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The metrics of spiritual transformation


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The metrics of spiritual transformation

  1. 1. The Metrics of Spiritual Transformation" The MoST Author: Jonathan Dunnemann 2016 1 Life often represents a mysterious journey on our way to becoming.... As you travel along your chosen path in search of happiness, harmony, joy, love, meaning, peace, purpose and wisdom remember to make time for reflection and apply yourself with the goal of gaining mastery or "action" orientation toward important and valuable attributes of spiritual strength. The following is a list of 50 qualities that I refer to as "The Metrics of Spiritual Transformation" ( The MMMoooSSSTTT))). 1. Affection: Affection is having genuine concern for others. (Bertrand Russell) 2. Attraction: Attraction occurs when we open our hearts with great love and peaceful interactions with loving people. We do not need to send love but rather feel love. ...when we chase after anything, it turns away. If we simply open our hearts and love, we attract all of the goodness of the universe. (Doreen Virtue) 3. Awareness: Awareness involves being conscious of one's current thoughts, feelings, and surroundings. (Shauna Shapiro) 4. Awe: Awe entails having your consciousness enlarged, along with the perceptions of everything or becoming altered from within. (Wayne Teasdale). 5. Beauty: Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. (Confucius) 6. Benevolence: When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder. (Lao Tzu) 7. Calm: Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along. (Paramahansa Yogananda) 8. Compassion: Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food. (Joseph Butler) 9. Commitment: Commitment is an act, not a word. (Jean-Paul Sartre) 10. Contemplation: What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action. (Meister Eckhart) 11. Contentment: Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plain living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment. (Mohandas Gandhi) 12. Creativity: Creativity is letting go of certainties. (Gail Sheehy) 13. Courage: Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. (Steve Jobs) 14. Discernment: We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future; men of discernment deal only with the present moment. (Chanakya) 15. Encouragement: Correction does much, but encouragement does more. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) 16. Fairness: Fairness is what justice really is. (Brit Hume) 17. Forgiveness: Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again. (Dag Hammarskjold) 18. Generosity: Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. (Khalil Gibran) 19. Grace: If the grace of God miraculously operates, it probably operates through the subliminal door. (William James) 20. Gratitude: Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world. (John Milton)
  2. 2. The Metrics of Spiritual Transformation" The MoST Author: Jonathan Dunnemann 2016 2 21. Harmony: One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life. (Napoleon Hill) 22. Honesty: Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter. (Tiger Woods) 23. Hope: Where there is no vision, there is no hope. (George Washington Carver) 24. Hospitality: The hospitality of the wigwam is only limited by the institution of war. (Charles Eastman) 25. Humility: Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. (Kong Fu Zi) 26. Identity: An identity would seem to be arrived at by the way in which the person faces and uses his experience. (James Baldwin) 27. Impartiality: It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality. (Arnold Bennett) 28. Intention: Our intention creates our reality. (Wayne Dyer) 29. Inter-connectedness: What's natural and right is to go with the energy of how it all has to work together. What's natural and right is interconnectedness, not individualism. What is natural and right is respect for the system, not killing the system. What's natural and right is love. (Susan Powter) 30. Joyfulness: Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.(Orison Swett Marden) 31. Kindness: A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. (William Arthur Ward) 32. Liberty: Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. (John F. Kennedy) 33. Love: Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. (Euripides) 34. Patience: Genius is eternal patience. (Michelangelo) 35. Presence: Wherever you are - be all there. (Jim Elliot) 36. Reconciliation: The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions. (Nhat Hanh) 37. Rectitude: Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him. (Thomas Aquinas) 38. Responsibility: If you take responsibility for yourself you will develop a hunger to accomplish your dreams. (Les Brown) 39. Seeking: Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. (Herman Hesse) 40. Self-command: A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself. (James Allen) 41. Self-control: Self-control means wanting to be effective at some random point in the infinite radiations of my spiritual existence. (Franz Kafka) 42. Self-realization: Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright) 43. Service to community: Community service has taught me all kinds of skills and increased my confidence. You go out there and think on your feet, work with others and create something from nothing. That's what life's all about. (Andrew Shue) 44. Spiritual practice: The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self. (Marianne Williamson) 45. Tolerance: America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. (Barack Obama)
  3. 3. The Metrics of Spiritual Transformation" The MoST Author: Jonathan Dunnemann 2016 3 46. Transcendence: Humanity could only have survived and flourished if it held social and personal values that transcended the urges of the individual, embodying selfish desires - and these stem from the sense of a transcendent good. (Arthur Peacocke) 47. Ultimate concern: Man's ultimate concern must be expressed symbolically, because symbolic language alone is able to express the ultimate. (Paul Tillich) 48. Unknowing: All we know is still infinitely less than all that remains unknown. (William Harvey) 49. Wonder: The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it. (Jacques Yves Cousteau) 50. Zest: If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind. (Norman Vincent Peale) According to Carol Simons, author of Transformation–The Alchemy of Grace (2012), Knowing yourself is the first step to freedom-freedom from the need to be right, freedom from the need for materialism and power, freedom from the opinions of others, freedom from the negativity, freedom from discontentment and freedom from illusion. You can know yourself by looking within, finding your truth, and witnessing your old nature, as it works to keep you in the darkness through its fear. Know yourself so intimately. Know the reason behind all the emotions you feel, and understand the meaning of these reasons as they relate to you. It is in this way that you question your core. When your core beliefs are exposed, you can then go beyond those beliefs to a place of silence, emptiness, and soul. It is then that you know the truth of your being. Finding your soul wakes you up to your true self. Your true, omniscient self is both free and secure. Having that inner peace and love means you are in harmony with the kingdom within. There is no longer need for external success to validate your existence. You [feel] secure in who you are. You do not need the approval of others, nor do you need feel threatened by any criticism. You know your truth, and that is very powerful. You feel safe in the oneness of the universe. The love you feel is reflected in your joy. Do not be attached to feelings of power, approach, or capitalistic gain. These are empty substitutes for the peace you find within your soul. Seeking happiness, peace, and freedom outside of your self is fruitless. It is only in fear and desperation that you search for these beyond yourself. The treasure you seek is within, hidden in plain sight. The treasure within is yours forever. You can never lose it, and it cannot be stolen from you. It is eternal. You find the material things and egotistical indulgences that you once valued appear shallow in comparison to your internal treasure. Awake! Awake and become the light of love, peace, happiness, and satisfaction to the others who still grasp outside of themselves. This is your purpose. Find yourself, and then help others to end their search. Wisdom and grace flow through you as you become that clear channel of truth and love. Wisdom and love reflect outward from your inner being to those who are floundering, still looking for
  4. 4. The Metrics of Spiritual Transformation" The MoST Author: Jonathan Dunnemann 2016 4 happiness. You are a beacon of light to those who are not even sure of what they seek, knowing only a void within themselves that cannot be filled. Within you is access to the divine will for your life. As you allow it to unfold, you reach the others you are meant to reach. People come and go in your life. Some come to help you with a life lesson, others come to receive from you, and others just come to be with your being. Be more aware of those around you. Be more awake to your soul’s promptings, and in all instances, act from compassion. Just as feeding the roots of a tree feeds its many branches and leaves, honoring your soul enables you to know the right action or inaction to take to compassionately enable others (human and otherwise) on their journey. Do not compare your value to another. See everyone as your equal…. There is nobody more valuable than you, and there is nobody less valuable than you. The only things of true value are the eternal things. All else will pass away. It is the peace that indicates you have safely arrived. It is peace that flows throughout your being as you come into the realization that you have found what you were searching for. When you land on the safety net of peace, you know your search is over (P. 33-54). As your consciousness expands, your vibration increases to a point where you sense beyond what you can physically perceive. The senses of your spiritual body are profoundly different from those of your physical body (P. 79). You are a receptacle for knowledge beyond any knowledge perceived by your five senses (P. 81). At all times use discernment and be guided by your soul (P. 82). Walking the divine path for your life offers you liberation from any snare that would bind you in false hopes. You need only surrender your ego to your soul, and in doing that, you gain all.