your spiritual master…”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love