The Meaning Behind the

Spiritual Principles for Divine Living

The first step to Divine living is building a foundation in the terminology of Spiritual Principles. It’s like learning a new language for a new kind of life. These definitions will help you get familiar with terms and concepts that are commonly used.

These are presented primarily in general, everyday language. Initially, a typical meaning is presented, and then a “translation” of the Spiritual meaning in everyday life. You may have heard some of these, and may even be familiar with them. But often language gets watered down or twisted over time, and in that process lose the significance of their meaning. As you read, take your time to consider these thoroughly. If you truly want to learn and know something or understand a new perspective, you must experience it yourself. Try to consider these as more than a mental concept, but how they actually relate to YOU and your life. These are universal to ALL people, cultures, and classes, including YOU. They are part of human nature. It only matters to which degree you seek to cultivate mastery of these Spiritual principles, that the full significance of their meaning, and the intended results stemming from that understanding, will unfold for YOU.

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AWAKENING: To become aware; a realization or waking up.

Translation: Opening up to the reality that there is more to life than just the human ego and surface desires. Discovering the truth of YOUR own Divine nature, as well as all of humanity, and utilizing it to live a divine, peaceful existence.

DIVINE: The spiritual aspect of humans; the group of attributes and qualities of humankind regarded as godly or godlike.

Translation: Physiologically, your own Spirit is Conscious Energy, just like the Divine. Like Jesus said, “Ye are gods.” You ARE a Divine Being in physical form. We communicate with the Divine through the Spirit part of us.

EMPATH: Clairsentient; able to perceive and feel energy of others and of things with the physical senses.

Translation: When someone cries and you tear up just thinking about it, even if you don’t want to. You are feeling their energy of emotion.

EMPATHY: The psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.1

Translation: You care about how someone feels, because you know how it feels.

ENERGY SCALE: Picture a spiral staircase of vibrational energy levels, ranging from the lows of despair (hell) to the highs of joy and love (heaven). “Leveling up” is rising to a higher vibration, a better feeling, where clarity, AHAs, and feelings of satisfaction and pleasure are. YOU can learn to positively influence your energy levels at will.

INTEGRITY: Adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished. A sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.

Translation: Honoring the authentic truth of who you are regardless of outside influence.

LIMITING BELIEF: Ideas or emotions that you had at one point (usually adopted from sources outside yourself), and decided to stick with, even though they no longer serve you.

LOVE: The natural and Divine state of YOUR Being; the energy equivalent of the part of us that is like God; a feeling of intense desire and affection; or authentic reaction to events, people and things, from a place of integrity; what YOU are made of.

MANTRA: A word or phrase that is repeated, sometimes a sacred utterance, like a prayer, believed to have Spiritual influence.

Translation:  A mantra gives your mind something to focus on when you are in meditation, in part, helping to stop running thoughts. Certain ones, like Om, assist in bringing the body into alignment with universal energy, to reach higher states of awareness.

METAPHYSICS: A branch of philosophy that studies the relationship between mind and matter.4 the underlying theoretical principles of a subject or field of inquiry.5; a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being; a study of what is outside of objective experience.6

Translation: There’s more to life than what we think and perceive through the physical senses.

MYSTICISM: A doctrine of an immediate spiritual intuition of truths believed to transcend ordinary understanding, or of a direct, intimate union of the soul with God through contemplation or ecstasy.7

Translation: A personal partnership with the Divine in your daily life that results in divine living!

PMA: Present Moment Awareness

Being fully in the here and now, present moment, aware of your surroundings and what your physical senses are perceiving, aware of how you FEEL, not lost in thought about the now, future or past.

SPIRITUALITY: A broad concept of faith that includes rather than divides, that speaks to the Oneness of all human and nature life; primarily based on a personal relationship with Divine Energy Consciousness/God, regardless of specific affiliation with any generally recognized traditional teaching or practice.

SOUL: The spiritual part of humans that is believed to survive death, as distinct from the physical part.10

Translation:  The Spirit/Energy Consciousness part of you that is your Divine nature.

VIBRATION: Oscillation; to move rhythmically and steadily to and fro, as a pendulum; to give forth or emit by11; to thrill, as in emotional response.

Translation: Everything is energy at its basis or core, including YOU, your body, thoughts, feelings, and even your intentions. Energy is motion, and moves by vibration. You are emitting vibrational waves all day, every day.

CONSCIOUS: The state of being highly aware, perceptive and sensitive to your surroundings, or a topic, as an observer, as well as your feelings, thoughts, beliefs about it; awake to a higher level of understanding.

Translation: Fully aware of outside influence and perspectives, as well as your own inner knowing, weighing options and considering other perspectives, from a place of peace and higher wisdom, without offense.

EGO: The human personality; mental perception of oneself and others in generally-recognized mainstream life.

Translation: Your Ego is who you think you are, literally. Your thoughts and perceptions about yourself and others as humans, surface stuff, which is subject to change, based on the influence of culture and outside sources.

EMPATHIC: Physically sensitive to the thoughts, feelings and opinions of others; having empathy.

Translation: Being a person who literally feels the emotional energy you and everything else around emits, including the collective energy of the planet, without being able to turn it off; often referred to as highly sensitive.

ENERGY: In physics, the ability to do work. Objects can have energy by virtue of their motion (kinetic energy), by virtue of their position (potential energy), or by virtue of their mass (see E = mc2).Power which may be translated into motion, overcoming resistance, or effecting physical change.3

Translation: Everything is energy at its core, including YOU; your thoughts, emotions, intentions, and physical body. Understanding that basis is vital to understanding everything about Spirituality and human nature.

ENLIGHTENMENT: Awakening to full consciousness, self-aware, unconcerned with the ego. Buddhism defines it as the absence of suffering.

Translation: It is the shedding of unwanted mental noise, pain, fear and cultural conditioning to find YOUR way back to the core of peace within that is complete, joyful, authentic, aligned with your Inner Being, regardless of external circumstances. Its purpose is not attaining goals, although that often happens naturally as a result, but for the higher purpose of inner and outer peace, well-being and unity consciousness.

LAW OF ATTRACTION: The concept that like energy attracts like energy. The energy you put out of what you believe, think and do will return results of the same energetic frequency.

MEDITATION: Cultivation of mindfulness and expanded conscious awareness.

Translation: A practice to quiet your mind and anchor yourself fully in the here and now, being fully present in your physical surroundings. It opens the mind to receive inspiration, reduces stress and improves health.

MIRACLE: A surprising and welcome effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human powers and is credited to Divine forces; marvel.

Translation: Einstein famously said, “There are two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is that everything is.”

Another definition for a miracle is a shift in perception, an “AHA”, or raising of YOUR level of awareness beyond what it’s been before. When you receive an insight and are able to move past something that’s held you back, that is a miracle! And of course, healings, whether physical or emotional, answered prayers, and other mysterious events are miracles as well.

NEW AGE: A broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture, with an interest in spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism.8

Translation:  It’s hard to define, by its very nature, due to the aspects of individuality and personal experience, but is underneath the umbrella of the Oneness of us all. The guiding force is what resonates as truth within YOU, and how it leads you home to Divine Love.

Spirit (capital S): Non-physical, conscious energy of God/The Divine, angels, guides, deceased loved ones, etc., including YOUR own Soul.

spirit (small s): The divine influence as an agency working in the human heart; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between the body and soul; the dominant tendency or character of anything; temper or disposition.9

Translation: There are many usages and meanings to describe your spirit, showing obviously how it is of the utmost importance in your life! It is the Divine Essence of who YOU are.

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