by emmanuel iweha
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The things we say of other things or situations plays a great role in how those things are viewed. Man in Adam named all the animals and up to this point we are still naming species and defining issues.
And knowing our humanity so well, once we name an issue or define it that is what it becomes to us. In other words we call it the way we see it and it becomes what we have called it.
Spiritual reality has a way of opening some things and making us see them in a different light. Now we can't deny the position we have found ourselves as being as they say, at the top of the food chain. When it comes to defining things, we hold sway and there are no contenders.
And as we have a collective ability to name, label and define, so also it applies when it comes to our individuality. We also see things and define them using various nuances that are peculiar to us as individuals. And our definitions because of these peculiarities differ from person to person even to the point of conflicting with each other's when it has to do with the same issue. That is what one might call; name or label a particular issue might be totally different from what another person will label that very issue.
And whenever we find such conflicts of definitions, it seems as if it is only the issues in themselves that suffers as everybody drags it around with there definitions; some lifting it up and praising it while others drag the very same thing through the mud condemning it.
This happens on almost every issue as everybody has their own definitions and they form clicks and groups of like minds all pitching their tents together and bent on making sure that it is there own definition that sticks or wins the day.
But spiritual reality gives another insight. That is, our definitions of an issue does nothing to the issue just like what ever you decide to call a monument doesn't bother the monument one bit. Yet it doesn't just stop there, the truth is what we call a thing has nothing to do with the thing but everything to do with us.
Our definitions define us. Our definition does not define the issue but defines us. It gives more insight into our personality than it really does to the thing we are defining.
This was what happened when Adam named or defined those animals. It was God who brought the animals to Adam. Before doing this He noticed that man was alone and wanted to find a companion for him. He then went on to bring animals to Adam. He actually wanted to see what Adam we call or how he would define them.
But looking at this closely, we can see that the defining was a pointer to the person of Adam. That is, what Adam defined had more to do with him as a person than the animals that were brought to him.
When Eve was brought, she was still brought to him not to force him to accept this one but God brought Eve to him just as he brought the other animals and waited for him to see how he would define this one. It was his definitions that he had been making previously that had been revealing more and more of his person not just to God but to himself.
What you call things is a reflection of who and what you are. People fall into the error of thinking it is about the things or issues they are defining. Take the common water in glass principle. Some will say it is half empty while others will say it is half full but the truth is that the glass and the water are not really bothered. It is just water in a glass cup but what ever you say of it is a mirror of your state of mind or personality at that particular time.
But when we think it is about the issue rather than us we loose a great opportunity of spiritual awareness. That is, an illumination of ourselves to ourselves that can't but empower us to do greater things. Spiritual awareness is not self awareness as such but an awareness that comes of your inner man. Your spirit (which is the real you while your body is the package or container) communicates with God's Spirit residing in and with you. Spiritual awareness opens your mind to your inner man and when your defining of issues is viewed with this mind i.e. that it not about the issues but you the person, it sets you up to take the right decisions about issues.
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