(1.21) The true method of concentration is to become so identified with the object of our thought that we’re conscious of nothing else.
(2.21) Individuals are measured by the degree of intelligence they manifest.
(3.21) Extremes are designated by distinctive names, such an inside and out, top and bottom, light and dark, good and bad.
(4.21) And purpose in life can be achieved through a scientific understanding of the spiritual nature of truth.
We identify with our ideal state by directing our attention to thoughts and activities that support it. Our willingness to adjust ourselves to support our ideal state reveals our degree of intelligence. Extremes create polarity. Any purpose in life is achieved by finding a place of equilibrium between extremes.
(4.23) A practical working of cause and effect is secured though an understanding of natural law.
(3.23) Need, want, and desire–in the largest sense–induce, guide, and determine action.
(2.23) Creative power originates in the Universal.
(1.23) Spiritual truth is the controlling factor in this method of thought.
Cause and effect is a quality of nature. Our thoughts determine our actions. Thought is creative and originates in the Universal. This understanding is spiritual truth.
(1.28) Concentration is secured by the development of the powers of perception, wisdom, insight, and sagacity.
(2.28) The law of growth depends upon reciprocal action. The individual is complete at all times and this makes it possible to receive, only, as we give.
(3.28) Mental action depends upon polarity–action and interaction–between the individual and the Universal.
(4.28) Lack, limitation, disease, inharmony and discord of every kind is the result of the exact same law. This law acts relentlessly and is continuously bringing about conditions in correspondence to the thoughts that originate or create them.
Concentration is the elimination of internal chatter. We receive attention/thought by giving thought/attention. To give and receive is another example of polarity. Understanding the power of our directed attention, allows us to avoid conditions that do not support our ideal state and, instead, create conditions we desire.
(4.30) What we do depends upon who we are. Who we are depends upon what we think. Thus, our quality of thought determines the conditions we meet in life.
(3.30) Inspiration is the art of self realization–it is the art of adjusting the individual mind to the Universal mind; a recognition of the omnipresence of omniscience.
(2.30) We receive thought, which is substance in equilibrium, and is constantly being differentiated in form by what we think.
(1.30) The symbol is the outward form of the spiritual reality within. Therefore, unless we possess the spiritual reality, the form disappears.
Thought determines how we perceive conditions. Inspiration comes from knowing we have the power to change our perceptions, which changes how we experience conditions. Conditions are constantly changing because they are a result of thought-our own, as well as the thoughts and perceptions of others. The “form” thought takes is, thus, a symbol of the story we tell ourselves.