CONSCIOUSNESS AND CAUSE

The common assumption is to think the cause is an effect, which involves a series of physical and mental actions, leading up to an effect. If your goal is to cook dinner, then you would think the cause is the preparation for cooking. However, within your own consciousness, the series of action steps is not the real cause. In fact, the actions are considered an effect as well (Pavlina, 2005).

If the actions that cause effect are mere effects themselves, what is the real cause? The real cause is the decision you have made to create the effect. It is the intention. It can be the moment you said to yourself “Let it be”. More powerful, it is the moment you’ve said, “Yes God”, “Amen”, “Make it so” or “Your will be done.”

At some point, you had an intention to make dinner. The decision may have occurred in the subconscious, rooted out of a daily routine. Nevertheless, it was a decision. Without the decision, the dinner would have never manifested in the first place. According to Pavlina (2005), the decision ultimately caused the whole series of actions and the ultimate manifestation of dinner. What your intent is and what your consciousness is describe two almost different experiences. We see consciousness, in general, and what happens in the mind when it starts grappling with these fluids like in the brain and start pulling together the nerve endings.

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Relating to Others on Difference Levels

The idea of being a person-type individual is not a novel idea people. Upon looking closely, it can be said that evoking the person-type qualities mainly reflects an individual’s predisposition to empathy.
Thus, it may be easier to say that focusing on relationships with people can also develop one’s ability to empathize with others. Empathy, strictly speaking, is the ability to intellectually identify with the feelings, thoughts or attitudes of another. It comes from the Greek word ‘empatheia’, meaning passion. Sometimes, empathy is also referred to as being able to understand and imaginatively enter another person’s feelings.

As an attribute, empathy can be exhibited in different levels. Some scientists have long studied the presence of empathy in relationships between men, and to some extent in organized animals. The different manners empathy may be presented are through emotional contagion, simple empathy, sympathy and cognitive empathy (de Waal, 2005).

In emotional contagion, individuals experience matched emotional states which can sometimes blur the distinction between the subject and the object of empathy. Thus, both are affected to some degree. In simple empathy, the distinction between self and other is preserved. This results in a kind or helping behavior from the subject to the object. In sympathy, the subject feels sorry for the object, and can occur even without any matching response.

Cognitive empathy implies perspective-taking and attribution, resulting in a cognitive understanding of the object’s predicament and situation. With empathy, an individual is able to focus on the intricacies of the relationships between individuals. Through empathy, a person-type individual changes the conditions that can objectively improve another person’s situation.

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Internal Conflict

Sometimes, more the burden of interpersonal conflicts, internal conflicts are the most difficult to deal with. It is true that we can become our worst enemy. We know what we think about. We know our intentions. We know our offenses and defenses. The battle within us only produces self-destruction. The conflict within our “parts” can limit us significantly. Our parts need to be in agreement in order for us to be one whole being forging forward towards the plans and purposes God has for us. Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within, sad, “it’s important that we define ourselves not only by who we are, but by who we are not.”

According to Dilts (1999), people experience being “incongruent.” This means they experience inner conflict. They are at odds with themselves. The issues did not really pertain to external pressures that affect us

internally. These internal conflicts manifest problems in the deeper structure within a person. It involves conflicts between the different “parts” within one’s own mental system. These issues relate to conflicts between oneself and oneself. Inner struggles are ultimately at the root of many psychological problems. Sigmund Freud once said,

“One side of the personality stands for certain wishes, while another part struggles against them and fends them off. There is no neurosis without such a conflict.”

Moreover, the great psychologist, Freud also described conflict to be a product of frustration. Becoming pathogenic involved supplementing external frustration with internal frustration. External frustration could remove one possibility of satisfaction, while internal frustration tries to exclude another possibility. The second possibility becomes the debate ground of conflict within a person (Dilts, 1999).

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Action vs. Motive

When you serve others, when you have conversations with them and when help them out, what is your motive? Does your motives reflect in what you actually do? A wife who seeks to please her husband will find out what makes him happy. However, what if the actions do not match the motives?

The strength of our motives would
also determine our strategies. Our
strategies in life are meant to bring our
motives to realization. If we intend to help
others, our strategies would consider how
we would provide for others the greatest
benefit. If our motive were to be rich, at all
costs, then our strategies would disregard
the rights of others. Motives highly dictate
the strategies we develop and implement.
This is why strategy elicitation is
important. This allows us to recognize if
our hearts are in the right place and how
to achieve the motives that we have, if they are according to the purposes of God.

21 It’s criminal to ignore a neighbor in need, but compassion for the poor—what a blessing!

22 Isn’t it obvious that conspirators lose out, while the thoughtful win love and trust?

23 Hard work always pays off;
mere talk puts no bread on the table. (Proverbs 14:21-23, MSG)

    When our motives have passed, then the time will come when we would realize the fulfillment of the desires of our hearts. The Bible tells us the great reward that awaits those who patiently wait on the Lord. Since there is a time for everything, there is a time of waiting. However, if there is a time of waiting, there is also a time when the object of the wait would arrive. The Bible tells us how wonderful this time would be.

So don’t get ahead of the Master and jump to conclusions with your judgments before all the evidence is in. When he comes, he will bring out in the open and place in evidence all kinds of things we never even dreamed of—inner motives and purposes and prayers. Only then will any one of us get to hear the “Well done!” of God. (1 Corinthians 4:5, MSG)

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Mindful of Authorities

There is a mentorship saying: Be careful who you touch for it may be your last. We must be mindful of who we touch with our attitude or touch with our mouth by speaking or touch with our thought, because you don’t know who might be assigned to you. You should also be mindful of your thought because your thought is also a touch. It’s not just a physical but it begins first in the mind. The scripture says, “Curse not the king neither in thine thought, for bird of the air shall carry it.”

The scripture also says, “Touch not my anointed, do my prophet no harm.” You don’t know who the anointed of God is. You might not think that the bum or the alcoholic on the street is the anointed of God, but God says, “That’s my anointed. If you touch him, that’s a dangerous thing.” The Book of Hebrews teachers us, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing.”

You have to be mindful of your authorities. I try to look for authority in every situation I’m in. I look for the face of authority. If you don’t look for the face of authority, you’ll miss it. You have to always look to see if you can find the authority in your life.

If I’m on an airplane, the pilot is the authority. Right now, the flight attendant is the authority because she is taking control of the cabin. If she tells me to put my cellphone away, I can’t tell her that I’m a Bishop in the Lord’s church because we are not having church right now. You must subject yourself to that authority.

When I was a child I had fewer authorities. When I became an adult, I had more authorities. There is the authority in the bank where I have to pay my mortgages. There is the authority of the traffic officer. There is the authority of the storekeeper. Everywhere I run, I find that the higher up I go in life, the more authorities I meet.

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THE POWER OF ASKING

If there is one thing you must remember as a tool in finding positive intentions, it is to ask questions. 

Asking questions is a powerful thing. If you study Scripture closely, Jesus tells us to ask in order for us to receive. The act of asking is something available

and effective in moving us from point A to B. Asking allows us progress.

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Luke 11:9-11)

Even the doors of our subconscious can be opened through asking. Wehn we ask, we use use our imagination. Inquiry allows us to be open to things that are unknown to our conscious minds. The power of asking allows us to tap into our subconscious. The available answers may be limited. But the questions we can ask are not. The limit to what we can ask is our imaginations. The more we ask, the more we know.

Even when it comes to problematic behaviors or situations, we can apply this principle. When we ask the problematic part of our personalities why they are there or how the problem is benefitting us, soon enough, you will see this problem leave. There is authority in asking; the authority to make things happen (as we ask God for the desires of our heart), the authority to make problems powerless, and the authority to grow (as we grow in knowledge and understanding). In the next part of this chapter you will learn techniques you can use to specifically finding positive intentions for negative behaviors. Notice one thing these techniques have in common — the practice of asking.

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The Mind and the Body are Intertwined with Each Other

In order to be a prophet, you need to understand deeper concepts not just in faith, in the Word of God and in life, you need to dig deeper into your minds, hearts and souls. There is a need to explore a part of yourself that you have never known before. It’s time to step out in faith and to grow.

The principle of this presupposition is simple: there is great and direct influence between the mind and the body. Whatever the body feels or acts will be reflected by the thoughts one has. Rightly so, the thoughts of a person will also have a direct effect on the actions of the body. Because of this interconnection of the mind and the body, it becomes somewhat impossible to change or alter the other without affecting the other (Adler, 2002). Ergo, the mind and body are systems by themselves. And we talk about systems, we understand that the very foundations that it sits its principles on is the idea that a system works because it has other parts that partake in the operations, that when one fails all the others will fail as well.

Thus it is not hard to see how someone who has lost a special someone will easily fall into sickness because of the loneliness and sadness. In the same way that when someone feels sick or is ill from a disease will have a thought process that is not as sharp as compared to those who are perfectly healthy. Hence, the mind and body does not go solo, both are always in concert that when one falters, the other one also weakens (Adler, 2002).

Everything you need is right in front of you 

Given that your map is rich collection of experiences it can be inferred that you have all the possible solutions to whatever it is that you may face, giving you unlimited resources that would be beneficial for you (Adler, 2002).

This presupposition tells the importance of having a philosophy of recognition that means that all the possible means to achieve what you want and solve the problems one has always been available: you just need to distinguish which of once is the best. It also states that people are inherently resourceful and ingenious. Also, this presupposition means that if the resources are not at hand one can create or find the means to have it. The problem only comes when the mindset becomes unwilling to recognize all these things. If the mind is inherently unimaginative then that would be a problem, for the very simple reason that it would not find ways into which to find solutions to the problem (Burton & Ready, 2010).

 

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Integrated Thinking

As a church, there is a need to be unified in thought and in action. There is a concept called “integrated thinking”, which refers to the natural mode of thought of successful individuals (Keeler & Ferguson, 2007). The pattern of thought of these individuals move between attention and intention, which means their processing comes with the information they have and the action they want to take.

In my playground, because earth is the playground of the gods, Intent is your secret language of playing with the future. I lay with my future through the power of intention. Intent has the way of directing the energy and the attention towards the future. So, when I want to create something in my future, I set intent.

What is intention? It is a filter for experience. See when you do not like the experience that you’re in, why don’t you just change the intention; you change the filter for your intention. And we’re going to get into this whole thing about timeline because you set the intent and the future will played out differently.

My son Jonathan’s perspective of intention is this: Intention is actually, what it does is, it puts the now in a pretense so that your eyes are now set on the future so that you’re now set on the goal or on the harvest. The intention changes your perception or the way that you feel.

I have another colleague who said intention is so powerful because when she looks at intention she sees a, T-E-N-T, tent. This lets us know that we are full of intention. Intention covers our thoughts. It begins to put our thoughts under so it can begin to direct it, so it will come out. And when it conceptualizes, it’s already in our future.

Our intention is like that tent, it goes in the dressing room come out of the fear because you must clothes yourself with intent, a thick cloth of the spirit in order for the spirit to make you alive.

The components of attention include sensory and imagination. Keeler and Ferguson (2007) described imagination as “the ability to think about things that are not actually present, whether creatively or analytically” (p. 14). The components are combined and stabilized in language. As attention is stabilized, intention can either be pursued or refined. It is true of successful individuals, as well as groups that are led by strong leadership.

007), intention, along with imagination, sensory experience, and language provide the needed components for progress. Alone, they are considered alternatives to existence. However, when they are integrated in the person’s mind, they become one stream of perception and action. These factors allow individuals to make changes in themselves, as well as their  circumstances.

Moreover, integrated thinking allowed strong minds to turn their intentions into reality (Keeler & Ferguson, 2007). It is thinking of achievement and actually obtaining it. One of the significant benefits of understanding one’s intentions, is the ability to set it, in such a way that it works well with the necessary components for progress. The absence of intention cannot make integrated imagination, sensory experience, and language produce success in the individual’s life.

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Logical Levels: Point of View

When a person is experiencing a difficulty, what you might want to know is whether this difficulty is coming from his external context, or is it that he doesn’t have the specific sort of behavior required by that environment? Dilts (1999) uses his logical levels to answer the questions of when and where (environment level), what (behavior), how (capabilities), why (beliefs/values), and who (identity). The type and particulars of the problem are then analyzed to pinpoint in which level a certain issue is at.

This approach is based on Gregory Bateson’s theory on logical levels (Dilts, 1996). Bateson believed that there are levels to how a man, and an animal as well, processes information or data which range from specific to the more general and more abstract. He theorizes that there is an ‘implicit hierarchy in language, and therefore in thinking. The higher up you take your thinking, the more inclusive and powerful it becomes because it includes all lower levels’ (McCauley, 2008).

The Logical Levels

There are six logical levels of change. Each level is seen as a subset of factors and systems within the level above it. These are: environment, behavior, capabilities, beliefs/values, identity and spiritual. Each of these levels is briefly elaborated upon in the following paragraphs.

Environment

This is the level that deals with the context in which a behavior, capability or any of the other higher levels is identified to be in (Vaknin, 2008). In this level, the specialist determines whether a change in the context in which the problematic behavior or belief identified of the patient is required. Dilts view this as the level wherein the ‘when’ and ‘where’ questions are determined. Environment (Dilts, 1999). This level deals with the ‘what’ question. Typically, behavioral patterns are seen as symptoms of deeper, or in the logical levels sense, higher-seated problems. They are viewed as the ‘what,’ as behaviors are usually what a person immediately sees as what need to be changed.

Capabilities

Dilts (1996) describes this level as answering the ‘how’ in the sense that capabilities dictate the direction that a person’s behavior takes. How behavior is enacted is largely dependent on the capacities and abilities a person sees himself as having. Simply, this means that when a person sees himself as not having the proper abilities to say, play a sport, he/she would more than likely show behavioral patterns that express this limitation such as sitting or standing at the back row during PE classes to avoid being selected to participate.

Beliefs/values

‘Beliefs and values provide the reinforcement (motivation and permission) that supports or denies capabilities’ (Dilts, 1999). This level contains the answers to the ‘why’ questions. The belief and value system of a person determine whether that person has the capacity or the inclination to acquire any capability or set of capabilities. If, for example, a person believes that to be rich is to be evil, that individual would more than likely lack the capabilities to earn money as he/she would deem it inappropriate. Identity: Dilts (1996) defines the identity level as the sense of self the individual has which consequently shapes the beliefs and values that that person holds. This level answers the question who. The elements, factors, characteristics and the like that constitute the image to which the person aspires to or sees himself/herself as, directly affect the set of beliefs which he/she would consequently hold. When, for instance, a man wishes to become the man that people would see as truly reliable, he would likely have the belief that tardiness is a sin or something similar.

Spiritual

The spiritual level deals with the individual’s perception of his/ her position in the larger scheme of things, those scenarios that include more than himself/herself such as familial, communal and organizational relationships (Dilts, 1999). This level, also referred to as beyond identity, answers the question of for whom or for what. Utopian ideas, ‘perfect world’ or ‘heaven on earth’ scenarios are categorized under this level. A person’s understanding of how the world works from his/her perspective would define the role that he/she believes he/she is going to play. An example would be when a person sees the world, or life, as a constant struggle between good and evil, he might have an image of himself as a knight or angel whose primary duty is to uphold the ideals of good and protect the weak.

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A Change of Thinking A Change of Life

Many motivational speakers often say that success involves the laws of thinking. They often talk about mind power over difficulties to achieve dreams and aspirations. The mind is a powerful tool for dreams arise; it starts with a simple idea that becomes a concept and later becomes an inspiration that fuels dreams. These dreams become the controlling force that compels a person towards success.

Science describes higher thinking as an act of intellectual activity that involves the conscious mind. It often deals with imagination, judgment, decision making and many other mental faculties required for a healthy mental state. Continue reading

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