Self-Improvement Takes Many Forms

When thinking about self-improvement, developing physically and mentally are usually what comes to mind – but there is more to it than that.

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The options for improving physically are commonly acknowledged. Building bodily strength and stamina through regular indoor and outdoor exercise are important and, with the outdoors, comes breathing fresh air. Weight loss or gain, if appropriate, through changes in diet, are also desirable, as are eating healthier food, and getting plenty of rest and sleep.

Mental improvement comes through education, through reasoning, solving problems, making conversation, learning to make decisions, and acquiring useful knowledge. Mental ability is also developed through learning to control attention, focusing and concentrating, thoughtfulness, and improving memory.

What is less obvious is the need to develop emotionally and spiritually to round out the process.

Emotional self-improvement comes from recognizing and developing feelings in oneself and learning to control those feelings, and through becoming sensitive to the personal needs of, and towards, others. Being open and receptive to beauty, as found in nature, helps to develop sensitivity.

Spiritual development does not necessarily mean joining a religion or following religious practices. Spiritual development can come from being open to the possibilities of the hidden aspects of life, especially the beauty and wonders of the world, and exploring the meaning of existence. Taking time to explore spiritual teachings can enhance spiritual development and help to provide a firm foundation for living.

How To Encourage Your Spiritual Senses

Try, when you cannot sleep, to forget that you have a body. Say to yourself, “I demand with the help of the Supreme Power that my physical sight, hearing, and sense of touch be put in abeyance; I demand unconsciousness of their existence or use.”

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This thought is one means of liberating your spiritual senses and bringing them into play. When they most work the body has less feeling. It is the body’s continual assertion of itself and its physical senses that checks the spirit, and prevents it from acting. When we have in mind the idea of forgetting the body, we help greatly the play of the higher senses. This power is increased by practice.

By forgetting the body, we mean the temporary shutting from the mind of all remembrance and exercise of the physical senses of touch, taste, sight, smell, or hearing.

You may not at first be able to do this at all. But, you can commence such exercise. You can begin, if only for five seconds, by fixing your eyes on any small object about you, say a spot on the wall, a portion of the figure in the carpet, etc., and gaze at it.

Simple and silly as this may appear to you, it is the A B C or commencing step in the power of abstraction. That is the power of temporarily closing up the physical senses and opening the spiritual.

Do not expect immediate success in this or any other experiment for the purpose of liberating your spiritual senses. A relative success may require months or years. It may come slowly. But it comes to stay.

Extracted and edited from “Gift of the Spirit” by Prentice Mulford (1834-1891)