Material Mastery #5

Assuming you have discovered a few of your operating patterns, now seek to understand what triggers them into action. By knowing that, you gain immediate control over your emotional responses. This is where it is essential to have “eyes that see and ears that hear.” Triggers/stimuli will be in the form of something you see or hear. They, in turn, will create an emotional response that will set a particular pattern into action. This is one of the main reasons to learn to read symbols. The Dream Symbol Dictionary will help you lay a foundation of understanding of what your mind is saying to you.
When you see the energies at work, you have the opportunity to change their flow and manifestation. Those new responses to stimuli, gained through understanding, will begin to manifest outward, and then you will truly “reign over the all.” You will be able to control your life and emotional energy as you are co-creating your personal reality.
As individual spiritual beings you are working with the Creator at this very moment creating the reality that you expect your lives to be. And that is based on your subconscious concepts and the current belief system that is generated by them. Here are a few of the Teachings that reflect this understanding. Lao Tzu said: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” The Buddha said: “All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.” It is essential you become the master of your mind, not allowing the subconscious to rule your life.
There are a couple of popular sayings among those who are either ‘spiritual, new agers, and/or seekers.’ The sayings are: ‘the universe provides,’ and ‘let go and let God.’ In both instances, you are giving up conscious control to your subconscious concepts. They will be doing the providing. They will be seeking to validate themselves as true.
When things do NOT work out, and most, if not all the time they don’t, people will say “it was not meant to be.” There are many unfortunate results from ‘letting go.’ One may be that the person believes they didn’t get what they wanted because they are unworthy, not deserving and other thoughts along those lines.
Some will believe that God has something better for them down the road and that is why it didn’t happen now. What is down the road will still be of your making. This is where patterns play a role in your ‘personal history repeating itself.’
Do not give up seeking to gain conscious control over your thinking and emotional responses. “Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!” is what the Buddha taught. In some situations, uncontrolled thoughts and reactions may lead you to anger.
Here are a few Teachings about anger. The Buddha said: “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.” In most cases of inserting a Teaching into these writings we start with the oldest recorded ones. This is done to demonstrate that the Teachings have been presented to man hundreds of years before Jesus ever said them. However, I believe that Jesus is the Teacher for this age. This is why he said to “keep my sayings” and “continue in my word.”
How often do you get angry? Or say something that is hurtful? Learn to listen to what you say. Become mindful of your words during the coming days and weeks.

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