Spiritual Thinking

We are all devoted to thinking.  Everyone exists here as thinking beings.  Spiritual thinking asks us to devote to a different way of thinking than we have been educated and conditioned to do.  It is a way to think promoting a virtuous, holy life that stirs us to love and to do service, to develop conscience, a sense and feeling for others’ feelings and behavior.

To practice such a new way of thought requires an adaptational effort to accept the shift.  One way comes to us through the practices of the Ten Commandments.  All of them allow us not only to develop detached instinct — stop murder, stealing, lying, greed, jealousy, envy, cursing — but also disinterested intellect, since each of the Ten Laws concerns itself with thinking about the future.  Every act against the laws implies some future goal or plan we have cooked up.  Usually the desire to achieve our goals this way is by following our five dark currents of will, resulting in stress, harm, or injury at the expense of someone else.  Not so the case with spiritual thinking, where we reaffirm our alliance with Source, the Perfect One.

It has been interesting for me to make a difference between this form of Western approach to spiritual thinking in contrast to the Eastern way.  In the latter direction, we are taught to unthink, to still the mental oscillations of mind, while in the West we want to shift the direction of thinking from an unholy, materially broad one to a holy, spiritually based focus.  We don’t unthink, as in meditation.  Instead, we think differently by mental retraining, re-education, reconditioning.