As a reader of Smithsonian magazine, I come across curious information that can either intrigue or waggle me. For example, the February 2011 edition contains a blurb on Body Parts, stating that, as direct descendants of Homo erectus, we have a coccyx (tailbone, for those of us who use common slang). Anyway, I had to laugh, because ever since I’ve been a kid, I was painfully aware that my tailbone is too long for today’s widespread activity of sitting.
Flip a few more pages in the magazine and the article Survival Training, Ferret Style begs for attention. Yes, since 1981, bookoo dollars, time, and thought have been spent on capturing the once rare black-footed ferret, breeding them, training them to hone their killer instinct, and reintroducing them to the wild. All of us who feel the pinch of a poor economy will be happy to know that about 2,600 ferrets have been released in eight states.
Okay, okay, shake the cynicism, because it is important not to let cynicism mold character, but let’s compare this unqualified example of ferret “training” to real life, taking the training concept and using it to our spiritual advantage.
For example, the following statement from 21st Century Science and Health is a tremendous help when raising children. “Children trained to eat poorly, want things, or always want someone to talk to, will be irritable and needy in later years. Parents shouldn’t complain about something they themselves brought about.” If computer games and TV are being used as babysitters, never mind the scenes are artificial and often aggressive, there is no surprise children are being trained in a certain direction. So, sit back, reflect, ask, Why not spend time, thought, and money to train in a positive direction?
Bear in mind, this “training” concept is inadequate. Some ferrets don’t catch on and can’t survive the wild. But, consider just how much of our behavior and expectations are “trained.”
So, buck the trend.
Identify with divine Mind, a complete, useful, happy, healthy Mind, as opposed to the human temporal mind which is lonely, arrogant, and vulnerable. Ironically, the human mind is so rutted into the habit of training and being trained that it thinks it can train divine Mind to be humanlike, grant a wish, or gloss over wrongdoing. Won’t fly.
The human mind must yield to our spiritual nature, which naturally knows the right thing to do at the right time without a training session. Those epiphany moments have occurred to most of us at some time in life when we’ve glimpsed a complete divine Mind. Those moments can become more frequent and stronger as we know divine Mind and our spirituality is identified and shared.
Our spirituality recognizes divine Mind. That is why so many people are on a spiritual path.
Here are a few more statements from 21st Century Science and Health to help positively work our way out of the training mode.
- “If our hopes and inclinations are spiritual, they come from enlightenment, not from trained thinking, and they produce the fruits of the Spirit.”
- Remember, although we have been trained to believe otherwise, it is not the body, nerves, or organs, but human mind, which reports food as undigested or problematic. The human mind’s report is a pseudo-mental testimony and can be destroyed only by the better results of Mind’s opposite evidence.”
- “To our trained thinking, the human person seems to be substance, but this sense of substance involves error and therefore is divisible, temporal.”
- “The so-called laws of health are simply laws that the human mind was trained to believe.”
- “So also faith, cooperating with the trained thinking that time and medication produce a healing effect, will relieve fear and change the experience of disease to an experience of health. Even a blind faith removes bodily ailments for a season. Hypnotism changes one problem into new and more difficult forms of problems. The Science of Mind must come to the rescue and work a radical cure, and we then understand the process. The great fact remains that evil is not mind. Evil has no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore good is limitless, is All.”
- “In the late 20th century, society began using the words person or people as a gender-neutral alternative to man. Person is defined as a human being, or individual. One train of thought goes from human being to a physical mortal being. Another train of thought, keeping in the metaphysical track, goes from human being to humane being to spiritual being. A human being is of the species Homo sapiens (Lat. Sapiens, to be wise, rational). The term human is identified with the word humane, indicating a humane person. Some Bible versions, in the first chapter of Genesis, say God created “human beings,” not meaning self-centered egotistical mortals, but a humane person. “A person is defined by philosophers as a being who is in possession of a range of psychological capacities that are regarded as both necessary and sufficient to fulfill the requirements of personhood. These are, in general, that it is capable of reasoning, that it is self-conscious, and that is has an identity that persists through time.” The humanity of human beings is valid. Reader, keep in mind, that human terminology and definitions change, but we have the capacity to reason correctly, adjust, and identify with the spiritual meaning. For example, referring back to Genesis chapter one, we could contemplate this interpretation: So Mind created consciousness in his own image, reflecting Mind, he created them male and female.”