You know you’ve
created God in your own image when he hates the same people you do.
Beebe believes we
have found a way to be spiritual through psychology -- so it has become a
substitute for religion.
says that religion
implies dogma. And
it's true that it's a difficult
subject; it brings out the worst in some INFJs. You should see some of the
private entries I get in my guestbook quoting scripture at me as if that's a
substitute for a personality and qualifies as a personal note.
can be a vital guide for helping the individual to explore their True Nature or
it can be just another limiting factor contributing towards narrow mindedness
and ego identification. The responsibility for inner growth lies with the
individual. One does not need to be religious to be spiritual and a religious
person is not necessarily spiritual.
is a defense against the experience of God.
If you are
looking for a spiritual path, proceed carefully. There are organizations
that exploit people under the guise of helping them spiritually.
Therefore, check out spiritual and religious organizations, as well as their
leaders, very carefully. Do your homework. Be patient.
Roosevelt's optimism rooted itself in faith. She often drew inspiration
from prayer and religious affirmations, regularly carrying a prayer in her
purse. Shortly after becoming First Lady, Eleanor wrote that some kind of
faith, "a firm conviction that there is a reason and a meaning" behind
hardship, gave people the courage and strength to take positive action.
Her faith carried her through a lifetime. When she served at the U.N.,
Eleanor would kneel by her bedside each night and repeat the same prayer.
She asked God to "deliver us from fretfulness and self-pitying; make us
sure of the good we cannot see and of the hidden good in the world. Open
our eyes to simple beauty all around us and our hearts to the loveliness men
hide from us because we do not try to understand them. Save us from
ourselves and show us a vision of a world made new." Through this
prayer, Eleanor renewed and reinforced her optimistic view of the world.
the Eleanor Roosevelt Way,
Image to Likeness: A Jungian Path in the Gospel Journey by W.
Harold Grant, Thomas
E. Clarke, Mary
ecstasy, then laundry.
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