4.27.28~ Framing Experience

(4.27) Universal mind is the basic fact of all existence.

Universal Mind = Self (Jungian) = Supreme Self (Vedanta)

(5.22) The Universal Mind–from which all things proceed and which is one and indivisible–is the source of all power.

Universal Mind/Self may be understood as the projector of experience.  Physical reality consists of forms upon the canvas of space time.

(6.12) All motion, light, heat and color originate from Universal Energy, which is one form of Universal Mind. 

(4.28) All lack, limitation, disease and discord are due to the exact same creative principle that attracts harmonious conditions. The law operates relentlessly and it continually bringing about conditions in correspondence with the thought which originated or created them.

(5.28) Experience comes to us through the law of attraction. 

The action and interaction between the Universal (Self) and the individual (ego) are equivalent of the light and darkness necessary to project the image. The creative power of thought is the law of attraction.

(6.13) The creative power of thought originates in Universal Mind.

(5.29) This law is brought into operation by our predominant mental attitude.

Our predominant mental attitude determines how we our conditioned to frame experience.

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Þingvellir, Iceland

4.24.25.29~ Unchanging Principles

(4.24) Self Realization is the true business of life. This is facilitated by correct thinking.

(8.19) The source of all  harmony is Scientifically Correct Thinking. 

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

(1.9) Discord, inharmony, lack, and limitation are the result of “wrong” thinking. 

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

(4.25) Scientifically Correct Thinking is our ability to adjust ourselves to divine and unchanging principles; to cooperate with natural law.

(8.29) Scientifically Correct Thinking is clear, decisive, calm, deliberate sustained thought with a definite end in view. 

(4.17) …All natural laws are invincible, unchangeable and act with mathematical certitude, without deviation or variation.

(4.29) Inspiration is the art of Self Realization; the art of adjusting the individual will to the will of the Universal; a recognition of the omnipresence of omniscience.

Unlimited power (omniscience) exists everywhere (omnipresence) because all life is a creative expression of Self/Universal Mind. Self is a conduit of the creative potential of Universal Mind and exists within every individual. This creative potential is brought into manifestation by thought.

(4.13) A practical working knowledge of cause and effect is secured by an understanding of natural law. 

(4.14) The result of an understanding of natural law is a conscious realization of our ability to adjust ourselves to the divine and unchanging principles. 

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Loft, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

4.30.25.26~ Securing A Perfect Understanding

(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.

Actions (what we do) are predicated upon who we are as individuals. Who we are depends upon what we think because thought is produces a rate of vibration that others understand as character. Character is the sum total of all the non verbal methods we consciously or subconsciously use to evaluate and form impressions of others. Initially, this cognition developed as a survival tool. To a degree, we still use this skill for survival, as it keeps us aware of possible threats, from cars as we cross the street to physically or emotionally predatory people.

(1.25) Thought is transmuted into character and character is the magnet that creates the environment of the individual.

(4.25) Scientifically Correct Thinking is the ability to adjust our thought process to the will of the Universal. To cooperate with natural law.

Freewill is the choice to react or respond to conditions we meet in life. A response is when we adjust our thought process to the will of the universal. The will of the universal is Self Realization. The purpose of nature observing itself is to become fully conscious that Self is observing Self and too maintain this awareness in spite of conditions.

A reaction is when ego identifies with conditions.

(4.26) This is accomplished by securing a perfect understanding of the principle forces, methods and combinations of mind.

We secure a perfect understanding of the principle forces (Upanishads & Vedas), methods (Ushnika), and combinations of mind (Jung), through Self Inquiry and Service.

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Lying to Save Others

What is the lie to save others?

Have you ever received a phone call and just let it ring and sometime later said “Sorry I missed your call,” and perhaps even offered, “My ringer was turned off,” or “I was in a meeting?”

What is a lie but the opposite of honesty? What are half truths but lies?

Justifying a lie due to our assumption that we are saving another from suffering does not disqualify an untruth. The opportunity to tell the truth in every situation is an opportunity to develop the skill of gentleness. The truth does not have to hurt. It is pride that makes it seem so.

Words are triggers that activate unresolved emotions. When we lie, our repressed emotions become associated with assumptions. They swim together, like schools of fish. The more these repressed emotions (complexes) are pushed deeper into the personal unconscious, the greater the anxiety we consciously experience.

To make sense out of the conditions of life, ruminating mind is constantly drop a fishing line into our personal unconscious in an attempt to discover value and meaning. Inevitably a complex is going to bite, and we will be forced to deal, not only with unresolved emotions, but with the assumptions they cling to.

Only the active seeker/seer will recognize that reactions to present conditions in life are rooted in past memories or assumptions/desires regarding the future; fear of not attaining our desires, or fear of losing them.

Complexes may take on the appearance of an archetype to help the ego identify a theme. Archetypes are like the alphabet of experience. They provide us with a blueprint for recognizing experience and the options available to navigate experience, as a result of freewill.

Have you ever watched a televised talent show and wondered how contestants without talent could have ever thought they had a chance of qualifying? The audience and judges laugh and the shattered performer ends up saying something in their defense, like,

“all my friends think I’m great!”

When we lie we assume that withholding truth is a greater service to another, rather than allowing them to confront how their behavior affects others. This could be the most tragic thing about lying to save others: by trying to spare another hurt we are preventing them from acquiring information that could make a big difference in their future. We assume we know this.

So why do we lie to save others? Is it really to spare another from suffering or is it our preoccupation with needing approval?

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Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland

Complexes, Ego Identity, & Love

He who perceives all beings in his self, and his self in all beings, never criticizes. ~ Isha Upanishad (6)

At the core of our existence is authentic being/Supreme Self (SSElf). SSElf is insulated by clusters/complexes of repressed/un-confronted emotional residue which limit our ability to give expression to authentic being/SSElf. We acquire our complexes as a result of entanglement with ego identity. Ego identity is created by concepts, emotions, judgements and perceptions we make–as a result of becoming attached to our sensory experience–that are not in harmony with Natural Law.

Love is the highest expression of Natural Law/Universal/God/SSElf. Everything else is Ego. All life is a creative expression of the Universal, hence, creative expression is love.

How we treat and speak and think of others reflects the degree of harmony between ego and the Universal/SSElf. The greater the harmony, the greater the expression of love.

We may eliminate complexes by increasing the amount of love we possess.

“Anything you cling to is ego. Ego gets a boost by clinging onto things. Anytime you are able to let go, you are in love.” ~Om Swami

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Attention Directing

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” is a misleading phrase. For starters, the concept of “Others” is Maya; illusion. Each one of us is a vessel for the same fundamental essence; Brahma/SSElf/God. Division/Seperateness is a concept created by an ego identity who is attached to projected experience.

Fundamentally, adage is saying, “Don’t treat others poorly because they will treat poorly. Don’t do something because there will be consequences.” While this may be true in most cases, all actions are passing/temporal, so how others treat us is really not our concern. All action begins with thought. Action is a physical manifestation of our thoughts. Instead of focusing on action and it’s consequences, we should be concerned with thoughts and their consequences. Especially given that all thought is spiritual in nature and, thus, eternal, while actions are physical and, thus, temporary.

Thought frames our perception of reality. When we think about others in a negative way–in a way that would lead to treating them poorly–we become a victim of our own thought, even if no action is performed. Our thoughts create emotional complexes/karma that may reside in the unconscious and will eventually find a way to resurface, usually without our conscious knowledge.

Allow your attention to be drawn to this passage from the Srimad Bhagavatam: There is no safety to be found in the complicated webs of our actions.

The reaction or response of others regarding our thoughts and words and actions pales in comparison to the effect our thoughts and words and actions have upon our ability to become Self-realized. This is our true concern.

We are in absolute control of our attitude. Regardless of how another may react to you, the only power they have to affect you (your being/predominant mental attitude, not necessarily your physical body) is the power you surrender to them. Thus, your thoughts and your words are attention you are directing and if this attention is anything but love, you are disempowering yourself.

(7.4) “Seeing” (thought) creates “feeling”, “feeling” creates “being.” First the mental, then the emotional, then the unlimited possibilities of achievement.

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National Theatre of Iceland, Reykjavik

The Origin of the “Devil”

Dogma is born out of the belief that our model of the world is absolute truth.

“One must never forget that the devil enters psychology through reification – the process by which we are beguiled into treating a concept as if it were the real thing.”

On Jung, Anthony Stevens, PG 27,28

The Personal Unconscious / Subconscious is the sum total of all emotions, dreams, memories experienced or developed by an individual to which they are not consciously aware of yet have access to.

Complexes are a series of emotional triggers that develop from within the Personal Unconscious/Subconscious and, as such, may be understood as Patriarchal 2nd Pantheon of various mythical traditions: ie, Olympians (Greece), Æsir (Northern European). These triggers are related in content/qualities of behavior identified with emotional residue from thoughts and/or experiences. When one trigger is activated, all triggers within a given complex may become activated.

The Chhandogya Upanishad speaks to an early understanding of complexes: “The subtle impressions of the past are stored in the unconscious mind and lie dormant there. Unless something awakens them, they have no power to affect either your determination or your conscious mind.” 

The Collective Unconscious / Universal is the is the sum total of all emotions, dreams, memories experienced or developed by our species to which the individual may not be consciously aware of, yet have access to.

Archetypes are a series of (64) universal behavior blueprints that have developed in the biological evolution of Consciousness. They have developed from within the Collective Unconscious/Universal, and as such, may be understood as Matriarchal 1st Pantheon of various mythical traditions: ie, Titans (Greece), Vanir (Northern European)

Archetypes are not responsible for the creation of complexes–which are a result of conscious experience–though an archetype may become a symbol for the complex to represent itself.

Ego interprets experience for Self. Self creates experience for ego to interpret. In this way, nature has developed consciousness to experience itself.

“Contemplation prevents the unconscious mind from controlling the conscious mind, but it is your sankalpa shakti (the power of determination) that makes contemplation effective. It is more powerful than the unconscious mind.” ~ Chhandogya Upanisha, The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition, Pandit Tigunait, (Location 387, Kindle)

Becoming “conscious” of your experience of consciousness is enlightenment/self realization. To achieve this, we must detach ourselves from having identity reactions to experience, as identity reinforces our commitment to superficial reality, ie. that which will pass away/has been created.

Because all we experience has been created, it is temporal. The enlightened person dwells on that which will not pass away. And realizing that each individual possess a Self–which is an individualization of that which will never pass away/Brahman–any attachments we have towards the vessel (physical form) of the essence (spirit/soul)are redundant. Instead, the enlightened focus on the essence within the vessel.

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Standing Stones, Viðey Island, Iceland

Q&A: Is their a heaven?

Community Question:

Is there a heaven?

Answer:

Energy transforms. It’s impossible to know for certain what form our energy takes when the physical body dies. Anything we can imagine only highlights our inability to imagine anything beyond the current limitations of mind. That said, consciousness may be a result of the interaction of different components, which may include aspects of our physical body. The science is still out on this so there is no way of knowing if consciousness exists in the same form after physical death. It may exist in a greater or less significant matter, or not at all.

Experiences in the physical body accumulate energy, ranging from very dense to very translucent. Therefore, it logically seems possible that the destination of our energy after death would be drawn to “like” energy. Symbolically, it seems reasonable to assume this is the principle underlying the concept of heaven.

Ultimately, all we humans have is concepts, and concepts are metaphors for what is beyond our understanding.

Faith is the consolation prize of being unable to verify solutions to our existential questions.

Society has trained us to “need” answers to existential questions, and this “need” is what keeps religion/dogma in business. It can be very unnerving to live contentedly without existential answers, and a crutch is a welcome alternative to immobility. Any belief in service to our ideal state (or an “idealer” state) is beneficial, as long as we consistently evaluate the relevance of our beliefs.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things unseen,” just remember that “hope” was one of Pandora’s gifts.

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Iceland

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