Thursday, May 25, 2017

What You May Not Know About God...and Probably Should

Richard Kent Matthews - Spiritual Advisor | Author | Speaker





The New Thought spiritual path and how it relates to God


“The word ‘God’ is not found in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin Bibles. The word seems to be derived from old Indo-European languages, particularly Persian and might possibly derive from Pagan sources.” (Wikipedia)

I'm a New Thought minister, counselor, practitioner and teacher. Usually, when I tell folks that, the first questions they ask are:

What do you believe about God? And, Do you believe in salvation, heaven, and hell?

Well, the second question answer I'll save for another post. In this one, I will share what I believe and what many, though not all, people within the New Thought family believe when it comes to God, or Spirit, or Source.

The biblical God has been a source of disagreement for centuries. The word “God” is not even a proper noun. It’s a title, a symbol applied to an enigma: a loving, caring Father, as well as a vengeful, jealous and seemingly power hungry dictator. The Old Testament refers to Him as YHWH (the Tetragrammaton), which is not a name; rather, it's a sacred Hebrew reference to the Unnameable, the Ineffable, the Invisible, deliberately left without vowels to make it unpronounceable.*  

To name is to define, and hence, limit by the definition. It is for that reason the God of the Torah (first five books of the Old Testament) remains nameless.

When New Thought communities speak of God, they are usually referring to:

Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Create a Whole New Mindset in 10 Simple and Powerful Steps (The Better Thinking Series - Introduction)

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker




Better Thinking
(A 10-part Series)
See all Series post titles and links below.


Introduction

 The quality of your thinking determines 
the quality of your life!


Thinking...

You’ve been doing it all your life. It's served you well or you wouldn't be here, reading this. Yet, when you learn to think in better, more powerful and meaningful ways, you change not only yourself, but the world around you. You’ve been thinking in habitual patterns. Change the patterns of thinking and a new world opens for you. When your mindset changes, your life changes.

My dad used to say that his life was destined for failure. No matter how much we tried to talk him out of it, he clung to that view. Consequently, he subconsciously acted out in ways that proved he was right...to himself. Even though he had a great family, never let his kids go hungry or without a roof over their heads, still he left this world thinking he was a complete failure. He wouldn't change his mind. He didn't know how.


All it takes is a small shift...

Water boils at 212 degrees but not at 211 degrees. Just one degree of shift in thinking can make you fairly sizzle with new life, new joy, new appreciation! 

Hey, wait! 

You may be thinking "It’s too difficult, too time consuming, too unrewarding, too late to change my thinking. I'm set." But it's only in the changing of your habitual thought patterns that life takes on a new glow. The miraculous shows itself. And that, ultimately, is what physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth is all about

When you apply the principles in this series of posts, you'll begin to change the following ways of thinking. . .