Category Archives: Spiritual Elements in Psychology

Media Fasting: Keeping Waves from Flooding Our Mind

Media Fasting For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. [Romans 8:7-8 (ESV)]. The primary … Continue reading

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Benevolence: Freeing the Heart from the Ego

Freeing the Heart from the Ego If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart … Continue reading

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Humility: Key to Sustainable Wealth, Prosperity & Success

Humility & Wealth  At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say … Continue reading

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Performance Enhancing Thoughts: Humility (4)

Humility: Grounded in Divine Soil I, the LORD, have spoken. The people I treasure most are the humble – they depend only on Me and tremble when I speak. [Isaiah 66:2 (CEV)]. What do we look for when we look … Continue reading

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Compassion: Our Share of Divine Service

Compassion and Divine Service The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. [Psalm 145:8-9 (NRS)]. Compassion is shared … Continue reading

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Performance-Enhancing Thoughts (PETs): Compassion (3)

Compassion: Our Divine Character The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like … Continue reading

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Performance-Enhancing Thoughts (PETs): Gratitude (2)

Performance Enhancing Thoughts: Gratitude If we look carefully at the difference between the miserable and those who enjoy life we see that it is gratitude. … Gratitude is the key to joy, and joy is the happiness that does not … Continue reading

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Healthful Thoughts: Faith against Fear

Faith and Fear  I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. [John 14:27]. One of religion’s primary reasons for … Continue reading

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Performance-Enhancing Thoughts (PETs): Reverence (1)

Reverence I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of … Continue reading

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Transcendence & Altered Consciousness (4)

Transcendence & Altered Consciousness There is an irreducible opposition between the deep transcendent self that awakens only in contemplation, and the superficial, external self which we commonly identify with the first person singular. Our reality, our true self, is hidden … Continue reading

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Spiritual Factors in Health: Worship & Healing

Worship and Healing  . . . train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. [1 Timothy 4:7-9 (NIV)]. … Continue reading

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Healing in a Divine Reality: Faith as a Factor in Health

Healing in a Divine Reality  No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. [1 Corinthians 2:9]. The physical senses through  which we perceive the world are … Continue reading

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Solitude: From Sensory Deprivation to Divine Awareness

Solitude and Divine Awareness Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. [Psalm 46:10]. In the shadows of our daily routine, we cannot see ourselves completely. … Continue reading

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Family & Friends: Spiritual Treatment of Anxiety, Stress & Depression:

Family and Friends — Sharing Our Problems Friendship increases the range of life by making the interests, the aims, the affections of others as precious and dear to us as our own. It divides sorrows and multiplies joys. Each friend … Continue reading

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Spiritual Health & Healing: Remission by Forgiveness (2/2)

Healing: Remission by Forgiveness Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. [Colossians 3:13 (NIV)]. Spiritual healing is effective because Divine mercy extends over all … Continue reading

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Spiritual Health & Healing: Remission by Forgiveness (1/2)

Remission and Forgiveness Our God, you bless everyone whose sins you forgive and wipe away. You bless them by saying, “You told me your sins, without trying to hide them, and now I forgive you.” Before I confessed my sins, my … Continue reading

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Controlling Stress, Anxiety & Depression by Fasting (2/2)

Abstention and Fasting On Yom Kippur, the Torah commands us to “afflict ourselves” by not eating. To not eat is to suffer. G-d gives us this day to try and wake us up, to shake us out of our slumber, … Continue reading

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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (2/2)

Manipulating the Heart Our emotions are constantly being aroused, tantalized and exploited by marketers. Even great works of art and music, originally designed for far nobler purposes, are today used to reach deep into our hearts and manipulate our moods … Continue reading

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Virtual Pavlov – Conditioning the Salivating Heart (1/2)

Conditioning the Heart Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, … Continue reading

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