Introduction: Beliefs

 
What we believe about our lives and experiences causes us to experience more of the same. We are wise to avoid believing that any person's opinions are worthy of our adopting them. The most essential belief is that we accept the idea that God is perfect, everywhere present, and with us in all that we do. Of course, it does not appear that way. Nevertheless, to accept this as the axiom for living our lives most beneficially, both for ourselves and others, is wise.

Wisdom lifts our thinking into the belief that principles cannot be well established through opinions. And Principles are the best way to define Spiritual Teachings. Principles are determined through a scientific study of spirituality that requires that any beliefs must be proven again and again to make them valid. That is, spiritual principles or laws are based upon many experiences that validate them. Another way to say it is to define Spiritual Teaching as the merger of science and religion. The outcome is a wonderful spirituality that anyone can use and thereby discover practical and wholesome benefits.

Dr. Royal is interested in what Jesus taught. Also, he is enthused about the principles he uses which were also enunciated by other great avatars. The bottom line is that all of the great avatars found God in everything and everywhere they went. For instance, Jesus spoke about nature and all everyday activities as being the residence of God. Therefore, we are wise to conclude that God Is All There Is!

As we accept this, we discover the Power of Beliefs.

Different than traditional conceptions of religions, Dr. Royal observes the concepts that Jesus expressed. He never taught people what they should believe, but rather taught them that their beliefs caused them to experience the physical equivalents of them. This conception about reality is a Principle, because it can be proven that our attitudes about life cause us to live as we do. We have to change our thinking to upgrade our experiences. Jesus' greatness lay in the fact that he demonstrated this conception (or Principle) every time he met someone who earnestly desired to have some condition or circumstance removed and replaced with its positive opposite. Therefore, the blind were able to see, the lame were able to walk, and the discouraged were able to live with a new enthusiasm.

Examples of what Jesus actually taught come to us through words that he spoke to persons who experienced through his consciousness. An example is what he said to the Roman centurion which is veriously interpreted by bibical translators. For instance, in the Revised Standard Version, Matthew 8:13, "Jesus said, 'Go be it done for you as you have believed.' " The centurion's extremely ill servant, who was a long distance away, was instantly made completely well. What happened was that the centurion's belief was already there, and Jesus's endorsement of it was all that remained necessary for the healing to take place. One chapter later, Matthew 9:22, "He said, 'Take heart, my daughter; your faith has made you well.' " This he said to a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for 12 years; upon touching "the fringe of His garment" she was instantly healed. Note that he said "your faith." This indicates that she believed that she would be well, and Jesus's 'consciousness' enabled her to believe.

Jesus was teaching that their beliefs were all that was necessary. They came to Him thinking that He was essential for the healings to take place, but once he explained that it was their beliefs that caused the healings, He had explained a principle which, after several years of teaching, was fairly well grasped by His disciples.

The most amazing thing was that he had already told his disciples that they could do what he did. After he was gone, their slowness to understand this arose from the fact that they needed time to discover that Jesus was using a principle. Today, most people still do not get it! That is why our presenting the principles by which he lived is more important than trying to convince people that he was more resourceful than the rest of us. The Truth is that we all have the same capacity, but we have yet to recognize this empowerment.

This great empowering principle for unlimited good is either latent or dormant within people, except for those increasing numbers of people who truly live by Spiritual Principles.

Although Spiritual Principles mean the most to us, we espouse some beliefs. We tend to believe that the faith of God is an essential ingredient for better living, that nonresistance is best for all, that we live forever without being saved, that individual Spiritual Pathways are essential to our growth, and that everyone is unique or different from everyone else. Dr. Royal tends to believe that forgiveness for any action, no matter how much it seemed to harm, is the route for being free from it forever after. Nevertheless, his emphasis is not on assembling these kinds of ideas and saying that people should believe as he does.

Within the thoughts of most people who have benefited from Spiritual Teachings is a tendency to agree about three beliefs in particular. One of them is that whatever anyone believes is all right for him or her to practice insofar as it does not harm anyone, including the one practicing it. In accordance with this, it is beneficial to believe that everything happens in our lives through the thoughts, beliefs, and opinions we hold. When we change any of them that are negative in relationship to an impending crisis or a disappointing happening, we thereby maximize the possibility of healing.

The second belief is that the universe and every person, creature, plant, element, and everything else is whole, perfect, and complete. But you may say that you cannot understand this conception when you definitely know that wars, poverty, disease, and natural disasters regularly occur. The answer is that all of those catastrophes happen, but they are appearances that match the thinking of people who experience them. We can rise above all calamities. This teaching shows how this can be done. It includes that we practice living by a spiritual philosophy that is a thing of thought, especially of right ideas.

The third belief is this: God is all there is! There is no place that God is not. Despite God's being all, the occurences of poverty, disease, and other experiences of harm cover up the Presence of God and the Truth of God's beingness. Every harmful experience is the result of our mistaken beliefs. Beneath all harm is God's Presence. As we believe that God is perfect and that God's perfection is always good, healing takes place. Through our practicing this kind of believing, God and God's Truth are revealed. The revelation of God's perfection is possible for any person who believes that God is all there is. To acquire this belief, we have to free our thoughts from accepting that harm needs to continue in our lives.

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