02 Nov Material Mastery #4
In our last communication, you were left with questions to ask yourself. Prior to those questions we left off with the modified Teaching in the KJV. Now we go back and start there.
At first reading of the KJV you may think it is about opportunities, or seeking to find an answer to something, and it is. However, without the full Teaching one is left unguided as to where to seek, what to ask for or which door to knock on.
Here is the meaning of the Teaching in the Thomas Gospel. In this Teaching the bottom line is you must seek within yourself to understand the truth of who you are. You need to understand your personal belief system. Here is what was taught 2500 years ago by Lao Tzu: “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
As people, you need to understand the concepts that you have been taught and use to build your egos, your Emotional Self. The concepts that have built your life into what it is today.
When a person starts seeking within they begin to find answers that may bother them about themselves. This is because most people believe that they have something horrible and negative within themselves. After all, there is a concept that is promoted that you are born with sin. So, a person starts out with a negative belief about self to begin with, a negative suggestion.
By the time a child is three years old, all the ‘suggestions’ are implanted into the subconscious mind where they become the concepts that shape the child’s life. These concepts are consistently presented through attitude and are demonstrated by the parents. There is a Teaching about this process. It is from the Old Testament, and it says: “…and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:7 KJV)
The second Teaching in Thomas implies that once an individual looks within and sees some of these concepts at work and how they have affected their life, it is going to be painful, it is going to hurt. The person is going to ‘be troubled,’ and this is good, because after they have been ‘troubled’ they ‘will marvel.’ They will realize, “Hey, that concept is not true, I am not stupid or inadequate, I am not lazy, I am not sloppy, slothful, and I am not inconsiderate. How can I have believed that about myself for so long?”
The individual will marvel at the insights and understandings that they achieve through self-examination. They realize that those ideas and beliefs, those concepts that they lived by were implanted suggestions and that they are not true. Then once a person has marveled and they see it was all misconceptions, they will begin to gain control over the true self.
A person can create new results to old stimuli through controlling the patterns of behavior that seek to fulfill the subconscious expectations. All patterns of behavior are designed to validate the concept that created it as being true, even when it is not.
See if you can spot your patterns of behavior in each of your selves.