These days there seems to be an App for everything. If you want to find this or that or to get loads of things done, there’s an App for that.
But there are some things which an App can’t do for us. An App can’t love us or love someone else. An App can’t do our spiritual practices for us.
Love is expressed through compassionate actions, otherwise it is simply a feeling without any real effect.
I recently heard a story about a group of people who needed to earn some money. They had never really had any jobs and so they put an add in Craigslist.
“We will do whatever needs to be done, for a fair wage.”
A New Thought minister saw this add and thought: “I need to get some yard work done.” He had loads of weeds which needed to be pulled in the garden.
So he called them up and told them to arrive the next day, early in the morning before it got too hot out.
They showed up about 10am which was not early at all. They didn’t have any hats or work gloves. He noticed this and though he didn’t have any extra hats, he had recently purchased a bag of work gloves.
So he gave them some gloves, provided them with tools, then showed them the work that needed to be done. “I’ll be back in an hour or so.” When he returned, none of the work was done! They were seated under a tree apparently playing with their phones. “What are you doing?” he asked. “Why aren’t you pulling weeds?” They looked up at him and said: “We are trying to find the proper App.”
“The proper App?”
“Yes, we used to pull weeds on the web and it was much easier.”
It turned out that they had grown up playing a game called Sim City or something like that and thought that there was a way to pull the weeds by using an App.
Sometimes there is no App for that.
Spiritual practices demand personal application. Daily meditation cannot be done vicariously. Most spiritual practices cannot be done for someone else or by someone else.
New Thought Spiritual Practices support us to transform our thinking and thereby transform our lives.
New Thought Millennials are overwhelmingly independent practitioners. One of the reasons for this is a shared understanding that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is the highest spiritual teaching imparted to humanity through humanity.
New Thought Millennials embrace spiritual practices such as meditation, conscious communication and spiritual mind treatment (cognitive psychology) etc… as the means to personal evolution and co-creation of Civil Societies which are robust vehicles for the creation of a compassionate culture throughout the world.
New Thought Spiritual Practices include:
New Thought is neither Abrahamic, nor Vedic. New Thought is unique in that a person may come from any religious background and does not need to belong to any of the four Abrahamic religions or any of the Hindu (Vedic) religions. There are New Thought Taoists and New Thought Buddhists. What New Thought adherents have in common is a belief in Universal Spiritual Principles.
There are New Thought Buddhists, New Thought Taoists and New Thought Pagans who have would never call themselves Christian, nor claim any Abrahamic influence whatsoever. They accept that New Thought Abrahamics (Jews, Christians, Mohammedans, Mormons), and New Thought Vedics share the same Universal Principles of New Thought but would never characterize themselves as Abrahamic.
It is understood that New Thought is a unique and powerful spiritual path which can characterized as a religion having its own spiritual practices and beliefs. Some in New Thought prefer to claim they have no beliefs and choose to express their beliefs as “knowing.”
There are many “Wayshowers.” The strength of the teaching of a particular Wayshower is demonstrated through the consciousness and actions of the followers of that path. The adherents of each spiritual path are collectively responsible to the rest of humanity and all life to insure that the expression of their path is not abusive or violent nor violates the rights of other beings.
There are even New Thought Fundamentalists who believe that “nothing is real and everything is in your mind.” These folks share many thought patterns and behaviors with other Fundamentalists around the globe. Such extreme beliefs are held by a fraction of New Thought adherents.
As one learns in the beliefs section, New Thought is inclusive and draws on the wisdom of all traditions that teach the truth of our Unity with God/Good and the omnipresence of God/Good.