Some thoughts have a certain sound (a vibration or frequency of energy), that being equivalent to a form…
This week we were to concentrate our thoughts upon our purpose – our ideal – to the point of being oblivious to all else. While we did this we were also asked to relax completely, avoid any thought of anxiety as to results, let there be no conscious effort or activity associated with your purpose… MK 17:33
This presented a bit of a dichotomy for me.
I had ALWAYS relied on my intuition to solve problems and work around – and through – any sticking spot in life. But it took effort to push things aside and follow that intuition – and it was sometimes seriously un-nerving.
But, as I thought more upon HOW Haanel described this ‘non-effort’ it became more and more clear to me that I believed – to my core – that utter mental relaxation was completely incompatible with the act of concentrating so completely upon an ideal that the world around me ceased to be – even for a moment. Even though I have experienced this flow state many times – craving a simple return to it sub-consciously – yet resisting it as selfish and self-serving (forgetting my wife, kids, family and “other” ambiguous “responsibilities”) in at the same time.
It is so hard – still – to completely let go of the things we no longer need or desire, and to embrace fully and totally those things we, for a certainty, need to accept into our lives.
How is enjoying something you do SO MUCH that -even though it has a long (long, long ?) term good, even ‘OK’ much less right??
If this seems like a theme in my life – I am beginning to suspect that, more than just perhaps… there are things I have yet to accept – to learn if you will – from the patterns of my old blue print.
What is it that keeps one in the loop – the ouroboris of events – tied to being ever deeper in debt and yet earning ever larger sums to cover it…through the same old efforts?! What is it that we need to learn – not to force upon ourselves, but to BECOME – in order to break the cycle?
Isn’t interesting that our studies of Haanel start out with:
The kind of Deity which a man, consciously or unconsciously, worships,
indicates the intellectual status of the worshipper.
Haanel then proceeds to create imagery about the Indian gods, Pagan gods, the Israelite God, and even the Heathen god(s) – finally resolving on the concept that in our current Age we make vocal our desire to believe in a God of Love – and yet, liken to the Heathen, we continue to make for ourselves graven symbols to develop a sense of self. Symbols like “Riches” when we truly desire Wealth, Power…when we truly desire Collaboration…
I get the feeling that Haanel’s goal is not to create a religious or even theological confrontation – but perhaps more to point out to us that OUR position in regard to both a Creator and the “Rules” of life – have more to do with our intellectual maturity than we care to admit?
Perhaps the intention is to get us to realize that our need to deify these traits, rules, and behaviors (or lack thereof…) – says as much about our intellectual maturity as does our WILLINGNESS to embrace or accept that need in ourselves and others? Rather than being correct as an absolute – we mature as we allow for ever growing and changing states within all around us – and embrace THAT belief as of primal importance.
We are all at various paths in the process of self-discovery – and it is the beauty in life to stop and realize that we are at all times both student, yearning and striving, as well as teacher, coaching and encouraging. It is an indicator of our intellectual state, how rapidly we are able to adjust to discovery that we must release old ideals as we embrace the new – in order to grow.
Haanel proceeds to point out to us that
Spiritual Truth is therefore the controlling factor;
it is this which will enable you to grow out of limited attainment
and reach a point where you will be able to translate modes of thought
into character and consciousness.
As there is ever the cry within us to “have”, we grow beyond our current limits as we realize the impetus to first “be”.
Therefore as the astronomer centers his mind on the stars and they give forth their secrets;
the geologists centers his mind on the construction of the earth and we have geology;
so with all things men must center their minds – their thoughts – on their ideals to the exclusion of all else.
Thus as Haanel further states:
Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts
the material necessary to construct and build. There is nothing mysterious
concerning the power of thought; concentration simply implies that consciousness
can be focalized to the point where it becomes identified with the object of its
attention. As food absorbed is the essence of the body, so the mind absorbs the
object of its attention, gives it life and being.
Having come to realize that, to grow beyond my current state I must release those things which put me into a state of mental agitation – reducing the ability to concentrate AND relax…for the rest of this course I will no longer concentrate upon – no, I will not even entertain the thoughts – of “What If…”
No more “What …will people think if…”
No more “What will happen to my kids if…”
No more playing out potential results, entertaining thoughts of potential endings – and running back to ever more calcified, clay-covered buddas.