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Old Time Religion, New Age Application

16 March 2012, 10:00

I am yet to meet a man who has never heard the saying, practise makes perfect. Our teachers used it to encourage us to improve our mathematics, our fathers used it to motivate us during our driving lessons and our mothers used it to inspire us during our baking lessons.

I however would like to shift from our traditional use of the application of practise makes perfect and relate it to the 21st century and the looming cusp in consciousness.

The 21st century is marred with greed, suicide, murders, retrenchments, divorces and anxiety for wealth. These challenges have always been there, the only difference is that they have moved from being something that affects other people to the reality within our households and the households of our loved ones.

As life is beautiful and balanced, as reflected by night and day; tears and smiles; despite the above challenges, I have observed a huge growth and movement happening. I find that more and more souls are yearning to serve their purpose in this world. People are looking to epitomise meaning and value. This therefore motivated me to share the skills that could prove fruitful in the pursuit of purpose; the skills which are due for practising in the 21st century.

1. Wisdom

Practising connectivity and tuning into the God in you at all times, this will bring about maturity which will be reflected in the intelligence in your mind, heart, soul and body. Connectivity with God will also bring about perfect synchronization between the mind, heart, soul and body.

2. Love

Practising interacting and engaging with people with the aim of leaving them better than you found them and not worse. Practising love means having prudent intentions within your every thought, breath and action and carefully following 1st Corinthians 13 as your standard operating procedure.

3. Faith

Practising to reflect and meditate. Reflecting helps one appreciate where they have been and where they are now, it helps one to realise the omnipresence of Grace that has been governing their lives. Meditation helps one to quite the sometimes fear uttering mind, it affords one silence to listen to the inner voice and receive guidance. Keeping a prayer book of answered and to be answered prayers has also helped me in firming up my faith.

4. Humility  

By humility we ascend, by arrogance, we fall. To develop humility one should develop a skill of starving the ego. You starve the ego by giving gratitude to the divine. When people say to you, you are a star, you did well; remember and share with them that it’s by the talents and ideas that God gave you that you are able to reflect magnificence. This will disappoint the ego but grow your humility investments.

5. Gratitude

Gratitude is not being bitter because you lost your loved one to death or concubines but thanking God that you are crying because you had the opportunity to love. Gratitude is best reflected when things are going “seemingly wrong”.

With everything said, be warned that you might not Master the above but that is great because to accept yourself as a Master will open you up to the ego and close you to the opportunity to realise that there is always more to learn.

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