Someone asked, “What is the right way of thinking?”

Primarily, it is thought motivated by love. It is also thought that is both realistic and optimistic. It is thought that is not burdened by fear or excessive desire. It does not suffer from hardening of the categories. It is creative, innovative, and not overly subject to the group-think pressures of surrounding society. Right thinking does not confuse things with words. It respects tradition, but is not bound by it, and demonstrates common sense. Right thought strives to the future and does not limit itself. Yet right thought knows its limitations and is not egotistic. The right thinking mind is sensitive to that which is beyond the mind—it is illuminated by the soul.

Recommended reading in right thinking:

As_a_man_thinketh.pdf

Psycho-Cybernetics.pdf

Insights for the Age of Aquarius

 

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Someone asked, “How does the veil between life and death work?”

Externally or physically, the things we know are those that reach the brain. And for most of us, there is a mechanism that keeps us largely focused on things physical, on experiences coming through the five senses. But the threads of our lives run deep into psychic and spiritual worlds, and there is a part of us with other senses, a higher or deeper part of which we, ensconced as we are in the physical brain, remain largely unconscious.

We live our life, so speak, in parallel worlds and in addition to our ordinary waking consciousness, have also a vast and mostly hidden life. It is a life of which we, in our physical brain consciousness, remain mostly ignorant. The worlds, or rather the dimensions of this world, in which the so-called dead live is always present with us but is largely unperceived. For most of us that is the design of nature and the way, for the time being, that it should be.

It is as if a one-way mirror stands between our ordinary consciousness and the heights and depths of our life in the psychic and spiritual worlds. Our brain lives on the reflective side of the mirror, and our higher self lives on the transparent side. Usually we are unconscious—at the brain level–of our larger identity and it’s life on the inner planes, and we do not realize to what extent we live this higher life, and do we realize that our “I” is but a small part of a larger deeper consciousness. At all times, the deeper part is an active participant in our life, but while the material world engages most of our attention, our brain usually registers little of this deeper nature. Most of what we are in our higher nature is hidden behind the one-way mirror so that when we look inward we see only the usual physical and emotional awareness. But there is another part of us that lives on the far side of the mirror, and in that space sees not only down toward physical personality, but outward to the psychic worlds and up to the worlds of spiritual.

Each of us is structured differently according to our needs and karmic conditions, so not all mirrors are the same. And the matter-energy barrier, of which our “mirror” is symbolic, is not a static veil but a dynamic one, being part of the living etheric structure of our bodies. And sometimes, our mirror, or part of it, becomes more like translucent glass or a transparent window. Then for a time the mirror may no longer act as a complete barrier between worlds, so that we register part of our inner life in the brain. Then, to some degree, we experience continuity of consciousness where our brain registers not only the usual physical existence, but also aspects of spiritual or psychic life.

 

 

Someone asked, “What is thinking?”

Thinking is a process and experience that is, in its essence, subjective. We can trace the electric tracks of it in the brain but that does not translate into real knowledge of what thinking actually is and what people are doing when they think. As a few others here here pointed out, there are diverse definitions of thinking on which people disagree. But it is fundamentally mysterious. We can hypothesize about the mechanics of it and, for instance, we can say that it is the ability to relate X and Y and to form concepts (perceived relationships) between and among things. This paragraph, for instances names a number of things and suggest relationships between then and so shapes a concept of “thinking” in the mind of the reader. This process clearly draws on the memories and experiences of the individual writer and reader and on his or her ability to work with the concepts named and see the relationships. But what is actually happening in my mind as I write and in your mind as you read, that remains a fundamental mystery that is linked to the nature of what a human being is.

Notice then that thinking means different things to different people. People look inside themselves and say “I think,” but what they are actually referring to is clearly somewhat different from person to person. One important distinction is the one between thought and emotion and I think that what most call “thought” is actually a blend of thought and emotion or desire. There is word for this in Sanskrit where the blend is called “kama manas,” see: Thinking and Kama-Manas with Special Relevance to Politics and Religion

“Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.”
George Bernard Shaw

There are also different thinking styles, and people use different proportions of words, images, and concepts which they identify as “thinking,” and of course individuals vary widely in their ability to work wisely and intelligently with the concepts. And I think many people do very little thinking in the academic sense where thought deliberately follows a model of reasoning or critical thinking. And many just experience emotions, some images, chains of word associations, and that is what they call their “thinking.” It should be obvious that most people do not think in any formal or semantic manner the way academic textbooks define it. In the real world, and given the state of human evolution, thinking is a rather sloppy and hit and miss process that blends emotions, images, words, concepts, perceptions, and intuitions. And some varying mix of all this is vaguely called “thinking.”

Another key factor to consider is that people tend to believe that their thoughts are individual and consciously chosen. But in fact, most thinking is “group-think,” a kind of response to mass consciousness. Thinking is far more of a group phenomena than is usually realized. That theme, and some other deeper aspects defining thinking are addressed in the following movie clip montage:

Someone asked, “If humans only have one life, why does anything each individual does matter?”

Humans have not one, but many lives, see: Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

Everything and every person matters. It matters very much to the individual because cumulative choices determine individual and collective destiny. It matters cosmically in various degrees because each individual is a part of the large whole and there is an underlying unity and purpose that binds us all together. The consciousness that things matter, and the degrees of it, arise out of the realization of love in the spiritual sense of that word.

Someone asked, “With regard to karma, what are the rules and morals to avoid being punished?”

Karma does not punish. Karma is for education and the evolution of consciousness. When you put your hand in the fire, that also is a kind of immediate karma. The fire is not a personal agent of punishment but the natural working of law. It is the same with karma though usually the effect is not immediate. It is we who punish or reward ourselves by our choices.

Karma, in forms we perceive as good or bad, is the working of natural law. There is one master key to working with the law in ways that do not rebound painfully upon us. That key is the higher law, which is the path of love. Love transcends the lower law by imposition of a higher one. We are speaking of true love that is wisdom in action. The opposite of love is extreme selfishness and it is that which is at the root of painful karma.

But it is better not to think negatively in terms of avoiding punishment. Rather think positively in terms of right living by and through love. Love is light. If bad karma is darkness, then love banishes it with light. You don’t have to shovel out the darkness—just turn on the light.

Some Key Passages on Karma

Reincarnation–Parapsychological Research and Articles

The Evolution of Consciousness: Definitions and Examples

Morphing with Light