Demonstrating mercy toward those suffering is of course a quality to be cultivated. But how merciful are our “secret” thoughts toward others? It is in this secret place the Carpenter is really speaking too with the lesson: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy (Matthew 7:1-5). To be merciful toward some while holding secret contempt/resentment toward others demonstrates a lack of Spiritual clarity and when we do, we are being of two minds which leads to spiritual instability and congestion, blocking us from ever fully experiencing the Sunlight of the Spirit. To be clear: Having embraced Living on the Spiritual Basis does not mean we ignore the contemptible acts of others, but we must not confuse the act with the actor.
Spiritually we will all ultimately be held accountable for the acts of our lives, both positive and negative, for Divine sight sees all, knows all, and all eventually reap as they have sown. Whether we are ultimately aware of the scales balancing for someone who has committed contemptible acts is immaterial since Reaping and Sowing is a cosmic law for which there is no appeal (think Law of Gravity) and is always fully enforced. Our job is to loose from our heart and mind all contempt and resentment, for anger, regardless of justification, and serenity cannot exist in the same vessel, one will always cancel out the other. Remember this truth: Every prisoner must have a guard and are they not both in prison?
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Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives.
My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years.
As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives.
In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725.
I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at https://livinginspirit.blogspot.com with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.
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