Humanity has reached that place in its evolutionary development where conscious initiation of a predetermined goal of growth and development can take place. This discovery by humanity “en masse” of its creative potential is close, and all human beings are responding to it in one way or another. The “do it yourself” idea, and the great need for self-improvement are examples of that response.
When we consider the implications of the new truth to be embodied by the whole of humanity they are awe-inspiring indeed. Throughout the history of humanity’s past, its growth has largely been an unconscious response to its environment. It learned those lessons that were necessary to its survival, and lived within the framework of that necessity. Then people began to want more than survival. They wanted comfort and luxury; some people wanted power and control and all people grew to want security of both a Spiritual and a material kind. Today humanity wants love, peace, good will and brotherhood. A great many people want knowledge, and a few desire wisdom above all else.
Soon a new truth will unfold within the consciousness of humanity. Even now, it is impacting. That truth is self initiated growth. People can be, within themselves, anything they want to be.
They are their own cause insofar as their life and affairs are concerned. To initiate something is to set into motion the cause that will produce a desired effect. Consider the person who is admonished to “love thy neighbour as thyself”. They seldom consider it a possibility for they know their own built-in responses, which are the limitations within which they live. The new truth will show them how to initiate that growth which will make it possible for them to love their neighbour as themselves. Thus, people can overcome, via a process of self-initiated growth, the limitations of their early environmental conditioning.
To do this they must learn to change their inner ‘state of consciousness. to conform to their ideal. Pause for a moment now, and consider your ideal of yourself. What kind of a person would you really like to be? What kind of an influence would you like to bring to bear upon your environment? Let this ideal come from the heart to reveal itself in your mind. It is possible for you to envision the ideal and then, if you are really sincere, to embody it in this lifetime via the process of self initiated growth. A person’s inner “state of consciousness”, like everything else, is threefold in nature, i.e., composed of three distinct aspects. These are:
1. The inner thought life. This is that subjective aspect of people’s lives which is seldom revealed either to others or to themselves. Actually, we are rarely acquainted with the sum total of our thought life, though it orbits around and within us constantly, producing an effect upon everything we do.
2. The inner emotional life. Here again is a vast subjective aspect of a person’s life that is seldom revealed to them. It is a result of both thought and outer experience. Every thought entertained by them has its corresponding emotional feeling form. Every outer experience builds or adds to an emotional feeling form. All of these forms, these emotions, which produce automatic responses within us, are constantly present, either acting or waiting to act, to produce reactions within us to life itself. They give power to that which we think and to that which we do. They move us in this direction or that, according to what we happen to feel at the moment.
3. The physical brain consciousness. This is that aspect of the inner ‘state of consciousness”, which is more apparent, being above the threshold of awareness, and constituting the actor. Here is the conscious thinking “I” with its brain awareness, which changes from moment to moment according to that which is impacting upon it from the inner thought life, the inner emotional life, and the sensory system of the physical body. It has its particular habits, its way of thinking and feeling and its way of responding to various stimuli particularly those reaching it via the sensory system.
The impression we make upon the world, the way we look, feel, and act all of these are dictated by that inner “state of consciousness”. Here is our creativity. For the substance of our bodies, of our environments, and of our experiences is moulded into shape by that inner “state of consciousness” within which we live. To change our outer lives, we must first change our inner lives. Once this is realized and accepted the process of self initiated growth can begin; and one is given the opportunity to decide the way of one’s own destiny.
In: Creative Thinking, Lesson 4, Lucille Cedercrans