This article is meant to help you see the practicality of the Spiritual Trinity in a way that you can apply it in your everyday life.
For many people, understanding the Trinity is a mystery. How is it that three things can be one thing?
I can remember trying to figure that out. And when I couldn’t, I just made up something that made sense to me. I told myself that it was beyond my ability to understand and let it go at that. Perhaps this article is just my own made up story in attempt to understand what is beyond all understanding. But my effort here is not about theological knowledge but rather a practical way of living from a simple understanding. The practicality of the Spiritual Trinity. So if my theological standpoint is completely off the mark in your opinion, please bare with me.
That being said; after years of study and life experience, I hope this article will help you make sense of the Trinity in a practical way that can be applied to your life in such a way to alleviate your suffering, Improve your relationships, and find peace. So let’s just set the theological debates a side for now.
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are what we read about in the Bible and other spiritual texts. The one God in three persons often sung about in churches. A few such examples are as follows:
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” (Deut. 6:4)
“I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God.” (Isa. 45:5)
There is no God but one. (1Cor. 8:4)
And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” (Matt. 3:16-17)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 28:19)
Jesus said: “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30)
“He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
“He who beholds Me beholds the One who sent Me.” (John 12:45)
If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Rom. 8:9)
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 1:20)
And the angel answered and said to her [Mary], “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
[Jesus speaking to His disciples] “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you.” … “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him.” (John 14:16-17, 23)
We are also told that we are created in God’s image in these passages.
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’
“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’
1 Corinthians 11:7
A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.
“Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.
“Ask now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth; ask from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything so great as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?”
Since Deuteronomy 4:32 Tells us to ask about former days from one end of the Earth to the other, Let’s ask a simple question or two.
Do you have a personal Holy Trinity? How is it that I am created in God’s image? Now, I’m not suggesting that God has a physical body. But for our purpose here, as a tool to find inner peace, Lets just imagine, or pretend for a moment that He does. If we’re going to align and find the “Miracle You” Or God Self in each of us, then we have to understand what our own Holy Trinity is and how we are created in God’s image.
We often find that we speak in terms of mind, body, and spirit. We speak about terms of alignment or being aligned. But what are we aligning with? How are we out of integrity with ourselves in relation to that image? Not to mention our relationship with our Creator!
If we start with Spirit as the first part of our trinity, hopefully we can already understand that Spirit is everywhere all time. Complete and fully joyous. It is pure unconditional love! Do we experience ourselves in this way? Do you or have you ever had an experience of being everywhere at once? Or everything at once?Actually some people do! I Myself have had such an experience. There are also many reports of people having this during near death experiences If your interested, you can find a list of many who live this way every day by going to: http://www.watkinsmagazine.com/watkins-spiritual-100-list.
I highly recommend you get familiar with these people! Many of them have helped me tremendously in my own life’s journey. Today’s technology affords us the opportunity like no time before to learn from these masters. Take advantage of it! Google them and watch their videos. Read their books and articles. If possible, visit them in person!
Mind is the thinking part of the Trinity. It is the mental construct from which creation happens. Which is why we say thought creates.
John 1:14 Says “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Every form starts with an idea. Every idea is as formless as spirit is. Once the idea is expressed in words it is transformed! The word transformed if broken into it’s syllables can help to understand the process. The first syllable: Trans is the key part. In transit, to transmute, transmission. All these words denote movement. Maybe that’s why so many self help books instruct to write down our idea and make a journal. To bring our desire into the realm of form. To transform it from the formless to the form. Form has shape and size. A dimension.
Every form has a trinity! Have you ever thought or considered this? Everything has a height width and depth. You could say mass as well but without height, width, and depth there is no mass!
Perhaps that why the pyramids have lasted for a millennium and are found the world over. And quite possibly; or rather most likely, they were built as a spiritual reminder to humanity.
Music is based on Triads. Three notes to make a harmonious sound. A root, a third and a fifth. There are of course variations on this but the fundamentals of music are based on triads. Trinities!
Writing takes an idea, something to write on, and something to write with. A trinity!
So the very basics of creation are and idea, it’s expression, and it’s manifestation.
Thought, expression and action.
To apply this knowledge to make life more pleasurable. It’s necessary to have clear thinking! Thought is first cause in the law of cause and effect. This cannot be overstressed! If there was anything in my own life I misunderstood it was how this law works! I blamed circumstance for my unhappiness! I was blaming the effect of my own thinking due to my ignorance of the law. And we’ve all heard ignorance of the law is no excuse! It took me a very long time to truly understand that I had no one to blame for anything. EVER! And I’m quite frankly still learning! So the question we all need to continuously ask (Pray without ceasing) is: What am I thinking!? What will the effect be of this thought I’m having right now. Because that question, continuously asked, will shape your future! From what it is, to what you want to see.
This has to come with a very important warning! Many will read this and think I’m giving you the keys to the bank vault. Which is true! You can bring into form anything you want with a strong idea, a deep desire, and right action. As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen, published in 1902 is a literary classic about this topic. Ask and it is given!
The warning is that many thoughts are hidden in the mind. Unconscious thinking is the most dangerous thinking! What we think we want on the surface is almost always a hidden desire for something else. Money is the best example since most people want it the most. But the desire isn’t really for money or things. The desire is for abundance! And most of us equate money and things with abundance. You may even be shocked that I suggest that it’s not. That’s a good sign! Every thought creates! Both hidden and known. The way to get to those nasty little hidden thought that make life miserable is to ask what the surface thought wants and dive underneath that one to the core thought hiding below the surface and keep diving!
For instance; we want money to feel abundant, happy, worthy, etc. so the thought hiding is that we are NOT happy, abundant, and worthy! How often is that thought practiced? How often is allowed in your mind? What effect does it have on your life? Pain suffering and anguish! A lamenting and gnashing of teeth perhaps? Sounds like hell to me! And I Know that “place” well! We look and look for some secret that will make life better and never think that it’s the very thought that life sucks that makes it so! As A Man Thinketh Indeed!
My friends, That IS the secret!
In 2006 there was a movie that was actually called THE SECRET. A book by Rhonda Byrne That has made millions of people millions of dollars! The phenomenon caused the Law of attraction movement. I’m not ashamed to say that I got somewhat caught up in that movement because it actually did help me to reveal “The secret”. One I already knew, but didn’t KNOW. It had me going in circles trying to figure out why the law of attraction wasn’t working for me. What was I doing wrong!? Sound familiar?
The thought that “something’s wrong” was my dominant thought! A thought I couldn’t or wouldn’t release even though every teacher in every self help book of the thousands I read were basically saying the same thing I’m telling you right now. What you resist persists! Why? Because you have a resistant thought that goes unquestioned. UGH! I can hear your frustration at hearing the same old song. Stop resisting, allow, etc.
Man, I get it! I really do! Your asking why everybody understands this but you!
STOP! Look at that thought! Does that feel abundant? Will it attract what you want? Lets get real! What you want is to feel at peace! And the thought is that money can buy that peace. That you need something outside to complete you. A relationship, more money, better things. More STUFF!
But I’m trying to be TRULY HELPFUL by cutting to the chase and and turn your attention to WHY you want all that. To Feel Abundant, worthy and most of all AT PEACE!
How can I convince you, the one that was like me; That a lack things are not the problem! How can I say your thoughts are the problem in away soft and gentle way that you can hear? People get offended by thoughts! And an Offense is an attack! So is a defense! And it’s impossible to have a neutral thought since that would not create! Oh BOY! Now we are in big trouble! How can you have peace of mind if you can’t even be neutral!? Here I am saying you can’t defend or attack to be at peace and then I tell you it’s impossible to be neutral! What the…..??
OK Here is the REAL secret! The secret is in awareness! So just stop for a minute and see if you are aware of anything. That was easy right? You’ve been aware your whole life! Nothing new there!
I have to ask you. Are you sure you haven’t missed the secret? Something you’ve had your whole life but never bothered to look at. Because in all your struggling you would never in a million years believed it couldn’t be that simple! No way could I just be aware and it would fix my life! “I AM aware damn it!“
Well there you go! Thought expression manifestation! You DID it! You found the secret!! Jokes on you man! Now laugh at how ridiculous it is that you could’ve ever missed it!
No! Don’t feel stupid!Now that you know the secret you have to notice those thoughts that keep you down! Every minute of every day catch those programs running as often as you can! Be AWARE of them! Be Aware that those are the Cause of the effects you DON”T want! So you can attract the ONE you do! No Not stuff… Peace! Stuff is just stuffing! Icing on the cake! You want the cake! And awareness is Neutral! Being LOVE it gives anything your mind conceives. And conception is a birth! Awareness is the “VIRGIN” that gives birth to all things!
This what people try for years to understand through meditation practices. To quiet the mind and find the quietness, the stillness. Their God Self or higher consciousness or what ever name they call it. It’s always heard by your own awareness. Everything you’ve ever done you were aware on some level that you did it because you were there! Now…The thoughts you had about it your awareness also heard! Spirit = Awareness = higher Self = Oneness with god as you were created!
I’ve noticed that the spiritual journey takes us in the direction of Spirit. To become aligned with our highest source. Everyone inherently knows this as we read in LESSON 182 of A COURSE MIRACLES .
“I will be still an instant and go home.”
“This world you seem to live in is not home to you. And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true. A memory of home keeps haunting you, as if there were a place that called you to return, although you do not recognize the voice, nor what it is the voice reminds you of. Yet still you feel an alien here, from somewhere all unknown. Nothing so definite that you could say with certainty you are an exile here. Just a persistent feeling, sometimes not more than a tiny throb, at other times hardly remembered, actively dismissed, but surely to return to mind again.
No one but knows whereof we speak. Yet some try to put by their suffering in games they play to occupy their time, and keep their sadness from them. Others will deny that they are sad, and do not recognize their tears at all. Still others will maintain that what we speak of is illusion, not to be considered more than but a dream. Yet who, in simple honesty, without defensiveness and self-deception, would deny he understands the words we speak?
We speak today for everyone who walks this world, for he is not at home. He goes uncertainly about in endless search, seeking in darkness what he cannot find; not recognizing what it is he seeks. A thousand homes he makes, yet none contents his restless mind. He does not understand he builds in vain. The home he seeks can not be made by him. There is no substitute for Heaven. All he ever made was hell.
Perhaps you think it is your childhood home that you would find again. The childhood of your body, and its place of shelter, are a memory now so distorted that you merely hold a picture of a past that never happened. Yet there is a Child in you Who seeks His Father’s house, and knows that He is alien here. This childhood is eternal, with an innocence that will endure forever. Where this Child shall go is holy ground. It is His Holiness that lights up Heaven, and that brings to earth the pure reflection of the light above, wherein are earth and Heaven joined as one.
It is this Child in you your Father knows as His Own Son. It is this Child Who knows His Father. He desires to go home so deeply, so unceasingly, His voice cries unto you to let Him rest a while. He does not ask for more than just a few instants of respite; just an interval in which He can return to breathe again the holy air that fills His Father’s house. You are His home as well. He will return. But give Him just a little time to be Himself, within the peace that is His home, resting in silence and in peace and love.
This Child needs your protection. He is far from home. He is so little that He seems so easily shut out, His tiny voice so readily obscured, His call for help almost unheard amid the grating sounds and harsh and rasping noises of the world. Yet does He know that in you still abides His sure protection. You will fail Him not. He will go home, and you along with Him.
This Child is your defenselessness; your strength. He trusts in you. He came because He knew you would not fail. He whispers of His home unceasingly to you. For He would bring you back with Him, that He Himself might stay, and not return again where He does not belong, and where He lives an outcast in a world of alien thoughts. His patience has no limits. He will wait until you hear His gentle Voice within you, calling you to let Him go in peace, along with you, to where He is at home and you with Him.
When you are still an instant, when the world recedes from you, when valueless ideas cease to have value in your restless mind, then will you hear His Voice. So poignantly He calls to you that you will not resist Him longer. In that instant He will take you to His home, and you will stay with Him in perfect stillness, silent and at peace, beyond all words, untouched by fear and doubt, sublimely certain that you are at home.
Rest with Him frequently today. For He was willing to become a little Child that you might learn of Him how strong is he who comes without defenses, offering only love’s messages to those who think he is their enemy. He holds the might of Heaven in His hand and calls them friend, and gives His strength to them, that they may see He would be Friend to them. He asks that they protect Him, for His home is far away, and He will not return to it alone.
Christ is reborn as but a little Child each time a wanderer would leave his home. For he must learn that what he would protect is but this Child, Who comes defenseless and Who is protected by defenselessness. Go home with Him from time to time today. You are as much an alien here as He.
Take time today to lay aside your shield which profits nothing, and lay down the spear and sword you raised against an enemy without existence. Christ has called you friend and brother. He has even come to ask your help in letting Him go home today, completed and completely. He has come as does a little child, who must beseech his father for protection and for love. He rules the universe, and yet He asks unceasingly that you return with Him, and take illusions as your gods no more.
You have not lost your innocence. It is for this you learn. This is your heart’s desire. This is the voice you hear, and this the call which cannot be denied. The holy Child (your awareness) remains with you. His home is yours. Today He gives you His defenselessness, and you accept it in exchange for all the toys of battle you have made. And now the way is open, and the journey has an end in sight at last. Be still an instant and go home with Him, and be at peace a while.”
If Spirit is Eternal life, there are two other things that have to “die”.
Either the body has to die, an option no body wants, or the part of the mind that believes that the body is really who we are.
Many teachings say that if the mind holds the body as its idea of home, it will come back to visit a new one again and again. Returning for a new body each time the body it’s using wears out. We call it reincarnation. It’s kind of like shopping for a new car when the old one doesn’t work any more. You “need” a new one to get around in.
So to be in total alignment, we have to systematically dis-identify with who we are not.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES -16.IV.6:1,2 says:
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. It is not necessary to seek for what is true, but it is necessary to seek for what is false.”
God has placed within us a tool we can use to tell how far in, or out of, alignment we are with our highest source. Which is spirit.
That tool being our emotions. All depression, anger, greed, etc. are the compass pointing the way back home to what is always here but seldom actually noticed. Our own awareness that many take for granted and seldom develop.
As we begin the spiritual journey, we begin to faintly hear that Joy is possible or at least hoped for as we just read in Lesson 182. But the message gets filtered through the mind and manifests in and through the body. Dis Ease is sickness and will show up in your body! Just as easily as joy will. People hold their chest or stomach when they sob uncontrollably and touch their heart when they enjoy the sight of a newborn baby, or receive a beautiful object.
As we tune in through spiritual practicing, the voice of mind and the voice of Spirit begin to merge. Slowly at first and oftentimes painfully as we readjust.
Spirit is aware of all things. It is pure awareness! Unfiltered and unaffected by what it is aware of.
Take that in for a moment!
Can you feel your mind and body relax with even the slightest hint of what that means for your life? Can your mind grasp at what awareness is? Or does it scramble to give it meaning and bring conflict to what is already at rest? “Be still and know that I am God” is an invitation to let go of mind and body. To be unconcerned with form and rest in the peace of your pure awareness. Our gift from God!
The mind can never FULLY understand this. It is not the function of the mind to do so. The function of Mind is to create!
Now we have to ask what have we created?
A COURSE IN MIRACLES Lesson 15
My thoughts are images that I have made.
It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognize them as nothing. You think you think them, and so you think you see them. This is how your “seeing” was made. This is the function you have given your body’s eyes. It is not seeing. It is image making. It takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions.
This introductory idea to the process of image making that you call seeing will not have much meaning for you. You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. That is the beginning of real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.
As we go along, you may have many “light episodes.” They may take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. Do not be afraid of them. They are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. They will not persist, because they merely symbolize true perception, and they are not related to knowledge. These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. But they will prepare the way to it.
In practicing the idea for today, repeat it first to yourself, and then apply it to whatever you see around you, using its name and letting your eyes rest on it as you say:
This ___ is an image that I have made.
That ___ is an image that I have made.
It is not necessary to include a large number of specific subjects for the application of today’s idea. It is necessary, however, to continue to look at each subject while you repeat the idea to yourself. The idea should be repeated quite slowly each time.
Although you will obviously not be able to apply the idea to very many things during the minute or so of practice that is recommended, try to make the selection as random as possible. Less than a minute will do for the practice periods, if you begin to feel uneasy. Do not have more than three application periods for today’s idea unless you feel completely comfortable with it, and do not exceed four. However, the idea can be applied as needed throughout the day.”
We could say the body was created in order to have a tool with which to manipulate or work with the forms we create. If we create with love and service that will show up in what we create. Remember; Jesus was a carpenter! So any job we do can be done with Love if we choose it.
Emotions were created to know if our creations bring Joy or suffering. A way to check if the mind has missed the mark. Often called “sin” which is what the term means. Emotions are our GPS (God’s Plan for Salvation ) for bringing the mind back into alignment with its function to be Love. To make manifest or express the peace, love and joy that is our natural state.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES is a systematic tool to help the mind return to its natural purpose and function. The Lessons are designed to reverse the “course of destruction” we’ve taught ourselves. But it’s not the only means or tool for unlearning the “course of destruction”, just the one I choose! There is no such thing as thee way to find God. There are many! It’s the understanding and application of the chosen path that makes narrow the gate.
Now we come to the last part of the Trinity.
The body is an empty shell. A container for the mind and spirit. As you may have read in A Course in Miracles, the body’s only purpose is as a communication device. It teaches that It does nothing, and feels nothing, other than what the mind tells it. This is a concept often rejected because of the way we experience the body. If you stub your toe, you feel it in the toe! It doesn’t hurt in your mind. But the mind is not actually part of the body in this context. It gets a bit confusing here but the brain is not your mind. If you’re confused about this, let’s ask a simple question. Can you define what your brain is? Can you point to where it’s located? That’s pretty easy, right? O.K. Now try to define what your mind is and where it is located. It is a common belief that the mind is the activity of the brain. If that were true then how could the mind improve brain functioning? There must be a force outside or separate from the brain to influence it or have an effect on it.
I’m fairly sure that you’ve experienced a “dead body” or have been to a funeral. While that is usually a somber occasion in most cultures, the fact that the body has no function without the mind and spirit, is dramatically obvious. For many of us, even frightening! Those that are frightened by death think that the death of the body is the death to all we are. The final curtain. But we need to remind them of the message of the Gospel is not death. It is the resurrection! The promise that what lives cannot die but merely is transformed!
Nature is a prime example of this cycle. Trees appear dead in the winter. Dropping their leaves to the ground which gets turned into soil for the seeds of new life. Animals eat other animals, poop and feed the soil for the seeds of new life. The trinity is everywhere if you have the eyes to see it. Birth death and resurrection! Jesus ministry was a testament to The Holy Trinity that surrounds us.
So I hope this article has been helpful for you to take notice of the miracle of Life! To “have eyes to see, and ears to hear.”
I hope it was useful to apply the practicality of The Spiritual Trinity with you!
I wish you peace! I wish you Joy! And I wish you to live in the awesome wonder that life offers! It truly is a gift from God!