(1.30) The symbol is only the outward form of the spiritual activity within. Therefore, unless we possess the spiritual reality, the form disappears.
All form is a symbol of our directed attention. Directed attention is spiritual activity because it is interaction between the individual and unlimited creative potential, which we call The Universal.
Spiritual reality is thought determining our perception of conditions. Possessing this reality refers to an individuals knowledge of this process and their corresponding initiative to direct attention so as to produce a desirable perception.
(1.29) Intuition is superior to reason because it does not depend upon existence or memory and frequently brigs about a solution to our problem by methods of which we are in entire ignorance.
Existence is experience. Memory is how we biasly remember this experience. Reason is the process of ruminating mind creating and solving problems. This process depends upon experience and memory.
Intuition is a knowing that does not depend on reason. We often discover our intuition when reason is suspended, such as while engaged in an extreme sport or traumatic event.
(1.28) Concentration operates by the development of the powers of perception, wisdom, intuition and sagacity.
Perception is the filter of our experience. Wisdom is the ability to make decisions free of bias. Intuition is a knowing that does not depend on reason. Sagacity is discernment.
We develop these “powers” through mental exercise.
(1.27) Mind is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring within form.
Form is physical manifestation. Mind is the ruler in the sense that mind determines our perception of form. Our perception influences our actions within conditions, and this choice to respond or react gives way to the creation of new conditions.
(1.26) The control factor of every commercial pursuit is the mental element.
The mental element is a knowledge that our thoughts create a vibration which impacts our perception of events and this vibration determines how others react or respond to us.
(1.25) Thought is transmuted into character and character is the magnet that creates the environment of the individual.
Character is the mental element that determines how others react or respond to us.
(1.24) The nature of our desires must be in harmony with the patterns of nature.
Nature follows observable patterns. These patterns are often referred to as Natural Law. The nature of our desires, therefore, must be in harmony with these established and irrefutable patterns. For instance, if we desire something–like love or wealth–but think about loneliness and poverty, we are not in harmony with these established patterns. Our thoughts must be consistent with our desires, otherwise our desires will not manifest.
(1.23) Spiritual truth is the control factor in this method of thought.
Truth is whatever we direct our attention to. It is spiritual because or thoughts interact with creative potential, which determines our perception of conditions.
(1.22) Invisible forces are, then, set in motion that will irresistibly bring about conditions in correspondence with our thoughts.
Invisible forces refer to the magnetic/gravity-like pull that radiates from our perception of conditions.
(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.
Concentration is, essentially, the ability to “turn off” the internal dialogues that are distracting us from directing our attention, completely, to a specific task.