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The Parable of the Unclean Spirit, a Metaphysical Perspective

Aug 27, 2008
Jesus loved sharing parables as a method of teaching Truth principles. But occasionally His stories appear to be somewhat strange and even harsh. It is necessary to delve a little deeper, to identify the metaphysical interpretation and how it applies to our lives.

A perfect example is the story of the unclean spirit, shared in Matthew 12:43-45 and Luke 11:24-26. Jesus shares the story of when an unclean spirit leaves a person; it wanders waterless regions searching for a resting place. Finding none, it decides to return to the house from which it came. Finding it swept clean and in order, the spirit then brings along seven of his buddies to join him. The end result is that the state of the person is worse than it was before.

Wow! That's a strange story to read. So let's explore some of the important elements, for a deeper meaning.

Unclean Spirit: error thoughts or habits that contradict our Divinity and get in the way of our Spiritual growth.

Waterless region: environment that lacks spiritual enrichment.

House: our consciousness.

Swept and put in order: a consciousness that has created a vacuum by recognizing and eliminating error thoughts, but has not replaced them with spiritual ideas and principles.

Seven: represents completeness in the world of phenomena (unusual or extraordinary)

So let's take a look at this parable again, with this new information. Here's what it is saying:

When a person identifies error thinking and, through denials, refuses to give it power, those error thoughts depart, creating a void which must be filled. If it is not filled, the bad habits will return, and become even stronger than before, making the individual more cynical and frustrated with the world of appearance than when they started their spiritual journey. This is why it is so important to create a regular practice of prayer and meditation, coupled with denials and affirmations, to refuel and rejuvenate yourself as you move forward, strengthening your life built on spiritual principles.

3 Keys to Unlock a New Level in Your Spiritual Consciousness

Denials: cleansing your Consciousness by refusing to assign any power to your error thoughts;

Affirmations: claiming a mighty spiritual principle and affirming it. Remember, things do not become true because you affirm them; you affirm them because they are Truth!

Prayer and Time at Headquarters: providing opportunities to realign, reconnect, and receive Divine guidance, ideas, and inspiration.

When, with good intentions, you make powerful changes in your spiritual consciousness, without creating sound spiritual practices, you find yourself like that poor main character of the parable you will feel too busy to practice Truth principles; too embedded in the world of appearance to focus on Truth; and too skeptical to allow Divine Wisdom and Ideas to flow to you.

But when you make the time to practice denials, affirmations, and time at headquarters, you will have "cleaned your house" and refurbished your thinking and habits, so there is no room for those spirits to return with their negative friends! You are aligned and ready to co-create the amazing, healthy, abundant, spiritual life that is yours by right of Consciousness!
About the Author
Drs. Bil & Cher Holton are Spiritual Leaders at Unity Spiritual Life Center in Durham, NC, where they practice positive, practical, progressive Christianity. Visit their website at Unity Spiritual Life Center and sign up to receive a complimentary 4-week e-course.
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