(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.