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Software of the Mind #2: Adopting Natural Software

Author: Matthew Webb

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style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Connection with Nature faded
away as humanity removed itself physically and mentally from natural
living.  Thought replaced direct
knowledge, (intuition) and ego replaced the mode of the natural mind. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  This is becoming increasingly the case
not only at the personal level, but also at the collective level of
society.  The collective group mind
of humanity,  (the Worldmind) is so
named as distinct from that of the Earthmind of Nature, because it is primarily
ego-based.  This Worldmind of ours
is heavily infected by deep seated collective fears, and a largely subconscious
desire to return to the paradise of natural living. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Pain and confusion in the human
collective, renders psychic pressure on us all in every corner of the
world.  This is part of what the
modern spiritual practitioner must effectively deal with.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">As a collective we must
depart from the artificialities of ego and social imagery, and return ourselves
to natural ways.  This must be done
in order to survive the world imbalances brought about by materialism. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  We must re-identify with Consciousness
by recognizing thought and language, as well as their various constructs, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  to be merely tools and not the focus of
living.  A return to natural living
means a return to the spiritual Intent of God found in Natural Law. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  In an identification with Consciousness
only, will we find ultimate and lasting solutions to the modern condition. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Consciousness is the fundamental realm
of the soul, of God and Spirit, providing the foundation and motive for the
existence of all beings.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Of the three aspects of
human existence, (body, mind and soul) the mind is the testing ground wherein
humanity has had both triumph and tragedy. 
Our tragedy has been in the ensnarement of society within its own
artificial ideas and values, ones that do not actually contribute to right
living.  The triumph of the human
mind has been in its creativity, scientific discovery, philosophical and
theosophical realizations, inquisitiveness and drive to progress. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  All of these forms have their legitimate
place in the evolution and enlightenment of our kind. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  So long as we remember the true nature
of thought, language, self image, and social constructs as the tools that they
are, we may again make progressive use of them. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Even the ego can act as a motivator and
protection on a temporary basis, as long as it is continually held in check by a
clear realization of its nature. 
The intelligent seeker will use any and all tools at their disposal, for
the purpose of consciousness expansion and self improvement in general. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  They will take the best of what society
has to offer in literature, science, technology, film, religion and philosophy,
to wisely synthesize that which works, and discard that which does
not.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The patterns adopted by the
mind such as specific routines of thought, feeling and self image, are primarily
memorized and learned behavior.  The
ego or unnatural mind may then be compared to that of the software of a
computer.  The brain, body and
nervous system are likewise analogous to the physical component, or hardware of
a computer.  What we learn becomes
our "life program", and unfortunately this program is usually dominated by fear
and therefore ego at an early age. 
The ego serves to give the "program" of an individual’s life a direction
and purpose, though the purposes of ego are almost universally destructive to
self and others.  This makes ego
analogous to a virus which enters an otherwise sound natural mind, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  generating there a set of arbitrary
instructions for self image and protection which absorbs all available personal
Energy.  For these reasons ego must
be dissolved to allow the body/mind to function correctly, and for natural
intelligence to again manifest itself in the mind. style="mso-spacerun: yes">   Meditation re-establishes our
natural inner order, by returning us to the natural mind that is of pure
Consciousness at its base.  It does
this by re-establishing Awareness of
Awareness,
a state wherein the true self is clearly perceived, and where
clarity is progressively maintained. 
This makes meditation the ultimate "anti-virus" for the software of the
mind, one that purges our mental vehicle of the arbitrary flaws and directives
of ego.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"> style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Awareness of Awareness is a state of
being that directly perceives not only its own nature, but also the true nature
of the universe in general.  This is
why meditation increases intuitiveness, manifest intelligence and wisdom. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  These are the inherent properties of the
natural mind with which we were born. 
To return to the purity of self that is style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Awareness of Awareness, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  is to return to the natural genius of
human Consciousness.  This state
perceives Truth directly.  The mind
that perceives directly, has no need of an ego to determine what is supposedly
best for its welfare, when the highest welfare is already clearly
Seen.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Nature has its own precise
methods of creative action, which have no need of ego to function with
incredible intelligence and wisdom. 
These methods or modes of action are essentially few in number, for the
economy of Nature is one of elegant simplicity. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Functioning as the means for optimal
survival and right action, and they act to dismantle the ego when recognized and
employed by the practitioner.  As a
basis for daily action they bring greater success in all areas of life. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  When they are added to the existing
practice of Consciousness expansion, they accelerate personal enlightenment
greatly.  There are nine such modes
as follows: "truth”, "honesty", "practicality", "prioritization",
"progressiveness", "efficiency", "logic", “spiritual Intent” and
"simplicity".  The application of
these nine, particularly in conjunction with one another, will inevitably result
in personal benefit that is far reaching. 
A detailed description of each of these is as follows:


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">“Truth" has been
discussed in some detail in previous chapters. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Truth by definition is "that which
fundamentally exists", beyond all relative or personal preference and
distinction.  It is a term and
quality of mind that is of universal scope, applying to all places, peoples,
times and conditions.  To base one’s
mind on Truth as a first priority in life is absolutely essential for
progressive, intelligent living.  It
is a consideration which must always provide the ultimate model for daily life
beyond all social customs, tradition, and circumstance. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  This is so because Truth is what Natural
Law is and does,  providing the very
foundation for all philosophy,
science and religion.  Truth is all
that has ever existed, or ever will exist. 
It is therefore the only basis that will ever have any real value to
ourselves and our world.  To value
anything more than that universal set of constants which compose Truth, is
ultimately sheer folly, as there is no greater purpose for living which can ever
be found.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">To find truth look always
for the "bottom line" of any conceivable question, to the point where no further
questions need be asked to completely satisfy the inquiry. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Seek out the style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">cause of any problem or situation
rather than its effects, and in so
doing find lasting solutions that only the universal can provide. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Actively acquire knowledge of the
principles of truth through meditation and simple observation of daily
events.  Be willing to revise your
concept of reality, for higher realizations of it are always possible. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Embody truth by applying the principles
observed in daily living, as well as through a personal identification with style="mso-spacerun: yes">  consciousness. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  In this realize for yourself that " style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">truth is its own reward".


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">"Honesty" is an
extremely valuable mode of living, 
primarily because it allows direct access to Truth without
deviation.  When honesty is not
valued, (an attitude which reflects the lack of desire to accept the Truth)
personal improvement is greatly hindered. 
This is so because only in personal honesty can the reality of the self
or of any subject be made obvious. 
Fear, and the ego which arises from it, are the main impediments to
honesty.  When an individual
realizes that Truth is all in existence that matters or has any real use,
then the barrier of fear held in place by the ego is challenged. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  This gives honesty a chance to flourish
and grow in the mind, as a dearly valued quality. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Honesty provides greater personal
intelligence, because it allows an inner simplicity that is more efficient than
the labyrinths created by untruthfulness. 
This is so for one simple reason. 
The honest mind does not need to remember all the lies that it would
otherwise tell, nor does it have to make excuses for those inconsistencies of
self which others will invariably uncover, in order to protect the image of the
ego.  Lies become as weighty burdens
upon the body and mind.  When this
weight is removed through a lifestyle of honesty, an incredible amount of
personal Energy is restored. 
Irritation to the nervous system in the form of worry is then
removed.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Honesty also provides the
ability to believe in the integrity of one’s own self. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  To be able to trust one’s self is to be
able to depend on the mind for accurate information and conclusions. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  A mind that is inconsistent with others
becomes inconsistent with itself. 
Mental functions then decay and manifest intelligence drops. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Until you can trust yourself there is no
valid reason why anyone else should trust you either
. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Honesty is therefore an aspect of
personal empowerment that provides inner clarity, dependability, simplicity,
strength and a clear perception of Truth, so that personal changes can be
readily made.  Without honesty
personal change is made very difficult. This is because even when the Truth is
perceived, it is either ignored or denied. 
The mind in denial cannot
progress
.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">"Practicality" is a
mode of living which can determine the actual effectiveness of any action
taken.  For an action to be
practical it must have authentic value to the process of living, and in the
context of Natural Law.  That which
is not of value to life in general, and which is not compatible with the
processes of Nature, is ultimately impractical, regardless of its apparent short
term benefits.  To start a fire one
must utilize the three elements of heat, fuel and oxygen, which is the natural
reality of combustion.  To master
the self, it is necessary to address all three of elements of Energy, Awareness
and Intent, which is the natural reality of Consciousness. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Thus practicality as a mode of "personal
software for the mind" is one which considers the real usefulness of any
action.  The relevance of any action
is considered within the larger context
of Truth, and a recognition of its principles
. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  It is a mode which views all things in
terms of optimum results, considering the best use of Energy and resources for
the ultimate welfare of the self. 
In this context the ego is not a practical mode of the mind, as it wastes
Energy and resources for dubious ends.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Practical action is one
which "does what works", or in other words produces real results that have the
greatest value.  It is a mode which
evaluates all types of actions and approaches, for their actual benefits to the
self and the world.  style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">The truly practical view is one which
focuses on the best potential results in any scenario
. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  These are obtained through the use of
the least possible Energy, while using the most appropriate resources. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  To achieve the most practical results in
both the inner and outer worlds, one must also use the best tools for
accomplishing the task at hand. 
This often means employing a wide variety of tools for a single task,
just as a carpenter does in the construction of a house. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The mind is no exception to this
principle, which is why the practitioner should draw from a variety of sources
of wisdom from around the world to achieve greater enlightenment. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The practical explorer of Consciousness
takes the very best nuggets of information from their own experiences, and from
the experiences of others, to find a synthesis for personal growth that renders
the greatest benefits.  Practicality
is therefore a mode of mind that always seeks ways to improve itself and the
world, (which requires observation and experimentation) so that "doing what
works" is clearly determined.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">"Prioritization" is a
means to greater efficiency and right action. It manages personal resources in
such a way as to be most effective. 
To prioritize is to take stock of a group of potential actions to
determine which should be initiated first. 
This points the way to right living, since the mind that understands the
true priorities of life, makes progressive decisions of great efficiency. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">The highest and most progressive priority
of life is Truth itself
, (and the principles of Consciousness which compose
it). style="mso-spacerun: yes"> The next highest priority is living in
accord with Nature and Natural Law
, which define the specific parameters
through which Consciousness takes action. 
With these universal priorities in place as one's personal focus, a
successful, wise lifestyle is made a reality.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">To understand priority is to
realize the relative importance of things. 
It is to understand that not all views and philosophies are equally valid
in their approach, for their results are not equal. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Therefore, one must be discriminative in
the use of the Energies and focus of life, to prioritize so as to make the most
noble employment of this lifetime. 
The relative importance of the views of materialism for instance, as
compared to a spiritual world view are not equal, because their results are not
equal.  A mental focus upon
prioritization is one which sorts any group of facts as to their overall
relative importance.  This is an act
which results in enhanced practicality, because it reduces the waste of personal
Energy.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">"Progressiveness" is
that mode of the mind which continually seeks a better, more beneficial method
of action and being.  The mind that
employs this mode can view any existing system, be it mechanical, political,
spiritual, philosophical, scientific or personal and find therein, ways and
means to improve that system.  The
pioneers and revolutionaries of all times, inventors, philosophers and true
intellectuals, have all possessed this quality. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Progressiveness is an aspect of genius
when it is embodied and applied to the self. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">To be personally progressive is to
continually look within for methods to improve the mind, to act with greater
effectiveness as a way of living
. 
It also looks within to actively seek out flaws, (untruths) taking
immediate action to remedy those flaws. 
The progressive mind thus seeks to enhance its own clarity, intelligence,
wisdom and ability in all ways.  It
seeks to know itself better, adopting ways of action which create results
superior to previous modes of living.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The progressive spiritual
practitioner will constantly seek a deeper realization of Truth, a more complete
alignment with God and their own soul, and a better understanding of Natural
Law.  They will seek to style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">purify their own Intent so as to live
more in accord with universal designs, leaving no aspect of the mind unevaluated
or ultimately unchanged. 
Progressiveness is a mental function that is synonymous to that of
growth, for it causes positive change. 
The progressive mind actively
engages the process of personal growth, using all life experiences as vehicles
for improvement
.  In this way
the challenges of life no matter how severe, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  become the means to personal refinement.
The very best and worst of what life has to offer, both become inspiration. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Progressiveness is positivity in action
to greater and greater degrees, as the essence of productive change and higher
levels of embodied Intent are acquired.


style="FONT-SIZE: 11pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">"Efficiency" is a
mode that is clearly a major path to right living. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The elimination of waste in action,
means the increase of exerted force. 
The efficient flame burns with the greatest heat, the least amount of
fuel and for the longest period of time. 
The body that is efficient lives in health with excellent inner
cooperation, high Energy, greater immunity, stamina, strength and
adaptability.  The mind that is
efficient seeks, as it is said, "the shortest distance between A and B" and does
not deviate needlessly to "C" or any other point unless necessary. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  The speed of mental processing is
therefore increased, producing more comprehensive results style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">as irrelevant considerations are
excluded
.  style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Intelligence is thus increased and so is
the level of personal clarity,

because identification with the style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">relevant is more readily gained by the
mind focused on efficiency
style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">. 
Efficiency is in essence the act of accomplishing the greatest possible
results, using the least possible Energy or exertion. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Efficiency in business implies the
elimination of waste in the methods of production, while rendering the best
product. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Efficiency in spiritual action implies
the elimination of waste in personal Energy and method of living, while also
maintaining the highest possible level of Consciousness
. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  To be efficient is to find the most
productive application of resources given any circumstance or experience, and in
the most progressive sense. 
Ultimately this mode is best employed through the recognition of what
consistently renders the most productive results of all, which is style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal">Truth itself. style="mso-spacerun: yes">  Personal efficiency is automatically
increased when Consciousness and Natural Law are better understood, style="mso-spacerun: yes">  because they are in themselves
efficient.


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