Living on the Basis of Spirit | VOL 1 | eBOOK
Living on the Basis of Spirit
by Rev Dr G Max Clayton
'I find that when I live on the basis of spirit,
on the basis of the fact that there is a spirit available to me,
my life opens up. Abilities appear that I knew nothing about.'
– Rev Max
Volume 1 | The Addresses
In this collection of writings, Rev Max focuses on what it is to live a good life and develop into whole people. He draws on holy scripture to illuminate the qualities of being we can rely on in this endeavour.
Volume 2 | The Meditations
In this collection of writings, Rev Max translates the stories of Christmas and Easter into familiar situations and experiences. Combining his insight into the issues human beings face with his love of holy scripture, he points us to the spirit available to us.
Volume 3 | The Articles
In this collection of writings, Rev Max uses his love of history and connection with people and events of the past to provide guidance and inspiration for cultivating a good life in the present.
Rev Dr Max Clayton (1935-2013) was a Doctor of Divinity specialising in pastoral care, a psychotherapist and co-founder and director of the Australian College of Psychodrama and an ordained priest of Rosa Veritas (formerly known as the Independent Church of Australia) from his ordination in 1984 until his death in 2013. Max worked around the world as a counsellor and trainer and assisted people to discover new ways of being.
Living on the Basis of Spirit is published in three volumes which can be purchased individually or as a set. You can print the PDF files on standard A4, ideally 2-sided.
Rosa Veritas Publishing, January 2022
Volume 1: The Addresses as a eBook (PDF) | 50 pages (including covers)
Also available as: eBook set of all 3 Volumes ($75)
VOLUME 1 | THE ADDRESSES
Renewed Dedication and Triumphant Perseverance
And I want this to be a time of renewal and dedication for you too. In other words, a lot of things have to be given up by all of us. Old anxieties, old fears, that prevent the flow of our life spirit; narrow or irrelevant ways of thinking, reliance on intellect or narcissistic preoccupations, which I’m very prone to.
Towards Becoming Unified
That is the requirement of you. You are here to take account of everything that’s occurring in front of you, moment by moment. And we are to devote ourselves to each other moment by moment and be willing to give something of ourselves when we meet one another.
Building on the Foundation
In this work to bring about the transformation of our being we in fact love the person who teaches us and take into ourselves the spirit of that teacher. When we absorb the spirit of the teacher an experience comes into being that gives us inspiration, direction and strength. Love of the teacher is needed. Without it we do not develop into whole people. Love of the teacher fills us so that we do not feel empty or directionless.
Make a Practice of Living in the Light
Each one of you must have lived through experiences of isolation, loss of meaning, despair, and your share of suffering. Most likely you have sought to avoid suffering. Perhaps you have seen suffering as an enemy. I imagine you have also seen yourself grow and develop through suffering and have been coming to accept it as part of your life.
Making a Good Life
The making of a good life is a subject that is very near to each one of you. You have developed your own personal lifestyle in response to the world around you. Most likely you have been developing conclusions that are satisfying for you. Yet there is the continued longing for the greater refinement of self. This morning I hope you won’t mind considering a few principles that have to do with making a good life.
VOLUME 2 | THE MEDITATIONS
VOLUME 3 | THE ARTICLES