Principle 38

This entry is part 34 of 98 in the series Principles

Focused Attention

Attention is basically the focus of consciousness in a certain direction with the intent to insure an objective is achieved.

Focused attention is the key to success in any endeavor whether it be the creation of a nation, a business, a book or a work of art.

It may seem that attention works because one who is paying attention to his creation is doing the right things to create the action to produce success, but the power of attention goes beyond this. When the creator pays attention to his creation an invisible magnetic power is generated that pulls together the elements necessary for success that goes beyond the power of individual action.

The power of focused attention hit home with me as I observed many business owners. I have spent many years in sales and during this time I called upon thousands of businesses, often talking to the owners. It usually didn’t take long for me to assess how successful each business was. I noticed something about the successful owners that I thought was odd at the time. Many of them didn’t seem to be that intelligent. In fact, some seemed to even be somewhat backward. Now many were very intelligent but being sharp, quick and intelligent did not seem to be a common trait of many who were successful.

This caused me to look for the most common characteristic of successful people among business owners as well as all with whom I came in contact. I discovered that many of the success ingredients of motivational books were not the answer. In addition to intelligence, these included:

(1) Determination

(2) Perseverance

(3) Good ideas

(4) Getting group input

(5) Desire

(6) Raising capital

(7) Planning

(8) Faith in yourself

(9) Establish a good reputation

(10) Knowledge

The list could go on and all these things are helpful but none of these are the prime ingredient of success.

After a lot of observation and contemplation it dawned on me that the most common ingredient of all successful business owners was the use of focused attention. This is complimentary to the Forest Gump principle mentioned earlier.

I realized that many simple minded Forest Gump type characters could ultimately succeed more than many super intelligent imaginative dreamers who attend motivational seminars. Often the simple thinkers have an advantage over those with complex minds because they are not diverted by lots of competing ideas floating around in their heads. This eliminates distraction from applying the focused attention necessary to succeed according to one’s desires.

Now if one is capable of focused attention and applies the standard practices of success then he will have an advantage, but the best laid plans will not succeed if the power of attention on the goal is diverted or energy is too scattered.

The power of attention does more than merely keep the consciousness focused but is a fundamental generator of power to create. It works with the principle that energy follows thought.

Just as your arm has power to move things so does attention. Attention directs energy by the power of thought and creates an invisible force that causes the elements to respond to the will of the watcher.

And speaking of watchers, that is one of the names given to the Planetary Logos or the Ancient of Days.

Few have asked the question as to why he is sometimes called a watcher. The reason is this. The higher lives do not create the same way we do. If we want to build a house we have to gather the materials and then physically piece them together.

If an advanced life wants to create something he directs his thought with the end result pictured and then keeps energy pouring in the direction of that end through focused attention. He keeps his attention on the creation by watching for the creation to manifest. This he does until the end is achieved. If he were to cease watching and withdraw attention the creation would not materialize.

You and I, when we contemplate, meditate or pray may have flashes of inspiration come into our minds of something we must do. Often this is something in line with the attention of the Logos. Then when we act we are actually becoming his arms and legs working to bring his creation into existence. Unknown to us is that hundreds, thousands or even millions may be responding to some degree to move forward the work of creation.

Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Sam Levenson

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Principle 39

This entry is part 35 of 98 in the series Principles



(1) Why does attrition create the opposite effect as does attention and what is that effect?

(2) When should attrition be used?

(3) Name three things that attrition is a useful tool in destroying.

There is a time and place for all things. There is a time to pay attention and create, but there is also a time to release attention and let go. This creates the power of attrition, which causes creation to fall apart or disintegrate.

We put these two next to each other because they are opposite principles. The focusing of attention draws elements toward a center producing creation. Attrition takes attention away from creation and causes the elements of a thing to dissipate and become unorganized.

Both of these operate under the principle that energy follows thought. Attention is merely focused thought and such focus becomes a magnetic center, which causes all things necessary for creation to gather.

The question arises as to why we would want a creation destroyed. The answer is that all of us have many creations that by the power of our negative thinking and fears cause us more harm than good.

Here are some things we may want destroyed through attrition:

(1) Bad habits. Let us say you smoke or drink too much and want to quit. You reach for that cigarette because your attention is drawn to it. Release yourself from attention on the habit and the desire will die through attrition. Admittedly this is easier said than done, but if the person releases attention through force of will it will happen.

(2) Fears and worries. We fear because we give too much attention to pain and negative repercussions of things that may happen to us. If we release ourselves from sending attention toward the cause of fear, the fear will die through attrition. If you are not thinking of losing money, love, appreciation etc then you will not fear losing them.

(3) Bad relationships. We often give attention to the wrong people and draw them into our lives, which hinders our happiness and progression. Many are amazed at how, when they end a bad relationship, that they seem to jump into another one which may be worse. To end this vicious cycle the person must take his attention off the things that draw negative people and the power of attrition will cause bad relationships to cease. Then the person must shift his attention to thoughts that will draw to him a better quality of associate.

In my book, the Lost Key of the Buddha I wrote about a higher use of the Principle of Attrition in overcoming The Dweller on the Threshold. The dweller is a composite life whose body is the negative astral energy of all your past fears and negativity. The Dweller is your personal devil and can bother you many times before your final test. In your encounter where you overcome him he battles for his life because he sees that your consciousness is merging with the Christ Consciousness where he will be left behind to wither and die. He thus does all in his power to divert your attention back to your fears and concerns of the world where he can continue to feed on your thoughts and survive.

Attrition is the key to overcoming the encounters with the dweller but the more intense the encounter the more difficult it is to withhold energy from him.

Those who have been given no teachings about the Dweller are particularly handicapped as they are very confused about what is going on during an encounter and often the Principle of Attrition does not seem occur to them. Readers of my words will have a great advantage as they at least will have an idea of the direction to proceed. Even so, an intense encounter will be difficult to tune out making a powerful act of the will necessary. Just like it is difficult to ignore all your thoughts or have none during a meditation even so it is difficult to tune out all negativity in an encounter with the Dweller, or for that matter a bad situation..

“Men who never get carried away should be.”

— Malcolm Forbes (1919 – 1990)

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Principle 40

This entry is part 36 of 98 in the series Principles


In the East the Principle of Harmlessness is stressed — sometimes to an almost fanatical degree. Some will avoid stepping on a bug at all costs. Even though highly ridiculed, the idea is good and also stressed in the Christian Bible, but in different words. For instance, Jesus said, “Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matt 10:16

A dove is fairly harmless but will eat bugs and worms to survive.

Jesus preached forgiveness even unto seventy times seven, which guides disciples in a harmless direction. He set an example by not letting Peter harm the soldiers who came to arrest him.

When James and John wanted to destroy a city that rejected them they suggested to the Master that they call down fire out of heaven. Jesus said: “You know not what manner of spirit you are. The son of man came not to destroy, but to save.” Luke 9:55

So what exactly is the Principle of Harmlessness? If we truly follow it does it mean we not even injure a blade of grass or an insect?

As with all principles the second key of judgment must be used to apply them in life. To follow the principle of harmlessness does not mean that one will never cause pain or discomfort to another. One must recall that there are many forks in the road in life where neither decision or path is an easy one. Often it seems as if we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. In other words, there are times that people are going to get hurt no matter what we decide.

Example: Jim has a fatal attraction toward Julie. Julie senses the danger and tells Jim she is not interested in a romantic relationship. Jim is hurt, but the overall hurt suffered is much less than would have been the case if Julie had gone contrary to her will, become romantic with Jim and then cut him off.

Many examples like this could be given, but the point is that harmlessness is misunderstood by many. Harmlessness does not mean that you will never hurt anyone. Instead, it means that when you are faced with a decision that you will choose the more harmless of the two choices. For instance, in the example above Julie chose the path of harmlessness because she made the least hurtful decision.

One may wonder if Jesus was practicing harmlessness when he chased the moneychangers out of the temple. The act made them angry and caused hurt feelings. Even so, he accomplished a greater good by illustrating the truth that the things of the Spirit should have priority over materialism. The temple workers were doing harm to the true purpose of the temple and Jesus reminded them of this. As with Jesus sometimes the path of harmlessness will lead the disciple to be a cause in stopping harmful actions.

For instance, it was the path of harmlessness that was taken by the Allies to stop Hitler during World War II. If Hitler had won great harm would have been carried out toward humanity.

Many other aspects of Jesus’ life were not seen as harmless by the authorities of the day. His teachings were seen as a threat to the status quo which they saw as essential to maintain. His miracles and growing numbers of people following him were also seen as something that could become very harmful. His words and works bothered so many that he was led to say, “Blessed is he who is not offended in me.” Matt 11:6

We assume then that Jesus set the example for harmlessness as he did for other spiritual values. This tells us that the one who treads the path of harmlessness will sometimes step on a few toes and offend a number of people.

Now there are a number of offensive things a person can do that will be harmful and takes one off the path. If one calls people names, insults them or speaks harshly without justification then more harm will be done than good.

But he who follows the spiritual path and lives by the highest he knows may find himself offending many who are emotionally polarized. It is interesting though that a disciple with soul contract will rarely be offended by anything another disciple does or says.

The Principle of Harmlessness could therefore be distilled as follows:

“He who follows the harmless path seeks to do harm to no living thing, but realizes that indecision can often bring more harm than a wrong decision. He will therefore, not shy away from decision, but will use all his wisdom to make choices that will produce the most harmless direction. Ironically, the disciple will often have to step on a few toes when he chooses the path of harmlessness.”

Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors.

Thomas H. Huxley (1825 – 1895)

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Principle 41

This entry is part 37 of 98 in the series Principles

Discerning the Good

Isaiah predicted a time when people would have great difficulty in recognizing what is good. He said people would call good, evil; and evil, good.

Some differentiations are not difficult to recognize, but others are.

Here are a few good things easy to recognize:


Helping those less fortunate.

Forgiving others.

Getting an education.

Living the golden rule.

Going the extra mile.

Helping the sick.

In simple individual circumstances these and other acts are fairly universally seen as good things. But seeing the good becomes much more complicated when groups, peoples and nations become involved. Opposing groups will almost always see the other as being evil and themselves as being the good.

For instance, each extreme among the Christians and Moslems see themselves as good and the other as evil.

The world is divided between socialist/communist thinkers and capitalist/free enterprise.

Then you have dictatorships and freely elected governments.

Union and non-union workers is another.

Within certain dichotomies of thought both sides firmly believe they are right and the other side is evil and nothing seems to be able to change their minds.

Is there some key available that the objective person can use as a guide?

Fortunately, there is.

This key is buried in several examples we can discover from the past.

Example 1: World War 2.

The core conflict that started the war was between Nazism and western democracies. Both sides saw themselves as the good guys and made great sacrifices to win.

To understand who better represented the good, one merely need step back and ask what would have been the difference in the results of the two sides winning?

We know what happened when the Allies won. Peace and tranquility was established and in Western Europe and the people ofUnited States went on with their lives in relative freedom.

The interesting thing is that even the archenemies Germany and Japan became democracies and experienced a great improvement in freedom and prosperity.

In other words, when the Allies won even the enemies won because all benefited through the win.

But what would have happened if Hitler had won the war?

Would there have been an increase of freedom in the United States and Europe? Would people have the freedom to criticize their leaders? Could each individual control his destiny?

Most people are very happy that Hitler did not win and can visualize how miserable existence would have been if he had succeeded.

Example 2: The American Revolutionary War.

At the historical beginning of the United States we had the Revolutionary War. On one side were the Royalists who believed it was good to be ruled over by a king with unlimited power over the people. The other side wanted self-government where the leaders would be elected and the people could throw them out if they did not like them.

Back then it was difficult to see which side was the good as evidenced by the fact that only about a third of the people in this country supported the rebels.

Now, several generations later the good is easy to see. We see many benefits from a free government and even England has removed the governing power from the king and given it to the people. When the rebels won the war not only did the United States benefit, but the losers benefited also.

And this leads us to the key of discernment.

Here is the principle behind recognizing the good.

When the good prevails the majority benefit, not only among those who win in the conflict, but among those who lose.

When evil prevails only a handful in power benefit on the winning side. Most of the rest suffer or lose in some way and are controlled through fear and indoctrination.

The only trouble is that during a conflict both sides teach that the majority will benefit from their winning. To find the good we must visualize what would occur in the future if each side had their way. Look not for the benefit of the few, but of the many.

For some this vision is easy and the probable results are obvious. Others are fed propaganda and programmed to not see objectively. Yet vision for the majority is possible. What is needed are teachers of light to make accurate vision easy to obtain.

People like to say that the conflict is between good and evil. The real conflict is between truth and lies.
Miguel Angel Ruiz

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Principle 42

This entry is part 38 of 98 in the series Principles

The Principle Of Beauty

(1) What is the principle that determines whether a thing is beautiful?

(2) Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

The cliché that beauty is in the eye of the beholder is not exactly a truism. There is truth in it for a small percentage of the people, but for the vast majority the criteria for beauty is the same in all eyes.

“That’s not true,” says one. “I see beauty where many do not.”

That may be because you are looking where others are not, but if two look at the same thing they will generally see beauty if it is there.

Let us give an example. Who is the best-looking female – Jessica Simpson or Roseanne Barr? Now we are not talking about inner beauty, personality, sense of humor, etc. We are talking about physical beauty.

What percentage do you suppose would pick Jessica? Probably about ninety-nine percent, with the one percent just trying to be contrary.

Now, who would be the more beautiful – Jessica as she is today or as she will look at age 90?

Again, all but a few contrarians would pick Jessica as she is today.

Now many think that a bug-eyed alien may see us as ugly and its race as beautiful, but I don’t think so. I believe that beauty is universally recognizable.

As evidence of this it is notable that all races want virtually the same changes made to their bodies when requesting plastic surgery. What woman, for instance, will demand the surgeon give her a large nose or tiny breasts? None that I know.

We seem to know beauty when we see it, but what is the principle behind it? The principle behind beauty has been very illusive to researchers who have studied it. They did, however, find one characteristic that seemed common to beauty and that was symmetry.

In other words, if the right side of the face was very similar to the left side the face was seen by subjects as being more beautiful than if the features on one side did not seem to match the other.

But symmetry alone does not explain beauty. If half the face is ugly, duplicating it on the other will not a beautiful person make.

The question therefore remains – what is beauty and the principle behind it?

The answer is quite simple. The principle behind beauty is intelligent design. Symmetry enhances beauty because it does not happen by accident, but is created by an intelligent force.

A beautiful garden is not one that has no intelligence in its design. One lacking beauty will have weeds, withered plants and a random type of mixture. A garden produced by intelligent design will have wondrous color, healthy plants, symmetry and taste.

An attractive male or female will possess a body, which is intelligently designed to provide the maximum usability and function for which they were created.

The same thing could be said for a beautiful animal, flower, or even crystal.

A diamond increases in beauty after additional intelligent design is added to it and it is cut and polished.

We loose some physical beauty when we age because we move away from our original design. We were once strong, but become weaker, once firm then flabby, once smooth then wrinkled. Strength, firmness and smoothness are all ingredients in the intelligent design behind our bodies.

This principle of beauty applies to much more than physical bodies. It even applies to Roseanne Barr. The intelligent design behind her humor is more pronounced than Jessica Simpson so in this aspect she exudes more beauty.

The Mona Lisa has more intelligent design behind it than any art I could presently produce and it is also more beautiful.

Each new generation of computers and devices has greater intelligent design so their beauty in construction creates a greater magnetic force than does the last generation.

Beauty provides a strong impetus for creation whether we be man, god or atoms. When the entity is finished with his creative work there are no sweeter words to the ear than, “It is beautiful,” or, “what great intelligence is behind this.”

“Order is the shape upon which beauty depends.”

— Pearl Buck (1892 – 1973)

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Principle 43

This entry is part 39 of 98 in the series Principles

The Lever Principle

Archimedes made this famous statement:

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

He referred to the Lever Principle many times and was quite enthused about it. The reason was that he saw that this could create a great advantage for those who understand how it works. If he could have seen how this principle is applied in millions of different ways to create the powerful machinery we have in our modern age then he would have been even more enthused.

It may be no coincidence that the word “clever” includes the word “lever.” Every clever person uses the Lever Principle.

The application of this principle goes far beyond moving things with a physical lever and fulcrum. Here are points to consider:

The lever principle is basically this: A fulcrum and force properly applied leverages, or increases, the power of a force to move a mass a small distance.

Therefore with very little force one can move a heavy rock, but the distance of the move would not be great.

The benefit of the principle is this. It is better to move a mass a small distance through the principle than have no effect when not using it. But by using the principle over and over any distance can be attained.

For instance, the push of a lever may just move a rock a few inches but by applying it again and again one can move the rock a great distance.

Most of us have used a car jack to change a tire. The average person could try until the cows come home to lift up the car with his hands, but with no effect. On the other hand, by using a jack and a lever one can easily lift up the car one step at a time and change the tire.

If one tries remove the bolts holding the tire with his fingers he will only get frustrated, but by using the lever principle with a lug wrench the bolts can easily be removed.

Similarly the lever principle allows one to steer a heavy car with ease or stop it with a small force applied with your foot.

Most of us are fairly familiar as to how this is applied to physical mass but does the principle have applications beyond the physical? Can we use the Law of Correspondences to see how it applies to life?

Indeed we can.

Let us say you want to learn Spanish. Well, you could go to Mexico and mingle with the folk there and attempt to pick up words, but that would be like trying to lift your car with your bare hands. If you’re smart you’ll get some leverage by getting some good learning materials such as a textbook, an audio program and a teacher. With these levers you can make solid incremental progress in mastering the language.

Similarly can we use the lever principle to enhance our spiritual progress?

Again, the answer is a solid yes. Whenever the seeker finds a good book, a teacher or a program that helps him learn faster he is using the lever principle. It is a problem indeed when the student has no levers and is left to learn on his own strength. In this situation his progress will be very slow or non existent until he finds a lever.

The Christ and other great teachers came to the earth to supply levers to those seeking greater light and knowledge.

These teachers have guided us to the greatest lever of all which is soul contact. One flash of inspiration through the soul can give the seeker knowledge of a greater value than a lifetime of struggle by many.

The language of the soul is the language of principles

Making them as a whole the greatest lever available to humanity. After all, one principle can reveal many facts and details. The language of principles can communicate many times faster than the transfer of data. This is why I have placed so much emphasis on principles as they are the most powerful levers known to the human mind.

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.

Daniel Webster (1782 – 1852)

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Principle 44

This entry is part 40 of 98 in the series Principles

 The Principle Of Truth

What is the principle behind truth? I do not recall anyone ever giving this out.

Truth is an accurate description of what is being experienced, or is existing, is going to exist, has existed or been experienced in the reality in which consciousness finds itself.

Falsehood is a distortion of an experience or an existence to make that which did not happen or exist appear to have happened.

It is thus true that the moon is in the sky because it exists and we experience it. Even if the universe is illusion, as some teach, the fact that we experience it as well as the earth and moon is still true.

To say we have two visible moons would be a distortion or falsehood.

To say that I had an experience in a dream of a monster chasing me would be true. Even though it was a dream, the experience was real.

To say that I had an experience in a dream of a dog chasing me last night would not be true. If I had not such a dream then I did not have such an experience.

Many people make truth much more complicated than it is, but it is so simple a child can understand. It is what we experience and what exists in the world of consciousness.

Some truths are obvious and everyone agrees on them. For instance, all of us agree that we have one visible moon. But truths of other things are not so easily agreed upon.

For instance, which is the better system, a government that leans heavily toward socialism or one that relies on capitalism and free enterprise?

There are many with good brain savvy who have written on both sides of this argument and many on each side believe with all their hearts that their ideology is the best.

So why is the truth of this matter and many others so obscured that about half of the country disagrees with the other half?

In this case, and many others (such as religion), the real truth of the effectiveness of both systems is obscured by value judgments.

For instance, the socialist places a lot of value on helping the poor, and maybe himself, usually with other people’s money. In his mind poverty should just not be and we should use any means necessary to eradicate it.

The free enterpriser has a different value system. In his mind freedom of the individual is where his greatest value often lies. Since government social programs only work by diminishing freedom he sees them as a negative thing. He thus believes it to be true that capitalism and free enterprise to be the superior system.

Both sides tend to judge the truth of their system by their values rather than some gage of what is efficient and what is not, though one must note that the socialist relies more on what he feels should be true and the free enterpriser relies more on mental calculations.

For instance, the ultimate socialist/communist empire in the world is North Korea but that doesn’t discourage believers from pushing our government toward greater central control and more socialist programs.

To find the truth, where ideology and values are concerned, one must separate the whole into multiple parts. Then one must find the truth about the parts and put them back together.

Whether or not there is a God or an afterlife are other topics that have many truths and values on both sides of the argument, but no one can put them together in such a way as to prove beyond doubt which side is correct.

One thing that is eventually discovered by all seekers is soul contact which allows the consciousness to see beyond petty arguments and false values to the central governing truths.

People talk about “my truth and your truth,” but is this really an accurate phraseology? To find out let us take something that we all agree to be true such as 2+2=4.

Now suppose a guy comes along and says, “That is your truth. My truth is 2+2=5.”

Sounds kind of silly doesn’t it? 2+2=5 cannot be his truth because it just plain is not true. It would be much more accurate to say that it is his falsehood or illusion. At best one could say it is his perception of truth.

People often use the phrasing of “my truth” and “your truth”when discussing spiritual matters. For instance, two people may have differing view of what God is and when agreement cannot be reached one will say, “Well, that is your truth, but this is mine.”

In reality truth is neither yours or mine, but stands on its own. It is just true. If the speaker were accurate he would change his wording to something like this, “Well, that’s your belief, but this is mine.”

A belief is much different than a truth. A belief may or may not be true but “the truth is true and nothing else is true.” (From A Course in Miracles) If something else could be true other than the truth then that which is false could be true and this is not possible.

Concerning truth, there are two basic camps. One says that truth is absolute; the other says that truth is relative.

Basically, I am going to present another framework, but it will be an important framework because it will lead to a greater perception of truth in the end.

What people refer to as relative truth is not relative truth at all, but relative perception of what seems to be true. Because our perception is relative does not mean that truth is relative.

Consider again this quote: “For truth is true and nothing else is true. There is no opposite to choose instead. There is no contradiction to the truth. Choosing depends on learning. And truth cannot be learned, but only recognized. In recognition its acceptance lies, and as it is accepted it is known.” ACIM Workbook Page 257

Here is stated the great principle behind truth itself: “The truth is true and nothing else is true.” Run this by your soul and see if it does not resonate.

The truth of this has been demonstrated to me, not only because of soul contact but because no one in my entire life has ever been able to give me a relative truth. Relative perceptions yes, but not relative truth. There is no such thing.

One may object and give the example of the three blind men and the elephant. Each touches a different part and comes up with a different truth about the elephant. Isn’t that an example of relative truth?

Or is it that the blind man’s perception that the elephant’s leg was like a tree is absolute truth?

Let me state the principle of absolute truth and go from there. “At any point in time and space (the reality where we presently reside) there is a point of absolute truth that will never change. If we are to move from truth to truth and realization to realization we must recognize those points as we pass by them, else our perceptions become dull and truth seems to be relative.”

So what in the world is the absolute truth that the blind man feeling the leg of the elephant sees when he thinks he is feeling something like a tree?

Answer: If he could see, he would not see that he was wrong. Instead he would see that he now has more power to find additional truths about the elephant and many other things. At that point in time and space when he felt the leg of the elephant, it was absolute truth that his sense of touch revealed that there were similarities between the way an elephant’s leg feels and the way the trunk of a tree feels. A million years in the future that point in time and space where that perception occurred will still be true.

Two plus two equals four is absolutely true at this point in time and space and nothing else is true. There are trillions of illusionary answers but only one right one. Nothing else but four is correct.

I am typing on my computer at this point in time and space and there is no other truth in the universe that will contradict this, either now or a million years from now.

Some say life is an illusion or a dream and nothing is real, nothing is true. Not so. Even in dreams there are points of truth. If I dream I am stranded on a desert island surrounded by beautiful women then at that point in time and space it was absolute truth that I was having that dream experience. That experience will still exist in time and space a million years from now.

If we are to find the truth, teach the truth and apply the truth then it is of extreme importance that we understand what the truth is and whether or not it is relative, absolute or shifts around like a moving target.

If we cannot generally see together the essence of this thing called truth then all the truths that are presented become nebulous and just beautiful theory of no practical consequence.

One of the current problems I see is in the use of the term “absolute truth.” Some seem to believe that this seems to apply to some great truth beyond the physical reality or maybe some one great truth centered around the One God.

All truth is absolute. My dictionary says the word absolute means: “Not limited by restrictions or exceptions; unconditional.”

Therefore 2+2=4 is an absolute truth. There are no exceptions. Every time you add 2+2 you get 4.

Playing silly games such as adding 2+2 in a foreign language or using a binary numbering system changes nothing about this truth.

I mentioned the truth that I was typing on my computer and that event would be true forever for that point in time and space. It is still absolutely true now that I was typing at that time. It will always be true.

Some may be rolling their eyes, I can sense it. Let me try and paint a picture that makes the point a little clearer.

Visualize a painting with innumerable pictures. You look up, down, left and right and can see no end to the images. This unlimited mural represents time and space.

Now you are curious about how the painting is created so you use some Star Trek device that magnifies it. The beautiful images become larger and larger until you can no longer recognize them and you get to the pixel level something like exists on bit map computer artwork. The difference here is that the pixels are not uniform squares but each one is a different shape and image in its own right. Each of these individualized pixels is a point in time and space, a part of the Eternal Now. When in the Eternal Now these pixels are stationary and eternal and ever present, but when present in time and space consciousness can only see one pixel at a time as if they are passing never to be seen again.

In time and space the pixels seem transient and have nothing to do with the great event called absolute truth, but in the Eternal Now no pixel is ever lost and is ever present to be retrieved by the mere power of thought.

What are some of these pixels? I just mentioned one. It was me typing at the computer. The pixel of that true event may seem to be gone, but it is not. It still exists in the great painting called the Eternal Now.

Now I can deny that I was at the computer. I could say I was having a wild party over at a friend’s place. I could make up a million different stories, but out of the million things I could make up only one thing agrees with the pixel in the great painting in the Eternal Now. This truth is absolutely true and nothing else is true. I was typing at the computer. This truth and all other truths and pixels are not relative to anything else. All truth stands by itself.

You can, however, stand back and see dozens, hundreds, and thousands of pixels as they naturally are gathered together and view a larger picture that brings a larger absolute truth to your consciousness. This does not mean that truth is relative. Instead you have adjusted or enlarged your perception of it and are thus able to see the bigger picture. The tiny pixels of truth are not changed because you now see the bigger truth or picture. The tiny pixels have to be seen correctly, and without illusion or deception, before the bigger picture can be viewed. If we are deceived about the pixels we will be deceived about the picture of truth they create.

Truth seems relative to many, but it is in the perception of truth where the relativity lies.

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true. Soren Kierkeqaard

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Principle 45

This entry is part 41 of 98 in the series Principles

The Principle of Consciousness

Part 1

What is Consciousness?

Consciousness has been a subject of debate since the beginning of intelligent beings manifesting on the earth. A number of questions on the subject have been debated. First among them is how to define it.

There are a number of dictionary definitions. Here is a popular one,

“the state of being awake and able to hear, see, and think.”

Obviously this is not universal enough, for Helen Keller was blind and deaf, yet all thinking people would agree that she was indeed a very conscious person.

Let us toss that aside and go on to another one:

“an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation.”

That is a little better for this one would indeed include Helen Keller but may not include the animal or insect kingdoms. They may be aware of a number of things, but lack an awareness of themselves as a distinct individual entity as do humans. This was the awareness that came upon Adam and Eve in the Genesis story when they became aware they were naked and suddenly desired to be clothed.

The family dog doesn’t have this self-awareness and has no desire to clothe any part of its body, yet we know that it possesses consciousness, just a different kind than our own.

We need a still more universal definition. Let us try this one:

The state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings

That is a little better but one could argue that we have some degree of consciousness even when asleep. For instance, in the dream world we are aware of events unfolding there and even in a dreamless sleep we are aware of the passing of time and whether the sleep we are experiencing is a good one or not. In addition, we may be having experiences that are forgotten upon awakening.

Being aware of ones surroundings is perhaps the best yet, but this still doesn’t hit the mark for we have consciousness in the dream state, but unaware of our real physical surroundings.

It looks like we need to come up with a definition more inclusive than those found in dictionaries. Now we all realize that animals have consciousness, but how about plants? After all, we know they respond to a number of stimuli eastside of themselves. Arguments have even been made that they respond to music, prayer, human feelings and other plants.

The world of metaphysics has always taught that consciousness extends beyond that which science calls organic, stating that all matter has some type of consciousness. Science is now approaching new realms of thought with experiments indicating that water and various molecules have memory and then quantum physics takes us into stranger realms still.

That said, let us formulate a more inclusive definition of consciousness by breaking it down to its prime ingredients which are:

(1) An awareness that there are other things in existence outside or inside of the entity in question.

(2) An ability to perceive some of these things.

(3) An ability to respond to some of these things.

Therefore, an appropriate definition would be:

Consciousness is an awareness that the unit, or single entity, is not the only thing in existence. It can perceive some of these other influences and respond to them.


Consciousness Beyond the Physical

Now we have defined consciousness the question that needs answering is what is the principle that creates it?

As humans it is only logical to assume that we understand human consciousness better than any other so let us explore it.

What is it, of which we are aware with our consciousness, that is inside and outside of us?

On the inside we are aware of many parts of our body. These include such things as the heart beating, the lungs breathing, the stomach digesting and much more. Then there are immaterial things such as our feelings of love and hate, joy and sorrow on the emotional level, and our thinking and imagination on a metal level. In addition to these we have the dream state which also involves a mysterious awareness.

We also perceive many things outside ourselves with the five senses. We see the world around us as well as the heavens above. We hear many sounds of nature as well as those produced by humanity. We touch many things and feel their texture and quality. We taste numerous items of food that we decide to take into our bodies. Finally we smell the flowers, the foods we cook, the people we meet and even the air we breath.

All these perceptions add to our consciousness and help to guide us in making the major and minor decisions as we go through life.

In addition to the five senses many believe we have a sixth sense. Most people who have any degree of expanded consciousness know that indeed we have senses beyond he accepted five. What many do not realize is that it is not just one additional sense but many beyond he physical.

The fact that we have extra senses is easy to prove. For instance, the pure feelings of love and hate are not felt through the five physical senses, nor are they fully communicated through them. While the act of falling in love is stimulated through actions perceived in the physical world, the feelings generated go way beyond anything a mere piece of machinery could experience.

When the person you love looks in your eyes, or smiles, or is just sitting next to you thinking loving thoughts something beyond the perception of the five senses is communicated and felt. That burning desire to be close to another person is felt by something beyond the physical.

The same could be said of hate or even plain irritation at another person. Your computer may take in all kinds of data and you can get frustrated with it and cuss it out and even shake it, but it will not become irritated in the slightest degree.

On the other hand, if your neighbor hates your dog and kicks it something inside yourself that exists beyond the pure physical state is set in motion and you will definitely feel some strong emotion which is beyond that which can be sensed by the mere five physical senses.

These are perceptions we can all identify with, but many report having perceptions beyond these such as.

(1) Picking up communications from dead loved ones.

(2) Picking up thoughts and feelings of others who may be many miles away.

(3) Picking up communications from intelligent beings that do not exist on the physical plane.

(4) Picking up impressions of future events

(5) Picking up knowledge from some source beyond the physical.

The majority of us humans have perceived a number of things which lie beyond the physical world. Those who have done this realize that the physical world is definitely not all there is to be perceived and understood. Those materialists who reject that which lies beyond the physical will make every effort possible to explain any perception beyond the physical in concrete terms.

Unfortunately, for the materialists, their consciousness is limited for if one only accepts the existence of the material world to the exclusion of others then he is also limiting his consciousness.

We often hear the phrase expanding consciousness or different states of consciousness. We all accept that humans have a much different consciousness than non human living things, but many do not realize how many different kinds of consciousness there are in the human kingdom itself.


Consciousness and the Mineral Kingdom

It is interesting to consider the consciousness of the different kingdoms in nature. The first kingdom is the mineral. This is considered to be inorganic and having no consciousness.

This is not exactly correct as there is some consciousness anywhere that anything at all exists.

The elements that make up the mineral kingdom cooperated in their own creation in the beginning of this universe, which took a high degree of consciousness to initiate. Great forces are at play in the atomic world with particles moving near the speed of light, even in stones that have seemed to be still for thousands of years. An inorganic mineral or form is merely a prison that contains great forces and keeps them at bay. The power of the atomic bomb illustrates to us just how much force is constricted in matter. In the atomic explosion in Hiroshima only a couple grams of matter allowed the inner forces to escape.

What is within matter is the result of Godlike forces, consciousness and intelligence, but because of the prison like containment, actual consciousness seen by us in matter as we know it is low.

The outward matter about us only has enough consciousness to react to stimulation. It reacts to pushing, pulling, heat, cold, electricity and radioactivity.

Does it react to human thought? Normally the answer is no or only an immeasurably small amount. However, if an intelligence can bypass the outward form and speak to the inner life of matter then communication can be established and matter will respond.

The scriptures give hints concerning the possibility of the mineral kingdom responding to human thought. Remember that one of the temptations of Jesus was to turn stones into bread.

Then as Jesus was making his celebrated entry into Jerusalem and the people were crying out with joy the Pharisees said to him

Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. Luke 19:40-41

Intelligence in matter can respond to human thought in several circumstances.

(1) United group thought. Humans joining together in thought creates a very powerful force that can be picked up by intelligence in matter when the point of tension is reached.

(2) A master soul with great powers of focused thought can accomplish this is varying degrees.

(3) An individual who exercises great faith.

When intelligence in matter is sufficiently contacted by human thought miracles can happen. Among the possibilities are:

(1) Healings

(2) Control of the weather and even earth changes.

(3) True alchemy.

(4) Neutralizing the gravitational pull.

When the molecular order is established we will see the beginning of humans speaking to and controlling matter. As the numbers grow of those who are united in spirit so will their power until the time will come that the elements will be under their command.

That will indeed be a great day, but how far in the future this will be is difficult to say as finding even three people who can unite in total oneness is difficult in this age. Even so, the divine spark within us all testifies to our souls that unlimited possibilities await those who do not faint and continue ever onward on the path of liberation.


Plant Consciousness

The next stage of consciousness above the mineral is the plant kingdom. Orthodox science tells us that plants have no consciousness yet it is recognized that plants are alive. Can something be organically alive, yet have no consciousness? Many think this is the case.

On the other hand, investigators with an open mind have come to other conclusions. Author and researcher Michael Pollan is one of many who as concluded that plants indeed show signs of having consciousness. Whereas certain fantastic claims about plants in the past has been somewhat debunked, Michael points out some that stand on solid science and reason. Among them are:

(1) Plants have memory. He points out a study that proves a plant can actually learn something new and retain it in some type o memory.

(2) Plants respond to sound. Most of us have heard of experiments indicating that plants respond differently to different music but Pollan takes this a step further:

“Researchers, says Pollan, have played a recording of a caterpillar munching on a leaf to plants — and the plants react. They begin to secrete defensive chemicals — even though the plant isn’t really threatened, Pollan says. It is somehow hearing what is, to it, a terrifying sound of a caterpillar munching on its leaves.

(3) They have a sense of feeling. He says, “they can sense gravity, the presence of water, or even feel that an obstruction is in the way of its roots, before coming into contact with it. Plant roots will shift direction, he says, to avoid obstacles.”

(4) Plants express intelligent movement. So how can this be since plants are not mobile? Yes, it is true that most are rooted in the ground, but they nevertheless show movement in their growth and the movement of their various p[arts. We have all seen time lapsed photography of flowers blooming. In addition, other time lapsed photography shows intelligent growth and movement of plants. For instance, Pollan illustrates this with a video on his website of vines sensing a pole next to them and stretching in its direction in an attempt to join with it. It is as if they move through deliberate choice, but are in a different time mode than are we.

Here’s a link to Pollan’s comments and video:

It is obvious that plants do not have a brain and consciousness as do us humans, but this does not mean they do not have consciousness. They indeed are conscious, but of a different nature than humans. Their consciousness is centered on the feeling nature.

They encapsulate the life of God through feeling and have perfected it to such a degree that their power to feel can almost give the appearance of an ability to duplicate all the senses of humans. They do not have eyes, yet sense light. They do not have ears yet sense sound. They do not have a nervous seem like us, yet they sense what s good for them. They do not have taste buds, but they can discriminate. They may not seem to have a sense of smell, but they produce the most beautiful fragrances on the planet.

The purpose of the plant world is to allow the life of God to perfect the world of feeling and through feeling become aware of that which is outside of the physical self.

All that has been learned in the mineral and plant kingdom is available to humans as we have plant and mineral parts. Hair is really a high quality plant and our bones and teeth are made of minerals.

Our ability to react and to feel have been gifted to us from the first two kingdoms of nature.


Animal Consciousness

So… What changes as we move from plant to animal consciousness?

Quite a bit actually. The animals make a giant leap away from limitation through gaining the power of movement. To utilize this feature requires a great expansion of consciousness. To move intelligently and to avoid predators with the same ability requires the development of focused attention. This demands the physical manifestation of the beginnings of mind, beginning with a sophisticated computer brain to amplify consciousness.

Whereas the plant reacts though feeling the animal reacts through conscious calculation and computer/brain driven reactions.

Perhaps, animal consciousness is best understood by comparing it to human for the consciousness of the higher animals is not that far away from the lowest of humanity

We concluded earlier that consciousness was being aware of things outside of self. To understand animals we must ask what it is of which they are aware or not aware compared to us. Here are some things in their awareness.

(1) They have the same five physical senses that we do so they have an awareness of light and color, sound, touch, taste and smell. In some cases their sensitivity far exceeds that of humans. A dog, for instance, has an amazing sense of smell. Just like us they use these five senses to take in information from the world they live in and process it the best they can to insure quality survival.

(2) They are able to communicate somewhat with their own species and to a lesser degree with other species.

(3) They are aware of those lives who are friendly or harmless and those who are not.

(4) They have a sense that it is important to survive and obtain food. To accomplish this they learn to pay attention to a very high degree at all times and places.

(5) They have an elementary awareness of self, but not enough to be self-conscious. They have no qualms about being naked or having sex in public as do most humans.

(6) Animals have a seed awareness of all the human emotions. Many wonder if animals feel love. They do not feel it to the degree we do, but the embryonic feeling is there. This is especially manifest in their caring for their young. Some say this is just the programming of nature, and indeed this is part of the survival instinct, but for many animals it goes beyond this. Animals experience a nurturing feeling that provides a seed for the development of love in coming eons. They also select mates and associates with which they experience feelings belonging to their own nature.

A feeling of belonging is important to an animal as a feeling of being loved is to humans. You’ll notice that your pets are happiest when they sense that they have a place in the household and they belong to the family. We love and accept them and give them a feeling of belonging and they in turn find ways to let us know they appreciate us.

Human Consciousness

Whereas the great leap in advancement of animal consciousness over plant came with freedom of movement, the advantage with humans is the move to self consciousness. The development of individuality gives humans freedom of movement with the mind which is an octave above freedom of physical movement.

Self consciousness opens many doors to humans, more than seems apparent on the surface. Here are some advantages of consciousness that humans have over animals.

(1) Individuality. Instead of seeing ourselves as one of the pack we see ourselves as unique individuals, and this instills in us a desire to excel. It causes us to wear clothes and jewelry, style our hair, shave and do what is necessary to appear as unique individuals. It also forces us to learn and compete, which greatly stimulates our evolution forward.

(2) Curiosity. Whereas animals may see stars humans wonder what they are and desire to explore them. Animals seek to use their environment whereas humans seek to understand it and even change it to suit their needs.

(3) Problem Solving If an animal approaches a locked door it will not occur to him that there may be a way to open it, but the human mind seeks to solve problems. To us a barrier is something that can be penetrated, given enough application of thought.

(4) Record Keeping. Humans learned to draw pictures, then write and now record in all kinds of formats. Keeping a history so we can build on past achievements is a tremendous advantage to human consciousness.

(5) Creativity Rather than merely follow programming provided to us by nature humans have a desire to create new and better things. This ranges from art, to dwellings to transportation and to all things that affect the quality of life.

(6) Love and Relationships. Humans have developed a much more complex relationship order than animals. They have created a family structure, established contracts, marriage, business and many bonding activities. Whereas some animals can feel affection, humans are able to take the feeling of love and friendship to a much higher dimension.

(7) Judgment. Humans have the ability to differentiate much more than do animals and can make decisions that go beyond the programming of our natural state.

(8) A Sense of Good and Evil, Right and Wrong. Humans have a conscience that guides us toward ever working to improve relationships and the quality thereof.

This list could be extended but the point is that the quality of consciousness for the average human is perhaps a greater leap than most of us realize or appreciate.

Now the interesting thing to consider is that there is a great difference in consciousness between humans at their different points of evolution.

Stages of Human Consciousness

Consciousness expands as it moves from the lower kingdoms to the higher and the rate of expansion greatly increases as it moves upward.

When a life becomes fully human in the worlds of form it gains the tools to accelerate consciousness. In addition consciousnesses is not only accelerated in the higher kingdoms, but within the human kingdom itself the rate of progression is much greater at the end of human evolution than the beginning.

At the beginning of the attainment of self-consciousness progress is very slow and many lives are spent just learning to survive and adapt to the human state. Then after many lifetimes when the pilgrim senses soul energy and begins to make higher contact his progress is amplified many times. At this stage he may accomplish in one lifetime what may have taken a hundred in past ages.

To understand our progression it is important to realize what is meant to the term, “expansion of consciousness.” Remember that to be conscious means to be aware of things outside or beyond the individual self. Therefore, to expand consciousness means to become aware of additional things that were previously unknown or unobserved.

When an entity first becomes a self conscious human he sets himself apart from the animal kingdom by becoming aware that he is a distinct differentiated person. He now has an ego and is aware that he is a self.

As he moves forward he becomes aware of his body, its needs and that he can make tools to insure his survival. He then becomes aware of his feelings and thoughts – that they are unique and somewhat different than any other individual. He becomes aware of that he needs to satisfy his emotions and his thoughts.

For many lifetimes his consciousness is directed to bringing satisfaction to what he sees as self and all is centered around fulfilling his desires. For many lives it seems that the only expansion of consciousness is in expanding power to satisfy the desires of self. He eventually achieves this to a high degree until he realizes that no degree of satisfaction for he individual entity has lasting fulfillment. He feels that there has to be something more.

For the first time he looks beyond self, and when he sees beyond the satisfying of his tiny self, he begins to see many things that before were not seen. He doesn’t see them because they were not present in the past, but because he is now looking. We cannot see unless we look.

The person enters the path and expands his awareness of many things beyond the self such as:

(1) There are worlds beyond the physical and kingdoms beyond the human.

(2) There are higher intelligences than human and they can be contacted.

(3) He discovers the inner voice and trusts it above the outer voices of the past.

(4) He discovers that there is greater fulfillment in serving the many rather than merely serving the one – or himself.

(5) He discovers that love has a number of levels of which he was previously unaware.

(6) He discovers that learning can be accelerated when he focuses on the spirit within, or his true Source.

(7) He finds solutions to problems that are not taught in any book.

The list could be increased but suffice it to say that the seeker will eventually achieve all the expansion possible as an entity in the human kingdom.

The next step is to enter the Kingdom of God, the fifth kingdom by linking with other lives to become a part of a greater life.

We as mere mortals can only scratch the surface contemplating where this will take us. Fortunately, as we approach the end of our human journey we get some glimpses into the kingdom to come. Here are a few things that this expansion will bring.

(1) Telepathic communication with your soul group and/or other linked groups.

(2) Access to the Akashic records

(3) Continuity of consciousness. There will be little change of consciousness during waking hours or sleep, in life or in death.

(4) You will be able to communicate with higher and lower life forms as well as lives from other worlds and dimensions.

(5) You will be able to sense higher love, will and purpose.

(6) You will be exposed to a higher vision of the Plan of the great lives who guide us.

(7) The limitations of time and space will diminish and you will even be able to be in two or more places at once time.

Try to envision how far a snail is from understanding our consciousness and then try to imagine a consciousness that far ahead of us that we will someday share.

Those who are willing to look, to see, to know and understand have more awaiting them than mortal mind can comprehend.


What Causes Consciousness?

We’ve talked about the definition of consciousness and how it manifests through the various kingdoms, but now we need to delve into the principle itself. What is it that causes consciousness to exist?

The materialists who say that the universe and all that is in it including life on earth just evolved without the aid of consciousness or intelligence have no explanation as to how consciousness and intelligence can exist in matter. And we know that these two things can exist within matter because they exist in the matter that composes human beings. This is perhaps the greatest miracle of existence – one for which the science of today has no satisfactory explanation.

So what is it then that creates consciousness? DK gives some interesting thoughts on the subject:

When these two (Spirit and matter) are inter-related during manifestation, and after the cessation of the pralayic interval or interlude between two systems, then the terms, life and form, consciousness and its vehicles, are more correct, for during the period of abstraction consciousness is not, form is not, and life, demonstrating as an actual principle, is not. There is Spirit-substance but in a state of quiescence, of utter neutrality, of negativity, and of passivity. In manifestation the two are approximated; they interact upon each other; activity supersedes quiescence; positivity replaces negativity; movement is seen in place of passivity, and the two primordial factors are no longer neutral to each other, but attract and repulse, interact and utilise. Then and only then, can we have form animated by life, and consciousness demonstrated through appropriate vehicles.

Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 227

The tendency of Spirit is to merge and blend with Spirit. Form repulses form, and thus brings about separation. But—during the great cycle of evolution—when the third factor of Mind comes in, and when the point of balance is the goal, the cyclic display of the interaction between Spirit and form is seen, and the result is the ordered cycles of the planets, of a human being, and of an atom. Thus, through repetition, is consciousness developed, and responsive faculty induced.

Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 276

(Time can be studied from the angle of) Atomic consciousness, demonstrating through successive states of repulsion and attraction. In this last definition lies the key to the other states of consciousness.

Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 279

The key to understanding consciousness is revealed in this statement:

“the two primordial factors are no longer neutral to each other, but attract and repulse, interact and utilize”

This sentence contains a lot of truth. First of all, it dispels the illusion that there comes a point when duality ceases to exist. In the great pralaya, duality does not cease, for it never ceases. There always exists “two primordial factors.” The only difference between existence in and out of form is that in form these two factors are no longer neutral to each other. As I have said a number of times, the whole universe is created because the particles composing it are just a little out of balance. If perfect balance were to happen then all form that makes up the universe would disappear. Life is driven through the seeking of balance. We achieve greater and greater balance until all life goes back to the Great Source for a blissful rest.

So then, what is the situation during pralaya, or the period between two manifestations? Is there really no consciousness or life? If this is the case then how could creation even begin anew?

Without form there is not consciousness and life as we understand it in our present state. This does not mean we will cease to exist. Existence continues through all cycles and that intelligence and power of decision that belongs to it always persists.

Concerning this state DK writes:

We need here to remember that it is always pralaya when viewed from below. From the higher vision, that sees the subtler continuously overshadowing the dense when not in objective manifestation, pralaya is simply subjectivity, and is not that “which is not,” but simply that which is esoteric.

Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 130

So we could say that during pralaya we will still have subjective life and consciousness, but it is so different from objective life and consciousness that we would have difficulty in identifying it while existing in the worlds of form.

Some may ask how consciousness can still exist when the person no longer has a physical body. The answer is that the physical is just one of the worlds of form, for form persists in three worlds which are the physical, the astral/emotional and the mental.

After death we still utilize the astral and mental states of matter and the interplay within these states of matter still creates consciousness and memory as well as providing a vehicle for the expression of the life principle.

There are certain aspects of consciousness that can only be fully experienced in the physical. This is one of the reasons that we are drawn back into the physical time and time again.

The Great Pralaya does not occur between lives but between creations. While living in this creation, in or out of the body, objective consciousness on various levels will persist.

You shall always find what you created in your mind, for instance, a benevolent God or an evil Devil. Between them are countless facets. Therefore, concentrate on the depth of your consciousness and on what you consider to be positive and good.

Hans Bender

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Principle 46

This entry is part 42 of 98 in the series Principles

The Life Principle

I do not believe that I have ever heard or read of anyone attempting to explain the principle behind life. Quite a few have attempted to define it, but definitions rarely deal with principles.

My online dictionary defines life as;

“The state of being alive.”

Then it goes on to define the word “alive” as

“living and not dead.”

Science goes a little further and defines life as something that is organic, capable of growing and reproducing.

Again, that doesn’t get close to the principle.

Metaphysical teachers take the definition quite a bit further and maintain that all things are alive, whether they be human, animal, plant or mineral. They see the earth, the solar system and even the universe itself as being living things.

That is all well and good, but expanding upon the definition of life does not tell us what life is.

Simply put life is motion animated by intelligent will.

Our physical bodies are alive because within them there are all kinds of things in motion animated by intelligent will. The heart is the center of life for it is the pump that sets all things in motion that makes life possible for the physical body.

The body is a composite life consisting of many smaller ones. Within us are at least 37 trillion cells and trillions more bacteria, all are alive on their tiny scale. Each cell is composed of more atoms than there are cells in our body. It boggles the mind, when one considers how small a cell is, that it is estimated to contain about 100 trillion atoms.

Cells and atoms have lots of intelligently directed motion within them; therefore, they are alive.

Heat is caused by motion. The more intense the motion the greater the heat and more intense the associated fire.

Each life has it its center a source of heat and motion. For the human body as a whole it is the heart. Atoms and cells have a vibrating nucleus. The earth has a very hot center registering around 10,800 degrees F. Then the solar system itself has a very hot and radiant sun for its center.

We have been talking about life and motion expressing itself in the dense physical plane, but the vehicles of life are much more than this. Above the physical is the astral/emotional plane and above that is the mental. These planes are composed of various grades of matter that are also in motion.

After death we do not go to oblivion but merely manifest as beings composed of intelligent matter in motion on a higher plane.

There are two aspects of life in manifestation: Objective life and the subjective. Objective life manifests in the physical, astral/emotional and the mental, which are called the three worlds of form.

Objective life is life that is encountered and known through the perception of form and the relationship of one form with another.

Subjective life is that which exists beyond the states of matter in the higher spiritual realms. There is still intelligent motion there but the motion is of spiritual essence, or the source of energy itself ,which creates a spiritual fire.

In the worlds of form, including the physical, the higher life of the spiritual fire can be felt by the spiritual essence within us. When it is felt by the seeker he is aware of motion, heat and fire. Most of all, he is aware of greater life essence.

Fire internal, inherent and latent; fire radiatory and emanative; fire generated, assimilated and radiated; fire vivifying stimulating, and destroying; fire transmitted, reflected, and absorbed; fire, the basis of all life; fire, the essence of all existence; fire, the means of development, and the impulse behind all evolutionary process; fire, the builder, the preserver and the constructor; fire, the originator, the process and the goal; fire the purifier and the consumer. The God of Fire and the fire of God interacting upon each other, till all fires blend and blaze and till all that exists, is passed through the fire from a solar system to an ant and emerges as a triple perfection.

A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, page 97

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This entry is part 43 of 98 in the series Principles

The Hypnosis Principle

Using regular hypnosis a hypnotist can plant a command in our computer brain and have us forget the implant. Even so, the subject is still affected by it and usually cannot resist obeying it.

What many people do not realize is that just about all people have hypnotic implants in them now, not from a stage hypnotist but from other sources.

To understand the hypnosis principle one must understand how a posthypnotic suggestion works. If you’ve ever seen a stage hypnotist you may have seen this at work.

First the hypnotist puts the person in a fairly deep trance. When the subject is in a deep trance he will remember nothing that happened in the trance state unless he is told to remember.

Then to entertain the crowd he will give a suggestion that will take effect after the subject is awakened. He may say something like: “After you are awake anytime you see me scratch my head you will burst out singing the Star Spangle Banner.” He may end this suggestion with another that he will not remember what he heard in the trance state.

Next he wakes the subject up and starts carrying on some small talk. Then he scratches his head. Suddenly, the subject starts singing the National Anthem.

The audience, of course, thinks it’s funny and laughs like crazy.

But here’s the interesting thing. If the hypnotist asks the subject why he started singing, the subject will not have a clue as to the real cause. He will usually not admit he does not know but will formulate a reason within his belief system that sounds as rational as possible to him. He may say, “I’ve just been feeling patriotic lately and thought the audience may like it.” Or, “I just thought it would be a funny thing to do at the spur of the moment.”

We laugh when we see this happening to this unsuspecting victim but what we do not realize is that it also happens to most of us.

We also have posthypnotic suggestions planted in us that are triggered when certain key words are spoken or events happen.

How could we have post-hypnotic suggestions within us, you ask? When have you been hypnotized?

A powerful unconscious suggestion can be implanted in a number of ways. The most commonly known is through a hypnotist. But such powerful suggestions can also be planted through repetition of belief or thought sometimes even over a period of years. For many of us our belief systems are like powerful hypnotic suggestions. The interesting thing is our conscious belief systems change over time, but often the implant of past belief remains, just waiting to be triggered by a key word. You have probably seen this at work with friends, family or spouse. You make an innocent sounding remark and the associate seems to over react and maybe lashes out at you.

Here are samples of common implants.

(1) Politics

Socialism is good

Socialism is evil

Global warming is real

Global warming is a hoax

The President is a good guy

The President is a bad guy

It matters not whether the implant is true or not. What it does is it controls the person and takes away his power of judgment. If he has the implant that socialism is good then he cannot see its flaws and would even accept it through tyranny. On the other hand, if he has the implant it is evil then he cannot see its benefits through cooperative endeavors.

(2) Religion

Believe in Jesus and be saved

Jesus is a myth.

The scriptures are the word of God

The scriptures are fiction.

The devil made me do it.

There is no devil or evil.

Again, all implants like these keep the seeker from using his mind to make judgments and see the real truth.

(3) Health

The doctor knows best

Doctors don’t know what they are talking about.

The vegetarian (or some other) diet is essential to health and/or enlightenment.

I’ll eat whatever I want.

This disease runs in my family so I’ll probably get it.

Each of us must examine ourselves and discover our implants and neutralize them. This will free up our power of judgment so real open mindedness can be realized and good judgment empowered.

To understand the effect of this, visualize the hypnotic subject suddenly remembering the posthypnotic suggestion. Now that he realizes what is going on he has power to not sing when the hypnotist scratches his head. He may still feel an impulse to sing but he can now resist because he is aware.

Even so, when we realize how we are programmed we then have power over the programming and can respond as we consciously see fit rather than as some computer program.

When we recognize and master the hypnotic suggestions within us we become masters of our fate – which reminds me of one of my favorite poems:

“Out of the night that covers me, black as the pit from pole to pole.

I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul.

“In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.

“Beyond this place of wrath and tears, looms but the horror of the shade,

and yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

“It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”

(“Invictus,” by William Earnest Henley)

Copyright by J J Dewey 2015

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