Love and Devotion is a two-book nonfiction series. There is a grand and magnificent truth which radiates from within all life and from within each of us. I hope you enjoy sharing these beautiful, healing ideas which join us as spiritual co-inhabitants of a spiritual world. May you be blessed in your ongoing search. May there be peace in your days and relief from the never-ending dramas of normal human life. May you discover in your heart a sweet lightness, the luminescent glow of God’s beauty, and a true appreciation of the wonderful gift of life which glows unmarred through every human error. We are loved by the Divine, loved into existence. That, in itself, is enough to reassure each one of us of our inestimable worth.
The first book, in the series, is The Love of Being Loving. It is about the earlier adult years of my spiritual development. Dr Thomas Hora (Metapsychiatry) and Mary Baker Eddy (Christian Science) were the most significant influences on my spiritual path during my twenties and thirties.
The second book is The Love of Devotion. In my forties, I started reading a series of metaphysical books by Dr David R. Hawkins. I realised that they were having a potent impact on my growth and Dr Hawkins became my next spiritual teacher. Dr Hawkins (Devotional Nonduality) and Dr Hora came from very similar spiritual and intellectual terrain. We are drawn to a certain field of truth which resonates with our inner leanings. My interest in understanding thought drew me to teachers who also had a deep interest in human consciousness.
The Love of Being Loving is about awakening and expanding our spiritual consciousness. It is also a personal journey. However, that which is elevating for a single consciousness is also elevating for human consciousness as a whole. There are no secrets. Nothing is withheld by God. Yet, it is only by our own sincere searching, the evolutionary stage we have reached, and the grace of God that we come into contact with spiritual pathways and teachers that are right for us at any particular time. This book is based on the metaphysical teachings of two spiritual paths and their corresponding founders: Dr Thomas Hora of Metapsychiatry and Mary Baker Eddy of Christian Science. The ideas expressed have a universal quality. Spiritual principles, if true, are true for everyone. That is the yardstick that validates their authenticity. Authentic spiritual ideas also have the universal power to heal. Healing is the building block of both individual and collective spiritual evolution.
PART 1 – LOVE AND INTELLIGENCE
Chapter 1: Solutions are Spiritual
Chapter 2: The Two Intelligent Questions
Blame, Telling the Truth, Quotes
Chapter 3: The Eleven Principles of Metapsychiatry
Chapter 4: Relationships and Interaction
Relationships and Interaction, The Prayer of Right Seeing, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Quotes
Chapter 5: Forgiveness and Compassion
A Holy Process, The Healing of Memories, Compassion, Faking Forgiveness, Recognition, Regret and Reorientation, Quotes
Chapter 6: Beneficial Presence in the World
The Four W’s, Prayer and Meditation, Unsolicited Solicitude,
Types of Spiritual Students, The Door to Joy, Quotes
Chapter 7: Don’t Make a Move without God
Don’t Make a Move Without God, A Rare Encounter, What Really Is, Quotes
PART 2: HEALING AND DEVOTION
Chapter 8: Metaphysics
New Relationship, New Pathway, Synonyms, Quotes
Chapter 9: Spiritual Healing
Spiritual Healing, Fear, No Personal Healer,
Reading the One Mind, I Am Not Here, Guarding Our Thoughts,
Chapter 10: The Human Experience
Material Supply, Translating Things into Thoughts,
Creativity and Beauty,
Chapter 11: Each Successive Stage
Each Successive Stage, Neither Married nor Not Married, The Dawn of Ideas, Gratitude Prayer, Quotes
The Love of Devotion is the result of several decades of spiritual work. It began the day I first opened the metaphysical door and stepped into a world which, although only minimally understood at the time, was strongly desired. Metaphysics is concerned with the ultimate, primary, inner aspects of existence. It does not see life in material terms but sees life in terms of thought and it has a strong emphasis on healing. Everyone’s greatest need is for the healing and wholeness which spiritual awareness brings. However, we are often reluctant to commit to it. We, eventually, must come to the realisation that the purpose of our life is to align with our spiritual nature. Try as we do to find other options, there are no viable alternatives which will withstand the inevitable consequences of misplaced loyalties and loves. It is the way for us to find our soul-home.
As students of life, we seek both relief from suffering and growth of happiness. Deeply considering uplifting ideas raises our consciousness from the realm of the material problem into the powerful and harmonious realm of the spiritual. It is what a dedicated spiritual practice is all about. We give up our own ideas, hurts, fears, and grudges and concede to the Greater. We expand and we heal. It becomes apparent that it would be impossible to feel alone as we are intimately connected to a thriving life-force. It is everything, yet, it is nothing. It grows silently and steadily. We are already it and It is already us. We continue to go forward with our spiritual practices and these practices increasingly envelop us in loveliness. We come out the other side as a transparent being; nameless but with the mark of God.
Chapter 1: In Search of Truth – The Nature of Spiritual Teachers
Past Teachers, Like Attracts Like, Physicians of the Soul, Nonduality, Spiritual Teachers, Who Chooses Who, Energetic Attraction, The Design of the Patchwork, Energetic Field of the Teacher, Alignment or Misalignment, Dedication to Truth Not Personality, God-Confirmatory Not Self-Confirmatory, Transformation, Breaking the Ties, Choosing Our Battles, God is Sufficient, Leaving the Nest, Our First Spiritual Teacher, One Grand Brotherhood
Chapter 2: The Sweetness of Love – Moving from Complete to Complete
Scale of Consciousness, Energy Field of Love,
Chapter 3: Grist for the Mill – Working Through Issues
Pride, Pride Goes Before the Fall, Depression,
Chapter 4: Healing – A Sacred Path
Continuum of Evolution, Self-Love, Discernment,
Chapter 5: Simple Pleasures – Home
Cottage by the Sea, Focus on What is Alive,
Chapter 6: Silence – A Source of Great Strength
Pursuit of Enlightenment, Renunciation of Mental Positions,
Surrender, Grace, Greatest Gift,