The Pursuit of Happiness

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As is said, it’s the journey, not the destination, that’s the fun (and important.)  Which is good – since each of us is on a journey, like it or not.  Many people do not like their journey.  Mischief ensues when they get the formula, the equation, for happiness, backwards.

It’s always useful to define the subject before discussion.  So, what is happiness?

Feeling, showing, or expression JOY.  We recognize JOY as the highest positive emotion in the emotional scale humans experience.  So, we can speak of happiness as a synonym for Joy.

Is Happiness the emotion felt when a person sees someone else experiencing misery?  Of course not.  However, there are some people who are so unhappy, so miserable, that their definition of “happiness” is but another degree of misery.

There’s the old joke:  A Russian, an Englishman and a Frenchman were walking along a county road one day when they spied a lamp in the ditch.  The Frenchman retrieved it and cleaned it up.  Poof! The Genie appeared.  Grateful for her liberation she offered all one wish.  The Frenchman said “Genie, I wish to be a famous movie star with beautiful women all around me.”  POOF!  He was a famous movie star.

The Englishman thought:  “Genie – I wish to be a Lord over a grand estate with enormous revenues and a loving family.”  POOF!  He was now a wealthy Peer.

The Russian thought deeply about his situation.  “Genie – my neighbor has a new car and I do not.  Wreck my neighbors car!”  POOF!  His neighbor’s car was destroyed.

Which of the three experienced Happiness?

The Russian may have experienced a curious relief that his neighbor was now as miserable as he was, but is that happiness?  Is that Joy?

That is getting the formula, the equation, for happiness backwards.

Emmet Fox summed it up:  People are trying to change outer conditions but leaving their consciousness unchanged, and it cannot be done.

In the joke the Frenchman changed himself  in order to have more joy; the same with the Englishman.  The Russian wanted change in his neighbor’s status – an outer condition – to share the misery.  Somehow, he imagined, his neighbor’s increased misery would lessen his own.

It is the essence of materialism that the environment – which means outer conditions. people around you, the “time” you live in, and such – is the primary influence, or cause, of your happiness or misery.  Therefore, it is the environment (other people, situations, circumstances) that must change before you are able to experience relief and get on the journey to happiness.  Much of history is the account of this effort.  Too many lives, sadly, are stories of the effort.

Materialism, as a formula, is flawed as a personal approach for joyful living.  It simply does not work; it does not produce the desire result.  Never has.  Never will.  Why?  The materialism formula is based on controlling other people, events, situations, and circumstances.  That’s way too many moving parts to succeed. And, it’s impossible.

Why, you could go insane trying to corral all those people and situations into something you could live with.  Come to think of it, isn’t that a definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result?  Why is this?  Because you cannot think for another person!  You might bully, bribe or cajole them into temporarily acting in a way you want, but you have to keep at it.  The instant you let up, they act like, well, they act like themselves.

No one can think your thoughts.  You can, however, surrender your judgment to another’s thinking (the bully, bribe, cajole)  – which may or may not end well for you.  Your thoughts, your thinking, ARE you.  The only force, authority, power, energy (use your favorite descriptor) that can re-direct your thinking is you.  Period.  End of formula.  At the end of the day, your manner of thinking (a.k.a. your beliefs) determines how you experience your life on this marvelous planet.

There is remarkable resistance in many people to grasp that they hold the key to their personal comfort and delight.  Much of this resistance is learned behavior, pounded in from day one (if not before).  Indeed, for the infant, his/her survival and well-being is dependent on what others (mother especially) do.  Childhood is a learning experience of family and social structures and “norms” that define approved behavior and behavior that is not approved (often labeled selfish.)  Throw in contemporary technology and exposure to a theme of “you’re not important” and approval by others becomes a measure of success.

At some point many folks mentally step-back and assess their situation.  Many times it is a variant of 1) Spending money I don’t have, to 2) buy things I don’t want, to 3) Impress people I don’t like.

The aha moment for some is when they realize that they’ve been working very hard for other people, and very little for themselves.  Fully institutionalized it’s called slavery, and it’s still practiced these days.  Once a sense of freedom is grasped – freedom to think for oneself and hence to determine what is best for oneself – then begins the pursuit of happiness.  There is a sequence:  Life, Liberty, Pursuit of happiness.  It’s a powerful formula that works and has been proven over and over.  And fought, over and over.

Entrenched materialism is opposed to individual freedom, since control is the soul of materialism.  Individuals, freely thinking, are difficult to control.  The history of Mankind is the record of this struggle of thinking.

This is not a matter of right or wrong, good or bad.  Such definitions are relative.  They are the same thing, measured by degrees.  Consider prohibiting by law a person’s possession of a 32 ounce soft drink.  Is this good?  Bad?  Right?  Wrong?  For the person desiring a big, cold drink, it’s clearly a bad law and definitely wrong in that it prohibits freedom of choice.  From a materialists perspective limiting the “right” of a person to indulge in what is decreed an illegal act is both good and right.  What kind of environment is likely to result in a greater sense of happiness?

The Law of Attraction is universal.  That which is like unto itself is attracted.  This applies to things great and small, upon every degree of energy from dispersed to condensed, and very much to thoughts and their creative process – thinking.

You know this.  There are places where you simply have no interest in going – or when near you get an intuition or hunch, that you shouldn’t be there.  And visa versa.  That doesn’t mean that other people aren’t going there – they are comfortable in such circumstances.  Comfort doesn’t mean happy, just familiar and of similar frequency.

Some people are very comfortable in their misery and are very resistant to alternatives.  They aren’t happy, but they are unable or unwilling to begin changing their thinking in order to introduce in their experience an improved feeling.  The resistance is the manifestation of a belief that their wellbeing is dependent on circumstances, environment, other people’s behaviors, etc. – materialism.  As long as that belief is active, then their experience IS dependent on external forces.  Like attracts like.  Unfettered.  Belief in powerlessness results in lack of power – that’s the way it works!  “I don’t believe in the law of attraction,” one may state.  And the Law of Attraction will provide more evidence to that person that there is no law of attraction!

This is why changing thinking can be difficult.  It’s a simple truth and process, but inertia, habit, and continual reinforcement of materialism weighs heavy.  It can be subtle, however.

Years ago I met up with a high school pal living in another state.  He was quite cheerful, as usual, and enjoying his life, wife, dog, and job (yes, in that order.)  I inquired how he managed to remain so cheerful and he replied “I don’t watch the news, and don’t get involved in other people’s problems.”  At the time I considered that to be selfish.  (See, subtle!)  Why was he avoiding his civic responsibility to keep up with the news and doing his part of make life better for others?  He explained, in effect, that news (by this he meant newspapers and television – it was some time ago) was by design negative and depressing.  Watching/reading about what’s wrong in the world, society, etc., made him feel bad.  How could he be of any service to another (he was a social worker) if he felt miserable?

He had a point.  It took a couple of years for his position to sink in – if I’m unhappy, how can I be of any assistance to another?  I intellectually grasped the Law of Attraction but had yet to have it viscerally understood.  The more I considered my friend’s decision, the more I understood its benefit.  And the more sensitive I became to “news,” complaining, blaming and whining.  Those frequencies on the scale of human feeling were a bit more distant and thus more discordant.  The result was that unhappy people tended to recede in my experience and what I’d describe as more comfortable people showed up (or I engaged in activities that brought me near them.)  That’s when Emmet Fox’s statement proved to be a formula, an equation.

Finding your point of attraction, the usual manner of thinking, is a good exercise.  But, regardless, simply changing the focus of a thought will produce relief.

So, let us look closer at this universal constant – the Law of Attraction.

It is best described as the universal manager.  It is the operation of all that is that allows, well, all that IS.  It is not a matter of belief – it IS.  Of course, as mentioned a moment ago, if you do not believe there is a Law of Attraction it will see to it that similar thoughts/experiences come to you that support your belief that there is no Law of Attraction.

We are energy Beings.  At present conscious in a human form.  Energy vibrates and the frequency of the vibration is what attracts.  A fair analogy is broadcast television and radio.  The music or program is issued at a certain frequency of vibration.  That frequency will not interfere with other energies.  There are hundreds of radio signals, television, cell phone, and all manner of radiation zipping through here at this moment.  They don’t bother us nor we them because of the difference in frequency.  But, with technology (machines) we can tune a radio to the specific frequency of the program we want, and, voila!  We can hear it.  In a sense we have “tuned in” to its frequency and thus its energy and offerings.

Consider then our daily experience as a radio.  We are tuned into a certain energy frequency with the beliefs that we hold.  A belief is a thought, an idea, held in mind over and over until it is automatic and becomes a default state of mind.  This is often called our “disposition.”It is our state of mind that seeks, and is sought, by similar thought energy.  This is the origin of “birds of a feather flock together.”  So, in this cosmic sense, we influence what we experience by our primary thinking.

“Well, George,” I hear, “I’m not pleased with my situation so what about that?  I wouldn’t wish to be unhappy!”

Of course not.  Don’t forget our Russian friend who could only interpret his “happiness” in terms of misery for his neighbor.  His thinking, thus his dominant vibration, was misery.  And that’s what he continued to experience.

Dis-satisfaction indicates that you are ready to move your thinking up a notch (octave) in frequency.  This is totally normal and natural.  In Creation nothing is static, everything is in constant motion and motion is movement towards a higher frequency.  So, to be aware that your situation isn’t all that you’d like is a good thing!  It means that you are also AWARE that your Being is ready to increase your Life experience by raising your thinking, or consciousness as often called.

When you raise your thinking you access a greater vista.  If your current experience is bumping around a mess of trees (in a forest you can’t see) then by literally raising your consciousness you become aware of the forest and – most exciting – the horizon.  Your interests will quickly move beyond a bunch of trees and into a broader, more exciting, landscape.

Unhappiness is the result of having that discomfort with a circumstance but not knowing what to do about it.  Doing the same old things – and thinking in the same old manner – will only recreate the same-old-same-old – that’s the Law!  An improvement – the pursuit of Happiness – is all about changing thinking.  Attracting a higher frequency of experience.

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The Day the Word Stood Still

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Actually, words don’t stand still.  Words are symbols, accepted concepts which, when written or spoken, transfer information from one person to another.  They can’t stand still.  I stood still, or rather, gripped the steering wheel of my car as I groused very loudly, “what?”

I was listening to the radio when a well-meaning public service announcement asked people to donate their old cars to a charitable organization which, in turn, would sell the vehicles and use the proceeds to help “…the victims of homelessness.”  What?  Not homeless victims of mental illness, drug addiction, or disaster, but for victims of homelessness itself.  One can be in a state of homelessness (be homeless, am homeless, are homeless), I thought,  but cannot exist as a victim of homelessness.

Homelessness itself had suddenly become a primal force of nature.  Some unsuspecting Fred and Jane might be out shopping when suddenly, without warning, the beast Homelessness could snatch them from the mall and do its worst.

The subtle mischief in the use of those words presents an image in the mind of the unsuspecting listener of a great danger racing throughout the land, wrenching innocent people from their pursuit of happiness.  The mental seeds were being sown to institute homelessness as a causal force, rather than as a symptom or consequence of other factors.

For decades society has been concerned about the problem of teen pregnancy.  I don’t know anyone who endorses children having children with the ensuing problems and burdens for all, especially for the truly innocent child, er baby.  Yet there has been a consistent word play to redefine the “problem” of  teen pregnancy from a case of immature sex, perhaps statutory rape, to a malevolent condition that lurks in the school hallways and on the streets, waiting to leap out and afflict some unsuspecting twelve year old.  No child is safe.

Major efforts have been made in the social arena (a.k.a. Government funded) to solve the problem.  Curiously absent in many of these is the question of barely pubescent girls engaging in sex with (usually) older males (a.k.a. predators.)  No – teen pregnancy is considered, by many, as another childhood disease.  Some kids get it, some don’t.  It just an evil something that could happen, like HIV, to anyone.

Reflect on how this genuine social concern is addressed and treated in the media and government funded programs, especially school-based.  The causal factors are minimized and the symptom/condition is given a disease-like status.  The onset of the “disease” is capricious.

Like the proverbial Camel’s nose  (if allowed to slip under your tent, it is followed by the rest of the smelly beast), words are the vanguard of political mischief.  And, like the Camel, once the concept has been hammered enough and accepted by the rank and file, there will be a large and unsavory occupant in your once happy environment.

Dr. Josef Goebbels took this fundamental psychology of human behavior and institutionalized it – tell the big lie, over and over, in all places, in all forms, and after a while, the lie is accepted as a fact.  It’s a playbook that has been used constantly.  It’s called conditioning.  It’s called propaganda.  Whatever its form, it is not truth.  But when the concept (the lie) is accepted as truth, then freedom is at risk.  Did somebody say, Trojan Horse?

The biggest killers of the twentieth century were governments.  More specifically, communism and fascism.  Lenin, Stalin and Mao killed far more of their own people than any enemy in the dreadful wars of the late century.  Yet preceding the carnage was the corruption of words and phrases.  The propaganda, the social conditioning to cower and accept the killer Camels into life’s tent, always preceded the legal (unchallenged) genocide.

What?  You dare speak outside the politically accepted mantra (which means you must think differently)?  Only an insane person would do so, or something equally idiotic, such as smoke a cigarette, or sip a 32 ounce Coke.  Off to the asylum, the political hospital (or Gulag, or Concentration camp) to be pumped full of drugs or hammered until you parroted the appropriate language.  Get it right, and you can play ball, Comrade Rocker.

That’s why the day came when the words stood still.  Stopped, in motion, for a critical examination of what was actually being communicated.  History does repeat itself, but only because succeeding generations lose the ability to think about what is being said, and done, and why.  In 1923 a young Hitler and the budding Nazi party attempted an armed takeover of the local government in the infamous Beer Hall Putsch.  Herman Goering soothed the citizens saying they should not be concerned, after all, they had their beer, they had their sausages (while behind the doors guns were drawn and death threats made.)

The subtle seduction of the hammered word or phrase is the vanguard of the mischief.  The remainder of this epistle looks at some words and phrases that have entered the lexicon and morphed into elements from the sinister playbook.  The playbook works.  For instance:

Pay for a tax cut.  If that phrase makes sense, then already you’ve accepted this subtle demon.  What store do you go in order to purchase a tax cut?  I am baffled by the casual acceptance of this Camel’s nose on the part of the media, politicians on both sides of the aisle, and voters who should know better.  The inference is that the government (federal, state or local) must pay for a tax reduction.  Let me get this straight – the government takes your money then buys you a tax reduction.  Not.

Lost in this concept is the fact that in the United States – by authority of the Constitution – government has no wealth other than what We the People (a nice phrase in the preamble to the Constitution) give it.  It’s called taxes.  Not donations, not contributions, not investments, but taxes.  Unlike much of the world, and certainly in history, no armed warlord or dictator extorts the wealth you produce by your talent and energy under penalty of death

As a rational government “We the People” choose from amongst our selves those representatives whom we bestow the authority to take a portion of our personal property to use for the common good.  It’s a Republic and it can work very well – we have a marvelous system of highways, a supremely effective military (at least for the moment), wondrous scientific and technological advances and a social safety net to boot.  Great value!

But “pay” for a tax cut?  Absurd!  Government spending money to pay for a tax-cut?  Ridiculous.  Tax revenue is a future event.  A tax repeal (like removing the telephone tax to finance the Spanish-American war) means only that “we the people” will surrender less of our wealth to the government.  (Yet even the repeal of that tiny tax was vetoed by a previous President who, I presume, wished for citizens to pay for all times, that long settled conflict.)

The mischievous concept lurking behind “pay for a tax cut” is the conditioned acceptance that Government owns all wealth and benevolently dispenses it to the serfs (at least those who are behaving.)  History is a terrible thing to waste.  Unless, of course, those in power can manage to rewrite history into whatever track record is needed to maintain power.  In our Republic, the national government derives power only from those matters the sovereign states have yielded it.  The remainder, rests with We, the people.  Unless, of course, most people can be conditioned to think otherwise.

Commercial sex workers.   If you haven’t bumped into this phrase yet, you will.  It is the politically correct replacement for that old word, prostitution.  Consider the implied differences between the two.  Both involve sex-for-hire, but a prostitute is engaging in a practice that is not condoned by history or religion.  A commercial sex worker, on the other hand, is engaged in a commercial business, and, being a “worker” probably should be part of a union.  To use and embrace the term Commercial Sex Workers is to legitimize sex-for-hire sans legislation (excepting, of course, Nevada.)  As a libertarian, I have no issue with consenting adults engaging in any commercial enterprise.  But that’s not what this is about.

The Camel’s nose of this phrase is the gradual inclusion of minors into this “legitimate” way of making money.  Minors – you know, children.  Do you think there is a market for sexually exploiting children?  A “homeless” 14 year old boy or girl turns a few tricks per day or appears in a porn video to “survive.”  How honorable.

“Commercial sex workers” seeks to remove any limits to sexual behavior.  Watch this one.

Self-esteem.  This venerable phrase has been long abused and is now void of any  meaning.  It means whatever the word is means.  Originally, the phrase was applied to persons who didn’t have any, or very little,  self-regard.  It classed a group of people born into economic or social isolation who could not envision succeeding in life because of the accident of their birth.  Great programs heaped lots of money in efforts to teach them self-esteem.  Get some esteem, and get rich.  Or, at least feel good about yourself.

Everyone and anyone can benefit from encouragement and each of us benefits from learning that in this nation a better life IS possible (although not guaranteed).  Self-esteem was marketed and sold to the public with this in mind.  Not any more.  Self-esteem rode the Camel’s back of corruption to a new implication and manner of thought – feeling good about yourself regardless of what you do or do not do.  Prisons are full of dangerous people who have high self-esteem.

Genuine self-esteem is not something that is taught, it is something that is garnered from experience – I met the challenge, faced it and succeeded (to some degree) – I have confidence of my ability to live my life.  Once, it was synonymous with self-confidence.  Regrettably, “low self-esteem” has devolved into another social disease.  The Camel mischief is that vulnerable people are taught that they are forever bound to their miserable birth state with no real hope for improvement other than along the lines of a certain program or political action.  Self-esteem no longer frees a person from a caste, but conditions him/her to accept it – and embrace whatever empowerment is dangled by the rulers of the public purse.

(My favorite Self-esteem moment was decades ago when I was invited as a Prevention professional to address the subject to the faculty of an area High School.  Prior to the continuing education session, I asked the participating educators to write on a piece of paper their main issue with low self esteem.   I managed to present the class as planned – ignoring the issues on the papers:  Students lose their books, don’t do their homework, skip class, don’t respect the teacher – problems not of “self-esteem” but self-control.)  Heck, if the teachers were clueless about “self-esteem” then no wonder the students were confused.

Gun violence.  This is a fairly recent entry into the arena of corruption of language.  Pay attention to how often you hear and read this term.  What’s the problem here?  Violence, of course, you think.  We the People need to do something about violence, especially by youth.  Wrong.  The problem is  the gun.  By linking two words as one, and repeating them a zillion times, people begin spouting “gun violence” to describe assault.  The solution?  Remove the gun in gun violence and everyone lives happily thereafter.  The recent Boston bombings give the lie to this.

Guns are not the problem in violence, people are the problem – the person who is convinced that he/she will not suffer any negative consequences by beating, shooting, stabbing, raping, and yes, bombing.  Remember that most of the insidious conditioning phrases are founded in well meaning emotional responses.  Personal belief and behavior is the real social  problem.  Does anyone support violence?  (Careful now, you’d be surprised how many do support violence to improve their lives.)  This Camel’s nose implants the idea that a person is not responsible for their violent behavior – that damned gun came along and made them do it.  (Notice how avoidance of personal responsibility for personal decisions and behaviors links most of the nefarious words and phrases.)

How often do you see the headline “Gunfire erupts…”  Or hear the news intro “Gunfire erupted today…”  A new demon has been unleashed!  Lord Gunfire.  Presumably, Gunfire lurks deep in the fiery bowls of Earth, randomly bursting forth to the surface (hence, eruption) and spewing hot lead into innocents.

Angst causing as it may be for some, the reality is that a resting gun will not, on its own accord, fly around the neighborhood then randomly fire at someone.  It’s a machine.  It must have a human hand (and mind) to operate it.  Guns are pointed and triggers are pulled.  That is NOT random violence nor is it the evil appearance of Lord Gunfire.   (Random violence – that’s another social disease in the works.)  Want to get serious?  Lose the guns component and deal with the personal notion that violence is acceptable – or has minimal negative consequences.

At-risk.  The corruption of the original meaning of this phrase, a sibling of self-esteem, is sad.  At-risk is a term prevalent in the context of youth born into situations where life’s deck of cards are stacked against them, and causing them to do drugs, shoot guns, get pregnant, steal, and commit all sorts of evils.  Oops, I’m sorry, the bad hand makes them more vulnerable to eruptions of Lord Gunfire, sudden onset of pregnancy and… Tons of money has been poured into programs to help youth at-risk of bad behavior.  Has it worked?  Since the numbers of at-risk youth seem to grow, I guess not.  (Did someone once say that throwing money at the problem is not a solution?)  Of course, if the problem is kept alive, then the need to continue feeding solutions persists.  One Wag remarked that, in many states, the number one industry is poverty.  An industry that would collapse should there be no impoverished.  The Wag further aggravated gentle souls by noting that 21st century “poverty” in the USA was a middle-class lifestyle in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s.

Like the other words and phrases, at-risk was sold to the public as a way to identify and help those kids needing help to rise above the insidious forces (and the new capricious social diseases and eruptions) rampant in their ideological ghetto.  Although a family situation may be mentioned or even listed, little is done to address the causal factors.  Family dysfunction, in this sense, stereotypes the single mother (a.k.a. never married) household where mom can’t or won’t do right by the kids.  Junior shows up at school filthy and hungry, but mom has great nails and hair.  Solutions can’t address mom’s choice to have children outside of marriage, nor her spending priorities, since to do so might damage her self-esteem.  Don’t even think about discussing the missing father part of this failed equation.  Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted quite some time ago the predictable effects of such welfare on families.

That’s the stereotype.  The truth is that all youth are at-risk of getting sucked into the victim-me mentality of irresponsible behavior.   More vulnerable than the scrappy youths from the barrio are the well-heeled youth of the monied class.  The truly rich have always had the problem of bad-behaving Junior or Sis, so it’s not a case of environment or social status.  It is, however, a case of corrupt values, decisions and consequences.

Tolerance – the capacity to endure pain or hardship – so says the 10th edition of Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.  For all times people have tolerated conditions and situations that were painful and difficult.  The key word is endure – to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding.  Public education (in school, in media) promotes tolerance as a form of good citizenship.  No longer does tolerance mean enduring some offensive circumstance, but accepting and condoning objectionable behavior by others.

Once upon a time a loud-mouthed, push-cart shoving bully in the super-market check-out line was looked upon with disdain, but tolerated, because sooner or later the offensive person would leave.  Not anymore.  In the politically correct world the obnoxious person has a right to do what he/she is doing and your job is to accommodate them (lest their self-esteem be damaged.)  And don’t you dare express disdain (especially to writers for certain magazines.)  As stated in these convoluted times, don’t bully the bully.  Or, the anti-bully movement is to make sure you don’t object or resist your being bullied.

Co-dependency.  Remember that wonderful term from the hey-day of the 70/80’s?  Co-dependency is a descriptive word for a family/relationship dynamic associated with drug addiction.  The co-dependent arrives at a state of thinking/feeling/behavior that is totally concerned with the behavior of a drug-addicted person.  It is a legitimate condition that is destructive but that can respond to a re-ordering of thinking/feeling and behavior.  The Camel’s nose snorted, however, that “it’s not my fault…I’m co-dependent.”

A clinical definition that just about anybody could embrace,  once the syndrome was expanded beyond drug addiction to include just about anything.  In fact, it reached the goofy proportion that if a person wasn’t co-dependent, then they were suspect!  Emotional health was viewed with suspicion.   Emotionally healthy people usually have high self-esteem/confidence, make decisions and accept the consequences, are tolerant but do not surrender their values to accommodate what they must tolerate.  They are considered dangerous people in this politically correct era.

Addiction.  What’s good for co-dependency is good for an addict.  Addiction is a malignant disease characterized by an over-whelming obsession to continue using mind-altering drugs (or some other behavior) despite chronic, serious, negative consequences.   It’s a nasty disease that is terminal and wildly destructive.  Persons addicted to gambling kill themselves at a much higher rate than drug addicts.  The Camel’s nose sniffed this and liked the sweet smell of “the devil made me do it.”

Once again, consequences were separated from decisions and behavior (which, by the way is the what enabling means – the chief perpetuating component of addiction.)  It’s not my fault.  So, now people are victims of their addiction to chocolate, television, computers, wrestling and ________(fill in the blank.)  These are habits.  Habituation is not addiction.  The misuse of the word addiction makes it more difficult for those suffering to access relief.

Multi-culturalism – reflecting diverse cultures.  A nice word that is as American apple pie.  This is really a case of a good idea and good term gone to hell in a hand basket.  Although the phrase has been around a while, it’s only in modern times become a movement.   People travel, move around, and re-locate more than ever.  Geography, whether national or neighborhood, no longer confines a particular race, culture or ideology.  It is a small world.  No longer do most people live and die within ten miles of the birth place.  Cars, airplanes, ships, trains, telephones, internet, faxes, satellites – it’s not only foolish to promote mono-culturalism, it’s impossible.  Competing ideas will get out, as in Tiananmen Square, Yeltsin on a tank , Matt Drudge, or #twitcher.

The United States is a nation of immigrants.  Even the titled Native Americans themselves supplanted older cultures.  Everyone came here from somewhere else, and everywhere else had a different culture and custom.  The Constitution provided a government and society whose membership consisted only of obeying the common law.  Commerce and social interaction would produce a “melting pot” to catalyze the best from the diverse.  E Pluribus Unum –out of the many (states) one (nation.)

Multi-culturalism began as a movement to counter the narrow focus of ethnocentrism with an appreciation for the values and heritage of other citizens.  Who would disagree?  Nobody, really.  Identity is not lost.  In it’s genuine practice, multi-culturalism sparkled with just how much diverse people have in common and how that common enriched the society.  Regrettably, this expansive and unifying concept is regarded as anathema by the Camel herders.

Multi-culturalism has devolved into a buzz word for mono-racial ideology.  Rather than celebrating what is held in common, multi-culturalism demands “tolerance” of divisive cultural behaviors often disdained by others.  Embedded in this is also the concept of “it’s not my fault.”  This is the thinking that persists in seeking a “why” did the Boston bombers kill and maim people watching an exciting footrace?

Binge.  For some reason the Camel leaders have slipped this word into the language regarding alcoholic beverages.  Historically, a binge described the actions of a person who shirked his/her family, responsibilities, job, whatever, for a period of time – time devoted solely to doing drugs/alcohol/gambling.  It’s not a pretty sight and often ended only when the person was too sick to continue or some other bad result.  A binge was not a pretty picture.

The new “binge” refers to someone drinking a few drinks in one sitting, whether at a party or bar (sitting is often ill-defined – one hour, four hours, one day…).   Granted, people can  manage to get smashed mixing drugs and alcohol regularly enough and occasionally with fatal results.  But that’s not what the new binge describes.  Its purpose is to stigmatize people.  It doesn’t matter that they haven’t vanished, dropped out of sight, neglected their families/jobs/studies/drive drunk/act stupid, they are viewed by the Camel as social outcasts.  (Déjà vu – it’s the attack on “big tobacco” again!)  Irresponsible drinking is one thing.  A bona-fide binge is something else.  Why the blur?  Keep an eye (and nose) on this one.

Finally, let me revisit an old favorite.

Gender.  Where biological creatures have a sex, language has gender.  In certain languages words are masculine, feminine or neutral.  Gender is not a biological identifier.  Animals and humans have a sex – male or female.  Yet the word is routinely used to identify the sex of a person.  Why would anyone want to reference such a distinction as gender?  Sniff…sniff…

Neutral?  A neutral, or third sex?  My neutered cat is listed “N” on its medical chart.  Could this be?  Could the Camel’s nose of years ago employed this subtle change to prepare public acceptance for a third sex?  One replete with a new order of rights and protections?  Naw, that’s just too preposterous – creating a new sexual identity by words alone?

Then again, what would be the consequences of striking out the word gender on a form, and writing in “sex” before answering it?  Indeed, what would that do?  Nothing.  Unless there is mischief with the Camel’s nose.

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Well, why not? Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving.  How wonderful that we, the people, give thought each autumn to the prosperity and bounty in our lives.  Thank = express gratitude.  Thanksgiving = the act of giving thanks…a celebration of divine goodness.

On the grand scale of emotions, gratitude comes in just a bit below appreciation.  Appreciation is a notch beneath love (in frequency.)  Love (however experienced) is the pathway to Joy, the highest emotion we experience in 3-D.  It is said that God is Love.  Appreciation is kin to love and gratitude kin to appreciation.  High energy thoughts, all.

The month of November is a time for appreciation, a season to look at what is right in our lives rather than what is lacking.  It’s a time to focus on the bounty, thus making it more a part of our experience.  It goes something like this:  Gratitude – I am thankful to be free of the lack of ____(fill in the blank.)  Gratitude still carries with it the concept of the lack.  Appreciation – I appreciate all that is a part of my life.  I am a child (thought) of God and all is wonderful.  No lack or negative aspect embraced by appreciation.  Love – I love myself and all that is.  I am a part of this magnificent universe.  Joy is my experience.  Pretty close to God, Source, whatever name preferred.

Thanksgiving is a moment on this emotional scale.  It’s an opportunity to shift focus, at least for a moment (and that’s often all it takes) to how much is good and wonderful.  Gratitude, appreciation, love, joy – not a bad menu for a thanksgiving feast!

A Lesson from Water

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Just as there are only two emotions – good and bad – there are two ways of considering Universe.  The first considers all that is as matter; life and the universe are material and by manipulating the material, improvements can be made so the brain can interpret the five senses as good.  The second considers all that is as Conscious force using a meme of energy to create what is perceived as the material universe; thoughts are the creative energy that construct the three dimensional world the brain can interpret as good (or bad) from the senses.

As one wag put it, the first is an outside job, the latter an inside job.

Those who hold the materialistic construct have a belief that hard work, sweat, and a degree of suffering, is the only means of altering the material world for personal satisfaction (a good feeling.)  This approach has been taught for untold generations – no pain, no gain.  A classic example is JFK’s explanation of why the USA should go to the moon and return – “…because it’s hard…”  This belief observes obstacles to a desired goal (a range of good feelings) and, like boulders, the obstacles must be moved, crushed, or otherwise manipulated.  This is hard work.  An outside job.

Those who hold Consciousness as force have the belief that thinking (thought selection) is the creative energy that determines the construct of the perceived universe.  If the desire is to feel good, then thinking is directed (this is the consciousness element) to those similar energies and matter that the brain interprets, via senses, as good.  For many people engaged in that great adventure of lunar exploration, the whole thing was fun – that is, the feeling of satisfaction, exhilaration, achievement (all degrees of good) that resulted in physically getting to the moon and back.

Granted, the lunar example is flawed because of so many moving parts, but JFK did clearly state it would be done because it was hard, not easy.  On a daily level, the issue is to “do something” the hard way or the easy way.  Well, of course if one opts for the “easy way” then somehow he/she is cheating, or taking a short cut, or some other diversion from doing the “hard work” that is required to earn (be worthy) the desired goal.  At least that’s the way a materialistic thinker views it.

The distinguishing thoughts go something like this:  1) “I’ve got to make this happen,”  2) “What’s the best way to do this?”  The former grits teeth and puts the shoulder of thinking against the challenge/obstacle.  The latter relaxes and allows information to flow to reveal the solution.

Water doesn’t flow up hill.  That’s the hard route to the ocean.  Water lets gravity do the work and carry it to the desired result.  Hence the wisdom of “go with the flow!”

Since humans are materialistically mostly water, then why not consider the wisdom of water and  take the path of least resistance to the desire end?

Heck, even the dog gets it…

Tolerating Allowing

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To tolerate, or not to tolerate, that is the question.

Well, yes it is a question.  To tolerate means, in this sense, to endure and put up with someone/something (unhappily.)  In effect, “I don’t like (it, you, them, etc., ) but I won’t (can’t) waste anymore of my time fussing with (it, you, them, etc., )  Toleration is a quantum improvement over attacking, fighting, resisting, against anything that displeases you, or is not aligned with your usual way of thinking (a.k.a. belief.)

It’s axiomatic that anything someone wants and does is rooted in an expectation that he/she will feel better for having it.  There’s nothing complicated about this.  How often have you had the thought “I’d be better off if only (it, you, them, etc.) would ________ (fill in the blank.)  There’s a contradiction at play that cancels the desired good feeling – the focus on the mischief/mis-deed/whatever about (it, you, them, etc.,).  Just as two physical objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time, it’s not possible for a good feeling and a negative (bad) feeling to occupy the same attention at the same time.  Thus the problem with toleration.

Toleration is a good thing.  It beats the heck out of a never-ending struggle and resentment towards (it, you, them, etc.,).  Toleration creates literal time and energy for the pursuit of happiness.  Think about it.  For this reason, tolerance is considered a virtue, and it is, compared to ardent struggle.  Becoming more tolerant results in greater physical relief, not to mention emotional and mental benefits.  Note:  Many people have a belief system that uses the word “forgiveness” in a similar vein as tolerance.  Forgiveness works wonders provided it’s understood to benefit the forgiverand not something for (it, you, them, etc.,).  Forgiveness, and tolerance, are often considered “letting (it, you, them, etc.,) get off of the hook, or getting away with something.  Not at all.  It’s a shift from giving attention to something disturbing to something preferred or desired.  That shift in itself is quantum.  It gets better.

Subtle differences

There is a strata of perspective a notch above toleration.  It’s called Allowing.  Someone eaten up with resentment may, in a moment of frustration, comprehend the concept of toleration or forgiveness.  It’s unlikely, however, they could grasp a concept of allowing at that moment.  Someone who has developed the ability to tolerate (it, you, them, etc., ) may be able to catch a glimpse of allowing.

The difference between the two is subtle yet vast.  Very similar to the subtle yet vast difference between a thought of that which is hateful to yourself do not unto another and do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Toleration carries with it the idea, the memory, the picture of whatever it is about (it, you, them, etc., ) that offends/angers you.  Allowing is free of that burden and (it, you, them, etc., ) are allowed to be what/who they are – sans judgment.

It’s the without judgment part that blocks access to this level of thought for many people.  Allowing and judging cannot occupy the same mind at the same time.  To judge is to seek and find fault, however defined.  The solution is for the judged to correct the “fault.”  For instance, in New York city there’s a ruckus over newborns having formula for food.  Who decides if a newborn is breast fed or bottle?  In this spat the judgment is from the state (city government) to force the mothers to breast feed by making formula very difficult to access in a city hospital.  Is this justice?  It is judgment.

So, the value of any judgment is relative to who/what is judging and who/what is judged.  Floating just above that clamor is the old adage live and let live, which is an application of Allowing.

The subtle difference between tolerance and allowing is very similar to the distinction between being grateful for something and appreciating something.

The bottom line is that too many people deprive themselves of joy simply by the manner of their thinking.

The Great Truth

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The great Truth is known to us as the Universal Law of Attraction – like attracts like – every time, all the time. This is true in all facets of existence. It is the powerful tool we have for literally creating our life experience. This is what the great teachers taught.
One reason there was so much opposition to these teachings then, and now, is a mental premise that precedes its application: Everything is connected. That is a significant shift in perception for many people. So much of our perception about this planet is based on a shared mis-understanding. The universe, as is generally taught, is something separate and apart from a person and life consists of moving through an external, often hostile, capricious universe.

This perception is why so many of us are focused on the world around us, the environment, and the actions of others. We have become very practiced at paying attention to the world around us and our energy is thrust against it in an attempt to manipulate the environment/others to our satisfaction.  For instance:

I do not like to be sick. Disease is bad. The world is full of diseases. I must rid the world of diseases in order to be healthy.
There are people who do things I do not like. I do not like to be around them. I must  make them do things I like or go away.
The world is a dangerous place and I must defend myself at all times – from biting insects, from mean people, from storms…
There are too many people suffering, I want them to be happy. I must find a way to stop their suffering.
I want to live a better life, but I don’t have the connections to get the big money it would take.

When the universe is thought as something separate, something out there acting on its own, it’s easy to see why so many go through life confused and frustrated. It is easy to understand why so many people, then and now, cannot fathom the reality and incredible power of the Law of Attraction. In a nut-shell: With an “out there” universe, I am a victim of circumstance. There can be a lot of comfort in being the “victim” of a capricious universe: Victim = it isn’t my fault.

There are no victims in the Law of Attraction. It is scrupulously FAIR and totally NEUTRAL.
And that’s the rub.

Understanding the Law of Attraction requires the release of a powerful and ancient mis-understanding of who we are. The Universe is attraction based. That which is similar comes together. This is true at all levels – from the sub-atomic level of quantum physics, to the grandeur of the cosmos, to personal relationships, and day to day experience.

Albert Einstein recognized the spiritual nature of mankind. The universe, however, was separate from mankind. Man could observe, measure, understand, and manipulate the universe. Other than that, the universe would continue on its merry way whether Man was around or not. Man’s role is that of an Observer.

Physicist John Wheeler, in his long career, was moved to regard Man as an integral part of the Universe. Beginning with the curious but evident fact that the mere act of measuring (or observing) any aspect of the universe influenced it. A tenuous link was forged with the thinking of the observer as the force. Wheeler came to consider Man not an observer, but as a creative participant.

Another pervasive mis-understanding has been the nature of the universe. Physical objects, bits of stuff, occupy a vast nothingness, a void. Each object, large or small, is separate from other objects and, of course, from the nothingness or space it occupies. This makes a lot of sense if one examines only the outer world.

Science is a process of measurement, reduction, and prediction. Measure something, break it down to its smallest component, and predict how it will act under certain situations. There was a problem with reducing the atom. The atom kept breaking down into smaller and more elemental bits. In fact, the reduction found no “particles” at all but rather vibrations. This arena of quantum physics, sub-atomic space, is proportionally as vast as is the cosmos to the cells in your body.

The physical universe literally consists of no-thing. What remains is a vibrational energy that is the universe. A vibration is a result of a force, an energy in motion. We live in a vibrational Universe.

To get an idea of what this means, consider our five physical senses. They are sensory instruments that respond to certain frequencies of vibration. There is a certain range of energy vibrations that we can hear. Yet we also know that there are frequencies both lower and higher than our sensing range. The same with light – a slim range of frequencies. Yet we know that there is “light” of lower frequency than we can’t see, and “light” of much higher frequencies. Our sense of touch covers a limited range of frequencies. If something vibrates very slowly, we may not sense it. Conversely, a high frequency is not sensed either – such as the cell phone signals zipping through your body right now.

It is not a long step to comprehend that we are vibrational Beings living in a vibrational universe.  We perceive and attract similar frequencies.  Although this explains how the three dimensional, “physical” universe exists, it also extends the range of the universe into difficult to imagine vistas.

One highly resisted vista is the interchangeability of energy and matter. This is the E=MC² – that matter is made of incredible amounts of energy. Matter cannot be destroyed; it can be transformed, but never destroyed. That steps into the realm eternal Life – if Life can be equated with energy.

It can. And that’s what has a lot of folks spooked right now. Sometimes called the Zero Point Field, or The Matrix, or in the past, the Ethers, there is a fabric of pure energy present at every point in the universe; vibrating energy that is totally connected.  In an sense it is everywhere at once – “time” and “space” are not factors.

From this energy is produced matter. Like vibrations coalesce, attracting more and more like force, until there is sufficient energy to create a material point within the fabric. Seen from a cosmological viewpoint, it’s the physical universe of stars, planets, galaxies and so forth; on a quantum level it’s quarks, charms, spins and other oddly named actions. What governs this all-present, all-powerful energy?

Physicist Max Planck summed it up in 1944: “All matter exists by virtue of force. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

This is the dreaded “C” word many people avoid like plague. Consciousness and intelligent mind seem too close to “God” and that is forbidden in contemporary belief systems.

What if the universe is an infinite pool of energy in motion? The movement of which collected into like-frequencies bits resulting in what we recognize as matter? Not everyone likes this possibility.

Such a reality casts aside the ancient concept of a Creator-King ruling the stars and who designates rulers on his behalf on Earth. Divine Right of Kings. Mostly we’ve evolved out of that tribal power structure although retention to a Divine “Right” of power is very much with us. Religious wars have been around since memory and will continue as long as the old “universe” is kept alive by the beliefs of people. By extension this provides the justification for having and power over others – a rule of man made law rather than natural law. Easy to distinguish the two: Law of Attraction = you decide. Rule of Man = Someone decides for you. I mean, do you really need that SUV? Shouldn’t you pay a tax because you don’t “need” it?

So, it is easy to understand why so many cannot or will not consider the great truth. It requires a paradigm shift.

The Universe consists of vibrating energy. Being conscious, we influence the universe when we observe it. What is our contact with this universal force? It must be something similar or it couldn’t have influence.

Thoughts attract like thoughts. That’s so simple. Yet the application is awesome. Thinking is the way we interact with the Universe and how we influence it. The two are of similar stuff.  It is said that every thought, ever thought, exists. All the good thinking as well as the foul thinking remains – capable of being attracted to like thoughts now.

Consider thousands upon thousands of years of human thought – the good, the bad, and the ugly. All those thought-energies can move and collect around a thought generated NOW.
We DO influence the universe, which means we DO create our own experience in it. Which means that the universe, creation, is NOT finished. That’s another idea that disturbs many folks.

Astronomers have determined that the universe is expanding – growing. It was predicted to be slowing from the big bang. Everything is in motion; everything is changing; nothing is static. And that disturbs many.

Feelings are easily mis-understood. Where physical pain alerts you that a part of your physical body is injured and/or needs attention, so emotional “pain” or bad feelings alert us that something is awry with consciousness. Generally, when we feel bad, we are experiencing something we do not want, or, we may be thinking/acting in a manner contrary to our higher self.

When you want something, you have a good feeling when the idea, thought, or mental image is in your mind. You ask by giving attention to what you desire, thus attracting similar thoughts and energy. Once there is a match between the desire and the vibrations of attraction, the desire manifests.

Well, if it’s that simple, how come there are so many unhappy people? They give more attention to forcing their will on the outer, be it other people or the environment, in order for them to feel good. Yet, by thinking about what they do not like about others, they attract to their experience more of what they do not like! And, of course, they feel bad – and may work even harder to decide what you must do make them feel better.

Whatever we give our attention is what we are asking. It is our attention that the Law of Attraction responds. The stronger our attention, the more quickly we attract like vibrations, creating more of the object of our attention.

Remember, the Law is totally neutral. When we “ask” the answer is always Yes! The Law of Attraction IS yes.

Many of us hold an idea of a higher material standard of living. We translate that is “I need more money.” So we may hold a powerful thought of “I need more money” expecting riches to be attracted into our experience. Not much changes. Why is this?

What is a need? “Need” means a lack of something essential. So, by giving attention to what we need we are, inadvertently, “asking” for more lack of money. And we “get it.”
You see how generous the Universe is!

How do we think about health? I know people who devote much time and energy learning about what to eat, what to do, what medicine to take in order to be healthy. Many of them do not have the health they desire. What are they giving their attention to? Lack of health. Studying a disease, or condition that is NOT wanted.  Studying disease does not lead to health.

Emmet Fox put it very well in “The Golden Key” – Don’t think about the problem, think about God instead. That’s how to use the Law. Whenever you notice a thought or attention to what is NOT wanted, immediately think of God instead. At least for that moment you aren’t attracting more energy to what is not desired.

Charles Fillmore put it simply: “If you’re unhappy with your life, change your thinking.” The way to replace unwanted circumstance is to think of what is wanted and build on that now. Happiness doesn’t depend on what happens in the future; it doesn’t depend on what happened before; You are attracting happiness now (or, attracting the opposite.) You are deciding, right now, what you want in your life. You are asking by giving your attention to it; and the answer is YES!

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It’s Real!

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It’s Real!

(Text of a talk by George Sewell – Unity of Shreveport January 29, 2012)

The Five Basic Unity Principles

  • There is only One Power and One Presence active in the Universe and all Life – God, the Good, Omnipotent.
  • Our essence is of God, therefore we are inherently good.  This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ, and is equally expressed in us.
  • We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
  • Through affirmative prayer and meditation, we connect with God and bring out the good in life.
  • Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the truth we know.

They sound wonderful.  They sound good.  They sound comforting.  Sigh, wouldn’t it be nice if they were real.

You’ve had that thought.  Your mental framework has been trained that  if it sounds too good to be true, then it is not true.  Right up there with no pain, no gain, got to pay your dues, suffering leads to freedom, and so on.  Are these real?  Yes, if you make them so.  That’s the whole message of the Five Principles:  You experience mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually the creations of your thoughts.

If you believe that you cannot gain without some measure of pain and suffering, then that will be your experience.  It may be otherwise for someone else.

If you believe that you have to impress other people, to pay your due to them, before you can advance or enjoy, then that will be your experience.   It may be otherwise for someone else.

If you believe that you must suffer before you can have the Grace of God or some measure of physical, emotional, mental and emotional health and freedom, then that will be your experience.  It may be otherwise for someone else.

Notice how those beliefs are much easier to grasp as “real.”  That sounds like most people around you.  “No pain, no gain!” your hear all around you.  “Got to pay your dues!”  “If it isn’t hard, it’s not worth anything!”  It’s very easy to get caught up in that style of thinking.  Let’s do something else.  Read the Five Principles again, but this time pay attention to the response or gentle, quiet, reaction you sense from your intuition, you “gut feeling” as it were:

  • There is only One Power and One Presence active in the Universe and all Life – God, the Good, Omnipotent.
  • Our essence is of God, therefore we are inherently good.  This God essence was fully expressed in Jesus, the Christ, and is equally expressed in us.
  • We are co-creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
  • Through affirmative prayer and meditation, we connect with God and bring out the good in life.
  • Through thoughts, words and actions, we live the truth we know.

Left alone with your own self, such concepts are likely to feel reassuring, even hopeful.  Isn’t it strange that it’s easier to believe that the “no pain – no gain” stuff is real, where  the Five Principles are nice and preferable, but, not really “a part of the real world?”    Well, It’s Real.  There’s a reason they’re called Principles.

The Five  Principles are in force, in action, regardless of our level of understanding, acceptance, or participation.  The analogy is with gravity which is in action, regardless of understanding, acceptance, or participation.  Gravity does what it does because it is what it is.  Understanding and working with gravity is a great thing – as your cell phone testifies.   No communication satellite could exist without an understanding of gravity and how we can make our tools and objects orbit the planet.

It is said that those who get it, get it.  Those won’t don’t get it, can’t get it, at least for now.   It’s not about being stupid, it’s about development.  Such concepts as the Five Principles simply cannot be understood by someone whose consciousness is unprepared for that level of thought.

Let me offer this analogy.

My father wanted to teach me algebra when I was in elementary school.  I was good in school and was reading and writing very well – wrote my first short story in the third grade – so he decided to introduce me to algebra.  Now, it didn’t matter how patient he was.  It didn’t matter how well he explained equations – I knew that 2 + 2 = 4 and all that and that both sides of the equal sign had the same value.

But I didn’t get it.  I couldn’t wrap my pre-adolescent brain around the abstracts of algebra.  I couldn’t quite grasp that the letter X was a place holder for an unknown number.  Throw in an A and a B and my literal brain was tormented with those pesky letters intruding into my numbers.  Letters made words, not numbers.  I mean, I didn’t write words consisting numbers 1 to zero.  I worked really hard at it, I did.  It just didn’t register.  Why?

It’s a brain developmental thing.  Much of childhood is spent with a very concrete and literal brain processing a three dimensional material world.  We don’t recall what an adjustment that was!  We actually have to train ourselves to accept and live in a three-dimension space-time existence.  The brain is designed to help us with this.  A couple of years later, the frontal lobe of the young George’s brain began to fire up, so I got it.  Algebra made sense.  I understood it.  Letters can mingle with numbers.  It was now real.  I could wrap my young mind around the abstraction of a letter as a place holder for an unknown number.  Algebra was a puzzle.  I liked puzzles.

So, just because someone has information available to them it doesn’t mean it’s understood.

Take the first Principle – There is one presence in the Universe.  This is the unimaginable Conscious energy that is called God, with a capital G.  Unimaginable because our awareness senses are unable to comprehend this infinity.  It is a vastness far removed from our 3-D experience.  That may be why to even speak the name of this consciousness has been forbidden by some faiths.

The movement towards an understanding of the ONE, the One-ness of Creation, the Universe, God – however referenced, has been going on, well, for as long as we know.  Akhenaten, Egyptian Pharaoh who lived over three thousand years ago, moved quickly to establish the worship of One God, Aten or, the sun.   The other “gods” were subsets of the One God.  Interestingly,  Sigmund Freud speculated that Moses was a Priest of Aten during Akhenaten’s time and fled Egypt with his followers upon the death of that Pharaoh.  Perhaps such was the beginning of the Jewish faith, central of which is the One God, whose name may not be spoken, nor image made.  And, perhaps, Moses needed a translater not because he was a lousy speaker, but didn’t know the language.

Teachings far more ancient than the time of Akhenaten are those attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, who is associated with the Egyptian deity Thoth.  Primary among the Heremetic teachings is The ONE is ALL and ALL is ONE.  Another way of putting it is: There is only One Power and One Presence active in the Universe and all Life – God, the Good, Omnipotent.

What is considered the most important fact, the most basic of understanding, the essential Principle to be comprehended before anything else, is that of the mental Creator.  Without some degree of understanding this, it’s not possible to learn and apply other facets of the One.  It’s like attempting to build an airplane without an understanding of gravity – it isn’t going to happen.

It’s a head-knocking concept – the All is One and the One is in All.  No thing, nothing, is separate or standing alone.  All is One.  It is understandable why human history is filled with lesser gods, spirits and such – each an indentifiable expression of the All, but contained in the All.  And, if from the All, it can be nothing other than The All.  This is Infinity.   This is Life.

The 3-D frequency of Life which we participate is incapable of fully comprehending such definitions.  I suspect this is the root of the ancient Greek story of Semele, the mortal mother of Dionysius sired by Zeus.  Semele was tricked by Hera, jealous wife of Zeus, into asking Zeus to reveal to her his glory.  Bound by his oath to grant her any request, Semele asks him to reveal all his glory.  He begs her not to ask that and offers lesser displays of himself.  She will not be dissuaded.  He allows her to witness his true countenance, something impossible for a mortal, and she is destroyed.  It would be like standing under the tower at Trinity in 1945 and expecting to watch the explosion of the first atomic bomb.   You wouldn’t know you’d seen it.

I wonder if the tradition of not speaking the name, or making an image, of The All stems from this impossibility.  We have to have other ways to understand the nature of God.  The Five Principles are contemporary ways.  They’re pretty good.

I like Wallace D. Wattles, whose early 20th century writings inspired Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret.  Wattles premise was succinct and steady in his books:  “There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.  A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imagined by thought.  Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thoughts upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.”

A thinking stuff.  That’s an interesting description of what we call God.  Yet it’s accurate:   A = existing, thinking = Consciousness, stuff = all that is.  I kind of like it.  It has the erie ring of quantum physics.

Such concepts can be disturbing when they clash with long held beliefs.  Yet a belief is only a thought that is repeated over time.  Jesus was quite aware of this.

In THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS, one of the Gnostic Books that were rejected from the canon (that’s a topic for another day) Jesus declares in Saying 2:  “Let one who seeks not stop seeking until one finds.  When one finds, one will be disturbed.  When one is disturbed, one will be amazed and will rule over all.”

A budding awareness of God – “thinking stuff” will disturb, that is, rearrange, fundamental understanding.  Once grasped – Eureka!  I get it!  Sort of like me finally “getting” algebra.  Once this fundamental concept of God is comprehended, then co-creation becomes a conscious activity.  And that’s where the fun of Being lies.

Charles Fillmore got it right:  If you’re unhappy with your life, change your thinking.  And, of course, if you want even more joy in life, change your thinking.  That’s the only way.  And, it’s REAL.

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