Muladhara (b)

(8.2) The cultivation of the imagination leads to the development of the ideal out of which your future will emerge. 

Imagination is visualization that supports our ideal state.  Cultivation is consistency.

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

Difficulty is challenge. Obstacles demand that we adjust our path. These are necessary skills on the road to the liberation of our authenticity from ego.

(6.22) We are spiritual beings and this spirit must, necessarily, be perfect.

Imagine Universal creative potential is an ocean and every individual is a bottle that has been filled with water from this ocean.  Spirit is the inherent substance of universal creative potential (Brahma) within every individual. More than an ability to communicate, spirit is, literally, a piece of Brahma.

(1.2) All possession is based on consciousness.

We are possessed by what captures our attention. Whenever our attention is directed towards an object of thought, we experience a shift in consciousness.

(1.9) Discord, disharmony,  lack, and limitation, are the result of destructive thinking.

Destructive thinking is directed attention toward what does not support our ideal state.

(6.29) This system will meet every human requirement or necessity.

The “system” is Cause & Effect (The Law of Attraction).

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

The “truth” is that all thought is a cause. If we want to change the cause, we must ascertain the thought or idea by which the effect is created.

(8.9) Keen analytical observation leads to opulence and harmony. 

Keen analytical observation is an eager willingness to scrutinize our behavior in an effort to discover the cause (thoughts) that result in specific conditions.

 

Muladhara (a)

(8.1) Imagination is a form of constructive thought. It is the light that penetrates new worlds of thought and experience; the mighty instrument by which all great discoverers and inventors have opened the way from precedent to experience. 

Imagination allows us to mentally create pictures that support our ideal state while daydreaming is visualization that compromises our ideal.

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

We must learn and grow from every experience.

(6.21) Sickness may be eliminated by placing ourselves in harmony with the principle of cause & effect. 

Every thought is a cause. If we want to change conditions (effects), we must change the cause. Every thought contributes to the formation of our predominant mental attitude.

(1.1) The world without is a reflection of the world within.

The world within is the inner world of thought and feeling. The world without is the world of action and speaking.

(1.10) All power comes from within-the universal fountain of supply-the infinite energy of each individual, an outlet.

Each individual is a channel whereby creative energy (The Universal) expresses itself in form.

(6.30) True science and true religion are twin sisters. Where the one goes, the other, necessarily, follows. 

Both science and religion arose from the ability of the individual to observe patterns.

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

Integration is the application of new information. We must remain teachable.

(8.10) Keen analytical observation results in opulence and harmony. 

… Abundance and peace.

Our Power

(4.25) Constructive thinking is the ability to adjust our thought process the will of the Universal; to cooperate with Natural Law.

The Universal is unlimited creative potential. It is cosmological. It is Brahma. It is cosmic consciousness.

The Will of the Universal is love. Love is one of three dimensions of cosmic consciousness.

Spirit arises out of the awareness of cosmic consciousness. Spirit, in turn, makes it possible for the individual to communicate with the Universal. Awareness is one of three dimensions of cosmic consciousness.

Nature is an expression of the Universal manifested in physical form.

The Spiritual Nature of Truth

(5.11) Any purpose in life may be achieved through a scientific understanding of the spiritual nature of truth.

What we believe will determine what we achieve.

Purpose is synonymous with meaning. One of the quickest ways to transcend being possessed by conditions we face in life is to find purpose within the condition. We locate this purpose by creating it. We avoid suffering by creating purpose in the midst of difficulty and obstacle. Are you refusing to give up what you not longer need at the expense of what you do? Recognize the opportunity change offers to grow into the person you aspire to be. Reaching our ideal state is contingent upon transformation, and we can avoid suffering by embracing this process.

Scientific understanding is based on observation. Facts are based on consistent, measurable, observations.

(3.11) Inductive reasoning is a process of the objective mind in which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.

Spiritual” refers to the interaction between the individual and creative potential. This interaction happens as a result of thought.

We must differentiate between truth and facts.

Truth,” is what we believe. It is subjective, based on an individuals experience.

(1.7) The nature of truth is spiritual. Therefore, a knowledge of the truth is necessary for every business transaction and social relation. (1.3) Honesty is a knowledge of what another believes; their truth. Our personal truth is our belief.

Inductive Reasoning

(3.11) Inductive reasoning is a process of the objective mind in which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all.

The “common factor that gives rise to them all” can be clearly and consistently demonstrated. (8.30) Consider gravity an example, as well at the necessity of breath for life.

Resistance to Inductive Reasoning usually indicates an “absolute truth” script, wherein the individual avoids taking responsibility as a result of a belief system that reinforces their inability of dealing with anything that infringes upon their comfort.

Introspection is a result of existential dilemmas; ongoing questions that have no definitive objective answer beyond subjective experience or faith. “What is my purpose?” “Is their a God?” “What is the meaning of life?” “What happens after I die?”

No one is disputing gravity or the necessity of breath to sustain human life, nor is faith required to believe in these claims, which is why we they are referred to as facts. They can be consistently demonstrated.

“Tyrannical prejudice” is an expression of someone clutching so fiercely to their “absolute truth” script that they are trying to pass off their subjective experience as fact, despite the inability of their claim to be consistently demonstrated. This is, by no means, limited to religion, and extends into any instance in which an individual feels it is appropriate to use fear to capture the attention of others.

The Distribution of Energy

(3.4) The distribution of energy throughout our body is interrupted by resistant, critical, discordant thought, but especially by fear.

Our bodies produce energy by consuming food (3.30). This energy empowers our physical and mental experience, just as hydration and sleep do.

Resistant” indicates a power struggle between directed attention and rumination.

Critical,” in this context, refers to a tyrannical prejudice to neglect or mutilate unwelcome facts. The popular term “critical thinking” is completely different, in that rather than a prejudice towards unwelcome facts, it welcomes them in an effort to analyze the most information available prior to making a decision.

Discordant” describes argumentative, antagonistic, inharmonious thoughts.

As an individuation of nature, we should aspire to live in harmony with all created things.

Fear leads to resistant, critical and discordant thoughts.

Spiritual Energy

(8.20) Constructive thinking depends upon a recognition of the creative nature of spiritual energy and our ability to direct it.

Interaction between the individual and creative potential is spirit. Spiritual energy is thought (4.1), because thought is the method by which this interaction takes place.

All of nature is a physical expression of creative potential manifesting in form. Consciousness is a result of nature becoming aware of itself. What makes humans unique, is that self awareness has emerged as a result of our ability to think and continues to emerge in those individuals who take the initiative to direct their attention; who engage in constructive thinking.

The “next step” in the evolution of our species will be a mental one.

Think As You’re Talking. (ISD12)

(8.4) Daydreaming is a form of mental dissipation while imagination is a form of constructive thought, which precedes all constructive action. 

Daydreaming is synonymous with rumination; both describe a mental state in which will has surrendered power.

Will is the ability to consciously direct our attention. This takes initiative. Without initiative, our attention is directed by biological drives and psychological forces reacting to conditions we experience in life.

By slowing down and observing our tendencies to react, behavioural patterns emerge. We rely on these unconscious scripts anytime we refuse to direct our attention toward thoughts and activities that support the greatest version of who we aspire to be. This “greatest version” is our ideal state.

Achieving our ideal state does not happen overnight. We must demonstrate an ongoing interest in discovering our unconscious scripts and a willingness to discard or update the belief systems that provide us with value and meaning.

Taking initiative to direct our attention (constructive thought) is reflected in what we say and do (constructive action).

Scripts develop as a result of learned habitual behaviour, defence mechanisms, and social conditioning.

Most public speakers intentionally rely on scripts because they are effective in generating desired results. Scripts also protect us from becoming vulnerable or exposing ourselves to potential failure.

Ultimately, mind is doing its best to protect us, which explains why we rely on scripts as a default. Until the individual has developed an ability to consistently generate value and meaning independently of scripts, it would be hazardous to attempt to navigate life without these defaults in place. Scripts may be a crutch, but unless the individual is capable of walking on their own, removing the crutch only ensures they won’t be able to move forward.

Our scripts reveal our belief systems. Becoming conscious of the unconscious demands a willingness to become aware of the belief systems that motivate us. These include beliefs about ourselves and the world. This ongoing process can be painful, humbling, and destabilizing. Many people avoid taking the initiative to be introspective, especially if they have a belief system that suggests they are incapable of dealing with anything that infringes upon their comfort.

Avoidance, inevitably, leads to an event that forces the individual to confront their unwillingness to face challenges that are important for them to proceed.

Nature is consistently prompting itself onward. This is demonstrated in the individual through consciousness. Historically, consciousness has evolved most dramatically in response to chaos and tragedy.

Critical thought is the ability to examine our belief systems without bias. If you seek mercy for yourself and justice for others, you have a bias.

Imagination is directed attention that supports our ideal state.

“Thinking” silently often results in the constant distraction of rumination. Language spoken mindfully engages Will because effort requires attention.

Catch yourself when you are speaking your scripts. Slow down. Start over. Think as you’re talking.