Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc. – “Spiritually Reducing Stress”
Perhaps the greatest contributor to ill health in society today is stress. Psychosomatic medicine estimates that 70% to 90% of all illnesses are functional, dependent upon one’s state of mind and emotions, rather than organic, based on a virus of some kind.
The tension and anxiety connected with daily life in a modern city can be enormous. How you handle such stress can make the difference between your being a healthy person, or not. Over a prolonged period of time, stress can lead to chronic disorders or affect the immune system’s ability to fight off disease.
Of course, the medical field is what most people turn to for help in dealing with stress. And the average response from the medical practitioner is to prescribe stress-reducing drugs. Unfortunately, drugs may have adverse side effects, which over a period of time can lead to other physical maladies.
Spiritually reducing stress is approached by bringing Spirit—or the Universal Self or the God portion of your psyche—into greater activity, to take command of what is taking place in the body, mind, and emotions as a result of outer environmental factors. Spirit, Universal Mind, God, nature’s healing intelligence—all are one and the same and can be the greatest healing factor in dealing with modern day stress.
The body is an energy field. The mind is an energy field. The emotions are energy fields. Stress is an energy factor that disturbs those energy fields, attacking the balance of mental, physical, and emotional energies. Since energy and physical matter are interchangeable—or matter is an outer physical manifestation of energy—a disturbance of the underlying energy field in the body will result in a physical disturbance, or ill health.
Spirit is the first cause or first energy of the universe, underlying the existence of all other energies that comprise the material substance of all things, including the human body. All the energy fields of your body, mind, and emotions are dependent—for their very existence—on the first energy of all things.
By fully activating Spirit throughout the body, mind, and emotions, the healing effect of Spirit administers to the energies of the body, mind, and emotions. They are thus returned to balance or to the energy rhythms and frequencies most responsive to regulating peace, serenity, calm, and a relaxed control over the energy fields of the body, mind, and emotions.
By depending on Spirit, God, or first energy, the body, mind, and emotions can effectively deal with stress to maintain or regain the inner peace necessary for health. If you or someone you know is suffering from stress, the first line of defense should be spiritually healing the stress.
Don’t wait or hesitate. At the first sign that you are feeling stress, tension, or anxiety, immediately affirm that God is handling the situation or condition. Keep affirming that until you begin to feel more peaceful, calm, and in control. It may take anywhere from a few seconds, to a few minutes, or longer, depending on the degree or intensity of the stress you are experiencing.
Your affirmative words invoke the higher natural healing intelligence in you to activate certain energies within your body to deactivate the stress. The main point here is to affirm immediately during the very first moments you feel under stress. The longer you wait before dealing with stress, the more it flows through your body, and it can take longer to eliminate.
By declaring that God is handling the situation, you immediately take the pressure off your personal ego in dealing with it. In so doing, you remove the stress associated with your personal ego attempting to deal with whatever is causing you tension or anxiety.
In dealing with stress, the emphasis is on the healing of consciousness—the consciousness energy throughout the body. We could almost think of this as preventative spiritual healing, as we are seeking to remove the stress that will cause a physical condition to manifest. It could be said, “An ounce of energy prevention is worth a pound of curative drugs.”
There is no doubt that the more you meditate, the more equipped you are to handle stress. Each time you meditate, your mind increasingly remembers what you feel like in meditation. Whenever you feel the first signs of stress, try to become quiet and attempt to feel or relive the peace and serenity you feel during a full meditation period. If you are a true meditator, the memory level of your mind will take over and duplicate the energy that you have felt during deep meditation periods. That energy will work on the energy consciousness of your body to neutralize the stress you may be feeling.
Meditating daily keeps your body, mind, and soul open to receiving the tranquility and serenity that is God’s Presence within you. As a result, you are more peaceful and better able to handle stress, even at times when you are not actually meditating. When you meditate, the peace-restoring energy of God’s Presence within you moves through the energies of your body to sublimate stress-type energy into the peace of God’s energy. Think of it this way: The world around you is filled with stress, while the world within you is always one with God’s Peace.
As you engage in your daily activities, if a stressful situation occurs, be aware that you have the peace-producing assurance that God will handle it for you. Real confidence that this is so, requires you to turn over your personal will to God’s Will for your life. In so doing, God takes over, and it is God’s Presence that handles any stress-producing condition or situation as it occurs. If you have turned over your personal will to God’s Will for your life, you can have faith that God will handle stress in your life, either by minimizing it or eliminating it altogether.
By declaring God as the true doer, it takes away the illusion of your personal ego self, which has difficulty in dealing with life’s stressful situations. You are stating the absolute truth of beingness, and in so doing, releasing the responsibilities that cause stress within your personal ego.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 3: Module 11.
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