Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
When life is lived from within, there is so much more to see and be aware of in the world that physically surrounds you. Most people, however, live life from without. That is, they live life based only on input from their outer five senses.
Throughout the ages, individuals possessing inner wisdom discovered the betterment of living life from within themselves. Living life from within yourself means turning inward to an innate inner—or higher—consciousness. Christ referred to this higher consciousness as “The Kingdom of Heaven within.” He admonished people to “Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven, and all things will be added unto you.”
What Christ was attempting to do was to enlighten people about their own inborn divinity. Once a relationship to one’s own divinity is established, an individual may then access the higher consciousness within. Accessing your own inner, higher, spiritual consciousness opens your conscious mind to greater awareness, intuitive spiritual guidance, creativity, and wisdom.
Over time, it becomes very apparent how valuable it is to live life from within, under the influence of a consciousness containing far more wisdom and awareness than your intellect, logic, or reasoning process.
Meditation literally opens the mental doorway of the mind to an infinite variety of higher consciousness experiences and energies. When you meditate, you go within and contact what is within you. These experiences and the energies associated with them can have a profound effect on the conscious physical life of an individual.
In reality, you are contacting the greater part of yourself—a reality that contains an enormous consciousness that is at your disposal, or, more aptly, you are at its disposal! The Biblical words, “Not my will, but Yours be done,” come to mind, for you are turning away from the personal ego-centered consciousness at the surface level of your mind, and letting your outer mind be under the direct influence of the higher consciousness within you. And what is that higher consciousness? It is varying manifestations of Universal Mind or God. Thus, it can be stated that living life from within is opening to and allowing Universal Mind or God to direct your life from within.
Meditation opens your inner senses to receive and be aware of inner sense impressions coming from Universal Mind or God. Through the practice of meditation, you become acutely attuned and sensitive to inner sense impressions influencing your outer human thought process. You definitely sense that you are under the influence of a higher consciousness from within yourself.
Through higher consciousness, the surface level of your mind is constantly open to receiving intuitive thought direction and success-producing creative ideas from God within yourself. When you are constantly receiving intuitive thought direction, you are indeed living from within.
You should try to self-program your mind to be constantly open to intuitive thought direction from within. How much more confident and positive people can be once they have correctly and unequivocally determined that they are indeed being divinely directed in life by the Presence of God within themselves.
Thoughts suddenly come into your mind without a logical buildup. Many of these thoughts will seem like inspirations—which they are. Living from within is acting upon those inspirations, knowing that they are inspired by God.
Along with responding to thoughts emerging from within yourself, you should also be sensitive to feelings arising from within. The feelings referred to here are not emotional feelings. Rather, they are feelings that seem to arise from deeper within yourself, as if coming from your very soul. They are subtle and tend to be directive. And—as with intuitive thought—directive feelings should be acted upon, as it is God that is trying to communicate with you from within yourself.
Living life from within gives you an intuitive, spiritual, sixth sense to be able to see through the veneer that veils the truth. It lets you see both the short-term and long-range effect of what is occurring in your life. And it provides you with a better perspective as to what decisions you should be making.
If you wish to live life as positively as possible, live it from within!
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 4: Module 30.
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