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Date added: 06/01/2016 The origins of The Attractor Field Techniques

By the Grace of God

In our ancient past mankind was graced by God with the keys to our health and well being. The form this blessing took was the knowledge of the Acupuncture Meridians detailing the flow of life energy within our beings.

Through centuries of study man has only scratched the surface in his understanding of this marvelous gift. The time for more blessings has arrived. Below are detailed instructions and tools which will allow you to free yourself from the crippling effects of the addictions as well as emotional and physical problems.

The Attractor Field Techniques (AFT) are an independent outgrowth of the seminal work of David R. Hawkins, MD, Ph.D., author of "Power vs Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior". In this work Hawkins presents the results of 25 years of historic research into human consciousness and provides a wake up call to humanity. In his preface, Hawkins states:"We think that we live by forces we control, but in fact we are governed by power from unrevealed sources, power over which we have no control."

Fortunately we do not need to control the "unrevealed sources". What we do need to do is to stop resonating with and amplifying them. These forces are the energies behind our emotions. If we do not resonate with them they have no impact on us. You cannot stop negtive thoughts from hurting the body, but you can stop thinking negative thoughts, and you can undue the the hurt to the body with the right tools.

Hawkins' book "Power vs Force" provides the background necessary to understand the basics of attractor fields and their influence on and in our lives. The universe does not work in the ways that we have been taught.  Stress, distress, and bodily dysfunction are the inadvertent result of the impact of Mind energies on the Body. No one wants to be sick or unhappy.  Unhappiness and illness arise when we live with negative thoughts and feelings.

Man is best viewed as an energetic microcosm of the universe. Like the universe we are made of matter sustained and controlled by energetic forces we cannot see or directly detect. While we cannot control the unmeasurable energies of the universe we can avoid the harmful ones. Our thoughts are a part of the energetic universe that we cannot measure but have the possibility of controlling and directing.

The energy produced by each emotion and accompanying each of life's emotional perspectives is different and results in different consequences within the body.  Each physical disorder we develop or acquire is initiated by a specific emotional energetic upset. Every repeated emotional reaction increases the probability of developing the physical illnesses associated with the underlying emotion. 

Drawing on Dr. Hawkins' original findings and methodology meridian energy altering formulae have been developed which allow for the elimination of the energy fields which are at the source of Man's mental and physical disorders. For the first time in history we have a method to disconnect from the unseen forces that rule our existence.

 

 

Date added: 10/03/2014 Experimental study: AFT Pain Control in Mice

Replicated Experimental Results:

Attractor Field Techniques for Pain Control in Mice.


Ebert, R.K., and Schwarz, R.
June 2006


The following is an initial report from a Philadelphia area college psychology laboratory investigating the effect of Attractor Field Techniques (AFT) meridian-based energy treatments on mice using Accutone Frequency technology. These studies were carried out in the college's APA-approved psychology program mouse laboratory, and met stringent and rigorous experimental design standards.  Since they were carried out on mice (as opposed to humans) there is no chance of a placebo effect. The studies were carried out in a double-blind controlled condition. One of the studies was replicated by the experimenter.

The tests used in these experiments are standard tests meeting the ethical requirements of the APA and IACUC for working with animals. They were chosen by the experimenter whose major research efforts are in the area of pain alleviation using animals. Also noteworthy is the fact that the experimenter was a skeptic. She knew nothing about the underlying model of AFT, and personally believed that the tones would have no demonstrable effect.


Experimental Studies:  In each study 16 mice were exposed to each of three separate EMF conditions on consecutive days. The three EMF conditions were as follows: no EMF (a blank CD was inserted into the player); a disk containing pulses of EMF targeted at the relevant body locus tested (in this case, foot); a control condition in which ineffective EMF was recorded on the CD.  Experimenters were blind to the experimental condition.

The energy treatments were part of a proprietary application of meridian stimulation via subtle EM pulses encoded on CD and played through a proprietary emitter. The sequence of meridian stimulations used by the experimenter for both the hot plate test and the tail withdrawal test was the same "foot pain” formula used for humans but used "mouse" tones rather than "human" tones (see website (www.the-tree-of-life.com) for the actual pattern of human meridian point stimulation).


Results

 

Study 1 Hot-plate test: Animals were placed on a metal surface maintained at 53°C, inside a Plexiglas cylinder to reduce exploratory behavior. A timer was started when both hind paws touched the surface of the plate, and was stopped when the mouse performed one of the following behaviors: hind paw lick; hind paw shake; attempt to escape from the cylinder.


Animals in the treatment condition showed significantly lowered pain behavior compared to both controls [A repeated measures ANOVA (F1,30  6.46, p =.004)]

Study 2 Tail-withdrawal Test: Animals were wrapped in a cloth restrainer and the distal portion of the tail was inserted into a water bath maintained at 49°C. Latency to vigorously withdraw the tail from the water indicated nociceptive threshold.

Results: No significant effect of condition was observed for the tail-withdrawal test (F1,30=1.22, p =.308).  Note that this finding serves as a negative control, since the disks were not designed to inhibit pain elicited on the tail (emphasis added).

Study 3 Visceral Pain. In the abdominal constriction test, subjects are injected with 10 ml/kg body weight of dilute (.9%) acetic acid.  The ensuing behavioral response (abdominal constriction) is observed and counted for the next 30 minutes.

Results: A one-way ANOVA indicated a significant effect of tone condition (F1,12 = 4.90, p = .02), with significantly fewer constrictions observed in the EMF group compared to the no-disk control (p = .009), and the Control Disk (p = .06).  Subjects exposed to the control disk were no different from those exposed to no disk.

Replication:

 

Study 1 on pain control in mice (foot pain).  30 mice (10 in each group) were subjected to the three conditions (Experimental energy treatment condition, "dud control disk” . and no CD control. In the replication study. there was a highly significant effect for the energy treatment disc compared to both controls (P<.003).

 

Discussion:  It is postulated that the acupoints and meridian system are an information transduction system. They allow information to be transmitted to and from the energetic morphic fields within which our physical bodies exist. We conceive of the body as a biological system that floats within meridian-based "electromagnetic fields”. These fields are responsible for both the morphological genesis and continued maintenance of the physical body. It is theorized that energetic ‘perturbations’ in these fields result in physical disorders. The pattern of frequencies used in the AFT protocols send information to specific morphic fields of the body to optimize these field(s) and, through this energetic optimization, optimize the functioning of the body. The mechanism of exactly how this happens is unclear; however this hypothesis is supported by the results of this research.

That the hot plate test showed significant pain reduction while the tail withdrawal test did not is an important theoretical finding. From the AFT perspective this was predictable: the AFT tone sequences stimulated the specific morphic field of the foot and no other morphic fields. The reduction of pain sensitivity was therefore limited to the foot. In other words, the energetic field of the foot is not the same as the energetic field as the tail, and can be treated independently. From the AFT perspective, the foot pain formula should  have no effect on tail pain. This finding is the reverse of what is scientifically expected. All analgesic compounds and mechanisms known to science have a general effect. An aspirin relieves pain throughout the body, as do opioids, and all other known analgesics. Similarly, acupuncture pain reduction techniques have a general effect on the body by stimulating the production of endogenous opioids. AFT appears to operate through a different mechanism, one which allows for a greater precision of action and requires no external agents or physical interventions.

 

Date added: 12/14/2013 Health, Personal Reality, and Consciousness

 

  
Health, Personal Reality, and Consciousness
R. K. Ebert PhD. © 2006
The Tree of Life Foundation
 
 
Across the millennia sages of all sorts have told us that life as we experience it is an illusion. They say that our immediate experience is a projection of our own attitudes and this stops our ability to experience what is real and true. No two individuals experience life in exactly the same way, even if they have undergone exactly the same life experiences and are identical twins. This is true because experiences do not determine our reaction to them, we do. We determine our reaction as a function of the meaning that we give to the events in our lives. In other words, meaning comes from the inside, not the outside. Meaning happens within a particular context, or one’s frame of reference. What the Arab-Israeli conflict means to us depends on “which side” we are on. Essentially, our frame of reference, which arises from our values and beliefs, both determines our motivation and attitude, and limits our ability to understand and give meaning to the events we encounter in life. In life it can truly be said that attitude is everything.
Attitudes are collections of thoughts which persist over time; a mixture of past feelings and reactions. They are a result of our holding onto our past conclusions concerning the meaning of things that we have stored in our minds. We understand what is now in front of us only in terms of our past conclusions. While this seems logical, and perhaps desirable, this method of relating to the world inevitably leads to seeing the present through the camera lens of the past. Like viewing an old movie, we project our past into the present. Our attitudes result in a seeing the world in a way that simultaneously evokes emotional responses and shapes our view of events in a way that reinforces what we already believe to be true. In short, we create a self perpetuating and self fulfilling system. We are locked into an almost inescapable loop. Once our mind concludes meaning, that meaning becomes at the very least our personal reality. We defend our point of view. Being our conclusion we know that it is true regardless of what others may think or say.
The effect of our attitudes is reflected nowhere more than in the stress they generate in our bodies. All thoughts generate energy. Certain thoughts generate energies that are harmful to us and lead to disease and suffering, while others lead to health and well-being. Acceptance, tolerance, mercy and forgiveness have a calming and strengthening effect on the body, while hate, envy, fear and condemnation create stress and distress in the body.
Stressful reactions have their impact on the body slowly, as a result our tendency to respond to various situations and events in the same way over and over. This habitual repetition of our reactions gradually influences the energy of our being, distorting it or calming it depending on the nature of the thoughts we think. Eventually the distortions in our energy system become increasingly discordant, we become “stressed out”, and experience physical discomfort. Eventually this stress causes an exhaustion of our natural healing energies, and we succumb to disease. Thus stressful reactions are the result of interpreting current events in ways that are harmful to us. Stress does not exist outside the perceiver; stress only exists inside us as a reaction. This is why two people can react to the same event in different ways. The reaction is not in the event, it is in the person. 
That thoughts generate energy which affects our bodies is beyond question. Approaching the mind from entirely different perspectives, both David R. Hawkins. M.D., Ph.D., and the Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, M.D. have concluded that the mind, through our thoughts, influences our physical beings at the most elementary levels. Those thoughts not only influence the chemicals in our bodies, but even turn genes on and off, and cause the brain to reconfigure itself!
Hans Selye, the father of stress research was a brilliant scientist, but being married to the Newtonian “cause is in the material” perspective, Selye lacked the necessary context to understand that stress is a reaction of the mind, and only shows up as a physical reaction in the body. According to Selye “.. Stress has its own characteristic form and composition, but no particular cause. The elements of its form are the visible changes due to stress, which are additive indicators, expressing the sum of all the different adjustments that are going on in the body at any time.” Hans Selye, The Nature of Stress.
It must be noted that Selye did understand the importance of emotional arousal in the stress reactions:  “Undoubtedly, in man, with his highly developed central nervous system (CNS), emotional arousal is one of the most frequent activators. Yet it cannot be regarded as the only factor, since typical stress reactions can occur in patients exposed to muscle fatigue, trauma, hemorrhage, etc.”  However, his context was insufficiently broad, and he did not consider the energy of the thoughts that sit behind emotional arousal. Selye never investigated the motives and intention that accompany emotional arousal. He missed the point that while stress is a reaction to many things, our way of looking at things put as much wear and tear on the body as physical trauma! 
Selye concentrated his research on the human nervous system and the cascade of biochemical events that follow the stress reaction. Other research indicates that the stress reaction in started by the impact that the energy of our thoughts has on the energy pathways of Chinese Traditional Medicine, the meridians of Qi. The organizing centers (Acupuncture treatment points) of the meridians appear responsible for biological morphogenesis, or the development of our physical bodies. They are singularity points that affect time, space and matter within their range of influence.
Acupoints retain their homeostatic regulatory function after morphogenesis and communicate and comprise a signal transduction system that maintains proper bodily form and function. Kinesiology testing can demonstrate that the connection between the mind and body is immediate. Positive thoughts make our bodies strong and negative thoughts make us go weak. Since the body's response is immediate, our physical being is influenced from instant to instant by our changing thoughts and emotions. It is the repetition of various thought patterns which ultimately result in physical breakdown and manifest disease. Thus, while ideas of all sorts pass though our minds, it is the ones we habitually entertain that impact us the most.
The energy fields of disease states appear to precede observable disease states. For example, research has shown that reliable changes in the bioelectric potential of meridian points occur months before any physically observable signs of breast cancer appear in women. Fortunately, the mind-body connection is a two way street: we influence the meridian energy via the energetic pattern of our thoughts; we can also influence the energy pattern of the meridians via direct or indirect stimulation of the meridian points themselves. This is why Acupuncture works. Many alternative therapies including acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, aroma therapy, and reflexology correct the results of energy imbalances. However, unless the underlying attitudinal pattern at the source of the energy imbalance is changed, the illness tends to return, or another one will take its place.
Thus, while proper stimulation of the meridians influences the pattern of energy in the meridians, and can destabilize the self perpetuating energy fields of disease states, health ultimately rests on letting go of our negative world views, and adopting an actively positive perspective.
David R. Hawkins, MD, PhD in "Power versus. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior", categorizes the range of negative and positive thought patterns which influence man. Dr. Hawkins subdivides these patterns into interrelated aspects of consciousness which he terms "God-View", "Life-View", "Emotion", and "Process". Each aspect of consciousness is contained within separate but interrelated "Levels of Consciousness" (LoC), which range from low energy states of normal awareness to high energy states of enlightenment.
Dr. Hawkins' insights into human consciousness, and its relationship to our physical being, are the keystone upon which the Attractor Field Techniques (AFT) is constructed. Using the same energy system as acupuncture the acupoint tapping sequences that are part of the Attractor Field Techniques destabilize harmful energetic patterns that are at the source of stress reactions, and the resultant disease, and suffering we experience. However, since the long-term influence of negative thought patterns can reinstate negative reactions in the energy system, and thus the body, understanding and recognizing these patterns is the key to long-term health. Beyond the tapping techniques, AFT provides practical methods of using higher level energies to break negative reactive patterns that we are locked into by our past conclusions. It is possible to “be at choice”, but we must first be free of our automatic reactive patterns to do so.
The latter part of this paper provides descriptions developed by the present author’s research and clinical experience of the characteristic thoughts and ways of perceiving that are stressful and harm the body. They are drawn from Dr. Hawkins’ Map of Consciousness first presented in “Power versus Force”. Before presenting these descriptions it is important to have a more detailed context through which consciousness may be understood.
An individual's existence does not begin with his conception or his birth. We have been told by Sages across time that we are not our bodies. Rather they say that we are eternal beings of light energy, who have communication devices we call bodies. This view of physical materiality has recently been adopted by Quantum physicists who view physical matter as a form of “frozen” light: energy held in place by other energetic fields. The body can be accurately described as a biologic system floating within a myriad of hidden energetic fields that regulate its form and function.
Our bodies, through the influence of the meridians, are in effect a reflection of the projected energy of our being. As eternal beings, existing in a temporal physicality, the energy of our current "Here-now being" is influenced by the energy of our past existence. This influence is referred to as “Karma”, and can be thought of as a constant energetic breeze that colors the context of our current and earliest awareness. Karma influences the genes at the point of conception, it first manifests in the personality as temperament. We add to and subtract from the ongoing energy of our Karma throughout our lives, as we think, act, and react.
At the end of our current physical form our eternal energy, the True You, will carry unfinished Karmic remnants from this life, in addition to other past life unfinished remnants. What are these unfinished remnants? They are energetic attractor fields which maintain our separation from All-That-Is, our duality. Attractor fields are energetic forces that organize and limit things that are within their field of operation. When we no longer generate low level energy patterns we exit the temporal physicality and become one with, or resonate with All-That-Is. While this may seem to be an airy-fairy concept or an unrealistic goal, it is the path we are all on. It is the path we will remain on until our journey is finished. Every step toward this goal is, in itself, a step toward freedom and a step toward love. Love is ultimately total freedom and total acceptance of self and other. Love is beyond forgiveness; Love sees no errors in need of forgiveness or correction.
Our Karmic energy initiates our "God-View"; it is the energetic force that influences our earliest perceptions and reactions. Our "God-View" can most easily be thought of as the judgment position we use when we are “playing God” and judging ourselves or others. It is the source of our primary reactive patterns; the rationalization we use to justify our feelings and reactions. We each have only one set of beliefs or rules concerning what is right and wrong, good or bad, and how to respond to life’s events. We use this set of rules to judge our own and other people’s motivation, including God’s motivation. For each of us God is seen as an entity with an attitude; the only question is whether or not God is friendly. The less friendly we perceive God to be the less tolerant are we of ourselves and of others.
Our "God-View" strongly influences our view of life, or what we think life is all about. "Life-View" is the meaning we give to the events and other stimuli in the world. If our judgment position is that punishment is deserved if the rules are broken, God will be perceived as punitive and the world is likely to be seen as frightening; a place filled with opportunities to be punished for our errors and lapses. If we cherish our grievances and enjoy paying others back for their misdeeds, life can be a terrifying and evil place, because others will be seen as having the same motivation. If we as God love we over look the "transgressions" of other people and the world is seen as benign and supportive.
"Emotion" refers to the subjective experience that derives from our "God" and "Life- Views", or what we feel. We become anxious when we anticipate and fear punishment. Conversely we feel reverence or peace and joy when we perceive God as loving, or when our context is one of love: we do not see others or ourselves as bad or blameworthy. Peace may accurately be seen as the absence of energy disturbances caused by our own negative thoughts.
"Process" refers to our characteristic response, in both thought style and action, to our "God-View" and "Life-View". In other words, how does our world work, or function in a practical sense. We withdraw from that which is frightening, become enslaved by our exaggerated desires, destructive when blamed, aggressive when antagonized, and give up when resistance seems futile. Obsession results from overly valuing things that we feel are denied to us. Aggression originates from an antagonistic "Life-View", and a belief that a settling of scores is justified when an insult or harm perceived.
One of the most difficult things to grasp is that our upsets, whatever form they may take, are a product of our own view point. Upsets of any sort indicate that we value something more than peace and harmony. Most of the time what we value is being “right”, having our way of looking at the world held as the supreme truth. This is both our trap and our freedom. It is all our choice! We can choose to be happy or miserable. It’s all up to us.
This means that God, the world, individual circumstances, other people's actions, and everything else outside of our selves, is totally innocent. We cannot play victim and point the finger at anything outside of ourselves. We create our reality. No one makes our judgments except us. It is only our judgments that determine our reactions. Water is wet, and rocks are hard; things are as they are.
One of life’s hardest lessons is that we get what we believe, not what we want. If we want it, we do not have it. If we believe it, it is our reality, and if it does not manifest by itself we will create it.
Below is this author's partial description of some of the ways we generate and perpetuate stressful energies and thus entrain a negative personal reality. Rarely does anyone operate solely from one of the perspectives noted below. Rather, each of us shifts from one perspective to another in relation to our motives and intentions in the moment. We have a favored perspective that we habitually return to when “stressed”. While we do have choice, we carry a significant burden of history and inertia. Nevertheless, we can each operate from an enlightened perspective, at least for moments at a time. We can all find ways to laugh in the face of our hardships, and to forgive our own and other's foibles or missteps.
Changing our perspective, letting go of our negative reactions and views of the world, even for a moment, is of significant value to us. As it turns out, positive energy is vastly more powerful than negative energy. Even a few deliberate moments of viewing a situation, ourselves, or another, from a truly positive perspective will noticeably change our lives for the better.
Change requires motivation born of intention. Intention, not infrequently arises from conscious awareness of personal self interest. Most people do not want to change. They believe that their beliefs are justified, correct, and that those who hold different beliefs have somehow "missed the boat". Most people, even if unhappy, want to continue to operate in the world as they have always done; what they want is a different outcome. It is sometimes very difficult to accept the idea that you will surely achieve the same, or similar, outcomes if you keep doing the same things! It is even more difficult to accept that our physical being, our very body, is part and parcel of that outcome.
It is easy to judge the descriptions offered below as harsh, undesirable, and otherwise unacceptable. They are in reality descriptions of all too human behavior, attitudes, and values. The descriptions really are us, at any given moment. Our beings ultimately reflect the energy of the thoughts we harbor, the actions we undertake, and the activities in which we participate. It is in our self interest to recognize the intimate relationship between our thoughts and our physical being. It is time to awaken to the responsibility that we alone hold. Only we have the choice as to the type of thoughts we allow to nest in our mind.
Recognize in the descriptions below our common folly, and forgive yourself and others if you recognize some of yourself or others in what you read here. Further, acknowledge that any upsetting emotional state that you experience is the result of your own perspective. That you are choosing to impose your past experience on some current situation or individual(s). Other people are not at fault for your upset, you are! If you do not like how you feel then YOU must change. Acknowledge that you must have made a mistake in how you view the situation involved. This, of course, assumes that you have really not deliberately chosen to feel badly. Then, if you chose, you might intend to find a better way of handling what was recognized or experienced. There must be a better way of viewing or responding. Not everyone shares your upset, so why should you be stuck with it? Intention is the start of it all.
 
While each of the perspectives listed below seem different, they all have a common element that makes them variations on the same theme: each is a victim’s perspective, where self worth and personal power are seen as outside the individual. Freedom comes from having the courage to accept that it is our reactions that limit our health and happiness. We must recognize and accept our limiting reactions before we can change them. No one can do it for us, only we have the power to change ourselves. Victim-hood ends when we have the courage to accept responsibility for our own thoughts, feelings, and actions. It is the key to freedom and personal power. The truth will set you free.
Definitions of Stressful Consciousness by Level and Category
LoC 20 - Shame
God View: People are despicable, they are mean, cruel, hateful, and untrustworthy; people deserve being insulted and degraded. This judgment position is the least tolerant way that we can see ourselves or others. It is a place without love and trust: a place where you must hide your desires, dreams, and yourself. Even if someone seems to be your friend or professes love, they can turn on you in an instant, and attack causing physical or emotional pain and suffering. If given the slightest opportunity people may humiliate, degrade, and expose any impropriety they find. They may attempt to ruin your reputation or hold you up to public ridicule. They will say one thing to your face and another behind your back.
Life-View – Since you must always be on guard and can trust no one, life is a miserable and a lonely place. Love and kindness are an illusion and can be replaced by hate and treachery at any time. Life is full of discomfort, and unhappiness. Contact with people creates opportunities for pain, humiliation and misery.
Emotion - Humiliation. Humiliation is an intense embarrassment and sense of shame that arises when we believe that we are somehow “less” than others or believe that what we have done could lead to rejection by others. Mortification is a more painful feeling than shame that arises from specifically social circumstances when one is humbled in the estimation of others, or when a loss of self-respect is perceived. We loath, hate, and fear someone who humiliates us or who is mean to us. Low self-esteem is the hallmark of the shame-based personality, which synchronously perceives and creates opportunities for humiliation and rejection in social situations.
Process - Elimination. Synonymous with rejection, is a process of removing or getting rid of, especially as being in some way undesirable. It involves omission as being unimportant or irrelevant; leaving out, and ultimately eliminating, killing or by destroying, actively or passively. The Shame based personality is frequently shy, withdrawn, and introverted or on the other hand, bullish, rigid, driven, intolerant and overbearing. They often profess moral strictness and alternate between attacking other people’s motives and fear of rejection by others. They have few friends, and avoid public exposure.
 
Some respond to shame by deadening their feelings, becoming indifferent to the opinions and feelings of others, and remaking themselves by becoming “what they do, what they have, or what they accomplish”, rather than what they feel inside that they are. This is a position of “false pride”.
 
LoC 30 - Guilt
God-View - People are seen as vindictive and eager to pay one another back for any offense. People are seen as bad, evil, and apt to take advantage of any situation in which they can gain an advantage. Good is overlooked as a temporary aberration, as a ploy to mislead and gain an advantage. Since they are evil, people do not deserve forgiveness or mercy, they deserve to be hurt. Grudges and pay backs are seen as a source of power and someone who offends or bothers you should be held accountable, and caused endless suffering.
Vindictive has a number of meanings: the most commonly understood meaning is to be vindictive, or spiteful, prone to revenge; inflicting or desiring harm, injury, or humiliation to befall another who is perceived as having caused some wrong. Those prone to vindictive thinking become obsessed with the wrongs that have been done to them and the need to expose their antagonists. Those judged guilty must pay ... forever.
Another less understood, yet more common aspect of this view is the need to avoid blame, to be prone to vindication, or justifying one's self rather than taking responsibility for one's own actions and or thoughts. Both aspects share the underlying commonality of un-forgiveness, either of others or oneself. Those who cannot forgive themselves will ceaselessly avoid any responsibility for wrongdoing. “It’s not my fault”, “they did it”, and “they made me do it” is their constant refrain. They thus avoid feeling guilty by being "right". Guilt-based personalities are preoccupied with sin, or wrongness, and its punishment. The belief in "pay backs", no matter how seemingly justified, is an example of vindictive thinking.
Life-View - Evil. Viewing actions, behaviors, or situations as being morally wrong or bad, wicked, harmful, injurious, depraved, vicious and corrupt. Guilt is the land of victims, remorse and blame. Life is basically an evil “dog eat dog” place where “do unto others before others do unto you” is the general rule. You must watch your back or you will be blamed, injured, and be paid back for your errors or mistakes. People’s mistakes deserve to be exposed and made public. What is important in life is focusing on what is wrong
Emotions - Blame, and rage, or fear of being blamed and being seen as wrong and therefore being the object of other peoples rage and pay backs. Rage is uncontrolled hate that is acted out openly or covertly. Open rage is shown as physically violent uncontrollable acting out or verbal abuse. Covert rage can take the form of closing one’s heart and rejecting someone; never forgiving another for a perceived slight or failure. Most blaming of others is the projection of ones' own guilt or shortcomings onto the other in order to avoid feeling guilty or anticipated censure. Self-blame leads to self-recrimination, self- punishment, and self destructive behavior.
Process – Destruction, violence, verbal abusiveness, or conversely perfectionism to frantically avoid blame and being seen as being bad and wrong. Commonly guilt-based personalities manifest both self-sabotage and violent outbursts aimed at others; or, conversely the perfectionist fear that wrong doing that will trigger the vindictive paybacks they believe are deserved for wrongdoing.
 
LoC 50 - Apathy
God-View - Condemning. People are judged as too weak or constitutionally incapable of managing their own lives and the forces or situations that they encounter: they are bound to fail, they have no chance to succeed. Because of their inherent limitations or inadequacy it is not possible for them to change or succeed; they are condemned to failure or a lack of success by their own weakness. Apathy is a position of ultimate powerlessness, in which even forgiveness is irrelevant.
Life-View - Hopelessness. Life is bleak and barren; it is desperate and beyond any optimism: it is incurable, impossible to accomplish, solve, resolve, etc. Hopelessness is totally without energy, and in this state one cannot see or benefit from opportunities that may be present. Those  with this life view are a millstone on those around them, and society in general. They are so dependent on others that they can passively expire, literally, without external assistance. Those who have seen television commercials showing starving third world mothers listlessly holding their malnourished children, while flies crawl all over the both of them have seen the face of true apathy. Why bother to brush the flies away? Flies are everywhere, and they will only come back again. Why bother to grow crops? The desert always wins. It has always been that way. One cannot change the nature of things.
Emotion - Despair. A state of gloom, disheartenment, and loss of hope; giving up, lacking in courage and ambition. It can be as complete as to result in a more or less permanent state of passive acceptance of any and all adverse circumstances such as is demonstrated in the Stockholm Syndrome.
Process - Abdication. Giving up authority, power, control; feeling helpless and powerless to change and improve their lot in life people suffering from apathy quit, or just give up.
LoC 75 - Grief
God-View – People are judged as worthy of disdain and are seen as being without honor or value; they are disgraced or tarnished by their actions or inaction: they are wrong and have a character defect that dooms them to poor performance. Disdain is shown in sarcasm, mockery, derision, ridicule, disrespect or other attacks on character; in calling or thinking someone a fool or stupid. Disdain is the projection of perceived loss onto the actions or inaction's of others: they are responsible for our troubles; if it weren’t for them our lives would be better, easier, and less troubled. Unlike the Guilt God-View LoC-30, the wrongdoer viewed from this level of consciousness can be forgiven, if they mend their erroneous ways.
Life-View - Tragic. Grief, sadness and regret are the inevitable outcome of peoples failed actions. People are flawed. It is possible for them to succeed, but they inevitably fail because of inattentiveness, greed, lack of caring, or some other defect. Situations are seen as calamitous, disastrous, and doomed to failure and loss; depression and sorrow or irritations over the failings of others are a normal but undesirable fact of life. The focus of life is often the past, “what might have been, if only”; “what has been lost that can never ever be recovered”; etc. Dr. Hawkins describes this energy field as "the cemetery of life", and experientially it truly is.
Emotion - Regret. A sense of loss, disappointment, dissatisfaction, irritation or a feeling of sorrow, or remorse for a fault, act, loss, or disappointment. Regret is distress of the mind, sorrow about events of the past, what has been done or failed to be done, wrongs committed or errors that have been made.
Process – Despondency, feelings of melancholy, gloom, and despair; disheartenment caused by a loss of hope. Loss of hope flows from believing "that which was lost cannot ever be recovered". This perspective on life often leads to sadness, crying, and depression. This level of consciousness accounts for the greatest number of mental health clients, and is the third most prominent LoC in the US today.
LoC 100 - Fear
God-View - Punitive. At this level, the most common LoC found in the USA, there is a belief that without rules life will devolve into chaos. There is a belief that punishment is deserved if the rules are broken, and that punishment or fear of punishment is the correct way of controlling undesirable behaviors. Punishment is the appropriate and inevitable outcome of breaking the rules. Punishment may take the form of withholding attention, affection, or love, or may be more active as in jailing, and corporal or capital punishment. Forgiveness for one's offenses is possible only after punishment and contrition have occurred.
Life-View - Frightening. Since ignorance of the rules does not mitigate the correctness or inevitably of punishment, potential threats can be everywhere. Almost any situation can lead to the unwanted consequences, losses, embarrassments, or rejections that are feared. The frightened are intimidated and easily manipulated in order to avoid their feared consequences. Authority figures are sought who appear fearless and capable of defending or protecting the fearful.
Emotions – Anxiety and insecurity. Anxiety is an emotion of anticipation, a dread or concern about what might happen. Anxiety is to the future as Grief is to the past. In order to avoid anxiety people avoid or move away from that which is seen as fearful or uncertain. Avoiding looking bad, or not being seen as desirable, being alone or poor, are powerful social motivations and are the source of much attention and activity in this world. Insecurity is an uncertainty about one’s ability to manage what may happen next, whether one will be “good enough”. It is a fear of inadequacy.
Process - Withdrawal. The down side of fear is paranoia, defensiveness, and avoidance. Fear always generates a pattern of "move away from" behavior, avoidance, and inhibition. Fear of loss or seeing others as breaking the rules without consequence can also result in anger, and defensive aggression, withdrawal of love, and other punitive actions. Since anxiety is so common it is viewed as normal, unless it’s totally out of control, or causing too much inhibition of behavior.
LoC 125 - Desire
God-View - Denying. Denial involves having what is wanted available, but not offered; being within reach, but withheld, refused, or unsatisfied. Denying is saying or being said "no" to when satisfaction is possible. What is desired may be material or emotional, tangible or intangible; what ever is desired is seen as something that the denied person believes they are entitled to receive whenever they want. Forgiveness occurs only after that which is desired is offered.
Life-View - Disappointing. Not getting or having what is desired leads to disappointment. Disappointment is painful, and people who feel entitled can be easily hurt by not getting what they want. The most frequent cause of disappointment, and ultimately anger, is one's unmet expectations. Being denied is about wanting, and the energy field of Desire is the land of greed, of wanting what others have, of ceaseless accumulation, or having without gaining enduring satisfaction.
Emotion - Craving. The level of desire is the level of the addictions, where want is never satisfied. Want comes from exaggerated desire, the belief that whatever is wanted is the most important thing in life, and having this thing will bring a state of ultimate satisfaction. We can create exaggerated desires for almost anything: money, physical pleasures, attention, or things. Desire is a very powerful energy field which can positively lead to achievement in order to get what is wanted. Unfortunately, it can also be absolutely insatiable and cause one to spend their entire life in indolent self indulgence.
Process - Enslavement. As an ongoing energy field, those caught in Desire can never truly satisfy their wants. They can never ever have enough money, things, or "highs", enough attention, or whatever. One desire satisfied only leads to another desire taking its place. Entitlement precludes the rights of others, and the greedy will take what they want without concern. Desire is totally without peace.
LoC 150 - Anger
God-View - Vengeance. Vengeance is a violent setting of scores: you have harmed me, and I will repay you in kind. Vengeance is the inflicting of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person. Anger shows itself mostly in terms of resentment, and frequently stems from frustrated wants. Want stems from exaggerated desires. The most common cause of anger by far is that of unmet expectations, especially the expectations of other people. Unlike the rage of guilt, for those who seek vengeance, forgiveness occurs when the harm has been undone. When the score has been settled satisfaction occurs, and calm returns.
Life-View - Antagonistic. Life for those in the level of Anger is about getting back at those seen as harming or frustrating or slighting the angry person. They tend to be oppositional and actively hostile. Angry people foster friction, conflict, and strife: they give what they see as coming from others. Life is seen as a constant struggle, and other people are seen as adversaries with whom they must compete in order to get or keep what they want.
Emotion - Hate. Hate involves feeling intense dislike, or extreme aversion for, or hostility toward, something or someone. That which is hated is detested, loathed, and despised. Hate is truly the opposite of Love. For those who view life from this perspective, anger can flash unexpectedly, and is seen as warranted and justified by the offence they perceive as having been presented to them.
Process - Aggression. Anger most frequently is expressed by offensive action, attack, and explosive behavior. Anger is volatile is dangerous. Angry people act out their frustration physically, verbally, or through any other means by which they can hurt those they see as having committed an injustice.
LoC 175 - Pride
God-View - Indifference. For the prideful person, whatever God is, he does not care about man, either through a lack of concern or lack of interest; the prideful view their fellow man with the same lack of concern. Man is alone and must make his way by himself, and set his own rules. Man is what he makes of himself, because God really doesn't care, and other people only care because they are jealous of what you have or what you have done. Forgiveness is irrelevant; the proud rarely say that they are sorry: people deserve what they get.
The prideful God-View frequently emanates from an early rejection of moralistic views. Views that caused the individual see him as worthless, or unacceptable to those in authority. By setting their own rules and through their own actions they can remake themselves in an enviable fashion.
Life-View - Demanding. For the prideful person life is an ongoing process of surmounting the demands of any situation, of being the first, or the best. Self-esteem is based on accomplishment. This is part of the down side of pride: being "second" is no better than being last. Pride is therefore assailable, and based on constant external accomplishment, without which it can be cast into shame or worthlessness.
Emotion - Scorn. Anything less than the best or most desirable is treated with contempt, derision, mockery, or jeering. Pride is thus divisive and disdainful, and tends to be audacious, haughty, domineering, and overbearing. Given the opportunities it presents for the infliction of humiliation and the inherent indifference to the feelings of others pride has rightfully been deemed one of the "seven deadly sins".
Process - Inflation. Pride carries with it a claim to superior importance. In order to be up, all others must be down; in order to be more others must be less. It is not enough for the prideful person to enjoy his or her own accomplishments quietly by themselves; they must loudly proclaim their superiority in front of others. Prideful people need applause and constant acknowledgement of their accomplishments, superiority, desirability, etc, and will not miss an opportunity or fail to create an opportunity to crow and brag. Those caught in the process of inflation thus seek venues (titles, awards, vocations, etc.) through which they may strut and display their self-imagined superiority.
The ways of looking at the world described above energetically open us to disease by sapping our normal adaptive energies. This process initiates the well known “General Adaptation Syndrome” so thoroughly documented by Hans Selye. As was mentioned earlier, Selye himself described stress as having no source, and only being detectible by what it does to our bodies. While Selye lacked the necessary context to understand stress, you do not. You only have the physical problems that you have because you generate the energies that allow them to arise. As ye so, so shall ye reap. The great masters said it all a long time ago. It is time to recognize the truth in their words.

  

Date added: 09/05/2013 A FRESH LOOK AT STRESS AND ILLNESS
                             A  A FRESH LOOK AT STRESS AND ILLNESS
                                               ©2012, R. K. Ebert, Ph.D.
 
No one can avoid aging and the decline of our physical and mental abilities. Aging just seems to happen. Like a river life flows and carries us with it. Illness is different from aging. Illness often seems to strike without warning. Rich or poor, educated or uneducated, illness seems to strike everyone at some point. On the surface it appears that both aging and illness are simply part of the human condition. But are they really unavoidable?
 
Ancient texts speak of beings that lived healthily for hundreds of years. Were they a myth? Did they count years differently back then? While medical science has made great strides in some areas of health, the “Why me?” and “Why now?” of aging and illness remain a mystery. The question is not whether we can avoid the inevitable process of aging, but rather what we can do to make it less of a problem. Can we successfully age or live without illness? Developed over roughly a ten year period, the Attractor Field Techniques (AFT) are not just a way of viewing illness and aging. AFT is a system for understanding and changing the mind and body.
 
AFT sees our problems as arising from the distortion of the energy system within us. The energy system involved is something at least as important as is the actual physical problem. A problem is the result of something. Problems do not create themselves.  AFT answers questions concerning the “why me?” and the “why now” of illness. What is it that really makes us susceptibility to physical and emotional problems? Medicine says genes and environmental pathogens.  AFT says look inside. AFT says that the spiritual masters were right all along. How you look at and react to the world is the single most important factor in your life experience and your susceptibility to illness. How you look at the world is the source of the negative effects of aging.  AFT provides an objective method for connecting thoughts and physical problems.
 
How do our thoughts influence the body? This is not a question that science or medicine can answer. It is AFT’s position that the energy of thought and that of Qi are part of a spectrum of non-dimensional energies. Something Quantum physicists call the “implicate” order of existence. These energies not only impact our bodies, but further the entire context of our lives. It is our view that that we distort the energies underlying our physical being while we live our daily lives. For the most part we have no idea of what we are doing to ourselves.  We harm ourselves by the way that we look at and respond to the events of our lives. Our thoughts radiate a spectrum of energies that are part of the totality of being. We each participate in this reality. We each and influence one another by the energy that we radiate as we take part in this totality. It is a two way street. We can learn to understand how to improve our current and future lives.
 
Underlying our body are discrete energetic fields which maintain our physical being. Our physical bodies are biologic systems that float within a swarm of energetic fields. These fields are responsible for the development of the anatomy and maintenance of our physiological functioning. For instance, your hands, joints, and organs all have invisible energetic fields that provide information to your cells that direct their physical structure and regulate their organized and effective functioning. Conventional medicine deals with what can be seen and touched, the body itself, not the underlying energies. The distortion that occurs in these energy fields is created what conventional medicine sees as stress. AFT treatments work through correcting the distortion in these fields. AFT treats the stress at the source of the distortion.
 
At the end of his career, Hans Selye the father of the concept of stress concluded that stress is the biggest thing leads to illness and premature aging. Disease is a process, not an event. It is a process that begins with habitual thought patterns that distort our energy system. It ends with processes that weaken and harm our body. Our invisible and intangible thoughts materialize in our physical being. Illness and suffering result from our emotional stress reactions. Surprisingly, being out of step with simple spiritual truths is the source of our health problems. These truths have been spoken by every spiritual master for millennia: they are timeless gems of wisdom offered for our well-being. 
 
Although there is a general process at work in stress reactions, different disease states arise from the specific ways we react to the world. Illness arises as result of specific reactive patterns, not by chance. We now know that what conventional medicine recognizes as stress is really just the tip of an iceberg.

Because stress puts wear and tear on the body, AFT sees all stress reactions as being toxic. Any reaction that leads us to feel upset is toxic. Any reaction we have that causes us to see others negatively or see ourselves as a victim is toxic. The stronger and more prolonged our reaction, the more it poisons us.
 
Most of us see our reactions to the world as justified, as being caused by life events and the actions of others. We pay attention to the content of the event, what happened, and we fail to understand that meaning occurs only within our own minds. Meaning is not part of the event. If we ignore the context, we can totally misinterpret events. Someone smiling at you in the office or supermarket is quite different from someone smiling at you on the other side of your pillow. If you ignore the context of an event you are likely to make serious mistakes in judgment and act in ways that others see as inappropriate.

It is our attitude toward life that helps or hinders us. Our attitude is the context within which we view life’s events. It determines what something means to us, whether we find it stressful, neutral, or pleasant.
Stress and attitude are directly related. Stress comes from inside, not outside. Events are neither good nor bad until we judge them. Unless we are talking about some physical trauma, it is only and always the meaning we give to an event that creates stress.  Different people react to the same event differently because they give different meaning to the event and thus experience the event differently.

Have you ever watched a movie with someone else and later discussed it with them and wondered if they had actually seen the same movie? Have you ever discussed events from your childhood with other relatives and found that their recall of what had happened was quite different from yours? Divorce is viewed by some as ruining their lives, while others see it as a cause for dancing in the street. It is the same event, but can affect you quite differently depending on you personal perspective.

There are many ways of thinking and reacting that are considered “normal” that produce catabolic energy. It should be noted that “normal” means not being very much different from the average. In the behavioral sciences “normal” is a statistical concept: if something is common or happens to the vast majority of people it is statistically seen as “normal”. Disease is common. You must ask yourself, “Is disease normal?” If you think that disease is normal, do you want to be normal? If most people in life regularly shoot themselves in the foot would you want to join them?

Attitudes are built on our beliefs and values and shape the context of our life. We form beliefs that match emotional reactions. After forming them we automatically store them in our memories. We then use our memories to interpret present events. In effect, we interpret what is in front of us by our past experiences. That is why we habitually respond as we do. We see and experience a replay of the past in what is happening now. This is how we make sense of things. This is part of our self-generated personal illusion.


As sense making creatures we try to understand the situation we find ourselves in. The sense we make appears to be guided by a force beyond the situation itself. The same event can cause different conclusions. It depends on the person involved. Our sense and meaning are focused by the presence of the past: the karmic energetic pattern present at the time of our conception. A pattern passed on to us by our ancestors much like “energetic DNA”.

The concept of an energetic karma is foreign to the western mindset. It is not explicitly mentioned in the bible, however it is implied in the Ten Commandments. God proclaimed “I am a zealous God, visiting the offenses of the fathers upon their children to the third and fourth generations”. Lamsa: 1961; The Holy Bible from the ancient eastern text; HarperSanFrancisco.

The reason we conjure up about why we are alone is the most influential conclusion we make in our lives. It shapes and gives meaning to the rest of our lives, tuning us into one of the channels of stress. It is the touchstone of our awareness.  After it is formed every subsequent event is flavored and colored by its presence. It is our reality and we know that it is true. Until we change it. How to do this is the subject of the experiential workshops presented by the Tree of Life Foundation.

As it turns out, the spiritually guided sages were correct all along. Attitudes that devalue life are harmful to health and well-being. These attitudes they are more harmful than you could possibly imagine. And what is it to devalue life? Simply put, it is to see something as having little or no value, to see it as something bad, untrustworthy, mean, harsh, demanding, haughty, or any number of negative ways. Any thought or action that devalues or reduces you or another is harmful to you. It can be thought of as a universal energetic boomerang: what goes around comes around. Jesus wisely told us that “what we sow is what we will reap” and the Buddha warned that “wrongful thinking” is the source of all pain and suffering. More recently, A Course in Miracles indicates that if you knew what a single fearful thought did to your body you would never allow yourself to do it again.
 
AFT does not advocate any one spiritual tradition over another. We believe that all religious traditions should be honored. After all, it is the same God that we worship and revere.  We do however consider “Loving your neighbor as yourself” is “the greatest commandment of all”. The problem for most of us is that we do not love and appreciate our selves, and therefore cannot really love another.
 

Date added: 09/05/2013 WHAT RESEARCH SHOWS ABOUT STRESS AND ILLNESS

                  WHAT RESEARCH SHOWS ABOUT STRESS AND ILLNESS

Traditional medicine views illness through the eyes of Newton. The cause for our problems is outside of us. Everything for genes to bacteria, the foods we eat, the weather and aging are the cause of our problems. It is hard to accept the idea that the mind is at the source of illness but the evidence clearly shows that it is true.

As early as 1983 Eric Kandel, M.D. showed that thoughts have the power to turn genes on and off. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for this discovery. His discovery has revolutionized the field of brain rehabilitation.

More recently, Candace Pert (1996) demonstrated the body’s response to our perception of our selves and our circumstances. Her work details the chemicals released into the blood stream in response to various “stressors”. It leaves little room for doubting that the mind influences the body. The chemicals released when we are stressed influence organs including the pituitary, adrenals, thyroid, pancreas, and pineal. Even the kidneys and stomach release hormones in response to stress. The end result of this biochemical activity is premature aging and increased susceptibility to illness.

It has been known for nearly 25 years that stress related hormones actually kill brain cells involved in memory functioning (Sapolsky 1988, McEwen, 1990). Other research has shown that the immune system responds quickly to any kind of emotion. In as little as 20 minutes significant changes in the number of white blood cells are detected in the blood (in Hafen, 1996).

A brief review of the chemistry of the emotion-disease connection is sufficient to give you a taste what we already know to be true. Those interested in a more comprehensive understanding are referred to books detailing these processes (Padus, 1986; Hafen, 1996; Pert (1996); and particularly to Bruce Lipton (2005).

Stress responses follow a predictable course, or series of stages, first outlined by Selye in the first half of the last century. These stages begin with the adrenal glands releasing glucocorticoids (cortisol, cortisone, and catecholamine's). In excess amounts they weaken the immune system and reduce the body’s resistance to cancer and infections. They cause blood pressure to soar. They cause the stomach to lose resistance to acids. In response to corticosteroids the thymus liberates its own hormones. This accelerates metabolism leading to insomnia, nervousness, and eventual exhaustion. The hypothalamus releases endorphins. These are natural pain killers that in excess amounts have been found to aggravate arthritis pain, back pain, and migraine headaches. 

In response to stress sex hormones are reduced, leading to a reduction of sex drive, infertility, sexual dysfunction, and menstrual difficulties. Digestive functions become impaired resulting in abdominal bloating, nausea and diarrhea. Sugar is released into the bloodstream, increasing insulin demand and aggravating diabetes. Cholesterol is released by the liver which in excess amounts is deposited in blood vessels leading to heart disease. The heart beats faster and blood pressure rises which can lead to strokes and bursting aneurysms. The blood thickens and coagulates more quickly leading to the blocked blood vessels, strokes, and heart attacks.

Clearly the body’s response to stress is not good to our long term health. Emotional reactions have an immediate impact on our physical being. Impairments in immune functioning can be measured chemically after a few minutes of strong emotion experience. Below is a partial alphabetical list of physical disorders that have been scientifically shown to be connected to stressful emotions.

Allergies
Anorexia Nervosa
Arthritis
Asthma
Back Pain
Cancer
Cholesterol elevation
Common Cold
Dandruff
Dental cavities
Diabetes
Diarrhea

It must be noted that research into the role of emotions in illness has been seriously limited by its own assumptions. For example, research into the role that anger plays in illness has lumped together all types of anger. The feelings from mild irritation and annoyance all the way to fury and rage are in one group. The only ones left out are people who act out through open hostility. The meaningful differences in emotions that arise from one’s motives and judgments have not been recognized and taken into account. As a consequence, the differential impact of different types of anger is not evident. 

Using Hawkins’ categorization (1995) reveals that there are many types of anger. Despising someone is separate and distinct from the rage of vindictiveness. The condemning hate of apathy, the annoyance and irritation of disdain are also different. Finally the anger we feel toward those who break societies and our rules, the anger of disappointment, and the anger that we feel when someone steps on our pride are further divisions. The same is true for anxiety and depression. Anxiety does not exist alone. What one is afraid of is as important as the fact that you are anxious. “Depression” is sometimes the result of disappointment. Other times depression is sadness and grief.  Other times depression comes from believing that life is miserable because we are unloved or rejected. The energy produced at each level of consciousness is different and results in different consequences within the body.  Each specific set of after-effects increases the probability of developing specific physical illnesses. Each illness occurs only within the energetic domain at its source.

Date added: 06/01/2013 An oldie but goodie!

 "As a Man Thinketh" 
  James Allen 

Published by Putnam Publishing Group

         Publication date: July 1, 1959
ISBN: 0399128298 

"Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes,
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes. 
The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Bring forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass!
Environment is but his looking-glass." 
- James Allen -

INTRODUCTION

This little volume (the result of meditation and experience is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much written upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that "They themselves are makers of themselves" by virtue of the thoughts they choose and encourage; that mind is the master weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness. 

James Allen
Broad Park Avenue, Ilfracombe, England. 

CONTENTS 

                    1. THOUGHT AND CHARACTER

                    2. EFFECT OF THOUGHT ON CIRCUMSTANCES

                    3. EFFECTS OF THOUGHTS ON HEALTH AND BODY

                    4. THOUGHT AND PURPOSE

                    5. THE THOUGHT-FACTOR IN ACHIEVEMENT

                    6. VISIONS AND IDEALS

                    7. SERENITY
 

1. THOUGHT AND CHARACTER:
 

The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life.  A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts. 

As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them.  This applies equally to those acts called "spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those which are deliberately executed. 

Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruit; thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry. 

"Thought in the mind hath made us. 
What we are by thought was wrought and built. 
If a man's mind hath evil thoughts,
pain comes on him as comes the wheel behind the ox. 
If one endure in purity of thought,
joy follows him as his own shadow - sure." 

Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause and effect are as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things.  A noble and God-like character is not a thing of favor or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with God-like thoughts.  An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harboring of groveling thoughts. 

Man is made or unmade by himself.  In the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself.  He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace.  By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the divine perfection.  By the abuse and wrong application of thought he descends below the level of the beast.  Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master. 

Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this ... that man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny. 

As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills. 

Man is always the master, even in his weakest and most abandoned state.  But in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his "household".  When he begins to reflect upon his condition and search diligently for the law upon which his being is established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues.  Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought.  This discovery is totally a matter of application, self analysis and experience. 

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.  That he is the maker of his character, the molder of his life, and the builder of his destiny, he may unerringly prove, if he will watch, control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effects upon himself, upon others and upon his life and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation.  And utilizing his every experience, even the most trivial everyday occurrence, as a means of obtaining that knowledge of himself which is understanding, wisdom, power.  In this direction is the law absolute that "He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."  For only by patience, practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the door of the temple of knowledge. 

 

2. EFFECT OF THOUGHT ON CIRCUMSTANCES:

A man's mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will bring forth.  If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind. 

Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful and pure thoughts.  By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.  He also reveals, within himself, the flaws of thought, and understands, with ever increasing accuracy, how the thought forces and mind elements operate in the shaping of character, circumstances, and destiny. 

Thought and character are one, and as character can only manifest and discover itself through environment and circumstance, the outer conditions of a person's life will always be found to be harmoniously related to his inner state. This does not mean that a man's circumstances at any given time are an indication of his entire character, but that those circumstances are so intimately connected with some vital thought-element within himself that, for the time being, they are indispensable to his development. 

Every man is where he is by the law of his being; the thoughts which he has built into his character have brought him there, and in the arrangement of his life there is no element of chance, but all is the result of a law which cannot err.  This is just as true of those who feel "out of harmony" with their surroundings as of those who are contented with them. 

As a progressive and evolving being, man is where he is that he may learn that he may grow; and as he learns the spiritual lesson which any circumstance contains for him, it passes away and gives place to other circumstances. 

Man is buffeted by circumstances so long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being out of which circumstances grow; he then becomes the rightful master of himself. 

That circumstances grow out of thought every man knows who has for any length of time practiced self control and self purification, for he will have noticed that the alteration in his circumstances has been in exact ratio with his altered mental condition.  So true is this that when a man earnestly applies himself to remedy the defects in his character, and makes swift and marked progress, he passes rapidly through a succession of vicissitudes. 

The soul attracts that which it secretly harbors; that which it loves, and also that which it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of its unchastened desires, and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives it own. 

Every thought seed sown or allowed to fall into the mind, and to take root there, produces its own, blossoming sooner or later into act, and bearing its own fruitage of opportunity and circumstance.  Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bad fruit. 

The outer world of circumstances shapes itself to the inner world of thought, and both pleasant and unpleasant external conditions are factors which make for the ultimate good of the individual.  As the reaper of his own harvest, man learns both of suffering and bliss. 

Following the inmost desires, aspirations, thoughts, by which he allows himself to be dominated (pursuing the "will o' the wisps" of impure imaginings or steadfastly walking the highway of strong and high endeavor), a man at last arrives at their fruition and fulfillment in the outer conditions of his life.  The laws of growth and adjustment everywhere obtain. 

A man does not come to the alms-house or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of groveling thoughts and base desires.  Nor does a pure minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of any mere external force; the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart, and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power.  Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.  No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations; and man, therefore, as the lord and master of thought, is the maker of himself and the shaper of and author of environment.  Even at birth the soul comes of its own and through every step of its earthly pilgrimage it attracts those combinations of conditions which reveal itself, which are the reflections of its own purity and impurity, its strength and weakness. 

Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.  Their whims, fancies, and ambitions are thwarted at every step, but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food, be it foul or clean.  Man is manacled only by himself; thought and action are the jailors of Fate ... they imprison, being base; they are also the angels of Freedom ... they liberate, being noble. Not what he wishes and prays for does a man get, but what he justly earns. His wishes and prayers are only gratified and answered when they harmonize with his thoughts and actions. 

In the light of this truth what, then, is the meaning of "fighting against circumstances"?  It means that a man is continually revolting against an effect without, while all the time he is nourishing and preserving its cause in his heart. That cause may take the form of a conscious vice or an unconscious weakness; but whatever it is, it stubbornly retards the efforts of it possessor, and thus calls aloud for remedy

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.  The man who does not shrink from self crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the object upon which his heart is set. This is as true of earthly as of heavenly things.  Even the man whose sole object is to acquire wealth must be prepared to make great personal sacrifices before he can accomplish his object; and how much more so he who would realize a strong and well poised life? 

Here is a man who is wretchedly poor.  He is extremely anxious that his surroundings and home comforts should be improved, yet all the time he shirks his work, and considers he is justified in trying to deceive his employer on the ground of insufficiency of his wages.  Such a man does not understand the simplest rudiments of those principles which are the basis of true prosperity, and is not only totally unfitted to rise out of his wretchedness, but is actually attracting to himself a still deeper wretchedness by dwelling in and acting out, indolent, deceptive, and unmanly thoughts. 

Here is a rich man who is the victim of a painful and persistent disease as the result of gluttony.  He is willing to give large sums of money to get rid of it, but he will not sacrifice his gluttonous desires.  He wants to gratify his taste for rich and unnatural viands and have his health as well.  Such a man is totally unfit to have health, because he has not yet learned the first principles of a healthy life. 

Here is an employer of labour who adopts crooked measures to avoid paying the regulation wage, and, in the hope of making larger profits, reduces the wages of his work people.  Such a man is altogether unfitted for prosperity, and when he finds himself bankrupt, both as regards reputation and riches, he blames circumstances, not knowing that he is the sole author of his condition. 

I have introduced these three cases merely as illustrative of the truth that man is the causer (though nearly always unconsciously) of his circumstances, and that, while aiming at a good end, he is continually frustrating its accomplishment by encouraging thoughts and desires which cannot possibly harmonize with that end. Such cases could be multiplied and varied almost indefinitely, but this is not necessary, as the reader can, if he so resolves, trace the action of the laws of thought in his own mind and life, and until this is done, mere external facts cannot serve as ground of reasoning. 

Circumstances however, are so complicated, thought is so deeply rooted, and the conditions of happiness vary so vastly with individuals, that a man's entire soul condition (although it may be known to himself) cannot be judged by another from the external aspect of his life alone.  A man may be honest in certain directions, yet suffer privations; a man may be dishonest in certain directions, yet acquire wealth; but the conclusion usually formed that the one man fails because of his particular honesty, and that the other prospers because of his particular dishonesty, is the result of a superficial judgment, which assumes that the dishonest man is almost totally corrupt, and the honest man almost entirely virtuous.  In the light of a deeper knowledge and wider experience, such judgment is found to be erroneous.  The dishonest man may have some admirable virtues which the other does not possess; and the honest man obnoxious vices which are absent in the other.  The honest man reaps the good results of his honest thoughts and acts; he also brings upon himself the sufferings which vices produce.  The dishonest man likewise garners his own suffering and happiness. 

It is pleasing to human vanity to believe that one suffers because of one's virtue; but not until a man has extirpated every sickly, bitter, and impure thought from his soul, can he be in a position to know and declare that his sufferings are the result of his good, and not of his bad qualities; and on the way to, yet long before he has reached that supreme perfection, he will have found, working in his mind and life, the great law which is absolutely just, and which cannot, therefore, give good for evil, evil for good.  Possessed of such knowledge, he will then know, looking back upon his past ignorance and blindness, that his life is, and always was, justly ordered, and that all his past experiences, good and bad, were the equitable outworking of his evolving, yet unevolved self. 

Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results; bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results.  This is but saying that nothing can come from corn but corn, nothing from nettles but nettles.  Men understand this law in the natural world, and work with it; but few understand it in the mental and moral world (though its operation there is just as simple and undeviating), and they, therefore, do not cooperate with it. 

Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction.  It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself, with the law of his being.  The sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify, to burn out all that is useless and impure.  Suffering ceases for him who is pure.  There could be no object in burning gold after the dross had been removed, and a perfectly pure and enlightened being could not suffer. 

The circumstances which a man encounters with suffering are the result of his own mental disharmony.  The circumstances which a man encounters with blessedness are the result of his own mental harmony.  Blessedness, not material possessions, is the measure of right thought; wretchedness, not lack of material possessions, is the measure of wrong thought.  A man may be cursed and rich; he may be blessed and poor.  Blessedness and riches are only joined together when the riches are rightly and wisely used.  And the poor man only descends into wretchedness when he regards his lot as a burden unjustly imposed. 

Indigence and indulgence are the two extremes of wretchedness.  They are both equally unnatural and the result of mental disorder.  A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings. 

A man only begins to be a man when he ceases to whine and revile, and commences to search for the hidden justice which regulates his life.  And he adapts his mind to that regulating factor, he ceases to accuse others as the cause of his condition, and builds himself up in strong and noble thoughts; ceases to kick against circumstances, but begins to use them as aids to his more rapid progress, and as a means of discovering the hidden powers and possibilities within himself. 

Law, not confusion, is the dominating principle in the universe; justice, not injustice, is the soul and substance of life.  Righteousness, not corruption, is the molding and moving force in the spiritual government of the world.  This being so, man has but to right himself to find that the universe is right.  And during the process of putting himself right, he will find that as he alters his thoughts towards things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him. 

The proof of this truth is in every person, and it therefore admits of easy investigation by systematic introspection and self-analysis.  Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life.  Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot.  It rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance.  Bestial thoughts crystallize into habits of drunkenness and sensuality, which solidify into circumstances of destitution and disease. Impure thoughts of every kind crystallize into enervating and confusing habits, which solidify into distracting and adverse circumstances.  Thoughts of fear, doubt, and indecision crystallize into weak, unmanly, and irresolute habits, which solidify into circumstances of failure, indigence, and slavish dependence.  Lazy thoughts crystallize into weak habits of uncleanness and dishonesty, which solidify into circumstances of foulness and beggary.  Hateful and condemnatory thoughts crystallize into habits of accusation and violence, which solidify into circumstances of injury and persecution.  Selfish thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of self-seeking, which solidify into distressful circumstances. 

On the other hand, beautiful thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of grace and kindliness, which solidify into genial and sunny circumstances.  Pure thoughts crystallize into habits of temperance and self-control, which solidify into circumstances of repose and peace.  Thoughts of courage, self reliance, and decision crystallize into manly habits, which solidify into circumstances of success, plenty, and freedom.  Energetic thoughts crystallize into habits of cleanliness and industry, which solidify into circumstances of pleasantness. Gentle and forgiving thoughts crystallize into habits of gentleness, which solidify into protective and preservative circumstances.  Loving and unselfish thoughts will solidify into circumstances of sure and abiding prosperity and true riches. 

A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances.  A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances. 

Nature helps every man to gratification of the thoughts which he most encourages, and opportunities are presented which will most speedily bring to the surface both the good and the evil thoughts. 

Let a man cease from his sinful thoughts, and all the world will soften towards him, and be ready to help him.  Let him put away his weakly and sickly thoughts, and the opportunities will spring up on every hand to aid his strong resolves.  Let him encourage good thoughts, and no hard fate shall bind him down to wretchedness and shame.  The world is your kaleidoscope, and the varying combinations of colors which at every succeeding moment it presents to you, are the exquisitely adjusted pictures of your ever-moving thoughts. 

"You will be what you will to be;
Let failure find its false content
In that poor word, 'environment,' 
But spirit scorns it, and is free. 
It masters time, it conquers space;
It cows that boastful trickster, Chance,
And bids the tyrant Circumstance
Uncrown, and fill a servant's place. 
The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of deathless Soul,
Can hew a way to any goal, 
Though walls of granite intervene. 
Be not impatient in delay,
But wait as one who understands; 
When spirit rises and commands,
The gods are ready to obey."

 

3. EFFECTS OF THOUGHTS ON HEALTH AND BODY:

The body is the servant of the mind.  It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed.  At the bidding of unlawful thoughts the body sinks rapidly into disease and decay; at the command of glad and beautiful thoughts it becomes clothed with youthfulness and beauty. 

Disease and health, like circumstances, are rooted in thought.  Sickly thoughts will express themselves through a sickly body.  Thoughts of fear have been known to kill a man as speedily as a bullet and they are continually killing thousands of people just as surely though less rapidly.  The people who live in fear of disease are the people who get it.  Anxiety quickly demoralizes the whole body, and lays it open to the entrance of disease; while impure thoughts, even if not physically indulged, will sooner shatter the nervous system. 

Strong pure, and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace.  The body is a delicate and plastic instrument, which responds readily to the thoughts by which it is impressed, and habits of thought will produce their own effects, good or bad, upon it. 

Men will continue to have impure and poisoned blood, so long as they propagate unclean thoughts.  Out of a clean heart comes a clean life and a clean body.  Out of a defiled mind proceeds a defiled life and a corrupt body. Thought is the fount of action, life and manifestation; make the fountain pure, and all will be pure

Change of diet will not help a man who will not change his thoughts.  When a man makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food.  Clean thoughts make clean habits.  The so-called saint who does not wash his body is not a saint.  He who has strengthened and purified his thoughts does not need to consider the malevolent microbe. 

If you would perfect your body, guard your mind.  If you would renew your body, beautify your mind.  Thoughts of malice, envy, disappointment, and despondency, rob the body of its health and grace.  A sour face does not come by chance; it is made by sour thoughts.  Wrinkles that mar are drawn by folly, passion, pride. 

I know a woman of ninety-six who has the bright, innocent face of a girl.  I know a man well under middle age whose face is drawn into inharmonious contours. The one is the result of a sweet and sunny disposition; the other is the outcome of passion and discontent. 

As you cannot have a sweet and wholesome abode unless you admit the air and sunshine freely into your rooms, so a strong body and a bright, happy, or serene countenance can only result from the free admittance into the mind of thoughts of joy and goodwill and serenity. 

On the faces of the aged there are wrinkles made by sympathy, others by strong and pure thought, and others are carved by passion; who cannot distinguish them? With those who have lived righteously, age is calm, peaceful, and softly mellowed, like the setting sun.  I have recently seen a philosopher on his deathbed.  He was not old except in years.  He died as sweetly and peacefully as he had lived. 

There is no physician like cheerful thought for dissipating the ills of the body; there is no comforter to compare with goodwill for dispersing the shadows of grief and sorrow.  To live continually in thoughts of ill-will, cynicism, suspicion, and envy, is to be confined in a self made prison.  But to think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all ... such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor. 

 

4. THOUGHT AND PURPOSE:

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. With the majority the bark of thought is allowed to "drift" upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. 

They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pitying, all of which are indications of weakness, which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power evolving universe. 

A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it.  He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being.  Whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought-forces upon the object he had set before him.  He should make this purpose his supreme duty and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings.  This is the royal road to self control and true concentration of thought.  Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose ... as he must until weakness is overcome ... the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph. 

Those who are not prepared for the apprehension of a great purpose, should fix the thoughts upon the faultless performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear.  Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused, and resolution and energy be developed.  Once this is done, there is nothing which may not be accomplished. 

The weakest soul knowing its own weakness, and believing this truth ... that strength can only be developed by effort and practice ... will, thus believing, at once begin to exert itself.  And, adding effort to effort, patience to patience, and strength to strength, will never cease to develop and will at last grow divinely strong. 

As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking. 

To put away aimlessness and weakness and to begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment, who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully. 

Having conceived of his purpose, a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement, looking neither to the right nor left.  Doubts and fears should be rigorously excluded.  They are disintegrating elements which break up the straight line of effort, rendering it crooked, ineffectual, useless. Thoughts of doubt and fear can never accomplish anything.  They always lead to failure.  Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in. 

The will to do, springs from the knowledge that we can do. Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. 

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.  His every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and overcome. His purposes are seasonably planted, and they bloom and bring forth fruit that does not fall prematurely to the ground. 

Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force.  He who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations.  He who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers. 

 

5. THE THOUGHT-FACTOR IN ACHIEVEMENT:

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.  In a justly ordered universe, where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction, individual responsibility must be absolute.  A man's weakness and strength, purity and impurity, are his own and not another man's.  They are brought about by himself and not by another; and they can only be altered by himself, never by another. Condition is also his own, and not another man's.  His sufferings and his happiness are evolved from within.  As he thinks, so is he; as he continues to think, so he remains

A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped. And even then, the weak man must become strong of himself.  He must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another.  None but himself can alter his condition. 

It has been usual for men to think and to say, "Many men are slaves because one is an oppressor; let us hate the oppressor!"  But there is amongst an increasing few a tendency to reverse this judgment and to say, "One man is an oppressor because many are slaves; let us despise the slaves." The truth is that oppressor and slave are cooperators in ignorance, and, while seeming to afflict each other, are in reality, afflicting themselves.  A perfect knowledge perceives the action of law in the weakness of the oppressed and the misapplied power of the oppressor.  A perfect love, seeing the suffering which both states entail, condemns neither; a perfect compassion embraces both oppressor and oppressed. 

He who has conquered weakness and has pushed away all selfish thoughts belongs neither to oppressor nor oppressed. He is free

A man can only rise, conquer, and achieve by lifting up his thoughts.  He can only remain weak, abject, and miserable by refusing to lift up his thoughts. 

Before a man can achieve anything, even in worldly things, he must lift his thoughts above slavish animal indulgence.  He may not, in order to succeed, give up all animalness and selfishness, necessarily, but a portion of it must, at least, be sacrificed.  A man whose first thought is bestial indulgence could neither think clearly nor plan methodically.  He could not find and develop his latent resources and would fail in any undertaking.  Not having begun to manfully control his thoughts, he is not in a position to control affairs and to adopt serious responsibilities.  He is not fit to act independently and stand alone.  But he is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses. 

There can be no progress nor achievement without sacrifice, and a man's worldly success will be by the measure that he sacrifices his confused animal thoughts, and fixes his mind on the development of his plans, and the strengthening of his resolution and self-reliance.  The higher he lifts his thoughts, the greater will be his success, the more blessed and enduring will be his achievements. 

The universe does not favor the greedy, the dishonest, the vicious ... although on the mere surface it sometimes may appear to do so.  It helps the honest, the magnanimous, the virtuous.  All the great teachers of the ages have declared this in varying ways, and to prove it and to know it a man has but to persist in making himself increasingly virtuous by lifting his thoughts. 

Intellectual achievements are the result of thought consecrated to the search for knowledge or for the beautiful and true in nature.  Such achievements may sometimes be connected with vanity and ambition, but they are not the outcome of those characteristics.  They are the natural outgrowth of long and arduous effort, and of pure and unselfish thoughts. 

Spiritual achievements are the consummation of holy aspirations.  He who lives constantly in the conception of noble and lofty thoughts, who dwells upon all that is pure and selfless, will, as surely as the sun reaches its zenith and the moon its full, become wise and noble in character and rise into a position of influence and blessedness. 

Achievement of any kind is the crown of effort, the diadem of thought.  By the aid of self-control, resolution, purity, righteousness, and well-directed thought a man ascends.  By the aid of animalness, indolence, impurity, corruption, and confusion of thought a man descends. 

A man may rise to high success in the world, even to lofty altitudes in the spiritual realm, and again descend into weakness and wretchedness by allowing arrogant, selfish, and corrupt thoughts to take possession of him. 

Victories attained by right thought can be maintained only by watchfulness. Many give way when success is assured, and rapidly fall back into failure. 

All achievements, whether in the business, intellectual, or spiritual world, are the result of definitely directed thought, are governed by the same law, and are of the same method.  The only difference is in the object of attainment. 

He who would accomplish little need sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much.  He who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly. 

 

6. VISIONS AND IDEALS:

The dreamers are the saviors of the world.  As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers.  Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know. 

Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage ... these are the makers of the after world, the architects of heaven.  The world is beautiful because they have lived.  Without them, laboring humanity would perish. 

He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.  Columbus cherished a vision of another world and he discovered it. Copernicus fostered the vision of a multiplicity of worlds and a wider universe, and he revealed it.  Buddha beheld the vision of a spiritual world of stainless beauty and perfect peace, and he entered into it. 

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals.  Cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts.  For out of them will grow all delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these, if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built. 

To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.  Shall man's basest desires receive the fullest measure of gratification, and his purest aspirations starve for lack of sustenance?  Such is not the Law!  Such a condition can never obtain: "Ask and Ye Shall Receive." 

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.  Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. 

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream.  The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg.  And in the highest vision of a soul a waking Angel stirs.  Dreams are the seedlings of realities. 

Your circumstances may be uncongenial, but they shall not remain so if you only perceive an ideal and strive to reach it.  You can't travel within and stand still without.  Here is a youth hard pressed by poverty and labor.  Confined long hours in an unhealthy workshop; unschooled and lacking all the arts of refinement.  But he dreams of better things.  He thinks of intelligence, of refinement, of grace and beauty.  He conceives of, mentally builds up, an ideal condition of life.  The wider liberty and a larger scope takes possession of him; unrest urges him to action, and he uses all his spare times and means for the development of his latent powers and resources.  Very soon so altered has his mind become, that the workshop can no longer hold him.  It has become so out of harmony with his mind-set that it falls out of his life as a garment is cast aside.  And with the growth of opportunities that fit the scope of his expanding powers, he passes out of it altogether. 

Years later we see this youth as a grown man.  We find him a master of certain forces of the mind that he wields with worldwide influence and almost unequaled power.  In his hands he holds the cords of gigantic responsibilities; he speaks and lives are changed; men and women hang upon his words and remold their characters.  Sun like, he becomes the fixed and luminous center around which innumerable destinies revolve.  He has become the vision of his youth.  He has become one with his ideal. 

And you too, youthful reader, will realize the vision (not just the idle wish) of your heart, be it base or beautiful, or a mixture of both, for you will always gravitate toward that which you, secretly, most love.  Into your hands will be placed the exact results of your own thoughts.  You will receive that which you earn; no more, no less.  Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal.  You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration: in the beautiful words of Stanton Kirkham Davis, "You may be keeping accounts, and presently you shall walk out of the door that for so long has seemed to you the barrier of your ideals, and shall find yourself before an audience ... the pen still behind your ear, the ink stains on your fingers ... and then and there shall pour out the torrent of your inspiration.  You may be driving sheep, and you shall wander to the city ... bucolic and open mouth; shall wander under the intrepid guidance of the spirit into the studio of the master, and after a time he shall say, 'I have nothing more to teach you.'  And now you have become the master, you did so recently dream of great things while driving sheep.  You shall lay down the saw and the plane to take upon yourself the regeneration of the world." 

The thoughtless, the ignorant, and the indolent, seeing only the apparent effects of things and not the things themselves, talk of luck, of fortune, and chance.  Seeing a man grow rich, they say, "How lucky he is!"  Observing another become skilled intellectually, they exclaim, "How highly favored he is!"  And noting the saintly character and wide influence of another, they remark, "How chance helps him at every turn!"  They do not see the trials and failures and struggles which these men have encountered in order to gain their experience.  They have no knowledge of the sacrifices they have made, of the undaunted efforts they have put forth, of the faith they have exercised, so that they might overcome the apparently insurmountable and realize the vision of their heart.  They do not know of the darkness and the heartaches; they only see the light and joy, and call it "luck." They do not see the long, arduous journey, but only behold the pleasant goal and call it "good fortune."  They do not understand the process, but only perceive the result, and call it "chance." 

In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results.  The strength of the effort is the measure of the result.  Chance is not.  Gifts, powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort.  They are thoughts completed, objectives accomplished, visions realized. 

The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart ... this you will build your life by; this you will become!

 

7. SERENITY:

Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.  It is the result of long and patient effort in self-control.  Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought. 

A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being.  For such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees ever more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss, fume, worry, and grieve.  He remains poised, steadfast, and serene. 

The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others.  And they, in turn reverence his spiritual strength.  They feel that they can learn from him and rely upon him.  The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.  Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increases as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is equitable. 

The strong, calm man is always loved and revered.  He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm.  Who does not love a tranquil heart? A sweet-tempered, balanced life?  It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those who possess these blessings. For they are always serene and calm.  That exquisite poise of character that we call serenity is the last lesson of culture.  It is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul.  It is precious as wisdom ... more desirable than fine gold.  How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life.  A life that dwells in the ocean of truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of the tempests, in the eternal calm! 

How many people do we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character and make bad blood!  It is a question whether the great majority of people ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control.  How few people we meet in life who are well balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character. 

Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt.  Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him. 

Tempest tossed souls, wherever you may be, under whatever conditions you may live, know this: In the ocean of life the isles of blessedness are smiling and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming.  Keep your hands firmly upon the helm of thought.  In the core of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him!  Self control is strength.  Right thought is mastery. Calmness is power.  Say unto your heart, "Peace, be still!" 

Author James Allen, nor the Putnam Publishing Group
are in no way affiliated with The Tree of Life Foundation.

To the foregoing we wish to add this excerpt from a Chinese acupuncture text, the "Su Wen", describing Qi, or Life Energy:

"That which from the beginning was in heaven is Qi;
on earth it becomes visible as form;

Qi and form interact giving birth to the myriad things."

                                                        Gloria in Excelsis Deo

 

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