In Lesson 14, we learn there is “mind in every atom of the body,” called the negative or subconscious mind – subconscious because “it acts without our conscious knowledge.” And, “we have found that this subconscious mind is responsive to the will of the conscious mind.”
We see that “things in themselves have no origin, permanency, or reality” and since things “are produced by thought, they can be erased by thought.”
Haanel also says that we find that “every man is the reflection of the thought he has entertained during his lifetime.” He continues with “the objective world is controlled by an unseen power… the Infinite or Universal Mind” and that the “subconscious mind [is] the connecting link between the Universal Mind and the conscious mind.” And while “the conscious mind can consciously suggest thoughts which the subconscious mind will put into action…no limit can be placed upon its activities.”
Paragraph 24 states, “Yet there are many who are not ready to enter into the discipline necessary to think correctly, even though it is evident that wrong thinking has brought failure.”
Paragraph 25 then continues,”Thought is the only reality; conditions are but the outward manifestations; [and] as the thought changes, all outward or material conditions must change in order to be in harmony with their creator, which is thought.”
And yet, we are told that “the thought must be clear cut, steady, fixed, definite, unchangeable.”
And, most importantly, “If you enter into the discipline necessary to bring about a radical change in your life, you must do so deliberately, after giving the matter careful thought and full consideration, and then you must allow nothing to interfere with your decision.”
“If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop an harmonious mental attitude”…so that…”Your world without will be a reflection of your world within.” Yet this will happen only if “you will be conscious of nothing but harmony.”
Our Christmas holiday went not at all as we would have consciously planned. Given that I forgot to put up any energetic boundaries prior to the visit, perhaps things were simply a painful reflection of the thoughts I entertained from previous Christmas seasons. I went into Fear Paralysis Reflex mode for the 5 days over Christmas, yet I’m seeing now that the situation gave me the opportunity to speak my need that, in future, I would no longer put myself in that same situation. I believe we all deserve to have at least a peaceful Christmas and that the best way to accomplish this, in future, will be for me to remain home while my husband visits with his family. A Fear Paralysis Reflex does love solitude, so this will not be a hardship. And THIS will allow me to “be conscious of nothing but harmony” – a wonderful way to end the old year and powerfully envision the new year.
We are told that “we learn by doing” and that “reading these lessons will get you nowhere. It is in the practical application that the value consists.”
I think that working with the MKMMA material, I felt empowered to find this practical solution to a very uncomfortable situation. I feel much more relaxed now – and I’m writing my blog at an English Country Dance evening on New Year’s Eve as a way of enjoying a social visit with our friends in Victoria. I’ll be able to get this into wordpress as soon as we return to our friends’ home and still make the midnight (Hawaii time) deadline.
George Mathew Adams suggests one “Learn to keep the door shut, keep out of your mind and out of your world, every element that seeks admittance with no definite helpful end in view.”
And, so, I promise to develop an harmonious mental attitude so that my “world without” will be a reflection of my “world within.” I further promise to create this by “being conscious of nothing but harmony” and by admitting only helpful, positive things into my mind and into my world.
With that, I wish you all Blwyddyn Newydd Dda (Welsh for “Happy New Year”) and I promise to assist in creating harmony for us all in MKMMA during 2016 and beyond. And I always keep my promises.
Eich iechyd da (Welsh for “Your Good Health”)