What? Me Worry?

Worry is a fearful focus on an idea or situation.  The other day, someone was wondering whether we should be worried about the Fukushima disaster damaging our fish food chain.

The Teachers would say “No, unless you want to attract the problem”. If you are worried, you are telling your subconscious mind that you need the experience to teach you not to worry.

Your purpose is to become a master. A master does not worry because he/she knows that they are divine, existence is eternal, and we can create the world we want by focusing on what we want, versus what we don’t want.

Since you are a creator, what you think is what you get moment by moment. The Teachers suggest saying “I deny that thought life” when you happen to accidentally use the law of “I am” by thinking of an unwanted condition, whether you use the words “I am” or not.

Even Jesus said, “It’s not what goes into one’s mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of his mouth”.

The Evergreens suggest that if you fear something, go through the entire experience in detail in your mind with all of the emotions, and envision yourself approaching it and dealing with it as a master would.  You can then learn from a lucid “daydream” rather than having to learn from an experience physically created by belief and worry. Envision the alternative successful mastery experience.

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


The Principles: A foundation

The teachers gave us a set of 9 Laws, which operate on 9 associated Principles, producing 9 associated Attributes. See Archangels_Laws_Chart.

This is the first of a set of articles on the Principles.  First, an overview.

What is a principle? Here are a couple of definitions from dictionary.com:

1) A fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived, e.g. the principles of modern physics

2) An adopted rule or method for application in action, e.g. a working principle for general use.

In general, we could say that a principle names or describes something which has been found to be a recurring and common experience, an observable phenomenon. Because it’s a common experience, it is considered to be foundational or fundamental, supporting or explaining other experiences. Judith expressed the importance of understanding the “creative power of life” principle, that life is creative by nature and unlimited in potential.

If one has a belief system built upon beneficial principles, one will create and experience beneficial things. It is to our advantage to incorporate perspectives and response patterns which consistently bring benefit to ourselves AND others, because if others are benefited, then our experiences of them will be beneficial as well.

Reading, writing, and arithmetic are considered foundational to the learning process. Similarly, the Temple Teachers have proposed a foundational set of principles, which, taken as a whole, are designed to assist us in spiritual growth and evolution to our greatest individual and group potential, the moment by moment and ultimate enhancement of All That Is.

This could be considered similar to what “religions” propose with their principles, but the proof of the pudding is in the taste thereof. The Teachers urge us to prove that their principles and suggestions are beneficial by using them, not blindly accepting them.

-Seymour Lovejoy


Maybe it IS Rocket Science?

My nephew, in his 30’s, is an aeronautical engineer working for Boeing. He studied rocket science, so on one of his holiday time visits I took advantage of all his studies and analysis of life thus far and asked him what he thought the nature of ALL THIS was.

“The best I’ve heard so far”, he said, “is that it’s a hologram.”

I was very pleased.  “The best I’ve heard so far” indicates his clarity on the fact that the nature of “WHAT IS” can, at best, be somewhat described with a model… Like the old parable of the 5 blind men describing an elephant based upon touching one part of it: a big leaf, a rope, a tree trunk.  Each only sees part of the whole.

The hologram model fits well with my studies as well. We’re each creating and sharing a community holo-deck, as it were, moment by moment, as in the Original Star Trek episode where their greatest desires and fears became manifest and confronted them, “Instant Karma”, if you will.  We’re projecting our expectations and beliefs into what appears to be a magnificent multi-dimensional array of pixels, evoking images and feelings and ideas which all feed back into the transmitter and come out as the next moment, mostly the same, but with changes indicating progression, cycles of growth and decay.

So the future is the flowering of the seed of the present, and we create the seed, right now. That makes us very powerful. But at the same time, wise choices will benefit you and the universe, and unwise choices will not. Choice is significant. Plan for enhancement. Enhance each moment with joy. Enhance your surroundings.  Appreciate everyone and everything. Enhance life.

Seymour Lovejoy


Decree vs Declare

Words have power. They direct consciousness. Most people are familiar with affirmations as a well-accepted means of positive personal change. Generally, they are spoken sentences of a format “I am…” followed by something positive, or they can be just a positive statement of the way things are or will be. By focusing your consciousness on a positive idea, its image and the feeling of its presence you give it substance in your life. And if you create and sustain the appropriate environment for it, the seed which you have just planted will come to fruition.

Consider these definitions:
To Declare is to state a fact, to acknowledge something created/existent.

To Decree is to create something well-defined, like a personal law that will govern one’s actions and thoughts, and to acknowledge the concreteness of the creation by acting in accordance with its present reality, whether yet visible to the eyes or not.

Affirmations are declarations. And use of “I am” is wielding the primary law of creation. A good reason to use it for self-enhancement, versus self-denigration.

A decree is an action taken explicitly for change. It is self-designated law for your personal world. It is from the perspective of a creator. You accept the creation’s existence like you accept gravity. “Done Deal.”

So, then. What to do with this information?

Declarations/Affirmations? Be careful with the use of “I am”, but find some good ones and go ahead.

A Decree, however, requires careful crafting and is not to be taken lightly because it involves more of a commitment and its effect can be more far-reaching. Use with mindfulness and caution.

Whatever you do, do it in love and joy.

Seymour Lovejoy


Point B

The general connotation of the phrase “getting from Point A to Point B” makes an assumption, that A and B are separate, with some “distance” in between, which one must navigate in some way, and experience the travel in some way. Realize, of course, that this perspective is a dual perspective promoted and accepted in a society that accepts duality as its modus operandi.

Our modern society, as a whole, doesn’t know much about a non-dual perspective named Advaita in Sanskrit, and part of Hindu tradition. Literally, A-dvaita, it means “not two”, i.e. a non-dual or monistic interpretation that can co-exist with the dual perspective – two ways to see and deal with the same thing.  Advaita advises that the most efficient way to get from Point A to Point B is to put your consciousness on Point B as a reality. Imagine what it’s like to be at Point B, the feelings, the sights, the sounds, the smells, and all that Point B presents. In that process of putting your focus on these experiences and feelings, you have given them substance.  You have created the components of Point B as you know they are.  Even if your eyes currently show you a “real” Point A, Point B’s blueprint has, in reality, been established with you in it.

The important thing is to accept it as a reality now and be thankful for it and not imagine any particular process for getting from Point A to Point B, because as soon as you think about having to do a particular sequence of things to get there, you’re ruling out other possibilities and means of Real-izing your presence at Point B, and you’re adding unnecessary time and experience to the process. If you think you have to swim the river, you may not see the speed boat offering you a ride.

In non-physical realms, such as what is called The Astral Realm, the world experienced in dreams, creation’s manifestation is immediate reality in one’s consciousness. If you think about Hawaii, your conscious is immediately there. You have switched to the Hawaii channel at will. Not controlling one’s thoughts results in tossing oneself around the universe, willy-nilly.

Now take this concept into the physical realm. If you fully accept the reality of the blueprint, and a conscious life not limited by time, and you do what the Point B version of you would do, Point A will fade and you’ll find yourself at Point B, with little or no effort expended.  It’s always good to cultivate and fertilize the soil and appropriately water where you plant a seed. Then the conditions will be right for the plant to flourish. If you want an audience with the Queen, get the clothes to be dressed appropriately.

So that’s the Point, Be.

Seymour Lovejoy



The Most Significant Things I’ve Learned

There are lots of “The Most Important Things I’ve Learned” articles out and about.  I’m taking a slightly different approach. The “most significant things”, as I define them, have a built in focus and direction toward human effectiveness. That is to say, they can serve as tools to make you more effective and get you to your goal sooner in an enhanced state. They can make life better by releasing your talents, the functionalities you have built within you, many of which are “gathering dust” but fully available.

One of these “most significant things” is that our nature is that of a creator.  As creations ourselves, we have the DNA of the creator, which includes the functionalities of awareness and the ability to create. We each experience things and use our mind, body and emotions to do things. We create our present, which is the seed or foundation of our future, by choosing, ideally, to enhance the world, to benefit ourselves and others, which is the essence of “God’s Will”.

Another significant thing is that every “thing” can be seen to be a composite of functionalities.  For instance, the physical body has multiple organs and special-purpose cells with singular functionalities.  Similarly, Huna (see Huna – the Secret), describes tools in our human tool belt for crafting an ideal life and supporting a positive and progressing evolution.  Our subconscious mind has full and direct access to our superconscious faculties, making all information available and any situation producible. That being said, two questions arise:

1) what are the “programs” (memories, attitudes, definitions, categorizations, beliefs, expectations) that are currently stored in our subconscious minds being sent to the creative faculties to produce and reproduce? And

2) what is an effective, efficient way to change the programs that drive the created output, namely, what we experience?

The answer to the first question is highly individual and requires self-examination, observation and analysis. To make this an efficient process, it behooves one to request and expect guidance, and learn to observe and listen to one’s thoughts. The ones that are not reactions may just well be your inner guidance.

As for the methodology, during your daily quiet time, pick a belief, categorization, attitude or expectation that that you have adopted. Is it still appropriate, sensible, loving and beneficial? If not, tell your subconscious mind that this is no longer appropriate and give it a positive, loving alternative to pass on to one’s creative faculty to create and out-picture. That’s it in a nutshell, but of course, since the subconscious loves to repeat things, you will have to be persistent and understanding.

Ready? Go.

-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


THE REAL DEAL – A Series of Commentaries

Perhaps it should be “A Real Deal”, since “The Real Deal” sometimes connotes singularity, as if there isn’t another deal that’s real. So first of all, what’s “Real” and what’s a “Deal”?

“Real”-ness comes in many flavors. You have your “physically” real, and “mentally” real and, some would say, “spiritually” real. Then there’s “relatively” real.  But those definitions are time consuming.

But what’s the point of a “Real Deal”?  If something is said to be “real”, why is it categorized as such? To whose benefit is it for something to be real?  (Now we’re getting somewhere!) Supposedly if someone says something is real, they are telling you about a phenomenon they have recognized, whether they know what to name it or not, and the information is given to you to use and respond to, as guidance, perhaps, and possibly to help them in some way.

But bottom line: “reality” comes down to significance, and what’s real and significant to you need not be real and significant to someone else. And then what’s a “deal”?  It’s a benefit to you. So a “Real Deal” is something someone says will definitely benefit you significantly. And they expect you to believe them.

So you have to determine if you trust them. If they are someone you have known or known of for a long time, you may fully trust them and respond in a manner that meets their expectation. On the other hand, if you don’t know them, you may ignore the information and consider it insignificant, or you may at least give it the “sniff test”, i.e. see if it’s plausible enough to investigate further.

So in my case, if I say something is a “Real Deal”, I would hope that you would give it a “sniff test” at least. Explore further. Try things. Do they make sense? Do they benefit you in any way? I would hope so.

-Seymour Lovejoy