02 Jun
The Flowering Heart
Written by Lesley Crossingham |
Published in PSYCHIC INSIGHTS
 
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The great Rudolph Steiner wrote about many aspects of spiritual growth, as well as about how to educate our children, and many other subjects. His vision of spirituality is insightful. Here are his six points of spiritual development.
 
Control your thoughts. We must master our thoughts, not because we must always be thinking about spiritual issues, but because the mind must be trained to stay on a light-pathway. All ancient wisdom teachings offer us this advice. Have you ever considered the way thoughts whirl about in the mind? They often flit like will o’-the-wisps; one impression arises here, another there, and each changes our thinking. It is not true that we govern our thoughts; our thoughts govern us completely. We must reach the point where we can become so absorbed in a thought that no other thought can enter and disturb our soul. In this way, we hold the reins of thought life for awhile. 
 
grow2Control actions. Here it is necessary, occasionally at least, to act in ways that are not precipitated by anything external. Whatever is initiated by our place in life, our profession, or our situation does not lead more deeply into higher life. Higher life depends upon such intimate matters as one’s resolve to do something that springs completely from one’s own initiative—even if it is something absolutely insignificant. No other actions contribute anything to the higher life. 
 
 
Equanimity. People fluctuate back and forth between joy and sorrow. We often allow ourselves to be rocked like a little row boat on the waves of life instead of using the oars to guide us through the waves to our destination. Our thoughts are the oars, life is the boat. We must reach equanimity and steadiness and thus become even-tempered. 
 
Understand every being. Nothing expresses more beautifully what it means to understand every being than the legend passed down to us by a Persian story. Jesus was crossing a field with his disciples, when they encountered the horrible-looking decaying corpse of a dog. Jesus stopped and looked at it with admiration, saying, “What beautiful teeth this animal has!” Within the ugly, Jesus found an element of beauty. Try always to approach what is wonderful in every phenomenon of outer reality. You will see that everything contains an aspect that can be affirmed. 
 
Complete openness. Most people judge new things according to the old things they already know. But we must not confront a new communication immediately with our own opinion. Instead always remain alert for the possibility of learning something new. We must develop the ability to listen, because it enables us to encounter matters with the greatest possible openness. 
 
Inner harmony. We receive this after we have developed the first five keys. Those who have the other qualities are also inwardly harmonious... and therefore enlightened.
 
 
We hear so much about ascension to heaven, as if heaven was a place separate from ourselves. When the mind is aligned with light, love, bliss etc., our earthly experience becomes a heavenly experience. Those who judge, condemn and criticise others preclude themselves from entering the inner place of inner peace. Ultimately it is all so very simple, but we make it complicated when we desperately try to find another way or another system. The truth that sets you free is simply that following Steiner’s six points, which are exactly the same teachings as Jesus, the Buddha and all great masters.
 
 
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Lesley Crossingham

 

 

Lesley Ann is a spiritual artist, an author of over twenty books, clairvoyant and spiritual teacher. She was awarded our Find Your Psychic Spiritual Author of the Year award for the past five years due to her many popular spiritual book titles. Lesley has also been voted International Spirit Guide Artist for the year, 2018

 

Lesley has written over twenty books, numerous magazine articles and many short stories. She has also created three CDs of her music and spiritual meditations. She introduced traditional Native American Indian drummaking to Australia in 1991 and continues to offer these workshops.

 

Lesley writes for several magazines, including New Dawn where she contributes book reviews. You can also read her many book reviews on Amazon's website. Lesley has a journalism background and brings her many skills to writing articles on this site and many others.

 

For further information on Lesley, to contact her, purchase her books, readings or CDs, please go to her website -

www.spiritvision.com.au

 

 

Lesley Crossingham