Thought

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This writing is taken from the reliable source PONDER, by Alice Bailey.  It’s link will route you to even more intimate knowledge of the ‘soul perfection process.’

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If there is only one thing I would so emphatically encourage each reader to contemplate seriously, it would be this particular writing; most especially #1-3. The initial POWER of its revelation caused great distress to my solar plexus as it settled into my spirit. The slightly esteemed scripture, II Corinthians 10:5 (KJV), came to my remembrance and grieved me at the lack of greater exhortation of that practice, and lack of understanding its resultant power, from the orthodox Christian teachings. The entire purpose of the Holy Bible and ‘Christ-like behavior’ could be summed up in the practice of this one scripture. Read below and meditate on this understanding.

Aspire to these changes in your thought process; it is the only way to receive the total of God’s Plan for you and mankind as a whole.  What you THINK sets up what you SAY, thus creating to exactness . . . it can no longer be a ‘russian roulette’ type of creation, for those sincerely on the Path. Practice of this powerful principle will automatically slide you into a life of HARMLESSNESS (link above), that principle to which you were earlier exhorted to commit to practice. Shalom.
Vivika-Qi . . .11/23/10. . .12/19/10

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“See to thy aura, oh traveler on the way.” A.A. Bailey
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‘Before a thought-form is by me constructed:
1) envision its purpose
2) ascertain its goal
3) verify the motive
Act as a thinker and learn that it is not right to prostitute my thoughts to the base use of separative desire. The energy of thought is for the good of all and to the furtherance of God’s Plan. Use it not selfishly.’

Vivika-Qi  12/18/10

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THOUGHT-FORMS

(1) Man is constructing thought-forms all the time, and is following unconsciously the same method as his Ego pursues in building his bodies, as the Logos follows in building His system, and as a planetary Logos uses in constructing His scheme.

A man speaks, and a very diversified mantram* is the result. The energy thus generated swings into activity a multitude of little lives which proceed to build a form for his thought; they pursue analogous stages to those just outlined. At this time, man sets up these mantric vibrations unconsciously, and in ignorance of the laws of sound and of their effect. The occult work that he is carrying on is thus unknown to him. Later he will speak less, know more, and construct more accurate forms, which will produce powerful effects on physical levels. (*Recognize that a ‘mantram’ is ‘words of creation.’ Vivika-Qi)

(2) Much that is to be seen now of a distressing nature in the world can be directly traced to the wrong manipulation of mental matter by man.

The selfishness, the sordid motives, the prompt response to evil impulses for which the human race has been distinguished, has brought about a condition of affairs unparalleled in the system. A gigantic thought-form hovers over the entire human family, built by men everywhere during the ages, energised by the insane desires and evil inclinations of all that is worst in man’s nature, and kept alive by the promptings of his lower desires. This thought-form has to be broken up and dissipated by man himself.

(3) Facing each earnest aspirant to the Mysteries, is that vitalised form which he has himself constructed and nourished during the course of his previous incarnations, and which represents the sumtotal of his desires, motives and thoughts.

(4) In all thought building . . . men have several things to do, which might be enumerated as follows: … To purify their lower desires, so that they are enabled to see clearly in the occult sense. . . . An ability to lose sight of self-interest in group-interest, and thus co-operate with the plan. . . . To secure control over the mind. . . . An ability, gradually developed once the mind is brought under control through concentration, to meditate in the occult sense, and thus bring through the plan from higher levels, (and) ascertain his individual share in the plan. . . . Finally, having constructed a thought-form, the next thing the servant of humanity has to learn is how to send it on its mission. . . . The average man is often the victim of  his own thought-forms. He constructs them, but is neither strong enough to send them out to do their work, nor wise enough to dissipate them when required.

(5) A thought-form is the result of two types of energy:

That emanating in the first instance from the Ego on abstract levels. That originating in a secondary sense from the man on the physical plane through the medium of the brain.

(6) All activity of every kind is the result:

a. Of thought-forms built consciously or unconsciously.

b. Of self-initiated thought-forms or of the effect of the thought-forms of others.

c. Of responsiveness to one’s own inner impulses, or of responsiveness to the impulses of others, and therefore to group thought-forms.

(7) There is no life so circumscribed and no person so situated who cannot begin to work intelligently and to build thought-forms under law and with understanding. There is no day in any man’s life, particularly if he is an aspirant or a disciple, when a man cannot work in mental matter, control his use of thought, watch the effect of his mental processes on those he contacts, and so handle his . . . mind stuff . . . that he becomes more and more useful.

(8) A thought-form can also act as a poisoning agent, and poison all the springs of life. . . . A violent dislike, a gnawing worry, a jealousy, a constant anxiety, and a longing for something or someone, may act so potently as an irritant or poison that the entire life is spoilt, and service is rendered futile. The entire life is embittered and devitalised by the embodied worry, hatred and desire. All relationships with other people are rendered equally futile or even definitely harmful, for the worried or suspicious aspirant spoils the home circle or his group of friends, by his inner poisonous attitude, governed by an idea. His relation to his own soul and the strength of the contact with the world of spiritual ideas is at a standstill, for he cannot progress onward, and is held back by the poison in his mental system. His
vision becomes distorted, his nature corroded, and all his relationships impeded by the wearing, nagging thoughts which he has himself embodied in form and which have a life so powerful that they can poison him.

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THOUGHT-FORM BUILDING: RULES

The necessity for clear thinking and the elimination of idle, destructive and negative thoughts, becomes increasingly apparent as the aspirant progresses on his way. As the power of the mind increases, and as the human being differentiates his thoughts increasingly from mass thought, he inevitably builds thought substance into form. It is at first automatic and unconscious. He can not help so doing, and fortunately, for the race, the forms constructed are so feeble that they are largely innocuous, or so in line with mass thought that they are negligible in their effect. But as man evolves his power, and his capacity to harm or to help increases, and unless he learns to build rightly, and correctly to motivate that which he has built, he will become a destructive agency and a centre of harmful force – destroying and harming not only himself, as we shall see shortly, but equally hurting and harming those who vibrate to his note.

Granted all this, you might appositely inquire: Are there some simple rules which the earnest and sincere beginner could apply to this science of building, and which are so clear and concise that they will produce the needed effect? There are, and I will state them simply so that the beginner will, if he follows them, escape the dangers of black magic, and learn to build in line with the Plan. He will, if he follows the rules I give, avoid the intricate problem which he has himself blindly constructed, and which will indeed shut out the light of day, darken his world, and imprison him in a wall of forms which will embody for him his own peculiar great illusion.

These rules may sound too simple for the learned aspirant, but for those who are willing to become as little children, they will be found to be a safe guide into truth and will eventually make them able to pass the tests for adeptship. Some are couched in terms symbolic, others are necessarily blinds, still others express the truth just as it is.

1. View the world of thought, and separate the false out of the true.

2. Learn the meaning of illusion, and in its midst locate the golden thread of truth.

3. Control the body of emotion, for the waves that rise upon the stormy seas of life engulf the swimmer, shut out the sun and render all plans futile.

4. Discover that thou hast a mind and learn its dual use.

5. Concentrate the thinking principle, and be the master of thy mental world.

6. Learn that the thinker and his thought, and that which is the means of thought, are diverse in their nature, yet one in ultimate reality.

7. Act as the thinker, and learn it is not right to prostitute thy thought to the base use of separative desire.

8. The energy of thought is for the good of all and for the furtherance of the Plan of God. Use it not therefore for thy selfish ends.

9. Before a thought-form is by thee constructed, vision its purpose, ascertain its goal, and verify the motive.

10. For thee, the aspirant on the way of life, the way of conscious building is not yet the goal. The work of cleaning out the atmosphere of thought, of barring fast the doors of thought to hate and pain, to fear, and jealousy and low desire, must first precede the conscious work of building. See to thy aura, oh traveller on the way.

11. Watch close the gates of thought. Sentinel desire. Cast out all fear, all hate, all greed. Look out and up.

12. Because thy life is mostly centred on the plane of concrete life, thy words and speech will indicate thy thought. To these pay close attention.

13. Speech is of triple kind. The idle words will each produce effect. If good and kind, naught need be done. If otherwise, the paying of the price cannot be long delayed.

The selfish words, sent forth with strong intent, build up a wall of separation. Long time it takes to break that wall and so release the stored-up, selfish purpose. See to thy motive, and seek to use those words which blend thy little life with the large purpose of the will of God.

The word of hate, the cruel speech which ruins those who feel the spell, the poisonous gossip, passed along because it gives a thrill – these words kill the flickering impulses of the soul, cut at the roots of life, and so bring death.

If spoken in the light of day, just retribution will they bring; when spoken and then registered as lies, they strengthen that illusory world in which the speaker lives, and holds him back from liberation.

If uttered with intent to hurt, to bruise and kill, they wander back to him who sent them forth, and him they bruise and kill.

14. The idle thought, the selfish thought, the cruel hateful thought, if rendered into word, produce a prison, poison all the springs of life, lead to disease, and cause disaster and delay. Therefore, be sweet and kind and good as far as in thee lies. Keep silence and the light will enter in.

15. Speak not of self. Pity not thy fate. The thoughts of self and of thy lower destiny, prevent the inner voice of thine own soul from striking upon thine ear. Speak of the soul; enlarge upon the plan; forget thyself in building for the world. Thus is the law of form offset. Thus can the rule of love enter upon that world.

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THOUGHT POWER

(1) Only when Spirit, by the power of thought, controls the material vehicles, does the subjective life assume its rightful place, does the God within shine and blaze forth till the form is lost from sight, and “The path of the just shine ever more and more until the day be with us.”
(2) These . . . objectives necessitate a clear comprehension among such vital thinkers and workers, of the power of thought; of the direction of thought currents, of the science of thought building, of the manipulation under law and order of mental matter, and of the process of thought manifestation through the two factors of sound and vitalization. . . . No worker for humanity becomes of real assistance until he (consciously and with full knowledge of his work) definitely directs his thought energy towards some particular channel of service to the race.
(3) The second question asks, whether an individual or a group can heal by thought power. Most certainly the generalization can be made, that an individual and a group can heal, and that thought can play its potent part in the healing process, but not thought alone and unaided. Thought can be the directing agency of forces and energies, which can disrupt and dispel disease, but the process must be aided by the power to visualize, by an ability to work with particular forces as is deemed advisable, by an understanding of the rays and their types of energies, and also by a capacity to handle light substance, as it is called. To these powers must be added the ability to be en rapport with the one to be healed, plus a loving heart. In fact, once these conditions are met, too much use of the thinking faculty, and too potent a use of the mind processes, can arrest and hinder the healing work. Thought has to condition the initial incentive, bringing the intelligence of the man to bear upon the problem of healing, and a comprehension of the nature of the one to be healed; but once it has aided in focusing the attention of the healer and the healing group, it should become a steady but subconscious directive agent, and nothing more than that.
The healing is accomplished, when possible, by the use of energy rightly directed, and by detailed visualization; love also plays a great part, as does the mind in the early stage. Perhaps 1 should say that a loving heart is one of the most potent of all energies employed. . . .
Thought neither cures disease nor causes it. Thought must be employed in the processes, but it is not the sole or the most important agent. It is on this point that many groups and healers go astray. The mind can direct energy, and this energy can, in its turn, produce over-stimulation of the brain and of the body cells, and so cause nervous trouble and sometimes brain disease, but the mind itself and thinking, per se, cannot cause disease and trouble in the physical body.

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“People are not prepared to assume their places in the tasks of creation. It is an error to believe that conquest has any connection with the mission of the New World. Whether it is in the conquest of countries or of a special class of people, this belongs with departing ways of thinking. In the process of evolution one can consider only the ascent of consciousness founded upon freedom of opportunities.
In observing the history of humanity’s development, entire periods of growth in consciousness can be seen. Let us not conceal that precisely now a book of discoveries and of the light of daring is being opened before humanity. This ripened fruit of the thorny travail of the community is ready to burst with seed. Can one split this fruit with a sword, or crush it through fright or through cringing cowardice, or usurp it through treacherous cunning? No, only unity of consciousness and the gaining of knowledge will bestow on humanity the gift of a new race. The impetus toward this will be afforded not by cosmic phenomena, but by the current of thought.
We shall not miss the ordained date when lightning-bolts of thought will provide the solution for the world. We suggest that humanity not only think about but realize the astrochemical moment of the planet when thought, like a chemical ingredient, will intensify the atmosphere.
In any case, until the significance of the emanations of thought is realized, thought will glide over the foreheads of the skeptics. But the moment does not wait!” Agni Yoga #45

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Aum  1936   Signs of Agni Yoga:

“140. Thought is the true friend of the seeker. Thought rules everything. Thought is inherent in each movement of the muscles. Thought leads and affirms. Thought finds the paths to the Covenants and the Decrees. Thought, if not scorned, teaches discrimination between the higher and the lower. Thought lives on perpetually and infinitely. It affirms movement and the realization of rhythm. Thought does not forsake one by day, nor by night. Thought uplifts the consciousness when the process of thinking becomes cherished.

141. Each instant man either creates or destroys. The world is filled with conflicting thoughts. A multitude of illnesses have been implanted by thoughts of destruction. A great number of murders take place at long distances from thoughts or from intersecting thoughts, but it is almost impossible to make man realize that his pre-eminence lies in continuous thinking. It is impossible to impress upon man how responsible he is for the quality of his thinking. The heart beats unceasingly, equally incessant is the pulse of thought. But it is not customary to talk about this.
  By thought, man either creates or destroys.”
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5/26/14
“At times, it is very difficult to grasp the relationship between the Divine Process, Universal Substance, God, and our own prosperity or well being or success or health or peace of mind. It may be helpful to think of this Infinite Source of Supply in a more scientific way. God is Universal Substance, and this Substance is teeming with ideas, even as the potter’s clay is saturated with water. And this Substance can be shaped and formed, as clay is shaped and formed. It is just that the tools that we use may be a little different. The potter shapes the clay with his hands, whereas, we shape God’s Substance with our thoughts, with the use of our mind we develop and bring forth ideas, and this is the Creative Flow at work.

We are all derived from the same “lump of clay,” and each of us has the ability to “wedge” and perfect the clay of our being. Our very purpose in life is to do just this, to glorify the Creative Process, to glorify God, through the way in which we grow and unfold and awaken within us the greatness of God and “wedge-out” the impurities in consciousness. Obviously, this takes work-it’s a lot of discipline, a lot of practice, practice, practice! But then, you see, life is growth and that’s what it’s all about.”

Read this article by Eric Butterworth:

http://ericbutterworth.org/html/radio_transcripts/cd_trans_1_3.php

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12/24/11
“Who can change destiny? Where is the power? Only in thought. People do not trust thought sufficiently, and the power of their will is fettered seven times over. A man says, “I have gathered all my will power,” yet at the same time he is afraid, and doubts, and hates, and hesitates. The will does not act in this way. It can send its arrow only when all fetters have been removed. This state was called dispassionateness, but this is not correct; it is better to define it as liberation. Let us take the example of an archer. If his arrow is weighed down with any objects, the flight of the arrow can only be spoiled. If people could learn to compare their inner actions with their physical activities, they would greatly enrich their consciousness.”  AG 463
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1/28/12
In thinking about the ‘pairs of opposites’* I am amazed at how often that archetype emerges in the soul perfection process. For instance, in the effort to change the mindset and thought process of that of generations of tribal tradition, it is necessary to change from that process of thinking like the world to that process of thinking like the subtle world – that of God’s – the divine. In the process of putting it into practice, I find I must isolate each ‘stinkin thinkin’ and replace it with the complete opposite. Fortunately, the ‘positive’ thought has more power than – and can cancel – the ‘negative’ thought, for the traditional thinking is quick to escape the intended snare, requiring the purposeful backtrack. Therein, we create our own world, utilizing the Law of Attraction to attract that life we prefer, removing ourselves from that merry-go-round of the miserable life we have been unknowingly creating for ourselves. God has said ‘Ye are gods’ because He has given us this power – HIS power, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent; it is called ‘Grace.’  It also speaks heavily to the words in the Holy Bible to speak the words you desire, not the words you presently perceive: “Let the weak say they are strong . . .” This was exhorted because of the power He has given us – the power to create with words and thoughts. In putting this exercise into practice, one may think they are lying, but let yourself make a choice: when you answer you have to be in agreement with one or the other, that of the world’s perception or that of the subtle world’s fact. Oh, that we could comprehend the power at our beckon; it’s abuse and its promise!

Vivika-Qi

*(Pairs of Opposites, Art of Living by B. Creme)

 

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