Dr. Joseph A. Bailey, II, MD., FACS

Spiritual Courage–a human’s inner strength and determination–is powered by ones sense of Survival, Self-Preservation, and Self-Protection following Earth World birth. By these springing from the First Law of Nature, Courage gives its first obligation to the “ME”. Yet, because the “ME” is the “Non-Self” portion of the “WE,” it is always looking out for the Survival, Self-Preservation, and Self-Protection + enhancement of the “WE”–wherever circumstances allow. If unable to help now, it is preparing to do so for when the first available time comes. Every act of courage is a manifestation of ones “Ground of Being”—i.e. ones Soul Essence, including all of its endowments and propensities—in the way the ocean is the Ground of Being of ocean waves. As a result, Courage is resistance to being subdued by fear—and that is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear. It works in conjunction with ones Mind and Conscience (which partially controls ones thoughts) to morally do what is in the “ME/WE’s” best interest. Such is done by the Image of God already having imparted in a human’s Soul a Conscience, meaning the Divine Presence and its "Vibration Voice"–both felt through Instincts and not by "words". The seat of a human’s Conscience is in the inmost sanctuary of a human’s Soul. Ones “Self” is pure Divine Consciousness and Will—Immaterial entities. Their associate, the Divine Spirit, consists of Energy and Matter. So, God’s Wisdom and Spiritual Power are stored in the Conscience part of a human’s Divine Spirit (Amen Metu Neter IV: 58). Spiritual Courage precedes ones unspoken self-declarations related to Obligation, Duty, and Responsibility—whether it be before the Judgment Seat of external authority, or of ones inner power, the Conscience.

By being Spiritual, Soul Courage is “all-or-none”. People think of courage as the instinctive acts of those who risk their lives to save another. Yet, it takes as much courage to simply live—especially according to ones Real Self. And nothing compares to the courage it takes to live a life of Ma’at and integrity over the years–to be who one is; to continue to self-improve despite the Crowd; to refrain from “giving up” or “backing down” when one knows one is Right; for the little hour-to-hour decisions which place small stones in the construction of ones Character; and who act with freedom and responsibility in the face of the Crowd’s objections. Courage realizes “Discretion is the better part of Valor”. Thus, it picks its moments to assert and to not assert oneself. Being faced with overwhelming enemy power is not the proper time to assert oneself. Step I in handling any problem is gathering ones abilities to face it—whether personal (e.g. bearing unhappiness with courage) and/or from the External World. The process includes ones Soul demanding Spiritual Courage to activate its owner to manifest its Private and Public Selfhood Greatness into selecting what conforms to the Spiritual Elements flow. This means activated Courage willingly deals with difficult problems one does not and would not ordinarily choose. Step II: It looks within and combines that knowledge with Pre-Birth Emotions and Pure Intellect. Resultant Plans for crucial decisions to benefit the “ME/WE” are put into place. Step III goes forward–despite losses, lacks, and obstructions. Along the way, when the odds are really overwhelmingly stacked against one—the most extraordinary—the most inexplicable–every possible out, even the unheard-of, is each a possible path to override what seems as a sure set-back or defeat.

Although the objective may not be to win, it is, at least, about minimizing “ME/WE” losses. Such starts by seeing things as they are and studying the pertinent by the Box Concept (all sides/angles). It finds a way to go on the non-offensive Offense whenever enemies throw up barriers. That going forward may also be about fighting against the odds–as demonstrated by getting up one more time than when knocked down—and by never running away. It is prodded by repeated recalling the vision of the goal so as to have an ongoing reassessment for trouble-shooting purposes. Courage derived from Extreme Despair does not have much to lose from venturing, but much to gain from winning. Those likely to be successful use their Courage to put aside their Desires in order to dedicate themselves to following their Curiosity about wanting to know something. Then they shed all else in order to discover solutions to what they are after. All who live a life of Spiritual Courage keep their word—i.e. do what they say they will do–because that is a Spiritual trait. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com