THE POWER OF TITLES ---> SELF-IMPROVEMENT TOPICS
There are self-improvement books, courses, podcasts...and so on. There are people who create content about how to become a better person.
I know what grabs my attention are the aspirations I have that are sparked by the names of the titles like, "...how to lose weight fast...."
When I do a search on Google, another nine similar titles show up in the dropdown box --- always a variation on the general theme "how to lose weight blah blah blah."
And if you scroll down to the bottom of the first page, you are going to usually find another set of suggestions waiting for you.
Okay, Robert...so what?
The so what is that the attraction you feel to the aspiration you have comes from inside you. But it can be manipulated by the source of the help waiting for you at the other end of your search.
Think about how many subjects are covered by the idea of self-improvement. Here are a few examples to think about:Here is the dilly about entering into a self-help, self-improvement mind-set...you are entering into someone's movie. You become one of the extras in their movie --- or maybe a supporting actor --- and you take your cues from the creator of the book, course, podcast, and so on.
Being part of something bigger than themselves.
It is the ONLY way that works for them to stay off booze.
WHY IS FINDING AND STICKING WITH A GREAT MENTOR SO HARD FOR MOST PEOPLE?
ESPECIALLY WHEN THE GREAT MENTOR IS THEMSELVES?
And CAN you be your own guru?
So...here is the dream bridge to living the living word--- and it is called lectio divina
a.ka. Divine Reading
Monastic practice of scriptural reading.
Rigorous in discipline of DILIGENT disciples of the famed FOUR STEPS of samadhi and communion
Fairly impressive pedigree in history of God Consciousness monastic endeavors.
The WESTERN CHRISTIAN period of hundreds of years of men and women in monastries.
Each monastary of its time was its own separate carcel unto its self.
And as the years went by, some grew to be more powerful.
But the monastary where the LECTIO DIVINA was the way of life was longer than the USA has been in existence.
The monks took four steps to enter deeply into God Consciousness.
Yeah, no kidding.
Just apply yourself with an open heart.
The four steps don't sound that hard.
The medium for the transformation was scripture from the Holy Bible.
Keep in mind that these scriptures were written by hand. The monks used the four steps to reach samadhi. And the arrival of Atman.
Because it delivered such impressive results, the strength of the order deepened over the years.
The hand writen scriptures in a style of language not contemporary. IF you are like me, me, me, curious about the way their texts looked like, and the rough, word-for-word, translation...that'd be super-fine-fantastic.
Finally, I am going take the four steps and check-out the book GOD CONSCIOUSNESS.
In part two, wait for the training module, takes you from start to finish of how-to LECTIO DIVINA.
PART TWO COMING SOON
Click the link to get the full slimmy-slime on the start-to-finish history of LECTIO DIVINA
So, how best to sum up what Lectio Divina was all about? They didn't study the scriptures and treat them like texts.
The scriptures were transformed into the living word of God --- when the monks lived the four steps, day-by-day, and year after year.
Consider for a moment what it would possibly feel like to be doing what those monks did. What would your mind be like? How would you see the world?
I am imaging what it is like.
And then, do you think we can even really get what it was like to do what they did?
How about how those same monks just wouldn't be able to get the life you live. Your way of life, and the magical things you take for granted.
Think about it. What would a monk make of a modern cellphone?
Or all these titles of self-improvement, and the self-help topics? Oh my, what would they make of all that sort of thing?
Or what would the monks make of the book written by God (allegedly), first published in January, 2010?
The monastic practice of the methods that follow in the book God Consciousness can be yours. All you have to do is read the book.
The book will give you one practice after another for you to follow. You keep adding more and more of the simple aphorisms.
You can adapt the monastic practice to fit into your busy life. It is possible to enter into a secret so great, that you live in the world, true, but your every extra moment of time is focused on living the living word.
You read the book, one sentence at a time, and when you come to one of the simple aphorism, and then you live with it, and it turns into the living word, and you can't help but be turned into the living word, too.
But, let's face it square on...most of us aren't gonna be doing that monastic pursuit --- just not gonna be selling up and joining an old school monastary, way up in the mountains.
You need a way to be your own monk, your own way. But you also need a simple how-to manual. Practical. Clear cut. Here's what you do, all in black and white.
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