Let's compare and
contrast the Animal Mind and the Spirit Mind to see if religion is driven by
animalistic desire or by Spirit consciousness. The Animal Mind is driven by the fear of punishment and is
motivated by the expectation of reward. It performs a task to
get a reward, a blessing or a treat.
The Animal Mind cannot comprehend the value of connecting to the Creator
as an end in and of itself. So it
performs good deeds to get rewards, rather than having as its purpose to feel
the connection to creation and Creator.
The Animal Mind asks, "What will I get from this connection? What's in it for me?" It fails to see that connection to
Source is connection to self and also the bridge to inner peace.
The Animal Mind can typically
be recognized by its instinctive desire to survive and to flourish by means of
domination and even destruction.
Instinct justifies pushing a sibling away so that it might receive the
best nourishment and create the most favorable odds for survival for itself,
even if a brother is excluded, starves and dies.
The Spirit Mind is
different from the Animal Mind.
The Spirit Mind is not driven by the need to survive as it is aware of
its eternal essence. The Spirit
Mind senses that we are eternal spirits having a temporary experience in
earthly expression. The Spirit
Mind is secure in its divine nature and does not express insecurity by means of
domination. The mature and secure
wield and wear their power lightly.
The Spirit Mind celebrates dominion, which is a shared power, as
opposed to domination.
In ancient Rosicrucian
philosophy, the character called Lucifer was representative of the intellectual
mind without the illumination of the Spirit Mind. Intellect can imagine harnessing power and then creating a
bomb, establishing domination and threatening human destruction. However, it requires the Spirit Mind to
envision harnessing power and then using it to spread love, create unity and
The Animal Mind desires to relegate the Christ
to a specific person or single religion.
However, the Christ Consciousness will not be subjugated by animalistic
limitation. Centuries before Jesus
arrived, philosophers spoke of the Mind of Christ and the necessity of putting
on this mind. When they
referred to the Mind of Christ they did so in contrast to the Animal Mind. They held that putting on the Mind of
Christ was essential to mankind's realization of peace.
Quote of the Week
"The only actions that do
not cause opposing reactions are those that are aimed at the good of all. They are inclusive, not exclusive. They join; they don't separate. They are not for 'my' country but for
all of humanity, not for 'my' religion but the emergence of consciousness in
all human beings, not for 'my' species but for
all sentient beings and all of nature."