A question arose about the authorship of the last two Weekly Wisdoms. I did write them. When I say things like, "this came to me in written form," I'm trying to convey a sense I often have that the material writes itself somehow – that words seem to come through me and not necessarily from me.
Anyway, what follows is something I did not write. It's from the work of the late psychiatrist and spiritual teacher, David R. Hawkins, and is a compilation of quotes from his book, Truth vs. Falsehood. The quotes are featured on a YouTube video, Pathway to Freedom and Happiness, created by LaMarAzura.
While the language, at times, feels foreign to me, I found the ideas interesting, thought provoking and worth sharing.
Pathway to Freedom and Happiness
The steps out of failure, unhappiness, frustration, lack, want, anger and depression are deceptively simple. Life is a voyage, comparable to being out at sea, in which a shift of one degree on the ship's compass will determine by the end of the trip whether or not one is hundreds of miles off course.
The strongest tool, which already exists within, is the spiritual will itself, which when firmly set will face and take on any obstacle. It is this spiritual will that determines the success of the venture. From subjective experience, as well as many years of clinical practice, spiritual education and research, it is confirmed that the spiritual will is the primordial rudder that determines, not only this lifetime, but also the course of one's consciousness over great expanses of time, classically termed karma.
From consciousness research, one can quickly confirm that the adoption of an attitude immediately invites in that entire field of consciousness, which then unwittingly begins to dominate the personality and thoughts. What are considered to be "my thoughts" are merely thoughts common to that particular energy field and are not really personal at all.
It is well to avoid, rather than oppose, negativity and resist the temptation and illusion that one can play with it and not get burned. The nonintegrous fields of consciousness contain seductive programs that are extremely cunning.
While the frantic person flails in the water and drowns, the more evolved person learns how to float. The ultimately buoyant sea that supports spiritual progress is the overall, powerful field of consciousness.
It is the power of this field that precludes the possibility of even death itself. Man has intuited and known this since the very beginning of civilization and has been aware that life cannot be extinguished, but can only change form.