As we discussed in our last post, there’s a dialectic of the heart and it’s not important for us to figure out what happens first. I hope my Aristotelian and Thomist friends will forgive me, but I’m knowing by a kind of unctio here and it’s important to let the river flow.
In the wheel at the top of the image in this post, three phrases have primacy, although mental discipline is paramount and unites the three. Mental discipline consists primarily in not allowing any negative thoughts.
I’m convinced that negative thoughts happen, to some degree, because we have broken relationships. Hence, the next necessary component to emotional wholeness is having healthy relationships. In an ideal scenario, these relationships would happen within our homes and families. But, in reality, we can make our own temporary families as we move into healing. Once we’ve healed, our job will be to embrace our fractured families and see if they want to be pulled out of the mud.
The third, equally important, component to the Dynamic is spiritual warfare. If I’m right about all of this, it’s important to recall that the Evil One exists and that he’s trying to get one over on you. So, recall what Saint James said:
Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
He’s pretty clear: Submit to God, resist the devil. Wow! It sounds so easy that I missed it for many, many years. Submit to God, resist the devil. It works!
Before explaining the five items below the radiant wheel, I want to emphasize how important mental discipline is: Believe in the promises of Scripture. We’re in warfare and the King has given us specific instructions. He’s counting on you to do your part. I had a vision once where the end of the world was put off for 1,000 years because one saint woke up from his slumber and changed the world. You could be that saint!
After casting out the demons, exercise supreme mental discipline. Never allow yourself to think ill of anyone. That doesn’t mean that you don’t make accurate judgments. Is it wrong to kill? Of course! But that’s not a negative thought. The negative thought comes in when you say, “That killer ought to go to Hell.” Our dear sweet and blessed Savior is very clear when He tells us not to judge. Again, we should avoid evil, but not condemn anyone. This is essential.
I beg of you, gentle reader, to enter a place of peace and surrender. Trust in our Dear Lord and His Blessed Mother. It’s no accident that I waited until the Feast of the Sacred Heart to post this. I owe everything I have to Jesus, and with Him, I am co-owner of the Universe.
Pray for me as I stumble along my path in the Work. More will be revealed to us if we journey together. Comments are important! I want to learn from you, too! Peace and blessings.