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Subconscious Computer and Negative Thinking

“I want to preach a sermon to everybody, from this test, ‘Consider the lilies of the field,’ because it has nothing in it disagreeable to anybody. It is not a sermon of threat or of warning, but of hope. The world today needs more hope. We are a hopeless lot. We are so, principally, because in so much of the past preaching we have been told how bad we are, and what would happen to us if we kept on in our badness. We are so little told that we heave in us lots of goodness and power. … People who think badly of themselves are pretty sure to do badly. Scripture remarks, ‘As a man or woman thinketh, so is he or she.’ It is when a man thins poorly of himself, that he goes off and gets drunk, or does some mean thing. The pride that makes a man value himself is the pride that keeps him from mean and degrading acts. Our race is now on the point of being woke up to the fact that every man and every woman are the possessors of more powers than now they dream of, and that, when they know how to use these powers, they will steer out of all evil into good.” ~Prentiss Mulford

Sermon of Warning

I wouldn’t have called Mulford’s warning a sermon. That name alone turns off many people these days. That is, in part at least, for the very thing Mulford is talking about. We have preachers who love to tell us how evil we are. How we need to repent. And those who are not telling their congregation such things, are saying it of others. The gays are evil, the Mexicans are evil, the feminists are evil, etc. Any group that they think is not a significant part of their congregation is a potential target for these sermons of hate. Yet, in truth, many of these preachers don’t even hate the ones they are calling evil. They do it simply because it is what their congregation wants to hear. When you tell the congregation what they want to hear, they are more generous in their donations. And sadly, preaching has become more about making money then teaching truth.

When We Believe

Preachers are certainly not the only ones telling us negative things about ourselves. Teachers, parents, government officials, and others contribute also. This might be acceptable of they followed the negative comments with some positive ones, but they rarely do. Even when they do, it may be that they emphasize the negative, or keep the positive to something minor. Just to give an example, which is certainly not something I believe, if someone says, “Mexicans are all knife-wielding murderers, but they dress well,” they have said something positive as well as something negative. But the negative part greatly outweighs the positive, so the overall message is negative.

As Mulford notes, the real danger in all of this comes when we actually start to believe the negative things others say about us, either as an individual or as some group we belong to. It is bad enough that just listening to the negative things others say about us can, to some degree, program out subconscious minds, but when we start to affirm those negative opinions, we are really programming the subconscious mind.

Subconscious Computer

As someone who spent most of his adult life programming computers for a living, I know them fairly well. The thing about computers is that they have no conscience, no morals, no ethics. None at all. They accept everything that is programmed into them and act accordingly. That is how our subconscious mind works as well. It doesn’t judge right or wrong. It accepts anything that it is told as long as it doesn’t conflict with firm beliefs that have been programmed into it. If you keep telling it that you are stupid, it programs you to be stupid. If you tell it you are violent, it programs you to be violent. It is an idiot servant that does whatever you tell it to do. If you tell it, “my parents were poor, my grandparents were poor, so I am doomed to be poor,” it believes you and accepts those instructions and starts doing everything it can to make you stay poor. It’s like we are working against ourselves. But there is a solution.

Reprogramming the Subconscious Computer

The subconscious computer of our mind can be reprogrammed like any other computer. If the programs running on it are not doing what you want them to do, you can modify them or replace them entirely. But here’s where we find a difference between the subconscious computer and something from IBM or Microsoft. With physical computers, it is often far easier to make changes to an existing program rather than replacing it entirely. With the subconscious computer, it is the opposite. It is generally better to completely replace the existing program. Here is why.

With an electronic computer, there is no resistance to change built into it. With the subconscious, there is. When you try to change the subconscious a little at a time, it can find those changes inconsistent with other programming, and reject them. That is why modern psychiatry treats a problem for years and still rarely succeeds in changing a person. They try to modify rather than replace. Other methods that replace have greater success. I have experienced such a method personally. Several years ago, I attended a weekend workshop for Psych-K, a program that uses a form of applied Kinesiology. In just one weekend, I was able to lose a fear of heights. That was because the method replaced the fear program with one of confidence.

Point of Being Awakened

Mulford is correct in saying that we are on the point of being “woke up,” as he put it. He was talking primarily about something mental, but the real awakening is more spiritual. While that subconscious computer does cause many of our problems, it gets much help from the conscious ego. But the best way to get both of those problems solved is awakening the spirit and soul. A fully awakened and conscious soul can take control of the mind. It can keep the ego on a lease, allegorically speaking. It can probably help control the subconscious computer as well. And since spiritual development is more important than physical or mental, it can help reprogram that difficult subconscious computer so that it places spiritual needs at the top of the priority stack.

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Three-Year, Four-Year, Seven-Year Cycles

“BEHOLD THE BEGINNING OF SENTIENT FORMLESS LIFE (a). FIRST, THE DIVINE (vehicle) (b). THE ONE FROM THE MOTHER SPIRIT (atman). THEN THE SPIRITUAL – (atman-buddhi, Spirit-soul) (c), (again) THE THREE FROM THE ONE (d), THE FOUR FROM THE ONE (e), AND THE FIVE (f), FROM WHICH THE THREE, THE FIVE AND THE SEVEN (g) – THESE ARE THE THREE-FORL AND THE FOUR-FOLD DOWNWARD, THE ‘MIND-BORN SONS OF THE FIRST LORD (Avalakiteswara) THE SHINING SEVEN (the ‘Builders’). IT IS THEY WHO ARE THOU, ME, HIM, O LANGO, THEY WHO WATCH OVER THEE AND THY MOTHER, BHUMI (the Earth).

“The hierarchy of creative powers is divided into seven (or 4 and 3) esoteric, within the twelve great Orders, recorded in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, the seven of the manifesting scale being connected, moreover, with the seven planets. All this is subdivided into numberless groups of divine Spiritual, semi-Spiritual, and ethereal Beings.

“The Chief Hierarchies among these are hinted at in the great Quaternary, or the ‘four bodies and the three faculties’ of Brahma exoterically. … The highest group is composed of the divine Flames, so-called, also spoken of as the ‘Fiery Lions’. ~H. P. Blavatsky

Beginning of Sentient Life

First, I need to explain the format of the quote. I have stayed with that used in Blavatsky’s own book. The portion in all caps represents her quoting from an ancient Hindu book called the Secret Doctrine. The rest is her commenting on the quote.

The quote says that in the creation of sentient life, the Divine came first, then the spiritual, and on downward through the semi-spiritual, the mostly material and the material. This is the opposite of what material science like to believe. The ancients had it correct. Sentient life didn’t evolve from one-celled animals. It devolved from divine beings. At the present time, man has sunk about as far into matter as possible, while still retaining a dull glimmer of spirit. If we fall another step, we will be pure matter and nonredeemable. The good news is that we can still turn around, and some are doing so. A growing number of us are taking that path less traveled the more difficult path, back to our Divine origins. Hopefully, you are one of those taking the path of redemption, otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this.

Three then Four

There are many interpretations of the significance of the three and four. More than one may be correct. That is the beauty and mystery of spiritual allegory.

Three by itself is one of the most significant. We have the trilogy of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Christianity. Others say, Father, Mother, and Child. This division of the One God into three primary aspects is common. Blavatsky refers to the three and four as a hierarchy of creative powers. It can be that also. Together, they make seven, and we all know that in religious and spiritual writing, that number appears so often that it can’t be ignored. Blavatsky mentions seven planets. To me, that seems like a less important interpretation. They also represent the seven major energy centers (chakras) as taught in most schools, especially the Hindu and Buddhist. Here is a new meaning for most of you.

The sun, as it moves through its annual course above us, has many cycles connected with it. We won’t delve into all of them here. The important ones for this post are the three-year and four-year cycles. These are cycles that to us are those of growth and non-growth. In other words, a three-year period of growth will be followed by a four-year period of non-growth. Or it may be a four-year period of growth, then a three-year one of non-growth. Even if we don’t know when all of these periods start or end, it helps us to know that they exist. If you have been successful in some activity for two years, then have an inexplicable down-turn, it may be that you have entered a period of non-growth. During such periods, growth is nearly impossible. It is usually better to concentrate on holding your ground during those periods until a new growth period starts, then push ahead.

Spiritual Cycles

This applies to spiritual growth as well as material matters. If you felt you were making great progress for a time, then suddenly become stuck, don’t give up. You may simply have entered a three-year non-growth cycle. Continue to practice and don’t worry if you don’t seem to be getting results. It will be to your favor when the next growth cycle happens.

Just as a farmer knows that certain crops should be planted in the spring, and others in the fall, certain spiritual practices should begin at the beginning of a growth cycle if you want good results. If you start during a non-growth period, you will probably not accomplish much. The good news is that if you just finished a four-year cycle of growth, you only have a three-year one of non-growth to get through.

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Suffering is not Necessary for Spiritual Growth

“Life is filled with suffering, but it is also filled with many wonders like the blue sky, the sunshine, he eyes of a baby. To suffer is not enough. We must also be in touch with the wonders of life. Hey are within us and all around us, everywhere, any time.

“If we are not happy, if we are not peaceful, we cannot shape peace and happiness with others. … If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile and blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Do we need to make a special effort to enjoy the beauty of the blue sky? No, we just enjoy it. … Wherever we are, any time, we have the capacity to enjoy the sunshine, the presence of each other, even the sensation of our breathing. … It would be a pity if we are only aware of suffering.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Suffering is Not Enough

Hahn used this title on the first chapter of his book, Being Peace. The quote is from that chapter. As he says, life is full of suffering. If we ourselves are not suffering ,we can look around and see others suffering. We shouldn’t ignore that suffering. Neither should we dwell on it constantly. A spiritual person needs to be a person of joy, peace, and love. We need to look around us and see those things. Changing suffering isn’t done by dwelling on it. We change it by dwelling on the good in life and helping it to expand until it pushes all suffering away.

We all know of many saints, holy people, and spiritual leaders who went through what is called “The Dark Night of the Soul”. Some believe it is not possible to have a spiritual awakening without going through such as experience. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, some young people are intentionally seeking out suffering so they can have their dark night. This is unnecessary, and may actually have the opposite effect to that desired. The person may become hardened and embrace a more materialistic life rather than having a spiritual awakening. Many suffer, most of them do not have a spiritual awakening. Continue reading “Suffering is not Necessary for Spiritual Growth”

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A Better Life of Truth, Wisdom, and Constant Growth

“There’s a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been on the earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You can see this even in insects and animals and birds. All of us are the same.

“A much more interesting kind adventurous, and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object f our inquisitiveness is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize we can endure a lot f pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks.” ~Pema Chödrön

Misunderstanding

It’s true, of course. Most beings on this planet, including humans, seek comfort and pleasure as their only goal. Some animals spend all their waking hours seeking food. It is their only comfort, their only pleasure. Some more advanced animals can put up with a little pain if they think it will bring them comfort. A horse will tolerate people riding it because it will get food and a comfortable place to sleep from those people.

But pleasure and comfort shouldn’t be the goal at all. If it was, we are in the wrong place for that. No matter how hard we seek comfort, we will still end up getting diseases, being involved in wars, and eventually dying. We can’t hide from the pains of the material world. Instead, we can choose to accept those painful experiences which will lead us to spiritual wisdom and truth.

A Better Life

A better way to live is to accomplish. Whether you accomplish on the physical level, the spiritual level, or both, we need to accomplish. And in order to truly accomplish, we need to learn. We need to learn about the world we live in. Most of all, we need to learn about ourselves. In order to do that, we can’t live a life of comfort and ease. We have to face challenges. Hiding from pain is not the goal. Both physical and mental pain must be accepted. It is part of the growth process. Continue reading “A Better Life of Truth, Wisdom, and Constant Growth”

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