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Old 23-11-2021, 04:28 PM
Still_Waters Still_Waters is offline
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Originally Posted by ImthatIm

Already it has reminded me of "The way of the peaceful warrior" by Dan Millman.

I remember reading Dan Millman's "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" many years ago and actually attended a book-signing lecture event with Dan Millman himself. It was a very good experience.

The book "Illusions" by Richard Bach is also great reading.

I still have both books in my library.

Good memories.
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Old 29-11-2021, 02:17 PM
zorkchop zorkchop is offline
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Considerations 108 …

The Greatest War …

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It is an understatement to say the Path takes forever. The twists and turns never seem to end … and when it sometimes “straightens out” … the obstacles begin.

Let’s just say … as an example … that the Path can be “completed” on an average of one million lifetimes … not years … lifetimes. ( This is an exceptionally conservative number. )

For perhaps the first three hundred thousand lifetimes … anything goes … all in the name of survival. During this times … crime doesn’t mater to you. Lying, cheating, stealing, murder … anything. You *must* survive … by any means. Try to look at all of this objectively. You must “start” … at the bottom of the ladder so to speak.

Eventually you begin to tire of being punished for your actions. There is a slow turn towards the “good” … or at least a direction that lessens jail time or execution. Eventually you uncover religions and philosophies … wondering if there is some “higher force or power” to which appeasement would make things even better. Various primitive tribes and clans have rain dances and rituals for successful hunting expeditions. There are all levels of this.

From now on one works their way through all the religions and philosophies … slowing within the ones that appeal … moving on when there are more questions than answers. Eventually you get into the last one hundred thousand lifetimes … and your choices of gods, religions, philosophies and belief strategies now are greatly influenced by what you have discovered. You can stay here … “forever” … but even “forever” often has a number.

By now you’ve heard all the lines … heard all the cliches. They might vary in wording but the principles are the same. Eventually you begin to realize that the popular religions and philosophies teach only that which is popular … that which appeals to the many … yet in your quest … there are still unanswered questions and perspectives.

By now you have faced some of the perplexing issues in training your mind and emotions to focus attentively on specifics. Slowing the mind is a common theme. All want respite from the constant inner speeches to Self. Discernment comes slowly … and at great cost in time and effort … “time” often meaning … lifetimes. The giving up or revising simple habits is exhausting. Major changes … seem insurmountable.

One of the great discoveries during the final series of lifetimes is to discover just what you have been dealing with during the last “ X “ number of lifetimes. The various facets of Self turn out to be actual separate tools … just as different as a hammer differs from a saw. What you have learned does not automatically come with the tool … you have “trained” the tools to act the way they perform in your personal life. It is a step beyond just wanting to revise or change a habit … it is the final realizations that the “habits” themselves have a preference for survival … in and of themselves. The physical body resists change … is slow to change when it does … and will fight being “trained” because it prefers to maintain control and survive as it has for a long time … let alone during just the last few lifetimes. The “genetic entity” will fight the giving up of power and control … to Soul.

The emotions are the same. The emotional body … or Astral body … is perhaps the strongest impulsive tool one must deal with. You eventually discover that you have a “feeling” about everything you hold as viable … for or against. The sensations of the body direct and command you in this direction or that … often in spite of what you “think” … fueling all through the emotions. The Lower Psychic Worlds are those of sensation. We “feel” or react to all of it.

The mind knows what it likes … and can be incredibly resistant. The old cliche of … “The more beneficial the tool when used correctly … the greater the detriment when used incorrectly” … comes true. Mind is the most powerful “tool” that Soul has in Its arsenal … but for hundreds of thousands of lifetimes … ( again … a *most* conservative number ) … we have let it control us … we each are slaves to the mind … coupled to the emotions … encased in the physical body.

Our greatest battle … lies in uncovering and realizing what we each have allowed ourselves to believe and promote … as a lifestyle. Mind is a great servant but a terrible master. We are unable to “be” what we wish to “be” because of the habitual and survival tendencies of the Lower Psychic World bodies. We are slaves to them … by our own design … surrendering ourselves to “make the best of it all” and have learned to be acceptant of life in the worlds.

Interestingly enough … when you finally figure this out … you also discover that this does *not* make the battle easier. To set out to ultimately “conquer” these bodies … these tools … you can spend lifetime after lifetime looking to succeed … only to discover that it is not easily done. The Greatest War is the battle with yourself … on all levels … to degrees that most have yet to discover. One learns to control but not to conquer.

One of the final blows is to discover that the entire schoolroom … the “administrators” that run the schoolroom … are in place and have designed the school to trap you here … to keep you here … and to use incredibly devious means to do just that. Their “job” … is to keep you in school … until you become strong enough to move beyond the entire scenario … and with that step … your perspective of what has been happening for the previous hundreds of thousands of lifetimes falls into place … and *not* before. You cannot “see” where you have ben until you climb above or beyond it … and gain an overview … no matter what mind tells you.

It is often not a matter of gaining control over everything … and becoming “perfect.” It is more a matter of gaining control over as much as you can … and then … through detachment … learning how to resist the temptations of what remains. You learn to live in the present moment as much as you can while recognizing when and how the “old ways” will whisper their preferences … and you learn to let the present moment prevail. There are times when you falter … and that’s alright. It’s not a matter of “never” … it’s a matter of solving and resolving as quickly as you can and not letting anything take control of you for the long term.

After reading a number of my posts … one might perceive that I am constantly trashing the mind. That is NOT the case. My main point is … this is how powerful a tool the mind is … and additionally … it takes on a “life” of its own … mainly for survival of its own beliefs. Mind is beyond powerful … with facets of itself that are designed to “feed” itself. There is no “beating” mind. One must begin to use the tool towards the beneficial using its own methodology or abilities to bring that about. Since mind is a “negative-based” tool … preferring the apprehensive and the alluring … this is neither an easy nor quick change to bring about.

In these Lower Psychic Worlds … there will always be obstacles, hindrances, misleads, crossroads, etc. They come with the territory any time you “step foot” into these worlds. They will not stop.

Is there another way to develop the strength, courage, persistence, devotion, forgiveness, etc. … to the degree necessary to prevail over it all?

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A 90-post index is found at thread post number 370 … page 37

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Old 29-11-2021, 03:41 PM
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Originally Posted by zorkchop
Considerations 108 …

The Greatest War …
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one might perceive that I am constantly trashing the mind. That is NOT the case. My main point is … this is how powerful a tool the mind is … and additionally … it takes on a “life” of its own … mainly for survival of its own beliefs.
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I see it as, you are sharpening the Mind tool.
Which I appreciate and am Grateful.
I receive many things from your writings even if I do not respond.
Just because I believe it today, doesn't mean I will believe it tomorrow.
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Old 29-11-2021, 03:50 PM
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Thank you ImthatIm …

May your path continue to grow more clear and bright.

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