This book is about reflections on stress and human spiritually, officially titled Stand Like Mountain Flow Like Water, by: Brian Luke Seaward, PH.D. I do not remember when I purchased this book. However, it must have been when my spiritual self was weak and I desperately needed my soul to wake up with joy. This is a semi-review of its contents, and some personal words.
In the forward of this book, Rachel Naomi Remen, M. D., wrote these remarkable words:
“After 20 years of working with people with cancer, I have come to realize how much stress is caused by the sad fact that many of us believe in one way and live in quite another.”
She continued; “Our stress may be more a question of personal integrity than time pressure: a function of the distance between our authentic values and how we live our lives.”
The Doctor gave a brief testimony of one of her cancer patients. She said; “finally I am sailing in the direction of my own star.” The statement includes how she found peace, and a deep sense of her way, and following that way with loyalty.
Dr. Remen went on to say, “each one of us has such a star. It is called the soul. Unfortunately it is often easier to see and follow it after it has grown dark.” Taken from the book: Stand Like Mountain Flow Like Water
This reminds me of some of the times in my life that I walked afar off from how I believed. I am not about to spill any beans, with a lot of drug usage, alcohol, or parties. I am not guilty of any of this. However, there have been times that I have let myself become slothful with my salvation. When we do this, we are in the midst of getting ourselves into that hollow room of deceit. Never doubt how an honest confession is good for the soul.
Dealing with the Nonspiritual
When you work outside home, travel with your work or live in the corporate world, (especially the government-political world, these days), a person can become overly stressed. You are often away from home more, and you are closely intertwined with your colleagues on a daily basis. The human side of their character shines (too loud) sometimes. Some are not constrained by God’s love, gentleness, pure thoughts, or generous actions. They speak with jealously, conceit, lasciviousness, and many undesirable traits.
Our life is often plagued with stress from having to live in a world that is lacking enough of self-sought spirituality. Not all people, some people have a personality of constraint, self-control, and are just moral individuals, who have a lot of emotional intelligence. With that being said though, living in a world of chaos takes its toll on even the most self-controlled individual.
Being an Example:
Being an example in these kinds of toxic surroundings can often bring stress to our lives that seem daunting. However, we have to pray not to let our unsaid words equal, a condoning spirit. We also have to be mindful of what not to say. Christians cannot live in a bubble, but when the conversation gets to be vindictive toward another person, full of unkind words, or distasteful words; we should be an example.
Therefore, going to the word, this is what the Bible says:
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts” Ephesians 4:22
“While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.” 1 Peter 3:2
“And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:” 2 Peter 2:7
“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,” 2 Peter 3:11
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” James 3: 13
Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water
The actual concept of this book is about learning to deal with the many stresses in life, with the help of our own spiritual consciousness that already dwells within us. Learning from our spiritual self, how to balance our life to the good, instead of so much bad. The spirituality concept often lies dormant until we seek, realize it is there, and accept, through faith that this God so many speaks of, does exist. Does everyone believe this? As the writer states;
“Our relationship with God is as unique as we are ourselves. My desire in writing this book is not to explain, define, or describe God, for this simply is not possible. But, to ignore the divine concept of life, a perception reinforced by the fruits of technology, only leads to more strife.” Brain Luke Seaward, PH.D
When I think about this book and the aspect that we are intentionally spiritual beings, I must agree. Here is why:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1: 27
We are made in the image of God and he was and is a spiritual being. Secondly, I believe that we must acknowledge that God exist, ask for his forgiveness and live by faith.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Ephesians 2:8
Living with balance when there are many outside influences is often hard, but through prayer and dedication to God, we live in a world as it is with our full strength that only comes from above. Let that light shine within you.
This book goes into details about learning (for those who do not know) how to get in touch or define better their spiritual self to help with the many, unforeseen stress of like. Purchase the book above if you want to know more; (yes, we will receive a small commission). It discusses the different aspects of a spiritual self, how to handle our experiences, and finding within us the link for balance with the one who made us.