Friday, November 16, 2012

Your Life Is What You Make It

Your life is what you make it, and you make your life with the thoughts you entertain in your conscious mentations from time to time. Thought is creative energy in motion, and concentrated emotional thought creates the conditions and situations in your life that correspond exactly to the nature of the thoughts that compelled them.

What we can conceive and believe, we can achieve. Or, more to the point, what you think is what you get.

This way of seeing and understanding life was drilled into my head from the age of 15, and it is as obviously true now as it was then, in 1960. Not only that, the same principle has been taught for a very long time: “As a man thinketh in his heart (emotionally), so shall he receive.”

The mind is the only creative power in the universe. It is the only power that we as an individual have, as expressed through free will, ifexercised. Unfortunately, most people are hypnotized by repetitive energetic thought patterns that cause our life to repeat itself over and over, and which we subconsciously bring from the past to the present and then carry over to the future.

The past would be harmless if we left it as it is, but we robotically insist on dragging our past into the present and then projecting it into the future. Then we wonder why we are faced with the same problems and obstacles over and over.

Know this with all your heart and soul: Only you create your own feelings and your own experience. No power outside you, and no other person, can cause you to feel or experience anything that you do not allow yourself. We are not affected by people or situations themselves, but by what we think about them. We are only affected by our own thoughts. There is no exception to this whatsoever, no matter who tries to tell you otherwise.

Your life is as you create it, and you create your life through what you think from time to time. Thought leads to a feeling corresponding to the thought, which lead to effects or consequences in our personal lives according to the nature of the thoughts that created them.

Many people have ‘known’ this for a long time. Still, only a few actually practice the principle on a consistent basis in their own life. This is why in our Course of Training via email we go beyond merely ‘knowing’ things, which is very mediocre, and work on actually applying the principles in our own lives, to live lives based on harmony and love.

I am going to change the nature of the blog a bit. I am going to post shorter entries, and post more often. So for now I will include a few responses to questions in last month’s comments, and I look forward to your participation in the comments. I will post the next entry again near the beginning of December.

Of course this means I’ll have to think of even more titles. If you think of any potential titles to future blog entries, please post them in the comments.

Okay, here are my responses to a few questions in recent comments, where there are many more wonderful exchanges:

Scott Schwenk wrote: Would you please describe your understanding of the differences between the tools of "Replacement" in the course and the tendency of spiritual bypassing? Thank you..."

DRB wrote: I have no idea what 'spiritual bypassing' is.

Scott Schwenk replied:
"Spiritual bypassing, a term first coined by psychologist John Wellwood in 1984, is the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing with our painful feelings, unresolved wounds, and developmental needs. It is much more common than we might think and, in fact is so pervasive as to go largely unnoticed, except in its more obvious extremes."

And an example of when this tendency is pointed "outward" from the same author:

"Telling another to “lighten up” or be more positive can be shame-inducing, however nicely we might do it. What if they need to stay with their hate or despair or depressiveness for a while? How can we be sure that they’d be better off getting away from such states as soon as possible? Perhaps at such times we are — through our contact with their endarkened condition —starting to feel more in touch with such states in ourselves, and want the other to get away from their “darkness” so that we don’t have to feel our own."

Oh.....the man whom I'm quoting is author Robert Augustus Masters.

End Scott Schwenk message.

Okay, now I have something to work with. That point of view is pretty interesting, actually. I feel this is the way people are guided through the Course. We stay away from anything resembling guilt or shame, and emphasize breaking free from making wrong and being right, or telling another person how he or she could be better in some way if they would only change this particular thing that somehow we have some insight about.

It's true—how do we know the other person would be better off?

Our approach in the Course is to offer tools to change that which causes our pain or suffering. If something does no harm to others or ourselves, then it just is what it is. Any judgment would only come from our conditioned standards and ideals. Yet it is amazing how much guilt we feel from imagined wrong-doings that never really mattered to anyone in the least.

If, however, we are lacking in contentment, if we do not feel good about ourselves, then there are certain principles that can be learned and applied in real life that lead to major transformations.

It is important to realize that on the highest level we are totally pure and perfect exactly as we are. Nothing needs to be changed. Yet on the level of being an individual going through the karma of a lifetime, there are certain tried and true methods of attaining mastery and freedom during this embodiment.

Freedom from what? From that which causes our pain and our suffering, our sense of limitation and of not being enough. When these things fall away, through our work on ourselves, we attain a contentment and an exalted sense of well being like we've never before known—at least since we last forgot it.

Jessie asked: ‘Why is it, do you think, that so many people love the course and get so much out of it, while others, no matter how much it is recommend to them, seem to be unable to even consider taking it?’

That's an interesting question, Jessie, and one that's come up in different forms from time to time.

There are many sources for some degree of Truth these days. There are teachers for all levels and types of people. So many things can be immediately found on the Internet, and there is some great information available in books.

So the question then becomes, why should anyone think that something essential and valuable might be found in a course that comes by email every two weeks that can't be easily found in many other places?

I greatly honor those who are even open-minded enough to write and ask for the info and free lesson. At least they're willing to see if there is something there, perhaps something totally unexpected.

Most people who begin the course have some experience of it being unexpected and unanticipated, of it being a great surprise, for there is no way one can guess in advance what is coming once the course begins. The lessons take us into a different space than where we ordinarily live. One lesson lays the groundwork for the next lesson, and in this way the participant gradually understands what is written in a whole new way than was understood in the beginning. The same words and phrases start to take on a whole new level of meaning.

Yet how can anyone get any sense of this without even trying it? So, why are some not interested no matter how much they are encouraged to give it a shot? One aspect of this is karma. We are attracted to particular avenues of knowledge through karma alone. Of course, the true nature of karma is not commonly understood.

Another reason is that it takes a certain degree of commitment to participate in the course. Even though all we need to do is stay in touch with our current lesson, many people have a problem even making that much commitment.

Also, there is no way in the beginning to know where the course is actually coming from, for I assure you it does not come from me, your humble typist.

People learn about the course through word of mouth only, such as someone recommends it, or sends another the link to this blog, which kindles some inner interest in what the course has to offer. Or someone gives another the course for a while as a gift, so that they can see what is available, such as a Christmas present, for example. Many thankful people started out this way, through the grace of a friend or loved one.

Anyway, there are many reasons, most of which cannot really be understood with the mind. The mind is not our highest way of understanding things. Most of the truly great teachers are not well known in a public way. Our course is not the kind of thing that will ever be mentioned in the media, and I am very thankful for that, for in this area no news is usually good news. We'll leave that to such people as Deepak Chopra, who has a great knack for reaching a large audience and being somewhat honored and appreciated by the media. Mostly the media looks for what’s wrong, when it comes to things of this nature.

Most of the people who participate in our course are those who have spent many years on the spiritual path, and who have tried various paths and teachers long before they ended up here.

What is the main reason people give for ever quitting the course? Because they haven't been reading the lessons. Yep, it is true, if you don't read the lessons, you won't get much out of the course.

There are so many things that could be mentioned and explored, and yet at the end we still have nothing like a concrete answer. Maybe some others who participate in the course can answer this question better than I can. You see how I tend to ramble, and I can only hope that something I have said is relevant to your question.

For information about the Course of Training written by D. R. Butler and available by email—along with a free Lesson 1 so that you can experience what happens for yourself—write: