Crossover Week #9 (b)

(1.2) All possession is based on consciouness.

(2.2) Ease and perfection depend entirely on the degree in which we cease to depend upon the conscious mind.

(1.12) Right thinking is the condition precedent for all right action.

(2.12) Possessions are of value only as they confer power.

(1.22) Invisible forces are then set in motion to bring about the desired results.

(2.22) We may influence other forms of intelligence by a recognition of Self as an individualization of the Universal.

Our difficulty or ability to concentrate reveals the degree our thoughts harass us and prevent us from opportunities. Ease of concentration comes from actively directing our attention to our desires not the ones constantly suggested to us, as long as those desires support the right of all life to thrive. This will inspire others to do the same.

(2.29) We give thought.

(1.29) Intuition is superior to reason because it does not depend upon existence or memory and frequently brings about conditions by methods of which we are in entire ignorance.

(2.19) A conscious recognition of the law of attraction with the intention of bringing it into existence for a definite purpose is a neccesary condition to bring this law into operation.

(1.19) The advantage of spiritual methods is they are always available.

(2.9) This is the law of attraction.

(1.9) Inharmony, discord, lack and limitation are the result of destructive thinking .

Attention is our greatest currency. Internal dialogues compete with intuition for your attention. Thought is the effect. Directed attention is the cause. This is always the case. What we become is a product of how we direct our attention.

2nd Key (c)

(2.3) The value of the subconscious is enormous. It leads us, guides us, controls the vital processes and is the seat of memory.

(2.13) A knowledge of cause and effect allows us to plan courageously and execute fearlessly.

(2.23) Creative power originates in the Universal.

The subconscious is the “operating system,” of our experience. Understanding the principle of cause and effect allows us to participate in how conditions of our experience will unfold.
Experience originates because of creative potential (spiritual energy) which, inevitably, manifests as form.

(2.28) 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.

(2.18) Many fail to secure harmonious conditions because they do not understand this law–there is no polarity–they have not found the circuit.

(2.8) Our environment reflects conditions corresponding to our predominant mental attitude.

Nature is defended against stagnation by the law of growth. Polarity provides the neccesary spectrum upon which all experience vibrates. The rate of vibration depends upon our attitude.

Exertion

Courage and discipline are the most basic and valuable skills we need to make it through life.

Unfortunately, great misunderstanding surrounds these concepts.

Violence will either excite or stimulate fear. Each has their own problems. Awareness of your predisposition is a prerequisite to the examination of patterns that result. These habits reveal our belief systems, both inherited and unique.

Habits must be replaced with rituals, which are intentional demonstrations of mindfulness acquired discipline.

Discipline is not being corrected by others but the cultivation of self control. Courage is not about blindly charging into the unknown but proceeding with confidence that your character is strong enough to see you through undesirable conditions.

Learning is more than acquiring new information, it is the process by which mind learns how to problem solve. For this reason, remain eager to learn, developing new strategies to cope with new complexities. Above all, make application of knowledge you have gained or knowledge remains theoretical. When knowledge becomes experience, we inherit wisdom.

Destructive thinking is the source of all evil. Instant gratification is the root; character is the stem and our actions are fruit.

Constructive thinking is a recognition of the creative nature of thought and our ability to control it. Discipline, courage and learning weave together to form the root. Character is the stem and our actions are fruit.

Instant gratification is the root of all evil. It is the defining factor when determining intention.

Learn to deny yourself anything. This is the surest method to regain governance of your mind from your drives. This requires the cultivation of discipline, exercised through the muscle of willpower. Proceed through hardship as though it were neccesary to avoid a greater challenge ahead, utilizing the opportunity to develop new skills to cope with unanticipated conditions. Stop only doing what’s comfortable.

Rituals are intentional, habits are predictable. Have daily rituals at appointed times. Create scheduled events between rituals.

Be gentle with yourself.

When maintainence of this discipline becomes your priority you will inherit a new predominant mental attitude. Your predominant mental attitide defines your character and communicates your substance to those around you. This subtle force is how we unconsciously make decisions about others; the human equivalent of dogs sniffing each other’s ass.

Your predominant mental attitude is developed, unlike your persona, which is conditional. Personas are the masks we wear to appear relevant in survival situations, be that the workplace, on transit, at church or in the ring.

Rejection stimulates obsession. Social Power is the great manipulation. A relationship without compromise perpetuates seduction.

At least half of everyone having sex is getting fucked.

Depression is the shadow of fear. Fear is engineered by ego as a tool to cope with trauma. Confrontation between ego and fear produces thought.

Imagination is unrestrained thought. Daydreaming is a form of mental dissipation.

Fantasy must not be confused with desire. Fantasy must remain unattainable or the subconscious will direct our decisions to an inevitable confrontation with our object of thought. The nature of this confrontation depends upon the virtue of our thoughts.

Virtue is steadfastness of character. Character is the offspring of discernment. Discernment is the evidence of wisdom.

Rituals will not save you from undesirable conditions, they empower you to cope with conditions without compromising a constructive predominant mental attitude.

Our attitude toward fear is determined by our tendency to attack or defend.

Violence may be eliminated through the dissolution of fear. We may eliminate fear by a recognition of the creative nature of thought and our ability to control it.

Civility is a mutual agreement between those who benefit from and adhere to its conditions.

Every deviation from these conditions reinforces the illusion of civil society.

Learning is a result of deviation. Suffering is a product of resistance. Peace is an expression of compliance.

When anticipation becomes expectation, we are caught up in fantasy.

Obtainable thoughts are goals.

Fear indicates repressed agression.

Violence indicates repressed fear.

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

Never Less Than Perfect

Craving and revulsion are physical (negative) expressions of divine (positive) emotions. The job of ego is to interpret tangible experience to intangible Self/essence. The nature of Self/essence is like a portion of water contained within the vessel of the physical body. All Self/essence (water) originates from the same source, which means that all physical identify is superficial. Water does not cease to be water when placed in a cup. Vessels create identity, and with identity comes judgement. We don’t compare water, we compare vessels.

(8.21) Every system of metaphysics depends upon a knowledge of the truth concerning ourselves and the world.

(8.22) The real “I” is spiritual and can, therefore, never be less than perfect.

Behavior Regulation is the unique feature shared by all religious and spiritual systems, and mimicked in politics. The Overman regulates their own behavior. They become a master over the impulses of the body, and in doing so, become a master oner the impulses of mind.

“Evil” is any mental or biological impulse/drive operating on a subconscious level that is not serving the greater good of the individual and their community.

“Good” is our recognition and ability to control our mental and biological impulse/drives. Recognition is consciousness.

This conflict between extremes is polarity, and forms the basis of all internal and external conflict.

Self doubt is an expression of polarity.

Self confidence is developed by cultivating will power. Begin each day stating a goal you must complete before evening. Start small. The important thing is to accomplish this task above anything else. Your ability to follow through with a task is your ability to move beyond ruminating mind into a mental state of liberation. With time, increase the challenge of your task to ensure you never let your confidence and ability wither.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Default Behavior

(5.6) Who we inherently are is the result of all our past thinking, both conscious and subconscious.

A generic search for “default” produced this definition: “a preselected option adopted by a computer program or other mechanism when no alternative is specified by the user or programmer.

The “other” mechanism -in our case- is mind. The preselected option of mind is determined by habit. Conscious mind is the “programer” and our great power is our ability to choose how we concentrate our attention.

(8.17) Thought is spiritual and therefore creative. To consciously control thought is to, therefore, control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.

We are constantly inspiring others, regardless of our intention. How we deal with conditions in life projects to others a a subtle picture of our character. In many cases, they have no conscious recognition of this picture, although how another feels is largely due to the mental pictures they are unconsciously receiving.

Adversity is the best method to test out this superpower for yourself. When everyone around you is stressed, remain calm and see what happens. When those around you anticipate that you should be stressed, angry, or feel sorry for yourself, express gratitude. Watch what happens. Those around you will be inspired to think, act and feel differently about their own adversarial conditions. And when gratitude becomes your predominant mental attitude, it replaces your old default system and becomes the new one.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Rumination Filter

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

The quickest way to transcend suffering and obliterate negative rumination is to attach value and meaning to conditions; to learn something. Value and meaning give purpose to hardship, and purpose is what mind is attempting to locate during rumination.Thus, if we can create or identify a lesson in our experience, mind will quit trying to come up with reasons to rationally explain what–in many cases–can not be rationally explained in a satisfying way.  More often than not, rumination involves reliving the past or imagining the future. Our rumination filter is the method by which we interpret all experience.  Our predominant mental attitude is the blueprint for the construction of our rumination filer.

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Þingvellir, Iceland

 

Seeing Things For The First Time

(7.20) Many seem to think knowledge applies itself which is, by no means, true.

How did it happen?

Sometimes we can pinpoint exactly when a source point has been created. Source Points are when new dialogues are introduced.

There are four gross aspects of mind:

  1. manas (mind)
  2. citta (consciousness)
  3. buddhi (intelligence)
  4. ahamakara (conception of one’s individuality/ego)

(1) Thoughts or desires begin in mind. If we do nothing, the thought/desire ends. (2) If we deliberate or consider it, this is consciousness. (3) Intelligence decides wether to pursue thought/desire. (4) If we pursue thought/desire into reality, it is passed onto ego, an individuals sense of identity apart from others.

In some cases, the event is so insignificant that we are unaware a new dialouge has begun. These are the ones that most often highjack us-when our guard is down and we are relaxed. Just like a physical altercation, if you are relaxed, yoy will end up in better shape. So it is with a mental altercation. The catch is, this can also be a source point for suffering. Suffering is when you feel responsible for what was not in your control and avoid responsibility for what was. The longer you do either, the more intense your suffering. The sooner you resolve either, the sooner you can let go and move forward.

Progress happens when we integrate knowledge we have learned. Without progress, we will continue on the wheel of suffering. Many try to busy themselves with distractions or addictions. Some people do this to intentionally to hide from confrontation, others do this ignorantly because we can not see awareness they have never been aware of. This is why integration and transformation always seem so profound, because we are constantly seeing things for the first time.

 

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Viðey, Iceland