“Habits which favor religious growth embrace cultivated sensitivity to divine values, recognition of religious living in others, reflective meditation on cosmic meanings, worshipful problem solving, sharing one’s spiritual life with one’s fellows, avoidance of selfishness, refusal to presume on divine mercy, living as in the presence of God. The factors of religious growth may be intentional, but the growth itself is unvaryingly unconscious.” [UB 100:1:8]
“No religionist may hope to attain the enlightenment of immortal wisdom who persists in being slothful, indolent, feeble, idle, shameless, and selfish. But whoso is thoughtful, prudent, reflective, fervent, and earnest—even while he yet lives on earth—may attain the supreme enlightenment of the peace and liberty of divine wisdom.” [UB 131:3:5]
Thought Adjuster: “Your planet is undergoing a genuine existential crisis that generates widespread fears and anxieties. Loads of misinformation—circulated knowingly or ignorantly—aggravate an already critical state of affairs. Unfounded rumors create havoc by distorting reality and adding to the collective confusion. They are like stones purposefully hurled on the surface of a pristine lake to blur the transparency of its living waters.
“Pain and sorrow follow in the path of evil as the dust follows the wind. Happiness and peace of mind follow pure thinking and virtuous living as the shadow follows the substance of material things.” [UB 131:3:3]
Thought Adjuster: “The honing of the discernment skills plays a crucial role in the Correcting Time. Just as a teacher goes over his students' homework to bring to their attention some inaccuracies, the Spirit of Truth is your ‘in-house’ Tutor in Discernment.
Thought Adjuster: “Truth is a universally-relevant topic, as it is the framework of reality. Both lies and truth are delivered through the spoken or written word—and body language. Once circulated in the outer world, they proliferate as nasty weeds or reproduce as beautiful perennials. The chaff of lies puts the golden wheat of living truth in a chokehold, in an attempt to snuff the eternal life out of it.
“Religion inspires man to live courageously and joyfully on the face of the earth; it joins patience with passion, insight to zeal, sympathy with power, and ideals with energy.” [UB 99:7:3]
Thought Adjuster: “As you read about the positive impact of religion, use this description as a criterion to assess whether your current religious experience matches this appealing depiction, infusing your inner life with warm and vibrant emotional hues.
Thought Adjuster: “In these turbulent times, the need for unadulterated truth is urgent to help the world population make decisions in support of the all-inclusive highest good. What are the signposts of truth?
Thought Adjuster: “Your brain is a highly sophisticated data processor. It is connected, consciously or unconsciously, to various informational feeds that contribute to your self-image and influence the opinions you form.
I caution you to exercise your discernment skills to assess the quality of its input. Negative self-talk reflects low self-esteem and deters you from activating your potentials for greatness in Godlikeness.