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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life

Master Key To Imagination

Practical Spirituality Guide for Everyday Life
By Andrey Karra

This eBook is dedicated to my Eternal Teacher, Sri Tulshi Sen, for I am forever thankful for his wisdom and guidance in my path on personal development and spiritual growth, and to my family for their undying support and inspiration. Thank You.

The material contained in this guide is for informational purposes only and is meant to assist you in your study of reading Ancient Secrets of Success for Todays World book and meditation on the four proclamations. I have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information herein. However, the information contained in this guide is presented without warranty, either expressed or implied. No part of this publication shall be modified or sold in whole or in part in any form, without the prior written consent of the author. The image of a flying man displayed on the cover of this guide is by Martin Stranka.

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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments ............................................................................................................3 Preface ......................................................................................................................................4 Powering Your World with Your Imagination ..........................................5 Formatting Imagination Into A Vision - Part 1 ....................................... 12 Formatting Imagination Into A Vision - Part 2 ....................................... 19 Why Cant We Hold A Vision And Manifest It? .......................................... 27 Thinking Out Of The Box And Creating A New Vision ........................ 37 How Do I Expedite The Manifestation Of My Vision? ........................... 45 Inspiring Thought Is Mastering Life ............................................................... 55

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Before you begin your journey into the amazing world of imagination, I would like to tell you the source of the information enclosed herein. The contents of this guide have their roots deep in the abyss of time and have been embodied by the Masters and Sages that ever walked this Planet Earth before us. I have spent countless hours gathering information from my own notes, transcribing audio recordings from various conference calls, seminars and webinars of my teacher Sri Tulshi Sen, the author of Ancient Secrets of Success for Todays World book where he shares these secrets as he has received them from the Master who initiated him into the mysticism of the East and West. The wisdom that you are about to be presented with is not to be taken lightly or read as a novel. Instead, imagine yourself sitting face to face with my teacher and just listen to the voice within you. If you take time to internalize the principles contained within this guide you will change yourself forever and as you change, so the world around you will change as well. These very same principles have touched me so deeply that they became the pillars of all success in my life. It is my privilege to be a medium of this wisdom and pass it onto you in this guide. Here is to You and the Power within You. Sincerely,

Andrey Karra

P.S. If, at any point, while you are reading this guide, you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can best reach me on Twitter, or on my Facebook page. If you want to reach me in private you can email me at Master Key To Imagination 3

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As the saying goes The only constant thing in the Universe is change. Change is Life and quite often change, whether physical and emotional, is associated with pain. As such, it diminishes the joy of life. Master Key To Imagination Guide will empower you and have you equipped with a new ability to embrace the change, to overcome the pain, and to achieve any worthy ideal while enjoying life's beauty and wonder by utilizing a mental process of thinking. Every living being wants not merely to move through life without a purpose, but to evolve - to improve - and to continue the development of ones personal growth. This development can occur only through the improvement of the quality of individual thought process and the ability to control it. Individuals thought has this incredible ability to tap into great Cosmic Intelligence and to attract from it that, which corresponds to aspirations, desires, and will. Every thing you see around you that is not natural, but made by men, had first to exist as a thought, a vision in some human mind. Thought is constructive. Therefore, human thought is the spiritual power of the cosmos operating through men. Master Key To Imagination Guide will take you through the process of how to use that power, and use it both constructively and creatively. In order for things and conditions to become realities, you must first create them in a thought form, which requires specific knowledge and practice.

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Powering Your World with Your Imagination

Every moment of our waking hour of our life we carry an image of something we see before we do. An image in action is called imagination. It is very important to know what we mean by imagination. Where does imagination come from? What is the source of imagination that flows into our mind? Imagination is very powerful, if not the most powerful faculty of the human psyche. Imagination is the source of vision, which is the substance of manifestation of the world we occupy and live in. Some things we do automatically and we feel that we did not image it before we did it. It feels that way because we have turned that particular action of ours into a habit. We do not feel that image consciously, like when we eat or drive a car, or carry on an intense discussion with someone sitting next to us while driving and yet we image changing lanes, getting off on the right exit or getting off the highway, also imaging the final destination we will be arriving at. Most of us live our Sundays in our Mondays imaging the work place and getting very tensed up. We seem to have lost our Sundays or holidays just by imaging what we have to do on Monday and that is imagination too. Imagination dominates our lives. We seem to have this huge ability to imagine what we dread more than what we would love to do and to have. Why is that? How can we control this runaway imagination of dread and begin to control our imagination and imagine all the beautiful things we would want to do, to have, and to become? That is what this chapter is all about and that is how you, dear reader, can and will empower your life. What is imagination? Imagination is thought. Every thought has an image. A thought without a vibrant image is a weak thought- a may be thought- the one we do not have confidence in or we really do not believe that it can happen. We do not believe our own thought and even collectively we hear people say "He was caught up in his world of imagination or he just lives in her own imaginary world and does not want to face reality. That is when we allocate imagination into the world of fantasy. How do we relegate the most powerful faculty of all - our imagination - to inferior position? Master Key To Imagination 5

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life In essence, we deprive ourselves of the greatest power of the Universe that we have inherited from the Universe. We stay small because we make our imagination an unimportant factor in our life. Some of us consider imagination an impractical faculty. Imagination is our ability to make movies in our mind and play them, and then replay them over and over again. Enjoy it or dread it as the case may be. We can make it a romantic comedy or a horror movie. The choice is ours. Do we really have a choice of what kind of imagining we are going to do? The answer is yes and no. Yes, we can imagine what we want to imagine if only we gain control over our own mind and know how to imagine, what to imagine regardless of our present state of our circumstances, and even change the circumstances if we want to by imagining it. Now, if we do not have proper control of our mind then we will be replaying tragedies over and over again instead of playing comedies and romances. Imagination is images that we conjure up in our mind from our consciousness and the mind is supposed to play them on the screen of our heart. What usually happens is that the mind sensors imagination like a sensor board and says "Not allowed" or "It cannot be projected". The reason why the mind rejects it is because the mind cannot find the reference number of the movie in its files and it does not allow it to be shown. The reference number in this case is the reference in the memory bank of our mind. As long as our imagination is under the control of our mind, we are not allowed to imagine freely and we are only permitted to replay our old movies filed away in our memory bank. Any new movies we make must follow the same pattern and the same ideas as the old ones. That is why we live in the same kind of environment every day and we have gotten used to it. In fact, some of us have developed tendencies to live each new day the same as yesterday. We cannot live or be, or do, or have what we cannot imagine. It is as simple and as plain as that. We have to realize this fact and accept it before we can take action to take back control of our lives and imagine what we want to imagine, live in our imagination, and manifest fun and plenty. It is safe and comfortable to replay the old movies of our lives and create endless sequels and carry on. For what? We really do not know. Everybody wants to be happy but what happens is that we live a life of constant dread and overcoming the dread each day is not being happy - it is just being comfortable. It is a comfortable proposition. Is this the way we want to live and then die? Of course not! Master Key To Imagination 6

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life This is why we seek success. This is why it is important to empower our life with the greatest faculty that we have been given - imagination. This imagination will be ours today and for eternity. So let's begin to take back control of our life and our destiny. Let's study imagination. What have people spoken about imagination? One of the excellent references is one of the greatest men that ever lived in modern times, the greatest scientist who changed Newtonian principles - Albert Einstein. He is more than a great scientist, he is a thinker. Here is what he said about imagination: "Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and ALL there ever will be to know and understand." In essence what is he saying? He said exactly what most people do not believe in - we think knowledge is more important than imagination. However, his statement proclaims exactly the opposite. Then it explains what knowledge is, as it is limited to what we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, the whole Universe, and ALL there ever will be to know and understand. Knowledge is our past, imagination is our future. That is why we play the old movies of our imagination over and over again. To corroborate Dr. Einsteins saying we would have to go back to the Sanskrit texts thousands of years ago where it says "Gyana habandha", which when translated, means - Knowledge Limits. Knowledge is important but it also hinders progress. Our previous knowledge would not have permitted us to think of the internet, which is common knowledge now. However, someone imagined internet and now we are able to share and distribute our thoughts with the speed of light around the entire globe thanks to imagination at work. Imagination is the source of knowledge. What we imagine, vision, and manifest now becomes knowledge later. That is why Dr. Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination is the power of the artist with which he creates art and then scientists come along and explain how that art was created, as that is the region of science. Science is the knowledge, which the artist has imagined. That is why the creator of this Universe is often called - the great artist. All of this may sound a bit mystical at this point to you but you will see a bit later how this piece of information will help you take back control of your imagination from the kludges of the hard herded mind that cannot laugh. Master Key To Imagination 7

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life If you ever watched TV series Star Trek you would remember a character called Mr. Spock. He was intellect, he could not laugh, he could only calculate and he was very good at it - he had no emotions. The intellect does not have emotions and living at the Spocks like existence has become our habit. Imagination is the beginning of visions. First, we imagine and the source of imagination is intuition. I know, the moment I mention the word intuition, it immediately raises doubts in your mind, doesnt it? Most of us define intuition as the reason for the paranormal. We see intuition as gut feelings that cannot be relied upon. We usually use intuition if we do not see any other practical solutions. However, at this point we must know what intuition is because we want to know the source of imagination. It is a bit confusing but we must get a clear understanding of the intuition to know the source of imagination. The cave from which the river flows in the dark regions of the mountains is the source of the river. It flows out in a trickle and flows out for what? To offer itself to the ocean of life. The goal is to merge back into the great life after having traveled through plains and mountains and valleys. When the river comes out of that cave it rushes out with one single goal in mind-to merge with the ocean and to become the ocean. On its path through hills and valleys and plains it nourishes the land. Animals come to it, bathe in it, and drink in it. Fish grows in it. People come and thrive because they have the river. When the river passes by, it gives and gives but it is not attached to anything. It flows onwards growing food, building towns and cities but taking nothing for itself. Its entire purpose is to bestow happiness to everything that it passes by. That is pure imagination. We imagine loving. Loving is bestowing happiness on others. However, we have to believe in our imagination. When it reaches the ocean, this imagination-the river- becomes the ocean. We cannot separate the water of the river from the water of the ocean when it merges with the ocean. Intuition is the dark cave from which the river is waiting to break free to merge with the ocean. In the darkness of the cave it engaged in deep meditation to see the vision of the ocean. Intuition is not paranormal. It is not gut feelings. It is definitely all that to those who do not recognize intuition. Intuition means inner tuition, teachings from within. Even when we say "I have a gut feeling", we intuitively know what we are saying. It is in our guts or our abdomen where our abdominal brain is located, which regulates, runs, and drives all the involuntary actions of our body. Master Key To Imagination 8

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The food you are digesting now is being done by the abdominal brain. Every breath you are taking to live-you are not consciously aware of breathing. That too is being done by your abdominal brain, which digests the food, realizes the enzymes, and does millions of actions every second in your body. You are not even conscious of those vital actions without which you would not even be able to live, nor could you read this very text. Intuition is the voice of consciousness, the voice and not the chatter of the mind that constantly tells us what we need and what we cannot do. This voice calls us to action to bring us back home to the ocean. This voice takes us where we have never been before. This voice wants to frolic, to play and to laugh, to love and to give, and wants us to live a fantastic life. This voice does not know limitations and this voice is madness to the mind. It is the wisdom of the Universe and so it is the foolishness of the mind. Let me quote St. Paul, a very astute man, who puts it very clearly. He said "The wisdom of God is foolishness with man". There it is - the wisdom of God, or the Universe, is foolishness with man. And to corroborate that fact, Solomon a few thousand years ago said "Trust in God with all thine heart and lean not upon thine own understanding". Listen to it, believe in the Universe, your intuition, your inner teacher, the voice within with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding. Isn't it a crazy idea for practical people? Intuition is gut feelings only because it has not been used. We are not familiar with intuition. Most of us suffer from intuition entropy, just like if our arm is put in a cast for 4 or 5 weeks and when the cast is taken off we cannot use that arm easily right away. It is entropy. We need to loosen up. So, how do we loosen up? By practice. We have to let loose our intuition, listen to our intuition, and regain our right to imagine out of the box, as the world would say. We are stuck in the box of our mind. Intuition is our relief from that box. Then we can imagine from out of the box. The mind has boxed us in and we are so uncomfortably comfortable with our life with no real imagination. We think we have imagination but we do not permit ourselves to imagine. It is a life we really get ourselves in- the life of eating, sleeping, and dreading with a few distractions, which we call pleasures. We live day after day, week after week making resolutions for New Years but do we really want to be happy? Are we willing to make the sacrifice to be happy? There is actually no real sacrifice, really.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life You see, what we end up doing is we let the movie makers do our imagination for us and we pay $9 or $12 to see the movie because we cannot live without imagination. So, we watch TV. When there is nothing to do, we watch TV because we want to live with pictures that somebody else is showing us. This is a substitute for our frozen imaging faculty. Intuition is the source of imagination. Deep down inside us is the urge to be someone or do something, to feel what we have never felt before, aching to come out in the form of our imagination. How do we let it out? By quieting the constant chatter of our mind and when we have done that, we will hear clearly the calling of our consciousness for us to form the vision of our life from the core of our being, our divinity. Most of the time when imagination comes out of our intuition it seems to be corrupted by our reasoning, which is the memory bank of our mind and its constant chatter. So we relegate that imagination to the area of fantasy and that is exactly what Albert Einstein stressed "Imagination is more important than knowledge". If he did not imagine what he had invented and discovered, we would still be living in the dark ages. The book Ancient Secrets of Success For Todays World clearly refers to higher reasoning and lower reasoning in the form of pure thought and impure though in chapter 10 (page 75) under the cross header. Two Kinds of Thought In the Amritabindu Upanishad from the Vedic text, it says there are two kinds of thoughts, Unconditioned thought and Conditioned thought. Literally translated, it reads as Pure thought and Impure thought. Purity and Impurity in this context does not refer to morality and immorality. It defines the quality of thought, defined by the source of the thought. If the thought evolves out of conditions, past and present, it can only be conditioned thought. It is conditioned thought which the Ancients termed as impure thought; tainted by conditions. Conditioned thoughts are generated from the senses and are driven by the senses. When the mind is trained and our Consciousness is liberated from the senses, Unconditioned thought naturally arises. The book also gives step by step instructions to liberate the mind from its dependency on the senses, so it can obey the commands of our consciousness, and develop the ears to listen to intuition filtering out the chatters of our external world. Finally, it gives the meditations to conquer the fears that hold us back to imagine. Sometimes we really fail to imagine great things. Master Key To Imagination 10

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The book gives the ultimate meditation, which will liberate the mind from the shackles of the senses and then you will be able to listen to your heart and create the vision for your life from the freedom of your imagination. Imagination is the first step to visioning. The book then gives the 3 steps towards manifestation of the vision and clearly explains how to do it. We have to understand that we cannot even form a vision without first having imagination for it. We must power ourselves with liberated imagination to form a true vision for our life of what we want to be today, this year, and afterwards that we have come to live and to cherish. You did not come into this existence to endure a living but to live in ecstasy. I know, the word ecstasy releases immediate rejection for our mind and tells us Come off it, be satisfied with what you have got, and just do not overdo it. Isn't it exactly what we have been discussing? The mind is like a bird that has been locked up in a cage for a long time where it is so comfortable in its confinement, its home of limitations, and it is scared of freedom, for its ecstasy is almost an unachievable goal. This sort of feeling prevails in all of us when we engage ourselves in building a life of freedom. When we are told to imagine by our intuition our inner teacher tells us what to do. Whenever we move to live to be happy we should not be on guard in case we get caught up in our past. We are not running away from our past. The past is like a river. It cannot flow backwards. Our life cannot flow backwards. Our life is like a river. Imagination is like a river, imagination is our life. We see before we do so. We live on the leftover imaginations. Life is a river. When we dam it and then release it, the river produces energy that powers cities, factories, the whole world. We know that we can be whatever we desire to be. We can have whatever we want to have and we know it is our right to feel ecstatic. When we want to feel it we do not require anybody's permission to live a euphoric or an ecstatic life. We have come here to celebrate life. So why postpone it? If we have a tendency to postpone it, then I hear the bird in the cage. So lets stop wasting our Sundays anymore by living in our Mondays. With the practice of meditations on the four proclamations given in the book and finally the ultimate meditation you will gain back your intuitive faculty and your imagination. You will control your mind and you will control your life. We have come into this world to experience what we have never experienced before. We have all the power to be whatever we want to be. The mind does not want to agree with that. That is the chatter of the mind and you should definitely make your mind understand that you are the Master of your mind and your imagination comes from the Universe. If you live it you will manifest it. Power yourself with imagination and live free. Master Key To Imagination 11

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Formatting Imagination into a Vision - Part 1

There comes a time in a person's life when he sees that whatever is happening around him is going on inside him. He feels that he has lost control of his life because he cannot control his circumstances and all the activities that are taking place in his environment. He also knows that this world around him and the world that he has lost control of is really out of control because he cannot control what is happening inside. Most of us do not consciously link what is happening outside us to what is taking place in our mind or inside us. We always have to be conscious of that. Occasionally, we look back and see what we were thinking about. Most of the time we do not even realize that we are in the worry mode. We cannot think about what we would like to be, to have, and to do but we think about what we would like to avoid. We are constantly battling against our circumstances and visioning future apprehensions by becoming Masters of worst case scenarios. Isn't that what most of us do - envision worst case scenarios? Do we even vision the best case scenarios? What is happening inside people is nothing but a runaway imagination like a runaway transport truck down a steep slope on an icy road with no brakes. We do have a powerful imagination but our imagination is out of control. Imagination is the power with which we create. This power is like fire. It can warm our body on a cold night. It can cook a delicious dinner to nourish our senses and the body. This fire can also cremate the same body. Imagination is the greatest human faculty that we have been gifted with. In the previous chapter we have discussed the relationship between knowledge and imagination as understood by Dr. Albert Einstein. What did Einstein say? I think everyone should burn it in their memory. "Imagination is more important that knowledge" he said. Let me repeat this. "Imagination is more important than knowledge, for knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world and ALL there ever will be to know and understand." Most people, if not consciously but subconsciously, put knowledge before their imagination. They do not realize that imagination is the progenitor of knowledge and Einstein said it clearly. Mind is simply our memory bank for already existing knowledge. If we depend on our hard drive for all future work, we will not be able to create anything. Hard drive is the knowledge. It has got all the memory. Master Key To Imagination 12

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Knowledge is our past experiences. Knowledge guides us but cannot lead us. Knowledge will show us what we have imagined in the past, formed a vision of with that imagination, and manifested in our life good or bad. Knowledge also shows us the value of imagination in our life. Knowledge limits and constricts our imagination. We also know that knowledge is power. Now, come to think of it, knowledge is not power but the use of knowledge is power. Imagination, the power with which we create our vision, comes from our intuition. Intuition is our inner tuition, the teacher within our consciousness, which speaks to us with a crystal clear voice that surfaces amidst the chatter of the mind. We want to listen to it and our mind does not want us to do so. It corrupts our imagination and tells us that it is a fantasy. We know the consciousness creates and we know that all imagination flows from our consciousness. To understand that, we must meditate on the four proclamations over and over again. It transcends all knowledge. It helps you release your imagination to be creative. Man's purpose in life is to create and the basis of creation is imagination. To train the mind to prevent it from corrupting our imagination, the four proclamations are given. Corrupting our imagination into a fantasy, the mind aborts imagination before it can be ordered into a vision. No amount of theory can train the mind. You can read all the books in the world and attend all the seminars in the world on the subject but if you do not train your mind through the proper way, it will only remain with you as knowledge. It will become forgotten. It is the meditations and proclamations that will discipline the mind to hold a vision. I will give you some exercises to cultivate your power of imagination. We will learn to imagine and then order that chaotic imagination to turn into a vision. Imagination flows out like a river from the cave of our intuition, which is the absolute. Imagination comes from all directions. It is chaos. It does not come in order. Then we order this imagination, put it in the right place where we use our higher reason, not the reason that it is not practicable, but reason to fit our imagination in its proper sequence and paint a vivid picture of what we see. We make the chaos into a cosmos. Cosmos means to set in order and harmony. Then we can create our vision. We must learn to imagine and control our imagination to control our life. When we realize that our outside will always be the same as our inside, and when we can control our inside, only then we become successful. I will repeat this to you again, when we realize that our outside will always be same as our inside, we cannot have an outside different than what is inside us. Master Key To Imagination 13

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life So, when we realize that our outside will always be same as our inside and when we can control our inside (controlling the inside can only be done by meditation on the four proclamations and the four steps of visioning), then we have become successful. To arrive at this state you need to practice assiduously. It is like learning to walk. You will stumble, we all stumble. Who has not stumbled? You must get up again and again and keep at it until you have trained your mind not to rely on external. The mind must be trained to completely rely on our consciousness, on our inside. We also, at the same time, must be able to control our inside to think the thoughts we want to think, thoughts in pictures. Imagination is the picture in motion. We must not give up. If we give up, what have we left? That is what most people do. Ah, I will keep on doing this the way I am doing it day after day, after day, after day. Also, we must keep at it no matter how many times we have failed. Eventually, the mind will give up. It will submit to you and will listen to you. Then you can control your inside. The following story is in the book but I am going to tell you this. Our mind can make us imagine what we do not want to imagine. All of us must have gone through this. We imagine all the time. Also, we try to imagine what we do not want to imagine but we do imagine things around us. We have to train our mind and the training must be done through the system given by the Ancients, which is distilled for us, for our use in the book. The following story - think about it, but first, just travel with me for a little bit in this story. There was a small village far away from anywhere with no access road to the nearest town. There lived a farmer, a poor farmer. He had nobody, no family to help him to farm. He was all alone. In the heat of the summer day he had to go to town to buy seeds for his next crop. He had to walk with a sun beating down on him to his heart. Think of this as your journey through life. Half way to the town the farmer saw a beautiful tree with long and strong branches fulfilled with rich green leaves. At the base of the tree trunk there was a pond and the shade, which challenged the scorching sun. The farmer decided to rest there for a while. As he was dosing at the shade, resting at the base of the tree, he thought If I could have a cold glass of water it would be great. He did not realize that he was sitting under the wish fulfilling tree. Before he knew it, he saw a refreshing glass of water before him and he thought "Wow!" He quenched his thirst and wished "If only I could have some sweets and some food". Shortly, he saw a banquet before him. After having the meal of his life, he thought "If only I could have a bed to take a nap".

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life He was lying on the most comfortable bed before he could even speak the thought completely. He immediately thought "If only I had a house to sleep in on this comfortable bed" and the house was there before he knew it. The fulfillment of one wish led to larger and larger wishes. Before he knew it, he wanted the most beautiful woman as his wife and plenty of children to help him on the farm and there he was surrounded by his family and wealth. When he saw what he got just by wishing, he got a little worried. As a matter of fact, he got worried a lot. He thought "What will happen if now a ferocious man eating tiger comes out of the jungle and eats me up?" A ferocious man eating tiger appeared and ate him up. He was still sitting under the wish fulfilling tree. We move and have our being under the wish fulfilling tree. This tree is your consciousness. It is individualized cosmic consciousness, the same power that created this magnificent Universe, which cannot be comprehended by our mind, let alone by our brains. This power works. It will not judge the wishes. It will only fulfill them instantly. Everything, all circumstances and every condition in your life within the past or in the moment was brought to you by your thoughts on this wish fulfilling tree. We must train our mind not to fall for that. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Right now, I am going to give you a few exercises for imagination. You need to understand several points discussed below. Controlling imagination is secondary. First, we have to learn to imagine. These exercises are called imagination stimulation exercises. Before you can vision, you must have imagined what you want. We have to loosen up our capacity to imagine. That is the first thing that we have to accomplish. Most people's faculty to imagine has been atrophied and has gone stiffed. We have stopped imagining. If we imagine at all, we imagine what we do not want to or what we want to avoid because our imagination have not been used. Imagination, if used at all, is for worry. Worry is imagination. You have to make a list of what you want immediately. Step one. Take a piece of paper and make a list of what you want immediately. Most people, however, do not know what they want. If you ask them "What do you want?", they get agitated with you. It is because they have no answer. If there is an answer at all, they will tell you what they do not want. To make a list of what you want, I am going to give you some guidance on how to develop relationships, have a job promotion, go on vacation or having a soul mate, a new automobile, a new condo or a house, or family life.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Think of some other things like business or professional accomplishments whether you want to write a book, travel around the world, find romance in your life, help making your children successful and making them financially secure. Think about financial security for yourself, building self-esteem, or being a public speaker. There is the whole list of other things that you can think of. I just gave you these to actually stimulate the list that you can have. Mind you, I may have missed a lot but you must make a list of what you want immediately. Let's write down the points. We do not have to go into elaboration of each point right now. Step two. Pick one item you want each day from the list. You can have as many as you want. Do not restrict yourself. Do not let your mind stop you from making the list because at that specific moment it may feel like a fantasy to you. Do not fall into a trap of I'll do it later mentality. If you truly love yourself, you will do it. You will not do it for me or anybody else. You will do it for yourself. Make a list. Let your feelings loose and let go, let it happen. We cannot allow our imagination to be boxed in- in the dungeon of limitation of our past conditioning. Take a piece of paper and write it, write the list. Treat it as a game but do not fake it. We cannot concentrate on the lie. That is why the book was written to show you the truth that your imagination is the basis of all creation. Your imagination is the same imagination with which the Universe was created by the creator. The book tells you over and over again what the Ancients tell you As the Macrocosm, so the Microcosm, and as the Microcosm, so the Macrocosm. This way they tell you As the Universe, so the Individual and as the Individual, so the Universe. You are the spark and the Universe is the blaze. Each spark has the same power of combustion, the same ability as the blaze and it can also develop a blaze. So make a list. The sole purpose of this exercise is to loosen up your capacity to imagine. Step three. Every day without fail set aside five to ten minutes after your mediation on one of the proclamations. Never fail to meditate on the proclamations as it is explained in detail in the book. Take one of the items on your list and start imagining. Keep a notebook or a journal and a pen handy. Start imagining from anywhere, which means you do not have to imagine going on a vacation by beginning with a plane ride or a train ride, or buying a vacation package from a travel agency. If you want a luxury condo you do not have to start by buying it to start seeing yourself sitting in your study or living room entertaining guests and let your imagination fly all over the place. Your imagination must engage all of your five senses. You should be able to see everything in three dimensions and full color. You should be able to smell everything because everything has a smell. Master Key To Imagination 16

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life A house has a smell, an automobile has a smell, even vacation has a smell. It is that salty air from the ocean or the smell in the Caribbean. It has a nice smell, smell it! You should be able to touch and feel what you want like a house or a relationship, or your childrens embrace, or your condo's floor, or walls, or rugs. You will be able to even taste the air in the condo or the vacation, or the automobile. You will hear the sound of the vacation or the waves of the ocean, the voice of your companion, the steps in your new condo, the sounds of your childrens voices, and the rustle of your soul mates clothes. Let your imagination create the raw footage of your movie that will be edited by you later to make the vision, which is ordering your imagination into a vision. Step four. Time your imagination sessions and if necessary set the alarm clock or set the timer. You must discipline your mind. If you feel that your imagination is not showing as you want it to do, do not stop it. Do not stop the session. Sit on that chair or wherever you are and say "I will stay here for the duration that I have allocated myself whether it will be 5 or 10 minutes". You will see that you disciplined yourself. Your mind will give up and then you will enjoy this reverie but do not go over your allocated period. If you say 5 minutes, keep it for 5 minutes. If you leave it, do not continue with it. Get up and go, and do whatever you have to do. You will see that it will be with you throughout the day and you will see how your imagination is losing up. Remember, your imagination has been atrophied or gone stiff out of misuse or nonuse rather. Do not go over your allocated period ever, even if you are enjoying the ride of your imagination. When the time is up, just get up and go about your daily work. Next, try to have imagination sessions during lunch time and then before your go to bed but every time after your meditation on the four proclamations or whichever one proclamation you are meditating on. This will absolutely give you control. It will give you control over your own mind. Remember, the mind makes you and the mind breaks you. Thus, the four proclamations will give you control over your mind. You will then get intuitive instruction and you will get ideas while you are having your imagination sessions. By the way, do not ever skip your imagination sessions. That is a date with yourself, date with your life. This is romancing with life. Even if it feels funny, just do it. Once you have done it for about a week, then you will understand the value of it. After you do that, make sure that whatever ideas come, you write them down. Make sure that you write them down without any delay. You will get lots of ideas, mundane or exciting. It does not matter. These ideas, however mundane or exciting they may be, write them down. I can assure you, you will not be able to remember them. Just write everything down in you journal as it comes and do not try to edit it.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Do not try to modify it. Just write it down even with your eyes closed. Write it down, scribble it fast because while you are writing the mind will try to edit and modify it to soothe itself. Remember, you are loosening up your imaginative faculty. Just write what comes to you. Do not share the ideas or imagination sessions with anybody. It is for the benefit of those people who are around you, whom you love, for the benefit of whom you are doing it for. Silence is power. This exercise is called "Living in Reverie". A reverie is awaking dream. Awaking dream is a vision. Visionaries are the architects of the Universe. We have to learn to dream and live our dream. When we consciously choose to discipline ourselves to let our imaginal hair down and let ourselves go to the regions, the distant regions of imagination that we have never been before, we will have a blast. We loosen up, we lighten up, we turn into laugh and smile, and then we can dream the impossible dream. As the song goes in the South Pacific: "You have to have a dream. If you do not have a dream, How are you going to have a dream come true? This is absolutely intuitive that you learn to imagine. This is such an important factor in your life. It does not matter whether you are a CEO of a company or you are running a family. All you have to do is vision but you cannot vision if you do not have imagination. People need hope and vision. A great leader cannot have his followers filled with anxiety. When we do not have a vision, that is when anxiety picks up. The whole idea is people have to be able to develop their vision and what they need is the power to vision. There is a section on imagination on page 48 in the book. In the third paragraph, it says: "To train the mind to believe that we create out of No-thing is our mission in life. We must face the trials, tribulations, and seeming challenges of our daily existence with the knowledge that we create from No-thing and we require no pre-existing materials to manifest our desires. The challenges that besiege us are gifts though they appear troublesome. Each time we overcome them we come closer to our real Self, our Consciousness, and come closer to the idea that Consciousness produces the circumstances and the materials required to meet and overcome the challenges. Each time we accomplish a Vision by creation, we become more aware of who we really are; we also become more confident in of our Divinity.

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Formatting Imagination into a Vision - Part 2

In the previous chapter we discussed that imagination is the foundation or the raw footage of the vision of our life and it comes in a chaotic state. Organizing it is a vision. So, what is a vision and what is imagination? Where does imagination come from since life is centered around imagination and vision? A vision means sight. What we see is our vision. We can have a clear vision or we can have a fuzzy vision, or a hazy vision. We often say "He has a 20/20 vision". That means he can see clearly. A vision is an organized imagination on a particular aspect of our life. How do I see myself as a man, a woman - that is a vision of me? How do I see myself as a father or a businessman, or a teacher, or a coach? As a man, what do I see? Do I see a strong man or a mediocre man? Do I see a Hercules who can overcome obstacles? How do I see a man who buckles under in the face of obstacles or runs from obstacles? Do I see a man who wants to be powerful and is willing to do anything and everything that is proper to become great and powerful? As a woman, do I see myself as strong and powerful and equal to man? Do I see myself as a romantic and willing and able to face all obstacles that may come in my journey to success? Do I see my beauty and realize that beauty and strength are synonyms? See, beauty is harmony. It is only the superficial beauty. The beauty of the human being is the strength of the human being. As a woman, do I see myself as a leader in my organization? Do I see myself as a great friend to my partner and a strength to my children? These are visions. As a coach, as a professional coach, do I see myself as a powerful tool that benefits organizations and individuals? Where does imagination come from? Imagination comes from two zones or two areas: o From our past experience, our memory bank, and o From the absolute, which is our consciousness, through the channel of intuition. Our intuition is the inner teacher, the Master within. When imagination comes from the intuition we receive a lot of resistance. From where? From our mind. Our mind is the region of our past experience. If it does not see anything that is in the memory bank it will resist it and will call it a fantasy. For example, the vision of Columbus was a fantasy to people at that time. The vision of a new way to India was a fantasy. Then there was a vision of Copernicus who was the first person to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the center of the Universe. Master Key To Imagination 19

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life His vision was a fantasy too. This is which comes from the absolute. Today, all those visions have been transcended, which futuristic writers call science fiction. This is very well expressed in the nature of metamorphosis of the caterpillar, which becomes a butterfly. See, the caterpillar crawls and crawls. It eats more than its body weight throughout the day. Then one day it stops and from its own body it creates a cocoon that surrounds itself. The pain of crawling and living that caterpillar like existence becomes intolerable. So, it creates a cocoon and then creates imaginal cells. You have to understand, those cells are scientifically called imaginal cells. When creating the imaginal cells, the caterpillar gets scared of itself. It fights those imaginal cells as if those cells are going to destroy the caterpillar itself. This resistance goes on and then the imaginal cells dominate even more. The whole caterpillar becomes like a pig soup, like guck inside the cocoon. The caterpillar gets destroyed and then wings emerge from that guck. This caterpillar metamorphosis is changed into a butterfly created out of the guck from the imaginal cells. The butterfly cannot eat anymore, it can only drink. It drinks the nectar of the flowers the same way when you start imagining from your consciousness, from your intuition, from the inner teacher. Your mind will resist it and you will be fighting it but do not fight it. You have to remind yourself who you are and the four proclamations proclaim who you are in the book. Keep on meditating on it. Keep on it assiduously and all of a sudden you will see the old you that you hang on to so closely and that gives you all the pains, slowly changed into the new you, which your vision holds. The problem in forming the new vision is the lack of belief that you create from no-thing. We have always thought that we need the substance and as such, we need the substance and the circumstances to form a vision. If we believe in that we end up living the life of recycled visions. The Ancients knew about this. Solomon, one of the wisest men ever lived in the history of time, said "A nation without a vision shall perish". Individual is a nation into himself, so we can even say "An individual without a vision shall perish". We need a vision. If we do not have a vision we will always have to live somebody else's vision. We cannot move. We cannot even get in the car without a vision of where we are going. Even if we do not have a vision, we have to have a vision of having no vision. Solomon was a King, he was wise.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life He also knew that most individuals do not make an effort to make a vision for their own life, for the day, or for the daily activities. He also knew that when an individual does not have a clear vision, they do not know what they want. They become agitated, angry, stressed out, and live in anxiety. A vision, which is formed by us, destroys anxiety. We cannot live without a vision for a moment. When we do not consciously form a vision of what we want to be, we get a sense of helplessness. We feel that all the time we are what other people or our environment wants us to be, even with a sense of helplessness. Solomon knew that. He realized that he has to give his nation a vision. So, he gave them a collective vision. Spartacus who was a slave himself and who wanted to free the slaves gave the slaves the vision of being free. Moses gave his people the vision of a promised land and that vision sustained them for 40 years going through the desert. You must have a vision and a vision needs belief. When Moses gave that vision, there were resistances inside the group. The tendency to go back was always there. There were people who wanted to go back to slavery in Egypt, initiating rebellions against the vision of a promised land. Anxiety is a vision of being what we do not want to be, what we do not want to have and to do. Leadership starts with a vision. People need a hope and a vision. A great leader cannot have his followers filled with anxiety. He must give them a vision or help them build a vision. He may have a genius with him. However, a genius drowning in anxiety becomes an incapacitated genitor. He becomes a liability. The leader's first order of the day is to give his people a common vision, a vision, which they can only buy with their emotional currency. If at that time, they do not have that emotional currency or preparedness to buy the vision, the leader then needs to prepare his people to earn the currency. After that he will be able to sell them the common vision, a vision that they are willing to stand up for, be proud to have, and are willing to face all the obstacles to bring that vision to life. Whether you are a parent, a CEO, a husband, a wife, a boss, or a friend, it is absolutely necessary to have a vision. Furthermore, lets go over how to order imagination into a vision. The word order is the key. Ordering is to set imagination in the right sequence, to take command, and to supervise imagination. Let's stop here for a moment and ask, what does supervise mean? Supervision means super-vision, the vision that is super beyond the normal. Our imagination, as we discussed before, is a movie that we create in our mind. It is not really the movie. It is the raw footage of our would be movie. Then, when we edit the slices and set it in the format of a movie, it becomes a vision, which is the final product. We can live and move, and have our being in that vision. Master Key To Imagination 21

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The Universe is a vision of the creator. A vision is a living entity. It is evolving. It grows. It breaks up the old like the caterpillar that has to be destroyed to become a butterfly. We cannot be a caterpillar and then decide to be a butterfly and have both. You have to let it go. In the book it is called "jumping off the boat". We jump off the boat. All the knowledge we have and all the education we have becomes a load if we do not jump off the boat. When we want to cross a river, we need a boat. So, when we cross the river, we have gone to the other bank and if we still stay on the boat, we have not crossed the river. We are still the caterpillar but when we jump off the boat, then we have crossed the river the same way that knowledge, which is our boat, takes us to the other side to our vision. Then we have to start living in the vision. We need the boat to cross the river. Crossing the river is the meditation, the reading, and the affirmations. But then the affirmations, the meditations, and the reading alone will not bring you the vision. Becoming the vision is the key - the moment you start living in the vision. Vision is a living entity. It grows. It breaks up the old. It evolves and spirals up. A vision is never static. We must practice seeing it as a vision, like when we see a flower or a beautiful baby's face. The creator made it with no- thing and without hands or feet. The same is with individuality. All we have in this whole Universe is made out of no-thing. The mind cannot accept that. What do you mean? The chair I am sitting on is no-thing? As a matter of fact, yes, it is no-thing. The mind cannot comprehend that. How can the lesser comprehend the greater? The solid, even the table is not a solid. It is particles there. We live in particles. The particles are waves, which is energy. All we have is made out of no-thing. The Ancients across the world, both in the east and the west tell us that As the Universe, so the Individual and as the Individual, so the Universe. A great messenger in the Greek mythology, Hermes, tells us "As the Macrocosm, so the Microcosm and as the Microcosm, so the Macrocosm". Remind yourself that all the time. Every great philosophy, all great teachings confirm that and it has sustained itself for thousands of years. Nobody disputes this. There is no difference and there is no contradiction. A vision the individual has is the spark and the Universe is the blaze. That spark can create the same blaze. We create out of no-thing. A vision is the reality. A reality is the vision. A flower is the reality and it is the vision at the same time. Master Key To Imagination 22

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life It is also made out of no-thing. Science does not know today what matter is. Ask any scientist, they will say that they are stuck there. Science does not know what a thing is. Now scientists say that matter is not a thing. Matter has dissolved into mystery. When we see the Universe, we must know that it is all inside us. The individual is a spark, and the Universe is the blaze. The spark can create the same blaze you can. That is why the four proclamations are given and they actually proclaim who you are. You have to know who is visioning, who is designing. Do not let the mind answer it. The mind does not know, as it is simply a hard drive in our computer. It is our memory bank. We give it commands and it will give us the output but it needs the input. The mind prevents us from giving the input if it does not find it in its memory bank. If this guardian at the gate, which we call mind, was successful at all times, we would not have internet today. We would not be able to hold live conferences via internet and have people attending them right across the continents. Not long ago we would be called mad if we said that this is what we have in mind. That is why we need a vision. Imagination is curtailed by circumstances. Keep your vision and imagination sessions private. Since in the previous chapter we have touched a little bit on the aspect of privacy regarding imagination sessions, I would like to expand on that more, as it is a very important topic. Remember, silence is power. You should remember that. When you talk about your visions and your aspirations to other people and they do not think the same way you think, they can infect your vision with doubt. That infection, if not resisted, can multiply like a virus. It can have a tendency to destroy your vision or bring in doubts. You never know where this infection is coming from. Infection will not come from people you do not trust, but it will come from people who you have a lot of faith in. Most of the time it will be your parents, significant others, close friends, etc. Even if they do not say anything, their look or a rising eyebrow could affect you. That is where this infection will come from, the infection of doubt. That is why it should be kept private. Unless those people have the same mindset as you are, the same aspirations as you do, by all means discuss it! Otherwise, the injected doze of doubt will dissipate your powers. Do not set a date or deadline to manifest your vision. There is a difference between a goal and a vision. For example, when we play hockey or soccer the vision is to win the game and the vision is how we play the game. Master Key To Imagination 23

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life We see the whole game in its entirety being played out by us. We vision who will make what movements. We only see ourselves winning the game and laying on the ice or grass exhausted and victorious. We even vision that the goal that we are required to shoot to win the game is time bound because we have so many minutes to score the goal. The goals are the components of our vision and that is the manifestation of our vision. The manifestation is time bound but not the vision of the game that we played over and over in our mind. A vision cannot be locked in time and space but the manifestation of the vision must be in the three dimensional world and has to be locked in time and space. For example, a worry is a vision of what might happen and it may happen next year when your contract runs out and you see yourself without a job. You experience fear of the vision of not having a job long before it happens. A goal of completing an assignment has to have a time of completion. When we vision the assignment, we have already seen it being done. It has been completed in our mind. At that time it is a contradiction in terms when we vision it, it is not time bound. Just like the worry, it is not time bound. When we vision that our assignment has been done, then we will see the Universe getting to work to synchronize everything for us to finish our assignment in by when time, in the allocated time. Conditions are time bound, not the vision. In the book there is one beautiful example. If you go to page 47 and look at the third paragraph, it says: The Great Master, Jesus of Nazareth, with pristine clarity drew a picture of visioning and seeing the vision already fulfilled without depending on any conditions. He used a metaphor that boggles the intellect. He told his disciples, "Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say onto you. Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest". Now, that is an intellectual impossibility. The Master takes this natural phenomenon on farming and any farmer knows that this is time bound. It takes four months for the harvest to be produced. The Master knows the conditions are fulfilled. See the harvest already white, he says, behold. The words are be and hold. That means you have to be it. That means a vision is being it and then holding the vision. Lift up your eyes, not the physical eyes that you have, an eye of imagination. Imagination is the eye of consciousness. We see with imagination. Master Key To Imagination 24

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The eyes do not see. The eyes are extension of our vision, just like our glasses are extension of our vision, just like binoculars are extension of our vision including the TV, which is an extension of our vision too. When we watch TV, we are watching people raising their hand in China and we see them in that very moment like today. That picture is not in the TV. If we break the TV we would not see it there. The Master takes the natural phenomenon on farming as the metaphor. Everyone knows that it takes four months for the crop to grow provided all conditions of cultivation, such as irrigation, the weather, and all the other requirements are fulfilled. He tells his listeners to see the harvest at the same time as they see this land. Then again, if you go back to page 32, he tells the disciples "Therefore I say unto you, what things so ever ye desire, when ye pray", which means vision, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. This is the same thing that all the great teachers of the Ancients taught. I refer to this because people in the western world can recognize this more, so you never do anything. You see it being done and it is done. Yes, we need by when for the business world and for our own world. The visible is sustained by the invisible and we have to remember that always. There are always two creations- one in our heart and the other one in time and space. The creation in time and space is impossible if it is first not created in our heart, which is our consciousness. The ancient wisdom of Solomon reconfirms the same: As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. All of these things are the same thing. All the Masters, all the teachers of the Ancients taught us this. How to get to desire and result? Can it be possible to not need to focus on the how and still trust that the desired outcome will happen? That is the question that is in most people's mind no matter what book they read, what videos they see, and what audios they hear. It is absolutely true, we have to focus on how to get the desired end results and we have to start with the end results first. We have to focus on the end results we want to see, not the end results we can have given the circumstances. Most people see the end results on the basis of what they can see. When Columbus was looking for the route to India from the west he saw the end result of going to India. He did not want to go through the Cape of Good Hope though Africa. Remember, there was no Suez Canal. It was a dangerous path. His own country, Italy, rejected him but Spain supported him. He was looking for India not through the Cape of Good Hope, which was Vasco de Gamas way, but through the Atlantic going west. He did not consider himself how. Master Key To Imagination 25

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life He knew there was a way and he saw the end vision so much so, that when he reached America, he called the place India, which is still called West Indies, or the Indies. He had a vision. So, how can it be possible not to focus on the how and still trust the desired outcome will happen? If you live in the vision all the required scenarios will come not from your past experience, but from seeing things that you have never seen before. The required scenarios will appear not by magic but by holding the vision. The visible world is sustained by the invisible. You have to handle all the problems as they come, holding no doubt and believing that you will have it because this is how the Universe is made. Your consciousness is the creator. My consciousness is the creator. If your consciousness is the creator it will create the desired results. Now, that requires assiduous practice. Assiduous practice means if you are not successful the first time, you start again. Otherwise, you will be living in perpetual doom and gloom. Assiduous practice of the worst case scenario on the other hand is imagination by itself. It is a vision of failure. What we have to do is to vision the best case scenario. This is our conditioning and it will take some time. It will take practice like meditation to break through. It will be like that caterpillar fighting its own imaginal cells and we will see the metamorphosis, the change will take place. All metamorphose accompanies destruction of the old. Imagination comes from our intuition. Then, what do we do? We hit it with reasoning. There are two kinds of reasoning: o The first kind is the higher reasoning, which comes from the part of our consciousness that says anything is possible. o The other reasoning is the lower reasoning, which comes from the past experience and present conditions. The only way to overcome the lower reasoning is through assiduous practice. Hold a vision, it will not be easy but what else can you do but practice? Practice, practice, and practice. Success is not having money.

Success is being able to hold a vision without faking it, knowing that your consciousness is the creator.

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Why Cant We Hold A Vision And Manifest It?

Time on itself is very meaningless as it is simply a tool that we use. So, why are we so hung up on time and why can't we hold a vision and manifest a vision? If one man conquers in battle a thousand men a thousand times, and if another conquers himself, he, the latter, is the greater conqueror Gautama Buddha. Let me repeat this. This is so important. You must embrace this statement in your heart if you want to be successful. If one man conquers in battle a thousand men a thousand times, and if another conquers himself, he, the latter, is the greater conqueror. Science today has come to the conclusion that consciousness creates reality. In the Copenhagen interpretation it says "Consciousness creates reality". Reality is observer created. Consciousness is the creator. It is one of the four proclamations in the book. These proclamations are not mantras. They are the proclamations of who you are. Consciousness creates reality, consciousness is the creator. Your reality is your creation and consciousness creates everything out of no-thing. Now, we know today that matter is no-thing. Matter is not a thing. It is ridiculous because we can touch it and we can feel it. Then we have to ask: why don't we create things we want to create? We know that we create by visioning. Then why can't we hold a vision and manifest a vision? What do we mean by no-thing? This is what it is. What do we mean by substance? That is the question that we have to stop and ask. This something that we are sitting on, say the chair, or the solid thing that we may be standing on, the floor. We know it is not solid. We know that it is particles that are reduced to waves and vibrations and they are moving. When we ask science what is matter, they say we are stuck there. In a dream we live amidst solidity. For instance, in a dream we bump against another car and we have a car accident. We get hurt. We cry. We bleed. Everything is real in the dream yet our body is lying in bed. We wake up from the sleep and say "I had a dream". The question is: how do you know that was not real and the waking up is a dream? We don't. We are now relying on circumstances and on our present conditions. The mind cannot believe that the vision can physically materialize out of no-thing. It takes assiduous practice to conquer the aspect of time before our vision and, most importantly, the belief can materialize in the three-dimensional form out of no-thing.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Our mind truly cannot believe this. Our entire dependence is on matter. That is what we call a materialist, one who depends on pre-existing materials, circumstances, depends on conditions, money they have, and not the money they want in their imagination. If we do that, we will be called insane. What is substance anyway? It comes from the two Latin words sub and stance. Sub means below and stance means what we stand on. Our consciousness creates substance. The whole purpose is to control our thoughts and to hold our thoughts, which are processed through our mind. Thought is imagination. If we can depend on the riches that our vision holds, then we have mastered our circumstances. That is a hard thing to do when we are not used to it. The reason we cannot hold on to a vision is because either we do not want it badly enough or we believe that visioning alone will not get for us what we want. If that is the case, then there is no release anywhere. If we cannot depend on the vision to get we what we want, then we will be buffeted by circumstances the rest of our life. We cannot hold on to a vision that we cannot believe in. We cannot concentrate on a lie. A vision can only be a vision if our mind agrees to believe it. To train the mind to know the truth that consciousness creates everything out of no-thing, that everything is made of and made with consciousness, is the true secret of success. That is a hard one to accept because we are all in the "show me" state of mind. That means if I do not see it, I do not believe it but our mind's eye is seeing it. Your imagination is the eye of your consciousness. How often do you get sick just imagining fear that has never happened, like fear of heights or death? That fear is so real that you get eruptions in the body, stomach ache, and fever. Chemical changes take place in your body just by imagining what you do not want. Is that real? Is that rush that is coming through your body real? So why can't it be for the good things you want? Because the belief is not there. All the Masters who taught us, taught us that as we think, so we are. Our thought is our imagination. We rely too much on our intellect. Intellect comes from two words intel and legere, which means to choose between this and that. Let's stop for a moment and ask ourselves, why can't we hold a vision and manifest a vision? Because we cannot believe in it. That is why we cannot hold it. We have to understand this. In the book it says very clearly "Nothing affects us more than our mind. Master Key To Imagination 28

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The Mind is the ultimate bully and we get bullied by it all our life. When we are in control of our mind, we are in control of our life. Are we in control of our mind as much as we would like to be? How do we control our mind? The ancient Masters have one answer and that answer is not an easy one - by continuous practice and detachment to the process of creation. The Masters say that just because our consciousness has been awaken, it does not mean a thing if we do not have control over our mind. All limitations are of the mind and all freedom is of the mind. The mind is like a white piece of cloth. Whatever color we dip it in, it becomes that color. This example, this metaphor that is given in the book from Upanishads says "Our individuality is made up of consciousness, body, mind, and intellect". Let's vision this picture, let's vision this idea. The body, mind, intellect, and senses are the equipment of consciousness. I am talking to you intellectually now, so I can enter your heart through your intellect because your intellect is the security guard. It will not allow any thought to enter your heart and your consciousness if it does not find an identification point. The body, mind, intellect, and the senses are the equipment of consciousness to take you to your destination. The Upanishads of the Vedas draw the vivid picture of our individuality. It says that consciousness is a rider. For example, it is a passenger in the chariot, which is the body, our body. So, it is your consciousness in the passenger seat in the chariot, which is your body. The intellect is the driver of the chariot. The reigns, which guide the horses, is the mind and the horses are the senses. These turbulent senses are the horses. The passenger tells the driver, which is the intellect, where to go. If we went on a taxi and we told the taxi driver to go north and he goes south, we would not be happy, would we? No way. The driver of the taxi is our intellect. We have hired the taxi, that is our body and it must obey us. You are the consciousness and your engine are the senses while the steering wheel is your mind. The intellect must hear the mind. The senses must take you to where you want to go, where your consciousness wants to go, and you are the consciousness. This is the state of affairs with your life as you drive through life. Now, let's backtrack a bit. We are told throughout history the same thing in all parts of the world. We say As the Universe, so the Individual, and as the Individual, so the Universe. We are told that As the Macrocosm, so the Microcosm, and as the Microcosm, so the Macrocosm. We are told The spark of the blaze is equal in power to the blaze because it can produce the same blaze. In most cosmogeny it says that God and Man are One. Master Key To Imagination 29

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The man is made in the image and likeness of God. That means he can do what God can do. The image is the same as the object that reflects that image. A drop of the ocean has all qualities of the ocean in that drop. So, by looking at all the allegories of creation including our Universe there is one thing in common- it was all done by imagination. It was imaged. It was told to us in the cosmogeny that As above, so Below. As the Macrocosm, so the Microcosm. These are the metaphors to tell us how and what we can do, how we create our world. All the major cultures tell us that you and I are the creators of the world, our own world. That means we do what the creator does. The creator creates and we create. Everyone has their own story. If we notice, the native Indians of North America have their story of the Turtle Island. The genesis of the western world has their story of creation and there are allegories in the beginning. Then we have the Vedic cosmogeny, several of them. Why are these stories given? These stories tell us how we create our world. In the native Indian culture the story of the Turtle Island has different variations depending on which part of the North American continent and which tribe we are talking to. In general it goes like that. In the beginning there was only water. The muskrat and the beaver and all the other animals were swimming tirelessly. There was no place to rest or to stop. There was only water. So, they dived down to the bottom of the water but could not reach any bottom. They tried again and again. Then the muskrat found a piece of earth on the bottom and brought it up, but where could he put the earth? He put it on a turtle that was floating in the water. Then the beaver went down and brought the earth in his hand. He brought it up to the surface of the water and so on until the turtle's back was filled with the earth. The sun from above dried it and that became the earth. Now, this is an allegory. In all cultures all across the world the water represents spirit. Spirit is consciousness. We go deep down in our consciousness. This is in every culture and we know there was no shore, there was no earth, there was only water. From spirit came water and earth, from spirit comes matter. If we dive into the spirit of life, we will find the vision, the earth. The turtle is a symbol of patience, trend, and longevity of the movement. We put that vision on the earth and the sun, being the brain, dries it. We know even in astronomy the sun rules the brain center. We hold that vision with the mind, the vision of the earth and that becomes the manifestation. This is how we create everything. We dive into our consciousness, hold the image, bring it up to the surface and put it on the turtle. The turtle is us. Then we hold the vision with patience and it holds as a manifestation. Master Key To Imagination 30

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life It was for the vision of spirit that the earth was created. There was no earth because there was no shore. There was no place that the animals could stay in. Similarly, in the genesis of the Bible God said Let there be light and there was light but before that God created heaven and then the earth was formed. However, being void of those means the earth would not exist, as we know. How can anything be without form and void? We know heaven is our consciousness. Heaven is within us, the kingdom of heaven is within us. When the world inside you matches the world outside you, then you are in heaven. The earth was formed out of consciousness. At the same time, there was no time there. Do not forget, there was no time and on the fourth day God created the sun and the moon. Creation of the sun and the moon distinguishes time and space. That is how we relate our 24 hours. That is how we relate our 365 days in a year. So, the vision of what we hold is already ours if we can hold it with patience on the turtle. In the meantime, in the Vedic cosmogeny one of the stories is that vision or the preserver of this Universe was laying in an ocean in a deep sleep. In this sleep in a dream state and from his belly button, from his naval cord came out a lotus and on that lotus was sitting Brahman, the creator. He was lonely and he imaged. At the same time as he was imagining the world was being created, two monsters came out through the ears of the preserver. One was too much and the other one was too little. Among the five senses, these monsters come out of the ears, our most invulnerable senses. What we hear we cannot resist. The whole objective of those two monsters was to devalue the creator, which is consciousness, and that is what the first proclamation Consciousness Is The Creator is about in the book. So, what happens? Our life is regulated today by too much and too little, bitter and sweet, pain and pleasure. So, the consciousness immediately went deep into meditation and asked the preserver "Help!. This is how we get rid of the two monsters that are preventing us from holding the vision and manifesting the vision. The intellect is those two monsters. To take charge of our mind we have to take charge of too much and too little. Brahman meditated and then through the center of the eye came enlightened energy. It destroyed the too much and too little. That is concentration and attention, to put it in the most modern language. The mind is continuously suffering either from too much or too little and wants to consume our consciousness and say that we cannot create.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Consciousness cried out to energy of the preserver and from between his eyes came out the power of the Universe to combat these two monsters, too much and too little, that rule the mind. This power destroyed them. The power of the Universe destroyed those two monsters and we have to do it through meditation on the four proclamations. Although this is just an allegory it shows us very clearly where the problem is and how to solve it. To train the mind to know the truth that consciousness creates everything out of nothing and that everything is made of and made with consciousness is our job. That is what we were born to accomplish and be victorious over. Make ourselves the Masters of our own world. We are too busy mastering other people's egos and we do not pay much attention in mastering our own ego. We have to feel it and that is why there is a second proclamation in the book Everything Is Consciousness. Whatever we touch is consciousness, whatever we taste is consciousness, whatever we see is consciousness, whatever we hear is consciousness, whatever we smell is consciousness. As long as the idea can be implanted in our mind, then we can hold a vision. That is the first step but where is the vision coming from? That is the second, most important thing. Is the vision coming from our past or is the vision coming from acceleration to ecstasy to reach out an experience that we have never experienced before? If we go to the book and go to the last page, the epilog, I would like you to read this portion first Awakening from the self imposed dream. We have come into this world to experience what we have never experienced before. We have come to reach out and feel all that we can feel, and all that we have never felt before. That is living. We live every day like yesterday. Recycled days we are living every day. Try to soak your whole being with the following statement: "I have come into this world to experience what I have never experienced before. I have come to reach out and feel all that I can feel, all that I have never felt before. Once I have accomplished that, I will have paid homage to my life. That is exactly what Brahman who came out of the belly button, the naval cord of vision, was meditating on. He was trying to experience what he had never experienced before. We want to have a good day, a nice day. Why cant we say we want to have an exciting day, have a charming day, have an enchanting day, have a magical day, have a euphoric day? Even if it is painful, sometimes it is euphoric because we have experienced it. As long as we are not bold enough to step out into the unknown and experience life to its fullest, we will feel bored. Bored means a whole. Boredom is one of the causes of our stress. We will be caught up in the confusion of existence and existence will become a burden for us. Master Key To Imagination 32

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life We have a need, an intense urge to touch the ends of this Universe and know who we are in this dream of existence. We are asleep in a dream state and we are entrapped in a dream struggling to awaken, yet afraid to awaken, afraid to leave our dream because we feel it to be our reality. We must release ourselves from this self imposed dream that surrounds us at this moment and form a vision of the reality that we truly desire. Applying ancient secrets of success we can create a life of abundance and joy, a life we are meant to live. Our divinity and our unity are our oneness, we are the Universe. As long as we maintain that attitude, nothing is going to be hard, nothing is going to be tough. It is like falling in love with ourselves when we are madly passionately in love. We do not care about anything else but our love. We wake up with a thought of our love, we go to sleep with a thought of our love. During the day, while we work, the only thing we can think of is our love. Life is a romance. Romance is the reason of our existence and when that is taken away by the burden of day to day tolerance of the slavery of the intellect, we give up on romance. Romance starts with loving oneself. So, where is our vision coming from? Our vision must come from our heart, not from our past experience. Our desire will come from the feeling of what we do not have now and what we would like to have but remember, the mind has a thousand eyes. Therefore, becoming A man of a few desires is essential. Our consciousness must take command and control of our mind. The mind is the instrument through which we created our world. The mind wants to take over and control our consciousness. The mind cannot see beyond this moment. It does not allow the consciousness to vision what it cannot understand. We often ask ourselves What if my vision will not manifest?" Our mind does not allow us to. We have to take charge of our mind before we can do it. The mind cannot see beyond this moment. It does not allow consciousness to vision what it cannot understand. The mind has a thousand eyes and it cannot stay focused. The mind thinks that it is all that there is and denies the power of consciousness, which is the very foundation of the mind. It is a revolt of the servant. When the servant rules the Master we get an upside world. The mind is like a dog. It is loyal but it is not focused. It needs to be on a short leash and handled by consciousness. A deeper look at this analogy would be that the dog, which is our mind, takes the Master, which is our consciousness, for a walk on a leash instead of the Master taking the dog for a walk. Master Key To Imagination 33

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life This picture, as ridiculous as it may look, is what is happening in most of our lives today. The secret to success is to train the mind to obey the Master and the Master is consciousness. No amount of theory can train the mind. Every metaphysical, spiritual, and intellectual information proves that. We cannot learn to swim by reading a book on swimming, no matter how great that book may be. We have to enter the water and learn by practice. It is the same with training our mind to obey our command. It can only be done by practice, continuous practice, assiduous practice. What alternative do we have but to keep on practicing? The alternative is living the present day life that we have and then beating the time till the end comes. Omar Khayyams beautiful verse says it all: What boots it to Repeat how time is Slipping under our feet: Unborn TOMORROW, And dead YESTERDAY Why fret about them If TODAY Be sweet!! Todays sweetness is your vision of your life. You do not live in your yesterday. You do not live in your tomorrow. You do not even live it now. There is no now. Imagination does not live in now. Imagination is eternity. Eternity is not conceivable by the mind. Eternity is not starting from one place and then stretching to endlessness or contracting to smaller and smaller to endlessness. Eternity cannot be conceived by the minds five senses, it can only be felt. The mind cannot feel, it can only calculate. Consciousness is eternity. That is why Plato put a circle around the space and said eternal. No beginning, no ending. The method of practice to train the mind to follow our command can be easily achieved by the practice that is given in Part 2 of the book. This has withstood time for thousands years by great Masters and Sages. These teachings do not belong to any part of the world. This is universal. Most of the cultures have exactly the same teachings, the western and the eastern. We have to learn to concentrate but the mind is like a scorpion in the story of the scorpion and the frog. The scorpion came to the frog and told him Take me across the river to the other side and the frog said to the scorpion I cannot because if I take you on my back you will sting me. The scorpion then told the frog Do not be silly! If I sting you, then you will die and we will drown. If we drown, you know that I cannot swim, I will drown and die too. So, the frog was very giving and said Ok, get on my back. Master Key To Imagination 34

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life As they got to the middle of the river, the scorpion, which is the mind, forgot his purpose. He forgot that the other bank is his vision. He could not hold the vision. His instincts got the better of him, so he could not hold himself and stung the frog. The frog looked up and said Why did you do that? The mind, the scorpion, realized it is too late - "I do not know", he said. The frog died. The scorpion drowned and died as well. Do not allow the scorpion's sting to come out. No amount of books can teach you anything. You can gather hundreds and hundreds of books and in the end you only will have more knowledge, more theory. You will be loaded with knowledge and will end up being a very knowledgeable person but still the same. Knowledge is still the realm of the mind, the intellect. That is why the complete how to system on the four proclamations and the ultimate meditation is given in the Ancient Secrets of Success to know who you are and how to center yourself for success and vision from the center to the circumference. If we do not know who we are then we would not know who is visioning and why we cannot hold the vision and manifest the vision. That is creating a touchstone of our life. The whole purpose is to recognize the touchstone. This stone or the philosopher's stone has different names in every culture. No matter how educated we are, no matter which university we come from, unless we can polish our stone and use our stone, we are incapacitated. Knowledgeable people who live a stressed out life or mediocre life, no matter how much money they have or how little they have, will continue to experience the pain. The pain will still be there. We have to live in ecstasy, in euphoria. This is a story of the bird of the cage, our mind, and the bird of the forest, our consciousness. There were two birds, one that was living in the golden cage and the other was living free in the forest. Somehow by the wondrous work of the almighty they met and fell in love. It is a mystery what the almighty had in his mind. The bird of the forest told the bird of the cage "Come, let's fly away free to the forest together". The bird of the cage said to the bird of the forest "Come, stay with me in the cage. It is comforting, secure, and well protected". The bird of the forest said "No, I will not let myself be caged and shackled". The bird of the cage replied "How can I go to the forest? I cannot." So, the bird of the forest sat outside the cage and sang the song of the freedom of the forest. The bird of the cage sat in the cage and sang the song that had been taught to her. Master Key To Imagination 35

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life "Why dont we sing the songs of the forest, the songs of freedom?" asked the bird of the forest. "Why dont we learn the songs of the cage?" replied the bird of the cage. The bird of the forest said "No, I do not want to sign taught songs. I do not want to sing the songs we are made to sing. I want to sing the songs of my heart." "How can I sing the songs of the forest?" asked the bird of the cage. The bird of the forest said "Look up at the sky. It is absolutely blue. There are no limits anywhere". The bird of the cage responded "Look at this golden cage, it is furnished, neat, tidy, and secure". The bird of the forest sighed "Let go of yourself, release yourself amidst the cloud and spread your wings. Fly with me and feel the freedom". The bird of the cage heaved "I am in this place for comfort, luxury, and I am well protected. There is no trouble. Come, live with me and enjoy the security and comfort that go with it". "No, I cannot live in your golden cage, there is nowhere to fly" said the bird of the forest. The bird of the cage replied "How can I go with you to the clouds? There is nowhere to sit on the clouds". This is the tale of the two birds. They fell in love with each other but could not reconcile their feelings. They ducked each other's face. They looked at each other's eyes but one could not understand the other or convince the other of the freedom of the forest or the luxury of the cage. They stayed alone in their own worlds and hit their wings against the cage to feel each other and to love. Hitting her wings against the cage, the bird of the cage with great pain said "Come closer!" The bird of the forest, full of agony, replied "No, if I come closer the cage door might close and I will never be free again". The bird of the cage said "I do not have the strength to fly". When we feel that, it is surrender, not submission. That is when we begin to believe. We let go and let it happen. Imagination is the greatest power in the world. As Einstein said "Imagination is more important than knowledge".

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Thinking Out Of the Box and Creating a New Vision

We now live in a different world than we lived in a few years ago. The playing field of life has changed. All change, as we know, is preceded by destruction of the old ways. The butterfly was a caterpillar. The caterpillar had to be destroyed to develop into a butterfly. All change is preceded by destruction of the old ways. We want to hold on to the old ways with our dear life because that is the only security we know. The old ways do not work anymore. Most people live a traumatized life and the worst part is that they do not realize that they are living a traumatic life. To describe it at best, they say they are living under stressful conditions. They are stressed out. They are stressed out more than ever before. The most interesting fact is that they are wealthier than ever before. There are more jobs available than before and people have more opportunities to build enterprises and businesses with less capital than before. Why are they stressed out then? That is the question. Stress and tension have lowered their self esteem. We live our life today at want speed. Our mind cannot comprehend the want speed. Our mind can do anything that we train it to do. As such, we must take charge of our mind and then only we will be able to train the mind to obey us and carry out our commands. The mind cannot hold the thought that it has never experienced before, nor has any memory of it. The mind wants to take over our life. How do we take charge of our life and make the mind obey us? The mind is only the operating system, consciousness is life. Success is not instant coffee. We just pour hot water and voila-we are successful! Neither is it a hard work, fraught with dangers and anguish. Success is a discipline. We have to discipline the mind to obey us, which is our consciousness. Success is not instant coffee. It needs to be roasted, grounded, and then brewed. Only then we will get a great cup of success. Success is a system. This system is distilled and laid out in the book. We know our thoughts create. We always carry a thought and these thoughts are molding and shaping our life now. The thoughts that we are thinking now are the thoughts we want to think? Can we get rid of those thoughts? Sometimes thoughts are like ghosts, they haunt us. We seem to get attached to them. All the formulas in the world in terms of thinking and getting what we want become ineffective. Let me repeat this: all the formulas in the world in terms of thinking and getting what we want become ineffective because we cannot think the thoughts we want to think. Master Key To Imagination 37

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life We cannot force irrelevant thoughts out of our mind. We cannot bring a thought that we want to bring into our mind unless we have consent or an agreement with our mind. As great King Solomon puts it: "We are what our thought is". Success is being able to think the thoughts you want to think. Success is not how much money you have. You will have all the money in the world if you know how to think the thoughts that you want to think. It takes practice to learn how to think the thoughts we want to think, regardless of our circumstances. The topic of this chapter is thinking outside the box and creating a new vision. Why do we need to think out of the box to be successful? How can we think out of the box, think the thoughts we want to think, and not look upon this out of the box thought as a fantasy? What is the difference between a fantasy and a vision? These are important questions we have to ask ourselves. These are the questions people ask over and over again and answers to these questions are crucial for our happiness and our success. We know, all freedom is in thought. The Masters of antiquity knew that all limitations are in thought and all freedom is in thought. Regardless of whether these Masters were from the east or the west, they were in full agreement that one has to develop the power to think freely. Only then one can vision freely. Where does your thought come from? We know that we live in a thought world. We live in the world that we have created with our thoughts. We can blame our circumstances and our conditions that are holding us back from being successful or getting what we want but it all boils down to how we think and where our thoughts are being generated from. We cannot be greater that our thought. We are what our thought is. The ancient Masters understood the plot of the struggling individual and realized that the individual cannot be greater than his or her thought. They knew that blaming our shortcomings and our inadequacies and play the game of "poor me would not help us in thinking the thoughts we want to think. It would not make us happier, healthier, or wealthier. To help the struggling world, the ancient Masters created systems and practices for the individual to take control of the thinking process and as a result, to take control of their world. Master Key To Imagination 38

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life These systems and practices are down to earth and easy to practice. They are also imperishable, which means they are timeless. They are as effective today as they have been thousands of years ago. No amount of theory can change your world, though theory is necessary but without application of theory into practice it is not worth anything to anyone. If you do not take the steps to learn how to think out of the box, you will not be able to change your world. This is the reason why the Ancient Secrets of Success for Today's World book provides theory and practice as taught by the Ancients thousands of years ago. These practices and principles have withstood the tests and scrutiny of time and have prevailed. That is crucial. There is no theory for success. Theory is the prelude to practice. One must practice being successful. Now, let's go to thinking out of the box. Opinions vary in terms of what thinking out of the box really means. Some think out of the box thinking means thinking unconventionally or not looking into the past to create the future. What is this box that we feel boxed in? The mind loves this box, consciousness feels boxed in. A box has three dimensions length, width, and height. Consciousness has no dimension or space. The box that we think out of today has three dimensions too. This is the mental box - past, present, and future. This is the dimension of the box that we think out of. For example, when we say If I do this, I will have that, then you are looking into the future. The future always has an element of uncertainty in our mind. Our mind is space and time bound. Our consciousness is not time and space bound. When we are conscious of a thing, a circumstance, a condition we do not project it into the future, we are in it. That is a vision. For example, when we have a worry, the worry is a condition that we expect in the future but there seems to be very little uncertainty about it. That condition may happen five years from today or six months from today. We experience it now. It is like an eternity of pain. What is eternity? Eternity or infinity is not a very long time or a line. Endless, it has no beginning and no ending like the vision of worry is eternal. Our consciousness is thinking and feeling that it is eternal. It has no beginning and no ending. So, when we are thinking out of the box, we are thinking within the parameters of past, present, and future. Master Key To Imagination 39

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life A worry is a vision, which we have accepted and it does not depend upon past, present, or future. It is what we are thinking and feeling at that moment. Thinking and feeling cannot be done in the future. Our thought is processed through our mind. The mind travels in time and time is in past, present, and future. It is here that the great conflict takes place. Here is the abyss between the mind and consciousness. The mind is trapped in space and time. Consciousness is transcendent of time and space. Closing this gap between the mind that is trapped in time and space and consciousness being transcended of time and space is attainment. It is success. Thinking and feeling has no past, no present, and no future. Just like a thought of worry of tomorrow has already been experienced in eternity. That is why the great Master, Jesus of Nazareth told his disciples "Carry no thoughts for tomorrow", which means do not get trapped in the box of time and space. Time and space is the cause of anxiety, which means carry no anxious thoughts. The Masters thousands of years ago taught us "Consciousness creates" and today the science tells us in Copenhagen interpretation "Consciousness creates reality". Does our mind want to believe that? The great Master, Jesus of Nazareth, said to his disciples "What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them". Science today says "The Universe is not local", which means there is no space and time, past, present, and future. To illustrate the teaching of the Master and a scientist a good example would be to see an egg. Lets take the egg. The bird is in the egg. If we crack the egg, we will only see the cracked shell, the white of the egg, and the yolk and it is kind of messy. Our mind will not want to believe that in the cracked shell, the messy yolk, and the egg white was a bird. The colorful feathers, the claws of the bird, the liver, the kidney, the heart, the lungs, and the enormous, intricate wiring system called the nervous system. It needed nothing but incubation and hatching. It must be allowed to hatch. The bird was there beyond time and space. It needed to be allowed to manifest. First comes creation, which is the vision, the egg. Then comes manifestation of the vision, which our five senses can relate to. We can smell it, we can touch it, we can hear it, we can taste it, we can see it. We did not need to do anything to have the bird to come out alive except for incubating it. We needed to wait with understanding, so we can enjoy the manifestation of the bird. Master Key To Imagination 40

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The whole bird was in the egg. Our whole vision of what we want is in the egg in this example. Manifestation is in the vision. The mind does not want to believe it. We have to convince our mind that there is a bird in the egg. That is training the mind to think out of the box. The egg is the vision and the bird is the manifestation. That is what the four proclamations are all about- to train the mind that manifestation is in the vision. Always remember, imagination is the power of the Universe. Our vision comes out of imagination. So, we are going to do a little bit of imagination right now because if we cannot imagine, then we cannot create. There is no one on this planet Earth, no single human being who cannot imagine. Someone may say "I cannot imagine". Of course, they cannot imagine. They are not in control of their imagination. They cannot imagine what they want to imagine. If you can think, then you can imagine. Imagination shapes our vision. Imagination is never in the past, present, or future. There are two kinds of imagination: o The first kind comes from intuition. o The second is generated from conditions. Regardless of which source imagination is generated from, both kinds of imagination are equally potent and if it is held and made into a vision, it will manifest. The vision does not discriminate the source of imagination. Now, lets look at the second kind of imagination, imagination coming from conditionthat is, generated from condition. It is only an effect of past, present, and future. That is being boxed in, that is thinking in the box. Imagination coming from condition is an effect of past, present, and future. This means such imagination comes from the mind. It is relative to what is happening in our life and we draw inferences from our conditions. Then we feel we can have this or we cannot have that. This, in turn, becomes our vision. Our mind is very comfortable with that. Whether we like it or not, we are creating more of what is happening in our life, or fixing something that may happen because of the conditions around us. This is thinking from the box. The egg is the vision of the bird waiting to incubate and hatch. The bird is already there. Our mind cannot believe it. Our consciousness knows it. Our consciousness has to operate through the mind to live in time and space. The mind is the operating system of our life and as such, we need to convince the mind to accept it or reject it. Master Key To Imagination 41

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Now, that is where we are trapped in and when the mind does not allow us to think the thoughts we want to think, we are boxed in the time and space bound mind. It is very uncomfortable and because we have been living that way, we have gotten used to it. The other source of imagination comes from the absolute - our intuition, our inner tutor, the Universe, which is the same as the universal consciousness, as we know from all cultures and all traditions. Hermes says As the Macrocosm, so the Microcosm and as the Microcosm, so the Macrocosm or As the Universe, so the Individual and as the Individual, so the Universe, our inner tutor. The Universe, which is the same as the inner visual consciousness is the source of our intuition. It is not a hunch, it is our infinitude aching to come out. If we do not use it, that is not the intent. It is urging us to live like we have never lived before- that is living out of the box. The mind usually corrupts imagination, which comes out of intuition and makes it into a fantasy, so they say we are fantasizing. Some day in the past someone fantasized about the internet. Today, we live in the internet. Some day in the past somebody fantasized about submarine and science fiction writers wrote about it. Today, we have little submarine towns as a reality. If our imagination can be held by us, by our trained mind, it can manifest what we are holding as a vision. The reason we cannot think out of the box is because we do not believe that we create out of no-thing. There is a chapter in the book titled The Everyday Magic of Creating from No-Thing, which is worth reading over and over again. We need things, we need conditions, the mind needs it. If I have this or that thing, I can have what I want. That is normal. That is thinking in the box and there is nothing wrong with it but that is thinking in the box. The teachings of the Masters are there to convince us to think out of the box, imagine, and then vision from the absolute, from our true being. Imagine, just imagine. Have you ever thought that you could sit down and spend fifteen minutes to go on imaginary journey? That is a good practice. Consciousness is the creator and consciousness is the substance as well. We know today the word consciousness is used by scientists. Physics says consciousness creates reality. Reality is observer created. That means when we observe the world around us we observe our vision. The Universe is non local. That means there is no space and time, no locality. Everything is made out of no-thing and the Universe is non local. This boggles our mind. Our mind cannot handle it and we say this is crazy. Of course, this is crazy!

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life How was this Universe created? Who can say? The mind cannot conceive. How can the lesser conceive the greater? What is matter? What is the matter with the matter? Now the scientists are saying we have lost our grip on our reality. That means the vision that we hold is ours already, whatever things we desire. When you plain ask, believe you have already got it, then you will have it. The speed of manifestation is always in direct proportion of your belief level. There is no magic trick to it. If we cannot believe it, we cannot have it. We can say it as many times as we like. If we say sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, does our mouth become sweet? Our mouth will become tired. If we think and believe in our thought, then only manifestation will come and it is immediate. The physics says unmediated. That means no obstructions, no mediation. Unmediated, that is not mitigated in any way and it is immediate. If you do not believe it, look at the worries. Our worries are visioned. That is, they come to us unmediated, unmitigated, and immediately. Worry is the worst disease of the mankind. It destroys us because worry is a vision of what we fear and we experience it. It is generated by our mind and we want to use the mind to get rid of it. Now, that is impossibility, so most people go and take mind altering drugs. The mind is the progenitor of worry. That is why we have to come to consciousness. That is why the meditation on the proclamations trains the mind to believe the truth. It also trains the mind where it stands in relation to our life. Why cant we think out of the box? Life is meant for ecstasy, rupture, and bliss. Bliss is not happiness, it transcends happiness. The mind looks for ways and means and cannot find it. We have to offer our mind continuously to consciousness, let the consciousness become the provider, and let the mind know consciousness is the provider. This can only be achieved through meditation and the four proclamations were designed to do just that. What are these proclamations all about? What do they proclaim? They proclaim our identity. Who am I? Who is this person thinking and talking? Who is this person listening? Who is this person seeing? Our eyes do not see, our ears do not hear, our mouth does not smile. They are the mechanism through which we experience that and to do that, we have to prepare ourselves. That is why the book has two parts. The first part prepares our mind. In the second part we jump off the boat. We go into the water and then we learn to swim in the ocean of consciousness and become the ocean. Master Key To Imagination 43

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Chapter 6 The Everyday Magic Of Creating From No-Thing and chapter 10 Centering Yourself For Success are extremely important and should be read over and over again. Then only we can go to the four proclamations. We want to live from the center to the circumference but we do not seem to be able to do that. Are you happy with what you have got or are you just settling for it? When success systems are given to us, we oppose it because it is too much work but who is saying it is too much work? Our mind. The mind has taken full control over us. It should be the other way around. Can we imagine getting into the car, we turn our steering wheel to the right and our car moves to the left? Well, we cannot use the steering wheel. Our mind is the steering wheel, which takes us on the road-the everyday magic of creating out of no-thing. This will not happen overnight. It will take assiduous practice. It will not happen by watching or listening to audio or video. Those are theories. It has to be internalized. The mechanism for it must be given to us and who is going to process that information? Our mind. Is your mind ready to process it? The mind is actually telling us that we are out of control. So, it will take assiduous practice. It requires wrestling but when it happens, it looks so easy. It can happen in a day or it can happen in a year. It all depends on your intensity, your desire. You can wait for things to happen, project your life where you stand now, where you will be 5 years from today or 9 years from today but if you take control of your life by living through your consciousness, you will become the Master of your life. This training of the mind to obey the consciousness is like growing a fruit tree. We do not have to wait for it to be finished. With most fruit trees we have to plant it, grow it and when the tree is mature and in season, we will get the fruit, but this one is the tree of life, our own life, our own consciousness. After we plant it, as it grows, it continues to produce fruits and keeps on producing fruits every moment of the season. Then we will be harvesting more and more of the fruits, so we do not have to wait. Just start practicing and you will see the results. Thinking out of the box is the way to live. Why living in time and space? Let's manifest in time and space. Your body lives in time and space, your heart is everywhere and everywhen. There is never a time that you are not and there is never a time that you will cease to be.

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How Do I Expedite The Manifestation Of My Vision?

Sometimes some of us feel that we are playing games with our life. We vision, we repeat a few affirmations, and we expect our vision to materialize. Or, clearly sometimes we do not even expect it. It has almost come to the point of entertainment, especially for those of us who live in very affluent conditions. Yes, there are many cases of people who visioned and manifested their vision and we hear a lot about them but what did they do to accomplish that? We always hear about somebody else's story, somebody tells of somebody else. It is like ghost stories. Nobody seems to have seen a ghost. They have a friend who has seen a ghost and that friend has a friend who has seen a ghost too. Similarly, there are affirmations that do it but what is the power with which we make an affirmation? Why does an affirmation bring us the manifestation? We have to know that. Yes, little goals and little visions will be achieved because the conditions were already present. That is not success. If we have 10,000 dollars and we want to buy something we will get it. That is not success. The conditions were already present. The goal was set on the basis of present conditions but people may attribute that to the principles of visioning from the absolute with no conditions present for fulfillment. What we are about to enter into is the intensity of the exercise that we have to go through to build our mental muscles and the independence of our consciousness to rule the mind, to vision what seems to be impossible now to the mind and to fulfill the vision. That is stepping into the world of success. As the English poet, Robert Browning, said: "If our reach does not exceed our grasp, what is heaven for?" We may feel intense, we may feel that we have not done enough but this is not a reason not to try. Failing is not an issue, not trying is the issue. So, how do you expedite the manifestation of your vision? How do you stop your mind from thinking negative thoughts? When most of us set a vision, we are very excited about it. At the same time we set the vision, the mind comes and tells us "How can you have it? You do not have the means or the circumstances, nor the connections to accomplish manifestation of your vision?" Then we go and read another book or practice our affirmations, or even go to seminars to learn how to set a vision and manifest a vision. It becomes an endless struggle.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The problem is not with information in the books, the affirmations, or the seminars. The problem is who is reading the book? Who is doing the affirmation? Who is participating in the seminar? It is our mind and the word mind comes from Latin root word mus. It means thief. It comes out and steals our vision. We live in the world of existence and that is all we think it is. We live in the world of mind, body, and intellect and not mind, body, and consciousness. We do not ask what our mind is. Where does this mind come from? What is the intellect doing for me? This body of mind is changing as I write to you today. Your body is changing. Your mind is different today than it was a few years ago. You do not have the same mind as you had when you were a baby or an adolescent. The mind, body, and intellect are not your permanent being. They change. Who is changing my mind? Who is changing my body and intellect? Who is this I that owns the mind or seems to be owning the mind? Who is this I that is not at the moment in control of the mind? How can we set a vision with the mind we have no control over? Obviously, every vision we set can be negated by the mind. How can we reach our full potential? The four proclamations in the book are the instruments of meditation through which we can get realization of our relationship with the mind, body, and intellect. It is our relationship with the Universe. Then only we can set a vision from the core of our being and manifest it with certainty. No man has began to think how divine he himself is and how certain the future is. How do I expedite the manifestation of my vision? Also, how do I stop my mind from thinking negative thoughts? The answers to these questions are the answers to our lifelong quest for our happiness and our success. The purpose of proclamations is to destroy the border between matter and spirit. It is to experience that all matter is consciousness or spirit. It is absolutely crucial to destroy the border between matter and spirit. To experience the relationship between the individual and the Universe- that is the purpose of the proclamations to our mind. Our mind separates spirit and matter. We say matter ends here and spirit or consciousness begins where matter ends. That is not a viable concept. We know that spirit or consciousness is infinite and infinitude does not have ending or beginning. Master Key To Imagination 46

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life It does not stretch out into endlessness and does not contract into a point. Infinitude cannot be conceived by the mind. It is impossible. That is why we say there is no difference between the thought and the thing. The mind is not used to this concept. The mind has to have something tangible, some conditions. The mind is not used to the concept and resists that idea and does not want to accept it. This is the most prevalent difficulty for most of us to even set a vision, forget about manifesting it. The question we need to ask is: What is the working power that makes our thought into things? The answer given both by science and the Ancients is this one- consciousness. Our individualized consciousness is the same as the universal consciousness. It could not be anything else. That is why we have the great saying "As the Macrocosm, so the Microcosm". There is a secret of success. To be certain of success we must recognize the fact that the substance and intelligence of everything from the grain of salt in the galaxies and the marvel of our body, or the reproductive intelligence of the ameba is this one- consciousness. All the intellectual reasoning and scientific explanations cannot convince our mind that our consciousness is the substance and the intelligence behind all manifestation. We know the truth but we cannot seem to be able to accept the truth. This all seems to make sense to us but our mind does not want to accept it. That is why we study book after book and still want to be convinced of the fact that all things are made with consciousness and by consciousness. Everything is maintained by consciousness and is consciousness. We need to clear the mind of this false belief that matter and spirit are consciousness. Meditation clears the mind. The Ancients knew that. Intellectually, it would not be possible to convince the mind that everything we touch, see, hear, smell, and taste is consciousness or spirit and they understood that. They ran through this experience. They created the four proclamations to clear the mind from its dependence on matter and make it realize that what it calls or identifies as matter is consciousness, one spirit. This is the biggest hurdle that most people have to overcome and that is why the four proclamations are so important. The rest is theory. The four proclamations give us back our identity. The first proclamation Consciousness Is The Creator proclaims that consciousness creates reality, which is now confirmed by science. The second proclamation then goes on to make our mind realize our unity-that is our oneness with the Universe. How?

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life By indentifying ourselves with everything and the realization that everything is consciousness. We have to dwell on this. The second proclamation is That Thou Art, which obliterates limitations. If we want to get through limitations, this is the proclamation that can do that. The second proclamation That Thou Art is a poetical form of saying what we are. This proclamation makes us realize that every one of us has at our disposal all the power, the intelligence, and the means to accomplish whatever we want to be, to do, and to have. Please note the sequence of Being, doing, and having. You have to be first, then your being leads you to doing, and ultimately having. Any other combination will lead to struggle and pain. This proclamation is the dynamite that charges your being with certainty of success. The more you realize and internalize this proclamation, the more speed you gain in achieving manifestation of your vision. It is about you. It is proclaiming your relationship with the Universe. Then you know that you do not do anything but observe it being done and you see it with the eye of your consciousness, which is your imagination. It is already yours and it is not in a make belief world, it is in reality. Again, the first proclamation makes us realize that consciousness creates reality. The second proclamation (in Sanskrit words) is Tat Tvam Asi. Lets break it down into three parts. There are three words and they explain to us beautifully what the proclamation is. The question is what does it mean? The Sanskrit word Tat means That in English. That is the element, the thing. Everything that is perceived by your senses or the mind is tat or that in English. Everything tangible and intangible that comes in contact with your mind is that. All conditions and circumstances are that. Your body, the stars , the flower in blossom, the computer which you are working on, the paper, the color and the sound, the fragrance is that or tat. The next word is Tvam, which in English is Thou. Tvam is a pronoun, which means you. Thou is you in old English poetical form. It means the things that you see, feel, taste, hear and smell is you. So, that, the element you or thou, which means it comes from you. It is you, it emanates from you. You are the creator, you are Brahman, you are consciousness, you are reality. Even quantum physics confirms this by saying Reality is observer created. Brahman (In Sanskrit), as we learn in the first proclamation, is the creator. Consciousness is the creator. Consciousness creates reality and consciousness is no-thing. We know that. Everything is consciousness, it is the absolute.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life It is hard to understand the absolute. The mind does not understand the absolute. So in the book, there is the center and the circle metaphor. The center of the circle from which emanates the circumference is the absolute. The circumference is the relative. So, consciousness creates reality. The center creates the circumference. The center of the circle from which emanates the circumference is the thing, the element from which comes the consciousness. It is what we call matter. We see it as the relative, relative to what? Relative to consciousness, which is the center of the circle. Matter, to say it crudely, is a condensed, congealed consciousness, which is the center of the circle. The center of the circle projects the circumference, which we normally call the circle. We know there cannot be a circle without a center. The center has no dimension or magnitude. The absolute has no dimension and no magnitude. The center does not have length, breadth, and height. The circumference is the center and the center is not visible. What is circumference? It is the projection of the center and the center is not visible. Without the center, there cannot be a circle. You and your consciousness are the center and you are the things, which are that and without you there are no stuff. You are the center. Without you there are no things or no elements. Remember, that was the element. So, every visible thing that emanates from the center is art. The third word is Art or Asi in Sanskrit and it means existence. The elements are in existence. Everything I touch, everything I smell, everything I see, everything I taste, everything I hear is in me, and is me. My consciousness is identical to me. We are one. Art or Asi identifies that all is one. As the great Master, Jesus of Nazareth, declared: I and my father are one. Consciousness is One. Individuality means indivisible. Individual is indivisible. This existence is the consciousness and is the Universe. Tat Tvam Asi in Sanskrit or That Thou Art. The word Tat means the elements. The word Tavm comes from there. The elements is You. You are the living being. You are the visible form of That, so everything you see is the visible form of That, which is you, the element, the supreme essence. That represents the limitless principle and whose truth and knowledge is aloof from all attributes. The center has no attributes. That means it is free from all attributes. Master Key To Imagination 49

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life It is self-existence and self-reliance. It is exists and does not have dependence on anything. The pronoun thou represents the qualifying principle whose essence is the Universe. That is Brahman, the creator or consciousness. That and Thou in old English are merged together. They become one. When you fully realize that everything in this Universe is That (the elements and you are that essential element), it is the projection of the reflection of the absolute including your body. You are not the body, you are consciousness. You are not even in your body. Your body is in you. You are everywhere and everywhen, beyond time and space. Your body is just a reflection of your consciousness. It is the outer coating of your consciousness. If you change your consciousness you change your body and the circumstances around you. In the first proclamation we learned that consciousness is the creator. Consciousness creates reality. The absolute is the creator, Brahman, consciousness. The relative is the created thing. Everything that is created is made out of no-thing because the Universe, our entire power, cannot be limited by anything, or any substance. A wave is the ocean, although they look separate, same as the spark and the blaze. Grasping this concept allows us to understand our own creative power because we create everything out of no-thing and it comes out of no-thing. We see the end result, we see it done. We do not wait for the results to come. We see it already being done in our eye of imagination. Even the great Master, Jesus of Nazareth, said of himself I do nothing. It is the father in me, which is the consciousness in me, which does all things. We have to see it already being done. We have to remember when Jesus said "What things so ever (whatever, any-thing, no limits) ye desire, when ye pray (vision), believe that ye receive them (see it complete in your eye of imagination), and ye shall have them (know that you already have it)". He was invoking this principle that as the Macrocosm, so the Microcosm Tat Tavm Asi or That Thou Art. Whatsoever things you vision (pray), and ask, know (be it, feel it) that you already have it, then you will have it. That what faith really is. It is understanding of this very knowledge. Have faith, and you can move mountains, Jesus said. The mountains are That, which is Thou who is existence. That is the element. Thou is the Macrocosm. Asi is the existence. That is one of the ways we understand unity. For example, if I tell consciousness I am rich, and if my consciousness feels rich, then I am rich. I am consciousness and the consciousness emanates the riches. Master Key To Imagination 50

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The rich(ness) is consciousness. The center, which is Thou (meaning I am) projects the riches, which is circumference. It is the tendency of the mind to see the circumference as the power, which emanates from the center. That is what happens. See, the mind thinks that the circumference emanates from the center and not the other way around. However, it is the center that emanates from the circumference. The mind looks at all these elements, all the conditions and circumstances to be rich and to say "Can I be reach?" This question is loaded with the deadliest poison everdoubt. When we realize Tat Tavm Asi or That Thou Art, which means everything Is consciousness, we know that our center or our consciousness (our I am-ness) projects what emanates the circumstances and conditions for the creation of the riches that we desire. The riches is already ours, the circumference is already inside the center, That is the thing. The riches is already ours because we are conscious of the riches. The center of our being, which is rich now brings forward all conditions necessary (in the form of favorable circumstances, events etc.) to project the riches in our circumstances and that is called manifestation. The mouse, which is our mind (memory bank) lives in the whole of the intellect and it steals our happiness, steals our reliance on consciousness. The mind thinks circumference is everything. The mind lives in the show me state. What we see is what we get. To train the mind from stealing our happiness by not depending on external, our present circumstances and conditions, is the purpose of Tat Tavm Asi, the second proclamation. How often do we depend on consciousness for the things we desire? There is an example in the book of meditation on laying on the water. When we are laying on the water, our mind tells us the water cannot hold us up. So, what happens? We struggle against it. We depend on conditions and so, people drown. A dead body never drowns unless we weigh it down by rock. Nobody dies of drowning. They die of choking and suffocating, and struggling against the water. Nobody becomes poor, they fight conditions. We are forever going upstream against conditions and the biggest condition of all- is time. There is a story in the mythology of ancient India. There was a great sage, his name was Abhinandana. That means he was never sad. One day he was performing a sacrifice. So, he invited all the Gods and the Goddesses to come to the sacrifice but he forgot to invite the God of heaven, Indra (like God Zeus in the Greek methology). When God Indra heard this, he got very angry. So, he went and got a great monster, sage monster. His name was Kala, meaning time. He said to Kala (time) Go down there to destroy the sacrifice. Master Key To Imagination 51

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life As soon as Kala came in, he was such an awful monster, Abhinandana stopped being happy again. Time is the biggest obstacle. Then Kala went all over the heavens and all over the earth destroying happiness till all the Gods and Goddesses went to the great God Vishnu, the preserver, and bowed before him and said This monster is destroying us, destroying our happiness. What can we do? Then God Vishnu sent one of the greatest, wisest leaders in the form of God Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, who is the representation of Tat Tavm Asi or That Thou Art and he destroyed the time. Time is the biggest obstacle. That is why Ganesha is called the remover of obstacles. The only obstacle we have is time. When we meditate on That Thou Art, we will find timelessness, we will find unity. There is no time in unity. Time is the biggest obstacle towards everything. So, when we vision, we do not take time into consideration. We already have it. That is why Jesus of Nazareth said What things so ever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. That means it goes beyond conditions. There are no conditions attached to it. When we vision, it is already there. When you stand in front of the mirror you know that you see the reflection, you do not wait for time. This existence of yours is the mirror of your consciousness. Time is the greatest condition. Time produces space. This is the biggest problem we have today. The mind invokes time. The mind lives in time and space. There is a circumference. Consciousness lives beyond time and space. So, whenever we are time bound and we have a desire to be a rich person, or get a job, or have romance, have a soul mate, or whatever it is -when we say "I want to be a millionaire five years from now", there we go! The five years does not exist. That is not reality. We have to be a millionaire to have the millions. Your being-ness must be rich first. The consciousness of a millionaire is Tat Tavm Asi weather he/she is aware of it or not. That Thou Art is the million. You are the consciousness of the million. Then the existence of the million comes. It is all at once-ness. It is a state of consciousness. It is a center and it will project the circumference as your circumstances depending on the intensity of your realization of your consciousness. Remember the question "How can I expedite the manifestation of my desires?" The intensity of your consciousness will depend primarily on your reliance on your own consciousness, and not on your mind. Master Key To Imagination 52

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Therefore, this intensity does not depend on the conditions of past, present, or future. There is no past, there is no present, and there is no future. Like in a dream, we can dream a lifetime in a five minute nap on the couch and that is real then. When you are meditating, your mind will prompt you to vision and if you are visioning, your mind will break your visioning down. The whole object of the mind is to negate your vision by bringing in other thoughts or super imposing negative thoughts of the same vision. You must take the time to meditate on the proclamations. Do not take it too casually. Spend 15 minutes no matter what feeling or thoughts you get. Just sit on the chair and meditate and the process of meditation is explained in great detail in the Ancient Secrets of Success book. Make your mind sit down with your body and intellect and let go, let it happen. The mind will not allow us to feel because we are taking away its life, we are taking away its control over us. Sit in the chair and repeat Tat Tavm Asi, Tat Tavm Asi, Tat Tavm Asi and so on... There is no technicality, there is no intellectual wrangling. The sound of it will penetrate your hardened mind and will break through to the depths of your sub consciousness. The repetition is not enough you must feel what this proclamation means, which is Everything Is Consciousness. The mind is our best friend. The mind is like our dog, it is our best friend to protect us but we have to train it first. Otherwise, it will attack us. We have to take the mind for a walk just like we take our dog for a walk. We cannot let the mind take us for a walk. The dog does not take us for a walk. We take the dog for a walk. If the dog is left on its own it stays unfocused, like if the mind is left on its own, it stays unfocused. Just like a dog, if we let it be everywhere and sniff everywhere, it does not know where to go. It will turn around and run around without any purpose. That is what most people do all day long. The mind is the only reason we do anything most of the time, which not all but most of us do out of fear. The mind is prompt to fear. Consciousness is fearless. Consciousness is life. So, sit on the straight back chair and meditate by following the instructions in the book. You will feel it, you will not be able to explain it, you will become silent. When Gautama Buddha attained nirvana, people around him asked "What do you feel?" He stood silent there for a while then he said "I am awake". There is no way you can explain to people what that feeling is. Master Key To Imagination 53

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life That is beyond feeling, it transcends all pairs of opposites. Nir in the word nirvana means no and vana means ripples. You are the ice and the Universe is the water. The ice is made with the water. The ice melts into the water and becomes water. Success is not a technicality. You can and you will attain success yourself through meditation. Meditation clears the mind. You have to sharpen your mind and remove all the debris that have been left in your mind from all the past conditioning. The mind is powerful. We have been told that mind is everything and that the mind serves consciousness, but when consciousness serves the mind that is when we have difficulty. Success is not a quick fix. Success is not instant coffee where you pour hot water and there you have it. Success is a very good cup of brewed coffee. You have to roast the beans, grind the beans, brew the coffee to the strength you want and then you have it. Only then you can enjoy your cup of coffee. That is why success is not a quick fix. It will be prominent. Your friends and family will see the change in you. The final success is making yourself. The four proclamations make you know yourself. Who are you? Once you know who you are, then the Universe is yours. You are the Universe. As Socrates said:

Know Thyself.

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Inspiring Thought Is Mastering Life

Mastering thought is mastering life. Mastering thought is to be able to think the thoughts we want to think, not the thoughts that we are usually forced or compelled and made to think by our mind and intellect based on circumstances and our environment. It is a given and it is true that we live in a thought world. There are many great books written about the power of thought. Most are very powerful books. Some of them are really good like "Think And Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill and "As A Man Thinketh" by James Allen, to name a few of them. Most great books of the world also confirm that thought is the creative power and the cause of all things. Things are the manifestation, which is an effect. We know that the world operates by the law of cause and effect. The law of cause and effect is unchangeable and cannot be violated. The thought is cause and the thing is effect. The thought is consciousness processed through our individual mind. The book gives you the principles of how thoughts are colored by our mind depending on our conditioning and our past experiences. Thought is the creative power and our circumstances are the effects of our thought. The direct relationship between our thought and our physical, emotional, and mental conditions is so obvious that it does not need any proof. This subject of thought and how it affects our conditions of life is being discussed now all over the world. It has been the topic of discussion in the science of success since time immemorial, since antiquity and in almost all languages and in almost all cultures. Over three thousand years ago King Solomon said "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he". This is as true today as it was in the time of the great Solomon. If this is true and we know from our experience that it is true, then we have to ask ourselves: Why are people so poor? Think about it, why do people suffer from addictions and dependency on things instead of thought? Why then do we have all the malfunctions of life? Why are people lonely? Why are people always in the state of fear and anxiety? Why are people stressed out? The answer is simple and straightforward. They do not have control over their thoughts. That is, they are unable to think the thoughts that they would like to think. They have no control over their mind and the mind, as we know, processes thoughts. The mind must be brought under the control of consciousness. Master Key To Imagination 55

Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The mind seems to dictate to consciousness what consciousness should be conscious about. Now, what is happening consciousness what the decides what thought it system. The mind is the the creative force. today in most people's minds is the mind seems to dictate to consciousness should be conscious about. That is, the mind wants to think. We know that the mind is part of our neuron distributor, the measurer of the power of the Universe and not

The mind creates the matrix, which later on becomes the manifested thing or circumstance. To give an example of how we feel when we want to think a thought and we cannot is like when we want to measure out a cup of sugar but the cup is only measuring out half a cup of sugar no matter what we do. Or, we are trying to put a gallon of diesel in our car and the measuring device is measuring only a liter. We cannot do anything about it. We feel like we have lost control. It seems that we accepted the situation and learned to live with it. That is the situation with most of us until one day we decide that we must take charge of our life and be what we want to be and not keep on adjusting to the measuring device. Our mind lives according to its wishes and fantasies. Most people live according to the mind's whims and fantasies. All the power of the Universe that ever was or will be is in us right now. The only thing that is coming in between you or me and success is this unruly, out of control measuring device, which we call our mind. What could all this knowledge of the laws of thought and success do for you if you cannot think the thoughts you want to think to be successful, rich, and happy? Then you have to find the answer to this question: What must you do to develop the power to think the thoughts you want to think? Without the answers to these questions all the books of the laws of thought are not much use to you. It is good information but all that information boils down to this question How do you think the thoughts that you want to think? We may be able to slip a few mild thoughts of success through the crack and be able to see some results and read about it. However, there is no certainty. What we want is certainty. The success process should not be based on a guess. Science demands that the answers are not guesswork. For example, when I add two plus two, I am sure I am going to get a four. When I see the ball up in the air I know it will fall. If the ball does not fall, I will certainly get excited or bewildered, or both.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life The same question you have to ask Why cant I think the thoughts I want to think? If I am not able to think the thought I want to think, that should be my bewilderment. Just pause and think for a minute. Nobody intended thinking. Most people cannot think the thoughts they want to think. They do not seem to be bewildered. Why? Simply because they have never questioned why they cannot. They have accepted it as normal. Some of them, when they do not want to think that thought, which is haunting them, take mind numbing drugs to relax. What good is it to us to know all the laws of success if we cannot control our thoughts? The Ancients understood this pain of their students and they formulated a system to enable their students to have total control of their mind and be able to think the thoughts they want to think. Both the western and eastern cultures developed similar systems. They developed a system of meditation applicable to the western and eastern minds. We always have to remember that the mind does not have geographical boundaries. The eastern mind hurts as much as the western mind. King Solomon who said "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" also said Trust in God with all your heart, and lean not upon your own understanding. Now, that is a direct instruction not to lean upon our understanding, which is our mind, but to trust God or consciousness. St. Paul told his followers that God's or consciousness's wisdom would appear to be foolish to the mind. The wisdom of God is foolishness with man, he said. The sages of the Vedic period in India formulated the four proclamations and meditating upon which the mind is brought under our control to think the thoughts that we want to think, regardless of our circumstances. This is the key of success. Ancient Secrets of Success for Today's World directly shows you how the mind works and how the mind can be trained to think the thoughts that you want to think. This can only be done through meditation. No amount of theory is possible to accomplish that, but prior to meditation the mind must know its capacity and what it does to create and manifest the world it chooses to live in. o The first part of the book convinces the mind that it can rely on consciousness. o The second part of the book takes it on a journey of taking control over thought. Then the meditation trains the mind, which is the second part, to have complete union with consciousness and that is yoga. It is to become one with life and to know that As the Universe, so the Individual and as the Individual, so the Universe.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Mastering our mind is Mastering life. Having riches without Mastering our thought is a perfect recipe for failure. Mastering thought is also a perfect recipe for riches and success. The proof is obvious. All we have to do is look at the statistics of all the lotto windfall winners and see how many of them were happier than before they became rich. How many of them were broke in a very short period of time? Most of them were broke both emotionally and financially. They were not able to think the thoughts that truly rich and successful person would think. Remember, it is our purpose to become the Masters of thought to think the thoughts we want to think and not the thoughts that we are almost forced to think by our circumstances. We know thoughts make us and thoughts break us, yet how much time do we spend to become Masters of our thoughts? The degree of how much we love ourselves can be measured by how much effort we put into the practice of mastering to think the thoughts we choose to think, regardless of our circumstances. Without this mastery all our knowledge of success will only be printed pages of useful information overloading our mind. Without the mastery of these books, these books would be a good wallpaper. Most of the knowledge of success we have is quite accurate, but what good is it to us if we are not able to use it to become successful? We know the theories, we know that if we think rich, we will become rich but how do we think rich? What is stopping you from thinking rich and success? Why are we always struggling with our thoughts and then begin to add conditions to our thoughts and there goes the purity of our thoughts, then confusion reigns. Meditation enables the mind. Yes, we know the thought is the creative power. We know that the mind is the processor of thought. We also know that the mind does not allow us to process the thoughts that it has no experience of. It will call these thoughts absurd. For example, in a poor man's mind we cannot put the thought of riches that easily. At best, we can put the thought of being a little well off. It is only through meditation that we can enable the mind to think the thoughts we want to think, regardless of circumstances. No amount of theory can do it. This one thing, we can safely say, is impossible. You cannot train the mind with the mind. It is like asking the tiger to take itself to the circus. We must prepare ourselves to comprehend the answers. We have to. The above mentioned questions are of immense value to all of us. Practice the four proclamations one at a tame. Try to allocate at least a week for each proclamation. They will bring the mind under control.

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Practical Spirituality Guide For Everyday Life Then, follow the four steps to visioning laid out in the book. Meditation on the four proclamations is indispensable to success. It will give you the joy that transcends all joy. It is the prescription for success. It is the prescription for living an anxiety free life, and living a life of abundance. The mind will try to trick you into not meditating. Believe me, it will. The mind is very smart. It does tempt you to avoid meditation with simple laziness, procrastination, or a bit of sleepiness. Even if you are able to overcome those temptations and sit down to meditate, it will bring all kinds of silly, unimportant, and irrelevant thoughts. Ignore it! And even if necessary, just mechanically continue to repeat the proclamation you meditating upon. Upon completion of your meditation get up and go about your holding the image, the meaning of that proclamation. The mind is like a dog. Do worry, soon it will get trained and then you will take it for a walk and it will fetch for whatever you command. are day not you

Remember, if you do not have control over your mind, then all success principles, however scientific they may be, are of no use to you if you do not have control over your well, I think you know by now how this sentence ends. Remember the proclamations, o o o o Consciousness Is The Creator, Pragyanaam Brahman That Thou Art, Tat Tavm Asi My Consciousness Is The Creator, Ayam Atman Brahman I Am The Creator, Aham Brahmasmi

The entire world has these four proclamations, almost all the cultures, east and west. Nothing can be more important than this, nothing in this world, even when everything is enforced. You Can Create The Life You Want, Live As You Want To Live And Know That You Are The Creator Of Your Own Destiny. I want to thank you for taking your time to read this guide. My goal was to get you empowered, inspired, and motivated to take action and create the life you truly desire.

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