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LIVING IN THE BEGINNING AND BLESSNESS OF THIS DAY

LIVING IN THE BEGINNING AND BLESSNESS OF THIS DAY

CONTINUED FROM:  “HOW DO WE DETERMINE THE BEGINNING”

Let us not dwell upon the sins and mistakes of yesterday so exclusively as to have no energy and mind left for LIVING RIGHTLY IN THE BEGINNING AND BLESSNESS OF THIS DAY,   and do not think that the sins of yesterday can prevent you from living aright today.  Begin today by getting right with the world, and aided by the accumulated experiences of all your past days, learn to live it better than any of your previous days; but you cannot possibly live it better unless you begin it better.  The character of the whole day depends upon the way it is begun.

Another beginning of great importance is the beginning of any particular and responsible undertaking.  How

Mind creates life

Mind creates life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

does a man begin the building of a house?  He secures a plan of the proposed edifice, and proceeds to build according to the plan, scrupulously following it in every detail, from the foundation up.  Should he neglect the beginning, the obtaining of an architectural plan, his labor would be wasted, and his building, should it reach completion without tumbling to pieces, would be insecure and worthless.  The same law holds well in any important work: the right beginning and first essential is a definite mental plan on which to build.  Nature will have no slip-shod work, no slovenliness, and she annihilates confusion, or rather, confusion is in itself annihilation.  Order, definiteness, purpose, eternally and universally prevail; and he who in his operations ignores these elements of precision at once deprives himself of substantiality, completeness, and the opportunity for success.

Now let us understand that the most important beginning of all, is upon the affliction or blessedness which it inevitably depends, yet the one most neglected and least understood, is the inception of thought that is in the hidden, but causal, region of the mind.  Your whole life is a series of effects, having their cause in thought, in your own thought.  All conduct is made and molded by thought; all deeds, good or bad, are thoughts made visible.  A seed put into the ground is the beginning of a plant or tree; the seed germinates, the plant or tree comes forth into the light and evolves.  A thought put into the mind is the beginning of a line of conduct: the thought first sends down its roots into the mind, thence to push forth into the light in the form of actions or conduct, which evolves into character and destiny.

Loving, gentle, kind, unselfish, and pure thoughts are right beginnings, leading to blissful results.  This is so simple, so plain, so absolutely true; and yet how neglected, how evaded, and how little understood!

The gardener who most carefully studies how, when, and where to put in his seeds gains the greater horticultural knowledge and obtains the best results; the best crops gladden the soul of him who makes the best beginning.  The man, who most patiently studies how to put into his mind the seeds of strong, wholesome, and charitable thoughts, will obtain the best results in life, and gain the greater knowledge of truth.  The greatest blessedness comes to him who infuses into his mind the purest and noble’s thoughts.

None but right acts can follow right thoughts; none but a right life can follow right acts, and by living a right life all blessedness is achieved.

He who considers the nature and import of his thoughts, who strives daily to eliminate bad thoughts and supplant them with good, comes at last to see that thoughts are the beginnings of results which affect every fiber of his being, which potently influence every event and circumstance of his life.  And when he thus sees, he thinks only right thoughts, chooses to make only those mental beginnings which lead to peace and blessedness.

Wrong thoughts are painful in their inception, painful in their growth, and painful in their fruitage.  Right thoughts are blissful in their inception, blissful in their growth, and blissful in their fruitage.

Many are the right beginnings which a man must discover and adopt on his way to wisdom; but that which is first and last, most important and all-embracing, which is the source and fountain of all abiding happiness, is the right beginning of the mental operations, this implies the steady development of self-control, willpower, steadfastness, strength, purity, gentleness, insight, and comprehension.  It leads to the perfecting of life, for he who thinks perfectly has abolished all unhappiness, his every moment is peaceful, his years are rounded with bliss, he has attained to the complete and perfect blessedness.

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LIVING IN THE BEGINNING AND BLESSNESS OF THIS DAY

LIVING IN THE BEGINNING AND BLESSNESS OF THIS DAY

CONTINUED FROM:  “HOW DO WE DETERMINE THE BEGINNING”

Let us not dwell upon the sins and mistakes of yesterday so exclusively as to have no energy and mind left for LIVING RIGHTLY IN THE BEGINNING AND BLESSNESS OF THIS DAY,   and do not think that the sins of yesterday can prevent you from living aright today.  Begin today by getting right with the world, and aided by the accumulated experiences of all your past days, learn to live it better than any of your previous days; but you cannot possibly live it better unless you begin it better.  The character of the whole day depends upon the way it is begun.

Another beginning of great importance is the beginning of any particular and responsible undertaking.  How

Mind creates life

Mind creates life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

does a man begin the building of a house?  He secures a plan of the proposed edifice, and proceeds to build according to the plan, scrupulously following it in every detail, from the foundation up.  Should he neglect the beginning, the obtaining of an architectural plan, his labor would be wasted, and his building, should it reach completion without tumbling to pieces, would be insecure and worthless.  The same law holds well in any important work: the right beginning and first essential is a definite mental plan on which to build.  Nature will have no slip-shod work, no slovenliness, and she annihilates confusion, or rather, confusion is in itself annihilation.  Order, definiteness, purpose, eternally and universally prevail; and he who in his operations ignores these elements of precision at once deprives himself of substantiality, completeness, and the opportunity for success.

Now let us understand that the most important beginning of all, is upon the affliction or blessedness which it inevitably depends, yet the one most neglected and least understood, is the inception of thought that is in the hidden, but causal, region of the mind.  Your whole life is a series of effects, having their cause in thought, in your own thought.  All conduct is made and molded by thought; all deeds, good or bad, are thoughts made visible.  A seed put into the ground is the beginning of a plant or tree; the seed germinates, the plant or tree comes forth into the light and evolves.  A thought put into the mind is the beginning of a line of conduct: the thought first sends down its roots into the mind, thence to push forth into the light in the form of actions or conduct, which evolves into character and destiny.

Loving, gentle, kind, unselfish, and pure thoughts are right beginnings, leading to blissful results.  This is so simple, so plain, so absolutely true; and yet how neglected, how evaded, and how little understood!

The gardener who most carefully studies how, when, and where to put in his seeds gains the greater horticultural knowledge and obtains the best results; the best crops gladden the soul of him who makes the best beginning.  The man, who most patiently studies how to put into his mind the seeds of strong, wholesome, and charitable thoughts, will obtain the best results in life, and gain the greater knowledge of truth.  The greatest blessedness comes to him who infuses into his mind the purest and noble’s thoughts.

None but right acts can follow right thoughts; none but a right life can follow right acts, and by living a right life all blessedness is achieved.

He who considers the nature and import of his thoughts, who strives daily to eliminate bad thoughts and supplant them with good, comes at last to see that thoughts are the beginnings of results which affect every fiber of his being, which potently influence every event and circumstance of his life.  And when he thus sees, he thinks only right thoughts, chooses to make only those mental beginnings which lead to peace and blessedness.

Wrong thoughts are painful in their inception, painful in their growth, and painful in their fruitage.  Right thoughts are blissful in their inception, blissful in their growth, and blissful in their fruitage.

Many are the right beginnings which a man must discover and adopt on his way to wisdom; but that which is first and last, most important and all-embracing, which is the source and fountain of all abiding happiness, is the right beginning of the mental operations, this implies the steady development of self-control, willpower, steadfastness, strength, purity, gentleness, insight, and comprehension.  It leads to the perfecting of life, for he who thinks perfectly has abolished all unhappiness, his every moment is peaceful, his years are rounded with bliss, he has attained to the complete and perfect blessedness.

THE WAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

THE WAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED

Two Different points of view (Photo by Shirley Rhodes)

THE SMALL MINDED PERSON AND THE LARGE HEARTED PERSON

Let us consider for a moment the person whose mind is unsuspecting, generous, and magnanimous. How wondrous and beautiful is that person’s world, for they are conscious of some kind of nobility in all creatures and beings.  They see others as true, and to them they are true.

However, in their presence the meanest forget their nature, and for the moment become like them, getting a glimpse, albeit confused, in that temporary uplifting, of a higher order of things, of an immeasurably nobler and happier life.

Now when we really consider the facts, we find that the small-minded person and this large-hearted person live in two different worlds, though they are neighbors, family and friends.  Their consciousness embraces totally different principles.  Their actions are each the reverse of the other.  Their moral insight is contrary.  They each look out upon a different order of things.  Their mental spheres are separate, and, like two detached circles, they never mingle.

The truth of the matter is this, one is in hell, the other in heaven, as truly as they will ever be, and death will not place a greater gulf between them than the one that already exists.  To the one, the world is a den of thieves; to the other, it is the dwelling-place of gods.

How totally different can their actions really be, we see it in this manner; one keeps a revolver handy, and is always on their guard against being robbed or cheated and at the same time, (unconscious of the fact that they are all the time robbing and cheating them self), the other keeps ready a banquet for the best.  They throw open their doors to talent, beauty, genius, goodness.  Their friends are of the aristocracy of character.  They have become a part of themselves.  They are in their sphere of thought, their world of consciousness.  From their heart pours forth nobility, and it returns to them tenfold in the multitude of those who love them and do them honor.  This is the life of, “THE SMALL MINDED PERSON AND THE LARGE HEARTED PERSON!” 

Now that you have read my view point on this matter, please allow me to conclude it with what the bible teaches us concerning these two very different people.  Remember, these two people live with us every day.  They are our neighbor, our friends, our family, our co-workers, our business associates and so many others. But let us always remember to stand on the side of truth, and righteousness and when we understand and except God’s word as truth and the fact that it will never lie, then our conscious mind will bring us into the knowledge and power that it provides an opportunity to make those necessary changes in our lives that can propel us to higher grounds. It is a new way of thinking, acting, and living as God has purposed us to do so.

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.  (Psalm 1 ESV).

Now let us learn to walk inTHE WAY OF THE RIGHTEOUS AND NOT IN THE WAY OF THE WICKED.”

LIVING FREELY IN TWO WORLDS AT THE SAME MOMENT AND TIME

Unforeseen Blessings

Unforeseen Blessings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

LIVING FREELY IN TWO WORLDS AT THE SAME MOMENT AND TIME

THE POWER OF THOUGHT

Now let us understand this very important fact, there is a world within each of us—a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.

This world that is within us is governed by our mind.  When we discover this world we shall find the solution for every problem, the cause for every effect; and since the world within is subject to our control, and all laws of power and possession are also within our control.

Therefore, our world that is without is a reflection of the world within.  What appears without is what has been found within.  In the world within may be found infinite Wisdom, infinite Power, and infinite Supply of all that is necessary, waiting for enfoldment, development, and expression.  If we recognize these potentialities in the world within they will take form in the world without.

Remember, God created all things, and all things are connected to God, therefore, when we learn that the world that is within, is the world God created for us to discover, learn to live freely in  and enjoy the abundance of fruits He has placed there for each of us. Now watch this video clip and discover your world within.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO EXAMINE YOUR THOUGHT LIFE

THE THINKER

NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO EXAMINE YOUR THOUGHT LIFE

We encourage you today to examine your thought life and be encouraged.  Know that this day you are a child of the King, and as such you are precious in His sight. Nothing in life is ever promised to be easy, but the joy of it all is being able to experience the pain without feeling the hurt. No pain, no gain. What we come to understand about this life is that God will never put on us more than we can bear. He also promised that He would never leave us are forsake us, and that is one check you can take to the bank and it will forever pay you more than enough dividends to live on for the rest of your earthy life.

I have been there. I have experienced some of what you are now experiencing in your thought life, but today I am encouraging you to remain strong, the devil wants to destroy your mind by taking you down the road of negativity, and if you give him half a chance he will defeat you.

Let me share with you some thoughts I hope that can encourage you and lift you up and fill your heart with peace and joy.

Years ago, I learned an invaluable lesson; whatever we focus on, we become. That simple statement taught me a great deal. Wherever we put our energies or our attention, those things will develop. Another way I like to say it is, “Where the mind goes, the mind follows!”

If I begin to think about ice cream, I will soon find myself in my car pursuing ice cream.  My thought will stir my desires and emotions, and I will make the decision to follow them.

If we focus only on the negative things in our lives, we become negative people. Everything, including our conversation, becomes negative. We soon lose our joy and live miserable lives and it all started with our own thinking.

You might be experiencing some problems in life not realizing that you are creating them yourself by what you’re choosing to think about. I challenge you to think about what you’re thinking about!

You might be discouraged and even depressed and wonder what caused it. Yet if you will examine your thought life, you will find that you are feeding the negative emotions you are feeling. Negative thoughts are fuel for discouragement, depression, and many other unpleasant emotions.

We should choose our thoughts carefully. We can think about what is wrong with our lives or about what is right with them. We can think about what is wrong with all the people we are in relationship with or we see the good and meditate on that. The Bible teaches us to always believe the best. When we do that, it makes our own lives happier and more peaceful.

I have a great life; I have wonderful children and many beautiful loving grand children. I have been blessed and am privileged to be used by God to bless millions of people around the world through the wonderful ministry He has given me. But life isn’t perfect, and if I had allowed the devil to fill my mind with negative thoughts as he once did long ago, I would have been defeated.

I want to focus on God’s grace and give thanks for all the good things in my life. I don’t want to focus on what I don’t have.

An old friend used to quote this saying: “As you wander on through life, brother, whatever may be your goal, keep your eye upon the donut and not upon the hole.” Too many people focus on what’s not here and what’s not right.

All of this is to say that our thoughts largely determine our destiny. Our thoughts also determine our happiness. Proverbs 23:7 is one of my favorite verses. Thoughts are powerful. They aren’t just words that flow through our minds. So it is very important for us to decide what we will allow to rest inside our minds.

We must not forget that your mind is a battlefield. We must always remember that our adversary will use it in any way he possibly can to trap us. To put it another way, we can’t have a positive life and a negative mind. Our thoughts, our focus are what determine where we end up.

Jesus, our friend and Savior, wants our minds to be filled with positive, beautiful, and healthy thoughts. The more we focus on those things, the more readily we defeat Satan’s attacks.

My Maximized Prayer for you today is this; our heavenly Father, the most high, ever loving and patient God, I ask you to forgive me for focusing my thoughts on things that are not pleasing to you. I pray that you will help me fill my mind with thoughts that are clean and pure and uplifting. Strengthen me in my time of weakness; lift me up so that I may continue to see the beauty in all things that are before me, In Jesus name, Amen.

We have ministered this message to you this day from a position of Peace, power, purpose and prosperity, and it is our hope that it will fill your heart with many great thoughts and much joy.  We bless this to you in the name of Jesus and hope that you will know in your heart that; NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOU TO EXAMINE YOUR THOUGHT LIFE.

SEEK THE SWEET AROMAS OF WISDOM AND DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF HER SOUL (PART ONE)

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SEEK THE SWEET AROMSA OF WISDOM AND DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF HER SOUL (PART ONE)

Who is she?

Wisdom: She is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to choose or act or inspire to consistently produce the optimum results with a minimum of timeenergy or thought. She is the ability to optimally (effectively and efficiently) apply perceptions and knowledge and so produce the desired results. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action. Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insight. Wisdom often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions”) so that one’s principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions.

She is beautiful and delightful to the soul in every way. She is as sweet as honey to the mouth as wisdom is to the soul.  The Bible says, “My son, eat honey, because it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. So shall you know skillful and godly Wisdom to be thus to your life; if you find it, then shall there be a future and a reward, and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.”  (Proverb 24:13-14 AMP).

She is elusive:  She is so elusive, that she seems to be in very short supply.  Some people are crafty and shrewd, others are well-informed and highly educated, but few of us manifest the quiet depth of wisdom.

What is her secret and the source of her wisdom?  Listen to how the Bible tells us about her Secrets and the Source of her Wisdom. It begins by asking a series of questions.  “But where, oh where, will they find Wisdom?  Where does Insight hide?  Mortals do not have a clue, have not the slightest idea where to look.  Earth’s depths say, ‘It’s not here’; ocean deeps echo, ‘Never heard of it.’ It cannot be bought with the finest gold; no amount of silver can get it.  Even famous Ophir gold cannot buy it, not even diamonds and sapphires.  Neither gold nor emeralds are comparable; extravagant jewelry cannot touch it.  Pearl necklaces and ruby bracelets—why bother?  None of this is even a down payment on Wisdom!  Pile gold and African diamonds as high as you will, they can’t hold a candle to Wisdom.

“So where does Wisdom come from?  And where does Insight live? It cannot be found by looking, no matter how deep you dig, no matter how high you fly. If you search through the graveyard and question the dead, they say, ‘We’ve only heard rumors of it.’

God alone knows the way to Wisdom; he knows the exact place to find it.  He knows where everything is on earth, he sees everything under heaven.  After he commanded the winds to blow and measured out the waters, Arranged for the rain and set off explosions of thunder and lightning, He focused on Wisdom, made sure it was all set and tested and ready.
Then he addressed the human race: ‘Here it is!  Fear-of-the-Lord—that’s Wisdom, and Insight means shunning evil.” (Job 28:12-28 MSG)

This concludes part one of this great subject, SEEK THE SWEET AROMAS OF WISDOM AND DISCOVER THE BEAUTY OF HER SOUL (PART ONE).  I remain your brother in Christ Pastor Davis/Master Teacher.

HEALTH AND HEALING THROUGH THE POWER OF YOUR MIND (PART 2)

Unlimited Potential of the Human Mind

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WHAT IS THE MIND?

Our mind is a complex instrument that God has created within us to guide us to a higher level of learning and giving us the power to go where no man has ever gone before.  It is a powerful tool, that we will always use, to live and explore the creation of our thought process, and just having the knowledge that it is given to us freely to use at our own free will is an awesome vision.

Therefore, in order to provide you with greater knowledge of how to live a healthier life through our teaching on Health and Healing your physical body using your own mind power, we felt it necessary to give you an explanation of WHAT IS THE MIND.

The Encyclopedia say that the concept of mind is understood in many different ways by many different traditions, ranging from panpsychism and animism to traditional and organized religious views, as well as secular and materialist philosophies. Most agree that minds are constituted by conscious experience and intelligent thought.

Attributes of the mind include perceptionreasonimagination, memoryemotionattentionfree-will and a capacity for communication. A rich set of unconscious processes are also included in many modern characterizations of mind.

Theories of mind and its function are numerous. Earliest recorded speculations are from the likes of Zoroasterthe BuddhaPlatoAristotle, and other ancient GreekIndian and, later, Islamic and medieval European philosophers. Pre-modern understandings of the mind, such as the neoplatonic nous saw it as an aspect of the soul, in the sense of being both divine and immortal, linking human thinking with the un-changing ordering principle of the cosmos itself.

Which attributes make up the mind is much debated. Some psychologists argue that only the “higher” intellectual functions constitute mind, particularly reason and memory. In this view the emotions—lovehatefearjoy—are more primitive or subjective in nature and should be seen as different from the mind as such. Others argue that various rational and emotional states cannot be so separated, that they are of the same nature and origin, and should therefore be considered all part of what we call the mind.

In popular usage mind is frequently synonymous with thought: the private conversation with ourselves that we carry on “inside our heads.” Thus we “make up our minds,” “change our minds” or are “of two minds” about something. One of the key attributes of the mind in this sense is that it is a private sphere to which no one but the owner has access. No one else can “know our mind.” They can only interpret what we consciously or unconsciously communicate.

 

The mind is generally synonymous with thought. After all, people do ‘make up their minds,’ ‘change their minds’ or are ‘in two minds’ about something. Surely, though, the mind is more than the ability to think. So, then, WHAT IS THE MIND? What does it do? Is it different from the brain – or are they one and the same? These questions keep many neuroscientists’ minds busy, as they attempt to find the exact answers to these ‘mind boggling’ questions.

More than 4,000 years ago, Egyptians considered the brain worthless, believing the heart contained the soul and the mind. This ancient belief lives on in the English language: to route learn something is to ‘learn it by heart’; to have lost a loved one is to suffer ‘ a broken heart’ and to think of someone fondly is ‘to be in one’s heart’.

About 2 000 years later, a Greek philosopher was the first to believe that consciousness arose in the brain. Hippocrates was of the same mind, “It is the brain that is the messenger to the understanding [and] the brain interprets the understanding.” These, however, were unconfirmed theories.

Plato and other Greek Philosophers believed that the soul [mind] was immortal, surviving the death of the body. Years later, in the 1620s, mathematician and philosopher Rene Descartes, in his dissections of the human brain, saw no physical soul in the body, and thus concluded the soul [mind] as noncorporeal: operating within the machine, but not part of it – the ‘ghost in the machine’ as it was described by Philosopher Gilbert Ryle in 1947. Eastern religions, namely Hinduism and Buddhism, also carry this belief to this day.

Therefore, in trying to answer the question of how can something of no substance – be it the sense of self, the mind or the soul – can exist in a physical structure (brain or body), the theory of dualism was born. That is, the mind is separate from the brain – independent in existence and nonspatial in substance. The dualism concept is also evident, although subtly, in modern science: neurologists treat disorders of the brain, and psychiatrists and psychologists treat disorders of the mind.

The following was Extracted from the book Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

Some people think that the mind is the brain or some other part or function of the body, but this is incorrect. The brain is a physical object that can be seen with the eyes and that can be photographed or operated on in surgery.

The mind, on the other hand, is not a physical object. It cannot be seen with the eyes, nor can it be photographed or repaired by surgery. The brain, therefore, is not the mind but simply part of the body.

There is nothing within the body that can be identified as being our mind because our body and mind are different entities. For example, sometimes when our body is relaxed and immobile, our mind can be very busy, darting from one object to another. This indicates that our body and mind are not the same entity.

In Buddhist scriptures, our body is compared to a guest house and our mind to a guest dwelling within it. When we die, our mind leaves our body and goes to the next life, just like a guest leaving a guest house and going somewhere else.

If the mind is not the brain, nor any other part of the body, what is it? It is a formless continuum that functions to perceive and understand objects. Because the mind is formless, or non-physical, by nature, it is not obstructed by physical objects.

It is very important to be able to distinguish disturbed states of mind from peaceful states. As explained in the previous chapter, states of mind that disturb our inner peace, such as anger, jealousy, and desirous attachment, are called ‘delusions’; and these are the principal causes of all our suffering.

We may think that our suffering is caused by other people, by poor material conditions, or by society, but in reality it all comes from our own deluded states of mind. The essence of spiritual practice is to reduce and eventually to eradicate altogether our delusions, and to replace them with permanent inner peace. This is the real meaning of our human life.

The essential point of understanding the mind is that liberation from suffering cannot be found outside the mind. Permanent liberation can be found only by purifying the mind. Therefore, if we want to become free from problems and attain lasting peace and happiness we need to increase our knowledge and understanding of the mind.

For a deeper understanding of the nature and functions of the mind, see the book, Understanding the Mind

                                                 

THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE LIES IN THE UNIVERSE

DAVIS MIND REALITY

Davis Mind Reality teaching is not for every student.  Every student must come to the realization that His existing lies in the one.  The one is not separate from the whole.  The Universe is the one in which all exist from.  Therefore, we can never live separate from the Universe. To understand Davis Mind Reality Teaching I must describe it in this manner.  It is like a snake—it is dangerous.  There is a sutra that describes how being caught in the teachings is exactly like being bitten by a snake that you are trying to catch.  In the sutra, Davis Mind Reality says that the best way to catch a snake is to use a forked stick to hold the head of the snake so you can grasp the snake behind its head so you cannot be harmed.  If you try to grasp the snake with your hand alone, you will be bitten.  Studying the teachings is the same.  An intelligent person will not grasp onto ideas and notions and mistake them for reality.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s begin this discussion of the collective and the individual nature of the human being, and the power of his knowledge.  First, let us understand that every phenomenon has both a collective and an individual nature, that provides him with power and knowledge.  Just as the one and the many have to work, together to produce something, so the individual and the collective depend on each other to develop and transform.  We have to go beyond such ideas as same and different, individual and collective.  Now if we can move our thinking beyond the idea of birth and death, one and many, coming and going, permanence and annihilation, we can begin to see how God produce life into the universe as the whole of everything.

Birth is an idea that means something arises from nothing.  If we observe deeply, we see that things are not like that.  Something cannot arise from nothing.  We already existed before our birth, although in a different form.  Clouds are the past life of rain.  Rain is a continuation of the clouds.  When energy becomes matter; that is just a continuation, It is not that matter has been produced wholesale out of nothingness.  The laws of physics and the teachings of Davis Mind Reality agree that something cannot be produced from nothing.

In the same way, something cannot become nothing; it cannot completely disappear and cease to exist.  When we burn a piece of paper, the paper does not cease to exist; it becomes heat, ashes, and smoke.  Heat penetrates the cosmos.  Smoke and other gases rise into the air and form clouds, which give rise to rain.  Ashes fall down to the earth and nurture the soil.  Rain and soil are two of the conditions necessary for trees to grow.  Later, the tree may become a piece of paper again.  Looking in this way, we can see that even a piece of paper transcends birth and death.

The ideas of coming and going are also not true.  We say, I came from that place and I am going to this place.  Or we say:  Before I was born I was in another place and after I die I will be someplace else.  But we know from the teachings of interpenetration and interbeing that “here” and “there” are merely concepts, and that every place can be found in every other place.  There is really nowhere to go to or come from in the ultimate dimension.

The idea of permanence means that something goes on existing as it is forever, that it never under goes any change or transformation.  This too is an incorrect idea.  Everything is of the nature to change.  The opposite idea, annihilation, means that when we die, our body and our consciousness cease to exist.  We have already seen how something cannot become nothing.  Our body and consciousness simply change form.

Our mind is like a sword.  It cuts reality into pieces, separate from each other.  However, reality cannot be grasped by our discursive mind—the mind of imagination, discrimination, and discussion.  We have to learn how to touch reality without using our usual patterns of thinking.  If we practice looking into the nature of inter-being of things, we can unlock the door of reality and let go of the notions of same and different, individual and collective. These are ideas that cannot be applied to ultimate reality.

The truth of the matter is that we must learn how to release.  The more you are capable of releasing, the more joyful you become.  You think that this or that is essential for your happiness, but if you let these notions go you will discover that they were really obstacles to your happiness.  There are two kinds of obstacles; obstacles of knowledge and obstacles of afflictions.  If we cling to what we have learned as the absolute truth, we are caught by that knowledge.  For this reason, we have to be very careful about what we know.  It may be an obstacle to our transformation, our happiness.  Acquiring knowledge is like climbing a ladder: in order to step up to a higher rung we have to let go of the rung we are standing on.  If we believe that the step we are standing on is the highest, then we can climb no higher.

The technique of learning in this tradition is always to release, to let go of what we have just learned, of what we have already obtained.  Never believe that what you know is absolute truth.  If you are caught by the knowledge you presently possess, that is the end of your progress.  If scientists cling to what they already know, they will not be able to discover other truths.  They must be able to drop what they know about something the moment they learn something new that contradicts or supersedes it.  On the path of practice, knowledge is an obstacle that must be overcome.  We must be ready to abandon our knowledge at any moment in order to get to a higher level of understanding.  This is very important.

At the first stage of our learning we put to an end both the affliction-obstacle and the knowledge-obstacle.  The knowledge-obstacle occurs more in the realm of the intellect, while the affliction-obstacle is more in the realm of the emotions.  Our envy, hatred, anger, sadness, despair, and anxiety are all obstacles of afflictions.  If our sadness is so great that we feel paralyzed, that is an affliction-obstacle.  If we are depressed, suffering too much, or desiring too much, these are all obstacles to our practice.

Our ignorance and inability to see the truth belong to the knowledge-obstacle, this means that the way we see things is not the way things are.  Our point of view, perception, and learning are all the objects of our knowledge, and these are the things that prevent us from going ahead,  “I already know everything there is to know about that.  I don’t need to learn any more.”  Whatever the value of what our intellect and our insight has attained, we have to abandon it.  If we don’t, we put an end to further progress.  Even though it has some value, our knowledge has become an obstacle.  If we are caught in our knowledge, if we say that our knowledge is absolute truth, we suffer from the knowledge-obstacle.  Those who have knowledge but know that they have to abandon it in order to go further do not suffer from the knowledge-obstacle.

Objects of knowledge are like water that has become ice and prevents the river from flowing.  We need knowledge, but we have to use it intelligently.  When we think that our present knowledge is paramount, our way ahead is blocked.  Our knowledge has become an obstacle.  This way of looking at knowledge is quite special to the Davis Mind Reality Concept.  The Davis Mind Reality teaches that we cannot be attached to anything; we have to abandon even our insight, our understanding, and of course, our knowledge.

Knowledge-obstacles are easier to abolish than affliction-obstacles.  Affliction-obstacles need more time, more practice, to dissolve.  Our anger, misery, and despair are blocks in our store consciousness.  We have to practice touching them deeply with the energy of mindfulness in order to see their roots and transform them.  Solidity is important for our well-being.  When you practice walking meditation, each step you take in mindfulness should help you cultivate a little bit more solidity and freedom.  When craving, anger, or jealousy manifest as mental formations in your mind consciousness, it is like having a fever, it burns.

DID YOU KNOW THAT WHERE YOU ARE IS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

The entire universe is a projection of consciousness. We experience the universe as a projection through us, because each of us is a center of consciousness. Therefore, we are all centers of the universe. There really is no here or there because everything is at one point where consciousness is. We all do not exist in different places but are present at one point. The reality of here and there is that we all are created and experienced within the singularity of consciousness itself. Where you are is the center of the universe.

Consciousness is the dimensionless program that simulates dimensions. The omnipresent dot creates the illusion of everywhere when there is nowhere but here and now. There is only one true place consciousness existing in and that is here. There is only one true time where consciousnesses exist in and that is now. Everything else that is experienced as there and then is only a simulation that is experienced from here and now. When you think of a time and place, you instantly travel there mentally.

In fact, you do not really travel at all. The world around you shifts as your external environment and the things in it changes into the new one that you think of. It is because it is all a simulation. You never really move at all but it is everything else that moves. The center of anything never moves and therefore the whole world revolves around you. The physical world itself is also a simulation of consciousness. It is a simulation that you are walking and traveling from one place to another or moving along through time.

When you take a plane to another country which you last visited ten years ago, your change in experience is really a change in the simulation of reality. The simulated image of the city has changed as some buildings have been removed and new ones have appeared. The simulated images of the people you met before has also changed as the consciousness program reflects the effects of how people are effected by time. A few white hairs, wrinkled skin, height increase or sexual endowment has appeared.

We think that no one is the center of the universe because everyone cannot be the center at the same time. That is because we perceive consciousness to be separate from itself. Actually consciousness is projected from where you are. It only exists at one place and one time and that is where you are. If you are a tall, handsome man looking at a beautiful woman in red, you are consciousness projecting the woman in red. If you are the woman in red, then you are consciousness projecting the tall man.

You are consciousness itself and whichever point of view you are experiencing at any giving point of time and place, everything else around you is a projection from you. You are more than just the particular person that you are. You are the entire universe itself.

The reason why you perceive reality from a particular point of time and space, and as a particular person is that you are consciousness individuated into a single point of view for experiencing everything else from that point of view.

Think of a computer program that runs a simulated game world where all characters are interacting with each other. It is all really just one program cycling between each character so fast that it seems as if all characters are being run simultaneously when they are actually being run one at a time. It is the activity of consciousness playing every single role in the universe that makes it seem as though there are separate programs running when it’s really one program running everything in turns at infinite speed.

The reason why consciousness runs at infinite speed is because it is not confined to the boundaries of time at all. Time is only a simulated concept that is created by consciousness to be experienced by consciousness. Imagine playing a particular character and filming yourself, and then reversing the film and playing a different character.

Superimpose the film of the first character with the second and you’ll get the effect of two characters in one film. That is how two of you exist at the same time.

However, consciousness does not really have to take turns experiencing it from several points of view. It splits itself into many individuated versions of itself to experience all those points of view simultaneously. All those individuated versions are simply different parts of that one consciousness. When you shift your perspective from one point of view to another, you are shifting the center of the universe from one point to another. The center is everywhere, yet nowhere, according to how you see it.

So to experience your reality as the creator of it, realize that where you are is the center of all that is occurring. This is what it means to be centered. When you think someone, something or somewhere else is the center of what is going on, you are giving your power away to the external world. Move through your world with the consciousness that you are the center of the universe and you will find that you do not really have to shift much as things and people around you shift themselves instead.

You will become a lot more at peace, stable, cool and poised as your perception of being the center aligns your experience of reality with the state of being godlike. Less and less do things move you without your permission and more and more are you able to cause things around you to move instead. People will feel your strength, stability and solidness as you carry and project yourself as the center. You will become more and more of a master of reality as you control how time and space move around you.

I bless this to you today.  Study and learn how to become one with the universe and then you will control your own destination.  Your life is now beginning to change.  Stop fearing the change; allow your thoughts to take flight.  This change that you are now feeling, the lightness of your total body weight, the increase in your heart beat, your blood pressure rising, are all a total part of how you are truly suppose to be feeling.  Except the reality of you becoming one with God.  God is the universe and the universe is within you.  Feel it, see it, experience it and enjoy it.  This is the moment.  This is the real deal.  Nothing else is important except how you feel at this very moment.  Close your eyes and meditate on all that you are experiencing at this very moment.  Now relax and enjoy because you now know the truth and this truth will set you free.

 

DO YOU KNOW THE SECRET OF LIVING IN THE HERE AND NOW

Now let me begin by stating it to you in this manner. You are the Presence and the Power of The Creator.  In you, all life exists.  There is only one conscious in the universe, and you are a reflection of that one conscious. There are people who go through life without realizing the answers to the most important questions about what their existence in this world is. In order to live a conscious and meaningful life, you need to know the secret of what life is about. You want to know the three most important things which are the answers to what is the meaning of life, what you are here for and who you really are. Because when you know these, everything opens up for you and the world becomes yours for the taking.

The meaning of life is that life is for you to fulfill your purpose and to experience who you really are. You can achieve anything you truly desire. You were created with a dream. No one exist without a dream. Your dream is your purpose. You are here to fulfill your purpose by following your heart and achieving your dream. What makes you truly happy is not all the external things such as money, material things, fame and acclamation. What makes you truly happy is doing what brings you joy and fulfillment.

You originally exist in a higher plane of spirit where you are everything, can do anything and have everything. In that dimension, you can create anything you want simply by thinking it into existence. You created this physical dimension to live life in a world of limitation and to transcend it by connecting with the unlimited power that comes from the higher plane where you exist in. You now exist simultaneously in two dimensions although you might not be aware of this state of being in the physical dimension.

Who you really are is the presence and the power of the creator. You as God created a smaller you to live out your purpose in this lower plane of existence. You created a chessboard with chess pieces. Each of the chess pieces are a smaller version of you, and you as God are controlling the smaller human you on the chess board. All that exist is one consciousness and therefore you are not separated from your God self or higher consciousness. The whole universe is your entire self and you are a part of it.

The reason why you forgot who you really are and where you came from when you are born on Earth is that you chose to. You can go through life rediscovering whom you really are and what you are here to do this way. You may have caused yourself to forget everything but still made a way for you to know what you are here for. The way by which you are led by the directions of your higher self is through your heart. Spirit talks to you from within therefore you are never lost if you listen to your heart.

You programmed your purpose within you, which already existed, in your heart when you were born. Your heart’s desire is how you know where you are directed to move towards for the fulfillment of what you came here to do. Every one of us is created for a purpose which is directed by our heart’s desire. That is why we do not all desire to do the same things or have the same things. Your heart’s desire is uniquely yours. That is why you can only be happy by following the desire that is placed in your heart.

Everything that seems to be stopping you and making it seem that you cannot achieve your dream is only an illusion. Life is a test created by you to see if you would have the faith to follow your heart all the way. It is a test to see if you would believe in yourself, in the essence within, which is who you really are as the power and presence of God. You never need to figure out a way because the directions and ideas will arise naturally when you need them. All you have to do is to watch for them and follow them.

Some people live a life where they had given up on their dreams and desires thinking they could never achieve them. They end up living a miserable life and die unfulfilled. Those who chose to follow their dreams all the way and achieve them end up in a place of happiness, satisfaction and completeness. This is the joyful experience we are all meant to have and the state we were supposed to arrive at when we chose to go through the experience of life in this dimension. It’s one of the ways to enjoy existence.

You as God also created the resources and possibilities that will show up along the way if you as your human self in this dimension would follow your heart and move in the direction of your dreams. You will find whatever you really need will show up at the right time always. What seems to be impossible becomes possible. You might not know the how but all you need is to know the truth and to keep acting from it. The most important thing is to find your calling and follow it, and everything else goes with it.

If you were to die right now, you would return to the higher dimension you truly exist in where you are everything, can do anything and have everything. You would realize what your life on earth was about and would laugh about the whole matter. If you had given up on following your heart and realizing your dreams, you would know it does not matter now because it was just for fun. But if you had followed your heart and lived the life you truly desired, you would feel how fun it was and be glad with the experience.

Those who realize this truth and this secret of life now, have awaken and are now living as conscious beings. They are living a life of transcendence and operating at a plane above everyone else in the world, because they know who they really are and what this whole thing about life is all about. They possess the awareness of angels and higher dimensional beings and living life with an enlightened state of mind. We are all here to express who we really are, and that is the most beautiful thing we can do.

YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE LOCATED IN YOUR BODY

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THE THIRD EYE CONNECTION OF THE HIGHER WORLDS

YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE LOCATED IN YOUR BODY

 Everything in the universe is consciousness. Space and time in all planes of reality are only projections within universal consciousness.

There really is no here or there for everything is at one place where our Mind is. Our Mind does not move at all. It simply is. When we think about it, our Mind is everywhere yet nowhere.  Our Mind is nowhere but Here, Now. We all exist together as a singularity in one place and time. Everything is one everything is here and now.

Now consider several events in different places that are moving in synchronization may actually be the movements of the same event. Pause for a moment and use your imagination, imagine a fighter jet flying in the sky, with several video cameras recording its movements from different angles. Each recording is displayed on different screens. When the fighter jet displayed on one screen turns or moves in a different directions, all other fighter jets in the other screens simultaneously move in a correlated manner.

Every day experience is a projected reality where things only appear, to be separated in time and space. In a deeper reality, we are all members of the same body. When one part of the body moves, every other part is instantly affected. Separation is an illusion. There is a dimension of reality where we are all inseparably one. When we feel love in any form, it has the effect of beginning to shatter that illusion.

When two electrons collide, they exchange energy and information with each other. From then onwards, no matter where one electron is, you will be able to tell the location and momentum of the other. When a change occurs in one electron, it will immediately, be reflected in the other. You are always able to know in one, what is going on in the other. When you cause change in one, you cause change in the other. We exchange portions of our energy fields with each other when we come into contact; therefore, we remain inseparably connected at all times.

Imagine the universe is an ocean and each of us is a wave in that ocean. The wave and the ocean are the same. We are the universe localized in a single point in space-time. The soul has two parts. It is both local and nonlocal. Part of you, is localized, and part of you is nonlocal, and connected to everything. You are the universe, located in your body. Not all your thoughts, wishes and desires are actually your thoughts, wishes and desires. Part of them is the very intentions of the universe.

The spirit in me is the same as the spirit in you, and the spirit in all beings.

Now look at Enlightenment as being the realization that you are the universal spirit observing from a particular point of view. Each of us is the universal spirit projecting a particular point of view. I am inseparable from all that exists, just as you are inseparable from all that exists. You are an aspect of infinite intelligence, and infinite intelligence is the source of all that exist. Therefore, you are the source of all that exist and you create your own experience. Everything is possible because everything exists within you. The same unbounded potential of the infinite spirit also resides in every one of us.  Listen to what Jesus tells us, “He said, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. (Matthew 17:19-21 AMP)

 

Your soul is the reflection of all souls. You are the other. Without the other, you would not exist.  You must believe, in order to conceive and then you will receive the truth of knowing who you are, because of the reflection of all souls.

You are defined by your relationships with others. You need to describe the whole universe in order to define a single person. Therefore, every single person is the whole universe. Your soul is both personal and universal at the same time. Everyone is a reflection of you. You are in a hall of mirrors where every reflection of yourself appears different. Others you admire reflect the qualities you most cherish in yourself. Others you detest reflect the qualities you most deny in yourself. Each person you see is a different version of you.

All the cells in your body start from just one cell. That one cell in the womb is fertilized, grows and divides into two. The two cells grow and divide into four. This process happens fifty times until there are one hundred thousand billion cells in your body. That is where the replication stops. Just as a single cell in the womb differentiates into brain cells, nerve cells and retinal cells, and through them give us experience of the world, so does the single spirit differentiates into all observers and observations, inner world and outer world.

The outer world is a mirror of you at any place and time. If you want to know the state of your Personal consciousness, just look around and see what is happening to you. If you want to know the state of the collective consciousness, just look around at what is happening in the world. Your personal reality is synchronistic ally orchestrated by your sense of self at all times. If a critical mass of people expressed their higher selves, they would cause a transformation in collective consciousness and the world reality.

Every time a person rises in personal consciousness, he moves the state of the world towards a higher one than before.

The whole universe is one reality, which is pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is absolute existence.

God makes things through the direct act of becoming the things, which He creates.

In the beginning, the One differentiated into the many. The One entered into the many and became the Self of each. The being within everything is the One. When you merge with this nonlocal self, you become one with the Self of all that exist. The One is the Higher Self of all. You are the One.

 

TIME TO TAKE POSITIVE ACTION TOWARDS YOUR DESIRE

 So I say to you, Ask and [a]keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and [b]keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and [c]keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you.

For everyone who asks and [d]keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and [e]keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and [f]keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened. (Luke 11:9-10 Amplified)

Do not hesitate to move on your ideas and respond to situations that call for action in order to keep the momentum going. If you are sitting waiting for something to happen, doing other “important” tasks rather than those that you know will produce the results you desire, you are wasting time and you are no closer to your desire. You may realize that you have waited for so many things in your life that never showed up!

Act on your desire in order to get to where you want to be. Waiting will not do it. The best men are not those who have waited for chances, but who have taken them, and made chance the servitor. It is better to act first and apologize later than to seek permission first. We often wait for the feeling to be right first, before we take the action we know will bring us satisfaction. The feeling of satisfaction only comes from accomplishment, not from pondering and procrastinating. Take immediate action, not out of fear, or to force things to happen, but because the next action you take brings you, one-step closer to your desire and you will see tremendous results come into your life.

Sometimes opportunity knocks but sometimes you must knock. If you truly desire what is behind the door, you will knock until it opens. Sometimes you may even have to break down the door to get through to what you want. The difference between using the force out of power and using the force out of fear, doubt or worry, is that when you are powerful, you know what it is you are doing and are doing it powerfully. It does not feel forced but liberating to you.

As soon as you know your desire, have asked for it, and are experiencing it in your mental world, you must then take steps towards it and allow the universe to manifest your desire into your physical reality. Although the universe will bring into your physical reality, anything you ask for, it will accelerate the process greatly if you are also take physical action towards your desires. This is does not of course mean that you physically have to go out there and do everything yourself. You simply have to take positive steps in the direction of your desire, which reinforces your claim that it already exists in your present reality.

The vibrations of your physical actions also firmly impress upon your subconscious mind your total commitment to realizing your desires. If you have your subconscious mind as well as your conscious mind influencing all the energy of reality in the direction of bringing the object of your desire into your physical reality, it will be much more powerful and your desires will manifest sooner as a result. Reality creation happens through metaphysical and physical means. Both intention and action are necessary for creating what you want.

For example, you wish to manifest a new house, you should take positive actions to physically go out and look for one. You do not have to worry about whether you can afford it or not, that would be a negative emotion resulting in the negative influence of energy. Anyway, the realization of your house is not your concern; it is for God and the universe to take care of the manifestation of your desires into your reality. Manifestation is a balance of taking action and letting it happen. Perfect manifestation is a combination of intention and detachment.

In the case of your new house, the very act of physically going out and looking for the house of your desires will not only project the positive energy of intent, but will also produce other emotions such as excitement and expectation all of which will add to the net effect of positive energy in realizing your desires. The more you physically take steps in the direction of your desire, the more positive emotion you will generate and the more you can integrate the object of your desire as part of your being. The more powerful also will be the effect, and the sooner you will be able to realize it within your physical reality. That is the reason to act as if your desire is reality.

Massive action results in massive manifestation. The more you want something the more focused you must be in your actions towards getting it. The bigger and the more frequent the action you take, the better it is but takes some sort of action you must. Never wait until tomorrow, because the next day you will defer until tomorrow again, and you will never take that important first action in the direction of your desires.

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