Mastering the Mind

Sharing two short excerpt from Master Key System (what a mind blowing book – only on week 3). I’m chewing on these thoughts today:

The subconscious can and will carry out such plans and ideas as may be suggested to it by the conscious mind. Conscious thought, then, is master of this sun center from which the life and energy of the entire body flows and the quality of the thought which we entertain determines the quality of the thought which this sun will radiate… and consequently will determine the nature of the experience which will result.”

It is our attitude of mind toward life which determines the experiences that we are to meet; If we expect nothing, we shall have nothing; If we demand much, we shall receive the greater portion. The world is harsh only as we fail to assert ourselves. The criticism of the world is bitter only to those who cannot compel room for their ideas. It is fear of this criticism that causes many ideas to fail to see the light of day.

My Takeaways: Our subconscious mind controls the intricate involuntary system within our body that resonates with the universe – it operates on “truths” that our conscious minds teach us. Our conscious mind perceives and rationalizes certain “truths” into our belief system. Whether our conscious mind chooses thoughts that are good and right, or bad and wrong, our subconscious will accept them and act accordingly, ultimately the resulting experiences are in line with our core beliefs, values, and morals. Good and right thoughts beget good experiences; Bad and wrong thoughts beget bad experiences. All experiences begin with thoughts.

Fear is the manifestation of negative “truths” from our conscious mind on our subconscious system that result in bitterness, scarcity, and failure to realize one’s calling.

I have heard much skepticism about the power of thought alone and I agree that it takes more than a passing whim to institute real, tangible change in one’s life circumstances. But, I also believe that there is something powerful about learning to control the seemingly involuntary thoughts that go through our minds – to control what we think about ourselves, what we deserve, and what we are capable of achieving in our lives. That is all inner voice – and mastery of that is something all artists and creatives would do well to achieve so that we can really tune into the universe and all of its abundance.

This is very much in line with my experiment this week to quiet the world around me and really listen to my innermost thoughts. Already in just a day, I feel so much more present and focused.

Making & Mistakes

Staring at a blank canvas, a pile of raw materials, or a lump of clay waiting to be sculpted into something magnificent, can feel as daunting as staring down the barrel of a gun. To make a new thing requires that we take a risk – the risk that we will make a mistake, feel foolish, and have to start over again (and again, and again). The alternatives to making a mistake are: to choose to only make the things we already know how to make, or to give up altogether. Giving up gets us nowhere, and the risk averse strategy of sticking only to what we know, may, with the exception of human error, get us nearer perfection. But, perfection of this kind would come at a heavy cost. Invention and creation would exist at the sole mercy of happy chance. Life/Work would be repetitive. And, humanity would suffer the loss of human ingenuity.

As creatives, our calling is to make something new, to try a new thing, and if we’re brave enough, we will have made progress through failures. Let’s submit to the inevitability that we will make mistakes (in life and in our work) and adopt a healthier, more compassionate perspective on making mistakes. Let’s regard our mistakes as opportunities to learn and get closer to materializing that which our imagination is fixated on.

This small excerpt out of Paul Arden’s, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be, inspired me to write today so I thought I’d share it… it’s a great book, if you are looking for an easy and inspiring read.

(The author claims that the misspelling in the title is a fortuitous coincidence, but I’m going to give him credit for ingenuity and humor.)

Living as Art

Currently consuming Emerson’s essay on Art… here’s my favorite little morsel from today:

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not. The best of beauty is a finer charm than skill in surfaces, in outlines, or rules of art can ever teach, namely, a radiation from the work of art of human character…”

My greatest work of art should be the life I lead.