ATTAINMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT
This is as consistent a summary of laws and principles on this subject as I've been able to assemble. I have attempted to translate for 'normal consumption' although "regular folk" may have to read this a couple of times to bring it all into context. It is broadly representative, if not exhaustive, and is collected from the more authoritative sources of existential wisdom, metaphysical precepts, and concepts. The more basic of these I would consider "Universal Laws and Principles." Listed below are the 'laws' that I have found more specific to the human mind, and the dynamics regarding magnetism, creation, and related inner forces and momentums. We go in depth into their practical application (from the author's approach) in other essays. Most of the essays mentioned here are found at the Body-Mind Integration web site, at the addresses shown in the "Related Articles" section further below. Note: It can difficult to communicate the more complex eclectic topics effectively in an essay or two, where it can easily be overly generalized relative to ones individual experience(s). Some of the below material may fall into that category. Whereas a personally written or verbal exchange based on one's own experience and perceptions might fill in many gaps. EG: When someone is telling me their story, I can address, can be present with and for the individual and his/her circumstance as best I can learn to do so in that period of time.
BASIC MIND-BODY COSMOLOGY
(C1) The order of creation on the earth plane (according to most metaphysically-oriented philosophies/systems of the last 12,000 years, or at least as recorded since then) begins first with the inspiration or the idea (via the mental body); second, with the motivation (via the emotional body) to do, have, and/or be; and third, after formation in the bio-etheric realm [that of bio-energetics, meridians, aura's as seen by a few people] it finally gets manifested into physical existence. Things are brought from the more subtle realms of existence into 'the physical' realm via spoken word, physical deed. Sometimes things are "manifested" simply through the recognition - by the five senses - that something *already* exists!. This latter statement pertains to beliefs (as the precursor to the thing or situation to be manifested), whether conscious or subconscious.
(C2) Whether or not you get what you want, divine law says that you always get what you need (although it may appear contrary to our conscious belief system) One may NEED to change one's BELIEFS, in order that one's DESIRES become aligned with one's (true or higher) NEEDS. Implied here is that beliefs and desires are directly related, whereas desires (or beliefs) and actual needs may be quite different. Awareness of what one desires and believes is important in determining what one needs, and from this one better knows what one may receive. Also that prayers are always answered; "prayers" in this case, include ALL of ones thought and spoken word - to our less than official gods, as well as That/those we might call God.) From here one can determine choices, goals, and priorities. See "The Achievement of Goals, Attainment and the Role of Inner-Work" (sometimes referred to as "The Goal Chart") and other elaboration in the essay on "Abundance." [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]
(C3) Desires are based on beliefs. All of one's beliefs affect one's perception of and response to one's environment. They also affect one's personal magnetism -- and therefore the way in which one attracts people, things and opportunities to oneself. In such ways, beliefs affect one's manner of manifesting things/experiences. This makes sense (and is a little more palatable) when one understands that, with the exception perhaps, of a rare few people on the planet, not all of one's beliefs are CONSCIOUSLY known or accessible under normal conditions-- many may be forgotten or repressed. Hence, the existential tenant that "ONE GETS ONLY WHAT ONE BELIEVES IN." Unconscious beliefs -- about self, others, life, health, wealth, death, etc. -- can have AS MUCH OR EVEN MORE impact on what we attract/create as can conscious beliefs!
(C4) It is not unusual to have contradictory beliefs any more than it is to have mixed feelings or conflicting goals, but in the case of strongly conflicting beliefs, one of the two is usually subconscious. This is illustrated when we put conscious effort in one direction and discover, after the fact, that we have also blocked that direction. Contradicting directions is the major (if not only) source of excess tension in the mind and body. "Excess" here means harmful to some degree or potentially harmful if maintained on a permanent basis. Tension is also the physical correlation of motivation, drive, or "charge", and it is indicative of a (subjective, felt) state of incompletion. That is not "bad," it is simply a communication that "begs" (eventually needs) to be addressed, metaphysically speaking, but more on that in another essay.
(C5) Unconscious beliefs are unconscious generally due to their having been associated with an event, often traumatic, that one unconsciously fears the memory of. For this reason the memory and various associated data was repressed (referring to that "setup" again). This fear is at least part of the charge that holds on to the belief, and there are likely other emotions that were not allowed/safe to be felt and/or expressed at the time of the event. It requires energy to repress high-impact information from memory access and a lot of repression can cause exhaustion in otherwise "high energy" individuals. Here is where the creation of "coping mechanisms" comes into play (see next section). There is much to be said for the integrated process of acceptance of the "shadow" aspects of self; see the essay on Self-Parenting.
In E5, further below, we go into "The problem" of magnetism, attraction, and the timing of related cause and effect dynamics and about that ole' "new age" saying, "We create our experience."
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BELIEFS AND THE BODY-MIND
(BM1) Bones (the skeleton, posture and movement, alignment and mis-alignment) are moved or held by muscles, muscles are moved or held by attitudes, reaction patterns, and other emotion/ feeling-charged thoughts. These are governed overall by beliefs. Beliefs are the result of thoughts and/or personal experience -- physically manifested and/or imagined. The intensity of the experience determines the power of the belief, and therefore the degree of momentum invested in any related postural or movement pattern manifested in the body. These invested patterns are sometimes referred to as "Body-Memory".
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AS REGARDS THE MORE ESOTERIC BELIEFS
(E1) Beliefs are the result of learning -- observation and/or mentally applied focus/analysis. Personal experience includes conditioning by one's environment -- culture, mores, religion, actual physical surroundings, events and interactions with all that goes into that. Our conditioning, as regards concepts of time and space, size and solidity, reality and illusion, is very subtly but powerfully determined by what are called "planetary thoughtforms". These thoughforms (ie: "walls are solid" or "water is not solid enough to walk on") are no more than the result many people's common beliefs charged with emotion - millions of people for thousands of years (or more). The more frequent the case of absolute faith in the truth of them over great periods of time, the more powerful the thoughtform. Which is why those few who actually are able to free themselves of them are called "masters." Those include a relative few yogis (who do amazing feats that most anyone would consider miracles), including those who have indeed walked on water. [related note: Walking on fired coals without getting burned, all by intention, is neither a small example, nor a sure sign of self-mastery or self-realization. You might enjoy a book that also serves as a good reference in this regard: 'Autobiography of a Yogi' by Paramahansa Yogananda.]
(E2) This brings up the questions and concepts as relates belief to reality "to truth". How true is a belief that is impermanent? Now, we may wonder how we define "permanent". Rest assured, most all ancient philosophies grant permanence to some things, however few compared to what the average learned person believes. Intelligence as "normally" learned/perceived is not, in the views of masters of ancient wisdom, necessarily an indicator of a "healthy" or "spiritual" belief system, or visa versa. An in-depth body-mind awareness would be considered practical intelligence, and a conscious and constructive use of that awareness would be considered healthy and even spiritual.
(E3) For a more comprehensive guide to understanding and working with belief patterns and complexes, I suggest The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts and You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay, as well as the previously mentioned How to Enjoy All of Your Life, by Phil Laut. Once you are feeling particularly courageous, try out "Right Use of Will", and/or "Original Cause, the Unseen Role of Denial", by Ceanne DeRohan.
(E4) But for life to change on the earth plane -- towards more wholeness and well-being -- physical actions and creations need be made consistent with the principles of wholeness and well-being. This is not meant to be an invalidation of other sensing faculties or to say that things on non-physical levels have no useful role.
(E5) "The problem" of magnetism, attraction, and the timing of related cause and effect dynamics (especially including that ole' "new age" saying, "We create our experience"): As regards "divine law says that you always get what you need (although it may appear contrary to our conscious belief system)" and "All of one's beliefs ...also affect one's personal magnetism -- and therefore the way in which one attracts people, things and opportunities to oneself..." [and most all else above]: There would appear to most people to be great complexity, if not incredulity, regarding or due to the timing of the dynamics of cause (the magnet) and effect (that which is attracted to the magnet). And this incredulity is understandable. We could say *there are multiple and interracting factors over ANY amount of time (and/or other planes of reality) that determine how and when such 'rules' apply.* Remember the part in "Intro Note 2" about our early childhood influences, conditioning, programming, etc. Which we call "the setup" provided via past lives and related karma, metaphysically speaking (?)
(E6) The primary rule of karma (referring to E5) is that we get exactly what we need in order to learn whatever we need to learn. Including, eventually (over whatever number of lives and/or amount of time it takes) to learn unconditional LOVE - the kind of LOVE that spiritual masters such as Jesus and Buhhda lived and breathed. That is a big part of the evolution of the soul. Thence the need for reincarnation in order to assure there is enough variety of experience AND/WITH time in a physical body on a physical plane- to achieve that and other necessary learning. There is no free pass with reincarnation, ie: the "easy way out" becomes one more thing to learn about, "every hair ...is counted," such that karma implies "Eternal Responsibility." And yet, learning does not necesitate pain or hardship, there is also "good karma" if you will. Its about balance. A key practical point here being that, when sufficient numbers of people/souls consciously recognize this very direct sow & reap relationship, then we will, as a planetary society, begin to act much much more responsibly.
| I've devoted a fair amount of time in presenting the case for recognizing (the law of) Karma, and it's sister law, reincarnation, LOGICALLY as well as historically, as the most viable cause & effect dynamic for how & why many, if not most events take place. There are many references and notes on the subject of karma and reincarnation at this site, as well as a few in depth essays, including "On Learning, Fairness, Truth, and Peace" at the "Evolution Trends" page. [A site search engine is available at the bottom of every page at this site, as well as a link to the "Chalice Bridge Update Page" (chronology of edits, additions, etc). For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]
[Note: With all due respect to those who maintain something to the effect that spiritual focus is all one should have, be, or do, and that thinking should be given up for a pure intuitive mind, I will add this: By faith and some degree of experience at least, I acknowledge the value of spiritual principles. I have also studied many and various spiritual or metaphysical systems or philosophies, some in depth, some in brief. I dare say, the hours I've spent in reading, contemplation, or meditation on these subjects alone would likely earn an associate degree. And yet, I am strongly influenced by the phrases, "In the world, but not of the world" and "...on earth as it is in heaven." I am also influenced by a hard-earned Left-Right brain balance developed between my Capricorn practicality and my Aries Moon, both as part a cardinal cross that also includes a Mars-Neptune conjunction in Libra and Uranus in Cancer. An astrologist called it "like managing four horses pulling in opposite directions," while adding that the Capricorn begins on land, then explores the depths of the sea, then climbs the mountain. Hence, I see, I think, I feel, and I write. ].
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A PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHANGING ONE'S LIFE
(relative to the above principles)
(R1) If you want to change your life (including your body), you may need to find out which of your beliefs are not working for you and your goals, and replace them with beliefs that will. For one way to at least begin that, I refer you to the charts, "The Achievement of Goals, Attainment and the Role of Inner-Work" (sometimes referred to as "The Goal Chart"), "The Goal Chart WorkSheet", and accompanying notes in the chapter on Abundance.
[That isn't a complete regimen, of course, and the regimen for you depends on your personal learning style among many other factors. And even then, it generally isn't easy, mainly because habits are difficult to break. And yet, that is exactly the potential benefit from investing time and application of principles illustrated in 'What The Bleep Do We Know - Down the Rabbit, Hole' (the DVD, available at most video outlets). This DVD is also one great means of learning about and enhancing your neuroplasticity, with the brain essentially being a tool kit that we each have opportunities to develop and enhance, even repair - from within. More on that via the Bleep Tool Kit section (via refs below).
And/or if you want a few lists of key developmental activities for consideration, I can send you that if you'll contact me via info in the author/footer section].
More On "Ideals", added Jan'11):
For many readers as well as this author, many of the ideals stated or implied on various pages at my site are supremely challenging to say the least, and understandably so. I write on the topic because I believe ideals help us formulate a useful vision by which we can effectively develop realistic and purposeful goals. Very few get to live up to our highest ideals, but without ideals, what would we live up to? More pragmatically (?) on the subject: "On Potential Realities, Ideals, Goals, and Accomplishment" at the "Evolution Trends" page, "More On 'Ideals'" & "...the Concept of Perfection" at the page, "Compassion, Healing, and The Practitioner -- and Detouring 'Burn-out'," "The Goal Chart - A Flow-Chart of the Human Psyche in Growth Facilitation and The Achievement of Goals, Attainment, and the Role of Inner-Work", And "Heart's Desire, Ideals, & Accomplishment" (Aug'11, on same page) is About clarifying what we most truly want, and how we can have that... also about HOW we respond to Pain & Loss (whether caused by disease, ourselves, others, or the economy) and are brought back together again - the *how* that can MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE. [For best context, keep reading here, go there later.]
PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF GESTALT
AND METAPHYSICAL TECHNIQUES
(P1) Affirmations can be designed and used to uncover subconscious beliefs (see #9 below), but other methods are added for releasing the beliefs, due to related emotional aspects.
(P2) One cannot release what one has not forgiven and one cannot forgive what one has not allowed oneself to feel. * This concept is skillfully elaborated on by John Gray in What You Can Feel, You Can Heal. While this release can be done on one's own, it is rarely if ever premeditated depending on the scale of the catharsis. Much can be accomplished short of this (catharsis) with journaling and other self-help methods in processing "negative-judged feelings" and contradicting beliefs. We usually come to a point where those who are trained/experienced in facilitating release of deeply stored emotion and providing a loving, empathetic, but objective atmosphere, can assist us through otherwise very sluggish situations.
(P3) The following is a very brief description of common relationship dynamics between the mental body and emotional body. Please refer to the chapter on the emotional body for clarification. The mental body and the emotional body speak different languages. They can communicate, but for mental-dominant people, this is not often a reliable skill. The "civilized" mind is generally encouraged to be mental-dominant from birth, as we are too often conditioned not to trust our own feeling-senses when, as an infant, our parents seem to be in disagreement with them.
Re-bridging the thought-emotion gap involves dramatic changes in how the mind regards emotional experience, particularly in terms of judgment and control. When the mind, which loves to analyse, jumps into a therapeutic emotional experience, a "discharge", it tends to prevent the discharge from continuing to completion. Once the mind can take a position of observation and allowingness, and surrender to the discharge, it begins to learn that it can do an even better job of analyzing, the situation - afterwards. And it learns to value the contribution and role of the emotional body.
(P4) There is a difference between releasing the emotional charge and getting caught up in "recycling" the emotion. In the latter, the belief is usually strengthened, the emotion is "entertained" as right and justified, as opposed to "understandable, all things considered." The whole complex then is given more power. This begins to change once the individual begins to become aware of the deeper aspects of the whole scenario as s/he is entertaining the complex. This may be very difficult to understand prior to experiencing it. It may be appropriate at this time to make a note to see "Seven Phases of Personal Growth."
(P5) To the degree of effectiveness that we have done "the Four R's" (Review, Release, Re-evaluate, Re-direct [per "Feedback And Recycle Loop" Chart at the "Goal Chart" page, partially based on main "Body-Mind Integration" essay]) with a given complex, we come to respond to situations (related to that complex) in a wholly new way. Before, when our "buttons were pushed," we reacted automatically in ways we later regretted and maybe even were amazed at. Now we begin to observe how we react/respond and experience more choice in how we respond in the situation. This can produce quite a rush of wonderful feelings -- empowerment and joy, completion (of an initiation hard fought), confidence in your capacities to deal effectively with challenge, while feeling love and loved at the same time.
(P6) It needs to be emphasized here, and in general, that the term "therapy" is meant here as any exercise that is self-employed or assisted by friends or professionals towards self-improvement, growth, personality change, etc. There would be no stigma attached to this process if not for the addictive need of the average "civilized person" of society to appear "normal" (whatever that means) before others. We need to allow ourselves to see this for what it is -- fear of disapproval, rejection, loss of love and security -- resulting in our giving away our power to be all that we can be. Then, as individuals and as a society, we will allow ourselves to face our insecurities, forgive our judgments, release our guilt, and begin to move out of the rut of helplessness that underlies our feelings of powerlessness. But I do see and feel that we are doing just that.
(P7) Certain types of meditation, Vipassana for example, facilitate self-knowledge and detachment from the various aspects of one's mind and emotions and body, uncovering hidden elements and giving clarity as to purpose, directions, and resources. This kind of detachment refers to a distancing from the pushes and pulls of emotions, so as to obtain an objective yet responsible state of awareness. This state is not the same as denial of feelings or being out of touch with emotional aspects of life on the earth plane. One of the best resources for this is A Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine.
(P8) Affirmations can also be used to "out-gun" inappropriate beliefs by simply repeating an affirmation counter to the unwanted belief, while applying a corresponding feeling to verbalization. However, this is a matter of applied force of will against the force of your subconscious and, without working at deeper levels as noted above, is temporarily effective at best. A good analogy would be the use of aerosol on odors.
(P9) Affirmations are best used to uncover and to replace the old belief(s). (See the Essay, "Using Affirmations to Uncover and Transform Negative Beliefs and Attitudes," by Douglas Bloch). Affirmations are also effective vehicles for reinforcing the connection with one's divine qualities. Mantras are designed/inspired for this action of synthesis. Ancient mantras have been magnetized by the millions of conscious repetitions by Masters and aspirants down through the ages. The resulting powerful and "positive" energy increases the connection of divine qualities (those specifically invoked by the mantra) to those using the mantra today.
(P10) The appropriate use of questions, termed here "Positive Response Questions" (PRQ's), can be highly effective and less likely to "trigger" that part of one that feels a need to prove the old belief is more true. Please refer to [the chapter and exercises on this topic] the essays, "The Use of Questions in Affirmation Therapy" and "Quest & Soul You Shen -- Question and Solution Technique."
Very Related, each best read in context with each other and the above, and likely(?) best in the order listed [For best context, keep reading (we're almost done with the page essay), go with this in-depth set of techniques and related concepts later.] :
"Strategies And Techniques for Efficient Body-Sizing Strategies" - because this same approach works for many other ways of (coping mechanisms for) dealing with stored emotions, including anger which is always about loss, whether actual, percieved, past or anticipated. Just brief through the (possibly highly analogous) parts about weight or body-size.
"Understanding the Pattern Triad and The Body Pattern Assessment" and "The Pattern Triad Components" section - About Mind-Body Relationships, (from) coping mechanisms, (to) skills, (to) gifts through challenges on one's Life Path. This page is about how the body has habitually responded to experience is evidenced by the body's holding and movement patterns, including weight distribution. The first section or two about coping mechanisms should be good for now.
"Pain Management & Body Parenting" - a brief overview, but includes some good points not covered elsewhere here, as well as a little different way of relating the ones that are. "Anger - Modes & Complexities" may be helpful as well.
Pain, Relative to "True Courage vs Toughness" about anger as related to loss, coping mechanisms around that - read if as applies. If it does, consider the next section, "Notes On Pain From A Gestalt Perspective." If get caught up too deep, take a break and/or come back here, go on to the next suggested reading...
"The Use Of Questions (and Gestalt approach) In Effective Affirmation Therapy - Theory and Examples for Practical Application" -- Sample PRQ's (Positive Response Questions) - get the feel of how the PRQ's work, read the preamble, look for the one about :How joyfully am I effectively responding to potential emotion-stirring current or past situations" - not to worry about it sounding "too positive," there is helpful overview of the healing process as well as technique here.
The Forgiveness Set including "The Most Difficult Forgiveness," "Forgiveness" - Transcript of Talk by Janeane Weprin, and "Asking for Forgiveness, & What's Trust Got to Do With It?"
The Body-Mind Approaches page includes some worthwhile sections, including "Which Approach For EMOTIONS?", "About Therapy (Reason for & against seeking it)."
And now, you may need to recheck those above links for the inner-child related viewpoints, and the therapeutic journaling technique, and use of the pillow. And you can always email me for clarification, maybe a customized tip or two
| SUMMARY NOTE or "What To Believe About 'What To Believe' - about ourselves, individually - and how that effects us socially or communally" - For those that have a belief system that coalesces all that which it also accepts, includes, and encourages into a working whole: Physical bodies - that is their multiple universes of bodily cells and systems- are much more likely to "behave" according to that belief system, an important part of which behavior includes their immune system that maintains their bodies - also in that accordance with that belief system. Elaboration on that concept, in the form of specific examples, as well as scientific backup and practical applications, particularly as related to self-healing, can be found at the "Body-Mind Integration" and "Body-Mind Nutrition" pages. Look for references to Dan Siegel and Mindsight Institute if interested in brain-mind research findings as related to body-mind integration. Related from there include the "Notes on Beliefs, Healing, and Prayer" page, and for more communal applications (besides E6 above), the "World Healing Prayers over Sacred Geometry Graphic Backgrounds" pages. [Via "Related Articles" section. For best context, review your reading here, make a list of which references you want to go to next, and take your time - as required to let these kinds of things sink in.]
At right, "Sacred Symbols Out of the Void A2B" by Chris Pringer, October 2015
(full size at gallery at Fine Art America)
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