1.13-18

(1.13) A knowledge of the truth is the underlying condition necessary for every business transaction and business relation.

Knowledge of the Truth refers to confidence that our thoughts and actions support our ideal state.

(1.14) If we know the truth we can readily predict the outcome of any action based on a true premise.

We have beliefs about ourselves, the world and the people in it. These beliefs inspire the stories we tell ourselves, and these stories determine how we interact within the condition of our environment. These beliefs are “the truth” of our experience.

The Observer gets to decide.

If we KNOW (have confidence in) our belief we have mastered cause and effect.

(1.15) If the premise is false, we are unable to form a conception of the results that may ensue.

A false premise is a belief about the world and the people in it based that does not support your ideal state.

(1.16) We may know the truth by a recognition of the fact that truth is the vital principle of the universe and, therefore, omnipresent.

Omnipresent refers to something constantly encountered. Thus, what we believe about out conditions will constantly reinforce itself upon our attention.

(1.17) The nature of truth is spiritual.

Spirituality is concentrated thought that supports our ideal state.

Truth is the belief that develops from concentrated maintained attention.

(1.18) The secret of the solution to every problem is to apply spiritual truth.

Spiritual truth is concentration. Thought affects opportunities we create and discourage within our environment.

1.7-12

(1.7) The result of this action and interaction is cause and effect. Every thought is a cause. Every condition is an effect.

Interaction takes place between the individual and the Universal (infinite creative potential). We interact with the Universal by thinking.
Conditions are the events produced by this interaction.

(1.8) Harmonious and desirable conditions are obtained by right thinking.

Right thinking is clear, decisive, calm, deliberate, sustained thought with a definite end in view.

Right thinking is prerequisite of all right action.

(1.9) Discord, disharmony, lack and limitation are the result of wrong thing.

Wrong thinking in undefined, ambiguous, erratic, ruminating mind repeating itself.

Interaction takes place between the individual and the Universal (infinite creative potential).

(1.10) All power comes from within. The universal fountain of supply. The infinite energy of of each individual, an outlet.

Power is creative potential (energy). It is the ability to influence your environment. This power is accessible to conscious mind by intentionally directing attention to a desired object of thought.

Infinite is eternal.

(1.11) Well doing in the imperative condition of all well being.

Well doing is action that supports life in its effort to thrive. Well being is confidence in our ability to adapt.

(1.12) Right thinking is the condition precedent of all right action.

Right thinking is clear, decisive, calm, deliberate, sustained thought with a definite end in view. Right Action/well doing is action that supports life in its effort to thrive.

1.1-6

(1.1) The world without is a reflection of the world within.

The world without is the physical world of form and experience.

The world within is the subjective realm of thought.

(1.2) All possession is based on consciousness.

Possession refers to the degree of which thought occupies our attention.

(1.3) We relate to the objective world by the objective mind. The brain is the organ of this mind.

The objective world is the object oriented world of form and matter. The objective mind is the conscious state through which we process information gathered by the senses.

(1.4) We relate to the universal mind by the subconscious mind. The solar plexus is the organ of this mind.

The universal mind is the womb of intention, from which value and meaning/belief systems are born. The subconscious mind is the default program of our experience (as directed by our beliefs).

We “train” the subconscious by repetition. Thus, we activate creative potential (universal) through repetition (subconscious).

(1.5) The Universal Mind is the life principle of every atom in existence.

Universal Mind is the source of infinite creative potential.

(1.6) Our ability to think is our ability to act upon the universal and bring it into existence.

Thinking is the process of converting intention into an object it can experience.

Week 1

Experience is an extension of thinking.
The thoughts that possess us have a corresponding mental state.
The brain allows is to interpret and organize sensory perceptions.
The solar plexus is a major intersection of nerves which produces a rate of vibration that corresponds with our predominant mental attitude. This vibration is transmitted to Universal Mind/Cosmic Consciousness, and we receive creative potential in relation to the vibration it sends.
The Universal Mind is responsible for the creation of all form, and all events occurring within form.
Thinking allows us to decide our rate of vibration and-in turn-choose the nature and degree of creative potential that we receive.
Cause and effect is the method by which the individual participates in the creation of conditions and circumstances.
Constructive thinking supports the goal of nature which is to become conscious of itself.
Individuation is the process of the microcosm in sympathetic resonance with the goal of nature/the Universe.
Destructive thinking is all directed attention that does not support this goal.

Exertion

Courage and discipline are the most basic and valuable skills we need to make it through life.

Unfortunately, great misunderstanding surrounds these concepts.

Violence will either excite or stimulate fear. Each has their own problems. Awareness of your predisposition is a prerequisite to the examination of patterns that result. These habits reveal our belief systems, both inherited and unique.

Habits must be replaced with rituals, which are intentional demonstrations of mindfulness acquired discipline.

Discipline is not being corrected by others but the cultivation of self control. Courage is not about blindly charging into the unknown but proceeding with confidence that your character is strong enough to see you through undesirable conditions.

Learning is more than acquiring new information, it is the process by which mind learns how to problem solve. For this reason, remain eager to learn, developing new strategies to cope with new complexities. Above all, make application of knowledge you have gained or knowledge remains theoretical. When knowledge becomes experience, we inherit wisdom.

Destructive thinking is the source of all evil. Instant gratification is the root; character is the stem and our actions are fruit.

Constructive thinking is a recognition of the creative nature of thought and our ability to control it. Discipline, courage and learning weave together to form the root. Character is the stem and our actions are fruit.

Instant gratification is the root of all evil. It is the defining factor when determining intention.

Learn to deny yourself anything. This is the surest method to regain governance of your mind from your drives. This requires the cultivation of discipline, exercised through the muscle of willpower. Proceed through hardship as though it were neccesary to avoid a greater challenge ahead, utilizing the opportunity to develop new skills to cope with unanticipated conditions. Stop only doing what’s comfortable.

Rituals are intentional, habits are predictable. Have daily rituals at appointed times. Create scheduled events between rituals.

Be gentle with yourself.

When maintainence of this discipline becomes your priority you will inherit a new predominant mental attitude. Your predominant mental attitide defines your character and communicates your substance to those around you. This subtle force is how we unconsciously make decisions about others; the human equivalent of dogs sniffing each other’s ass.

Your predominant mental attitude is developed, unlike your persona, which is conditional. Personas are the masks we wear to appear relevant in survival situations, be that the workplace, on transit, at church or in the ring.

Rejection stimulates obsession. Social Power is the great manipulation. A relationship without compromise perpetuates seduction.

At least half of everyone having sex is getting fucked.

Depression is the shadow of fear. Fear is engineered by ego as a tool to cope with trauma. Confrontation between ego and fear produces thought.

Imagination is unrestrained thought. Daydreaming is a form of mental dissipation.

Fantasy must not be confused with desire. Fantasy must remain unattainable or the subconscious will direct our decisions to an inevitable confrontation with our object of thought. The nature of this confrontation depends upon the virtue of our thoughts.

Virtue is steadfastness of character. Character is the offspring of discernment. Discernment is the evidence of wisdom.

Rituals will not save you from undesirable conditions, they empower you to cope with conditions without compromising a constructive predominant mental attitude.

Our attitude toward fear is determined by our tendency to attack or defend.

Violence may be eliminated through the dissolution of fear. We may eliminate fear by a recognition of the creative nature of thought and our ability to control it.

Civility is a mutual agreement between those who benefit from and adhere to its conditions.

Every deviation from these conditions reinforces the illusion of civil society.

Learning is a result of deviation. Suffering is a product of resistance. Peace is an expression of compliance.

When anticipation becomes expectation, we are caught up in fantasy.

Obtainable thoughts are goals.

Fear indicates repressed agression.

Violence indicates repressed fear.

Habits, Holding Patterns, & Active Imagination~

Habits are like holding patterns – they keep you imobilized as your interests drain like fuel. The inevitable end is disaster.

An awareness of this “end” brings an opportunity to watch for the obvious warning signs. Whenever you feel imobilized, you can be sure that your attatchment to a desired outcome is greater than your appreciation of the present moment. This blunt reproach is meant to convey the seriousness of an action that Self experiences as betrayal, represented symbolically as Judas is the Passion story.

Nature is observing itself through the experience of Atman/Self, whom relies upon the physical body to house it, and ego to translate physical experience into symbolic form-the language of the unconscious. Creativity, in turn, is the channel by which Atman/Self communicates directly back to ego. Carl Jung named this process of comandearing the faculty of imagination for the purpose of recieving messages from the unconscious, active imagination.

7.25-26

(7.25) Financer’s frequently meet with great success because they do their own thinking.

Our readiness to allow others to make decisions for us betrays profound complacency. If left to fester, this complacency will keep us from ever realizing the unlimited power we can access by thinking. The easiest way to control others is to convince them they are better off letting another think on their behalf.

(7.26) The great majority remain docile and willing tools of the few because they allow the few to do their thinking for them.

7.23-24

(7.23) Selfish thought contains the germ of dissolution.

Dissolution is process of bringing to an end. Selfish thought, therefore, is the beginning of the end to an awareness of expanding consciousness. This does not mean consciousness stops expanding, it means we are no longer aware of it. When this happens, nature will intervene, which usually includes suffering. Suffering gets our attention and reminds us not be to selfish.

We often have to lose something (dissolution) to confront our true intention and love (or lack of) for others.

(7.24) Our greatest interest will be conserved by a recognition of the fact that it is just as essential to give as it is to receive.

Giving reinforces a desire not to be selfish. Giving also creates room to receive. We often have no room for new opportunities in our life because we are still clinging to things, people and belief systems that are no longer serving us. Giving is as much an act of “letting go” as it is of blessing others.

7.21-22~

(7.21) The first law of success is service.

Service refers to the quality of interaction we have with others. Often, we think of service as giving money or volunteering. While it may be these things, service may also be much more immediate. The way we treat one another may also be considered service especially if our intention trumps our lack of interest.

We may also be in service not only to others, but to the Universal quality that exists within others and ourselves. Honoring the divine within is an act of service. In this context, mindful living–including every willpower challenge–is an act of service because it is a conscious choice to harmonize with the principles of natural law.

(7.22) We can be of the most service by keeping an open mind. Be interested in the race not the goal; the pursuit not the possession.

Keeping an open mind is essential to remaining teachable. Absolutes are walls around the creative potential of nature. The expansion of consciousness is is an expression of nature observing itself. Because this is an evolving process, we are unable to fathom the “goal,” thus, our interest should be on the journey, trusting that life is unfolding to provide us with the tools to enhance our experience of the “pursuit.”

The Side Effects Of Fantasy

It is vital to accept and appreciate fantasy for what it is. Attempting to turn fantasy to reality inevitably leads to ruin.

Being able to accept fantasy as fantasy, without the expectation of reality, is an important psychological tool. At the same time, confidence without arrogance (love) empowers thought. Recognizing the power of love to empower thought is an impressive motivational tool. The key is to hold both perspectives in mind, simultaneously.

If our thoughts are obtainable they are goals not fantasies.

In other words, the object of your thought must be your goal/desired reality, not your fantasy, and it is important to have both. To confuse the two is an invitation for suffering.

Fantasy is the moral high ground of society. It keeps people where they are. It’s a good way to stay happy when you are comfortable and safe.
Fantasy keeps the majority pacified, so we don’t kill, cheat or hurt one another. It also keeps people from taking risks, inducing change, and coping with challenges.

Some people are able to use fantasy to their advantage (and society’s) while it drives others to pure debauchery. The key is to hold both perspectives in mind, simultaneously; to recognize that obtainable thoughts are goals not fantasies; to distinguish between the two and acknowledge we need both.

When anticipation becomes expectation, we are caught up in fantasy.