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Creation and Interpretation

Creation and Interpretation. These are two primary functionalities of what is called “the mind”. For the purpose of this article we examine only those two functionalities.

The Temple Teachers called them the “Twin Minds: The Creative Mind and The Perceiving Mind”.

The Teachers also talked about Consciousness and Volition, which, interestingly, come down to about the same thing: Consciousness relating to the Perceiving Mind, and Volition, the ability to use what you know to change/enhance your environment, relating to the Creative Mind.

So there is a constant Yin/Yang of

1) perceiving something and interpreting it and,

2) to the extent you have the interest, opportunity and ability to act, you make a change by creating something. For one thing, a focus is created, an interpretation of value to the focus, and you give this creation a supply of significance and sustainability. It may be simpler to say that you interpret it good or bad, give it a degree of good/bad, name it, focus on it, define it, then do what you have to do to manifest it. If it suits enough of your fancy, the creation reaches significance sufficient to be visible (in physical) to self and others.

“OK…”, you may say, “what does this mean to me right now?” Does seeing this motivate me to focus any energy somewhere and enhance life as I know it?”

As humans, we have a relatively high ratio of volition to consciousness, i.e. the ability to use the knowledge we have to do something to enhance life. The Teachers talk about creation being “conduction” of life force, creating the present moment by moment in the direction of our choice, almost like spraying a hose of life force, if you will.

A Wise Choice

What is a wise choice? Simple question, simple answer. A wise choice is one that is profitable and the wisest choice is one that is most profitable. So what do I mean by profitable? A Taoist teacher I was privileged to study with said that the Chinese saying “Wei Wu Wei” translates to “Do nothing, yet nothing is left undone.” What it means is, “Take the shortest or most efficient path where everything intended is accomplished with minimum effort/resistance.” So what is that most efficient path and how do you get there?

That takes a little overview and examination of the possible paths, but surely, regardless of the path, if you want to get from A to B, it would be preferable to have green lights all the way.

What gives you green lights? Qualification, protocol and timing. It helps to be qualified so that you get through the guarded doors along the way. To pass smoothly and quickly, you have to be in harmony with the conditions and people at each door and follow protocol. Though a cat could qualify for a cat show, it does not qualify for “The Voice” or “American Idol”, nor does a person who cannot sing. The winners of those shows are able to distinguish between notes and, generally, have been singing for years, and they conduct themselves in a manner that meets protocol. They have put their focus on their hearing and their voice sufficiently to have control and to create specific sounds at will, and to evoke feelings. This is their qualification. Secondly, they went to the right place (the audition) at the right time and, thirdly, they acted appropriately. You need both a viable seed and the right environmental conditions for the seed to sprout and bear fruit.

So, for the wisest, most profitable choices,
1) know where you intend to go,
2) focus enough to learn what you need to learn to pass through all the doors,
3) including what it’s like to live in harmony beyond each door, so all your transitions are smooth.
4) And be at the door when it is open.

This will minimize the time it takes to reach your goal, because the obstacles are minimized.

So, did you profit from this article? Must have been a wise choice.

Light, Love & Joy,

Jnana Sivananda

More on Decrees

Previously I presented and defined Decree vs Declare. The  following is an excerpt from The Gnosis and The Law by Tellis S. Papastavro, which contrasts a decree to prayer, and shows how a decree works, how the powers of creation are harnessed though a specialized application of speech, thought, emotion and action.

A “Decree” is an invocative request of an individual to God or His messengers, though the voice of the outer self, for the granting of a particular need, be it ephemeral or one’s own eternal freedom. It transcends common prayer in which the appeal takes the form of an entreat. In the “Decree” it is accepted as an accomplished fact. To many of us, these words had no more meaning or significance than similar admonitions presented in the scriptures and repeated time and again.
A “Decree” is more than a vocal expression, and its efficacy is determined not only by the amount of feeling and conviction that is released through it, but also, by the clarity of the thought form held in the mental body, showing the useful purpose of the request. This triad forms the pattern around which the physical energies of the worded decree coalesce, and are best depicted when the individual, through practice, becomes still and allows the energy, radiation and power of the “I AM” presence, through the Holy Christ Self to flow into and nourish the lower bodies of the outer consciousness. To accomplish this, however, it is most essential that these lower bodies be trained to be man’s servants and not his masters. The stilling of the mental body, the quiet surging of the emotions, and the refusal to allow the etheric body to conjure up failures and disillusions of the past, are of the most importance. Then the phrase “Be still and know that I AM God” becomes real in the use of “Decrees”.
The conscious application of the “I AM” Presence, through the “Decrees” makes every call a sure instrument for an answer.

This is very similar to the Temple Teachings. The Teachers tell us invocation of the archangels should be done in threes, Khamael, Gabriel, and a third archangel chosen according to the desired functionality. 1) Khamael is a statement of “I AM” acknowledging divine beingness, pure unapplied potential, 2) a “Holy Christ Self”, or God’s will manifest, is Gabriel (I Will), the choice to use the creative force, and 3) a clear thought form held in the mental body showing the useful purpose of the request is specified with the third archangel of the invocation.

The choice and focus on the useful purpose enough to clarify it adds another dimension to the creation and extends it in time, giving it more of a basis to build upon, and opening possibilities of differentiation and avenues of evolution of the creation. The ability to control, direct and maintain one’s focus and emotions, keep one’s body healthy, and remain positive and confident, keeps one in a divine mind-set, able and beneficent.

Perhaps my best recommendation for decrees is remember that Divine Will is the enhancement of all that is, so any of one’s creations, by decree or otherwise should intend to enhance mankind, in current and future experience.

Light, Love & Joy,
Seymour Lovejoy

In Process…

I started to create a “To-Do” list file today.  As I  quizzed myself for an appropriate file name, I realized that naming a list “To Do” or “To Be Done” is putting their completion into the future. You may say, “That’s reasonable. They aren’t done yet.”

However, the guidance of the Evergreens toward “Profitable Thinking”, indicates that there is a more profitable way, a way to reduce the time of manifestation of a desired state, all the while allowing that state be an evolving target, always being enhanced.

What we’re talking about is a change in perspective. You can put things in a box called “The Future” and never quite get there, or you can accomplish more, sooner, by declaring an evolving creation within an evolving box called “Now”.

Suppose “Now” was a file cabinet with three drawers, labelled: “Things Beginning”, “Things Evolving”, and “Things Completing”.  Notice the 3 words: “Beginning”, “Evolving” and “Completing”.  They all describe a current process. That’s a key message to the subconscious that it’s OK to have this situation manifest in the present. You may have been putting it off to the future, but now you’re giving yourself the go-ahead. When you and your subconscious support each other, you super-charge your work.

So… Want to get something going? Create three files: Things_Beginning, Things_Evolving, and Things_Completing, and document your projects in them.  See how quickly things take shape.

-Seymour Lovejoy


What is “Spiritual”?

People often think that being spiritual requires some extraordinary activity or some prescribed activity, when it’s not really the activity, it’s more about your consciousness, not just while you’re doing something, but even if you’re “doing nothing”. You can be sitting in your chair in front of the TV set or you can be on a missionary trip in Africa. The secret is your perspective, not just “the way things are”, but the way they can be, the way you use your thought.

Creation expands as things are produced and differentiate. The totality of Creation, including both pure potential and potential manifest, is constantly expanding as things happen. The accumulation of what has happened, what has been created, is growing moment by moment.  Part of that creation is the mental climate/environment of mankind, the combination of all thoughts of mankind.  We contribute to that climate/environment with each thought. With that in mind, the more you love, the more love there is “in the world”, and you don’t need to be in any particular place or be doing do any particular thing to think a loving thought.

Simply, “spiritual” progress is choosing to enhance or make something “better”, to add value to what is.  One of the beauties of Hindu perspectives is seeing or being reminded of God all day long, because every type of thing, culturally, relates to some aspect of God. So there can be a spiritual significance to any experience. This perspective enhances an ordinary experience.

Take, for instance, washing the dishes. Let’s put it in a context.  Are you doing it because it’s a chore and you “have to”, or is it because having clean dishes and a clean kitchen enhances your life and that of your family.  It can be an act of love. You can enhance it further by being joyful, being at peace, and sending blessings.

So to make your life more spiritual, enhance the mental environment. Put the otherwise ordinary things you do in a spiritual context. Look at them in a different way. Do them for love.  Love as you do them.  Laugh. Be joyful. Appreciate those who have helped you. Appreciate what you have learned from each experience. Be aware. Step outside yourself. Observe yourself doing what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, what you’re thinking. Watch for insights.

It enhances your life, doesn’t it?

-Seymour Lovejoy


A New Chapter

As always has been, the universe evolves from now to now, presenting new circumstances at an appropriate time. I’ve been easing into being self-employed since November due to a slow-down in business at work, and Friday last week was my last day.  Under the guise of “retirement” I intend to embark on my most creative chapter yet, increase exercise, eat wisely, open some doors and let energy flow though, guided by principles of Huna, my inner promptings and my training thus far.

Of course, if you want to move forward, you get to leave something behind, though our culture loves to keep things beyond the time they’re needed, and, indeed, promotes it.  One of the recurring themes in my study of “what is” and “what could be” is that every cycle naturally ends in release.  Keeping something beyond its appropriateness results in an accumulation of “stuff”, on physical, mental and emotional levels — and that slows you down on your journey.  In fact, it’s been said that our evolution to other realms depends on our being able to move on as soon as you have learned what was to be learned. You wouldn’t want to stay in the 8th grade if you had mastered all the necessary skills to graduate.

I heard a minister once say that when people want to change their life in some manner, she counsels that the first thing to do is to clean your closets, i.e. get rid of the things that are no longer needed, and the things that are not an appropriate part of the new life to be created. Sell or give things away that haven’t been touched in two years, recycle what can be, and junk what can’t.

And here it is, the beginning of Spring. It’s time to choose seeds, cultivate the soil appropriately in a place with the right amount of sun and space for the plant to grow to maturity. Do the same with projects: create/choose the appropriate environment, add the necessary functional components and support systems, and guide their growth with a loose rein.

Choose the destination, but allow the universe to present the vehicle, route and timeline as things progress. Too many expectations can lengthen the process according the beliefs about the steps involved. Things can be complex or can happen in a snap if Huna is used properly. Taoism calls it “Wei Wu Wei”, “Doing Without Doing”, or using minimum effort.

Ready to write a list of things to be done?

-Seymour Lovejoy


Huna – The Secret

Of course there have been many who have said that they have “The Secret”.  Some may, and some may not. What I’m saying is the definition of the word “Huna” in Hawaiian is “Secret”. What kind of secret is it? It’s not a secret that isn’t told. The information is available.  For instance, the Evergreens website has recordings of channeled information about Huna that give the whole rundown. And there are books by Max Freedom Long that give good insight to Huna. But what is it?

Huna is a functionality built into each one of us which we can use to optimize our life, to manifest our intentions in a most efficient way. As a functionality it can be used to help ourselves and others and it could be used to hurt others, but because of the way it works, using it to hurt others backfires and seriously hurts and eventually eliminates the hurter.

We’ve all heard of the conscious mind and the subconscious mind, and there’s also a superconscious mind. Huna calls them the “mid self”, the “lower self, and the “higher self”. The higher self is unlimited in its ability to create and manifest, but the “secret” is that access to the higher self is through the lower self under direction of the mid self. And, as my guru has said, “It’s simple, but it’s not that easy”.

The subconscious mind, as a good servant, takes whatever concepts you give it and does its best to replicate the world you expect and take you where you think you want to go, but “where you think you want to go” is based on everything you’ve been told and everything you’ve experienced, regardless of its validity or truth. Add to that complexes created by the intermingling of experiences and emotions tied to experiences. If the subconscious mind is filled with “garbage”, that’s what you will get in your life.

So, in order to effectively use the subconscious mind to access the superconscious mind, you need to do a lot of “housecleaning”.  For instance, we often do things or react to things in ways that may have been appropriate long ago, but are no longer appropriate because we’ve grown older or our circumstances have changed. It takes self-examination to see why we do things and react the way we do, and it takes will power and guidance to change the way we respond to things.  This is why “It’s simple, but it’s not that easy.”

The beauty of “the system”, if you will, is that an experience is an experience is an experience, i.e. if you use your imaging faculties to create images and tie to them positive thoughts and emotions, you can rewrite the meaning of an incident and, with your conscious mind, tell your subconscious mind, “This is the new meaning and it’s much better for us. Thank you for letting go of the old meaning, and letting the new one persist. Now, whenever ‘this thing happens’ you will respond in the new way.”

So, work with your subconscious mind. See what responses you have that are no longer appropriate. Re-interpret the past, respond in a manner that helps you and others. Create a new world, one step and one smile at a time.

Seymour Lovejoy


Learn to Love by Seeing How You Learn to Hate

I know it sounds strange, but the Evergreens suggest this and it makes sense, with an explanation. What they say is: Pick someone and find a fault with them, then another fault, then another fault.  What you’re doing is building up hate for that person, just by fault-finding.  So, hopefully, knowing this, you’ll start doing the opposite, i.e. stop finding fault and start looking for things to like. This goes along well with one of my favorite sayings: “You don’t have to forgive someone if you don’t take offense.” For sure we’ve been taught to find fault and take offense, but we really don’t have to live that way from now on.

Here’s a good exercise, then.  First of all, be watchful of what you think when you see people you know and don’t know. Find something likeable about them, even if it’s something small.  Smile at them.  You’re seeing more, you’re loving more, and you’re in joy more. What a gift to the world!

Seymour Lovejoy


Your Conversation with The Universe

Everything you experience, from your waking life, dreams, and other states of consciousness, is “the Universe” talking to you.  Your response in moment  to moment choices, conscious or otherwise, is you talking to “the Universe”.

A simple statement, perhaps, but within it are some very profitable concepts.

What do I mean by “The Universe”?  In this case, I mean “All That Is”. I could say “God”, but I would mean “All That Is”. What if what you’re experiencing is unpleasant or painful?   You would then have to examine the choices you made to be at that place and that time. Then use that as a lesson. Make choices which allow you to express a more enhanced version of yourself. Make changes in yourself. That is you responding to “The Universe”.

Mental and emotional experiences are as real as physical experiences, and mental and emotional choices are as significant as physical choices. You can take advantage of this by using your imagination, your creation slate,  to experience things more in line with a more enhanced version of yourself, whatever you decide that to be. Bottom line, focus your consciousness where you want it to be. Add focus time (chosen experience) where you want to learn and grow.

Take/make 2 experiences and call me in the morning.  🙂

Seymour Lovejoy


Get the Most Out of Life

So what does that mean? For me it means “Optimize your choices moment to moment.” But how do you do that?

According to the Evergreens, if you establish a connection with your inner self and your guides so that you recognize their guidance, they will make suggestions pointing you in the direction which you and they established for this embodiment/“lifetime” prior to making your appearance. Their guidance is happening all the time, but primarily on a subconscious level. So how can you make it more conscious?  Give it conscious focus.

Observe your feelings and thoughts. How do you recognize their guidance? First of all, know they won’t push, they will just suggest, not necessarily with words, though.  Get familiar with your feelings and the feelings you get from others. The first connection is with feelings, then, when you’re more familiar with your feelings, feelings can develop to ideas, which, as you trust more, are optimal moment-to-moment guidance.

A suggested exercise was given with the indication that 33 consecutive days would bring noticeable results.

Lying in bed just before sleep, imagine a face of someone looking down at you with a smile, and bid them adieu until next time. If they’re not smiling, find something within yourself that makes them smile, then bid them adieu. This concretizes your emotional connection.

And that’s just the beginning.

Are you willing to get started and keep it up for 33 days? I know you can.

Seymour Lovejoy