It is hard for us to believe, in practice, that the light (our inherent pull toward goodness) is stronger than the darkness of human free will.
I am still practicing the brain coupling that tells me that goodness is at the heart of every person I meet, even though some are a little harder to connect with than others!
In one way or another, we are going to find that our lives and those around us are constructed brilliantly to pull us toward the light, if we allow it.
This is our most essential “heliotropic” nature; we are seekers of the light.
We believe that the UpSpiral experience and the experience of the States Of Mind of The Emotional Gym are expressions of the nature of God, of the Divine (Source, Universe, Allah) whatever name you might want to use. If our UpSpiral were set at over 100 (Feeling Good) to numbers for bliss and ecstasy, we would be talking in more spiritual language, because it is often used to describe these experiences that are called “unitive” in the language of mystics and contemplatives.
Behind the scenes of my writing and these ideas is a realization of the revelation of ultimate reality as an UpSpiral, expressed through the transcendent experience of NeuroPositive States of Mind.
The nature of “god” and the force of evolution operate most easily, readily, and forthrightly in what is good, what is positive, what is uplifting, and what allows for the freedom of the evolution of the self in an UpSpiral.
This introduction intentionally opens the door for spirituality.
Spiritual experiencing or revelation comes most solidly from an UpSpiral, rather than the conversion experiences that are more associated with DownSpiral experience.
It may (or not) be helpful to see religious dogma and doctrine, the stories of faith from religious tradition to tradition, as ways of seeing truth that guide us in various stages of making meaning in life.
The fact that religious traditions may not literally be true does not make them symbolically less powerful, but oils the wheels of metaphor through which only the unitive reality or “oneness” can be expressed.
What is at the heart of all of this is this issue of good and evil. In our work with strengths, we know that our weaknesses are very regressive, idiosyncratic expressions of our strengths.
The exact opposite of our strengths has the potential for being our greatest evil. But the positive end of the strength has the pull. One reason is that our brains are built with an optimistic bias.
What I believe may be best expressed in a metaphor from Esther Hicks.
Source is well-being and the river of well-being runs in one direction only. It’s when we turn against that source of well-being and go against that tide of good, that evil emerges as an expression of free will.
That is the “rubber band:” we can stretch goodness and its opposite very far and very taut, but the stronger end of the pull will remain constant like the flow of the river- in one direction, and that is in the direction of goodness, positivity, vibrant health, abundance, and well-being.