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How do you make decisions the spiritual way?

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How does one deal with difficult decisions? From the psychological perspective, it's important that one be clear and honest about what you want. Therapy and artistic expression can help with this. But from a purely spiritual perspective, you simply recognize that you are not the doer and that you have nothing to do with decisions. You let the mind fall absolutely quiet through surrender or inquiry. The funny thing is that these approaches are not actually opposed. They occur in different contexts.

 

 

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I used to be (many many years ago)   the chairperson of a 'Baha'i Spiritual Assembly' - an elected council of 9 that helps run the affairs of a community , they replace the function of 'clergy' in other religions .  Since they have to sometimes decide on affairs that effect peoples lives, it is very important to make a 'spiritual decision'  and not a selfish one .  very basically it works like this ;

 

First you have to get in 'spiritual mode' - there is no point coming into it from some charged emotive state , so one must have the ability to leave that behind . They used the method of prayer for that ,  the meetings started with prayer or philosophical readings . The key thing is to release your attachments to any opinion offered  , put it 'in the pot on the table '  (there isnt one, thats a metaphor ), then release it as your own idea / contribution, examine it as you do the other contributions, by keeping in mind the best solution to the problem .

 

Easy to say that, some are  able to this and others cant really, they mask it but underneath they are pushing for their own ideas.

 

I suppose it takes 'spiritual people ' to make 'spiritual decisions '  ... remedy ?  Get 'spiritual' .

 

The test is - its fairly easy for the 'advanced' to decide on an issue that might effect others , but one may also have to decide on an issue that effects YOU as well , thats the real test of any spiritual decision making for community !

 

Get more 'spiritual'    (  become selfless, develop understanding, cultivate wisdom and balance mercy and severity , but do not fear to act )  .   The idea is (in Bahai ), if you stick together, even a wrong decision will become apparent and you can fine tune it or drop and change it later , the community learns together in experience . becoming attached to all different opinions and solutions, causes division, which is hard to resolve and the community may not learn adapt and evolve . Otherwise there are people undermining decisions that go against their personal wants .  If the council/ors    cant get it together  or keep making unpopular decisions then  the community is able to vote different members in . 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Nungali said:

I used to be (many many years ago)   the chairperson of a 'Baha'i Spiritual Assembly' - an elected council of 9 that helps run the affairs of a community , they replace the function of 'clergy' in other religions .  Since they have to sometimes decide on affairs that effect peoples lives, it is very important to make a 'spiritual decision'  and not a selfish one .  very basically it works like this ;

 

First you have to get in 'spiritual mode' - there is no point coming into it from some charged emotive state , so one must have the ability to leave that behind . They used the method of prayer for that ,  the meetings started with prayer or philosophical readings . The key thing is to release your attachments to any opinion offered  , put it 'in the pot on the table '  (there isnt one, thats a metaphor ), then release it as your own idea / contribution, examine it as you do the other contributions, by keeping in mind the best solution to the problem .

 

Easy to say that, some are  able to this and others cant really, they mask it but underneath they are pushing for their own ideas.

 

I suppose it takes 'spiritual people ' to make 'spiritual decisions '  ... remedy ?  Get 'spiritual' .

 

The test is - its fairly easy for the 'advanced' to decide on an issue that might effect others , but one may also have to decide on an issue that effects YOU as well , thats the real test of any spiritual decision making for community !

 

Get more 'spiritual'    (  become selfless, develop understanding, cultivate wisdom and balance mercy and severity , but do not fear to act )  .   The idea is (in Bahai ), if you stick together, even a wrong decision will become apparent and you can fine tune it or drop and change it later , the community learns together in experience . becoming attached to all different opinions and solutions, causes division, which is hard to resolve and the community may not learn adapt and evolve . Otherwise there are people undermining decisions that go against their personal wants .  If the council/ors    cant get it together  or keep making unpopular decisions then  the community is able to vote different members in . 

 

 

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Very interesting, thanks for the description!

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