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Ruth L Miller is an eclectic scholar with degrees in many fields of science and the social sciences and is ordained as a New Thought minister - because she keeps on seeking answers to the fundamental questions that make it possible for the spiritual beings we call humanity to live well and in harmony on this planet for generations to come.

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Could a vision of my own Ascension be real?

Remembering that matter-space-time are all bound in some sort of sequential process, while unlimited Reality can’t be, helps me make sense of it all. It also helps to know that who we are in essence, the I Am, is what’s Real, is not bound in matter-space-time, and so operates inside, outside, and around it–making what look like miracles, clairvoyance, etc, happen.

Also, if All That Is is occurring in the nonmaterial Reality NOW, then our unfolding material experiences are simply the way we “catch up” with Reality–and, in truth, our clear visions are more Real than our material experiences.

If you’ve had an internal experience of Ascension, then in Reality you have ascended (actually we all have but most don’t accept or know that!) and now you know it. Then the question becomes will you get to experience Ascension materially, “in the fullness of time”? Or have you already had the experience and so don’t need to do so in matter-space-time? Or is there something even more wonderful unfolding?

The Boddhisattva vow is, having ascended, to wait for full Union until all sentient beings can be part of it–and work to achieve that. I used to resent the fact that Buddhist teachers usually begin their classes with everyone taking that vow without know it by reading it in Sanskrit–until I realized (in teaching A Course in Miracles) that by definition, the Whole isn’t Whole until all the pieces are present, and Full Union can’t happen until all beings are part of it and aware of it… duh! A Course in Miracles says “the only way to get to Heaven is to take your brother with you.”.The Buddhist feminine presence, Tara, is said to free thousands of souls an hour in her effort to fulfill that vow.

Playing with this some more, the visible Ascension of the resurrected Jesus into Full Union–total, free, Oneness with Infinite Power, Presence, Wisdom, Joy, Love, Peace, Creativity–is the image we’re given so we can use it for our own inner experience of emerging into the Reality, just as the story of the former prince “waking up” to become the Buddha is the image for our own internal awakening to the Reality of our being, the stories of miracle-working disciples, wizards, and alchemists open the way for our discovery of our own ability to work outside of matter-space-time, and the story of Tara freeing souls is the image for our own internal experience of the same…. all of which may or may not show up in matter-space-time, but is nonetheless Real!

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What’s the Difference Between “mental image” and “mental framework”?

We all have an inner vision of who we are (or could be) that is founded in an awareness of our highest form of being (which I generally refer to as the Higher Self). That vision is something most of us don’t dare acknowledge because it seems so far from the perceived “reality” that to express it is to risk great disappointment. It’s sometimes called a “mental image”.

 It’s usually surrounded by (and often buried under) all the other messages we’ve accumulated over a lifetime which, together, make up our mental framework. These are a mixture of decisions we’ve made about how the world works, things we accepted from what we were taught, patterns established by our parents, ideas that infiltrated thru advertising and stories, and the like.

 The mental framework is literally the pattern of connections in the neural net and it determines how information taken in thru the senses is perceived, interpreted, and responded to.

 The purpose of my Releasing the Past process (also called Express/Release/Replace) is to bring the mental framework into alignment with the vision/image and, ultimately with the Higher Self.

 We start with the vision/image because that’s a step closer to the Higher Self that is still addressing the material form. After doing the process for a while, people begin to see the material form align with their heretofore “impossible” vision. They’re healthier, with more balance and joy in their lives, and much less stress. They also are usually functioning as the Observer, though they may not use that word, because they’re aware of what they’re feeling and what the source of the feeling is.

 Then, people usually begin to see that they are not the material form nor the mental framework nor even the vision/image. At that point they begin the process of realizing their essence as part of the Creative Flow, from their experience rather than from teachings. They begin to actively and intentionally “create their day” or “co-create the world” or “youthify their body” or some such. This is the first step on the next rung of the spiral ladder we’re all ascending.

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Do we have to blame ourselves for getting injured or sick?

Neither I nor any other teacher in the New Thought (Not the same as “New Age”) movement say that anyone is to be “blamed” for their illnesses.

What I am saying, having studied biology and microbiology extensively both for my profession and for my own interest and the raising of my family, is that microbes only grow in receptive environments. Gardeners know that plants don’t get pests or diseases if the soil is healthy and the plant is getting what it needs. Biologists know the laboratory conditions have to be right for the microbes they study to flourish. Parents know that if the child eats, sleeps, and plays well in a consistently supportive environment s/he is less likely to catch anything, and if such children do they sluff it off quickly–my self, my children, and their father being cases in point (we never missed a day of school for illness). Everybody in our culture is aware that when they’re doing what they love to do they don’t feel pain, and if they’re in love they don’t get sick, and if there’s a crisis whatever was bothering them no longer exists–at least for the duration of the crisis.

New Thought simply takes these well-established observations the next step. It says that, using certain tools, we can choose to operate in the same states of consciousness that we’ve called “being in love” or “doing what we love to do.” And when we do so, we make it highly unlikely, or even impossible, for any illness to exist.

I teach the tools that help us shift states of consciousness, and meditation is one of them. It’s useful because, as we say in the book Empowered Care, every form of meditation, even the simple process of Progressive Relaxation, helps to restore harmony and well-being in the mind-body system.  The practices we call meditation help us step out of the state of consciousness that includes the experience of illness and into one that doesn’t. That simple.

Now, New Thought goes beyond this understanding. The fundamental New Thought teaching (based on observation) is that different physical conditions are associated with specific emotions and habits of thought. For example, liver problems are typically related to ongoing repressed anger; lower-back issues are typically associated with fear of lack of support (see the work of P. P. Quimby and Louise Hay based on experience, and Bruce Lipton based on lab science). As I’ve written about in various places (check my book page  for some of them), for the past 150 years most people who’ve addressed the underlying emotions/thought habits have had a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms. Continue reading Do we have to blame ourselves for getting injured or sick?

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Would you please post a meditation online for us?

Ah, the joys of modern technology!

Thanks to the expertise of Tim at Unity of New Hope, outside of Dallas Texas, where I spoke on Nov 18, here’s a guided meditation for you to use…

11-18-2012 Dr Ruth L Miller MEDITATION

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How does Resentment affect the body?

Whatever we think or feel becomes manifest in our bodies. You know how that is: when we’re joy-filled, we’re radiant, we’re healthy; we’re able to take on whatever we encounter, effortlessly. By contrast, when we’re in distress, the body is weak, the skin is pale, and we may not be able to even eat.

What we don’t always realize is that the experience is not only expressed in our bodies, but stored there. Massage therapists see this all the time: someone is quietly resting on their table and suddenly starts crying or even shouting when a particular place is released in the massage process. It’s also stored in our organs and glands—as a “program” for when and how to function.

Bruce Lipton’s Biology of Belief and Candace Pert’s Molecules of Emotion describe how this works. The cells have thousands of receptors that tell the cell what to do based on what chemical and electrical signals they’re receiving, and those receptors change as the number and intensity of a particular signal increases or decreases. This means that the cells of the body get “addicted” to stress or distress or joy and demand more of it!

The feeling of resentment or anger, or any form of stress, sends many signals to the cells telling them to shut down and get ready to fight, and if we maintain such feelings for a long period of time, the cells will literally act as if that’s their only job and stop doing the other kinds of things they would normally do.

Fortunately, we can turn that around. If we can find a way to release the feelings and replace them with a sense of peace or harmony—for even a short time every day—the cells will begin to revert back to normal functioning during that short time. Obviously, the more time we can spend in that harmonious state, the more cells can be restored, and the sooner we can experience full health. This is part of why, when people meditate, many physical conditions are improved. Positive prayer, as communion with the divine, works as well. So does taking regular walks, drives, or boat trips in beautiful places.

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When I called some people ‘bozos’ who use their money to push people around (I believe this is mean and selfish behavior), I understood that I was judging and that’s not a good thing to do. So why does it feel so good?

In western empire culture, we’ve been trained to “feel good” when we’re “one up” on someone else. Our pleasure centers light up, a little extra adrenaline flows, etc. We think it’s a victory. (I’m remembering seeing Tiger Woods when he makes a difficult putt on the green: he looks and acts just like one of the guys on a sitcom who “one ups” a boss.)

But that’s because our wires were crossed in the training – kind of like people who get sexually stimulated when spanked or have to get angry before they can say “I love you.” It’s a conditioned response that isn’t “real” victory.

So, yes! It gets very confusing!

The way to know whether a thought or action is helpful or harmful is to see what it does in the world – or to you. What happens when someone “one ups” you? How does it feel? Is that something you want more of?

A huge part of our spiritual work in this culture is undoing the false beliefs and training we’ve been given. And this is one of them. Yes, it’s not okay for anyone to intentionally cause harm to anyone else. No, it’s not okay for anyone to judge anyone ELSE’s words or actions – “lest we be judged.” When we do or say something critical of another IT COMES BACK AROUND to us! Continue reading When I called some people ‘bozos’ who use their money to push people around (I believe this is mean and selfish behavior), I understood that I was judging and that’s not a good thing to do. So why does it feel so good?

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If everything’s “perfect” how do you deal with painful memories?

We have the misconception that what we experience with the 5 senses is what God created. Not true.
As all neurophysiologists and cyberneticians know, what we perceive is always a function of our mental framework. We can’t see, hear, taste, touch, or smell anything that isn’t already in our neural nets and it takes at least 5 experiences before the network includes it. So the world we perceive is not real. This is what the sanskrit term “maya” is all about.
Who you are and how you experience life, from conception, has not been the perfection that is what we call God created. What “God creates” is eternal, unchanging, whole–and the you that is You is that. But in this life we’ve been encouraged to act as if the you that is your perceptions is real. So we tend to focus on perceived experience rather than the “real” experience that Hindus call “samadhi” and Australian aboriginals call “dreamtime.” That’s what’s real. Unchanging; eternal; what “God created.” ” Continue reading If everything’s “perfect” how do you deal with painful memories?
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Is Byron Katie’s work useful?

Byron Katie’s The Work is a very powerful and effective method for helping people “get out of their story” and begin to really “see” what’s happening in their lives so they can do something different and change their habitual thought pattern.

Her famous “is that true?” is great as far as it goes, but I prefer, “is that accurate? is that what you really experience?” Because for me, there’s a difference between facts–the perceived experience–and Truth or Reality, which are eternal and what is happening at the spiritual level.

So, in a given interaction, if I’m caught in my story I may just say “she’s doing what she always does” rather than describe the facts, “she didn’t arrive when we expected her and I was frustrated,” and the Truth is always “she’s loving me and I’m loving her, and there’s something here for me to discover.”

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How can we maintain integrity when there’s a sense of commitment?

In our culture “integrity” can become as much of a ball-and-chain as an addiction. It’s often more about shame and fear of losing face than about being true to ourselves or our commitment. And, for me, it’s kept me in a few places far longer than is healthy (joyful and satisfying) for all concerned.

It’s useful to remember that the only reason for confusion, ever, is getting distracted from Principle.

So when there’s confusion, we turn to Principle!

Here’s one way to do that. We start by stating what we know to be true, whether we can feel it in the moment or not, as for example:

  • The One Power is Good and it’s everywhere so there’s nothing we have to do to make Good happen.
  • The One Source is joy and satisfaction flowing into joy and satisfaction so there’s nothing I need to do to experience more joy and satisfaction except feel joy and satisfaction, now
  • If I’m not feeling joy and satisfaction now, what do I need to release? A belief? An object? A fear?
  • As I go “into the wilderness” to release that, what replacement for it feels most joy-filled and satisfying, now; how can I fill my heart and soul with.joy and satisfaction?

When we’ve done that, when we’ve let go (“cast the burden”) of the thing that’s blocking our experience of this moment as heavenly, then we’re clear about what is truly ours to be and do in the moment.

Perhaps we need to replace the word “integrity” with “enlightened self-interest” or, as Emerson calls it, Self-reliance. For when we operate from that deep, inner knowing, there’s no confusion and no fear and, truly, everyone benefits.

 

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What is Visioning?

For several decades, people have used guided visualization to experience various states of consciousness, to discover intuitive insights, and to expand awareness. For thousands of years, certain members of every kind of society have practiced a form of visualization that has recently been called “shamanic journeys,” which requires considerable preparation and allows the practitioner to enter a state of consciousness in which their awareness connects with other species, other forms of life, and other dimensions of being.

In the New Thought tradition, guided visualization has been called “meditation” and is a form of contemplation on a concept or state of being. In Unity, it’s used to precede a time of silence, during which one simply waits, expectantly, for a word, an idea, or an insight. In the Science of Mind practice (taught in what were formerly known as churches of Religious Science, but are now called Centers for Spiritual Living), this practice has evolved to what they call Visioning.

In Visioning, a minister, practitioner, facilitator, or student simply enters a meditative state and asks the following questions:

1. What is the highest vision or perfect idea for (person, project, organization)?

2. What must we become to empower the vision?

3. What must be released?

4. What must be embraced?

5. Is there any other information that we need in this moment?

Any image or word that comes to mind is written down and used as the basis for action. When done in a group, different people may have different pieces of the answer, so all share whatever they’ve experienced, for the good of the whole.

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