The beginning theme of this morning’s walk was inner peace. The walk I ended with a three-part sequence of spiritual principles that go hand in hand: inner peace, prosperity and joy.

Prosperity is prosperity in the Spirit and manifests in many different forms. However, it is sufficient unto itself and crosses many different fonus For many people, the obvious ronn is money. It is true that a certain amount of money can be necessary for some people to have peace and joy. The problem is that one can focus on only one aspect of prosperity and forget the myriad of other aspects that prosperity at the level of Spirit means.

Prosperity in the spirit starts with surrender. Whatever condition a person may be in- whether they are rich or poor. whether they are sick or have any unwelcome conditions-is of no consequence. What is of consequence is spiritual awareness. The attitude towards prosperity is the comprehension and wisdom that only the Spirit can give. Once a person has spiritual awareness. there becomes a satisfaction not on what one has, but rather who one is. And who we are is learned through the process of surrender to whatever “is” in our lives.

What we possess is there because it has been manifested out of our spiritual awareness. A deepening of spiritual awareness brings wisdom and wisdom brings certainty. It is in this state of certainty that fullness or abundance is granted and comes to us in many different forms.

One can see how much prosperity a person has by the depth of their inner silence. The conditions and characteristics of inner silence are manifested to the outer world. Inner peace brings with it a state that can be recognized. The body is relaxed. There is greater focus and a greater capacity to love and be loved by all those around us. There is less chatter of the mind. There is less meaningless talk. Vulgarity diminishes and there is less focus on the material aspects of life.

This process of increased spiritual prosperity automatically This process of increased spiritual prosperity automatically brings with it an increase of joy; joy in the simple things in life, joy in the simple observations of nature, joy in the breath that one breathes, joy in the heart space and joy in the opening up of one’s self to others so that the outpouring of Love is an outpouring of joy and it radiates in the face and in
the eyes, in the smiles and in the laughter.

In many traditions, joy is expressed through dance. In the Christian tradition, they danced before the Lord. “In the Sufi tradition (the mystics of the Muslims), they dance with joy before Alia. The Native Americans dance out their joys as well as their sorrows. In addition, the Hindus dance to increase the divine energies that lead to bliss. which is a state of joy.

The Divine energy of unfettered love is a dance of expression of great joy for the god or gods that are being worshiped. For me, joy comes in many different ways. I am joyful that I have a house to come to. I am joyful that I have a loving wife. I am joyful that I have the elixir of the Spirit of unfettered love and compassion. This God-Love is called by many names and worshiped by many different cultures. The characteristics are universal. Omnipresence, omnipotence and omniscience are the characteristics of unfettered love and compassion. So much so that the process of surrender into Oneness- into the inner silence-expresses itself in three dimensions. Sometimes peace, prosperity and joy are thought of as fruits ofa tree or fruits of the Spirit.

Today I shall dwell in the house of the Lord. Today I shall dwell in the tepee of the Great Spirit and express my joy and my peace and my prosperity.

From Journey with a Modern Mystic written by Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D. Read by Jodi Behan. © Rev. Dr. David Kenneth Wheaton Ph.D.