The Value of Evaluation

As children, many of us understood “discipline” as the consequences of misbehaving, ie. punishment.

Unfortunately, many of our childhood impressions form belief systems we carry with us throughout our life.

Part of maturing is recognizing that many of our childhood perceptions no longer serve our best interests. Evaluation is the art of recognizing the temporal and transient nature of value. Values provide moral currency to our decisions. Guilt is a result of making choices to think and act in ways that conflict with our values. Depression and anxiety are often the result of an established value system that is consistently in opposition to our current understanding of ourselves. This is why evaluation is so neccesry, because we can identify and eliminate values/belief systems that no longer support our ideal state or we recognize that our behaviour does not support values/belief system that is neccesary to maintain our ideal state.

As an adult, “discipline” is the art of behavior regulation. We realize the inherent power of discipline to empower our conscious intention and override and replace destructive habits of thought with harmonious affirmations leading to abundance.

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Icelandic Horses, Iceland

The Seed of Thrive

(1.23) Spiritual truth is the control factor in this method of thought.

(1.24) The nature of our desire must be in harmony with natural law.

The method of thought to which we are referring is the ability to concentrate, which is our intentional conscious ability to maintain thoughts that support our ideal state.

Thoughts we choose to entertain represent our desires. We may be required to think about certain things as a result of our commitments, though we always have a choice with regards to the attitude we maintain with reference to these thoughts.

Our desires must be in harmony with natural law or the quality of our thought is possession rather than concentration. These two extremes of the same process may even feel the same, just as planting an apple seed and a tomato seed may feel the same, but when the seed takes root and bears fruit, the difference will become very apparent.

Does a farmer plant seed without knowing, first, the kind of harvest to prepare for? We can’t plant seeds of possession and expect to reap the fruits of concentration. Thus, we must take every opportunity to exercise our freewill by utilizing our ability to consciously introduce internal dialogues that support our ideal state. Eventually, these dialogues will become subconscious and will blossom into a predominant mental attitude that allows us to thrive.

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Mt. Stapafell, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

I’m Not Here

We are where our thoughts are.

(1.21) The true method of concentration is to become so identified with the object of our thought that we are conscious of nothing else.

(1.22) Invisible forces are then set in motion which irresistably bring about conditions in correspondence with our thoughts.

Possession is when mind is identified with the object of our thought to the degree that we have lost the motivation and knowledge of our freewill – our ability to consciously control thought.

We are not responsible for thoughts that arise in mind. Thoughts are like clouds passing. We are only responsible for thoughts we give attention to. By giving a thought our attention, we are inviting ruminating mind to identify with the object of our thought. If this process supports our ideal state-if it’s in harmony with natural law (in service to love/others)-than we call this process of identification, concentration. If this process of identification is selfish, alienates us from others, and is inharmonious with natural law, this is called possession.

How often do we physically feel sensations in correspondence to the object of our thoughts, from hunger to sexual desire? You may consider “possession” by an entity as a metaphor for the kind of physical changes that may accompany mental possession.

Concentration and possession are, thus, two extremes of the same process. The significance of extremes is the value they communicate.

(1.2) All possession is based on consciousness.

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From the marshes at University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Optimistic

(8.3) Success depends upon spiritual power.

(8.4) Spiritual power depends upon use; use determines its existence.

Thought is spiritual power. Each moment of our lives we have the choice to consciously control our thoughts. Every choice we make counts because the habits of mind become subconscious patterns that affect our ability to percieve options with regards to the conditions we meet in life.

Those who are consciosly aware of their thoughts and options (freewill) and have the strength to make choices in support of their ideal state (willpower) are better off in every way.

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Moments Already Passed

(8.16) Thinking is the great business of life.

(8.17) Thought is spiritual and therefore, creative. To consciously control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny. 

The greatest reason we are not in control of our thoughts and, thus, our lives, is because mind is ruminating on the past or the future.

The present moment is exactly that, a “present;” a gift. If we direct our thoughts to the gift of this moment, we have nothing to complain about because in this moment, we have the choice to respond to conditions rather than react to what we did in the past or may do in the future.

The easiest way to be in the moment is to consistently ask yourself, “what am I doing right now?”

What we are “doing” is often very different from what we are thinking, so by asking this question consistently, we are directing our attention back to the gift that is being present.

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Visualization

(7.1) Visualization is the process of creating mental pictures.

(7.2) By holding an image or picture in mind, we gradually draw the thing nearer to us.

Visualization is a process of one-pointed concentration. Refining one pointed concentration allows us to effectively identify and dismiss internal dialogues that do not support our ideal state of being.

Think of someone or someplace. Hold that image in your mind for a long as you can. Consider every detail.  Nicola Tesla is said to have visualized every aspect of his inventions, down to bolts and their placement, before he ever went to work constructing his inventions. This kind of one-pointed visualization is the key to overcoming wavering dialogues that would keep us from success.

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Never Less Than Perfect

Craving and revulsion are physical (negative) expressions of divine (positive) emotions. The job of ego is to interpret tangible experience to intangible Self/essence. The nature of Self/essence is like a portion of water contained within the vessel of the physical body. All Self/essence (water) originates from the same source, which means that all physical identify is superficial. Water does not cease to be water when placed in a cup. Vessels create identity, and with identity comes judgement. We don’t compare water, we compare vessels.

(8.21) Every system of metaphysics depends upon a knowledge of the truth concerning ourselves and the world.

(8.22) The real “I” is spiritual and can, therefore, never be less than perfect.

Behavior Regulation is the unique feature shared by all religious and spiritual systems, and mimicked in politics. The Overman regulates their own behavior. They become a master over the impulses of the body, and in doing so, become a master oner the impulses of mind.

“Evil” is any mental or biological impulse/drive operating on a subconscious level that is not serving the greater good of the individual and their community.

“Good” is our recognition and ability to control our mental and biological impulse/drives. Recognition is consciousness.

This conflict between extremes is polarity, and forms the basis of all internal and external conflict.

Self doubt is an expression of polarity.

Self confidence is developed by cultivating will power. Begin each day stating a goal you must complete before evening. Start small. The important thing is to accomplish this task above anything else. Your ability to follow through with a task is your ability to move beyond ruminating mind into a mental state of liberation. With time, increase the challenge of your task to ensure you never let your confidence and ability wither.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Clean Mind

Are you at home? Take a look around you. Look for open doors and cupboards. How about clutter? Are items out of place or have they been discarded as a result of the constant busyness of life?

Examining our living environment is one of the most practical ways to assess our state of mind. Open doors are like ideas not followed through and clutter represents scattered thoughts that are left unresolved; not “let go” because you haven’t put them in the trash yet, so they sit around badgering you for attention.

Procrastination is a message to destiny that you’re not ready to destiny that you’re ready for abundance. A clean environment represents a clean mind. It is a symbol. Not all people who obsessively clean have a clean mind. Cleanliness as a ritual -meaning, with intention – is a powerful reminder that mind needs to be routinely cleaned out. This process of self examination and the willingness to discard “garbage” is necessary for wisdom and spiritual growth. “Garbage” are causes, ideas or thoughts that do not support your ideal state. Your ideal state is your unlimited potential to thrive.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Wealth. Who needs it?

(8.11) Wealth depends upon an understanding of the creative nature of thought.

(8.20) Correct scientific thinking is a recognition of the creative nature of spiritual energy and our ability to control it.

How do you define wealth? Money. Is that it? Think beyond money and consider what else in your life brings you prosperity. It may be easier to imagine if you didn’t have things you take for granted. Family. Friends. A job. Health.

Examine the pyramid below. These are Maslow’s Heirarcy of Needs.

Consider wealth to be reflective of your position on this pyramid. If you have all your psychological needs met, you are among the most fortunate on the planet. Are your security needs met? You probably live in a first world country, shared by only 19% the the planets population. Are your love and belonging needs met? I’ve visited countries where people were very wealthy, in this respect, despite not having the prior needs of the Heirarcy met.

You may continue this climb, at your own pace. Bring along your balance book so you may begin recording your wealth.

(8.12) The true value of wealth is its exchange value.

Now that you have accumulated your non monetary wealth, in what way do you exchange this with others?

You might also want to consider how lucky you are to have ANY of these needs met.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Taming Mind

Many years ago I spent a summer working with horses. I had virtually no experience with horses beyond a few childhood encounters with unruly ones, which tainted my interest. Nevertheless, I was fast tracked through a training program and became “certified” by someone’s standards.

I often think back to that summer as a metaphor for mind. It becomes harder to contain ruminating mind the more it is given permission to wander wherever it likes. Ruminating mind will remain the default as long as we allow it to. Our ability to reign in ruminating mind is accomplished by having a consistent conscious dialouge on hand to return to. This becomes the basis for a new default system.

(2.5) Conscious mind is reasoning will. Subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the result of past reasoning will.

Subconscious mind is the result of past consistent thinking. Thus, we are a product of our previous thoughts. So by introducing new ways of thinking, we must anticipate that it is only through repetition that we can change our subconscious defaults. When our conscious replacement dialogue becomes our new predominant mental attitude, we will experience liberation from ruminating mind-which is not an end, in itself. Like any muscle, it must be exercised consistently to maintain its strength.

(6.8) Concentration may be developed by faithfully practicing mental exercise.

One of the most effective methods for consciously introducing new dialouges is mantras, which may also be understood as repetitive memorization. By consciosly returning ruminating mind to mantras that clearly state your intended mental state, we reinforce our desired predominant mental attitude.

(7.14) The law of attraction is the principle by which thought manifests itself in form.

(7.15) The law of love – which is the creative principle of the universe – adds vitality to thought, while the law of attraction brings the nessecary substance to growth.

Love is the conscious realization that all life is equal in value, as it is all an expression of the same creative force we refer to as nature. Mythology is ancient psychology and the gods were understood as personified representations of instinctual systems. The gods of religion are personified representations of nature, or natural law.

 

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Reykjavik, Iceland