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Comparing and Contrast
by Cheril L Goodrich   

Last edited: Friday, September 12, 2003
Posted: Friday, September 12, 2003

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In the physical realm we learn through comparisons. We look to see what someone else has or is doing to see if what we have or do is comparible to what they do or have. This, in our own mind makes us appear better or worse off then they are. This is an unhealthy view of ourselves or another. There is another way of evaluation, and that is contrast.

Comparing and Contrast
Rev. Cheril Goodrich ©

Once one decided to take a spiritual path, it is necessary to understand that the Laws that one will by following are exact. Even though provisions have been made for us, because of our misalignment with Spiritual Law, there is certain criterion we must follow in order to learn this new path that we have chosen. First of all, it is up to us to see that a correction has to be made, and then take the proper steps to move in the direction of that correction.
The first understanding that helps us begin the process is that the mind is not contained within the brain. The fact is, the brain is contained within the mind. When we pass from the spiritual realm into the physical realm, we are still operating from the Laws that Heaven operates under. Even though we do not understand what it means to be physical, our mind is fully functional and it has a spiritual understanding of its environment. The mind is very adaptable and it begins to use what it has to be able to cope in the physical realm. It begins to notice its own body. First it notices its hands, and from there, by the time it is a year old it has discovered all of its body parts. After it has discovered this, it begins to look to other bodies to see what they are doing, and begins to associate its body with other bodies. How they work, what they use different parts of their body for. The mind, recognizing that it is now in a different environment, finds a way of preserving the information it has collected concerning the new physical experience. This is the brain. The brain now becomes the place where a spiritual understanding becomes a physical explanation.
The brain is vital to the mind for its ability to cope in the physical realm. When there is an injury to the brain, the mind believes it has lost its ability to re-interpret itself into a physical form. It is our belief in the physical realm that when something happens to the brain then there is no longer a thinking mechanism. This is not the case. When something happens to the brain, the mind remains in tact because it is eternal. The brain is actually incapable of thinking. Thinking is a mind ability. It is fundamental to realize that the brain interprets a spiritual understanding into a physical experience. Without this basic understanding we will continue to try to make corrections in the body, but the body is not where the problem is. The problem is in the mind where thinking occurs. Even in the case of a brain injury, if the mind does not believe that it is impossible to interpret a physical reality to itself, it will find a way. This is what we term in the physical realm as a miracle. All this truly becomes is a proper way for the mind to interpret itself and move beyond the belief that the brain has any more power then what is assigned to it by the mind, and thus does indeed seem miraculous to us. In truth this is the mind working under the correct interpretation of itself.
If this sounds confusing, it is as simple as this; if I own a computer, and I store a lot of information and look up a lot of different things on it, does that mean I am the computer? Obviously not, but because our mind has become confused about its reality, it is up to us to begin to look in a different place for information that can lead us out of the false concepts we have learned while occupying a body.
In the physical realm we have learned to compare everything. We compare ourselves to others through our looks, job performance, and financial status. We look at other bodies and compare our body to theirs. Sometimes we are better and most of the time we consider ourselves worse. We even compare our happiness to another’s happiness and then believe that if we are not as happy as them, then if we believe we are not as happy and something is missing or something is wrong with us. This is one of the things the mind uses the brain for; comparisons. We learn how to do this by watching and learning others in the physical realm. When we learn that someone else is not living up to our standards, this too is a comparison. By the time we reach adulthood our whole life is based on comparisons, and therefore judgment. A comparison is nothing more than a judgment, and to remember what Jesus said; judge not lest ye be judged.
Knowing this will not automatically stop the comparisons or the judgment. Once the mind learns something it will continue on in its assumptions, even if it is wrong, until a correction occurs. This correction cannot occur by itself because the mind is too confused over its reality and does not want to give up its false beliefs of truth. Remember, that the mind is eternal, while the brain is physical, so when dealing with the part of ourselves that is eternal, an eternal solution must enter or the solution is not permanent. This is where we begin to use contrast instead of comparison.
Contrast is like comparing apples and oranges. It is impossible to compare them, so we accept that they are not the same. We can begin to do this on a physical level and thus show the mind that comparisons are not what it was created to do. At a spiritual level, the mind is energy, and what propels the energy of the mind is thoughts. In other words, without thoughts the mind would not have a purpose. When we compare others, we are comparing our thoughts. Because both thoughts are in our own mind, there is no judgment except on ourselves because both of these thoughts belong to us. This makes us an object of attack by our own mind because of our comparison. We can physically assault another for our own thoughts, but this will not remove the problem. By harboring a hostile thought, another will act upon the thought that we are holding. This does not seem possible, but because we do not understand the laws of mind, we violate the Law all of the time and thus become a victim of our own thinking.
By using contrast in our mind, we can choose to ignore the opposing thoughts of comparison. The contrasting thought is the one that is introduced that has nothing to do with our comparisons. It is introduced by Laws that do not come out of time, but have the ability to interrupt time because they are higher. This does not mean we see time stop, but what it does mean is that for an instant our mind is not focused on what we have learned physically. Instead something new has entered our belief system and we will never be the same. This new thought also has the ability to help heal the world. It does not oppose time, but instead it gently turns the mind of men towards peace and goodwill. With everyone choosing to use contrast instead of comparisons, we begin to see a change happening in the world. This contrasted way of thinking looks for what is the same, just as apples and oranges are different; they still provide nourishment and are not opposed to one another in their purpose of this.
The world is tired and worn out. It cannot change by itself. It is up to us to make the decision to use contrast instead of comparisons. If we do not know how, then it is time to ask. Whether we know it or not, there is a whole other thought system waiting for the opportunity to help us, but it is up to us to make the first step. It is up to us now to change the world. The Plan has been formulated, it is up to us to tune into the Plan to heal the world. Will we listen?

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