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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SPIRIT LOVE POWER COERCE DISCIPLINE PUNISH JOY+940420 %CONFORM DEMAND REQUIRE PROHIBIT LIMIT FORGIVE+940420 %CONTROL RENEW HEAL RESOLVE CONFLICT TRANSCEND+940420 %GROW CHANGE CONFIDENCE CERTAINTY ARROGANCE SIN 940420 Spiritual power is not the power to coerce, discipline, punish, demand, require, prohibit, limit, or judge with confidence and certainty. Spiritual power is found in the humane presence of God-like people who in Love and with Joy honestly forgive each other, and others, for what is past---so that they may in the eternal now cooperate with God in working to transcend, heal and grow out of the sin of past human relationships of: alienation, distrust, misunderstanding, separation, isolation, depersonalization, objectification, coercion, manipulation, control, management, dis-cipline, punishment, etc. Spiritual power is not a characteristic of apparently powerful people/leaders who seek to be in control and to manage the lives of humans in alienative ways. Such apparently powerful people regard heaven as a future time/place into which only good people will be admitted/accepted; and from which evil people will be kept-out, cast-out, excommunicated and alienated. Such apparently powerful people live in and create for themselves and others a present hell which includes: alienation, misunderstanding, spiritual impotence, futility, frustration, anger, resentment, retaliation, violence and confusion. They seek to achieve the right to get into heaven by being good agents of alienative exclusivity---in keeping with the vision they have of the nature of heaven as an exclusive future time/place. They create, live in and maintain a present alienative hell. Honest people of integrity create, live in and invite all others into an eternally present heaven of inclusive honest relationships---characterized by the absence of threats of condemnations, judgments, rejection, excommunication, disfellowshipping, banishment, and other forms of arrogant punishment. Honest people of integrity live eternally in the integrative presence of God who created them in the divine image, to be participants in the creative processes of integrative Love---which seeks to include all people in Love. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================