In My Soul I Am Free, Twitchell

In the state of consciousness of the individual is to be found the explanation of the phenomena of life. If man’s concept of himself were different, everything in his world would be different. His concept of himself being what is it, everything in this world must be as it is.

The ideas which impel you to action are those which dominate the consciousness, those which possess the attention. To the unenlightened this will seem to be all fantasy, yet progress comes from those who do not take accepted views nor accept the world as it is. When we set out to master the movement of attention, which must be done if we would successfully alter the course of observed events, it is then we realize how little control we exercise over the mind and how much it is dominated by sensory impressions and by being set adrift on tides of other men\’s considerations and environmental moods.

A tense person is wrapped up in himself, his immediate family, the events of his past, the prospects of his future, or how he is regarded by other people. What does this tension do? It grips. It causes a stranglehold on the channels within him. It cuts off thinking. It is useless for such a person to relax physically as long as he continues to center the mind upon himself. The stranglehold will be there every minute, day and night. When we learn to love others as ourselves, the attention will be focused outwardly, and therefore we will become relaxed. There will be no stranglehold within and the mind will become free.

God gave us dominion through consciousness, and this consciousness, which is the creative principle of our body, must also be its sustaining and maintaining principle.

…The whole secret lies in the word ‘heart’ or what we call consciousness. An intellectual knowledge of the fact that God is all is of no value. The only value any truth has is in the degree of its realization.

…Act, rather, that we might give mastership qualities which are already within us. As we unfold constantly to give, we are not unfolding to have our senses acted upon. We are unfolding to give all that we and our senses are capable of giving. Then shall our lives be transformed.

Spirituality is not attained by denying the world, not by affirming the spiritual world. Spirituality is, because there has never been a time in the world, in the true world, where God, or spirituality, was not.

…If one prays for an object, or a desire, verily, it shall come unto him because his mind shall create what he desires. But the true consciousness should never be blinded by that which the intellect devises…

It is possible for anyone to change the trend of his life, not by hearing or reading truth, but by making it an active part of his consciousness in daily experience, until it becomes a habit every moment of the day, instead of an occasional thought. Let God operate in the consciousness morning, noon, and night, until gradually the actual awareness comes. Then we make the transition from being hearers of the word to being doers of the word. Then we shall gather in the harvest of souls. (70)

…The higher one climbs on the spiritual ladder, the more will he grant others their own freedom and give less interference to another\’s state of consciousness. As we mount the scale upward, the more ethical we become in our conduct. We will not make any attempt to discuss or assist in anyone\’s problem unless asked to do so, for according to spiritual law, the individual consciousness of a person is his home. A spiritual traveler cannot enter unless invited. (83)

…Many spiritual masters will act in the same manner, in never replying directly to our questions. They want us to learn how to get the answers ourselves. (102)

A man wants great powers to destroy his enemies.
“For what reason?” asked the greak ECK master.
“So that I can be free of them,” came the reply.
Rebazar Tarzs said, “My dear friend, if you destroy your enemies with such powers, it is quite certain that you would destroy yourself. So I say unto you love them, and they in turn will love you.”
The man studied this for a while.
“But then they wouldn’t be my enemies.” (106)

Concentrated attention is the key that unlocks all stores of wisdom, of truth & spirituality.

Every spiritual traveler keeps a vigilant eye upon his mental processes. When he begins to enter into the inner worlds, even to the slightest degree he must beware of his own misleading mental creations. In all of his waking consciousness he is to remember that his mind is his worst enemy, as well as his most useful instrument. But the main point is that he must keep it under control every moment.

Man must attain this state of being which is like the sun,
shining upon all alike,
yet asking nothing in return.

It is with complete Vairag [mental detachment] that one enters into the world of the Sugmad.
The tuza [soul] lives forever by giving, not by receiving. (116)

Man is a god clothed in rags. He is a master of the universe going about begging a crust of bread. He is a kind prostrated before his own servants, a prisoner walled in by his own ignorance. He could be free. He has only to walk out of his self-constructed prison, for none holds him but himself. (129)

Without imagination man remains a creature of the earth dust, a materialistic thing. Man either goes forward in him imagination or remains a prisoner of his senses (130).

-Paul Twitchell, In My Soul I Am Free

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