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THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017

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12 STEPS TO FREEDOM

1. I am humbled by the presence of God in my life, the magnificence of creation and my ability to co-create in this vast universe.

2. I am never separated from the divine. Any appearance of separation is an illusion of a perceived dualistic reality. All of creation is an extension of God.

3. I daily express my love to the divine for creating me, my family, my friends and the entire universe in which I move and create.

4. Since all of what has been expressed by humankind is a part of me, I accept responsibility for being human and apologize to God for all reactions of fear and for an attitude of acceptance of separation from the divine.

5. I daily release all judgments of others and their actions realizing that they are as much a part of me as I am a part of them. I formulate my opinions based on facts and the simplest explanations of those facts.

6. I daily appreciate all people, places and things in my life. I appreciate and respect my body, my mind and my connection to the divine.

7. I daily seek forgiveness for being distracted from the fact that I am a child of the Most High God and that through me, love, creativity and progress are expressed into all of life.

8. I daily release fear and reacting to situations with an ongoing perception and awareness of the whole picture. I embrace faith in my ability to pro-act with expressions of love, kindness and peace.

9. I am happy where I am right now because I choose to live in the present. I learn from the past, embrace the present and move peacefully into my future.

10. I daily give thanks for the blessing of life that God has bestowed on me. I live and breathe in an ongoing state of gratitude for my health, wealth, prosperity and abundance.

11. I daily seek a state of peace, because this is a state where all of my needs have been met, all of my wants are understood, all of my desires are completely clear and all of my expectations have been realized.

12. I make time everyday to relax, go within and listen to the still small voice of God guiding and directing me to the joy, peace, beauty and fulfillment I seek. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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ALLOWANCE

What is allowance? In today’s world of information overload and multitudinous distractions from tuning into yourself, a state of allowance is something most people find hard to attain. The opposite state, resistance, is an easy behavior for most people. If you don’t like something you resist it being present in your life by either removing yourself from the circumstances, people or places, or you simply shut it out of your mind completely. According to dictionary.com, allowance is a state of being where you permit something to happen or to exist. In logic, it is a premise that allows only one conclusion. In finance, it is an addition or deduction based on an extenuating or qualifying circumstance; either for profit or depreciation. The essence of allowance is to remove yourself from trying to make something happen. It is trusting God to bring to you the right thing, person or situation at the right time and in the right place. It cannot occur without trusting the divine. If you don’t trust that God will guide you, you are resisting the natural order of the universe and allowing your ego to be in command. The ego commands are based on separation and a perception of a dualistic reality. It strives to disconnect us from the natural order and impose its survival mechanism into all of our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

We are always connected to everything that exists. There is no separation from God or our environment. Try walking without a floor or without the earth beneath your feet. Try breathing without the atmosphere. We are inextricably connected to our environments and we cannot function without them. Our senses are like colors on an artist’s palette whereby we paint our picture of life. We choose what colors we need to express our emotions and to paint our picture. Pick up the brush and create the world of your choice by choosing your thoughts, beliefs and actions wisely. Your environment is an extension of your thoughts, beliefs and subsequent actions that you choose to carry out. Create the life you desire by encouraging others to be their best while you are being your best. Love your life and share it with others. Recognize the faults of yourself and others and apologize to God for these faults. Ask God, whomever you choose to worship or recognize, to forgive you for your shortcomings. Be thankful for all that you experience in life. It has come to you because you have chosen it to be there. Choose to grow and expand yourself into the best you can be for yourself and for others.

Once you have made the choice, you need to allow it to manifest. If you feel that you are not worthy of receiving the blessings you desire, you will not receive them. Trying to be the best and resisting distraction is not the way. Recognize what it takes and that your desires come from God. Love God by seeking the growth and expansion of all life. Next, hold the desired result in your mind and expect its outcome. Be sorry for the mistakes that you have made and choose not to make them again by learning from their results. Next, heal yourself of your shortcomings by seeking forgiveness and being thankful for where you are now. This step puts the brakes on resistance. Give thanks to God for everything by allowing his blessings to come into your life. Don’t be concerned about how they come, who they come from, where they come from, when they will come, what form they will come in and why they will come at all. All of these concerns create resistance and if you truly want to manifest your desires, you must allow them to come to you.

Permit the realization of your desires by allowing them to manifest. There is only one conclusion that can result from a conviction to manifest your desires; the realization of those desires. That conclusion will not manifest until you allow the desired results to come and you joyfully accept them. You can only add to, or take away from your realization of your desires by allowing them to manifest. Each and every time you try to take the reins and manipulate who, what, where, how, when and why things, people or circumstances occur, you are resisting the manifestation of your desires.

Allowance is a state where you get out of your own way and trust God to create health, wealth, prosperity and abundance. Isn’t that easier than fighting every step of the way? If you row upstream against the current it is a struggle. Life is not a struggle. It is a struggle if you choose to believe it is. If you stow the oars and let the current take you, you must trust in God to bring you to the realization of your desires. When you don’t trust and let your ego take command, you might crash on the rocks, flip the boat or even drown. You might make it somewhere with your ego, but it probably won’t be where you truly want to be. The desires in your heart were placed there by God to begin with. Why would he place them there if He didn’t want you to realize them? You just have to get out of your own way and allow them to happen.

This doesn’t mean that you aimlessly wander throughout life with no plan. You must have goals and deadlines for those goals to have a clear picture of the manifestation of your desires. Just make your plan flexible enough to allow for mid-course corrections. Every time we went to the Moon the Command Module and Lunar Lander had to make many adjustments to stay on course. You need to design a methodical plan, but leave the plan open to make any necessary adjustments. You must be aware of, and allow distractions that take you off course. If you resist distractions, they will persist until they break you down. Allow them to be and choose to stay on course by making the necessary corrections to your plan.

God has given us the power to co-create in this universe. Choose to create the life you desire by expecting the outcome of those desires to manifest. Allow them to happen by accepting the fact that you are worthy of being blessed by God. After all, you are a child of God. Does a loving parent deny the growth and expansion of their children? God loves you. He wants us to be happy and fulfilled. Why don’t you? ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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Every week Dr. Dean will be engaging subjects that are pertinent to your growth and expansion into recognition of; respect to; and communication with your inner spirit.

Please feel free to comment or suggest topics for review. May the Divine always bless you and your families! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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APPRECIATION

During a past visit to physical therapy, I was receiving treatment for a back injury from a car accident and read an article in the Saturday Evening Post by Dr. Tal-Ben Shahar where he stated, “It’s not what you have, it’s what you appreciate.” As I watched all of the other people receiving help for their various injuries I began to meditate on the word appreciate. Here I was receiving treatment for an injury from an accident where I could have been killed, but thankfully, wasn’t. I began to embrace the feelings of appreciation while I witnessed the grimaces and disgust of the others receiving treatment around me (obviously from discomfort and pain). The more I saw looks of frustration on the others, the more I appreciated the fact that I could even witness this. As I proceeded with my exercises, the pain increased but I kept appreciating the fact that I could exercise. It was a choice; despite the pain and the surrounding environment, I chose to be appreciative.

In their book, Ask And It Is Given, Esther and Jerry Hicks outline what they call the Rampage of Appreciation. This is done by directing pleasant thoughts in your mind. In this exercise you become the master of your thoughts by choosing which thoughts to dwell on after you evaluate their relevance to whether they are bettering your condition or not. By choosing constructive and expanding thoughts and repeating the feelings you get from these thoughts, they eventually become beliefs. Use your convictions and beliefs to begin to plan out the course of your life by choosing the right plan to implement your goals. Write out a plan on paper of who, what, where, how, when and why you will accomplish your goals. Feel the feelings you would feel when you have accomplished those goals and be appreciative!

How do we accomplish this? By focusing on the things that feel good. Optical electronics has a term called image retention. It is an electronic burn in on a camera that results from bright light being focused on the CCD (Charged Coupled Device) for extended periods of time. This also occurs when you look at the Sun too long and get brightness exposure to your eyes. You close your eyes and see bright greenish clouds. It is a result of a pathway being carved that accepts that feeling easily and retains it due to burn in. Like gravity, the Law of Attraction works whether you believe it or not. The Law of Attraction delivers thoughts, experiences, people and things that match your practiced or burned in vibrations. If your vibration is one of appreciation, then more things will occur for you to appreciate. If you vibration is one of depreciation, then your life will reflect a decline in the values that you have aspired to and yield you the results that you have held true. Remove yourself from others that aren’t appreciative in order to create an environment that is fertile for creativity and appreciation.

We have all been around people who say all of the right things and yet we feel they are not sincere. Your thoughts guide your feelings and your feelings will guide your thoughts. People who are sensitive to feelings can feel whether someone is genuine enough. Proverbs 23:7 states, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” When someone is sincerely genuine and appreciative, they create an environment in which people feel comfortable and confident with their feelings. They don’t take away from others by generating fear; they add to others by reinforcing faith. They create an atmosphere of appreciation!

Appreciation is defined as a state of thankful recognition; in other words, gratitude for something that has occurred and has bountied favorable results. It is the act of evaluating the quality of things, people, events or circumstances and assigning them value in regards to you. Since this evaluation is in relation to you, it is a judgment. Appreciation depends on a clear perception based on the facts, an evaluation of these facts and a subsequent judgment of these facts that result in your opinion of yourself in relation to your own life.

There are four steps to attain a state of appreciation. These steps happen quickly within our minds when we choose the path to appreciation. The first step is to acknowledge a situation, circumstance, event or the actions of a person as fact. The next step is to accept what has happened as true. The third step is to acclimate yourself to your contribution or non-contribution in the matter or to the circumstances that brought it about. And finally, to act on the situation by giving of yourself and allowing it to be a part of your experience. See the silver lining in the cloud. There is always something to be appreciative of; no matter what circumstances are present.

Appreciation is the most powerful connection between the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of your being. Just like playing the piano or guitar, you can only get better with practice. By practicing appreciation, guidance gets clearer from your inner being. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “When you look in the mirror you are not what you are looking at in your reflection, you are what is looking at that reflection.” Through the diligent practice of being in a state of appreciation, you become accustomed to higher vibrations. You will get a twofold result. You will embrace acceptance of what is and recognize resistance to good vibration. As you continue to practice allowance, your momentum will release resistance and you will be in a state of allowing. Desires flow easily into your experience when you expect them to come and allow them to be in your life. This state of allowance comes easily and effortlessly through the diligent practice of meditation. A process where we accept and allow more of the good feelings to come our way. Nothing mystical about it. Like attracts like, pure and simple. Practice appreciation and bask in the positive results!

Our brains seek a delicate balance between rewards and inhibitions. A hedonistic personality seeks pleasure at all costs and an ascetic personality seeks to deny pleasure at all costs through abstinence, or, in the extreme, self-mortification. In the latter the part of our brain known as the Amygdala (ganglion of the limbic system involved in fear and aggression), automatically takes control. It will convince us that something has happened even though it hasn’t. Fear is accepted and its results are definite no matter what reality tells us. How do we free ourselves from this endless loop? By appreciating what has actually happened and not what we perceive could happen. It requires us to be observers of facts and not relayers of opinions. Start by listening to your heart when interacting in your environment. Seek the truth on your own and choose not to believe what others see as the truth without challenging and investigating events, circumstances, people and things.

How do we challenge other’s opinions? By being observant of their body language and not just what they say. Recognizing the tension (positive/pro-action, negative/reaction) in other people’s faces is part of our ability to distinguish the results of our actions. Are we acting appropriately to the circumstances in our environment that will lead to our growth and expansion? How fine tuned is our environmental feedback system? Do we see circumstances, people’s action, events and occurrences as a never ending wheel of depreciation? Or do you see the world as it is and appreciate it for what it is without trying to mold it to what we believe it should be?

Expect the best results in your life. That doesn’t mean you will always get them. It means that you will train your mind to be controlled by the greater You, instead of the lesser you. It means you choose to stop worrying about what you perceive could happen and begin to give thanks for what has happened. The only thing we have in our reach is the present. The past is gone and the future is yet to be. It is our choice to make with each and every breath. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D

 

CAUSE AND EFFECT

By analyzing the effects of your behaviors you can extract valuable information that will lead you to the causes of your behaviors. Cause and effect relationships are based on a characteristic or event being the result of a previous situation or occurrence. Filling a need to move forward requires a preceding and following event or occurrence. For example, when you walk into a dark room, you flick the switch and turn on the light. Why? Because you need to be able to see where you are going. Normally, you don’t walk into a lit room and flick the switch to turn off the light. That behavior is not moving forward. It is contradictory to moving forward under normal circumstances. Inferring a cause and effect relationship can be tricky. Just because an event or occurrence happens after a preceding one, does not necessarily mean that the two events or occurrences are connected. If there are alternative explanations for the subsequent events utilize the Law of Parsimony to reduce the explanations to their simplest form. If the simplest explanation has nothing to do with the preceding event, then the connection to the subsequent event is weak at best. Only through conducting ongoing experiments with your demonstrated behaviors can you see correlations between the causes and effects of your behaviors.

You enter a room full of people and over in the corner you hear an individual chatting away. You strike up a conversation with some people and no matter how much you try to concentrate on what they are saying, the sound of the chattering individual keeps grabbing your attention. You start feeling uncomfortable and you try harder to concentrate on your conversation. You begin to sweat a little and you feel a tingling in your body. The chatterer and his listeners begin to laugh and you feel disturbed. You begin to wonder, “Why are these people listening to this useless drivel?” You choose to ignore it and not react but no matter how much you try the chatterer’s voice stands out in the crowd. There is something unresolved within you about chatterers that constantly resurfaces every time you hear the voice of the chatterer. You begin to wonder what it is that irritates you so much. Is it the sound of the voice? Is it what they are saying? Is it the humorous reactions? Is it the fact that the chatterers conversation is more interesting than yours? Or is it that you are succumbing to previous programming concerning those who chatter? You leave the room and no longer hear the chatter and you begin to relax. You have removed yourself from the environment and apparently, things seem better. Was it because you left the room and were no longer exposed to the chatterer? Or was it because you feel more comfortable when you seem to be in control of your environment?

Later on you return to the same room and the chatterer is gone. You cruise the room and strike up conversations and feel pretty good. The crowd begins to thin out and the chatterer returns to the room. That tingling feeling returns and your being goes on red alert. You feel violated and want to leave. As you go to the next room to get your coat the host says good night and laughs about the chatterer’s stories. He says his name and you recognize that the chatterer was your best friend in high school you did not recognize. A soothing feeling of relief pours over your being and you go back into the room and say hello. You begin a fulfilling conversation with your old friend; take off your coat a stay for awhile. You paradigm was shifted. But what caused the original feelings about the chatterer? If you knew from the get go that this chatterer was your high school friend, your evening would have been much different. Your emotions about chatterers were layered on top of one another and masked the original emotion that causes you to react to chatterers. The moment you knew that this particular chatterer was your high school friend; the layers of emotions were disregarded in favor of reconnecting and feeling happy. Your awareness of a situation, event, occurrence or person can override your emotional reactions. You are in control unless you give away your control to your emotions.

By conducting valuable experiments and rooting out the underlying causes of your behaviors you can once again gain control over your emotions and your life. Experimentation is like flipping the switch and turning on the light. You cannot see what is hidden in a dark corner until it is revealed by the light of truth. After careful experimentation and revealing analysis of the subsequent data, you come to discover that the root emotion that has been buried all these years is anger. Once you discover this, your mind moves toward the cause of the anger and it causes you to remember an individual in your childhood who chattered and abused you. Your anger was layered over with other emotions by your ego in order to protect you from further abuse. You have rooted out the cause of your negative reaction. Now you must reprogram your mind to NOT react to this situation, event, occurrence or person in a similar manner. Of course, the above scenario is only an example, but it reveals the processes occurring and the subsequent steps that follow as a result of the root cause.

The combination of the environment, your internal programming, your attention to the situation and the characteristics of the object commanding your attention are all stimulus effects that trigger a response within you. Only through conducting a thorough and logical experiment can you reveal the truth. We are all products of many different stimuli. Our responses to stimuli create further stimuli, which in turn create more responses and more stimuli. Turn on the light, see what’s hidden in the corner and expose it for what it is. Design a plan to remove it by first identifying it and employing a method of conscious relaxation known as meditation to remove its grip on you. Meditation allows you to gain control over your reactive mind and set the stage for your pro-active mind to lead your life and manifest successful behaviors. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

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What is Separation Anxiety? In regard to children it is the normal fear and apprehension expressed by infants when removed from their mothers or approached by strangers. In older children it is an apprehension or fear associated with his or her separation from a parent or other significant person. In adults it is any similar reaction in later life caused by separation from familiar surroundings or close friends or family. The adult reaction is a behavior duplicated later in life by usually sudden and involuntary exposure to novel and potentially threatening situations (dictionary.com). Normal fears are fears that we, as humans, express in reaction to situations, events, occurrences or people in our environments. An infant is naturally attached to its mother primarily due to its 9 month gestation period inside of the mother. The chemical reactions within the infant’s brain come directly from the mother’s physical chemistry. The subsequent smells, interactions and resultant comfort levels further endear the infant to the mother. When the infant is removed from the mother or someone else approaches them, their instinctual reaction is to cling to what is comfortable and secure. When the infant is removed from its comfort zone and/or security zone, it reacts with feelings that cause anxiety. Hence the act of separation from the known to the unknown causes anxiety.

These anxieties remain buried within most individuals. For example, when young adults leave for college and are removed from the family surroundings they either react to this change with separation anxiety or they pro-act with certainty. Anxiety is a state of uneasiness and apprehension about future uncertainties that causes mental tension (dictionary.com). Fear of the unknown is a secondary fear that warns us about what could possibly happen (negatively) to us. It is the Uncertainty Principle. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle in Quantum Mechanics states that increasing the accuracy of measurement of one observable quantity increases the uncertainty with which another conjugate quantity may be known. In other words, the more fear you embrace, the more uncertain about your future you become. This author proposes a new Certainty Principle that states, conversely, that the more faith you embrace the more CERTAIN about your future you become. Certainty requires faith in your abilities to overcome any obstacle. Faith is the result of an internal acceptance of principles and observation of positive outcomes. It is knowing something is going to happen without any physical proof that it will happen. It is the resultant action of a contrived state that propels us into the achievement of growth and expansion.

Separation can only occur in a dualistic perceived reality. Our senses relay only partial information about our environment and our brains create copies of these perceptions that we believe to be real. Polarization is the dynamic by which we measure a dualistic environment. Things are either black or white or varying degrees in between; shades of grey. Our brains are like prisms that absorb the white light and convert it into colors. White light is the presence of all perceivable colors and black is the absence of white light. This dualism is the canvas upon which our senses perceive reality. Our brains in turn create copies of these perceptions that we evaluate and subsequently judge as to how they affect us. We either react to them or pro-act from them. In reality, there is no separation. We are inextricably tied to our environments. We emanate from spirit and manifest in our environments. We could not exist without our connection to our environment. Dr. Wayne Dyer said it best when he said we are enviro-beings. We come forth from the earth just as a plum comes from a plum seed. We are never separated from spirit (plumness); we expand into our physical reality from spirit and we express that spirit in varying levels every day. Dr. Walter Russell explained it further by stating that when we die we refold into spirit. Spirit is always within us and is our source. God stated to Moses when he saw the burning bush, “I am that, I am.” God is the spirit from which all life expands and grows. He is the breath that was breathed into the clay called Adam.

There have been many explanations of whom and what God is but the best is that He is the stillness from which all action springs. In the electromagnetic spectrum there are 144 octaves of frequency. When the vibrations of energy reach the 144th octave, they are virtually still. When you look at an incandescent light bulb the light that emanates appears to be still. In reality it is vibrating at 60 times a second. Our eyes can see down to 1/12 of a second so we see 5 blinks for every time slice that our brains can perceive. It appears to us to be steady. Our thoughts are vibrations that respond to our internal chemistry. Every thought in our brains is a result of chemical interactions. Everything that exists vibrates. Matter is energy that is vibrating at a slower rate. Einstein’ theory of relativity showed the relationship in his famous formula E=mc2. The formula states that energy is equal to the mass of an object times the velocity of light (186,310 mps) squared. As you can see; everything is connected and dependent on each other.

In reality, nothing can be separated. When we have a thought about what we want in this apparent dualistic universe, we also have the thought about what we don’t want. Both extremes occur simultaneously. This contrast is what gives us focus and clarity in what we think we want or don’t want. It helps channel our emotions to convert our desires into expectations. Why? Simply, for our universe to expand. A delicate balance between liberal movement and conservative positioning is needed to move progressively forward. The political stage is nothing more than the daily battle between these contrasting philosophies that gradually bring us forward into the future; the dance of expansion. Both sides need each other; even though they might not recognize it. This is a universe (or multiverse) of balance an order. As Carl Sagan once said; we are star stuff. The atoms and molecules within our bodies have been around for millennia. They cannot be created or destroyed. They simply change form from energy to matter and from matter to energy.

We are never separated from anything. When we accept our union with all life we will begin to receive ideas and desires of what we were created to do and accomplish. Become one with life, your desires and work diligently towards your goals. Separation is an illusion of the dualistic perceived reality. Recognize, realize and accept our union with all that exists in the universe and attract what you want in your life. Choose pro-activity and certainty. This comes with a deeper understanding of how we are connected with all that exists. There is no separation and therefore no reason to feel anxiety over growth and expansion. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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How do you truly know that when you are in deep meditation that you are experiencing the presence of the Spirit of God? Could it be that your brain chemistry is altered by your deliberate breathing and that in deep relaxation your euphoric feelings are just electro-chemical effects that you ‘believe’ are the result of experiencing the Spirit of God? Is your assumption that you are in the presence of the Divine your ego placating your inquisitiveness just to give you hope that there is something more than what you sense and experience?

Those who are too clinical to experience the depths of their own soul rationalize the non-existence of an ‘entity’ that has created all of existence. Perhaps they are right; and perhaps they are missing the point of the Creator completely? In order for a Creator to exist it must underlie all of existence and be ‘beyond’ the system completely (transcendent). One cannot understand the entirety of a system (our perceived dualistic reality) while existing within that system (Gödel).

In order for the omniverse to exist it is assumed that there must be a beginning and an ending; from the Big Bang Theory to the Big Bounce Theory we have many theories of its life and death cycle. All of these theories are important in understanding how the omniverse unfolded but don’t amount to a hill of beans when it comes to feeling the inner presence of the Divine. Until you ‘feel’ that presence and experience the bounty from it, you will continue to live with ‘egoic myopia’ and base all of life on your selfimposed tunnel vision.

You are subjecting yourself to ‘believing’ more than ‘knowing’. You can rationalize them as being the same all you want and it will NEVER change the fact that they are completely different. Beliefs are repeated thoughts that you accept as true without completely testing and verifying their validity and knowing is listening to your intuition and inner guidance and TRUSTING its revelation. This is why atheists, agnostics and religious denominations have such diametrically opposed viewpoints! Not because of Divine knowing; but because of their acceptance and utilization of their crutches of beliefs.

Beliefs come from your acceptance of others’ experience and ‘knowing’ comes from your individual experience of the Spirit of God within. No one else can experience this for you; your blessings are designed to come through your vessel for you and you ALONE! True spirituality is when the mind engages the feelings of the heart and makes decision by a committee of ‘both’ and not by one or the other.
Those who only see the external reality as all that is will never be able to experience true spirituality until they literally take their self-imposed blinders off; this means believers, non-believers and those who do not know.

Knowing the Divine requires you to go ‘beyond’ the apparent system and enter into a realm of Divine trust. When you live by doubt, worry and fear how can anyone EVER go beyond that which ‘might’ happen and live by that which WILL happen?

Live by Divine knowing and immerse yourself in the presence of Divine love everlasting. It matters not what others think, feel, believe, say, act or behave in regard to your inner spirituality. Be firm on what you know by Divine revelation despite what others believe.
Be a light unto yourself and all whom you know. Be ye therefore living in blessed
divinity! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.


 

THE INTELLIGENCES
OF HUMANITY

Intelligences

In my article The Aspects of Humanity I delineated the four main aspects of human behavior. These aspects either react to internal cues and to the environment or initiate behaviors by the process of pro-acting. These aspects operate on repeated internal or environmental cues and subsequent reaction to those cues. Over a period of time our aspects develop an intelligence in regard to those repeated behaviors. These intelligences are a result of learned and accepted behaviors.

Physical Intelligence

For example, an athlete who day after day practices their sport develops a physical intelligence in his body in regards to that sport. This has been very apparent in the Olympics recently. The 2010 Canadian Gold Medal winner of the Moguls Ski Competition, Alexandre Bilodeau, demonstrated this ability. His torso and head were completely in vertical alignment while his knees were bending and his legs were following the contour of the snow mounds on the downhill course. Athletes possess a coordination of body and mind that demonstrates their physical intelligence. Athletes exercise and focus on different parts of their bodies for their PI to develop neuro-muscular pathways. This is attained by encountering repeated resistance that, through consistent practice, slowly overcomes that resistance. This consistency carves new pathways and beliefs.

An observation made by an Olympic sportscaster detailed the mind-body connection in the following paraphrased statement: When a skier looks down on the mountain his mind says that to make the move from the top is certain suicide. But through his training and the conviction that he has done it before, he makes the move and dismisses the negative thoughts he is experiencing. Why? Because of his faith in his physical intelligence to overcome any obstacle regardless of the threat of personal safety.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence (EI) describes the ability, capacity, skill or, in a self-perceived ability, to identify, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups (Source: Wikipedia). It is the ability to accurately perceive one’s environment or internal cues and process them effectively and intelligently without reacting based on assumptions or opinions. For example, when a child doesn’t get what they want they might respond with crying or tantrums. Why? Because they have yet to develop the emotional intelligence to manage and control their emotions.

Adults sometimes forget that they are not their emotions. Perceived threats sometimes result in violence or lashing out at others, circumstances or occurrences. A person who has mastered their emotions has developed emotional intelligence. This comes from an awareness that all events, circumstances or occurrences are not necessarily what they seem to be. In other words, EI is an understanding that the demands of the ego are not the only concern. It recognizes the needs, wants, desires and expectations of others in regards to themselves and their environments. It seeks a balance between selfishness and selflessness; between a social conscience and a personal conscience.
EI comes from years of understanding and modifying your behaviors to pro-act effectively in your environment to bring about the desires you seek and the subsequent expectations you manifest.

Mental Intelligence

Mental Intelligence is the capacities for abstract thought, reasoning, planning and problem solving, the use of language, and to learn. It includes intellectual traits such as creativity, personality, character, knowledge, and wisdom (Source: Wikipedia). MI is the ability for our brains to process information from internal physical cues and external environmental cues. These stimuli generate thoughts that we either hold on to (beliefs) or dismiss (rejections). Thoughts are chemically based electrical processes that contain perceived snapshots or graphical pictures that are copies of internal or external cues or perceptions.

Abstract thought is the ability to reason instead of emotionally reacting. Reason is the ability to observe the facts and infer the causes without opinions or prejudices. Planning is the process to map out future actions based on learned results of previous thoughts and actions and develop new thoughts and actions to accomplish goals. Problem solving is the ability to observe the facts about a perceived problem and develop solutions to overcome that problem and manifest a new and more effective result. Language is the ability to observe objects, infer archetypes and verbally express them in understandable terms based on graphical symbolism. It involves learned behavior from repeated verbal and/or graphical cues. Learning is the ability to modify your behavior through practice, training, or experience. Thoughts are the initiators to all behaviors. Thought-forms are a result of consistent beliefs and manifesting behaviors into your environment; they are a result of mastering all of the above abilities and consistently applying them in your experience.

Creativity the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships and to create original, progressive or meaningful new ideas, forms, methods or interpretations (Source: Dictionary.com); it is based on an individual’s ability to imagine other scenarios. Imagination does create reality when people utilize their creative abilities. According to Wikipedia, creativity is a mental process involving the discovery of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the existing ideas or concepts, fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight. It is also known as divergent thought (as opposed to convergent thought which uses logic). Personality is the sum total of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects manifested as the qualities and character of an individual. According to Wikipedia, personality can be defined as a dynamic and organized set of characteristics possessed by a person that uniquely influences his or her cognitions, motivations, and behaviors in various situations. Character is the aggregate of traits and qualities of an individual. It guides an individual to either protect oneself or to protect others as well as themselves. Character is the snapshot of the core values of one’s ego.

Knowledge is an awareness of the facts, truths or principles resulting from individual investigation into perceived facts of events, occurrences or other individuals. It is an understanding of learned information. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, knowledge is the expertise and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject; what is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information; or awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation. In other words, when a person understands how to correctly use learned information they have gained knowledge. Wisdom is knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action (Source: Dictionary.com). According to Wikipedia, wisdom is a deep understanding of people, things, events or situations, empowering the ability to choose or act to consistently produce the optimum results with a minimum of time and energy. Wisdom is the ability to optimally (effectively and efficiently) apply perceptions and knowledge and so produce the desired results. Wisdom is comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action. In other words, when a person understands how to correctly use knowledge they have gained wisdom.

Character is a function of the ego. Personality is a result of your combined aspects of humanity. Creativity is a result of the ability to think out of the box. Knowledge comes from diligent study of information and wisdom comes from diligent study of knowledge. By combining your character and personality into creative thoughts and behaviors, you amplify your ability to gain knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom are a result of mastering your mind-body connection, your emotions and your mental understanding of occurrences, events and people in your life. Knowledge and wisdom are not static. They only grow by consistently applying them in your experience.

Spiritual Intelligence

SI is the ability to see beyond logic and reason into realms of thought that most reactive people don’t see. According to Wikipedia, Spiritual Intelligence is a term used to discern a suite or set of propensities comprising: perceptions, intuitions, cognitions, etc., related to spirituality and/or religiosity, especially spiritual capital. Spiritual capital is a concept that involves the quantification of the value to individuals, groups and society of spiritual, moral or psychological beliefs and practices.

Your spiritual intelligence is based on your values. What are your values? They are the relative worth, merit, or importance of your thoughts and behaviors. If your thoughts and/or behaviors provide positive outcomes for you, then they are good and reflect good values. However, they are still relative and of a personal or cultural status that is subjective to experience and absolute values. Absolute values are independent of an individual or cultural viewpoint; they are objective in nature. It is the same regardless of individual experience. Your personal and cultural values are the initiation to a deeper awareness and understanding of absolute values; that your choices and the intensity in which you manifest those choices are absolute, whether they are considered negative or positive. In other words, you personal values determine your recognition of the fact that your expressions in the environment have an absolute value. The results you obtain for being selfish will be different than the results you obtain if you are magnanimous.

Spirituality

In Spirituality, God or the universe is the source of everything and the benchmark of absolute value. Emulating the behaviors of creation from God and the universe is the ultimate model for us. There is no waste. There is only abundance. If you cannot see this, then you need to adjust your personal values to recognize these facts. Then, and only then, can you ever hope to manifest your deepest desires and dreams. Align your intelligences with the absolute values demonstrated in God’s universe. Model those behaviors and reap the rewards you so richly deserve. Get out of your own way! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.


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THE SMELL OF FEAR

Can we smell fear? Do we have a built in reptilian brain mechanism that ‘senses’ fear and other emotions? Recent biological research in the Netherlands shows that we can ‘smell’ fear and other emotions like ‘disgust’. In fact, most recent research in our ability to sense our environment shows that our senses work together in creating a ‘sensory snapshot’ of ‘slices’ of the electromagnetic spectrum that are ‘received’ by our senses and that we emotionally ‘react’ to through the constructs of ‘fight or flight’.

Our 5 physical senses are miraculous receptors of environmental stimuli. They receive electromagnetic and mechanical ‘waves’ in frequency ranges and convert them to chemical reactions that travel through our bodies to our brains. Our nerves operate on a ‘sodium-potassium’ pump that discharges electrical energy that our brains receive and ‘react’ with chemical interchanges that generate ‘thought’ energy to either ‘run toward’ or ‘run away from’ environmental stimuli. Our internal mechanism of environmental interaction is quite elaborate, yet very simple. It generally works quite well most of the time except when influenced by outside or self-induced ‘chemical’ alterations.

What about our speculated 6th and 7th senses? Our sixth ‘psychic’ sense has been documented by scientific research and postulated based on a ‘probability’ of its existence. We sense ‘feelings’ from our environments without respect to distance or proximity of the source of those feelings. These, in turn, get programmed into our subconscious minds that automatically respond to similar occurrences repeated in our environments.

Our seventh ‘spiritual’ sense has been postulated as our channel of Divine communication. It is where we no longer ‘sense’ what is occurring outside of ourselves; it is what we ‘know’ is occurring without the backup of physical ‘facts’ and the perception of the truth and validity of those facts. This ‘knowing’ resonates in our ‘being’ and compels us to take action toward ‘averting’ or ‘concurring’ with occurrences in our environment as being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to our well-being. Daily meditation keeps this channel ‘open’ and ‘clear’ for us to ‘know’ what is truly going on in our respective environments.

Our seventh sense is not something that we can prove physically, but that doesn’t stop us from using it. Much like magnetism; ask any engineer or scientist ‘what’ it is and they will come up with explanations of what it ‘does’ but NOT what it ‘is’. That doesn’t stop us from using the ‘effects’ of it to provide over 5 billion mobile devices throughout the world in order to communicate with each other.

All of our senses work together to create a ‘snapshot’ of our world that we subsequently ‘react’ to or ‘proact’ from in order to traverse through our lives and affect our environments. A healthy body, a balance of appropriate emotions, a clear mind and a ‘spiritual’ communion are the ingredients to an effective recipe for growth and expansion. Use the gifts of our senses to navigate through life and co-create a world that reflects beauty, peace and love. It is up to each and every one of us to purge our beings from erroneous beliefs derived from our experiences and celebrate the beauty that life has to offer. Be ye therefore perfect. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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THE DISTRACTION FACTION

Many times throughout our lives we face events, circumstances and people that veer us off of our focus. But what exactly is our focus, or more importantly, what should it be? Henry David Thoreau once said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” Most people have their goals and dreams and long for their actualization. Whether these dreams and goals are material or spiritual isn’t necessarily the deciding factor in the manifestation of them. The dam that blocks or allows the manifestation of your desires is the acceptance of your beliefs as reality. How many times does something have to happen to you before you believe it and accept it as true? Once, twice, three times? Or do you have a deeper understanding of how the universe works and know that every event, occurrence and person in your life is a result of your beliefs?

Each and every day of your life your beliefs lead you down a path of discovery. If you believe that you aren’t good enough for a job you are interested in, then you will be increasingly aware of events, circumstances and people that will reinforce that belief. In reality, you are being distracted from the real truth. And what is the real truth? The fact that every fiber of your being vibrates with an energy that is unique to you. This energy is a signature of your innermost desires. Beliefs based on factual truth and not erroneous opinions will create an alignment with you and your innermost desires.
When you accept beliefs that reinforce negative viewpoints, the Law of Attraction begins to create those results that you accept as true. If you get up every day, affirm your success, go about your day taking the steps to attain that success and believe that you aren’t worthy of attaining your goals and dreams, then they won’t manifest. When you come from a mindset of negativity or loss, the LOA literally brings about your command. For example if you passionately believe that you don’t want to lose your lover, and then they leave you anyway, it is not because the LOA didn’t work; it is because it does work based on the fact that you concentrated on the loss of your lover and not the retention of your lover.

If you desire a better life and want to attain your innermost goals and desires you have to take what comes with it. When you passionately desire a better life, events, circumstances and people begin to change. You might get fired, end a friendship or move to a new town. These things are not necessarily negative; they might be what is necessary to happen for you to attain your dreams. The universe will bring about events, circumstances and people to help you attain what you wish in ways you might not have ever considered. It is only your job to create the beliefs to support your desires, not determine how they will manifest.

Most people daily become distracted from the truth because they fail to see the bigger picture. What is distraction? According to dictionary.com, distraction is mental distress or derangement. It is a process which divides attention or prevents concentration. It can also mean an act that amuses, entertains or diverts one’s attention from something that appears negative, hard or difficult. Distraction is a division or disorder caused by dissension. When an outcome doesn’t match what you thought it should be, there is a strong disagreement between intention and manifestation; in other words, dissension. The resultant state is a person being distracted from their focus. Something doesn’t add up and the easy way out is to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Statements like “The LOA doesn’t work” or “It’s voodoo” are made by individuals who are ignorant and truly unobservant to the laws of nature. It’s no wonder that the synonyms of distraction are madness, lunacy, insanity and craziness.

When you are continually distracted from your focus your thoughts begin to align themselves with similar thoughts. As these thoughts are accepted as true without significant proof, they become your beliefs. These thoughts and beliefs become a faction. A faction is a cohesive group of dissension within a larger group. If most of your thoughts and beliefs are progressive and contribute to growth and expansion, then you have a great starting place to develop and actualize your desire. However, if you have a faction of thoughts and beliefs that “pooh-pooh” every movement toward the actualization of your desires, then you need to clear them from your consciousness. In filmmaking, a faction treats real people or events as if they were fictional or uses them as an integral part of a fictional account. The parallel here is remarkable in that these thoughts and beliefs are fictional. They were created by you and emotionally reinforced by you. The synonyms for faction are discord, disagreement, schism, split or friction. A split from what? Thinking based on facts and not conjecture and supposition.

A distraction faction is a group of thoughts and beliefs that don’t contribute to focus and sanity. Thoughts and beliefs such as “I am not good enough”, “I will never have enough money” and “I am a loser” are grouped into what I call a Distraction Faction. In order to attain focus one must do what is necessary to bring all of the elements of the universe in to play to create one’s desires. A simple experiment in physics will illustrate this point. If you take a magnifying glass on a sunny day and place it over a sheet of paper where the focal point is above the paper, it will never ignite. If you move the focal point down to the surface of the paper it will ignite. If you keep thoughts and beliefs in the DF as a blockage to your ignition, you will keep trying and trying and eventually lose hope of ever attaining your goals and dreams. You need to take the action of removing any and all erroneous beliefs from your mind in order to clear the channel between you and your desires and ignite your dreams.

How do you do this? You educate yourself in the workings of the universe, your mind and self-improvement. Stop being distracted by the TV, radio, internet, friends and life in general from attaining YOUR goals and dreams. Read the truth about your spiritual growth. Focus requires commitment, dedication and discipline. It means you give up what doesn’t work and replace it with what does work. It means you stop deceiving yourself into thinking and believing that something is real, true and valid without proof. Make your life count and stop lying to yourself about what is dear to you. Live your life with Attraction Action and attain your dreams. The alternative is to grow old with the debilitating effects of the Distraction Faction and never accomplish what your heart desires. Don’t go to your grave with the song still in your heart. It is YOUR choice! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D

WHY DOESN'T THE
SECRET WORK FOR ME?

This question is probably one of the most asked questions concerning The Secret, or the Law of Attraction. When people discover The Secret, either from the movie, the book or many other teachers, they get excited about the fact that they can create their own reality. A saying comes to mind for me; “A little knowledge is dangerous.” Knowing that one’s imagination can create their reality is a great first step. However, there are other things that one must know in order to truly manifest what they desire.

When you take the time to study how the universe works you will learn that things aren’t always what they appear to be. Galaxies were once thought to be collections of gas and stellar matter that congealed together by mutual gravitational forces. It is now known by science that super-massive black holes are at the center of most galaxies and that their gravitational fields are what hold the galaxies together. Science couldn’t see the black holes; they could see the effect of their presence in what they could see. The same could be said for the Law of Attraction. Like the black hole, it cannot be seen directly, but can be seen by the results it manifests.

In the divine scheme of things in this universe (multiverse), one aspect of free will is the ability to choose what thoughts we hold on to. If we hold onto similar thoughts over the course of time and accept them as true, then they become our beliefs. Our beliefs filter the energies of the universe into creating our reality. If we believe that the LOA is hogwash, then through the LOA, we will experience circumstances that will support those beliefs. If we believe in the LOA, then we will experience circumstances that reveal its actuality. But that’s not necessarily the whole picture.

The LOA works whether you believe it or not. Your beliefs (your repeated and accepted thoughts) will filter your desires to create the manifestations of the LOA. For example, if you desire to be a great painter, and you believe that you could never do it, you won’t. No matter how much you intend to become a great painter and repeatedly try to do so, you will not realize the manifestation of your desire until you believe you can do it. You, in effect, need to expect that your desire is within your grasp or you will not manifest your desires. Your subconscious belief system is the dam through which the river of your desires must flow. If the floodgates are closed due to your beliefs and emotional reinforcement of your beliefs, then no matter how much you desire something, it will not manifest in your life. It is up to you to change your belief system by removing any erroneous beliefs. This will open the floodgates for the LOA to work smoothly and efficiently.

But how do you do this? Each and every day of your life up until now you have programmed your brain with repeated thoughts and accepted beliefs. In effect, these beliefs have come about because YOU chose them. Some beliefs are true and some are false. You want to hold onto what is true and discard what is false. Can you simply undo false beliefs to attain total freedom? Hardly. The only way these beliefs can be nullified is by you gaining control over your ego. But how do gain control over your ego? By recognizing that the concerns of others are just as important as your concerns. It requires stepping outside of yourself in order to see the greater picture. It is an acceptance of the divine and the allowance of his presence to be active within you. Since God is our source, then why wouldn’t you accept all of the blessings the divine has for all of us? Most people won’t accept guidance from the divine because they either don’t believe in our source, their ego is too dominant or they just don’t know. Most people are too distracted by our universe of a perceived dualistic reality to make the time to still themselves and listen to God. They are always looking to the outside for answers when the answers are within. Dr. Wayne Dyer once said that the door swings inward. Yet so many of us think it swings outward.

In Dr. Joe Vitale’s (one of the stars in The Secret) The Missing Secret, he reveals a simple way to mend the beliefs that are holding you back from actualizing your desires (from Ho’oponopono; an ancient Hawaiian healing method). His simple, yet effective formula states that you must examine your beliefs one by one and make the following statements to the divine:

I love you; I am sorry; please forgive me; thank you.

By loving the divine you are accepting why you were created. By telling the divine you are sorry for this erroneous belief you are releasing its hold on you. By asking for forgiveness, you are accepting responsibility for holding this belief as true when it was false. By saying thank you, you are freeing yourself from any guilt that your ego might attach to the belief. This process is very effective and can help free you from the hold your erroneous beliefs have on you. In essence, by holding fast to your erroneous beliefs you have become your own worst enemy. Why not be your own best friend instead?

Make the time each day to open the door inward and listen to the still small voice of God guiding and directing you to the manifestation of the desires that were planted in your heart. Meditate and escape the distraction that our outer world of a perceived dualistic reality offers. Seek inner peace, not external warfare. There are no battles to win, just peace to attain. The Secret will only work for those who go within and know how the universe works. If you seek to explain it away in the outside world you will always find an argument that works. Why? Because that’s the goal that you seek. You are in command. Your life is a reflection of the thoughts, beliefs and actions that you have taken. Choose to manifest your deepest desires by cleaning up your stinkin’ thinkin’ and removing the erroneous beliefs that are holding you back. It is YOUR choice. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.