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The Impersonal Life, Chapter VI THINKING AND CREATING
One day in meditation, I asked "One Being, what is your message for me in this moment?"
The answer returned, "Don't take things so seriously."
Later, it came to me to call the 'One Being' O.B. or, Oh, Be!
O.B., reminiscent of Obi-Wan Kenobi (the Star Wars Jedi / dʒɛˌdaɪ knight and father figure to Luke Skywalker) is more closely associated with other names, such as:
Allah Animating Principle Brahman Creative Source Elohim Father-Mother-God First Cause Great Spirit I Am that I Am Pure Consciousness Supreme Being Unified Field Unmoved Mover YHWH (יהוה)
As an aside, The unmoved mover (Ancient Greek: ὃ οὐ κινούμενος κινεῖ - "that which moves without being moved") is a monotheistic concept advanced by Aristotle, a polytheist, as a primary cause or "mover" of all the motion in the universe.
Aristotle argues that there must be an immortal, unchanging being, ultimately responsible for all wholeness and orderliness in the sensible world. - Wikipedia
Now, in playful moments, I refer to or talk with the One Being as O.B. And why not be on familiar terms with my True Self, the True Self of all that is?
The question comes from a particular perspective, which is my reality. It is based on my understanding that everything seen has a single, unified underlying essential core of being in the unseen, which is pure consciousness, the creative source, the one being. What then is humanity?
Spiritual beings in human bodies? Individuated units of consciousness? Sinners fallen from grace? A strand in the web of life? A biological phenomenon? An alien experiment? A manifesting idea originating from the source of life?
How I relate to the creative source, to the eternal, is the root of my self-created reality. Is the underlying "essence" a God of Laws who can be offended? A primal force of impersonal Nature? Pure consciousness, moving without being moved, observing and inhabiting its creations? How I imagine God, what I value and the way I see life determine my actions and relationships.
The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. — attributed to Chief Seattle
According to 'The Impersonal Life,' (as interpreted by my persona,) all ideas which manifest first originated from the I AM of all that is, from O.B.
Chapter Six details the process of consciously manifesting an idea. The book claims this process includes thinking. However, I like to differentiate between the effortless thought which arises from pure consciousness and analytical, rational thinking and reasoning.
Thought arrives effortlessly and is expansive whereas thinking requires effort and is constrictive. Thought received when a person is focused on aspects of pure consciousness and attuned to higher frequencies, more likely will reflect the highest choices for manifesting an original idea of creative source.
Briefly, the process of manifesting an idea as outlined by the book and re-touched by me is:
A new Idea fertile with possibilities appears
One grows quiet and focuses attention upon that Idea, stilling all activities of the mind and eliminating all other ideas and thoughts
Desire supplies the motive Power
The mind "thinks out" or "images in" to build mental forms into which O.B. can pour, as into a vacuum, the Impersonal, elemental, vital substance of the Idea.
Thinking out as it feels to me is a process of the analytical and rational brain. Imaging in is altogether different, sourced from the creative. I differ also with the book's assertions about desire. It continues,
The Idea actually comes forth into definite, tangible manifestation.
So it is that every thing, every condition, every event that ever transpired, was first an Idea in the mind. It was by desiring, by thinking, and by speaking forth the Word, that these ideas came into visible manifestation.
From Chapter 6:
First, try to realize that I made you in My Image and Likeness, and that I have My Being within you. Even if you do not know this now and believe that I, God, AM somewhere without, and that we are separated, try for the time being to imagine I AM within you.
Next, realize that which you do when you think is not real thinking, because it is not conscious thinking; for you are unconscious of Me, the Inspirer and Director of every idea and thought that enters your mind.
Next, realize because I AM within you, and you are My Image and Likeness, and therefore possess all of My Faculties, you have the power of thinking; but not being conscious that thinking is creating and that it is one of My Divine Powers you are using, you have indeed all your life been thinking, but it has all been mis-thinking, or what you would call error-thinking.
And this error-thinking, this not knowing it is My Power you have been thus misusing, has been separating you in consciousness farther and farther from Me; but all the time fulfilling My Purpose, which later on will be made manifest to you.
The proof of this is, you think you are separated from Me, that you are living in a material World, that your body of Flesh engenders and harbors pleasure and pain, and that an evil influence, called the Devil, is manifesting in the world, opposing My Will.
Yes, you think all these things are so. They are—to you, for all things are to man’s mortal consciousness what he thinks or believes they are.
It is only by your thinking these other things, by allowing these inharmonious thoughts to enter your mind and by so doing giving them the power so to affect or disturb you, that they have any such influence over you. When you stop thinking into them this power, and turn within to Me and allow Me to direct your thinking, they will at once disappear from your consciousness, and dissolve into the nothingness from which you created them by your thinking.
When you are willing to do this, then and then only are you ready to receive Truth, and, by proper conscious thinking, directed by Me, to create the true and permanent things I within wish you to create.
it is first wholly necessary that you learn HOW to think, how to know Your thoughts, those directed by Me, from the thoughts of others; how to trace thoughts back to their source and to banish undesirable ones at will from your consciousness; and finally how to control and utilize your desires so that they will always serve YOU, instead of your being a slave to them.
You have within you all possibilities. For I AM there. My Idea must express, and It must express through you. It will express itself perfectly—if you but let it; if you will only still your human mind, put aside all personal ideas, beliefs and opinions, and let it flow forth. All you need to do is to turn within to Me, and let Me direct your thinking and your desires, let Me express whatever I will, you personally accepting and doing what I desire you to do. Then will your desires come true, your life become one grand harmony, your world a heaven and your self one with My Self.
When you have begun to realize this and have glimpsed somewhat of its inner meaning, then you will be ready to grasp the real import of what follows.