Monday, December 14, 2015

Why Worry Is A Choice

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Why Worry Is a Choice

The demands you put on yourself can create more pressure than you know how to handle. Spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra helps you break the cycle of anxiety by changing the way you respond to stress.

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Anxiety is like a shortcut. When faced with uncertainty, the normal response is to stop, consider what might happen, and make a decision based on the best prediction you can make. But the anxious person doesn't go through this process; they jump right towards feeling afraid. No one enjoys uncertainty. There is always a tinge of anxiousness when you don't know what the future holds. But going straight into fear is the worst way to handle the situation because fear is almost never a good advisor. It blocks clear decision-making, and exaggerates the risks and dangers that might lie ahead.

If you are an anxious person, you need to stop making the leap into fear. But how do you do that? It requires a new way of approaching uncertainty. Life is always uncertain, and until you can embrace this fact, you will imagine risks, dangers, and threats that never materialize. Yet, suffering in your imagination is just as painful—perhaps more painful—since dealing with a crisis is always easier than waiting for one in a state of dread.

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The Anxious Self

Many spiritual traditions speak of separation as the real cause of human misery. Separation can mean being apart from God, your soul, or the higher self. But the terminology isn’t important; even the word "spiritual" isn't crucial. What is crucial is that people are divided inside. One part of the self opposes another part. With guilt, the good fights against the bad. With anxiety, the strong part of the self is at war with the weak part. 

When a situation arises that can be handled well, the strong part feels confident, competent, in charge and in control. When uncertainty crops up, the weak part feels afraid, helpless, and hopeless. Anxious people never settle this inner conflict. They are so divided that when they feel afraid, the weak part is "the real me." When they are not afraid, the strong part is "the real me." In fact, neither is the real self. The real self is beyond conflict; it is whole and at peace. So the long-term approach to anxiety is to rise above the inner war to find a self that is more whole.

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    There are many who like to quote Ephesians 4:15 to admonish Christians to withhold or soft peddle the truth of God if some find God's truth offensive.

    Ephesians 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is head---Christ---(NKJV)

    Ephesians 4:7-16 is addressing Christians in order that that they might edify the body of Christ in love.

    Ephesians 4:14-15 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness by which they lie in wait to deceive, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is head--Christ---(NKJV)

    Exposing the trickery and cunning craftiness of those trying to deceive Christians and non Christians is not contrary to speaking the truth in love.

    Is remaining silent about those who pervert the gospel and teach false doctrine evidence of Christian love? I think not!

    Was the apostle Paul being unloving when he said that those who pervert the gospel of Christ should be accursed? I think not! (Galatians 1:6-9)

    Was Jesus being unloving when He said those who did not believe that He was the Son of God would die in their sins? (John 8:24) I think not!

    Was Jesus being unloving by saying those who believe and are baptized will be saved? (Mark 16:16) Was that an unloving thing for Jesus to say, knowing that many do not believe and there are those who reject water baptism as being essential to salvation? I think not!

    Speaking the truth in love does not mean ignoring, twisting, nor soft peddling the truth if it offends those who do not know or care about God's truth.

    Gods loves everyone, but he expect men to believe and obey His gospel plan of salvation.