The Nature of Personal
Session 615, September 18, 1972
Your conscious beliefs direct the functioning of your body. It is not the other way around.
Your inner self adopts the physically conscious, physically focused mind as a method of allowing it to manipulate in the world that you know. The conscious mind is particularly equipped to direct outward activity, to handle the waking experience and oversee physical work.
It’s beliefs about the nature of reality are then given to the inner portions of the self. These rely mainly upon the conscious mind’s interpretation of temporal reality. The conscious mind sets the goals and the inner self brings them about, using all its facilities and inexhaustible energy.
The great value of the conscious mind lies precisely in its ability to make decisions and set directions. Its role is dual, however: It is meant to assess conditions both inside and outside, to handle data that comes from the physical world and from the inner portions of the self. It is not a closed system, then.
To be human necessitates fine discrimination in the use of such consciousness. Many people are afraid of their own thoughts. They do not examine them. They accept the beliefs of others. Such actions distort data from both within and without.
There is no battle between the intuitive self and the conscious mind. There only seems to be when the individual refuses to face all the information that is available in his conscious mind. Sometimes it seems easier to avoid the frequent readjustments in behavior that self examination requires. In such cases an individual collects many secondhand beliefs. Some contradict each other; the signals given to the body and to the inner self are not smooth flowing or clear-cut, but a muddied jumble of counter-directions.
These will immediately set off alarms of various natures. The body will not function properly, or the overall environment will suffer. Such actions are actually excellent precautions, meant to be taken as a sign that change is needed.
At the same time, the inner self will transmit to the conscious mind insights and intuitions meant to clear its sight. But if you believe that the inner self is dangerous and not to be trusted, if you are afraid of dreams or any intrusive psychic material, then you will deny this help and turn aside from it.
If you believe, moreover, that you must accept your difficulties, then this belief alone can deter you from solving them.
I repeat: Your ideas and beliefs form the structure of your experience Your beliefs and the reasons for them can be found in your conscious mind. If you accept the idea that the reasons for your behavior are forever buried in the past of this life, or any other, then you will not be able to alter your experience until you change that belief. I am speaking now of more or less normal experience. Later we will discuss more particular areas, such as circumstances in which illnesses date from birth.
The realization that you form your own reality should be a liberating one. You are responsible for your successes and your joys. You can change those areas of your life with which you are less than pleased, but you must take responsibility for you being.
Your spirit joined itself with flesh, and in flesh, to experience a world of incredible richness, to help create a dimension of reality of color and form. Your spirit was born in flesh to enrich a marvelous area of sense awareness, to feel energy made into corporal form. You are here to use, enjoy, and express yourself through the body. You are here to aid in the great expansion of consciousness. Your are not here to cry about the miseries of the human condition, but to change them when you find them not to your liking through the joy, strength and vitality that is within you; to create the spirit as faithfully and as beautifully as you can in flesh.
The conscious mind allows you to look outward into the physical universe, and see the reflection of your own spiritual activity, to perceive and assess your individual and joint creations.
In a manner of speaking, the conscious mind is a window through which you look outward—and looking outward, perceive the fruits of your inner mind. Often you let false beliefs blur that great vision. Your joy, vitality and accomplishments do not come from the outside to you as a result of events that “have happened to you.” They spring from inner events that are a result of your beliefs.
Much has been written about the nature and importance of suggestion. One of the current ideas in vogue holds that you are constantly at the mercy of suggestion. Your own conscious beliefs are the most important suggestions that you receive. All other ideas are rejected or accepted according to whether or not you believe that they are true, inline with the steady conscious chattering that goes on within your mind most of the day—the suggestions given to you by yourself.
You will accept a suggestion given by another only if it fits in with your own ideas about the nature of reality in general and your concepts about yourself in particular.
If you use your conscious mind properly, then, you examine those beliefs that come to you. You do not accept them willy-nilly. If you use your conscious mind properly, you are also aware of intuitive ideas that come to you from within. You are only half conscious when you do not examine the information that comes to you from without, and when you ignore the data that comes to you from within.
Many false beliefs therefore are indiscriminately accepted because you have not examined them . You have given the inner self a faulty picture of reality. Since it is the function of the conscious mind to assess physical experience, it(the inner self) hasn’t been able to its job properly. If the inner portions of the self were supposed to have that responsibility, then you would not need a conscious mind.
When the inner self is alerted, it will immediately try to remedy the situation by influx of self corrective measures. On occasion when the situation gets out of hand, it will bypass those restrictive areas of the conscious mind, and solve the problem by shooting forth energy in other areas of activity.
It will manage to work around the blind spots in the reasoning mind, for example. Often it will sift out from the barrage of conflicting beliefs the particular set that is most life giving, and send these forth in what then appears as a burst of revelation. Such revelations result in new patterns that change behavior.
You must be aware of the contents of your own reasoning mind. Find the ambiguities, Regardless of the nature of your beliefs they are indeed made flesh and material. The miracle of your being cannot not escape itself. Your thoughts blossom into events.
If you think the world is evil, you will meet with events that seem evil. There are no accidents in cosmic terms, or in terms of the world as you know it. Your beliefs grow as surely in time and space as flowers do. When you realize this you can even feel their growing.
The conscious mind is basically curious, open. It is equipped to examine its own contents. Because of the psychological theories of the last century, many western people believed that the primary purpose of the conscious mind was to inhibit ”unconscious “ material.
Indeed, as mentioned (in this session), it is also meant to receive and interpret important data that comes to it from the inner self. Left alone, it does very well. It receives and interprets impressions. What has happened, however, is that man has taught it to accept (only) data coming in from the outside world, and to set up barriers against inner knowledge.
Such a situation denies the individual his full strength, and cuts him off – consciously, now—from the important sources of his being. These conditions inhibit creative expression in particular, and deny the conscious self the continually emerging insights and intuitions otherwise available.
Thought and feeling then separate. Creativity and intellect do not show themselves as the brothers that they are, but often as strangers. The conscious mind loses it fine edge. It cuts out from its experience the vast body of inner knowledge available to it. Divisions, illusionary ones, appear in the self.
Left alone, the self acts spontaneously as a unit, but as an ever changing one. Listening to voices both within and without, the conscious mind is able to form beliefs that are in league with the self’s knowledge as received from material and nonmaterial sources. Then examination of beliefs takes its place along with other activities—naturally, easily without effort. Once the conscious mind has accepted a collection of conflicting beliefs, however, a definite attempt is necessary to sort these out.
Remember, even false beliefs will seem to be justified in terms of physical data, since your experience in the outside world is the materialization of those beliefs. So you must work with the raw material of you own ideas, even while your sense data may tell you that a given belief is obviously the truth. To change your experience or any portion of it, then, you must change your ideas. Since you have been forming your own reality all along, the results will follow naturally.
You must be convinced that you can alter your beliefs. You must be willing to try. Thinking of a limiting idea as a muddy color and your life as a multidimensional painting that is marred. You change the idea as an artist would his palette.
The artist does not identify with the colors he uses. He knows chooses them, and applies them with a brush. So you paint your reality with your ideas the same manner. You are not your ideas, nor even your thoughts. You are the self who experiences them. If a painter finds his hands stained with pigment at the end of the day, he can wash the stain off easily knowing its nature. If you think that limiting thoughts are a portion of you, permanently attached therefore, you will not think of washing them off. You would behave instead like a mad artist who says, “my paints are part of me. They have stained my fingers, and there is nothing I can do about it.”
There is no contradiction, though there may seem to be, between spontaneously being aware of your thoughts, and examining them. You do not have to be blind to be spontaneous. You are not being spontaneous when you indiscriminately accept as your own, for a fact, every bit of data that comes to you.
Many beliefs would automatically fall away quite harmlessly if you were being truly spontaneous. Instead you often harbor them. Previous limiting ideas, accepted, figuratively form a restraining bed, gathering other such material so that your mind becomes filled with debris. When you are spontaneous, you accept the free nature of your mind and it spontaneously makes decisions as to the validity or non-validity of the data it receives. When you refuse to allow it this function it becomes cluttered.
No apple tree tries to grow violets. Quite automatically it knows what it is, and the framework of its own identity and existence. You have a conscious mind, but it is only the “topmost” portion of your mind. Much more of “it” is available to you. Much more of your knowledge can be conscious, therefore; but a false belief. A limiting one, is as ambiguous to your nature as any apple tree’s idea that it was a violet plant.
It could not produce violets, nor could it be a good apple tree while it tried to. The mistaken belief is one that does not fit the basic conditions of your inner being. So if you believe that you are at the mercy of physical events, you entertain a false belief. If you feel that your present experience was set in circumstances beyond your control, you entertain a false belief.
You had a hand in the development of your childhood environment. You chose the circumstances. This does not mean that you are at the mercy of those circumstances. It means that you set challenges to be overcome, set goals to be reached, set up frameworks of experience through which you could develop, understand and fulfill certain abilities.
The creative power to form your own experience is within you now, as it has been since the time of your birth and before. You may have chosen a particular them for this existence, a certain framework of conditions, but within these you have freedom to experiment, create, and alter conditions and events.
Each person chooses for himself the individual patterns within which he will create this personal reality. But inside these bounds are infinite amount of varieties of actions and unlimited resources.
The inner self is embarked upon an exciting endeavor, in which it learns how to translate its reality into physical terms. The conscious mind is brilliantly attuned to physical reality, then and often so dazzled by what it perceives that it is tempted to think that physical phenomena is a cause rather than a result (effect). Deeper portions of the self always serve to remind it that this is not the case. When the conscious mind accepts to many false beliefs , particularly if it sees that inner self as a danger, then it closes out these constant reminders. When this situation arises the conscious mind feels itself assailed by a reality that seems than itself, over which it has no control. The deep feeling of security in which it should be anchored is lost.
The false beliefs must be weeded out so that the conscious mind can become aware of its source once again, and to open the inner channels of splendor and power available to it.
The Nature of Reality
Amber Allen Publishing
Copyright 1974 Prentice Hall
Copyright 1996 Amber Allen
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