6.13-18

(6.13) The creative power of thought originates in Universal Mind.

Creative power is unlimited potential, which is understood by ruminating, rationalizing mind, as meaning.

(6.14) Thought is mind in motion.

Thought is creative power. It functions like electricity. Thought is the electricity/power coming from the outlet (universal mind).

(6.15) The universal produces various combinations, which result in the formation of phenomena.

Thoughts are like ingredients.  “Various combinations” are a result of our various thoughts. The more scattered our thoughts, the more unpredictable will be the result of our thinking. By intentionally directing our attention to specific objects of thought, we are able to anticipate the results.

(6.16) The power of the individual to think is his ability to act upon the universal and bring it into existence.

Our thoughts reinforce our perception of reality. Become aware of the contents (ingredients) of your ruminating mind, and ensure your thoughts are supportive of your ideal state.

The one who things they have lost something will be unable to see what they are looking for even if it is right in front of them.

(6.17) Quarks and electrons are the first form the universal takes, as far as we know.

Quarks are the building blocks of matter.

(6.18) All things originate in mind.

All matter originates with thought.

 

5.13-18

(5.13) The class of facts that can not be accounted for in the visual daily observation of life are esteemed most highly.

“Visual daily observation” consists of events we can witness through the operation of the senses.  (3.11) Inductive reasoning is a process of the objective mind… 

(5.14) This principle is founded on reason and experience.

…in which we compare a number of separate instances with one another until we see the common factor that gives rise to them all. 

(5.15) This principle destroys superstition, precedent and conventionality.

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

(5.16) These laws have been discovered by a generalization of facts that are unusual, rare, strange, and form the exception.

The unusual, rare, strange are a manifestation of natural law and do not rely on reason.

(5.17) We may account for strange and unexplainable phenomena by the creative power of thought.

We may “talk ourselves into” everything from the paranormal to the supernatural.

(5.18) When we learn of a truth we can be sure it is the result of a certain definite cause, and the cause will operate with invariable precession.

Cause and effect is the means of existence. (2.26)

The Means of Existence #1

All power comes from within (1.10). Our ability to think is our ability to access unlimited power (1.20). Creative potential (universal) is the positive side of the battery of life, the individual is the negative, and thought forms the circuit (2.7). Thought is creative energy and will automatically correlate with its object and bring it into manifestation (2.10). Thought is a cause, conditions are an effect (1.7)

All form is created by intelligence and contains the same intelligence (2.21). Once we recognize that all we experience (form) and all events within experience (1.27), share a degree of this same intelligence (2.22), a knowledge of this truth allows us to co-create with the life principle of “every atom in existence.” (1.5) The interaction between our will and this life principle produces cause and effect (1.7). A conscious awareness of this knowledge allows us to plan courageously and execute fearlessly (2.5). We plan by thinking. Thinking is the cause. Conditions within experience are unique to our perception. Perception develops by thinking (1.18)

Concentration (1.20) in harmony with the greatest good to all life (2.7) is key to securing our desires (1.7)

The Race

Suffering derives from the mental state of frustration. Frustration is a result of ruminating mind fixating on a condition that logic can not solve. The reality is that we can not logically understand/explain every condition in our life. This is very humbling to ego, who relies on ruminating mind to give reasons for conditions we encounter. Reasons provide meaning. Meaning contains value. Value imparts purpose.

While we may not be able to logically explain conditions, we do know that the nature of our thought determines how we percieve those conditions, and thus, our ability to cope with conditions.

(7.22) We may be of the most service by keeping an open mind. Be interested in the race rather than goal; the pursuit rather than the possession.

To reach any goal, a journey/race is required. We can not bypass this, any more than we can exclude practice and training from success. Yet, much of the frustrations we encounter are a result of the fact that we are more interested in the goal than the race and when the race turns out to be work or present unexpected challenges, we default to self pity and resentment (against others or whatever god you assume should have saved you from difficulty).

It is the difficulty and obstacles that reveal true character. And we know that character develops in mind.

Thought is transmuted into character and character is the magnet that creates the environment of the individual

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

 

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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

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

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