Spiritual beliefs determine how well a person will be able to behave in this world

I often try to figure out how a person is likely to act from their words. One can not always get reliable information about someones past actions or afford to deal with their future actions. Communication is in itself an action and can often have very strong positive or negative impact on others. Spiritual beliefs have a strong impact on how well one is able to act especially when under pressure. People will often freely let you know what they believe,  and it is of positive benefit to oneself to try to find people to associate with who have spiritual beliefs that help them to better function in a positive way in this challenging reality we exist in. A lot of spiritual beliefs tend to discriminate against certain parts of our physical reality we exist in. When one’s beliefs discriminate against certain parts of our reality, not only do they make it harder for you to handle these parts of this reality, but you will discriminate against(be insensitive to)those who are being strongly impacted by this part of our reality.

For example some people believe that “time” can eventually be spiritually escaped from. This belief discredits the value of time in the spiritual scheme of things. Having a past to learn from, a present to apply ones actions to, and a future to improve upon gives people purpose. Some people survive, not because the present is so wonderful, but because they can envision ways to contribute to making for a better future. It takes time to train oneself to be more capable in any area including the spiritual. Some people may want instant gratification and not have to look to the future for results. But purpose comes from having a goal to aim for in the future. A person will often put up with an awful lot of hardship over time in order to prepare/train themselves and then climb to the top of some “mountain” representing some very worthwhile goal or achievement. So many really great achievements happen in this world by people who have really big goals that take a lot of time an effort to accomplish. Those with the most spiritual strength of character understand how valuable time is, and would not have spiritual beliefs that devalue its importance. Just feeling good in the present without having any desire to achieve something of value is not to me a very healthy spiritual state to be in.

Spiritual beliefs that value this challenging physical reality we exist in right now an awful lot, and that help people to put all of their focus on having a positive spiritual impact on this challenging reality will be the beliefs that one can rely on to perform in a way to bring about the more positive outcomes.   We live in a world that has a lot of serious problems and unhealthy conditions that are rooted in the inadequate spiritual state this world is in.  Not only is it important to be in a healthy spiritual state individually, but it is also to be contributing to improving the spiritual state the world around you is in.  Of course if one is in a healthy spiritual state one will automatically feel the need to do what it takes to contribute positively spiritually to the world one exists in.

The spiritual is very much powered by emotions.  A whole spectrum of emotions exist.  How well one acts will be very much determined by how well one can direct what ever emotion one is affected by in a positive/healthy spiritual/physical direction.   One needs spiritual beliefs that value this whole  spectrum of emotions.  Emotions are neither positive or negative in themselves, but are useful spiritual tools that we just need to figure out how to properly use.  Different circumstances in this challenging physical reality require different emotions to effectively deal with them.  Since in the present different people will be dominated by different emotions, being able to comfortably deal with differing emotions will help one to better interact with these people affected by them. Here is my blog post dealing with the value of the spectrum of emotions:


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