The “ME” attitude, in order to truly be “me,” is interested in self-preservation. “ME” in terms of self-preservation is not self-destructive but responds to unstable situations in a way as to bring life and safety to self. From Wikipedia: “Self-preservation is behavior that ensures the survival of an organism. It is almost universal among living organisms. Pain and fear are parts of this mechanism. Pain motivates the individual to withdraw from damaging situations, to protect a damaged body part while it heals, and to avoid similar experiences in the future. Fear causes the organism to seek safety and may cause a release of adrenaline, which has the effect of increased strength and heightened senses such as hearing, smell, and sight. Self-preservation may also be interpreted figuratively; in regard to the coping mechanisms one needs to prevent emotional trauma from distorting the mind. Even the most simple of living organisms (for example, the single-celled bacteria) are typically under intense selective pressure to evolve a response to avoid a damaging environment, if such an environment exists. Organisms also evolve while adapting – even thriving – in a benign environment (for example, a marine sponge modifies its structure in response to current changes, in order to better absorb and process nutrients). Self-preservation is therefore an almost universal hallmark of life. However when introduced to a novel threat, many species will have a self-preservation response either too specialised, or not specialised enough, to cope with that particular threat. An example is the dodo, which evolved in the absence of natural predators and hence lacked an appropriate, general self-preservation response to heavy predation by humans and rats, showing no fear of them.” Life, healing, and safety are hallmarks of the purest form of the “Me” attitude which seeks self-preservation. In this light this article will expound on how the “Me” in self-preservation will seek refuge in the spiritual fruit which blossom in the presence of the divinity of the soul.
The human animal seeks self-preservation or refuge within the deity of our inner life. This is no new thought because we recognize this concept in many popular church hymns such as “Rock Of Ages” containing lyrics like, “”Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.” The living presence in the soul is refuge for self-preservation. That refuge is a place within us that provides life, healing, and safety and is just about a universal hallmark of life. Although we would think that 100% of life on this planet is interested in self-preservation there are some who oppose the presence of the living deity. Therefore, a desire for life, healing, and safety is almost a universal characteristic but not quite. Some people attack the inner fruitfulness that preserves us with comfort and the consequence is the desolation of all the necessary qualities to keep us safe, alive, and healthy. That barren condition causes mental and emotional turmoil which creates chaotic behaviors. Instead of a desire for the preservation of life we lose value for the sanctity of life and become blind to our own divine worth. Negative energy begins to fill our words and behaviors which brings upon us fatal attitudes, unhealthy habits, and dangerous perspectives. Instead of self-preservation there is self-destruction. A true desire to preserve our own life comes by welcoming, rejoicing, and being thankful for the living deity that occupies our inward being. That deity is the source of our spiritual fruitfulness, tranquility, love for life, and positive energy in what we say and do. In that divine cleft we discover life, healing, and safety.
When you see the spiritual fruit blossom you are seeing the self-preservation mechanism of the human animal. Softness of the spiritual fruit blossom to enhance our self preservation. How many living creatures including the human animal are seeking a place to be treated with cruelty, hatred, and malicious intentions by others? None, unless their behavior is considered abnormal and self-destructive. The truth is that the life of creation seeks an environment where the warmth of the spiritual fruit through goodwill, kindness, and love are evident. The fruit of the spirit contributes to our desire for healing, life, and safety. In fact, to engage ourselves into activities that result in critical bodily harm, aggressive conflict in our place of shelter, or chaotic disturbances everyday is far from self-preservation but is self-destructive. It is through the spirit of peace, meekness, and gentleness that we perceive an environment that preserves us as we seek refuge from conflict, harshness, and domineering aggression. Through the divinity of the soul where good fruit blossom we experience faith, goodness, and joy that gives us the optimism to move forward in the future believing our life, health, and security will be there. That is part of our self-preservation desires. Self-destructive attitudes manifests when we begin to feel despair, overwhelmed by evilness, and submerged into insurmountable pessimism. Instead of a desire to preserve ourselves we begin to develop fatal attitudes, respond with impulsive and out of control behaviors. It is only through the fruit of patience, self-control, and perseverance from the inward deity will we preserve our life, experience healings, and find safety. Very truly, when you experience fruitfulness in your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors you are experiencing self-preservation.
When considering our health, self preservation is an almost universal hallmark of life. This is to avoid the pain and fear of unhealthy consequences by avoiding damages to our physical welfare. In this light, the desire to preserve self is to bring life, health, and safety by caring for the well being of our body by what we eat, drink, and breathe. As well as through sanitary practices and receiving a comforting amount of rest for rejuvenation. Self destructive behaviors manifest when the fruit of patience, self control, and perseverance in healthy habits are neglected within us. When we lose patience during trying circumstance our impatience leads to unhealthy habits in an effort to soothe our mental and emotional turmoil. Instead of self control we become out of control within a lifestyle that has detrimental consequences to the welfare of our body. Consequently, perseverance turns into desires to quit on life as fatal attitudes manifest within our inner life. We can now comprehend that self preservation comes through healthy desires towards our body as the spiritual fruit of patience, self control, and perseverance are key in that process.
Regarding our safety, self preservation is an almost universal hallmark of life. This is to avoid the pain and fear of bodily harm by avoiding a damaging and unsafe environment. The desire to preserve life, health, and safety is woven into our need for protection from violent destruction, and for a tranquil place of shelter within the place we reside, and for stability in our security from day to day. Self destructive reactions appear when the fruitfulness of a meek and gentle spirit of peace begins to diminish within us which contributes to a dangerous and insecure environment. When we lose the fruit of meekness we become aggressively domineering over others which leads to confrontation and bodily harm. In the absence of gentleness we become harsh towards one another which adds conflict to conflict making our place of residence unbearable and dysfunctional. In essence, without the inner quality of peace our life fills with turmoil, havoc, and chaos which destabilizes our activities from day to day. In this light, we see how self preservation comes through a safe and secure environment by cherishing the fruitfulness of meekness, gentleness, and peacefulness.
OUR SOCIAL BELONGING
Relating to our social relations self-preservation is an almost universal hallmark of life. This is to avoid the pain and fear of social trauma by avoiding destructive social networks. The craving of humanity for life, health, and safety is satisfied when we have a loving place of belonging, sensual intimacy, tolerance for one another’s differences, and inclusion in socially responsible activities. Our destruction correlates with the disappearance of the fruit of goodwill, kindness, and love. Without goodwill we are left with ill intentions towards others, without kindness we are left with cruel attitudes, and without love we are left with hatred. In the absence of compassionate fruit we self destruct with intolerance, sensual abuses, exclusion causing fragmenation, and hatefulness. It’s comprehensible how self-preservation comes through a loving social network by welcoming all the blossoms that love, goodwill, and kindness brings.
Awareness of the light of our divine worth enhances self-preservation as a universal hallmark of life. This is to avoid the pain and fear of having no worth by avoiding damaging impacts to our sense of value. The desire of the human animal to have health, life, and safety is satisfied when there is mutual respect for one another. Mutual respect assists our need for preservation as we recognize the divinity that resides in the soul of all members of humanity. In contrast, our self destruction is a result of feeling useless and of no worth from day to day, and from those destructive attitudes we devalue and destroy the esteem of others. That is a result of irreverence to the divine presence of inner life. From this, we can easily see how self preservation comes by respect and mutual esteem of the divine qualities that flowers from within.
When expressing our identity self-preservation is an almost universal hallmark of life. This is to avoid the pain and fear of a negative sense of identity by avoiding oppressive consequences on constructive self-expression. In order for us to preserve self we learn to adopt beliefs, speak words, and do deeds that energize our interactions with positive energy. A negative and self destructive identity comes about when our self expression is void of goodness, joy, and faith. Without goodness in our communication we convey evilness to others, and without joy we convey pessimism, and without faith we have a gloomy perspective of life which brings about despair. In this event we would learn no lessons from the past, have no regard for the present, and disregard the future as irrelevant. That leads to a self destructive expression of who we are. In this light, it is evident that the radiance of optimism comes about through joy, goodness, and faith which enhances our craving for self preservation.
We can assess that the self-preservation of the human animal comes through the blossoms of the spiritual fruit by seeking refuge within the divinity of the soul. The diagnosis is that a selfish attitude full of carnal or materialistic desire is counter-productive to self-preservation and is self-destructive. In this light, we plan to live a life conducive of life, healing, and safety. We implement that plan by finding refuge through spiritual fruitfulness where peace, goodwill, goodness, and perseverance in civil qualities manifest. The success of our desire for self-preservation is evident when our behaviors reflect a welfare for healthy living, activities that keep us safe and secure from harm, motivates a love for life and social harmony, shows a reverence for the light of our divine worth, and radiates with the positive energy of joy, goodness, and faith.
Some people are in denial and refuse to acknowledge the value of the spiritual fruit relating to the preservation and progression of the human animal. They tend to inflame carnal and primitive attitudes as they express anger, conflict, debate, and opposition to the gentle spirit of peace. They seem to thrive on destruction instead of preservation. When those same people witness joyful, happy, and optimistic attitudes they counter that with something negative to convey despairing and pessimistic sentiments. They seem to want you to self-destruct with feelings of hopelessness. When it comes to expecting a conversation with mutual benefits they want you to accept a lesser and “losing” position to put themselves in a carnal and primitive place of “authority. Your self-destruction is their idea of preserving themselves. Even so, acceptance that a divine presence inhabits every individual is the only way to mutual respect which leads to self-preservation through the spiritual fruit.
There are reservoirs, cultures, or populations of people who insist on relating only to the carnal desires of the human animal while ignoring, denigrating, and causing conflict towards the self presrvation nature of the spiritual fruit. The attitudes that exit them are words that seem promising to the primal desires of the flesh but are destructive to the spirit of love, peace, faith, and perseverance. Also, their behaviors are such that are void of the fruit of gentleness, joy, and kindness as they attempt to rule over, dominate, and control the human animal. They depend on worldly means of authority in the name of preservation but they destroy the qualities necessary to implant optimism relating to the prospects for a fruitful life, healing through divine qualities, and comfort in security. Those attitudes transfer directly through those desiring conquest over humanity by diminishing the all powerful, all knowing, and ever present deity that permeates our universe and inner life. Their preservation comes through the perils of others. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through those desiring carnal rewards and are willing to submit to those who oppose the spiritual fruit within day to day interactions.
The attitude of neglecting our self preservation through the spiritual fruit enter us relating to our perspective of the pleasures of carnal desires. We might decide that there is more value in accepting a human existence without the spiritual fruit if it means more praise, ego building, and acceptance from those around us. The result is a life of inward barrenness, conflict, tacky social relations, disrespect for inner goodness, and a pervasive negative energy. The submission to that way of life comes about from ridicule, humilation, debasement, social exclusion, and isolation from fruitful influences. We discover a place of belonging and esteem among a population of people who contradict the desire for self preservation while inciting self destructive sentiments. The people susceptible to a self destructive way of life feel a need to submit to worldly authority and peer pressure to earn creature comforts. Even if that means engaging in unhealthy habits, living with inner turmoil, forsaking compassionate sentiments, downplaying the worth of others, and permeating with negativism. They seek to meet the needs of carnal desires while neglecting the fruit that preserves them.
We can interrupt that cycle of self destructive attitudes by being aware that the spiritual fruit preserves us and blossom as rewards for our reverence to the deity of our soul. In that fruitfulness is a desire for life, health, and safety. As we blossom fruitfully we develop a sincerity for the welfare of the human body, to contribute to a safe environment, to bring goodwill within our place of belonging, to cherish the goodness of our inner life, and to convey the radiance of positive energy.