- In spiritual books and sacred texts, we read stories about the heroism, courage, power, and selfless service of the saints and masters. There are anecdotes about miraculous healings, descriptions of eternal life, and discourse on the nature of truth. Prayers, poems, affirmations, and pearls of wisdom allude to unlimited peace, unconditional love, ecstatic joy and wisdom. The worlds religions claim that the body is the temple which secretly harbors the actual God of the universe; or, similarly, that the body is the bearer of higher states of consciousness. We can test the truth of these and other wonderful spiritual ideas through direct experience, but only if we develop a spiritual practice.
- Spiritual practice leads to concrete, tangible results reproduced across cultures and historical periods. The methods described in this work have withstood the test of history. Millions have found their value as tools for the cultivation of spiritual qualities and experiences These methods are:
- Habit transformation
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Practicing the presence of god
- Transformation of emotion.
- These methods have to do with internal spiritual practice. The body is the temple. The pursuit is internal. The goal is translation of concept and belief into tangible experience and perception, going deep into the realm of Spirit.
- While there may be no absolute scientific proof, we can use our intellect, feeling, intuition, and personal experience as tools for interpretation. The experiment is life itself. The test tube is the body. The material worked with is consciousness, energy, thought, feeling, desire, and behavior. This is the scientific method in metaphysics.
- The purpose of practicing spiritual disciplines is to cultivate spiritual qualities in response to the inevitable suffering of life. We can transform our suffering into peace, love, joy, and wisdom when we practice the methods listed here.
- We can respond to painful problems with any one or combination of 100 spiritual qualities. Spiritual qualities are healers and purifying agents. They are standard equipment, built into the body, embedded in the genetic code as our birthright. We can tap into these healing powers at any time in response to any problem, by practicing the spiritual disciplines described in this work.
- As we get better at managing pain and problems through the cultivation of spiritual qualities, our locus of control shifts from outside to inside ourselves. Eventually we come to understand that everything we are looking for is inside.
- Regular, consistent practice of spiritual disciplines will change your life. If you do the work, the virtues of the great saints and sages will slowly add on to you: peace and strength, compassion and courage, service and wisdom.