Frederick James Smith was raised in a small town in Montana. He received a typical Roman Catholic upbringing, attending a local Roman Catholic grade school, where his training for life was mostly religious and performance oriented, rather than spiritual and internal. His school performance was adequately in the 'B' range. He spent a lot of time day-dreaming, both in school and out, nothing dramatic, just a lot of mind time. His mother, who had pet descriptions for each of her children, called him "my little dreamer." his parents were supportive of his "dreaming", but had few skills with which to interact with their son's "inner space", and his upbringing remained mostly task oriented.
In 1957, Fred enrolled in the local Catholic High School for boys. where the teachers were members of the Jesuit Order. The curriculum contained demanding academics and behavioral expectations were high. In addition to religious training, spiritual concepts received emphasis. These spiritual concepts were much more interesting to him than the religious ones.
Testosterone levels were often high, and social skills sometimes low, so that he found himself in conflict with most schoolmates, teachers, authority figures, and some friends and neighbors, with uncomfortably frequency. As with most teenagers, he regularly assumed that the blame for the conflicts lay with his adversaries. Still, ho often found time for "inner space" and reflection.
One day in 1958, when Fred was 15 years old, during an especially quiet and reflective time, he suddenly realized that the common factor in these conflicts was, HIMSELF,. he was astonished. Thoughts came flooding in, and as he evaluated them, Fred came to several startling conclusions:
He had participated in the development of most of his conflicts with others;
The rest of the world was not always out of step;
That inner processes influence external behavior;
He had, at least some, control over his inner processes;
He noticed that this period of reflection and discovery was accompanied by a tremendous feeling of Freedom;
He realized that this feeling was the result of inner processes, not external behavior.
At that moment he decided to make "inner exploration" a major part of his life, a part that remains major today.
This discovery of the extent to which owning his inner processes could influence his life was a delightful and pleasant experience, and continues to delight as it expands.
Later he would begin to sort out which processes were mind, which were brain, and which were spirit.
Since that time he has constantly studied in the fields of religion, spirituality, psychology, metaphysics, and, eventually, medicine.
Fred received a Doctorate in Medicine and, after receiving his M.D. degree, specialized in the field of Medical Neurology, which treats the brain and nervous system, and worked in private practice in that field for nearly twenty years.
While practicing medicine, Dr. Smith expanded his understanding of the brain and how the mind and spirit operate through it, learning through his interaction with thousands of patients and their families.
He found the exploration of the inner self to be:
Practical in daily life; Easier than most people make it;
Simpler than most people make it; Produces unexpected freedom; Easy to teach;
Easy to learn, with a little guidance.
Dr. Smith has withdrawn from the practice of medicine which allows him increased opportunity to share his understanding, knowledge, and wisdom, on various topics, with individuals, groups, and over the internet, with the intention of reaching a still wider audience than would be otherwise possible.
His journey has led him to be ordained as a spiritualist minister, symbolic of the union of scientific and spiritual knowledge.
Rev. Smith founded Y-OUR SPIRITUALITY CENTER, Inc. and its distribution function, RAISE THE LEVEL OF THE POND, together a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of "inner" growth, in as many individuals as are ready to receive it.
His students have found that understanding the interconnection of spirit/mind/brain, and how they variously affect the body, to be useful, and valuable, daily.
Rev. Smith hopes and encourages that whatever learning you do, you will find a way to pass on that which you have found to be of benefit and value.