Principle 28: The Observer

This entry is part 24 of 98 in the series Principles

What is the Principle of the Observer?

This principle operates on the idea of stepping aside or standing back and watching yourself and situations from a distance. This causes one to not become overly attached to the feelings generated or the outcome.

An example of this is an actor playing a part. Let us say that Jim is a good actor who is playing the role of a guy who discovers his wife is cheating on him. As he goes through the scene he feels real emotions of rage and sorrow. Tears stream from his eyes. So what is the difference between what Jim is feeling and what is happening to Bob who is going through the real thing?

They are both experiencing the same feelings so is there really a difference?

Yes, there is and it’s a subtle one. Jim is going through the experience as an observer and Bob is totally identifying with the character he is playing in life. Because of Bob’s identification with his character he suffers much more than does Jim. Being a good actor, Jim feels a sense of real discomfort as he plays his character, but because he realizes the emotions do not really belong to him he can merely observe himself as he plays the part and thus keep his discomfort to a minimum.

One may say, “But Bob can’t do that because it is really happening to him.”

Wrong. Bob can do this. The first few times it is difficult and takes a lot of self-control but all of us have this power and when we take this power to ourselves we become invulnerable to emotional devastation. The seeker can then handle betrayal, criticism, hate, jealousy etc as if he is in a play and keep his focus on the purpose of the play of life as he moves forward.

Shakespeare seemed to realize this for he wrote:

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts.

 

How does applying this principle help the seeker rise above the control of the emotional plane?

It is important to realize that the disciple does not leave the emotions behind. He does not turn into a Vulcan with no emotions. Those who try to do such things wind up suppressing emotion that bottles up inside creating great damage later on.

Instead, he is a good actor who allows himself to feel the entire range of emotions. He can handle them though because he has the attitude of the observer.

To attain this attitude one must make a conscious decision to observe rather than to identify with the lower self. After the decision is made self-control must be applied again and again until this attitude becomes a part of the consciousness.

 

In applying this principle, what are three important things for you to observe?

Here are three I consider important;

(1) Observe, but do not identify with, all your vehicles in the three worlds of form, the mental, the emotional and the physical.

(2) Observe the reactions of these vehicles with the realization they are not the real you but merely taking you for a ride through earth life.

(3) Observe the interplay of higher spiritual contacts with the lower self and learn to discern the difference between the two.

Why is this a principle?

I’ve talked a lot about the difference between principles and facts. Here is a new insight.

You can easily teach a fact or piece of data and even the densest of students can memorize and repeat them.

On the other hand, a teacher can explain a principle a hundred times and the student will not fully understand until he or she sees how it works. Mere memorization does not bring understanding. It must come through contemplation.

A natural question is this:

Okay being the observer sounds pretty good, but is it really possible and, if so, how do I go about achieving it? You compare it to an actor going through a painful experience and because he sees himself as an actor, separate from the experience, he can observe himself and be detached from the pain. On the other hand, if I hit my thumb with a hammer I experience real pain and there is no acting involved. The same goes if my spouse left me. That would be painful beyond just observing it.

So, is it really possible to bypass or minimize pain by taking on a certain attitude of mind?

The answer is yes and can be concretely proven. A person under deep hypnosis can have all pain taken away instantly with a simple command or the snap of a finger. A person could be badly burned and not feel a thing. In fact subjects have had major surgeries using only hypnosis as the anesthetic and have felt no pain. A demonstration used by some hypnotists is to place the person in a trance and stick him with a needle. When he is commanded to not feel pain or draw blood the subject will be as if nothing has happened to him.

Similarly one can take a subject who is deeply depressed because of lost love and make him overlook the feeling instantly and move to a state of bliss.

This illustrates that the human consciousness has the power to bypass pain and replace it with other feelings if he merely follows the right procedure.

The problem with us mortals is when pain occurs we have difficulty in taking our attention away from it. In fact, it doesn’t occur to most that they can even take their attention off of it and in addition to this many do not want to. Some who are in a state of sorrow or depression seem to derive an odd benefit from it and are unwilling to work themselves out of it.

Some yogis who do a lot of meditation are able to nullify all physical pain or place themselves in a state of peace or bliss at will, but for the average human being, who has to stay connected to his surroundings, such states are difficult to achieve.

There are steps that can be taken by us all.

(1) Realize that detachment and the attitude of the observer is indeed possible and can be achieved. After all, others have done it so you can too.

(2) Practice. When pain or an undesirable situation occurs practice being the observer. See the pain as not belonging to you, but your body. See yourself as not being your body.

You will notice that if you put attention on pain or discomfort that it will seem much more bothersome. If you take attention off of it, the pain will not seem so bad.

Let us say you are home alone and have a terrible headache. There seems to be nothing else to consume your attention but the pain.

Suddenly there is a knock at the door and it is your long lost love. She wants to get back together. For the next few hours times passes quickly as you are thrilled to become intimate again. Two hours pass and suddenly you realize something. Since she has shown up you seemed to have forgotten that your head even ached. Now you think about it you notice the pain again but the shift of attention seemed to take it away for a time.

Practice taking your attention away from the pain and eventually moving to the state of being the observer. Then the pain will still be there but it will have a minimal effect on you.

We do not want to run around in a deep trance where we feel no pain at all because pain is a message sent to our consciousness that something is amiss and needs correction. When pain is there we must register enough of it to take curative action.

Copyright 2014 by J J Dewey

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Principles 26 & 27

This entry is part 23 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 26:  The Forest Gump Principle

Most of us have seen the Movie Forest Gump, staring Tom Hanks. The interesting thing about Forest was that even though he was retarded he succeeded in everything he set his mind to do. He was much more successful than many who we consider to be near genius level.

This idea is not fiction for I have seen this at play in real life many times. I have worked for some time as a salesman calling on business in 20 different states. I have called upon many thousands of business owners and before I understood the Forest Gump Principle I was mystified over the fact that many successful business people didn’t seem very bright. On the other hand, many who did seem intelligent were not very successful.

Now many who were successful were intelligent, but this did not seem to be the reason for their success. I’m sure it helped, but intelligence did not explain the success of the many successful Forest Gumps that I met in my work.

The answer to the riddle is revealed in studying Forest himself. You’ll notice in the movie that when he set his mind to do something he directed all his energy and thought in one direction. Like a magnifying glass he focused what he had into one small endeavor that caused it to succeed.

Many more intelligent people let their intelligence get in the way. How is this? Because they get so many ideas that their focus is diverted in many directions. This means that the simple Forest Gump idea gets more energy than any single idea of the intelligent dreamer.

If you are a dreamer, such as I, then learn the Forest Gump principle and cease destroying your dreams through the shotgun approach. Pick one thing and apply yourself like Forest Gump.

Principle 27:  As A Man Thinketh In His Heart, So Is He.

This quotation, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” from the Bible represents a true principle that encapsulates five previous  principles.

  1. Judgment and/or Discernment:  One must make a judgment as to the type of person he wants to be.
  2. The Two Paths:  He must be willing to take the path least traveled by.
  3. Energy Follows Thought:  He must put a lot of thought into who he is becoming.
  4. The Satellite Principle:  After he builds character the correct choices become easy.
  5. The Forest Gump Principle:  Don’t try to be all things to all people. One must recognize his limitations and do what he can, one step at a time to progress.

 

The question the seeker must ask to fully understand this principle is, what is the difference between thinking in your brain and in your heart?  Do we really think in our hearts or is this merely symbolic wording?

The answer is it is not just a symbolic meaning but there is a difference between brain thought and thinking from the heart. A thought from the brain comes from just one part of your being, but if it is from the heart the whole thinking and feeling makeup is involved.

Let me give an example. A student sits in a boring history class and learns about tyrannies of the past. He thinks enough about the data with his mind to be able to get through the class and pass his tests. The human suffering, the slavery and lack of freedom mean little to him as he does not think about them with understanding from the heart.

Let’s take another person, a Russian named Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He grew up with a desire to be able to write and speak anything he pleased but the Soviet system put an end to that and threw him in prison merely for the contents of a letter he wrote to a friend. For many years he suffered abuses in his freedom through the Soviet tyranny including an attempt on his life by the KGB by poisoning that left him deathly ill for a time. When he wrote the book “The Gulag Archipelago” he expressed more than theoretical data from his thinking mind but wrote with his whole soul in the hope that readers would understand that a loss of freedom could happen to any society that does not value free expression with all their hearts.

People who are successful are those who not only set a goal as a good idea, but one that can be embraced by the whole being and pursued with passion because understanding is involved.

Understanding is the key word here.  When one thinks with the heart he understands the implications of that which is contemplated.

“If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it.”

— Emerson Pugh

 

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The Satellite Principle

This entry is part 22 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 25:  The Satellite Principle

While true that it takes a lot of thought, energy and attention to get a business or some other creative project off the ground, it is also true that an enterprise can eventually become self sustaining. I call this The Satellite Principle.

To put a satellite in orbit requires a tremendous amount of thrust, but then once a certain speed is reached no additional energy is required. The satellite will then speed along almost endlessly without slowing down or speeding up. If it were to speed up an additional amount of energy would be required.

Any enterprise works this way. It takes a great amount of energy, work and thought to get it off the ground, but once launched it takes on a life of its own and sustains itself as if in orbit. If growth is desired then more thought and energy need to be applied.

To launch a satellite in orbit takes a tremendous amount of initial thrust from rocket fuel.  What then are the corresponding energies needed to achieve a self-sustaining goal?  Before answering that we should first note that there are two types of goals.

The first are goals that are an end unto themselves.  For instance, you may want a new car.  You save up money and buy it and then the goal is reached.  No satellite principle is involved.

The second are goals that incorporate the satellite principle and involve something that continues to benefit the receiver or others once it is reached. A successful business is in this category. Once a business is successfully launched, if done right, will have the power to continue, even if the owner should hire a manager and retire.

A successful retirement is self-sustaining.  The individual had to work hard for many years and direct energy toward the goal and when reached the successful person will have an income as long as he lives.

Another may create a club, a school, am association, a movement and spend many years in building it until it reaches the point where it can continue even if the initiator does.

DK talks about dreamers who “are of no use to God and man.”  These are often intelligent people with great potential, but they have not understood or mastered this principle.  Such people come up with lots of ideas, work a while on one or two of them, and then move on to the next dream.  They never get anything launched because dreaming is much more fun than putting forth the grunt work necessary to fulfill the dream.

Edison understood this principle.  He said that his success was 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. Many dreamers are the opposite – 99% inspiration and 1% perspiration. These people often expect others to do the hard work where they just sit back and dream and give out instructions. The truly great successes of the world have not been afraid to get their hands dirty and dig in and just do what is necessary to get the work started.

Perhaps the best book I have read giving the principles to create that sustaining thrust necessary for success is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  It was written many years ago, but is still unsurpassed though many have borrowed its concepts and presented them as their own. Many of the ideas presented in The Secret are similar to those taught by Napoleon hill.

You can access the full text of his book HERE.

Here are the names of the chapters:

Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – Desire

Chapter 3 – Faith

Chapter 4 – Auto-Suggestion

Chapter 5 – Specialized Knowledge

Chapter 6 – Imagination

Chapter 7 – Organized Planning

Chapter 8 – Decision

Chapter 9 – Persistence

Chapter 10 – Power Of The Master Mind

Chapter 11 – The Mystery Of Sex Transmutation

Chapter 12 – The Subconscious Mind

Chapter 13 – The Brain

Chapter 14 – The Sixth Sense

Chapter 15 – How To Outwit The Six Ghosts Of Fear

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napoleon Hill

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Energy Follows Thought

This entry is part 21 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 24:  Energy Follows Thought

Many people think that a thought has no power unless it is followed by action. I have discovered through my own life experience that thought by itself does indeed have power.

For most of my life I have been in business for myself yet have had a desire to write and do creative work. Time and time again when I have gotten a business on its feet I have diverted attention away from it and toward my other dreams.

Every time I have diverted my thought energy away from my business, even if the amount of work I do stays steady, it suffers loss.

This happened time and time again until I learned my lesson. I learned that if I were to have a successful business that I must keep thought and attention on it as well as action.

It has indeed been proven that thought works through a discharge of a small amount of electrical current. We must not be deceived about the power of thought because the current to send it is so low. Remember this. The pressing of a button can set off an atomic bomb. The original electrical impulse is very small, but the end result is cataclysmic. Even so it is with our thoughts. They can produce an end result that can create great good if positive, or great harm if negative.

 

Here are some thoughts expressed on this principle from a previous lecture I gave:

Energy follows thought is a principle and once you understand that then you can get all kinds of information from it, you can get all kinds of knowledge and apply it hundreds of different ways. Now a piece data is different, a piece of data can be easily registered with the physical brain.

Now lets take something concerning “energy follows thought.” If you pay attention to your schoolwork you will get good grades. That is actually a description of energy following thought but if you memorize that statement it will not take you anywhere and you can’t really use it outside of that one thing, but if you understand the principle “energy follows thought” you do not need to have anybody explain it to you. You pay attention to your schoolwork and get good grades because energy follows your thought, you are directing toward it.

I really learned this energy follows thought principle when I was in real estate. What really brought it home was I had several things telling me what I needed to do but I was too thick headed to get it registered. Every time I started to get ahead in real estate I would take some time off to do some writing and my real estate business or whatever business I was in would fall apart and then I would have to go back and put attention into it all over again. But what really brought it home to me was when I decided I could make a lot of money if I sold mobile home parks because my broker was selling them and he was making a killing. So I worked really hard at it for about 4 or 5 months and then one month I sold three mobile home parks and that was going to make me enough money to live on for a couple of years and I thought this is terrific!

So I decided to stop right there and start working on a book and it is a book that I never finished by the way and it is called “The Shift” it is the story about the shift of the earth’s axis, I got it about a third done and the sales of all three mobile home parks fell through. I not only lost everything but I lost all my clients and I had to immediately go back into business to survive and it was like I was starting from nothing. Everything had just disintegrated – all my customers were all gone and it was amazing how fast this had happened, I was putting no energy into real estate and consequently everything collapsed and I was just like a fresh agent just starting out and it is a good thing my wife had a job or we probably would have starved.

JJ: Now what I realized at that point was why the highest lives that exist on this planet including “The Ancient of Days” are called watchers. The Ancient of Days is called a watcher and why is He called a watcher? Does He spend His time coming down here and doing everything for us? No, but He is watching, He is watching and putting His attention on His goals, what He wants us to do as the human race. Energy follows His thought which is so very much more concentrated than our thought, His thought causes waves of energy to act like magnetic points that draws the material to those points, to cause that to happen which He wants to happen.

Now if I were to have put attention on those three mobile home parks and not quit and not started writing a book but put attention on them until the sales were actually closed and I had the money in my hand then all three probably would have went through with no problems or at least two of them. I never dreamed that all three could have fallen through but it did really bring home the lesson that “energy follows thought,” and when that lesson came to me about how this principle works I have never let that happen again in my life.

When I really want something I put my attention on it and I do not take my attention off until I get what I want. This is a really important lesson. Many of the seekers of the world and the disciples and the people that are really trying to stretch themselves and discover truth and are interested in philosophy and metaphysics are often very unsuccessful at everything and the reason why is because “energy follows thought.” In other words, they are concentrating on their dreams but not on making their dreams a reality.

To make dreams a reality takes nuts and bolts attention on the physical plane.

“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.”

– Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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The Two Paths

This entry is part 20 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 23:  The Two Paths

  • The Path of Least Resistance.
  • The Path of High Resistance

Whenever a person faces a decision, one choice will be easier than the other. The easier choice will be the path (or line) of least resistance. The majority will choose this path very consistently. If this is the only path chosen then disintegration of creation results.

Fortunately there are a few who are willing to go against the grain and make hard decisions and choose the building path of high resistance.

Just as it is easier to destroy than to build, the path of least resistance is always the easier choice.

Does this mean that the line of least resistance should always be avoided? No. The principle of Judgment must always come into play. Sometimes the easy choice is the correct one and other times the difficult one is. The man of courage will not shy away from the path of high resistance when necessary. Without those with courage to choose this path civilization would never move forward.

A quote by Robert Frost encapsulates the importance of the path of high resistance:

“Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

If you are polarized in matter then the line of least resistance is to follow the pull of the material world. But if you are polarized in the Spirit the path of least resistance is to follow Spirit.

So what is this path of high resistance that we talk about?

This is the path that one must take who is polarized in matter but wishes to rise up in consciousness to spirit.

Let us give an example that many can relate to.

Suppose you have been a big meat eater all your life. Now suppose someone places a juicy t-bone steak in front of you on one hand and a great looking all vegetarian salad on the other and told you that you must pick one to eat. If you are very hungry which do you pick?

By far the line of least resistance is to pick the steak as it is much more satisfying.

Now let us say that you come to the conclusion that a vegetarian diet would improve your health and you decide to go on it. Shortly thereafter you are faced with the same choice again. The choice to go with the line of least resistance last time was a no-brainer, but this time you have made a choice to move up to a more refined diet. Even so the pull of the smell of the great steak is strong and to choose the salad you must travel the path of high resistance.

Now if you are a determined soul and continue on your new diet for several years what happens? You lose your attraction to meat and you arrive at the time that a good salad seems to be better than a steak. Now it is the line of least resistance to choose the salad rather than the steak.

On the other hand, you could backslide and start eating meat again. If you do this it will not be long before your line of least resistance will be back where it was before and you will again have a strong pull toward the meat-eating diet.

Now compare the two diets to spirit and matter. Matter indeed has a strong pull on us but eventually each of us learns all we can from this lower world and we desire to move in consciousness toward Spirit. When we first decide to take a stab at it we find that staying centered there is indeed the path of high resistance. If we stay focused the time will eventually come that spirit will be more attractive to us than is matter. But if we lose our focus we can always backslide and again be captured by the pull of matter.

We thus see that the line of least resistance sets in when the course we are on has more energies moving in the desired direction than against it. But the spiral always moves upward and it takes more effort to take the step upward than downward. To move on the upward way takes more will than to relax and fall backward. But when the will of God is joined to our wills the force of downward gravity is negated and nothing can stop the pilgrim from progressing along the upwards path, which is for him now the line of least resistance in his inner world, even though it may be the line of high resistance to the outer.

To convert the line of high resistance to the line of least resistance we must adapt. If we do not adapt to the new circumstances that face us at each turn of the spiral we become crystallized and sluggish and upward movement becomes exceedingly difficult until the Law of Adaptation is followed.

Now consider this. We progress by the Law of Adaptation as though moving along the line of an upward spiral with no end in sight. Each time we have moved within the eternal round of an apparent circle we find that it was not a perfect circle but that the end is slightly different than the beginning.

Now visualize that a certain number of souls progress through several turns of the spiral, but wind up stopping the spiral motion and get caught in a circular motion that does not spiral upward. Instead, the entity goes round and round with no end in sight with each of his ends in the same location as the last beginning.

Contemplate this symbolism. Who are those among us who resist the spiral and get caught in the circle?

“God exists because we exist, and without each other, there would be nothing.”

 

 

 

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Judgment and/or Discernment

This entry is part 19 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle 22:  Judgment and/or Discernment

Most religions want to keep things very simple. Identify the good guys and bad guys. Once concretely identified then we can slip back into laziness and cease using any power of discernment. The path becomes very simple. What the good guys say to do, we just do no matter what. Then, on the other hand, we automatically reject all that is taught by the bad guys.

If we judge good and evil merely because some authority proclaims it so, we will be lead astray time and time again. It is only when the seeker releases himself from blind trust and uses the key of judgment that he can choose correctly.

Black and white reasoning and decision-making always leads to detours on the path of spiritual evolution.

Here are some examples:

In the Bible, Satan, the ultimate bad guy, tempts Adam and Eve telling them that if they eat of the fruit they “shall be as gods.” Black and white reasoning says that since Satan said this, it must be wrong, evil and misleading. Even though a short time later God said the man is to “become one of us,” and then Jesus said “ye are gods,” fear causes them to put more weight on the negative than the positive, for if they are wrong they could burn in hell for eternity.

This labeling a person, place or thing as good or evil through association rather than using reason and heart to discern good and evil is perhaps the greatest cause of misery on this planet.

Muslim extremists seek to destroy Christians and Jews because they see them as being rejected by their god and associated with Satan. Christian extremists of the past burned heretics and witches at the stake, not because they were doing evil works, but because, in their minds, they were associated with the devil.

Many scientists and innovators were persecuted by the church, not because their works were evil, but because they were going against the established decrees of God.

Many today reject anything taught by the Masons because they believe Lucifer is behind it.

The same goes for Alice A. Bailey, H. P. Blavatsky, the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, and others.

Militant environmentalists believe that using the resources of the earth is evil and condemn anyone who cuts down a tree.

The disciple must override this knee jerk rejection because of association, look at any teaching for what it is and judge it as it measures up to true principles filtered through the soul.

If one hears a teaching and it is declared that the devil himself originated it, this will mean nothing to the true seeker. He will disregard whether it is said to come from God, man or Satan and measure it against his heart, his reasoning and the Spirit of God within. Then he will accept or reject not based on the outer, but the inner.

The bottom line is this. Every teacher, every book, every movement, every system, every constitution and every organization has truth and error within it. A black-and-white rejection or acceptance will cause the seeker to find some truth, but he will also digest the error as if it is truth. This will confuse his mind for lifetimes to come.

The seeker must assume the vantage point of the observer, examine the various teachings on their own, and make a judgment.

A person using such judgment will not be concerned over stories he cannot prove one way or another such as:

  1. Teachings that the serpent was really a good guy and Jehovah was really the devil.
  2. Judas was really a hero.
  3. Since George Washington was a Mason he was working for Lucifer.
  4. Colgate has a Satanic symbol on its toothpaste, therefore the Corporation is evil.
  5. Everything Bush does is evil because he was a member of Skull and Bones.

It is amazing how many fall into this trap of guilt by association. The funny thing is that most who are in this trap see themselves as open minded and reasonable.

The disciple must escape from this trap and have the courage to make decisions and accept or reject based on objective reason, even if he must stand alone.

All of us must stand alone a number of times before obtaining liberation. It is only after the disciple does indeed make an independent judgment that he begins to realize how alone he is and how few will stand with him during rough waters.

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
— Socrates (469 BC – 399 BC), “The Apology”

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Principles of Joy and Peace

This entry is part 18 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle Twenty:  The Principle of Joy

Joy in humanity has a different cause than happiness. Happiness is caused by progressing toward a goal. Joy comes through moving toward oneness with other souls and God. In other words, Joy operates on the Principle of Oneness.

When Jesus said, “I and my Father are one,” he gave the formula for unending Joy. When separated from God, Purpose and each other in the spirit we can have happiness but not Joy. But when united in spirit there is Joy unending.

Partaking of the Principle of Joy is like drinking an elixir from an eternal fountain that always flows freely. Once discovered the pilgrim can partake of it at will as often as he desires and be vitalized by it. But he can also leave the fountain and descend to the land of separation and loss of memory. Even when separated from the fountain the elixir of Joy still flows and awaits his return.

The pilgrim wanders the land of separation as a prodigal son and has fleeting moments of happiness. These moments give him incentive to keep moving forward in his journey but do not give him the satisfaction he feels awaits him. He internally senses the fountain of Joy but knows not where to find it.

He looks for it in pleasure and finds it not.

He looks for it in possessions and again it is not there.

He seeks it in carnal love and is left with emptiness.

He longs for it in his work and the longing continues.

He continues seeking without success for eons yet his hope continues for the knowledge of the fountain lies deep within, the internal memory continues as a gentle reminder.

Finally he finds the key. Not in selfish interest does the answer lie, but in service to his brothers and sisters. When he sees his brother as an extension of himself and joins with his consciousness they together rise to the garden of the God and find the eternal fountain. Even while his body dwells in the land of separation he finds his spirit can soar and drink of that water of life so he will never thirst again.

He discovers through the Oneness Principle that separation is an illusion and drinks at will.

1 + 1 = 1

 

Principle 21:  The Principle of Peace

We’ve talked about the principle that brings Happiness and then another that brings Joy. There is one more to complete the Trinity of fulfillment, the Principle of Peace.

There are two types of Peace — the Outward and the Inner.

The outward is easy to understand. It is merely realized through a lack of disturbance. That which disturbs however can come in many forms on three levels of existence. They are the physical, the emotional, and the mental.

Examples of that which disturbs are:

  • Physical — A person can get stuck in traffic causing him frustration and a loss of peace. He gives and receives obscene gestures to other drivers.
  • Emotional — A co-worker insults him and tells him he is a loser. Again he gets angry.
  • Mental — Through miscalculation the person has a business collapse and is greatly upset.

No matter where the cause originates, whether it be the physical, emotional or mental the main disturbance always centers in the emotions.

There can be the appearance of peace when there is no peace. This can happen when the person is afraid to speak up. This can happen under a government, a business, a church, a family or any circumstance where a person of authority has punitive power.

A nation run by a tyrant is an example of a false peace. If the people speak any disturbing words they will be jailed or killed. Because of this there are few disturbing acts and the illusion of peace, but emotionally many are in turmoil.

The second peace is the inward. Those who attain this are said to have the “peace that passes all understanding.”

The principle that achieves this peace is that the seeker will follow the highest he knows, but it must be what he knows, not what an outward authority tells him he knows.

An outward authority who claims his voice is as the voice of God can form a barrier to this peace and stir the pilgrim’s conscience putting him in a state of perpetual disturbance so he knows no peace. To find this most great peace he must throw off the outward voices that do not harmonize with his inward voice. The inward voice is the key to peace. The point of tension is reached when the inward draws as much attention as the outer. When the inward is finally chosen consistently over the outer the peace he has always longed for will come.

When the peace comes it matters not what the outward circumstances are. Friends and neighbors can be upset and shout at him; it matters not. He can be in trying circumstances and the peace remains. His world may collapse and even his emotions may be disturbed, but the great peace remains at his spiritual center and follows him through all the trials of life even unto death and beyond.

May each of us find happiness, joy and peace and thus fulfill our destiny.

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

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The Principle of the Journey

This entry is part 17 of 98 in the series Principles

The Principle Behind Enjoyment

Principle 19:  The Principle of the Journey

What do we as humans want out of existence? If you had full power what would be your choice as to the emotion you would feel? How you would spend your time, your end, your new beginnings, etc.? What position would you choose, what type of relationship, what type of possessions, physical or spiritual?

Many believe that our desired end is a perpetual state of happiness. The Buddhists believe that happiness is always temporary and nirvanic bliss is much more desirable. The Mormons teach that “man is that he might have joy.” Other teachers have said we should seek the “peace that passes all understanding.” Then we have those who believe that enjoyable pleasure is the best we can hope for and spend their lives pursuing it.

People express different ideas as to the optimum method of livingness, but the question we need to ask is what is the core principle we are looking for here and how do we apply it?

It would help to do this exercise. Look back over your life and reflect on your state of mind, your happiness, your joy or good feelings over the various situations and events during your years on this earth. Reflect on your state of consciousness and how you felt and then pick the three that would be the most desirable to experience again. What are they?

Here are some answers that may come from a group:

The day and, or the hour I fell in love.
The day I got married.
The day our first child was born.
The day I won the big race.
The day I caught the winning touchdown pass.
The day my friend told me I changed his life for the better.
The day my friends threw me a surprise party.
The day I graduated from college.
The day I started my business.
The day I got the big promotion.
The day I discovered God.
The day I found my purpose.
The day I made a tough decision that changed my life for the better.
The day just let loose and had a good time.

Pick three things and then go back in your consciousness and briefly relive them. What was special about them? What was the key ingredient that made you feel good? What principle can you apply to repeat your enjoyment on perhaps an even grander or at least a more consistent basis?

When this concept is contemplated the answer will come. It is contained in the principle of freedom and can be expressed thus: “The freedom to make a decision, to transmute that decision to a goal and the goal to reality.”

Usually it is not an hour or a day that comes where you note your happiness, but it is the process of deciding and moving toward that decision that just enhances your overall enjoyment and state of mind.

Happiness is not a state than can be achieved by pursuing it, but is a byproduct of progression toward a goal.

If happiness is progression toward a goal then what is unhappiness?

It is movement away from the goal.

Freedom is essential to happiness because without freedom there can be no movement forward. With loss of freedom comes movement away from the goals established accompanied by a negative state of mind.

Happiness is temporary because once a goal is met a person ceases to move forward and the happiness dissipates. To cause happiness to return a new decision must be made and a new goal set. As he then moves toward the new goal he then has the byproduct of happiness again should he choose to attach himself to it.

Some may consider that last statement odd, but we must realize that we came here more for the journey than for the emotional state of being happy.

If someone were to ask me if I am happy I would say that I am not much bothered as to whether I am happy or not. As I said, happiness is a byproduct. Like the aroma of good wine you take it in when you are relaxed with some extra time to sit back and enjoy, but if you have a big workload you may just drink the wine with your meal without taking the time to enjoy the flavor. Happiness is like the aroma. The person living a balanced life can take it in when he wants to, but he doesn’t need it all the time.

Life is like a journey in a car to a desirable destination. As long as you are moving toward your desire the air will be blowing past you. Normally, you are content to just drive forward and not feel the wind, but on a nice day you might have a companion drive and then you can open the sunroof and feel the moving air and enjoy the scenery.

The moving air is like happiness. It is available as long as you move toward the goal, but you do not bask in it at all times. Instead, it is available to enhance your trip. It is not the end product of your trip for when the destination is reached the wind or the happiness is stilled and a new goal must be sought.

Pleasure is like happiness in that it is always available to one who controls his destiny, but he is not always basking in it. He partakes of it from time to time to increase his enjoyment, but if he were to seek pleasure in every moment it would cease to be enjoyable.

Peace is a different matter. Internal peace through the soul can be with us always, twenty-four hours a day if we follow the highest we know and move along the path of life with harmlessness and a clear conscience.

An internal sense of joyousness can also be with the disciple at all times. To achieve this he must tune into the will of God and then do his part in bringing that will into manifestation. This sense of moving forward toward the divine will is joy and it is his forever so long as he moves in the direction of Spirit.

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”
— Benjamin  Disraeli

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The Principle of Correction

This entry is part 15 of 98 in the series Principles

Principle Seventeen:  Correction

Correction is not usually thought of as a principle, but indeed it is and an important one at that. Without it relative perfection could never be achieved. No great advancement, no thing of beauty and nothing with complexity has ever been achieved without it.

The reason absolute perfection is an illusion is because to believe in such a thing one must negate the eternal principle of correction. Because correction is always taking place absolute perfection cannot be.

To see how needed this principle is visualize stopping your car on a stretch of straight road and then perfectly pointing it straight ahead in an attempt to drive it for one mile without correcting it through steering. After pointing it straight ahead you start the engine and hit the gas pedal. We all know what will happen. In less than one block the car will veer to the left or the right and you will have to grab hold of the wheel and correct the direction. In fact, by the time you arrive at the first mile you will have made hundreds of corrections with the steering wheel. It is obvious to anyone who has driven a car that it is impossible to drive a car anywhere without using the principle of correction.

Now visualize an artist painting a masterpiece. Is each stroke and color applied done with perfection? No. Again he must make many corrective strokes and blending of colors to achieve the final appearance desired.

How about the creation of this world? Was it accomplished in one great attempt? No. It began as a ball of fire and condensed. Later came the oceans and an atmosphere accompanied by elementary life. The life evolved into more complex forms until the human race appeared. Millions of corrections and changes have occurred for this planet to arrive at the beauty it now possesses and yet it is still far from perfect. Millions of additional corrections must be accomplished before this planet achieves the measure of its creation.

One of the most common mistakes made by teachers of the past is they present their ideas or revelations as if they were absolute perfection from the mind of God. The problem is that even if the concepts were inspired and sound, the application of them will require much correction before they become workable. Instead of making corrections the followers try with exactness to implement the plans. This always fails and when it does the original good ideas are often abandoned and replaced with inferior ones — usually after the initiate dies.

The teacher of this age must present the basic principles behind his ideas with the thought that some trial and error, or correction, will be required before they mature and reach their maximum usability.

This principle is expanded upon in Book four of the Immortal series, Eternal Words.

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
— Thomas A. Edison (1847 – 1931)

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Relative Perfection

This entry is part 14 of 98 in the series Principles

 

Principle 16:  Relative Perfection

There are two scriptures referring to perfection in relation to Jesus:

In the first Jesus said, “Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today, and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” (Luke 13:32)  The second scripture states, “Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.” (Hebrews 5:8-9)

Before we go on and discuss perfection it is important that we understand the word as it is used in the Bible. There are three basic Greek words that are translated as perfect or perfection in the King James Version. The first and most popular is TELEIOO and the corresponding TELEIOS. This word does not really mean perfection as we think of the word today but more literally means to finish, accomplish, or complete. The second word is KATARTIZO. This word means to complete or finish, but in a different sense. TELEIOO has the implication of finishing a new work or effort one has taken on whereas KATARTIZO implies a restoration to something as it was in the past. Both words imply wholeness, but the first through a new task, the second through a restoration.

The third word is AKRIBELA and derivatives thereof. This is the closest Greek word to our modern word perfect. It means to do a thing precisely and exactly correct. Paul used this word in reference to the way the Jews taught the law: “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the PERFECT (exact) manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as YE ALL ARE this day.” (Acts 22:3)

When the Bible believing people of today talk about Jesus being perfect they usually use the word in the same sense that AKRIBELA was used. That is, they think that Jesus obeyed all the laws “exactly.” They think of his perfection in the sense that he never made one mistake, that he never broke one commandment and exactly obeyed every injunction from the Bible. He was beyond reproach.

Actually, AKRIBELA was never used in the Bible in association with Jesus. The ones who were seeking for perfection, exactness, or AKRIBELA were the ones he continually called “hypocrites.” The Pharisees, Sadducees, the Doctors of the Law, Scribes, in other words, the basic religious people of the day were continually accusing Jesus of not being AKRIBELA or perfect enough in obeying the law.

The scripture says, “THE LAW MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but the bringing in of a better hope (Christ) did; by which we draw nigh unto God.” (Hebrews 7:19)

The word for perfect here is TELEIOO and is the one used in connection with the perfection of Jesus and has nothing to do with obeying the law; thus the law cannot create TELEIOO, or the perfection of Christ.

Why do orthodox Christians say that Jesus was perfect because he obeyed all the laws when the Bible says “The law made NOTHING perfect”?

Why do people worship Jesus and revere him as God because he exactly obeyed every law and scriptural injunction when the Bible says, “That NO MAN is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith. And the law is NOT of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:11-13)

Here Paul boldly states that Jesus was not perfect (or AKRIBELA) because he broke the law by his very death. The Old Testament which Paul quoted stated that anyone who was hung on a tree (or cross) was “accursed of God.” (See Deuteronomy 21:23.)  Therefore Paul explains that if righteousness comes by the law then Jesus was cursed because he was crucified on a cross made from a tree.

Why do you suppose it was in the plan of God that Jesus violated the law of perfection (AKRIBELA) to the extent that he was to be “accursed of God” by his very death. After all, he permitted it to happen. Was it so we would look forward to something else besides a black and white interpretation for our salvation? If this is so, why do we put Jesus on a pedestal by saying he never broke a law? Why do we think of him as AKRIBELA (perfect) when he was not?

One of the main reasons that Jesus was rejected by the Jews is because he was not perfect or exacting enough for them in keeping the laws of God given through Moses. He did not have the black and white attitude of the typical pious person. He realized that there is a time and season for “every purpose under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

The scripture “Be ye therefore perfect even as your Father in Heaven is perfect” is a mistranslation in almost every Bible available. Why? Because the illusion of perfection is so important for the religious world to maintain.

In this scripture “perfect” is mistranslated from TELEIOO which means “Complete, finish and puts forth the idea of finishing a job or goal that you have.” Now let’s translate this verse correctly as Jesus meant it, “Therefore finish (or complete) the work you are given to do even as your Father in Heaven completes His.” Isn’t the true rendering the more practical advice?

Again I will repeat: You have to read from a mistranslated Bible to teach the perfection of God or man. The doctrine of perfection, as the religious world understands it, is just not in there. If you do not believe me go to any standard Christian bookstore and buy a concordance (Strongs Concordance is the best.) and look these words up. This knowledge is available to all the Bible believers.

Since we are basically talking about the perfection of God let us first define perfection as it is usually used in relation to religious discussions.

Perfection:  “A state of being, achievement or attainment which cannot be improved upon and from which no further progress or improvement is possible.”

When this idea is applied to worshipped beings such as Jesus or Jehovah it is done with the idea that they can never make a mistake. Every word, action, movement and creation they make is flawless.

Basically these poor gods have nowhere do go because they have it all. They have no goals because to move toward a goal of any kind would take them away from the perfection they are now experiencing. They have nothing to learn because they are perfect in their learning. There is actually nothing even left for them to create because their creation is perfect since they are perfect.

Such a delusion about any living entity in the universe is a great example of the deception that “the Beast” has fostered upon mankind. And the interesting thing about this idea is that it is found nowhere in the Bible, but the Beast creates the illusion for the masses that it is taught in the scriptures so control becomes that much easier.

Since the Beast uses even good things like the Bible as a tool of control it must make us think his most cherished teachings are in there whether they are or not.

Ultimate Perfection is an illusion and actually undesirable. If we were to live in a state where there could not exist a goal to progress even higher then there would be no joy in living. The closest we get to perfection is what we call “Relative Perfection.” With relative perfection one can reach a state where the entity has a skill down pat so he becomes a reliable performer or he has achieved a particular goal to his satisfaction, but soon he finds another skill to master and another goal to achieve.

First let me say that to put Jesus, Buddha and other religious icons in their right place and perspective is not blasphemous as truth is the highest form of religion and is never blasphemous. On the contrary, to overstate their importance as the beast did with Jesus in the Nicene Creed IS blasphemous and needs correction in the religious world. To put Jesus in his right place in the universe is a good thing, just as it would have been a good thing to put the emperor of Rome in his right place. Only by putting all things in their right place can the truth be seen. If one puts Jesus on an even higher pedestal than He belongs then all perception of Him and his words will be seen through a fog and high illusion will be the result.

Where there is not an agreed upon measure for ultimate perfection what is called perfection is in the eye of the beholder.

On the other hand there are many absolute perfections that can be agreed upon. For instance an absolutely perfect circle has all points on its circumference exactly the same distance from the center. But in physical reality there is no such thing as a perfect circle. There is not a planet in the universe with an exactly circular orbit. No one has ever created a perfect circle. What is the best we can hope for? The closest we can come to absolute perfection is relative perfection. In other words, we can create relatively perfect circles.

Once relative perfection is reached in the world of form the intelligence behind its creation recognizes it and begins to duplicate this perfection. For instance, a proton is relatively perfect. These particles are not absolutely perfect because each proton has a very slight differentiation from all others. Because the intelligence behind the proton recognizes the relative perfection of this unit it has created these relatively perfect particles by the same principles everywhere in the universe.

Humanity does the same thing as God does. When we reach relative perfection in creation others copy this perfection to the best of their ability. Our better bicycles, for instance, are made about as close to maximum efficiency as possible. As manufacturers approach relative perfection others follow. We will never create the perfect bicycle, but we will eventually get so close to perfection that it would be a waste of time to attempt any more improvement.

This is what supreme intelligence has done with the proton. Perfection is so close that any more attention on improvement is not worth the effort. God’s efforts are now much better spent working on humans. We are far from relative perfection on the physical plane.

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
— Peter Drucker (1909 – 2005)

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