Devotion is a feeling of strong love or loyalty and is the quality of being devoted. We also use the word devotion to “devote” the use of time, money, energy, etc., for a specific purpose. The feeling of devotion is also to carry our esteem for the object of our prayers and worship into everyday practice and beyond a one day a week experience. From this I build this article that I call “Devoted To The Divinity Of Inner Life.” This devotion to the deity of our soul is a love and loyalty that goes beyond a superficial practice and becomes how we live our lives from moment to moment.
Devotion involves being devoted to the work happening within us by the living deity. There is something within us that we can feel in our emotions and permeates our mind as to influence how we respond to that divine presence. When we are devoted to the divinity of our inner life we embrace the divine inspiration of our thought processes to allow our soul to be filled with fruitfulness. This happens because we are loyal to the soft moistness within us which springs from the living presence of our inner life. In this event we become inseparably bonded to the light of the divine worth of the human animal. We become magnetically devoted to the radiance of positive energy whose source is the deity of this universe. Betrayal of that deity will have unwanted consequences. When we betray the pathway to the divine presence we experience the agony of the human animal instead of divine characteristics. The turmoil of that agony includes a barren soul causing conflict of emotions and thoughts leading to chaotic behaviors. The sanctity of life begins to lose it’s value as the light revealing our divine worth begins to fade. Our life becomes plaqued with the pessimism of negative energy.
Devotion involves being devoted to the soft moistness of the spiritual fruit that springs forth from our inner life. Betrayal of that tenderness results in hard and calloused attitudes within our emotions and behaviors which also stifles openness in thought processes. The softness of love keeps us open to the spirit of kindness and deeds of goodwill. This is like the ocean receiving the rains as the rivers pass to and fro. Betrayal of that tenderness would be similar to a crater in the Sahara desert which is unable to receive the rain and have nothing fluid flowing through. Alternatively, our devotion to the moistness of peace enables us to receive the spirit of meekness and to convey gentleness for the purpose of quelling carnal chaos. This is similar to the oceans receiving the snow and living calmly beneath the coverings of the ice plains. Betrayal of that moistness would turn us cold inside like rigid ice bergs which is so icy as to prevent any fruitfulness inside. However, within our devotion to the softness of our inner life exists faith which discovers stimulation through joy and mobilizes through goodness. This is akin to the oceans receiving the stimulation of lightening while keeping the fires from burning wildly. Betrayal of that softness is similar to an open barren land being struck harshly by lightening and subject to the destruction of wildfires. Alternatively, our devotion to the moistness of our inward being enables us to persevere through the spirit of patience and self-control. This is like having an ocean swell up under the earth to form mountains of fluid reserves to fill the valleys with rivers and in turn to give blossoms to the earth. Betrayal of that moistness is like having mountainous reserves turned into a dried raisin with parchness in the valleys and turning fruitful plains into deserts. In this light, we see why devotion to the spiritual fruitfulness of our soul keeps us flowing with civil and humane qualities.
Our spiritual health comes from a devotion to the divinity of our soul. From the chambers of our inner life we can respond to our feelings and thoughts to reflect the behaviors that we devote ourselves to. When we feel disturbed by various situations then we might betray the inward divinity by conveying unhealthy behaviors. Those behaviors involve out of control responses, impulsive retaliation to what perturbs us, or even fatal attitudes that puts an end to our own life or to the welfare of others. Those unfruitful reactions separate us from divine qualities. They even lead to unhealthy habits in our physical being relating to the input we put into the body. Such as what we eat, drink, inhale, and even the quality of our sleep or our desire to live a sanitary life. Alternatively, our devotion to the deity of our soul embraces the qualities that enhance spiritual and physical health. As we devote ourselves to self-control then moderation becomes a way of life as does the power of restraint to guard us from destructive input into our body. Likewise, our loyalty to patience enables us to wait for spiritually fruitful opportunities while quelling the detrimental consequences of impatient and quick reactions. Therefore, by embracing the spirit of perseverance we continue on in a fruitful existence without thoughts and emotions of terminal options. In this light, devotion to the divinity of our inner life is to embrace all the resources within us and around us that fill in our valleys with all the necessities to flower with spiritual fruitfulness.
A safe and secure environment comes from a devotion to our inner divinity. Divine qualities include meekness and gentleness which contributes to a peaceful, safe, and secure environment. Betraying those qualities will cause us to react to unpleasant situations with harmful aggression, undue harshness, and conflict with various degrees of anti-social confrontation. Alternatively, our devotion to the tranquility of our inner life will transfer to comfortable social interactions, harmony at home or wherever we live, and will foster stability of our inner life from day to day. This devotion embraces knowledge of fruitful insight, is loyal to whatever quells primal and carnal behaviors, and is submissive to those who vigilantly guard and protect a civil community.
OUR SOCIAL RELATIONS
Desirable social relations comes by a devotion to the deity within us. Being devoted to the spirit of goodwill and kindness makes it possible to convey love or tender loving care to those we meet from day to day. This devotion is also what enables us to bond with the people who helps us to form a place of social belonging that is constructive. A constructive place of belonging brings loyalty to divine qualities through acceptance of others through tolerance of differences, sensual intimacy, and a welcome to those who embrace spiritual fruitfulness. This includes a devotion of being receptive to the sensitivities of one another and allowing self-sacrificial deeds to be done for us as well as in the performing of charitable deeds. Betrayal of the divinity of our inner life fills our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors with intolerance for anyone who deviates from what we view as being socially appropriate. That intolerance induces degrees of hatefulness, unkindness, and bad intentions. From those primal characteristics manifest abuses of a persons intimate desires, and exclusion based on inhumane beliefs. Furthermore, betrayal of the goodness of our soul makes us cruel to the sensitive nature of others with ill-intent towards the doers of charitable and self-sacrificial deeds.
The ability to see the light of our divine worth comes from a devotion to the divinity our inner life. Being able to see the divine potential within each person is essential for fostering mutual respect. This also relates to viewing every member of humanity as being required to relate to the deity of our soul with reverence. A loyalty to the light shining on the divine presence living in each person enhances a sense of worth and esteem to bolster our ego in a way that is beneficial to one another. The interactions we have would be respectful and edifying of the fruitfulness we hope to see blossom from inner life. Within a devotion to mutually beneficial exchanges would manifest the spirit of peace, an attitude that cherishes life and living, and encouragement for positive energy blossoming in what is said and done. Betrayal of the light that illuminates the idivinity of our inner life would incite self-destructive attitudes as well as inciting disrespect towards the worth of others. The betrayal of the divine worth of the human animal amounts to leaving humanity in a dry hot desert with no water and with predators abounding. The disloyalty to spiritual qualities would cause primal attitudes to arise stemming from the desolate condition of the inward being. The “dog eat dog” environment would result in mental turmoil, emotional anguish, and chaotic behaviors which has the consequences of degrading and devaluing the sanctity of life. In essence, instead of mutually beneficially interactions the pessimism of negative energy would transfer through our words and in what we do.
The positive expression of our identity is a result of a devotion to the divinity in us. Imagine that you own a car and decide to disregard the type of gasoline it’s made to run on and instead you fill the tank with mud. Obviously the car would not mobilize and the make and model of the car would no longer represent itself as it would if it had the proper fuel. This is an example of betraying the operating guidelines and thus being disloyal to the manufacturers of the automobile. In a similar way, our identity is evident by the type of fuel we fill our inner life with, which conveys in the self-expression of what we say, do, and in our appearance. In this light, a loyalty to the divine fruit of joy and goodness helps us to express who we are in an optimistic manner and full of faith. Our actions are mobilized with positive energy for the present and conveys hope for the future. Likewise, our words come alive with an edifying, uplifting, and inspiring spirit. We become devoted to the warmth of radiating energy that gives life while stimulation stirs within us to put this radiance into action through the self-expression of our identity. Betrayal of the divinity of our soul fills us with negative energy like a fuel tank full of mud. The disloyalty of fruitful qualities in the expression of our identity leaves us with the negative persona of despair, pessimism, and various forms of evilness. We become a person identified as difficult to get along with due to the ominous nature in actions, words, and image. The betrayal of that positive energy is rebellious of the radiance of inner life, maliciously stubborn towards fruitful stimulation, and a barrier to the mobilization of joyful and faithful goodness.
We can assess that devotion to the divinity of our inner life enhances the quality of our existence by embracing the characteristics of the spiritual fruit on a moment by moment basis. The diagnosis is that betrayal of that devotion will deteriorate constructive intentions to the world in us and around us. Even then, we plan to maintain our devotion to the divinity of our inward being in how we think, what we feel, and in our behaviors. We implement that plan by devoting all our attention and time to the soft qualities of love, peace, faith, and perseverance in goodness. Our success is evident when we embrace one another with faithfulness in compassion to bring fruitful blossoms to induce the positive energy of hope.
There are elements in our society that deny devotion to all the beauty of our inner life which shines with blossoms from the deity of our soul. Their anger betrays the peace that manifests when we devote ourselves to knowledge and vigilance that quells primal behaviors of the human animal. Likewise, their pessimistic and negative attitude betrays the joy that comes forth when we are devoted to the radiance of positive energy which stimulates the motion in what we say and do. Their idea of a beneficial conversation or negotiation is to solicit devotion to materialistic rewards while backbiting devotion to spiritual fruitfulness. They do not allow themselves to accept devotion to civil attributes that flower with goodwill, gentleness, joy, and perseverance. Their dedication is to external substances, not to internal beauty, to reward flesh and blood cravings.
There are populations of people who emphasize the materialistic needs of the human animal while simultaneously betraying the humanitarian qualities of the spiritual fruit. The attitudes that exit from them are words that are forked with sweet and sour tones; sweet on primal yearnings for external pleasures but sour on the qualities of goodwill, kindness, and love. Their behaviors are deeds which betray the divinity of human life but rewards the tangible cravings of the flesh. Those attitudes transfer directly through people who are attempting to solicit devotion to their materialistic authority while turning people away from devotion to the deity of the universe. Indirectly, the attitude of betrayal to the divine presence comes about from a desire for the pleasures that life has to offer to the churning of primal desires. The “Me” attitude.
The attitude of betraying our devotion to the divine goodness of our inner life enter us through our desire to feel worth and esteem from external praises. We would prefer to find acceptance among those who live for tangible or materialisitic rewards then to remain devoted to the blossoms of inner fruitfulness. Consequently, primal attitudes of the human animal begin to surface as devotion to inner civil qualities subside. The people susceptible to hosting attitudes that betray the inner deity feel they need to devote themselves to external standards, beliefs, and social pressures even at the expense of social qualities. Even so, we can interrupt the cycle of betraying the devotion we hold for the divinity of our inner life. We do that by realizing every good quality that enahances a civil community flows from being devoted to various mixes of love, peace, faith, and perseverance. The moist and soft tenderness of our soul reflects our devotion to the divine goodness that lives within.