The Second Mountain (a)

(2.1) There are two modes of mental activity–conscious and subconscious.

All action is predicated by conscious or subconscious thought.

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

Mastery “happens” when repeated action becomes so habitual, we do not have to consciously think about it anymore. Conversely, we may also be controlled by habitual behaviors that are self-destructive.

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

The subconscious controls all the “background” programs of our experience.

(2.4) The conscious mind has the faculty of discrimination. It has the power of reasoning. It is the seat of the will and may impress the subconscious.

The conscious mind navigates the polarities of experience (persona-shadow, ego-self, etc.) Wether is is tossed about or maintains equilibrium depends on the individuals ability to apply knowledge they have gained.

(2.5) Conscious mind is reasoning will subconscious mind is instinctive desire, the result of past reasoning will.

Conscious mind is like the USB device/drive by which we may “reprogram” the subconscious with our intention.

(2.6) To impress the subconscious, mentally state what is wanted.

We mentally state what is wanted by directing our attention toward visualizing and idealizing (feeling) the conditions we desire to manifest in our experience.

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

The forward movement of the great whole is natures plan to become conscious of itself. We participate in this plan by consciously recognizing that our experience of life is for this same purpose. The more we intentionally bring unconscious patterns and belief systems into conscious awareness, the more we are in harmony with this plan. Introspection, inductive reasoning, and critical thinking are key instruments available to us.

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

Our predominant mental attitude is determined by our directed attention; how much time we spend thinking about specific things and what we feel when we think.

(2.9) This is cause & effect.

Our experience is shaped by internal conditions–thoughts and feelings.

(2.10) Thought is creative energy and will correlate with its object and bring it into manifestation.

Creative energy is spiritual energy. Thought is, thus, spiritual.

TFM Criss-Cross #2

(1.2) All possession is based on consciousness.

(4.2) Thought is carried by the law of vibration.

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

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

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

(3.22) These are not separate entities, but parts or aspects of the whole.

(5.12) We may know this method is correct by not permitting a tyrannical prejudice to neglect or mutilate unwelcome facts.

(6.22) Man is a spiritual being and this spirit must, necessarily, be perfect.

We are possessed by internal dialogues, which indicate states of consciousness. These dialogues radiate like waves of vibration. Material possessions only have value if they give way to more power. Creating vivid mental pictures leads to concentration, which empowers our ability to direct attention. Wealth is the ability to trade. Extremes are designations that help us identify desire from repulsion. We may transcend extremes by listening without prejudice. We are spiritual because thought allows us to access creative potential. We can transcend emotional attachment because we are spiritual.

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

(5.19) This knowledge explains the cause of every possible condition, spiritual, mental, and physical.

(3.29) Creative power originates in the universal but can manifest itself, only, through the individual.

(8.19) The source of all abundance is constructive thinking.

(7.9) Many fail to secure harmonious conditions because they focus on loss, disease, and disaster. The law is working perfectly. Fear is manifesting.

(2.19) A conscious recognition of cause and effect with the intention of bringing it into operation for a definite purpose is necessary to consciously utilize this principle.

(4.9) The silence is a physical stillness.

(1.9) All lack, limitation, disease, and disaster are the result of destructive thinking.

All effects have a cause. Utilizing a knowledge of  cause and effect is constructive thought. Creative power is expressed in effects. Thoughts are the cause. This principle applies regardless of wether the effect is desired. We may develop the concentration to direct our attention by remaining still. If we direct attention towards undesired conditions, these will manifest.

 

 

1.30-25

(1.30) A symbol is the outward form of the spiritual reality within. Therefore, unless we possess the the spiritual reality, the form disappears.

All form (manifestation) is a symbol (effect) of the thought (cause) that created it.

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

Ego relies on experience that comes from existence, and the memory of our experience, to make decisions. Intuition is the “voice” of Self advising ego. Intuition is informed by observation, concentration and inductive reasoning.

(1.28) Concentration depends upon the development of perception, wisdom, intuition and sagacity.

We develop perception by keeping an open mind and avoiding absolutes.

We develop wisdom by allowing new perceptions to influence existing perceptions.

We develop intuition by creating new habits rather than being controlled by former ones.

We develop sagacity by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of perceptions.

(1.27) Mind is the ruler and creator of all form and all events occurring within form.

Mind is the engine that produces thought.

(1.26) The controlling factor of every commercial pursuit is the mental element.

Our ability to hold any idea in mind will influence the way it is perceived by others.

(1.25) Thought is transmuted into character and character is the magnet that creates the environment of the individual.

How another perceives and is affected by the idea we hold in mind determines–for them–the quality of our character.

 

 

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

 

Awareness of Opportunity

(7.16) Desirable conditions are secured by entertaining desirable thoughts only.

(7.77) 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 sow is scientifically intact.

The greatest misconception about the law of attraction concerns the tendency to put the cart before the horse. The modern conception of the law of attraction is with regards to physical possessions or events. This is the great error.

When we speak of conditions we do not refer to physical/material conditions but states of being/consciousness. Our greatest power is our ability to control our state of being-our predominant mental attitude. More than anything else, our predominant mental attitude is responsible for creating states along the spectrum of inner peace through to inner catastrophe. These inner-states determine our perception and perception is awareness of opportunity.

We always have opportunity to control inner conditions. Often, a change of inner conditions will result in a change in outer conditions. If our awareness is limited, we are unable to recognize opportunity to instigate change. Inability is a reflection of our stubbornness or resistance to instigate change. Inability is a state of mind not an absolute truth.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
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Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

 

Insight Enables

Too often we look to situations beyond our control as the defining factors of our experience. Instead, we may begin to understand conditions as perceptions, or states of being.

Our purpose in life is to maintain our internal ecosystem. Sleep, hydration, nutrition, thoughts and exercise are all facets of this maintenance. As a part of nature, we will always be subject to forces beyond our control. This makes it so important to be ahead of the curve when it comes to what we do control. Being prepared mentally and physically ensures we are better prepared to face adversity when it arises.

(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.

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

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Pacific Ocean, Iceland

 

Tuning In

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

Mind is in a constant state of activity. Concentration is like tuning the radio dial so that you only hear one station clearly. This happens naturally when we are so completely absorbed in a situation that we are conscious of nothing else. More often than not, this takes work because it is rare to be so absorbed.

It takes work because mind is already active and we must consciously introduce a new dialouge that can drown out the rest.

(6.8) Concentration may be acquired by faithfully practicing mental exercise.

Mind is programmed to ruminate. As long as it’s ruminating upon a dialogue that supports our ideal state, we will benefit from this process.

Rumination is the process of mind that seeks to resolve the reason for phenomena.

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Menntaskólinn við Sund, Reykyjavik, Iceleand

 

 

The Art of Gratitude

Mind is governed by learned behavior. Morality is an afterthought. To understand this is essential to transcend from the chaos of profound selfishness to the harmony of intentional boundaries (discipline). Removing chaos does not eliminate conflict, it gives conflict meaning, by providing the opportunity to learn. Learning, necessarily, involves integration.

Shame is a shadow emotion. Shame identifies and reinforces negative beliefs one may have of themselves. Just like anger, shame is usually misdirected towards others, in an attempt to deny dealing with the cause. Shame is an effect. If you want to change the effect, you must change the cause.

We may overcome adversity by channeling all emotion through a filter of gratitude. Gratitude is the art of recognizing how fortunate you already are.

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Iceland

Overcoming Adversity

Our predominant mental attitude is directed by confrontation. What we choose or refuse to act upon guides the development of conditions. This is the story of evolution, be it our species or an idea.

The comfort of instant gratification keeps us from accepting responsibility for how choice contributes to the unfoldment of conditions. Choice is the byproduct of thought. Inaction of thought is a choice. The choice of inaction is thought.

Discomfort can be avoided by taking initiative to respond to conditions in life. All conditions are opportunities to gain wisdom by relying on observational response rather than emotional reaction.

The only way to maintain comfort is through discipline, otherwise the conditions of life will continue to feel overwhelming. Comfort is always an illusion. Discipline develops personal morality.

Listening allows us to access the unconscious. Consciousness holds us accountable to knowledge we have gained by allowing reluctance to hold us back from awareness. This conflict is what keeps consciousness endlessly in pursuit of “awakening” the ego; a conflict all mythology reflects and all religion rests.

(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.

Self governance is the only suitable alternative to prescribed or learned brief systems. The self realized person constructs and maintains personal morality on the basis of love. Anything less than love is an instant capstone preventing the maturation of consciousness to the individual.

As a part of nature, or physical bodies respond to our willingness or react to our reluctance to participate with natural law.

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Snæfellsjökull, Iceland (Jules Verne’s Journey To The Center of The Earth inspiration)