Study: NPR – Chapter 04

Audio Link: Seth-PR-Ch04 Your Imagination And Your Beliefs

  • Refresher: First a quick KeyPoint refresher from Chapter one:
    • “When it seems to you that others are observing you, you are observing yourself from the standpoint of your own projections”, Session 610 NPR Pg4
    • World as you see it is a reflection of what you are, a reflection not in glass but in three dimensional reality. You project YOUR thoughts, feelings, and expectations outward, then you perceive them as the outside reality.
    • When it seems to you that others are observing you, you are observing yourself from the standpoint of your own projections.
    • Pg11 – Basically you create your experience through your beliefs about yourself and the nature of reality. Another way to understand this is to realize that you create your experiences through your expectations. Your feeling-tones are your emotional attitudes toward yourself and life in general, and these generally govern the large areas of experience.
      (Pause.) They give the overall emotional coloration that characterizes what happens to you. Period. You are what happens to you.

Chapter 04 – I would call this chapter – The power to move beliefs

Session 619 actually began very near the End of Ch 3
Pg 55  Imagination also plays an important part in your subjective life, as it gives mobility to your beliefs.

  • What could we say facilitates change? Is motivates the same thing? Imagination propels the change?
  • What dislodges unwanted beliefs? What can then propel ideas in the directions you desire?
    • If we understand what provides mobility to beliefs, then we understand the context of belief change. We may not have the details yet (they’re coming). But the context of imagination is where the magic of reality change occurs. Beliefs change within the context creating mental constructs, Iam-mag-ing Images projected from inner dimension of self; the process of converting or projecting the self of inner dimension IS called imagination.

Pg 56 [3]  There is some information necessary to physical survival that must be taught and handed down from parent to child.

We might say this material is describing “The nature of our current predicament”; “The beginnings of our current reality and how we’ve been working with that reality to this point:,

Pg 57 … serves as a framework … your parents’ conceptions of the nature of reality … structure your learning experiences themselves. … without your conscious knowing …strong elements of your civilization are built upon ideas of guilt and punishment.

Pg58  [3] Largely, but not completely, your imagination follows your beliefs, as do your emotions.
[7] One of the most hampering beliefs of all, … is the idea that the clues to current behavior are buried and usually inaccessible. This belief itself closes to you the contents of your own conscious mind and prevents you from looking there for the answers that are available.

Pg61 [6] Now at various times you made those conscious choices. They escaped your notice but they existed as conscious points of awareness and choice.

Pg62-63 [2]  It is vital that you realize you are working with beliefs in your mind-that the real work is done there in the mind-and not look for immediate physical results.

[8] Your emotions and your imagination both follow your belief. When the belief vanishes then the same emotional context is no longer entertained, and your imagination turns in other directions. Beliefs automatically mobilize your emotional and imaginative powers.

  • Can you have an emotional response for something you’re NOT giving attention?  Can you have a belief and NOT give it attention? Would emotions remain if you didn’t give attention to the thing we’re having an emotional response to?  Where does intention come in? What part of self controls it?

Pg63 [2]

There are various ways of altering the belief by substituting its opposite. One particular method is three-pronged. You generate the emotion opposite the one that arises from the belief you want to change, and you turn your imagination in the opposite direction from the one dictated by the belief. At the same time you consciously assure yourself that the unsatisfactory belief is an idea about reality and not an aspect of reality itself

You realize that ideas are not stationary. Emotions and imagination move them in one direction or the other, reinforce them or negate them.

(Pause at 11:23.) Quite deliberately you use your conscious mind playfully, creating a game as children do, in which for a time you completely ignore what seems to be in physical terms and “pretend” that what you really want is real.

… you purposely pretend that you have all you need financially. Imagine how you will

Pg 64-65

Your beliefs generate emotion. … your conscious thinking largely determines your emotions …

[3] Your mind is meant to perceive the physical environment clearly, and its judgments about the environment then activate the body’s mechanisms to bring about proper response.

[5]you hypnotize yourself constantly with your own conscious thoughts and suggestions …
hypnosis merely applies to a quite normal state in which you concentrate your attention, narrowing your focus to a particular area of thought or belief. …

using hypnosis you “force-feed” a belief to yourself … you concentrate all of your attention upon the IDEA presented.

Pg66 [2] in the overall development of an individual, an illness may also be used as a method to achieve another, constructive, end. In such a case belief would also be involved: Such a person would have to believe that an unhealthy condition was the best way to serve another purpose.

[5] One belief, of course, can be dependent upon many others, each generating its own emotion and imaginative reality. The belief in illness itself depends upon a belief in human unworthiness, guilt and imperfection, for example.

The mind does not hold just active beliefs. It contains many others in a passive state.

Pg 67

[1] The conscious mind is a vehicle for the imagination in many
ways. The greater its knowledge the further the reach of imagination. In
return imagination enriches conscious reasoning and emotional
experience.

What is the vehicle that carries the imagination?

What determines how far the vehicle can travel?
What enrichment is the conscious mind focused to achieve?

[2] You have not learned to use your consciousness properly or fully, …
The mature conscious mind, once more, accepts data from the exterior world and from the interior one. It is only when you believe that consciousness must be attuned only to exterior conditions that you force it to cut itself off from inner knowledge, intuitional “voices, “ and the depths from which it springs.

Pg 68 There are “fine natural interworkings that exist between the so-called conscious mind
and the so-called unconscious — the incredibly rich interaction”

[1] infinite resources are placed at the disposal of your conscious mind.

[2] advocates of ‘conscious-reasoning-mind-above-all-else’ … while not recognizing their source in the inner self.

[2,3] What have some not recognized about the inner self?
From where comes the power that creates physical reality?

[4,5] On the other hand there are those who stress the great power of the inner self, the emotional being … consider the conscious mind in derogatory terms … ignoring the miraculous unity of the psyche, the fine interworkings that exist between.

[4] What have some not recognized about the conscious mind

Pg 69 The marriage of power with the vehicle meant to carry it.

[1] The conscious mind is a vehicle for the expression of the soul in
corporeal terms.

What is the vehicle? What is it to carry or facilitate?
What should be the domain of the conscious mind?
What are the targets or what is the object of assessment?

[2] Your beliefs form your reality, your body and its condition, your personal relationships, your environment, and en masse your civilization and world.

What is temporal experience? Does temporal mean temporary? Why call it temporal?
What are some examples of appropriate expressions?

[3] Beliefs attract appropriate emotions… Imagination and feelings follow your beliefs. It is not the other way round.

[4,5] the conscious mind gives its orders and the inner self carries them out.

[4] What gives mobility to the vehicle?  What directs the vehicle?
What does it assess? What kind of deductions give mobility to temporal experience?
What kind of beliefs move us toward a desirable temporal experience?

[7] What is this page talking about in the big scheme of things? Did man ever believe we create or affect the matter of reality?
What temporal experience quality must be regained to allow us movement toward our purposes for temporal experience?

Pg 70- The universe became soulless for man and in the process man became soulless.

What attitude was lost that needs to be regained to change the quality of our experiences?

How has our seeking to see reality objectively, as ‘outside’ of ourselves, caused us to lose our identification with nature and see it as an adversary?

How does seeing all that is outside of ourselves as part of ourselves change our sensitivity to nature so that the quality of our temporal experience changes?

Pg 71 – Great efforts are being made to reach what seem to be normally inaccessible areas of awareness

… yet there is nothing that is basically in accessible about such ‘inner knowledge or experience’.  … The conscious mind can quite freely focus into inner reality when you understand that it can. … You can change the focus of your own consciousness.

[5]Your beliefs, once more, form your reality, shaping your life and all of its conditions.

[6] All the powers of your inner self are set into activation as a result of your conscious beliefs. You have lost your sense of responsibility.

Pg 72 – As long as you hold that conscious belief, you will experience it as reality.

[1,2] “Regardless of your beliefs, you are terrorized by unconscious conditioning”

Is this the conscious belief behind our loss of temporal experience quality?
Is this false belief the reason we constantly find life’s negative aspects being reinforced to the point we conclude we are helpless and at the mercy of forces beyond control?
Should we decide to conclude that all ‘victim’ beliefs are similarly false? Or, if we perceive ourselves as victims, should we begin to recognize it is of our own creation?

[4] the only way out of it is to become aware of your beliefs, aware of your own conscious thought, and to change your beliefs so that you bring them more in line with the kind of reality you want to experience.

What comes first, a belief in being a victim of circumstances beyond our control, or the emotional feelings of being a victim? What belief would be more empowering of the emotional feelings we want to experience? What does imagination follow? If it follows our belief, what must we use or exercise to imagine what we want prior to believing we have what what we want?

Why does it sometimes seem easier to imagine a bad experience than to imagine one preferred?