The Mind/Experience Relationship
[From Dialogue on Awakening]
When turmoil or chaos appears in your mind, it will be experienced as a form of confusion and chaos outside your mind. You do not make unpleasant or uncomfortable circumstances to teach yourself lessons. When there is a lack of clarity within your thought patterns, that lack of clarity will be reflected in the form of a chaotic life. The true process is one where the ego receives information as to the confusion that exists and translates that confusion as not being able to control the outcome which becomes an unknown and, therefore, fearful. And, as your attention is focused on these fears, they will become manifest.
The message your ego allows you to receive from what I have just described will be quite different. It will say that once again, you have made something bad; something you have interpreted as negative. This serves its purpose very well, because it continues to keep your mind in a state of confusion and gives you the excuse to feel that there is something for you to do to straighten out the confusion.
This type of thinking also leads you along another path which is not helpful: this is the one that tells you that something is controlling your life that is beyond your conscious ability to affect. This can come to you in two forms: believing that there is another force of any type that has control over your life and that makes decisions for you, or believing that the information can come from your subconscious mind, which you feel is also beyond your level of understanding and, therefore, beyond your control. I will tell you that neither of these is true.
What appear to you to be the thought processes of your subconscious mind appear so because you are unwilling to be in touch with them. These thoughts or issues lie clearly within your conscious mind, but they have been there in a form unrecognized by you. In this lack of recognition lies the basis for confusion. It is this confusion that leads to the manifestation of your fears.
Once again, the process works like this: There is confusion in your mind. This is interpreted as being out of control which creates fear. Once your attention has been directed to those fears, they will manifest in your life because they have become real in your mind. It is not possible for you to experience anything in your physical life that is not encompassed within your thought patterns.
Now, your ego will take this statement and attempt to make you a prisoner of it. It will attempt to make feelings of guilt, saying to you, “Now see what you have done! Now see what a pretty mess you have made.” Do not listen to this information. Hear instead the truer implication of what I am saying. Know with utmost certainty that the statement “nothing comes to you that is not held in your mind” is an offer of total freedom. You do have the power to determine what will be in your mind.
The question for you now arises, how then does this fit with prior information I have been given which says, “Try to empty your mind, try to free your mind from fearful thought patterns.” I will tell you that this message has as its specific meaning to give up the thought patterns that have been made by your ego mind, by your mind that has within it a sense of limitation based upon prior experience—“ old tapes”—as you would put it. My encouragement is to allow yourself to open your mind to peace, to the peaceful attitude you have that reflects more accurately your natural state of Mind, the state of Mind that reflects your Being. It is in this peaceful state that you will experience clarity and you will experience the absolute certainty that when you create an experience in your physical life from this state of peace, there will be no confusion as to its outcome.
There is no force outside of you that has any validity upon the Reality of your Being, or that would bring to you what you have called “lessons” of any nature which would be experienced by you as less than pleasant. When you have, however, developed a state of thinking that believes lessons learned are, for the most part, unpleasant experiences, then you will bring those lessons to yourself to be experienced in this way. Allow me to remind you that this mode of thinking is one that has been developed over eons of time during which you have convinced yourself that you are a guilty and unworthy person and are not entitled to receive the experience of love that is yours as the Presence of your Being.
[ch 3, pg 71]
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