Principles of Discovery – Part 6
The Process of Elimination
Another instrument in the discovery of truth is the Process of Elimination. How do you suppose this principle works? Have you used it yourself to discover truth? Many of us have used this in the game “Twenty Questions.”
Whatever the case this is an important principle of discovery.
Remember the test I gave the group some time ago to guess which one digit number I had in my mind? Since no one was psychic enough to get it they had to use the process of elimination. The group assumed that there were ten one-digit numbers which are 0123456789. After half of them were eliminated, the group ceased using the guessed numbers as possibilities. They were removed through the process of elimination.
Finally, there were two numbers left and then one. Surely the number left was it, but I still said no. None of the ten guessed was what I had written down. The group went into deep meditation (a guess). Since there are ten one-digit numbers and they had guessed them all and none of them was the number then the truth may not have been as obvious as it seemed. Could there be more than ten one-digit numbers, someone finally mused?
Finally, someone used the process of elimination correctly and eliminated all positive numbers from the equation and realized that the answer could be a negative number. After the ten standard digits were eliminated, the group realized that there were nine negative digits that no one had considered yet. In other words, the process of elimination made them consider a possibility that otherwise would have never been looked at.
Finally, when the group realized they were on the right track it was only a short time through the use of the process of elimination that the correct digit was picked. As I remember, it was minus 2.
The interesting thing is that we have a number of psychics in this group, but as it turned out the process of elimination proved more reliable than ESP.
The truly accurate psychic is indeed a rare thing, but if we can, through the use of mind, logically eliminate certain items as false this leads us, with great accuracy, toward the truth. Any time the seeker has a chance to eliminate a piece of data as false he must rule it out no matter how much it goes against his belief system.
Any scientists who honestly uses the process of elimination must admit that there is a God, or at the least a higher intelligence than man. All he has to do is study the human cell and ask: Could this have been created with no guiding intelligence? Anyone using the process of elimination must admit that a creation a million times more complicated than the Mac I am staring at had to be created by some guiding hand or Purpose.
The atheist scientist illustrates one of the problems with this principle of truth. An item that must be eliminated from the equation can stare many of us in the face, yet we refuse to eliminate it.
If the prophet Rambalana takes his believers to a mountain top time after time to be picked up by Zor and his spaceship and nothing happens, the time should come that the believer would eliminate Zor and Rambalana from the equation of truth.
The sad fact is that even when that which is obviously false appears, the believer continues to believe instead of eliminate.
Take the Jehovah’s Witnesses for instance. One of the founders named Charles T. Russel predicted the return of Christ in the late 1800’s. When he didn’t show up he moved the date ahead. When he didn’t show up again the followers still did not use the process of elimination. Russel took advantage of that belief and moved the date ahead again to 1914.
Well, 1914 came and went but still no Jesus appeared in the clouds. Russel himself refused to eliminate this final date as being wrong and concluded that Jesus did come in 1914, but he just came invisibly and no one saw him. Thus, if I understand the current Jehovah’s Witness doctrine, they still to this day have not eliminated 1914 as the arrival date and accept this as the year of the coming of the Lord.
I personally grew up in an alcoholic family and pretty much fended for myself and my little sister as a kid. I eliminated my parent’s lifestyle as a desirable way of life and became active in the Mormon Church as a teenager. Then, using this same process of elimination, years later I eliminated certain teachings within the church, such as strong infallible authority, as being anti-spiritual and moved on to greater vistas of learning.
“All we can do is to train aspirants in recognized group requirements. We must also point out to them the dangers of mental pride, detail to them their personality limitations and the difficulties of true spiritual leadership, and then plead with them to mind their own business where each other is concerned and ask them to serve the human race; this of course means, incidentally, serving the Hierarchy and thus demonstrate their ability to work within an Ashram. Disciples-in the earlier stages-are apt to be didactic; they like to express in words their profound understanding of occult truth and thereby, in reality, establish their superiority over non-esoteric students, and in so doing (again incidentally) antagonise those they otherwise could help. They like to show their unique familiarity with hierarchical principles but, as they are not yet living those principles, they hinder more than they can help; at the same time, through self-discovery, they learn much thereby. They believe that in expressing their knowledge of petty and unimportant details anent the lives and methods of the Masters, a high point of spiritual understanding and development is thereby indicated. This is not by any means the case. In the last analysis, it indicates a superficial sense of false values, and seventy per cent of their information is wrong and of no importance.” DK – Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 2 Pages 108-109
June 16, 2006
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