The Origin of the “Devil”

Dogma is born out of the belief that our model of the world is absolute truth.

“One must never forget that the devil enters psychology through reification – the process by which we are beguiled into treating a concept as if it were the real thing.”

On Jung, Anthony Stevens, PG 27,28

The Personal Unconscious / Subconscious is the sum total of all emotions, dreams, memories experienced or developed by an individual to which they are not consciously aware of yet have access to.

Complexes are a series of emotional triggers that develop from within the Personal Unconscious/Subconscious and, as such, may be understood as Patriarchal 2nd Pantheon of various mythical traditions: ie, Olympians (Greece), Æsir (Northern European). These triggers are related in content/qualities of behavior identified with emotional residue from thoughts and/or experiences. When one trigger is activated, all triggers within a given complex may become activated.

The Chhandogya Upanishad speaks to an early understanding of complexes: “The subtle impressions of the past are stored in the unconscious mind and lie dormant there. Unless something awakens them, they have no power to affect either your determination or your conscious mind.” 

The Collective Unconscious / Universal is the is the sum total of all emotions, dreams, memories experienced or developed by our species to which the individual may not be consciously aware of, yet have access to.

Archetypes are a series of (64) universal behavior blueprints that have developed in the biological evolution of Consciousness. They have developed from within the Collective Unconscious/Universal, and as such, may be understood as Matriarchal 1st Pantheon of various mythical traditions: ie, Titans (Greece), Vanir (Northern European)

Archetypes are not responsible for the creation of complexes–which are a result of conscious experience–though an archetype may become a symbol for the complex to represent itself.

Ego interprets experience for Self. Self creates experience for ego to interpret. In this way, nature has developed consciousness to experience itself.

“Contemplation prevents the unconscious mind from controlling the conscious mind, but it is your sankalpa shakti (the power of determination) that makes contemplation effective. It is more powerful than the unconscious mind.” ~ Chhandogya Upanisha, The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition, Pandit Tigunait, (Location 387, Kindle)

Becoming “conscious” of your experience of consciousness is enlightenment/self realization. To achieve this, we must detach ourselves from having identity reactions to experience, as identity reinforces our commitment to superficial reality, ie. that which will pass away/has been created.

Because all we experience has been created, it is temporal. The enlightened person dwells on that which will not pass away. And realizing that each individual possess a Self–which is an individualization of that which will never pass away/Brahman–any attachments we have towards the vessel (physical form) of the essence (spirit/soul)are redundant. Instead, the enlightened focus on the essence within the vessel.

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Standing Stones, Viðey Island, Iceland

Everything Else

(1.5) The Universal Mind is the life principle of every atom in existence.

Universal Mind/God/The Force/Love

(1.6) Our ability to think is our ability to act upon the universal and bring it into existence.

Our ablility to think/prayer/Using the force/Love

(1.7) The result of this action and interaction is cause and effect; every thought is a cause, every condition an effect.

Cause and effect/YinYang/polarity/duality

Love is the creative power of life. This is natural law. Everything else is commentary.

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Q&A: Is their a heaven?

Community Question:

Is there a heaven?

Answer:

Energy transforms. It’s impossible to know for certain what form our energy takes when the physical body dies. Anything we can imagine only highlights our inability to imagine anything beyond the current limitations of mind. That said, consciousness may be a result of the interaction of different components, which may include aspects of our physical body. The science is still out on this so there is no way of knowing if consciousness exists in the same form after physical death. It may exist in a greater or less significant matter, or not at all.

Experiences in the physical body accumulate energy, ranging from very dense to very translucent. Therefore, it logically seems possible that the destination of our energy after death would be drawn to “like” energy. Symbolically, it seems reasonable to assume this is the principle underlying the concept of heaven.

Ultimately, all we humans have is concepts, and concepts are metaphors for what is beyond our understanding.

Faith is the consolation prize of being unable to verify solutions to our existential questions.

Society has trained us to “need” answers to existential questions, and this “need” is what keeps religion/dogma in business. It can be very unnerving to live contentedly without existential answers, and a crutch is a welcome alternative to immobility. Any belief in service to our ideal state (or an “idealer” state) is beneficial, as long as we consistently evaluate the relevance of our beliefs.

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things unseen,” just remember that “hope” was one of Pandora’s gifts.

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Iceland

The Value of Evaluation

As children, many of us understood “discipline” as the consequences of misbehaving, ie. punishment.

Unfortunately, many of our childhood impressions form belief systems we carry with us throughout our life.

Part of maturing is recognizing that many of our childhood perceptions no longer serve our best interests. Evaluation is the art of recognizing the temporal and transient nature of value. Values provide moral currency to our decisions. Guilt is a result of making choices to think and act in ways that conflict with our values. Depression and anxiety are often the result of an established value system that is consistently in opposition to our current understanding of ourselves. This is why evaluation is so neccesry, because we can identify and eliminate values/belief systems that no longer support our ideal state or we recognize that our behaviour does not support values/belief system that is neccesary to maintain our ideal state.

As an adult, “discipline” is the art of behavior regulation. We realize the inherent power of discipline to empower our conscious intention and override and replace destructive habits of thought with harmonious affirmations leading to abundance.

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Icelandic Horses, Iceland

The Seed of Thrive

(1.23) Spiritual truth is the control factor in this method of thought.

(1.24) The nature of our desire must be in harmony with natural law.

The method of thought to which we are referring is the ability to concentrate, which is our intentional conscious ability to maintain thoughts that support our ideal state.

Thoughts we choose to entertain represent our desires. We may be required to think about certain things as a result of our commitments, though we always have a choice with regards to the attitude we maintain with reference to these thoughts.

Our desires must be in harmony with natural law or the quality of our thought is possession rather than concentration. These two extremes of the same process may even feel the same, just as planting an apple seed and a tomato seed may feel the same, but when the seed takes root and bears fruit, the difference will become very apparent.

Does a farmer plant seed without knowing, first, the kind of harvest to prepare for? We can’t plant seeds of possession and expect to reap the fruits of concentration. Thus, we must take every opportunity to exercise our freewill by utilizing our ability to consciously introduce internal dialogues that support our ideal state. Eventually, these dialogues will become subconscious and will blossom into a predominant mental attitude that allows us to thrive.

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Mt. Stapafell, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Optimistic

(8.3) Success depends upon spiritual power.

(8.4) Spiritual power depends upon use; use determines its existence.

Thought is spiritual power. Each moment of our lives we have the choice to consciously control our thoughts. Every choice we make counts because the habits of mind become subconscious patterns that affect our ability to percieve options with regards to the conditions we meet in life.

Those who are consciosly aware of their thoughts and options (freewill) and have the strength to make choices in support of their ideal state (willpower) are better off in every way.

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Wealth. Who needs it?

(8.11) Wealth depends upon an understanding of the creative nature of thought.

(8.20) Correct scientific thinking is a recognition of the creative nature of spiritual energy and our ability to control it.

How do you define wealth? Money. Is that it? Think beyond money and consider what else in your life brings you prosperity. It may be easier to imagine if you didn’t have things you take for granted. Family. Friends. A job. Health.

Examine the pyramid below. These are Maslow’s Heirarcy of Needs.

Consider wealth to be reflective of your position on this pyramid. If you have all your psychological needs met, you are among the most fortunate on the planet. Are your security needs met? You probably live in a first world country, shared by only 19% the the planets population. Are your love and belonging needs met? I’ve visited countries where people were very wealthy, in this respect, despite not having the prior needs of the Heirarcy met.

You may continue this climb, at your own pace. Bring along your balance book so you may begin recording your wealth.

(8.12) The true value of wealth is its exchange value.

Now that you have accumulated your non monetary wealth, in what way do you exchange this with others?

You might also want to consider how lucky you are to have ANY of these needs met.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Growth

While our emotional reaction or response to past experiences may be the default position by which we filter new experience, we are not bound by this. A conscious decision to replace our “past” or “future” narrative is all is takes to transcend the default system.

Doing anything consciously means work, which is why we tend to do things that do not require conscious attention. We can entertain ourselves or be entertained. 

Ruminating mind enjoys activities that do not interfere with rumination. It is easier for mind to ruminate while being entertained (watching something) than by entertaining (reading, musical instrument).  Activities that demand our attention, especially one-pointed concentration, tend to be activities ruminating mind wants to avoid.

We will succeed at any activity that we can commit our attention to. Sometimes these activities easily capture our attention (sex) and other times we have to work at cultivating concentration, as may be the case for athletes and others who experience “the zone,” which is simply the suspension of ruminating mind and an increased ability to succeed and perfect whatever our attention is focused upon.

While change is not always optional, growth is. Growth requires taking the incentive to seek lessons from conditions and, in so doing, integrate knowledge we can gain.

(7.18) We may overcome all fear, lack, limitation, poverty and discord by substituting principle from error. 

 

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Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Iceland