God's special joy is truly a glorious thing.
I think it might be helpful to examine how I used the concept of a crockpot of ideas to get from a person of no faith to a person living a spiritual life based on complete faith. As I first began my personal crockpot it was not filled with spiritual ideas; however, as the ideas I put together changed, the nature of the ideas I started to focus on changed. The one key I had was openness to all ideas.
it is very interesting that the first experience I had, that began my change to living a spiritual life, was about the importance of inner guidance (refer to Newsletter No. 1). Also over this long period of transformation, I began to have the feeling I was being led.
So for me there were three things acting within me which provided the heat under the crockpot;
I AM LED.
I believe that the openness to ideas and combinations of ideas even though they challenge you or raise your level of cognitive dissonance, is necessary if the concept of this metaphorical slow cooker of the mind, heart and Soul is to be effective. It is necessary to be open to a journey without a known destination. It is necessary to be open to whatever comes.
This openness requires trust in the fact that you are being led. It requires trust in inner guidance. At least these three things created the fire I built under my crockpot. I am sure they were a weak flame at first, but as my faith and trust increased, the flames grew more intense and cooked up a completely new dish to spiritually nourish my Soul.
Well, enough already of this egregious overuse of metaphor.
One last thing. I would like to express my gratitude to All Faiths Seminary International. My studies at the seminary provided an incredible amount of new ideas for my crockpot, and has produced and is still producing many new spiritual "flavors" in my life.
Gene Ford Runnels