Principles of Discovery, Part 16
This is similar to the principle of planting and harvesting but different. In the previous principle the seeker experimented with truth by testing a belief through embracing it and testing the results.
A seed thought is not a belief. Instead, it is just a thought that is designed to stimulate and lead to more thought. As it leads to various lines and branches of thought the seeker then uses his soul to register whatever truth is exposed in that which comes forth.
Any phrase that stimulates additional thought can be a seed thought. A seed thought is basically any thought, sentence, phrase, or idea that you choose to focus on with contemplation over a period of time. Because all words are symbols of some truth all seed thoughts have the capacity to generate higher realization.
Some teachers have emphasized having a monthly seed thought and this is not a bad idea, but I recommend having at least three working out within you at all times.
- A seed thought around a great mystery that may take you a lifetime to solve.
- A seed thought around an idea that will bear fruit within a month or so.
- A seed thought around a concept that will reveal light in a short period of time.
Plant a seed thought in your mind and heart, and feed this thought with contemplation and meditation. Observe the fruit that comes forth, and accept that which is sweet and registers with your soul.
Here are six sample seed thoughts given out by DK to a disciple. He was to use one a month over a period of six months.
First month: Let the song of the soul be sounded forth by me, and the clear high notes bring peace and joy to others. My word today is Joy.
Second month: Let the quality of the soul be seen in me, the quality of love. It is a love which visions not the little forms of self, but the One Self in all. My quality today is self Forgetfulness.
Third month: Let the word of my soul go forth in strength to others. That word for me, in this short period of my life, is Understanding.
Fourth month: Let the vision of my mind be clear and sure; its outline true and real. That vision is one of mankind’s need, of suffering and of pain, for it is there in all the world. The key for me today is Service.
Fifth month: Let the glory of the Lord Who is my life, be seen. That glory is the glory of the One. Distinction and all differences fade away. The word that is for me the meaning of that life is Identification.
Sixth month: Let the actions of the soul be the motives of my daily life. I am that soul and unto that I dedicate myself. That soul is one in all my fellowmen and I am one with them. The keynote of the action of the soul is Sacrifice. Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 565
These are more lengthy than other seed thoughts he gave out but they suffice to make the point.
Profound scriptures also make good seed thoughts.
Here are a couple good ones:
The truth shall make you free.
In righteousness does he judge and make war.
The kingdom of God is within.
Love never fails.
Except you become as a little child you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
I am the light of the world.
Pick a seed thought and contemplate it a few minutes three times a day and see what additional thoughts come from it. See if your soul recognizes some additional light from this. Do this for a few days and take note of your experience.
One more thing one can do to make use of this principle is to memorize on a regular basis. I memorized quite a few scriptures and what I saw as profound thoughts when I was younger. They have been invaluable to me over a lifetime. Sometimes twenty years after I memorized a phrase it will be passing through my mind and further light will come.
Here is the next principle: “Faith in the Dominating Good, or a belief that God is good.”
The realization that this is a true principle is a discovery of truth in itself, but when this truth gets firmly planted many other discoveries are possible.
How does this aid in the discovery of truth, one may ask.
When one realizes that good dominates, he can eliminate a common teaching that causes much illusion which is this. It is believed by many that good and evil are exact opposites – that they cancel each other out. But if evil cancelled out good then what would we have? There would be no room for joy and happiness.
The correspondence of the dominating good lies in the manifestation of the universe itself. Scientists tell us that in the beginning of the Big Bang that if positive and negative forces were exactly equal they would have cancelled each other out and nothing would have manifest – that we would have only empty space. Now most of the universe is apparently empty space, but if we look up in the sky, we see clumps of matter called stars and galaxies which were formed because of the dominance of one force over the other.
Now the universe is over 99.99 percent empty space so the dominating force barely tipped the scales, but that slight edge was enough to create all there is around us in all its beauty.
Even so, that which is good, which creates with intelligence, which moves us forward in our evolution dominates over mindless destruction and collapse of intelligent building and creation.
The realization of this principle is the beginning of faith. If one learns an ideal, which is good and desirable, then he can believe with certainty that sometime in the future the ideal will manifest. Will it manifest right away? Probably not, for the destructive forces are almost as powerful as the building ones. But because good dominates the disciple has faith that in the end the good will securely manifest.
For instance, the idea of peace on earth good will to man spoken 2000 years ago still seems impossible to many – but not to the faith of a disciple. The reason is the disciple knows that this good and beautiful ideal has to eventually manifest because in the end, good does dominate.
Good dominates because intelligence gravitates toward the good and seeks to manifest it. When intelligent activity is focused on an ideal then it is only a matter of time before it manifests and achieves relative perfection.
It is as hard to see one’s self as to look backwards without turning around. Henry David Thoreau
Sept 21, 2006
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