This past Holy Week I had some moments of reflection.
Amazingly I found inspiration in a book which was loaded with insightful
spiritual thoughts. This intriguing book entitled “Wishes
Fulfilled” was written by Dr. Wayne Dyer, a prolific writer
and widely known inspirational speaker on the subject of spirit.
I have chosen to write about this book for I have found so many
things there that are so uplifting to the spirit.
I call myself a Christian and a perpetual work in progress the eyes
of God. I was baptized and raised as a Catholic and continually
struggle in my Christian walk. At times I find myself attending
religious worships by other Christian denominations yet I don’t
feel any antipathy towards them. I do hold in deep reverence an
Omnipotent Power who I believe is the singular author of life and
the great architect of this magnificent creation we call the universe.
I’m anxious to know where in this cosmic place my heavenly
home lays hidden. This perplexing realm which clearly moves in a
defined way has always filled me with awe. One man tried to unlock
all the deep secrets of the universe but failed. In the end he had
no choice but to accept that there is a SUPREME BEING that holds
it in his hand. That man was Albert Einstein. I, too, believe in
the certainty and the supremacy of God even though I couldn’t
fathom His ways. As I survey all these things and look at myself
I still couldn’t understand why an insignificant being like
me should even merit the slightest care of an Omnipotent Creator.
Dr. Dyer had explained that humans have two dimensions - the physical
which is visible, and the spiritual which is invisible. He calls
the latter the “ghost behind the machine.” The Bible
says that which is seen is temporal and corruptible; the unseen
is eternal, incorruptible, and therefore, more powerful. Our higher
self is that unseen part which is our mind or spirit. Once we have
learned how to control our thoughts we are empowered to fulfill
our wishes. The problem is our ego-centered physical senses are
constantly at war with the selfless longings of our soul and severs
our connection with our Source – God. In essence what Dr.
Dyer was trying to say was if we could empty our minds of spiritual
pollutants like, pride, envy, hatred, judging others, etc. and instead
fill it with pure things like charity, humility, and love, the reward
would be great.
This author added that our highest self begins at that point when
we become truly God-like in purity. At that stage we are fully immersed
in divine goodness which is capable of “unconditional love.”
God in return is most sensitive to our pleas even allowing the impossible
to happen so our wishes can be fulfilled. The Bible says - “Seek
first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things
shall be added unto you?” He also said that we often think
of God as a separate entity outside of ourselves not realizing that
God indwells in us. If we are a “spark of God” it follows
that we share the same nature. We are invisible, eternal, and DIVINE.
That last description may sound blasphemous but it really is a reiteration
of what the Bible was saying all along - that we were created in
Here’s a prayer that I think provides a perfect template for
finding God. The man who wrote it was Saint Francis of Assisi.
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there’s hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled,
as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.”