BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND
There is much Wisdom to be found in this one powerful line of scripture from the New Testament Bible, Romans 12:2. We're going to look at a few translations first, before delving into the deep and transformative esoteric messages contained within this passage.
From the King James Version ...
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
And from the New Living Translation ...
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
And from the Amplified Bible ...
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
Now, there are TWO immediate takeaways. One, is to not conform to this world, and two ... to transform your Mind. The ways of this world, are your current patterns. The way you think. How you think, manifests as your emotions, feelings, and physical condition. If you want something to change, you have to change your perspective, and your thinking habits. Wayne Dyer said: "change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change." You need a new perspective, not the same familiar patterns.
Neville Goddard said: "To be transformed, the whole basis of your thoughts must change. But your thoughts cannot change unless you have new ideas, for you think from your ideas. All transformation begins with an intense, burning desire to be transformed ... set a desire.
Then you must make your future dream a present fact. You do this by assuming the feeling of your wish fulfilled. By desiring to be other than what you are, you can create an ideal of the person you want to be and assume that you are already that person. If this assumption is persisted in, until it becomes your dominant feeling, the attainment of your ideal is inevitable.
Therefore, your attitude should be one in which having desired to express a higher state – you alone accept the task of incarnating this new and greater value of yourself. In giving birth to your ideal, you must bear in mind that the methods of mental and spiritual knowledge are entirely different.
You know a thing mentally by looking at it from the outside, by comparing it with other things, by analyzing it and defining it, by thinking of it; whereas you can know a thing spiritually only by becoming it ... only by thinking FROM it ... and not just OF it. You must be the thing itself and not merely talk about it or look at it. You must in becoming a new person be willing to die to your present self. Here are some scriptural references for ousting the old man, and ushering in the new man:
"He (Spirit) must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less."
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."
"For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?"
"Therefore if any man be in Christ (the Divine Spirit within), he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
~2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, to incarnate a new and greater value of yourself, you must assume that you already are what you want to be and then live by faith in this assumption – which is not yet incarnate in the body of your life – in confidence that this new value or state of consciousness will become incarnated through your absolute belief of the assumption that you are that which you desire to be. The Divine (Christ Consciousness) lay dormant within all mankind. It must be called upon, resurrected from within. Much as the Disciples had to go into the boat and wake up Jesus to calm the storm, so too we have to go within our own vessel and wake up the Christ.
In the Bible scripture at the very top of this writing, we are told to transform our Mind. But in reality, its more than a transformation. It is a metamorphosis. It isn't merely a transformation from one thing to another, it is a metamorphosis from one thing into something greater ... beyond and more beautiful.
KJV Dictionary Definition: transform
TRANSFORM', v.t. L. trans and forma.
1. To change the form of; to change the shape or appearance; to metamorphose; as a caterpillar transformed into a butterfly.
From the Greek "meta" (higher, after, and beyond) and "morphosis" (change into another form). Also, the Greek word "ομορφιά" (omorphia) means beauty. So, by changing your thoughts, and focusing your attention of what you DO want, rather than thinking or taking about what you DO NOT want, you can transform/morph the outcome of your emotions and feelings, into a physical reality in the here and now. Your imagination is the instrument, the means, by which your redemption from fear, sickness, and poverty is effected.
"All that befalls a man – all that is done by him, all that comes from him – happens as a result of his state of consciousness. A man's consciousness is all that he thinks and desires and loves, all that he believes is true and consents to. That is why a change of consciousness is necessary before you can change your outer world."
Remember, you MUST feel that which you desire to manifest into form. Feeling, is the secret. You cant just desire FOR something ... you have to desire FROM it. If its health, FEEL yourself as being healthy right now, in this moment. If its a new car you desire, FEEL it in the here and now as if you already have. Hands on the steering wheel, feel the seat, look through the mirrors and KNOW that you already have it. It is imperative that we feel our desires. The language of the universe, and your imagination, is FEELING ... the vibration you send out in waves and particles into the realm of the unsee and unformed. The language of the YOUniverse is feeling and vibration.
Whatever you consciously implant into your subconscious Mind from you conscious Mind, will be accepted. The subconscious Mind does not judge, cares not what is good or un-good, and doesn't know the difference whether something is true, or is untrue. It is there to serve you. Whatever the conscious Mind (male) impregnates the subconscious Mind (female) with, a child (manifested thought) will be born. This is Universal Law. Cause and Effect. This is the creation process for all that is. You and I are co-Creators in this vast universe. We are connected through the Matrix of Consciousness (the Field) that connects everything as ONE.
So, do not conform to the ways of THIS world (current situation/reality), but be transformed by the re-new-ing (right thinking) of your Mind. You have the power of the universe within you. You have the Kingdom of God within you. You have all that ever was, all that is, and all that will ever be ... right there inside of you. Use your creative power wisely, and for the benefit of all. The world is ours. We haven't inherited the world from our ancestors, we are borrowing it from our great, great, great-grandchildren. Think responsibly.
Just a thought ...
Justin Taylor, ORDM.