In the DBMA logo, both our intelligence and our animal drives are in service of the heart-- I refer here to the "heart" of "mind, heart, and balls" appearing at the top of the triangle. In my home system, Inosanto-Lacoste Kali, there are 12 areas within the Art-- the 12th being Spiritual. Here's something I wrote a few years ago-- please note I ask for respect of our copyright. Please do not paste it elsewhere, though you may paste the URL elsewhere so that people come here. ================================ The Power of Word (c) DBI 2007 by Crafty Dog Scientific Progress is achieved by REDUCING the number of principles necessary to explain the physical world. Spiritual Progress is this process applied to the discernment of the essential principles by which to live. Taking an understanding taken from The Church of Religious Science and putting it into my own words: To the extent that a religion is true, it can be reduced to a body of principles/rules which can be applied scientifically. An interesting thought this! Of course, these principles/rules are never the exclusive purview of any one group or discipline-- quite the contrary-- so it is no surprise that the Pope should recently have stated that the God must be a god of Reason. The Church of Religious Science and the Catholic Church may come from different parts of the religious spectrum, but it seems they seek the same essence. In the story of my people, at the time of the creation of the Covenant, God gave us the 10 Commandments. Seems reasonable to think that the our God thought these rules real important, as did later on the God of the Christians. And, as time goes by, I begin to realize that I am still working on them. So lets look at one of them, the one that speaks of not taking the Lord's name in vain: In Genesis, before the beginning there was nothing. Into that nothingness came the word of God. On each of the first six days, this is what happened: "And God SAID let there be , , , , and it was so." To create, God had only to speak-- the Power of Word, the Crystallization of Thought. Using his word, he made us in his image and breathed the breath of life into us and told us, once fruitful, to multiply. By receiving the breath of life from the Creator, we become part of the Creator. In other words, WE SPEAK WITH THE CREATIVE POWER OF WORD GIVEN US BY GOD. This I think is the true meaning of the Commandment commonly translated from the original ancient Hebrew though the Greek, the Latin, the various permutations of English into "Thou shall not take God's name in vain." It is not that God cares whether we cuss, it is that we should take care to what we put the Power of our Word. I would add an additional point: THIS WORD MUST BE EXPRESSED IN POSITIVES, NOT NEGATIVES. For example, God does not say "No more darkness". He says what he DOES want: "Let there be , , ," Similarly in our lives the idea is to express ourselves positively. For example, to say "Remember to , , ," instead of "Don't forget to , , ," To apply this to everything in one's life is a transformational experience. One example of the creative power of word is Prayer. Many people doubt prayer. They are good people; they pray for something; and then it doesn't happen. There is an old Jewish parable about this of the man who follows all the detailed rules of the Torah. He's a good man. For many years he regularly prays to God to win the lottery. No lottery. Finally he gets mad and demands of God why, after his good life and his respect for God's rules, does not God grant his prayer to win the lottery. God answers, "Help me out. Buy a ticket." We note in passing the idea that in this parable Man can and does argue with God, but that is a discussion for another day. For our purpose here, the moral of this tale is that "Our Action must be Aligned with our Prayer and our Word to Create its Reality". copyright 2007 Dog Brothers Inc.