For decades, we've known that animals have built-in systems to keep them alive. Once I watched a nature show about elephants that demonstrated how their instinctive intelligence guided them to desperately needed water. They'd travel for days through open plains and mountainous regions through sweltering heat and find a source of water.
Scientists couldn't explain how or why the elephants had the internal knowledge. A theory presented was that the location of water sources was passed down from previous generations and after many travels, they had memorized the routes over time. The approach met skepticism because it implies that the first generation had to get it right the first time.
Additionally, over the course millennia, water sources change. They dry up in some places while appearing in others, sometimes hundreds of miles away. Scientists couldn't account for the elephant's seemingly extrasensory perception.
The best explanation we have today is that there is an instinctual mechanism embedded in all animals that help them survive. Without the internal system, many animals would meet extinction.
Humans are similar. We too have a built-in mechanism that guides us. But our mechanism strives to toward the fulfillment and development of spiritual characteristics. The fulfillment, but ultimately the development of our spiritual nature, can come from a broad range of activities and a deep urge within the individual drives us to use our abilities. For some could be marriage, others it's about starting and running a business, for others it may be sports and athleticism, for another group it could mean being the best mom or dad in the world, or any other host of activities.
Humanity has spiritual powers animals don't possess. We hold powers of imagination and advanced intellect that help us employ the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual characteristics of our inner being.
The institution of marriage is a perfect example of how our higher aptitudes are challenged and when adequately worked can satisfy our higher needs. In a successful marriage, a couple grows into maturity together while each has their emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs met.
Regardless of what activity you choose, it's about satisfying the innate yearning that drives us to use our talents at ever increasing levels. The process allows us to grow while gaining valuable insights about ourselves and the world around us.
Every person is born with the innate urge to use all his or her powers to maximum capacity. The urge is indelibly infused in our makeup, and it drives us more often than we think. When the concept is understood, we can purposefully move ahead in our development.
When a person makes the conscious decision to develop his or her powers with the challenges of life, they become brighter more capable individuals. They become lucid in mind and exude quiet strength. They feel joy and confidence. They have an inner knowing about themselves, God, and the world. Much like elephants, they know their destination and the direction they should go.
The urge to develop from within cannot be turned off. It is always on. Because it remains on throughout life, it continually drives us to find fulfillment in something. If the properties of our inner being aren't employed or challenged by something worthwhile, it becomes difficult to grasp the concept of the inner being. Developing ourselves from within promotes understanding, and understanding is what makes better human beings.
God designed this mechanism for our good. Without it, we could never progress spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, or physically. Nor could we create anything without it. The concept brings to mind an old injunction of the Bible. It reads, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might." (Ecclesiastes 9:10) The passage rightfully points out that we must employ to full capacity all our powers in anything we undertake.
Unlike elephants, you are specially blessed. You can use and even direct the powers of your spiritual being. You can set goals, visualize projects, and execute plans according to an established vision in your mind. God gives you the full authority on how to use His power, and He did it by giving you free will. Whether a person believes in God or not, power and free will are there. How a person chooses to use the power is another issue. Some choose to use it for the betterment of life and society, while others having a more narrow view of life proceed to satisfy indulgences.
I have seen many times and read many stories about lives driven by greed, lust, and all manner of ill behavior which didn't turn out well. The power bestowed upon us must be used responsibly and respectfully toward God and others. The qualities of love, charity, compassion, kindness, mercy, helpfulness, and loyalty will keep us in grace and should remain as permanent guideposts in our journey.
Of all your spiritual faculties, imagination is the most superior. Remove imagination from the mind of humanity, and we certainly face extinction. Your ability to creatively visualize the conclusion of a project or a definite goal with meaning and purpose is unique to human beings, and it powers your brain and nervous system to act and react.
Our brain and nervous system have no feelings or thoughts of their own. They are guided and stimulated by your mind which is a conglomerate of emotions, life experiences, adopted principles, ideas, and beliefs. This group of invisible substances leads your brain to think and your nervous system to feel. As your brain process, the invisible substances of thought much of it stays in your brain and forms your subconscious. It's the part of your brain that quietly operates in the background enabling you to get what you want.
Together the brain and nervous system act as a type of fail/success mechanism which seeks the reality of your thought life. If it detects failure or pain, it regroups and proceeds in another manner. The mechanism will continue the process until it arrives at what it thinks is your destination. Then the process starts over with another situation or problem that needs to be solved. Through the course of a lifetime, a person can go through the process hundreds, even thousands of times, every time the process delivers some outcome.
The Bible describes the impersonal mechanism as a law that governs all creation. When plant apple seeds we get apple trees, likewise when we plant thoughts in our mind it returns situations of the same type. It is the law of sowing and reaping. You reap what you sow.
This mechanism is how we are challenged to use our God-given powers to learn more about ourselves and life. It develops personality, attitude, and intellect. Use it for the highest good, and we become like Christ, selfless in purpose.
The problem lies when we wrap our mental programming with doubtful, fearful thought, then insecurities are felt by the nervous system and will imminently result in a psychological retreat of a challenge.
The congruency between mind and body helps to keep us from harm and preserve life, but it also serves as a success mechanism. It alone can lead us to great victory and overcome defeat. Much like elephants, we know the direction we should take, but can steer clear from disaster.
The way to definite success comes from first removing the neutralizing incantations of the mind that echo day and night silently. Then applying a mental technique of rehearsing thoughts of truth and wisdom which comes from the study of the Bible will help reorganize the subconscious mind with forward thinking. This method can replace all forms of pessimism and put you on the road to advanced growth.
Negativity and positivity are real to your brain and nervous system and can explain how simple thirty-five-year-old farmer from Oklahoma picked up a one and a half ton damaged tractor from a ditch to save his son from being crushed to death. Stories like abound and show how truly capable we are.
To take the first step today, become mindful of every moment you feel tense, nervous, or anxious. Observe the situation you're in. Then meditate on what thoughts you had that cause you to feel this way. Often its a memory of a past failure, or an insecurity over your talents, or a negative experience about a result.
What you need to do is first realize that everyone makes mistakes and that no one is perfect. Second, you need to understand that when something fails, it doesn't make you a failure. When something fails, it just means you discovered a way it doesn't work. Thomas Edison "failed" thousands of times while looking for the perfect solution to the light bulb.
Never attach an emotion to a situation, if you do, you will personalize the situation. If you fail, you may call yourself a "failure" which is not true.
Once you discover the source of your insecurity, close your eyes and dramatize its expulsion. Take a deep breath and "blow it out" Do this several times until you feel at peace. You have to repeat the process over several days. Do it until you feel the insecurity has left you.
Then start building new thoughts around who you are and your abilities. Visualize them, repeat them verbally, believe them. Be consistent with the practice, so they become part of your subconscious mind. The technique will help your guidance system to a brighter future.