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2006, Akeno, Yamanashi
(please pray for Japan)
I have had it on my heart for some time to include posts here on the topic of personal growth. This first post on the topic is not my writing, but is an incredibly helpful nugget of wisdom found in the book the Handbook to Higher Consciousness, by Ken Keyes Jr. I think that you can read this book as a free pdf online and it is well worth your time; this is only a tiny percent of the wisdom shared in this classic book.
Whether you do take the time to read the whole book or not, please read the following excerpt, which is like a shortcut to world peace. I say this because we will not see world peace until we can all get along in a loving and peaceful manner with our own loved ones and those people we meet on our paths. Peace be with you today and always!.
-=-The Instant Consciousness Doubler
Most of the time a major expansion of your consciousness requires a lot of continuous inner work, but there is one shortcut through the woods which may be called an Instant Consciousness Doubler. Since consciousness and Love are synonymous, you might also consider this an Instant Love Doubler.
Here are the directions for making a significant instant expansion of your consciousness:
Expand your Love, your Consciousness, and your loving compassion by experiencing everything that everyone does or says as if you had done or said it.
When you use this Instant Consciousness Doubler, you will bring into play a certain programming in your biocomputer that may not consciously use now in responding to the actions and words of other people. You are usually aware of some of the inside reasons and feelings that account for what you do. But when you perceive similar behavior in another person, you usually interpret it with different programming than you use for experiencing your own thoughts and actions.
This leads us into such psychological conjugations as, "I am firm, you are obstinate, he is pigheaded." "I am frank, you are blunt, he is rude." "I enjoy my food, you overeat, he is a glutton." "I occasionally correct people for their own good, you are quite argumentative, he has a terrible temper." In all of the above situations, the external actions could have been the same, but the programming that you use to interpret the situation is entirely different.
The purpose of the Instant Consciousness Doubler is to remind you to use the same programming in perceiving and interpreting the actions and words of other people that you use in understanding your own actions and words. If you simply delay your response to each situation long enough to run it through the programming you reserve for yourself, you may find that your ability to understand and love other people will instantly double. You may be able to simply bypass the old programming and let it gradually wither away from disuse. You begin to realize that you would probably feel and say the same things that other people are doing and saying if you could just stand in their shoes and see things from their point of view.-=-
reprinted from Handbook to Higher Consciousness, by Ken Keyes, Jr., Fifth Edition, copyright 1975 by the Living Love Center.
This advice has been so helpful to me in my life and I wanted to share it with you. I will appreciate any comments letting me know whether this is helpful and if you would like to see more posts on this topic of growth, or if you think this kind of post is out of place here! I hope you have a great day today!