The Third Mountain (e)

(7.11) The degree of harmony we attain is determined by our ability to appropriate what we require for our growth from each experience.

Discovering what we can learn from each experience allows us to “let go” of unpleasant emotions.

(7.12) Difficulty and obstacle are necessary for wisdom and spiritual growth.

Difficulty and obstacle provide the necessary resistance to make “training” possible. Just as if you were working out, difficulty and resistance allow us to develop “muscle.”

(7.13) Suffering may be avoided by placing ourselves in harmony with natural law.

Suffering is the result of trying to resist or deny difficulty and obstacle.

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

The law of attraction is cause & effect.

(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 necessary substance to growth.

The law of love  is a recognition that each individual is an outlet of the very same creative potential that can empower our desires.

(7.16) Desirable conditions are the result of entertaining desirable thoughts only.

(7.17) Undesirable conditions are brought about by thinking, discussing, and visualizing conditions of lack, limitation, disease, inharmony and discord of every kind. This mental photography of erroneous conception is then taken up by the subconscious and the law of attraction inevitably crystalizes it into objective form. That we reap what we sew is scientifically intact.

Directed attention will manifest in our perception of conditions. Perception, then, influences our attitude. Attitude determines how we will react or respond to conditions. Our reaction or response will create new conditions.

(7.18) We may eliminate all lack, limitation, disease, inharmony, and discord by substituting principle in place of error.

The principle referred to is an applied understanding of cause and effect

(7.19) A conscious recognition of the truth invariably destroys error. We do not have to laboriously shovel the darkness out. All that is required is to turn the light on. This same principle applies to every form of negative thought.

The “truth” is that whatever we direct our attention toward, we will come to “believe.”

(7.20) Insight enables us to understand the value in making application of knowledge we have gained. Many seem to think knowledge applies itself which is–by no means–true.

We apply the knowledge we have gained by taking responsibility for our thoughts.

 

The Second Mountain (h)

(7.21) The first law of success is service.

We may be of service to others by directing out attention to them, in thought and action.

(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 refers to non-judgement. We do not know how conditions will unfold, thus, it is premature to judge.

(7.23) Selfish thought contains the germ of dissolution.

Selfish, in this context, refers to the opposite of service.

(7.24) Our greatest success will be achieved by a recognition fo the fact that it is just as essential to give as it is to receive.

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. (2.28)

(7.25) Financiers frequently meet with great success because they do their own thinking.

The incentive to budget and invest–wether time, money or resources–is essential to success.

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

Thinking for ourselves requires taking responsibility for how we manage our resources.

(7.27) Concentrating on sorrow and loss brings sorrow and loss.

(7.28) Concentrating on gain brings gain into effect.

We perceive experience based on our directed attention. Our predominant mental attitude is constantly being revised and updated by the quality of our thought, regardless of wether our attention is directed consciously or habitually.

(7.29) This is the only principle ever used or ever can be used. There is none other. That it may be used unconsciously does not alter the situation.

All experience is filtered through our perception.

(7.30) Success is an effect not a cause. If we wish to secure the effect we must ascertain the thought-the cause or idea–by which the effect is created.

We must be willing and able to observe the quality of our thought and the effects they produce so that we may eliminate destructive thought.

Have a laugh at your expense

Conditions are not arbitrary. Conditions we encounter in life are effects. Many of our frustrations exist because we create the condition for what frustrates us to occur. You burn yourself because you touched a pot that was hot, you tripped because you were texting not watching as you walked, a pile of books falls over because they are not balanced and stacked to high.

When frustrations like this happen it is important to remember that we created the scenario that allowed it to happen, otherwise we begin to act as though we are entitled to avoid responsibility for our actions.

It also helps tremendously to take a moment and realize how lucky you are that conditions aren’t worse. A recognition of what we’ve been saved from, replaces our victim dialogue (reaction) with gratitude (response).

(4.18) A solution to our problems seems difficult if we are uninformed or inexperienced.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Method of Constructive Thought

  1. Discipline
  2. Confrontation
  3. Restoration
  4. Evolution

The faster you move through these stages, the more conscious you become. There may be overlap between stages, especially if we are resisting or denying integration. Integration is a conscious recognition that we can adjust ourselves to natural law.

Morality provides us with the conflict necessary to maintain momentum.

Between confrontation and restoration, is Tantra.

“Magic” and “sorcery” are “selfish Tantra,” ie. attempting to coerce natural law for the benefit of the few rather than the whole.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

i.s.m.

The stories we tell ourselves about conditions we encounter in life become the object of our thought which–in turn–prompt action. Desirable stories are ones that support our ideal state. Our ideal state serves the greatest good of ourselves and others.

We must begin by identifying the stories we believe. Next, we must scrutinize the story, then we must be willing to modify or replace unsupportive stories with supportive ones.

Awareness is the ability to differentiate a story that supports our ideal state from stories that do not.

A response is an awareness of our ability to transcend the emotional reaction(s) that result from believing the story we tell ourselves about conditions we encounter in life, accompanied by an eagerness and willingness will to do so. Gratitude is the predominant quality of thought in this method of thinking.

As soon as I say, “Do not think of a red wagon,” you automatically have. By concentrating on inability, our thoughts reinforce inability. Simply, discard what is not working for you and replace it with a constructive object of thought. Replacing stories is the most effective method for eliminating undesirable methods of thought.

(7.19) A conscious recognition of the truth invariably destroys error. We do not have to laboriously shovel the darkness out. All that is required is to turn the light on. This same principle applies to every form of negative thought. 

 The nature of our thoughts is our predominant mental attitude.

Thought is transmuted into character, and character is the magnet that attracts the environment of the individual.

Freewill is our ability to choose to react or respond to the conditions we meet in life. There is no way to relinquish this choice. Non-action is, itself, action. This is the law of polarity.

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Viðey, Iceland