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The God Seed: Probing the Mystery of Spiritual Development Paperback – 2014
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New Book by Catherine Thomas Author of "Light in the Wilderness" The God Seed: Probing the Mystery of Spiritual Development Release date: November 10th 2014 For behold, the mystery of godliness, how great is it! D&C 19:10 ... So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast a seed into the ground; And should sleep, ... and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. Mark 4:26-27 We believe many things but don't always know how to implement them. We believe that human beings can grow into Gods; we accept the importance of coming to Christ and also of awakening our divine attributes and powers -- but how to do that seems obscure. Likely a list of spiritual to-do's ceases to serve. So we may find ourselves seeking a more fulfilling path -- but where to set our foot? In recent years, studies in adult developmental psychology have cast unexpected light on the path to Godhood. They illustrate that human beings already possess the potent seeds for unfolding into more highly developed beings. We learn that spiritual practices can shape the mind into and instrument for facilitating spiritual growth and experience, that is, for continuing from "grace to grace." Along the way, venturing into the unknown, we shed false concepts about ourselves, about our reality, and about God Himself. The purpose of this book is to explore the path of spiritual development.
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This book runs in the same vein as some of her previous works but has a bit more of a secular bent towards eastern philosophy. That is not to say that she doesn't tie in scriptural truths from time to time but I felt that some of her previous works presented more meat from the standard works and modern day prophets which tended to add weight to her words. Also, while individual sections of the book are extremely valuable, the book as a whole lacks a sort of cohesiveness. Across chapters it jumps rather randomly from topic to topic. In doing so it has presented me some difficulty because I want to use the book to help me deepen my spiritual practice but don't know exactly where to put my focus.
But there are precious nuggets of truth here. This book should not be passed up. Let me just end with a few quotes from the book to give you a feel:
"Intentional spiritual development is not experienced as sacrifice but as empowerment."
"Here's the principle: your focused intention is the key to accessing the power of God. You tell Him what you intend, you show Him that you mean it, and he responds with His power."
"Because we are not used to the depths of the still mind, we at first think it is a waste to spend time there. But as we deepen our experience in this gap, we are led to conclude that love, joy, and peace are deep, eternal states of our being, or, rather, are three aspects of our true and eternal nature."
"It has occurred to me that continual preoccupation with the issue of "worthiness" keeps us from coming "boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16), and is therefore a dysfunction."
"It may be that the purpose of our life, rather than a focus on "the list of spiritual to-do's" is, first, to learn to abide in Christ. ...That is, through abiding in Christ, life just seems to unfold instead of our feeling we have to control it."