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Philosophy in Action

by SOM Magazine

By David Alexander |

Emotions Are Pathways to Insight »

Each month, we publish an excerpt from the vast wisdom collection of New Thought luminary, Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Religious Science movement. The monthly teachings from Holmes are then summarized by Rev. Dr. David Alexander, spiritual director of Spiritual Living Center Atlanta.

You can check out his inspirational website at RevDavidAlexander.com.

Below is his May 2022 “Philosophy in Action” column:

Mayday, mayday! Calling all souls: Love is in need of love today. As we look out onto the world of things, we may find ourselves overwhelmed with the parts of our collective self that is suffering the pains of war, disenfranchisement, displacement, hunger and isolation that still reverberate from contentious political discourse. I know I do at times. While we know we are at choice as to how to interpret and name the things we see, I think it is valuable, if not imperative, to resist the temptation to turn away from or reinterpret what we see in a more positive light.

I’ve adopted a practice of simply being with the first reaction or emotion that surfaces when I scan the world around me, whether that’s through social media, the news or my own observations and experiences. I simply be with what is and acknowledge it as it is, resisting any desire to turn away, ignore, justify, defend or argue.

The result is an emotional practice as I find myself being with anger, pain, heartache, disgust, cynicism, sarcasm, grief, sadness, worry and doubt, just to name a few. Emotions are our pathways of greater insight into what is really happening in the Law of Mind. When I have the courage to follow where they lead, I discover old beliefs, worn-out ideas and unconscious biases that have been long overdue for a thorough examination. If you practice this, you’ll be doing some heavy lifting in the field of mind science or consciousness work.

This is where Ernest Holmes’ monthly article comes into play. The secret power in doing this kind of work effectively is to love yourself enough to do it. Know you are worth it, and that underneath all the things you excavate is the love of the universe as the foundation of who you are. You belong, and so does everyone else. Feeling our emotions connects and reminds us of our humanity and our capacity for compassion, healing and forgiveness.

My friends, I implore you to look out the window into the wide world and fix your eyes on your neighbor. Let what you see guide you to who you really are. Your neighbor needs you now more than ever to develop the capacity to love them as you first love (and know) yourself.

Travel well.

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