of Life Lessons
the previous lesson we spoke of mind and what it is.
Now we want to talk of function or use. I can hear my students asking,
"What do you mean, use of mind? Here
I've been working all this time to keep my mind quiet."
Well, this is one of the uses. For
in this use of concentration, you are attempting not to use the lower mind, the
objective mind, but rather the thoughts and impressions which the subconscious
is in contact with, and even the Akasha.
when we begin to have some degree of consciousness developed in us, we are
establishing degrees of attunement with this Universal Mind and these Absolute
Records -- the Akasha. The use of
your intuition, or the facility of its use, is just the first manifestation that
such attunement is being established. It
is not until we reach a degree of control that the voices of the cosmic, or that
which comes through the subconscious, can whisper facts or knowledge through
urges which arise within us when we are pondering and in doubt.
we choose to use the brain and reasoning in any matter, the cosmic mind, through
the subconscious, tries to set us aright. But
we have gotten out of the habit of listening until reason gets the upper hand.
Now let us put aside reasoning and listen to the still small voice until
it again becomes automatic and of first importance to hear the Reality of Truth.
subconscious mind has ways and means of collecting obsessive impressions
independently of the objective mind, absorbing impressions of which the
conscious mind would not be aware.
things are not impressed upon the ordinary nerves or retina of the eye but upon
extra- sensory nerves which are made to receive higher rates of vibration and by
which impressions are carried to the subconscious instead of the objective mind.
such cases the subconscious mind receiving the impressions stores away the
pictures or idea and it remains there unknown to the objective mind until it
comes across the border line of the objective mind and becomes known for a
passing moment. We have a dual consciousness -- either subjective or objective
can communicate with it.
purpose of concentration or meditation is to bring about a borderline condition
as the balancing of the two arms of a scale.
The student may look upon himself as being in an arena, around which are
numerous doors or cells like monks' cells, in each of which is the personality
of the past.
As we gain inner consciousness and draw closer to the Akasha and as our subconscious rises, we sort of visit these alcoves, looking in some we may like and some we may not like, examining personalities and recognizing that each carries with it the particular personality you had in a previous lifetime. Some might be male, some female. And in accordance with these the level of cosmic consciousness is developed. Until we have acted upon our present life functionally, we depend on the past experiences which radiate on the soul because of the light through the Self.
TRIANGLE OF MIND
MIND = MATERIAL FORM
= SPIRITUAL FORM
= MATERIAL FORM
= SPIRITUAL FORM
= MATERIAL FORM
= SPIRITUAL FORM
table above depicts the maze and tangle of psychology, but added to it is an
understanding of the fact that the inherent subconscious traits of the
personality are often inherited from past incarnations.
An outstanding trait from which we suffer deeply may be one which took
many long years in previous lives to acquire so that it becomes deeply ingrained
in us -- a part of us.
We carry this totality in the Soul.
as one gains the ability to look into the records of his past, he might observe
blank spots signifying absolutely no action at fairly regular intervals.
This shows the periods of rest or intervals between cycles of material
manifestation or incarnation on a material plane whether it be in the earth or
any other planet.
some ancient writings, the record of the past is symbolized as a rolled-up
scroll, the entire memory of the individual.
It oftentimes is said that he who becomes adept may read his history from
the Akasha, be it pleasing or not. The subconscious is called subconscious
because whatever it does occurs below the Level of conscious-awareness.
In other words, it is not on the material plane.
good exercise to provide an example of what I have just said is to trace back
all the words and thoughts of the last half hour and then read them over
carefully and see if you like them. If
you don't, strike them out, wipe them out and put a positive thought in their
place. Thus the mind will harvest no
unfavorable harvest in the future from the subconscious by receiving false or
negative ideas. Let's have no garden
of weeds for you to harvest.
mastery of mind is the great objective and first step of him who would follow
the Christ and the Master Jesus. Once
this is accomplished we have became master of our destiny insofar as it is not
under certain rational Karma or cosmic trend, for we will be radiating positive
seeds amongst all those we come in contact with.
subconscious mind is an absolute subordinate to the conscious mind and thus is
reactive to reasoning. It is
amenable to suggestion and can be controlled.
It is a feminine gender in action, whereas the consciousness is
mind originates and the subconscious creates; it makes clear good pictures in
your mind and thinks positive thoughts. This must outweigh gossip, complaints
and elaboration on the dirt someone did to you or the misery you have been
subconscious mind does not know any better.
It has been given the function of the ingredients given to it and does
the job perfectly.
the ingredients given to it, it will give it back to you in outer circumstance.
So get out your mental vacuum cleaner and give yourself a good mental
housecleaning, ridding yourself of all negative thoughts, and turn your eyes
toward God and towards Christ in the light of the Christos.
Philippians 4: 6 we read, "In everything let your petitions be known to God
in prayer and supplications with thanksgiving."
Instead of fault-finding, wait a minute and look for something to praise
and give thanks for it. Look at it
carefully -- magnify it and soon you will see something to be joyous for.
more important is the thanksgiving of faith as Jesus, in multiplying the loaves,
looked upward and gave thanks before the miracle had happened and became an
event on earth. It had already been
done in mind and perfect faith in knowing. So,
likewise, giving thanks to the Father for hearing does not mean he will dwell on
the lack of your faith, for that would multiply lack.
In John 6:11 we read of how Jesus fed the five thousand with five loaves
of bread and two small fishes: "And
Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the
disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the
fishes as much as they would." This
is the only miracle reported in all four gospels.
In the other gospels the word "blessed" is used in place of
"thanks," as used by John. These
are some of the tools that we use to keep the mind scrubbed up so that the
subconscious is not growing tares in the wheat crop which we have planted for
who lives in this day, if he is not going to resist the return of the Christ
force and principle which is present in the new earth as it is developing, must
keep a positive mind and a clean one. Unless the people of earth clean out the
rubbish in their bodies and minds now, there will be too much for the human body
to clean out as the New Earth is built.
around you and see the rubbish and waste in the world today, and it will tell
you the rubbish that is in the mass mind today.
me remind you, again: Steady yourself so that you do not react to the negativity
of the world or the acts of others. Thus
we can go on in the future and not pass through transition now. As a new heaven
and the New Earth are forming, do not hold any negation or sorrow within; do not
water them with a few tears occasionally to wash out your emotions. You will be
blessed as the positive things grow. This
is one reason that you bless them that persecute you and return good for evil.
Although some enemy is tossing weed seeds into the garden of your
subconscious, they never hit the ground unless your own mind accepts them.
must not accept what you do not want mentally. If you are living in difficult
circumstances, you know they are not immaterial but that you must work all the
harder to plant for the future by being Christ-like today.
There are other areas of the field that will come into fruition tomorrow
through epigenesis and grace everyday.
IF YOU WISH TO SOW NEGATIVE SEEDS NOW, YOU WILL PAY LATER.
IF YOU WISH TO SOW POSITIVE SEEDS NOW, YOU WILL REAP THE HARVEST OF