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.

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.

Deep Dive: Concentration

(1.21) The true method of concentration is to become so identified with your object of thought that you are conscious of nothing else.

Your object of thought should be what you are passionate about creating with your life. Passion, in this context, comes from within. It can not depend on people or conditions. You, alone, are responsible for maintaining your passion and developing it.

If your passion supports the plan of nature-which is to become conscious of itself-you have discovered your ideal state.

Do your actions reflect that you are absorbed in your passion? How much of your time is dedicated to practicing, visualizing, and developing, your object of thought?

(1.28) Concentration operates by the development of perception, wisdom, intuition, and sagacity.

Concentration is the cake. Perception, wisdom, intuition, and sagacity, are the ingredients.

Perception is maintained by our predominant mental attitude.

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

Wisdom is developed by inductive reasoning.

Intuition is the voice of our authentic Self, which can more easily be heard when we silence internal chatter.

Sagacity is introspective discernment.

(6.26) Concentration is the highest personal achievement that can be acquired. It is the distinguishing characteristic of every successful person.

(6.28) Concentration is so important because it allows us to control our thoughts. And since every thought is a cause, every condition is an effect. Therefore, if we control the cause, we control the effect.

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(1.6) Our ability to think is our ability to act upon the universal and bring it into existence. The result of this action and interaction is cause and effect. Every thought is a cause. Every condition, an effect.

(6.27) Concentration may be acquired by practicing mental exercise.

Mental exercise may be cultivated through mindfulness, visualization and memorization.

Mindfulness is an awareness our experience while it is happening.

(5.1) Visualization is the process of creating mental pictures.

Memorization is the foundation of recall. A scattered mind has trouble recalling what has been memorized. As a mental exercise, developing recall will remain a consistent tool for measuring your ability to focus in addition to being the tool to restore focus.

Crossover Week #4 (a)

(7.1) Visualization is the process of creating mental pictures.

(8.1) Imagination is a form of constructive thought. It is the light that penetrates new worlds of thought and experience. It is the mighty instrument by which every great discoverer or inventor opens the way from precedent to experience.

Imagination is the engine of visualization.

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

(7.2) By holding an image or picture in mind we gradually but surely draw the thing nearer to us.

Visualization is our method of creating mental pictures of our ideal conditions.

(7.3) Idealization is the process of idealizing while visualizing the conditions that will eventually manifest in the objective world.

(8.3) The imagination can be cultivated by practicing mental exercise. It must receive nourishment or it can not survive.

We may practice mental exercise by constantly visualizing ideal conditions and replacing unsupportive internal dialogues with intentional alternative dialogues that support our mental pictures of ideal conditions.

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

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

Daydreaming = destructive thinking, as motivated by fear, worry, etc.

Imagination = constructive thinking, as motivated by our ideal state.

(7.5) Each repeated action renders the image more accurate than the former.

(8.5) Mistakes are a result of ignorance.

Mind loves to ruminate. Every mental picture that we reinforce grows stronger as a tool/weapon to subconsciously motivate and influence our choices.

(8.6) Knowledge is a result of our ability to think.

(7.6) The material for the construction of these mental images is secured by millions of tiny workers: brain cells.

Every idea is born from a thought which is formed by the “work” of millions of brain cells.

Crossover Week #2 (c)

(3.13) Need, want, and desire–in the largest sense–induce, guide, and determine action.

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

Need, want and desire are expressions of CONSCIOUSNESS, which directs force.

Cause and effect is the SUBSTANCE through which consciousness exerts force.

Natural law is the principle of life to thrive–the guiding FORCE of evolution/progress.

(3.14) The formula for the unerring solution of every problem is to believe our desires have already been fulfilled. Their accomplishment will soon follow.

(4.14) The effect of an understanding of natural law is a conscious realization that we can adjust ourselves to divine and unchanging principles.

A conscious realization that all conditions are effects and all thoughts and actions are the cause of conditions, provides us with the confidence and motivation to adjust our thoughts and actions to support the creation of conditions that support the ideal state we desire to manifest in our lives.

(3.15) Jesus, Plato, and Swedenborg all advocated this teaching.

(4.15) The degree of success we achieve is indicated by the degree in which we realize that we can not change the infinite but must cooperate with it.

Natural law is infinite, thus, we must be able to differentiate thought and action that supports Natural law from what does not. Selfish (self serving) thought and actions do not support natural law.

This method of thinking (inductive reasoning/faith) has been recognized throughout history.

(3.16) We are thinking on the plane of the absolute where–having planted a seed–if left undisturbed will germinate into fruition.

(4.16) The law of attraction rests on vibration which–in turn–rests on love. This is the principle which gives thought its dynamic power. Any thought impregnated with love is invincible.

Natural Law is absolute. We may direct this FORCE to produce infinite SUBSTANCE (form) as a result of our CONSCIOUSNESS state. The “highest” consciousness state we can operate from is a position of love because love is the greatest expression of Natural Law. As long as we do not “disturb” our thoughts and actions with selfish intent, the seeds we ave planted will blossom into manifestation.

(3.17) This belief is scientifically intact because it is a natural law.

(4.17) It is invincible because it is a natural law. All natural laws are invincible, unchangeable and act with mathematical certitude, without deviation or variation.

Natural law is absolute because it can be/has been consistently observed (measured).

(3.18) “Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things unseen.

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

We reaffirm our confidence/faith through repeated observation of the effects of Natural Law to manifest conditions based on our quality/object of thought.

4.25-30

(4.25) Correct Scientific Thought is the ability to adjust our thought process to the will of the universal; to cooperate with natural law.

This is how we integrate knowledge. Knowledge must be the catalyst for adjusting our behavior to support our ideal state.

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

Forces, ie. magnetism/cause and effect

Methods, ie. inductive reasoning

Combinations, ie. dialogue and activity replacement (pattern interupts)

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

(1.5) The universal mind is the life principle of every atom in existence.

(4.28) The cause of all lack, limitation, disease, disharmony and discord are the result of the exact same law. This law acts relentlessly and is continually bringing about conditions in correspondence to the thought that originated or created them.

Thought which does not support nature/universal mind (the principle of life to thrive) is responsible for every ill the human race has been afflicted (3.5).

(4.29) Inspiration is the art of self realization. It is the art of adjusting the individual mind to that of the universal mind; a recognition of the omnipresence of omnipotence.

Self realization is awareness of self as distinct from ego. We must rise above “ego” to recognize it.

Omnipresence is existing everywhere.

Omniscience is unlimited knowledge.

(4.30) What we do depends upon who we are. Who we are depends upon what we think, thus, our quality of thought determines conditions we meet in life.

Our quality of thought can be measured by its support of natural law. Does our thought support the right of all life to thrive equally?

2.7-12

(2.7) If our desires are in harmony with the forward movement of the great whole, forces will be set in motion that bring about the desired result.

The “forward movement of the great whole” is the momentum of nature to thrive. (1.24)

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

Our predominant mental attitude will determine our perception of conditions within our environment.

(2.9) This is the law of attraction.

(2.10) Thought will automatically correlate with its object and bring it into manifestation.

The object is the subject of our thought upon which our attention is directed.

(2.11) Wealth is the offspring of power.

Power is an understanding and utilization of the creative power of thought to alter our perception of conditions.

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

Possessions are the things that possess us). They are of value when they do not scatter our mind. Tools become weapons when they hijack our ability to focus our attention.