An important part of life concerns the question of how the process of thought really works, especially when we are told that, by thought, we can accomplish anything we desire.
We know from experience that we cannot always achieve our desires by concentrated thought and visualization. Why is this? We are told that any selfish thoughts and desires will not be fulfilled, but other desires we have, which are wholly for the good of others, also fail to be achieved. In these cases, it is suggested that our karma and sometimes the karma of others will prevent the fruition of our thoughts and aims.
It is only natural that we then ask the following: How does thought work in relation to attaining our ideals, and how does karma work in either permitting or opposing the achievement of our concentrated thoughts?
The process by which our desires and thoughts are realized can be understood by a consideration of the working of the psychic body. The psychic body is the medium for controlling and directing all of the functions of man – physical, mental, and spiritual. The psychic body controls all the involuntary functions of the body, such as the heart, the digestive system, etc. Thought, as you know, is not a function of the brain but of the mind, which, of course, is part of the psychic body, and the spiritual part of man is the higher function of the psychic body.
All our thoughts and strong desires, as well as our fears and anxieties, are forces which condition the psychic body. The psychic body is built up of all the thoughts, desires, and experiences, both good and bad, which we have had through all our past lives, including this one, and form the character and personality we now possess.
The strong desires and concentrated thoughts we have held in the past have made us what we are today. If we were to achieve some ideal by the process of thought, the ideal should be such that it has a powerful effect upon the psychic body. The desire must be in harmony with our present spiritual and ethical ideals, otherwise conflict will arise within the subconscious mind and the desire will not be realized. It is necessary that the whole mental and spiritual part of us be in agreement with the desire for it to have sufficient power to be fulfilled. However, the important thing to realize is, that more often than not, a strong desire or concentrated thought must be given time to condition, so to speak, the psychic body to the extent that the desire can be fulfilled at the proper time.
I mention time because there is a controlling force within the psychic part of man which determines our present and future experience to some degree. This force is known as the law of compensation, or karma. Karma is the result of our past thoughts, actions, desires, and experiences. It has made us what we are and determines our future, but the conditions already established within the psychic body can be modified or adjusted by our thoughts, experience, and actions in the present and future.
Because of the karma which we have individually earned for ourselves, some of the desires we wish to achieve will not materialize in the near future, but may ultimately be realized if we are persistent in our need to have them brought about, but only when karma permits.
In many ways, karma can be said to be an obligation or responsibility we have for the life we possess. Man was created to work and return or compensate for all that life provides. If we fail, even for a short time, to fulfil our responsibilities, we will have to compensate through suffering, either willingly or compelled by nature.
We were created to be happy and joyful and to make others happy also. If we bring sorrow and suffering to others, we shall also reap these conditions in our own lives. Likewise, we have a responsibility to the society in which we live. We cannot ignore the plight and suffering of others without having to compensate at some time. Good thoughts and constructive actions for the benefit of others will bring their rewards in the creation of a better world for all to live in.
Fear and anxiety have a very powerful effect upon the psychic body and these conditions are known to affect the physical and mental aspects of man, even though they may have originated many years ago. They can undermine the whole foundation of man’s physical and mental well-being. These conditions of fear and anxiety can prevent the advancement of man’s mental and spiritual development, for they counteract the constructive forces within the psychic body.
There is a way in which each individual can eliminate from his consciousness the influences of fear and anxiety. The first point is to become familiar with the fundamental principles of life, thereby establishing a firm conviction in the mind that all of the activities of the universe are essentially constructive and good, and that it is only our viewpoint of some of these forces and operations in the universe that gives them the false appearance of being destructive.
The second point is to establish in our mind and consciousness the fact that all of these good and constructive forces of nature are the result of the constructive, loving consciousness of God, and that all seeming unkindnesses and injustices are due to our misunderstanding or misinterpretation of things as they are.
The third point is to become convinced of the fact that man is possessed of the creative power of God and that he is master of his own career and can create, both mentally and physically the things that he can imagine, and the things which will make him what he should be or what God intended him to be.
The fourth point is to practice these principles, believing in the goodness of God and the creative power within man, by refusing to visualize that which is unfortunate, destructive, unhappy, or inharmonious to our best interest.
The fifth point is to realize that overcoming evil is easier than escaping the conclusions and creations or our own thinking. Poverty, illness, unhappiness, and failure are things which we create if we give life to them through our fear and belief of them.
The advancing mystic is one who is never fearful of the future, or any test or trial. He is never confused by the complexity of situations and never confounded by threats. He remains loyal to his ideals and principles and ever seeks to serve the cause of justice and humanity. He uses his God given powers to bring about these conditions in his own life and the lives of others, thus bringing peace and harmony to the greatest number of people.
A mystic realizes the problems of society are part of his own responsibility, for there is a growing demand among many people for a more stable influence in their lives. They want something which will provide them with a code of morals and ethics, based upon commonsense values that are free from sectarian dogma.
Science and religion have failed to meet the needs of many people. They are now searching for a new light to guide them through life, and we must be ready and able to show them the way.
- Author Unknown