Dear Shari and Toby,
The landmarks previously defined may change from time to time depending on circumstances. The books on prophecy were conceived nearly thirty years ago. A clear definition of the books was started in 1997. I had developed many notes and databases when in 2009 I began to organize it in this manner. This will be an ongoing work I plan to continue. The family related goal’s physical needs change on a daily basis requiring adjustment in resources and priorities. In general, the physical goals in your lives will probably be altered due to changes in logic resulting from shifting resources and priorities. The mental goals in your lives will probably be altered due to changes in attitudes and knowledge gained. The spiritual goals in your lives will only change when your attitude/spirit/soul is moved to revise its basic structure. Your Spiritual Landmarks - Attitudes are the guiding force in the mental process producing physical results in your lives. The filter for your mental processes and physical results only works if used. It is worth the time and trouble to constantly ask yourself “what is my attitude toward____________” and ” is that attitude consistent with my other attitudes/feelings/concepts”. Doing this prior to action will avoid many regrettable actions. This can be done in many ways and at many levels. The possibilities are infinite.
Two simple examples I teach to young Boy Scouts are easy to apply for starters. When trying to decide if an action is appropriate or not compare it to the ten commandments. Or, a Boy Scout can “measure” his decision with the one foot long BSA ruler containing the twelve points of The Scout Law.
The Ten Commandments:
20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for
the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
20:9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work:
20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it
thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter,
thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates:
20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all
that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD
blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
20:12 Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon
the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet
thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor
his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. (There are 12 points to the Scout Law.)
The spiritual concept or attitude is to try to live in a manner compatible with needs and feelings of other people. The mental concept is to compare the contemplated action to a guide. If the action violates the guide, don’t do it. This guide is formed from our attitudes/feelings/concepts and is modified daily with additional information providing a deeper understanding. Looking at deficiencies in resources should always start with the spiritual and end with the physical. At first pass of steps 1,2,3 the only spiritual deficiencies I defined were:
Training in spiritual
In short, I needed to learn how to develop spiritually and treat spiritual deficiencies. I am either perfect or just don’t recognize my spiritual deficiencies. Since most people do the best they know how in spiritual development and would improve their attitudes if they knew how, I am probably no different. I don’t know what I don’t know. Conversely, I am the only one who can improve my attitude. This leaves me and most others at an impasse unless a way is provided to locate, define and treat root spiritual deficiencies. Following the steps in treating attitude/spirit I determine which attitudes are involved, what is the proper attitude, and if there is a difference between mine and what is needed. With a closer look at my spiritual goals I should be able to understand which resources are needed. I have pulled them from the list and combined them in order of priority below.
1. loving my family.
2. To help others be healthier and happier and help themselves.
3. To create something beautiful others will enjoy.
4. Complete projects started.
5. To better understand the link between vibration and feelings.
These could be shortened to: love others and be creative. Since I have difficulty expressing my feeling to others and have not placed much value on intangibly expressed feelings, my goals can easily be expressed as: to creatively love others. This is loving in a tangible way by caring enough to share my life (time) by doing things with a person or for someone or helping them to do it themselves. I learned this was my prime motivation only a few years ago. I see others every day with a prime spiritual goal that is much different from mine and working very well for them. This previous process will help you find yours. Once you have found your prime motivation you can relook at your mental and physical goals and define attitudes in yourself which support that effort and deficiencies which don’t.
My spiritual deficiencies: (The ones I know about and can express)
1. I need to value the other person’s viewpoint.
I am oriented toward tangibility. I do believe in some things I can’t reach with my five senses but I don’t place as high of value on them for now. This doesn’t make my viewpoint better and prohibits me from seeing situations from an intangible viewpoint. Hence, this book deals mainly with the physical and mental aspects of religion and health. The resources of “spiritual applications and spiritual training” are currently marked “TBD”. To change my mind in this area will require significant study and development of knowledge in metaphysics as applied to human behavior.
2. I need to be more encouraging to other’s efforts.
I have spent my whole life in a competitive, evaluating, and critical world. We see evidence of it on the popular “real life” TV shows and I experience it every day at the office. I am torn between little is accomplished if goals are not set and progress measured and just encourage others and let progress take care of itself. Life experience has taught me that both are needed. I need to increase my awareness of others efforts and be more encouraging. Additionally, I need to help others realize that failing to plan and execute is planning to fail and be executed. This will mean learning to lead by example and training with less of a controlling attitude. The development of plans and measurements and evaluations must be by the stakeholders. This approach will help them realize the path to reach the goal. The controller is the stakeholder. My goal is to help him do that and encourage him along the way.
3. Two areas the jury is still out on ---
I tend to disassociate myself from people who do not behave according to basic concepts which I was taught, such as:
1. People who do not do what they say they will.
2. People who steal or lie.
3. I also tend to disassociate myself from people who are not willing to put forth an effort to accomplish their desired goals.
I was taught (by example) to fear and hate people who behaved this way. It has taken many years of effort to relearn to hate the behavior but not the person. I am still a long ways from learning to live in harmony with people who exhibit this behavior.
With goals and deficiencies defined we are ready to prioritize deficiencies, and define a plan, schedule, and measurements to improve the deficiencies and reach the goals.