Foundational Thinking #4

Each self, the spiritual, emotional, physical/material, and social/intellectual has concepts that it lives by. These concepts create a belief system through which one operates in life. In fact, it is the belief system that shades your perception. Everything you see gets filtered through that system. Your observations, critiques, judgments, evaluations, actions and reactions, are all based on your belief system.

You are who you think you should be, based on your belief system. The Universal Teaching that refers to this aspect of thinking is: “The mote that is in thy brother’s eye, thou seest; but the beam that is in thine eye, thou seest not. When thou castest the beam out of thine eye, then thou wilt see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” This can be found in the Gospel According to Thomas.

In the KJV it is stated: “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” This is found in Luke 6: 41. What Jesus is teaching here is that you need to understand how it is that you look at things. So you can see things clearly, as they truly are, and not how you have been taught.

The perfect example is opening your eyes under water. Yes, you can see for a distance, depending upon the clarity and cleanliness of the water, although that vision is blurry compared to seeing through air. In air, all is seen. All is is revealed.

Here is a Teaching on the subject: “Know what is in thy sight and what is hidden from thee will be revealed to thee. For there is nothing hidden which will not be made manifest.”

You may want to examine the basis of your belief system. If so, see if you can look at from the point of view we see. We stated that it is based upon certain concepts designed to guarantee acceptance from mom. So the question is what specifically allows us, or guarantees us, that acceptance? The short answer is her concepts. Everything she does are based on concepts taught her in relation to being a woman.

Everything mom does, actions and reactions, are based on the concepts she was taught and maintains in her subconscious mind. The concept your mother maintains about the role of a female is what she demonstrates/demonstrated to you, from the time in the womb, and in your early years of development. Her concepts were passed down by her mother and so on.

Here is the Teaching referring to this: “Visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6,7)

On one level this means that the beliefs, ideals, standards, and values will, along with the concepts, and their patterns of behavior, pass from parent to child. The child becomes a parent and teaches its child the same, and it goes on, and on until the child takes control through understanding and awareness.

When we examine the above statement from the Bible, it is appropriate that we understand the symbology of the words ‘iniquity,’ ‘transgression’ and ‘sin.’ Iniquity means “grossly unfair behavior or immoral actions.” Transgression means to “go against a code or law” and sin, according to man’s definition, means “an immoral act against the divine laws of God.”

All three words have a common theme, they are actions taken that are not in compliance or agreement with the laws of God. So the question is, why would someone purposefully create a transgression, sin or practice inequities? The answer is very simple. They are seeking to fulfill a need within themselves that they do not understand.

If the individual understood what the need is that they are trying to satiate, trying to fulfill, then through the process of understanding that need would not exist. Therefore no transgression, or sin, or the indulgence of inequities would take place.

Of course the Teaching presented in the Bible is from a masculine point of view. The reason for this is primarily because at that time man lived in a patriarchal society. Therefore everything was male-oriented. This is why the concept of God is considered to be a male. In truth God is genderless. It is a Creative Continuum that is both male and female, our Father/Mother.

Examine your concepts, and feelings about the roles you manifest as a woman, or a man. These will be further examined in our next communication.

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