Section III - Chapter 17 -- CONTROL
I guess you thought that we were done with the aspect of control and/or discovering and understanding who we are. Well, maybe you're right; however, I just want to go over everything that affect us and/or our behavior. As you may now be somewhat aware, life, and/or this physical reality is not a simple process to be understood. Like Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Unified Field Theory, there are a number of factors or rules one must consider in order to use to master the concept of time and space. There is a difference between being affected or controlled by the rules and being in control of the rules. Unlike Einstein's 16 rules that govern his Theory of Relativity, the laws/principles that govern man are but seven. There's that number again! We have covered each of these rules to some degree or another in previous chapters; however, let's put them in so kind of order again and list them in a more easy form or pattern of recognition. They are as follows:
1. The principle of mentalism.
2. The principle of planes of unity(correspondence or levels).
3. The principle of vibration.
4. The principle of polarity.
5. The principle of rhythm.
6. The principle of cause and effect.
7. The principle of gender.
The first principle listed is that of mentalism. It is probably the most important principle that you can ever learn. This is the principle that ties everything together. Even if you do not agree with the logic that everything is based upon the separation of unity, you must seriously consider the relationship of yourself and everything else, or all there is. In short, you must agree or realize that everything you relate to enters or affects you by way of your mental capacities first. That is, all one's physical or outside senses must enter into a relationship which the mind can understand or else it is ignored as not relevant to one's reality and cannot affect his state of being. What the physical senses cannot identify, supposedly cannot affect one's physical reality. The senses are limited to receive or detect certain qualities of vibration that are then translated into some form of recognition and response or cause and effect. This can only be done mentally, or one can only react after the mind has determined what is best for the physical tangible body. Therefore, one's greatest influence over the physical environment is first accomplished by mental powers. To do anything, to be anything, one must think about it in an intangible mental state or position both consciously and sub-consciously.
The All is mind. The all is everything and nothing. This is a truth. It is the total of one. It is unity. The simplest statement is the most complicated. Rene Descartes said the, "I think; therefore, I am". Again, a simple statement and yet the most important concerning our being. The outward appearance and manifestations of matter are all related to the mind. Just as the inward spiritual qualities of intangible things are but understood by the mind. Spirit cannot be manifested into physical reality, but it can be understood by the physical mind that can affect physical reality. The mind is the point of focus or consciousness of the self or position of the self. It is the position of a point of balance between the world of physical matter and the world of spirit. It is the union or consciousness of both realities in a state of limited unity.
The universe is mental and held in the mind of the All. While the all is in the All, it is equally true that the All is in the all. This statement, which seems quite simple is quite confusing. Although it is written in English, it literally needs a translation. What is meant by this statement, is that the All, or everything there is, God is everywhere in everything and nothing. There cannot exist anything else in any way, shape or form. Therefore, while God or the All is everywhere and in everything, he resides within himself. Man is created in the image of God and is also part of God and God is part of man; therefore, he too resides within himself. "I think; therefore, I am", is a mental condition or state of being; therefore, the all is mind.
This somewhat abstract idea can also be related in other terms, perhaps more easy to understand. For this, we need another example. Let's say that someone were to ask you to imagine or to form a mental image of something, say another person, an idea or any other thought form or pattern. The significance of this request may not affect you in the least, and you may easily comply. Now in performing this function or task, you may not be aware that you have just created a mental image that relates to physical reality. Also, you may not be conscious of the fact that the mental image created in your mind has been of an inward form of attention and thereby negating or decreasing your reliance on all other forms of outside sensory data. That means that in actuality, the individual is involved within himself or his own mind and the image it is involved in creating. Consequently, that means that the universe and the mind, is mental.
The natural outcome of this mental process is that the resulting tangible thought form derives its life, spirit or reality, from the mind of the thinker or individual. Just as an artist immerses himself in his creative works, so do his works reflect his ability to mentally concentrate or to be consciously aware of the relationship between the intangible and the tangible worlds of reality. This is almost like saying that the finished works of the artist have a spirit or reality all their own, or is it that they only represent the spirit and mental power of their creators, both statements are true. It is not so much the physical tangible results that are important as it is power of the mind over matter. A creation takes on the spirit of its creator, but it is not the creator. Just as we are all part of God, we are not God. There is a relationship that is reflected into physical reality by way of one's mental abilities.
There exist many degrees of being and degrees of existence in the universe. We are concerned with seven levels or planes of physical reality. All depend upon the growth and/or advancement of these forms based upon the principle of energy overcoming resistance. The degree of separation is based upon the ability of that form to recognize itself with recognition and this is consciousness. Only man is capable of extending and expanding himself to recognize himself with recognition, but even he is limited to a specific level of consciousness at his lowest levels. It is only when man has reached his highest level that the ultimate point is reached in physical reality and a mental conscious cross over is possible to access other unmanifested non-linear realities. This is where conscious unity or balance can be achieved with All There Is. This is the ultimate point where the recognizer, recognizes itself with recognition.
In this physical reality everything experiences the form of separation known as resistance, but everything is also in a process of growth; whereby, everything is overcoming this resistance with other energy forms to become more conscious of itself on a limited scale. This is demonstrated by the fact that all matter is in motion and vibrating its own level of matter. If that motion were constant or decreasing to a lower form of energy, that object would itself decrease or cease to exist; however, the constant use of energy causes a condition of growth or creation that increases and changes life forms into extension of itself that are greater than it was before. This is a form of expansion that changes the limitations of its existence and therefore, in a sense, changes its level of consciousness, which is considered a mental function. In order to change one's position or relationship to all there is, one must use energy. But energy can be misused to put one in a position of greater resistance instead of less resistance; therefore, care should be used in the exercise and application of energy.
Because all physical matter is in a state of separation that means that there is a dense form of matter that vibrates very slowly and a higher form of that same thing that vibrates at a higher state. That also means that for everything physical, there is an opposite form that is of spirit. Again, there is a big difference in the rate of vibration. As you learned from the last chapter, the "I" dwells in the spiritual realm and the "me" dwells in physical reality. The "I" is capable of activating or transferring its energy to the more dense form of the "me". That means that the "I" becomes involved or wrapped up in its creation, just the same as the artist or creator gets involved in his work. The mental thought process dominates the "self" and one loses or almost forgets his own existence and virtually lives in his own creation. If it weren't for one's point of focus on outside stimuli to the physical being, one could not distinguish spiritual reality from physical reality.
The whole mental process is nothing more than a transfer of energy from the higher form or level of being to that of the lower form. That also means that the vibration level must decrease as it reaches or achieves the level of physical reality. The more one uses energy, the more one achieves a greater consciousness of his being and becoming. The more one can focus his attention on the mental process, the more one will be able to control his growth and becoming.
It is interesting that the word, attention, is derived from a Latin root and means to reach out or stretch. That means that the act of focusing one's attention is the mental reaching out or reaching within, and to extend one's mental energy to cause a union of the two worlds of reality. Extension and expansion are a form of growth, which is nothing more than movement or a journey to one's own being. The constant use of energy and the attention one gives to using energy will help one along his way in an upward movement to a higher form of himself.
If the All is everything and nothing, and if it resides within itself, then it also means that the All behaves similar to a closed system, or a system that feeds upon itself and replenishes itself in a self sufficient manner. In fact, the all or everything there is, is often related to a hermetically sealed box, and interesting enough, the word and definition of hermetic stems from the teachings and philosophy of the great Egyptian teacher Hermes. This ancient teacher taught the principle of unity or oneness of creation back before it was able to be recorded.
The only thing that separates humans from all there is, is this matter called resistance, and the only thing that can overcome this resistance, is energy. That doesn't necessarily mean that this resistance is going to be broken down in a short period of time nor in a long period of time. Our reality, teaches us that all matter or entropy will eventually affect and begin to change what is into something else. No matter how hard a substance is or how big it is, the constant use of different energy forms will change it. Patience is all that is needed and perhaps, a little bit of help on the part of one's self or consciousness.
There are many words coined to indicate or identify change, growth or progress; however, they all seem to dwell on the idea of gaining energy and the modification of that which is. In the case of human beings, this growth process or entropy can also be considered an awakening process or we may compare our present existence to that of an amnesia patent. That is, the consciousness of the individual is increased with each application of energy, adding to one's experiences or knowledge of relationships. This is the learning process; this is the recognizer, recognizing himself with recognition.
The only way to overcome resistance is with energy, but you must also be observant and conscious of this use. You must learn to use energy wisely, or else you may find yourself in a more difficult place or position than you were in before you did anything. But also, you may find that to get somewhere, you may have to go back a little, in order to advance. This is somewhat like finding yourself in a maze. You must observe the patterns and select those positions that benefit all and not the privileged few whom you think worthy of your gifts. Do not think in terms of what you can benefit by giving to others, but feel benefited that what you have is not yours to begin with. Remember, the all or God, gives you everything that is yours and/or what you need. What you do with such gifts is strictly up to you.
Growth, or change requires the use of energy, and you must understand that wealth is a form of energy that must be appreciated and shared accordingly, not hoarded and left idle. Balance and position of one's self in life is very important in this physical reality, but we are dealing with growth on other planes of existence as well. Therefore, balance is important to one's position because it stretches beyond the physical limitations of one's reality. One must learn and understand that growth is occurring on the mental, spiritual, social and physical planes, and possibly in unmanifested non-linear realities as well. That means that how one positions himself mentally, determines how one makes his own reality. To be super conscious is to recognize all possibilities and probabilities in non-linear time. Unity is the destination that one must seek in his journey or growth of himself and the only way to achieve that is to learn how to use energy. The knowledge and understanding of that relationship is the balance of which I speak. This is the greatest wealth one can possess. For it is this conscious knowledge that allows one to control himself wherever and whenever he wants without being affected by that particular environment.
I may have overdone it again on talking about the principle of mentalism; therefore, I want to remind you that this is a chapter dealing with the elements of control. In discussing this principle at length, I have actually touched upon each of the other six remaining principles; however, I still want to cover them again in a more direct and condensed form. The first principle almost requires a lengthy explanation, because the other six are all relative to the first. That is, for the other principles to be understood, the principle of mentalism must be part of that understanding. It is that principle that creates the unity that binds them all together. Just as the physical body requires physical nourishment or a certain amount of resistance and exercise to grow and expand, so too does the mind; however, because the mind functions on higher forms of energy, it requires greater exercise and higher and finer energy forms to function properly. The ability of the individual to be consciously aware of the learning triangle enables him to exercise complete control of his physical body and his physical environment. What the individual does with that control is up to him.
The second principle should really be referred to as the principle of correspondence and not planes of unity that I indicated earlier. The reason for this confusion deals with specific levels or planes; however, the planes of unity that I spoke of earlier in the book are actually sub levels or levels that have opposites. The principle of correspondence deals with a specific level of vibration and states that, "What is above, is the same as below, and as below, so above". The principle of correspondence basically gets its name from the fact that energy forms, or vibrations occur differently on other levels or planes of existence in both manifested and non-manifested reality. That is, solid matter can be broken down or changed into something else in a predictable manner, because it corresponds to certain known laws of science. What exists on one level can be transferred or changed to correspond to that of another level.
There are supposedly, three major planes of manifestation in this physical reality and they are physical, mental, and spiritual. These planes are then subdivided into seven minor planes and these planes are again subdivided into sub planes that are comparable in pattern or structure to our intangible sets of opposites that fall somewhere under the major mental plane. The difference between these planes is solely a matter of degree or an arbitrary rate of vibration similar to a measuring ruler. All of these manifestations are but creations of the All, and have their existence within the infinite mind of the All. Therefore, there exists correspondence, unity, harmony and agreement, between each of the seven planes. That also means that there is a pattern of recognition that transcends the levels of manifestation in a growth pattern of expansion. The point of focus or balance changes ever so slightly in a specific direction thereby allowing one to gain something and give something in order to achieve a greater consciousness and/or a higher level of being.
Without getting too heavy into the next principle, the principle of correspondence merely reiterates that we all exist or belong to one. Unity is the balance that we all seek; however, we exist in a state of separation that creates a form of resistance or inbalance that maintains our position on a certain level of existence. In order to gain control of one's self and his environment, one must learn to be conscious of the various degrees or levels of energy and/or vibration. It is only the learning and knowledge of these manifestations that one can overcome the laws of cause and effect and other adversities that confront man. Paper wraps the rock, but the rock will break the scissors, that can cut the paper, that wraps the rock. Planes of energy can be controlled if they are understood. The problem of understanding is relative to one's position of consciousness. If the universe is mental, then man's reality must also be mental. Understanding is nothing more than recognition, and man does not yet know how to recognize this. Man does not recognize the pattern of limitations that he has placed upon himself; therefore, he does not yet recognize himself with recognition.
The next factor of control is the principle of vibration. I find it somewhat difficult to make a clear cut difference between this principle and that of the last which deals with identification and separation of energy levels and/or vibration. Except, this principle gives us the cause for the principle of correspondence. That is, this principle states that nothing rests, everything moves and vibrates. This movement or vibration exists at all levels of life and manifests itself in a circular motion or revolves upon a central axis and therefore can be considered to have cycles. Consequently, all forms of energy are involved in a constant motion around and/or against each other in a relationship to points or a point inward or outward. Naturally, this movement creates change and different relationships that result in a form of growth and/or direction of becoming. As matter or energy reaches its higher forms of vibration, it enters into laws of cohesion and attraction, followed by ethereal state of being, similar to a plasma affect that permeates all that is. You might call this ethereal state an elastic substance that serves as a medium of transmission for waves of energy known as heat, light, electricity, magnetism, etc. As these energy forms change into something else, they give off or shed their heavier molecular or atomic structural pattern and cease to be a physical tangible object long before the ethereal state is reached.
Why I am telling you all of this in some detail is because man too, takes on a similar path or journey as he grows. This is a process of change which consists of giving as well as gaining; however, the gaining that I am talking about is not so much in the way of accumulating more physical tangible matter, but mostly involves a form of liberation from the confining outward appearances of matter. That is, although man or matter is composed of higher forms of energy, these energy forms are confined, entangled and/or imprisoned, within these tangible structures. Thus, when man or matter is stimulated, they give off certain vibrations or unloads them to become lighter and to change. However, unlike matter, man is affected much more and more often than is matter, because man can stimulate himself with mental thoughts, emotions, reason, will, or desire, or any other mental state or condition that activates or energizes his becoming. That is, man can change his position or point of focus to experience or not experience anything he wants.
Even though I think the last couple of sentences were clear enough to be understood, they also mean something else. As man sheds or throws off these limitations of heavier energy forms, he may in turn affect the minds of other people through a process of induction otherwise known as mental telepathy. That is, as each individual becomes more conscious, so too does his personal level of vibration. that Since thought proceeds all physical manifestations that means that one's mental abilities are affected most, As man becomes enlightened or more conscious, he may be able to tune in and influence the vibrations or thoughts of other people. At the same time, man is also subject to receiving thoughts from others and making those thoughts his own, if he is not conscious and/or careful. That raises a lot of questions concerning everyone's actions and the part that society plays in our growth and learning process. Hopefully, this thought may get you thinking a little more and hopefully result in your questioning of yourself.
As you can see, man is engaged in a journey or growth process that will lead him toward his spiritual self, unity or balance. As man progresses, he will begin to use more and more of his mental abilities, until he achieves a point where physical reality will no longer offer him any more ability to grow. That means that this world of physical reality or one’s earthly experience will not end, or may not end, in a catastrophe, or chaos, or a big bang, or a collision, or the burning of the sun, but will occur because there will be no more need or ability for growth of man or other life forms in a state of separation or as physical matter. This mental situation or condition must occur first, before a physical manifestation can materialize. The universe is mental first, as is man. Thought must precede selection, and separation, or resistance must be overcome with energy in the direction of unity.
The spirit of each soul is not or never will be annihilated, but is infinitely expanding. The created and the creator are, or will become one, for they are one now but separated. Just as the All or God stimulates himself by meditating upon the universe, so can man cease to exist upon the material plane by willingly withdrawing himself into his indwelling spirit. As dense matter is energized, it begins to increase its rate of vibration, it begins to get warm, then hot, then hotter until it starts to de-materialize. Matter may go through changes of a solid to liquid, to gas, and may also involve color changes as the temperature increases, but in all cases, it begins to give off heat, light, and solids that can enter the environment. As this process continued one would enter or emit X-rays, electrical charges, and magnetism, of a limited nature. In any case, matter basically undergoes a change in its characteristics and begins to emit or gives of itself to the surrounding environment until and beyond the point that it can be observed.
Note the pattern of change. As energy is applied or as activity increased, one gives more and more of itself off to its immediate environment until it virtually becomes unlimited or unencumbered by outward physical form. And so it is with man. As above, so below; as below, so above. Vibration makes the difference.
I have spoken about the law of opposites in earlier chapters. The principle of polarity is the same thing, but is much more extensive than I indicated in those preceding chapters. This principle states that, everything is dual or separate and everything has poles or its pair of opposites. That is, opposites are certain indestructible units identical in nature, but different by degree. All truths are but half truths and every truth is half false. This is most evident in the explanation of temperature. Because everyone is familiar with temperature and degrees, let's use this example to describe the principle of polarity.
First, to explain polarity and temperature, let's also use a practical application instead of its effect on man's physical senses. Let's use an industrial application. Let's say that we have two machined parts made identically the same, made under the same conditions and temperature. If we were to heat one part short of its melting point, we would have a part that will probably be larger in size than its identical twin which is still at room temperature. Now, if we were to take this other part and put it into say liquid nitrogen or oxygen and measure it, we would have a part smaller in size. The difference between the parts would indicate the opposites of the original part or the material used to make that part. This difference can be measured in degrees of temperature or an artificial unit of measurement.
It is common in industry to assemble two mating parts with identical dimensions without the use of a welding operation or another manufacturing process by freezing them and then allowing them to return to normal room temperature. The only thing that is affected is their size. You might also want to draw upon some analogies that one extreme represents a beginning and the other, an end. The point at which they become identical is the point of focus or balance point.
In our example we need to establish limitations which are acceptable to the function or end result. Parts are designed to function together to perform a task in physical reality under conditions that the assembled device may encounter or will experience. Therefore, one must tolerate differences, within limitations, knowing the working environment that it will be exposed too. That is, a part is to be made to a certain physical dimension with tolerances for either increased or decreased sizes that are acceptable to an environmental condition and other mating parts or materials in our physical reality.
Now this long explanation defines and designates a specific current position in relation to an environment that is subject to degrees in temperature and physical changes that in itself is not specific. That is, everything is subject to a tolerance, or range of acceptable change. Again, none of this really explains the poles or extremes, but we have established position; therefore, a pole or polarity, represents that position farthest away from the point of balance or medium point of focus. But remember, just as it was difficult for us to establish a present point, so it is with finding the furthest point.
If we were to use some of our examples of known opposites in nature, I think you may disagree with me and yet be quite surprised. What I mean by this is that the opposite of the North Pole is the South Pole and the opposite of east is west. One can geographically pin point a pole, but in traveling to one of these latter points one will discover that a person will always be opposite some designated opposite point or position. In the case of east-west, one will discover that he is always traveling east or west of a specific point to reach its opposite, but at the same time, the opposite point keeps changing as you change. Sure, you may reach a designated opposite point, but it is only relative to your starting point. This sounds like my first chapter, explaining beginnings and endings.
Because we are dealing with physical reality, which has or is controlled by outside or outward appearances, there are certain specific poles or opposites that have tangible points or poles, and so too has intangible thought forms; however, they are even more difficult to pin point. But, it is not so much the importance of these points as it is your personal relationship to these positions. A good example of this problem is the determining of good and bad, right and wrong, etc. These are all relative terms to our own position on an intangible unsure scale of tolerance that is in constant change. By learning to recognize polarity one can make his own reality to his own choosing in a more positive, creative manner. All one has to do is to recognize these opposites and to focus in on that which one wants to experience. A negative can be turned into a positive as well as a positive into a negative. The only problem of this element of control is one's own self or one's consciousness or his ability to recognize these opposites, extremes and balance. Physical reality is a form of separation; therefore, opposites or poles must exist. By understanding this, one can begin to learn to consciously control one's reality by the raising and lowering of his personal level of his physical vibrations in order to achieve a more dominant positive mental state, instead of being a servant or slave to the negative form of polarity that creates pain and suffering.
The fifth principle of rhythm is an extension of polarity and/or it compliments or explains a little better how polarity occurs and changes. This principle states that everything moves in patterns. That is, everything flows in and out like tides, or rises and falls, or everything behaves similar to a pendulum. In short, rhythm is the motion that keeps everything in balance, by compensating for extremes or the condition that I refer to as inbalance. It is at this point in the book that I can now say or clarify how and why inbalance maintains its stability. It is by this principle of rhythm.
In our description of poles, especially intangible ones, you now know that they are difficult to discern and are not so plentiful, if I can use that term. That is, the points or degrees between the poles outnumbers the two supposed points of the poles. Therefore, the poles act as the limiting extremes and all action or manifestations must occur within those boundaries. That means that the center point or point of balance is where most of the action or activity takes place. It is from this center point that one can experience the greatest amount of freedom or movement before a limit is reached. But because everything is in a constant state of motion, means that, that thing must proceed in a specific direction toward an outer limit or pole. Therefore, that means that there exists movement or motion between opposites or poles. That also means that there exists a force or forces that control that movement to keep it within the limitations of those opposing forces. That means that there is a definite pattern of recognition set up in an oscillating fashion, first toward one pole, and then toward the other. That motion depends upon the power or strength of the poles in question. That doesn't mean that the motion or object must achieve or reach one pole, but merely has to be attracted in the direction of one pole and then the other.
In describing this movement of motion of rhythm, we are basically talking about two dimensions; however, a third factor is also involved, but it does not play a significant part in rhythm and that is growth. Rhythm behaves as if growth does not even exist. That is, this movement toward the poles continues in perpetual motion and is not affected by anything else as long as the poles or opposites exist. Through changing vibration, one may achieve a form of growth or expansion of the poles that might affect the rhythm or motion between the poles, but such change is not significant in terms of physical reality; however, I think that this may be more important on a more intangible or mental nature. In any case, growth creates expansion of the rhythm, if nothing else. That also means that no two points are exactly the same. Nothing exists in a state of being the same that is the law of entropy.
Man sometimes uses the word cycle(s) to describe rhythm or this observable motion. In fact, he has collected all sorts of facts and figures to make predictions and has succeeded in many cases to accurately predict a lot of rhythms. Most notably, he is familiar with the seasons for planting and harvesting. Man most frequently refers to this rhythm as time, and has been most creative in his explanations about rhythm in songs, which is in fact, a controlled form of sound or vibration or a void of sound. Music is nothing more than the pattern of intensity and silence between two opposites. Sorry to be so clinical about that! But, I particularly liked one pattern of vibration that was made popular by a musical group called the "Birds" during the sixties and the Vietnam War called, "Turn, turn, turn", which describes cycles as well.
The song goes something like this; "To everything, turn, turn, turn; there is a season to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to kill, a time to heal, a time to laugh, a time to weep. (refrain) A time to build up, a time to break down, a time to dance, a time to walk, a time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together. (refrain) A time to love, a time to hate, a time for war, a time for peace, a time that you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing. (refrain) A time to gain, a time to lose, a time to rend, a time to sow, a time for love, a time for hate, a time for peace, I swear it's not too late". I think this song says a lot about polarity or opposites. But it is still relative to the individual and/or his environment.
The principle of vibration states that there is no such thing as absolute rest or cessation from movement and all movement partakes of rhythm. This rhythm is of universal application on all planes of life and human activity, both of a physical and mental nature. It is rhythm that is responsible for the succession of man's moods, emotions, feelings, and other peculiar changes, associated with his behavior. However, by being conscious of polarity or the poles, one can consciously seek his own higher self and thereby escape the swing or rhythmic pendulum toward the lower negative pole. In a sense, what happens is that one allows the negative swing to take place without him, or without his knowing it, on an unconscious level. This is an element of control that allows the individual not to experience these negative forces on a conscious level.
This transfer of energy is called transmutation. It consists of raising one's level of vibration and ego above that of one's subconscious plane of mental activity so that the negative swing or rhythm is not manifested in consciousness, and the individual is not affected. This is somewhat like rising above something and/or letting that something pass below him. One basically attaches himself to the highest point or desired pole and refuses to participate or experience the negative slide backward. That is, if one can raise his level of consciousness, he can control his position and/or behavior by willing himself not to follow or be influenced by this rhythm or reverse swing. To control your own self is to neutralize the principle of rhythm; however, there is no way the principle itself can be destroyed. One can escape the effects of the negative movement, but he cannot change the rhythm to any great degree.
It is also important to note that the energy force exercised by the poles determines the amount of the swing or variance of the rhythm. That is, the swing to the left is the same to the right. This is the law of compensation. There must be a balance in the rhythm, but it doesn't necessarily have to happen on the next immediate swing, or swings. It can be delayed over an extended period of time. Ponder that last statement for awhile. Time's up, let's get moving again. What some of this means in the long run, is that the man who enjoys keenly is subject to suffer keenly, or the man who feels little pain also enjoys little joy. The capacity for pain and pleasure in each individual is a matter of balance. That also means that one must eventually pay the price of one extreme to the other extreme, or use the law of neutralization to overcome this severe movement. The law of compensation is ever in operation, striving for balance and counterbalance. Eventually, everything has its pleasant and unpleasant sides. The things one gains are always paid for by the things one loses. The rich may attain material wealth, but the poor may enjoy more of the simple pleasures of life.
The principle of causation states that every cause has its effect and every effect, its cause. Everything happens according to law and chance is but a name for a law not recognized. In short, this is the principle of cause and effect that I have frequently spoken of earlier. Nothing happens by chance and there is no such thing as chaos, only laws that behave to a pattern as yet not understood, or not as yet exercised or controlled. As discussed before, the universe is mental or within the mind of the All. There cannot be anything outside the mind of the All and independent of it, because nothing could exist without a recognizable pattern.
The principle of causation reaffirms the belief in unity, the All or God. It does this by assuring us that all things are predictable, knowing the forces at work. Given the same physical conditions or environment and the same forces in exactly the same amount and sequential order of starts and stops, the results will always turn out the same. However, you should also be aware by now, that growth and/or vibrations constantly change and nothing is that firm or certain unless you are certain of change or its direction of growth. Nothing ever happens without a cause, or chain of causes. This is our motorboat and water effect that I spoke of at some length.
There is always a cause and effect to every event and an event is that which comes, arrives or happens, as result of something before it. Once energy or force is set into motion, it will continue to work in some way, shape or form, until everything is brought into balance. There is continuity between all events, past, present, and future. You might say that creation was a positive creative event that started the ball rolling and everything since then has been primarily of a destructive nature in order to re-balance itself. But remember, this is only a half truth. Where did all of the energy come from to become something of a tangible nature? Was something else changed or destroyed to accomplish something else? What about all of the positive forms of growth found to manifest themselves here on earth? A lot of questions which I am afraid I can't answer. I just want you to be aware of the fact that even in these questions, the thought form of good, bad, right, and wrong, or positive and negative, are in existence and they don't necessarily have or need an answer. The answer to all questions is, what do you want to experience? There is a relationship that exists between all things that have gone or been before and everything that will come after or follow.
Every thought we think and every act we perform has its direct and indirect result which fits into the great chain of cause and effect; however, almost all of this occurs on a sub-conscious level just as man is free and yet bound by necessity. There exists a relationship that binds men and makes them slaves of heredity, environment and physical needs. Man is swayed by opinions, customs and thoughts, from the outside physical world. The principles of polarity and rhythm affect man's emotions, feelings, thoughts and moods; consequently, few people are even aware or conscious to the potentials that life has to offer. It is only by understanding and recognition that one can control the principle of cause and effect. That is, after one has knowledge of this principle, one can begin to use one law against another, until he has at least sought refuge in the law itself. Man has the ability to raise himself above the principle of causation and can control the results; however, he must first know where to look. The universe is mental. All manifestations must begin in the intangible mental state of the individual; but, if you are conscious enough to recognize all the patterns of beginnings and endings at work and in what sequence, then you can use the laws to move mountains and anything else you so desire. Nothing is impossible; it is just not recognized or thought of yet. Paper wraps the rock that can break the scissors that can cut the paper.
I have spoken a lot about the last principle of control in the last chapter; however, I just want to touch upon the principle of gender again as part of a sequential process involved in the control and behavior of one's self. This principle basically states that gender is everything, and that everything has its masculine and feminine properties or characteristics which are manifested on all planes. Let me remind you that we are not dealing with the manifestation or separation of the physical sexes, but with the active and passive origins of life.
All life forms possess both the male and female principle in its single life form. Both live side by side in a give and take type of situation. The male or masculine principle represents a positive pole form of energy and the female or feminine principle represents the negative form of energy or pole. Together, this gender principle is responsible for all creation by producing, generating and transferring of energy forms into mental and physical manifestations.
As mentioned in the last chapter, it is the male energy form that carries the initial charge or instigates that which is to become. This process works similar to how heredity and/or physical growth patterns or characteristics are transferred to the new born prior to birth. But, it is the female charge that is in fact, responsible for the growth or manifestation and appearance of that life form into reality. Nothing can be accomplished without a balance of those two forces. One needs the other and vice-versa, in order to procreate and grow. They are both equally important and they both work as much or as hard as each other, both in a linear sequential manner and in non-linear unmanifested reality that has short beginnings and endings.
It is the masculine principle of gender that works first and seems to direct its energies toward the female principle. You might want to compare this structural form to that of an atom, in that the female form occupies the center of the atom's nucleus and the male circles the female. It is through a process of concentration or position, and the values or intensity that the male energy form of one's being unites, and/or transfers, or energizes a female energy form that stimulates the growth of new mental thought forms and physical manifestations. Even though we are talking about a linear sequential pattern of growth, the male energy form is functioning constantly on other levels and/or matters pertaining to one's well being, and if the will is strong enough, one can modify or make changes to manifestations which it has previously created; however, such latter changes are not common or the rule. Gender behaves as a form of balance between non-linear spiritual reality and physical time space and matter. It is the prime motivating force that keeps everything going in a state of balance or perpetual motion. This is the start-stop factor that creates beginnings and endings. This principle completes the mental process and defines its limitations of control or rules of behavior.
So, what have we learned about the seven elements of control, and how do we consciously go about regaining control of our lives? Well, first of all, you must believe that you(we) live in a type of closed or unified system that is governed or controlled by some very specific rules. Once one learns to recognize these rules, one may be able to begin to use these rules to control his own being.
Second, you must believe that this closed system is based upon unity or oneness, and that everything is related or relative to one another on all levels of life. That is, life exists on a multi-dimensional scale of reality, or in a sense, life is never destroyed, but merely changes form.
Third, you must believe that everything is in motion and that it vibrates or radiates, at specific rates and therefore creates specific patterns. These patterns, in turn, behave to certain rules of change that have beginnings and endings that are tied together in a linear sequential manner in our physical reality.
Fourth, you must believe that the rules of change are based upon polarity or separation. That is, although we live in a unified system, physical manifestation must be based upon separation and/or opposing forces in order for resistance or denser forms of matter to occur.
Fifth, you must believe that because life exists in a state of separation, there are opposing forces at work striving for balance. That means that life forms position themselves at a point of balance, but because of motion, a rhythmic pattern or swing is set up and/or maintained so long as the opposing forces exist.
Sixth, you must believe that every event or thing that happens is based upon something or some force that is striving for balance or counterbalance. This is energy and resistance at work on a multi-dimensional levels of consciousness and/or super consciousness.
Seventh, you must believe that all forms of creation are based upon gender, or the transferring of energy from one form to another for the purpose of growth and/or manifestation.
To learn and understand the seven principles of control, you must be conscious of everything about and within yourself. In short, you must believe in yourself and your being and becoming. You make your own reality; however, you must be conscious of everything you do and think. Nothing happens by chance or accident, and there is no such thing as chaos. You must believe in the positive creative forces within you. You are a part of God, and he is part of you. With such teamwork, how can you not miss being successful at everything you try? It is not impossible to control your consciousness. All you have to do is to learn to understand and recognize the rules of the game and how they relate or fit together. Then, you must learn to work with the forces of God, and not against them. You can do anything you want, based upon the principle that the universe is in the mind of God. Everything is in the mind of the All, and you too must begin your quest or journey there. You are a part of God, and he is part of you.
This same thought is expressed in "The Purpose". This piece of prose makes everything sound so simple, yet it is still so abstract as to makes this information difficult to use in everyday applications. There is so much simplicity and beauty to life and somehow, we just cannot seem to see it and/or find it, but remember, it is there if you look for it.
Suppose, I were to ask you to imagine a vast universe.
Imagine this universe without limits, physical form, or shape.
Imagine this great expanse entirely filled with energy.
Imagine this energy, this seething energy, so active as to be
electrifying to our senses.
Imagine this energy to be another form of consciousness
or conscious entity.
Imagine this conscious entity to be in constant motion
and constantly changing.
Imagine countless centuries of motion, like the waves on a beach.
Imagine this conscious entity capable of thought and dreams.
Imagine this conscious entity requiring the use of energy for this activity, which in and by itself would also be part of that entity itself.
Imagine the use of this energy rearranged, transformed, converted, and changed into physical form, but still locked within the confines of this entity.
Imagine many eons of time and this state of being and becoming.
Imagine the solitude of such an entity in and by itself, with its thoughts and dreams.
Imagine this entity releasing more and more of itself into the physical matter of dreams.
Imagine this entity releasing more and more of its dreams to a physical reality capable of its own consciousness.
Imagine this new conscious entity to be composed of that which is the original entity, but which now has free will and lesser energy powers.
Imagine this new entity to be part of, but less than the original entity.
Imagine a new entity, given and endowed with a new reality and new forms of energy.
Imagine this new entity in a new state of being and becoming.
Imagine this new entity evolving, as the original entity, but with another definite purpose.
Imagine the purpose of this new entity to be to familiarize itself with the use of energy, which is but another part of the original entity.
Now, suppose we call the original entity GOD and its creation, or new entity, MAN!
Section III - Chapter 17 -- CONTROL