The Living Love Way to Higher Consciousness offers you Five Methods that you can use in working on yourself. These Methods have been chosen for busy people who are deeply involved in various dramas of life. They do not detach you from your daily routines. The Living Love Methods can be used while you are engaged in running a business, making love, cleaning the house, or watching a movie. These Methods take you into your life situations and require you to view the people and things around you as your teachers. But you are really your master teacher all the time.
When you use these Five Methods continuously in your moment-to-moment daily life, you will find a turned-on satisfaction in your daily stream of consciousness. You will experience a liberation that you have always wanted, but have not been able to find in life before. You will find true freedom from the computer-like programming that separates and alienates you from the loving being you naturally are.
Here are the Five Methods:
Memorize the Twelve Pathways and use them to guide you through your daily life situations.
When you learn to use them, you will find that the Twelve Pathways furnish you with the complete solution to every emotional
problem in your life. But to benefit maximally from them, you must intuitively use them on the deepest levels of awareness. Once you have them memorized, say them before getting up in the morning and before going to sleep at night. This may increase your probability of realizing the Fourth Center of Consciousness in a year or two instead of many years or even decades.
Whenever you feel worried, angry, jealous, fearful, anxious, or any other uncomfortable emotional feeling, life is giving you a message. It is always telling you that you are not following the Twelve Pathways. Your next step is to find the ones that you are not using and let them show you what to do to feel beautiful again.
Stop churning over the usual questions that you ask yourself (which have not helped you find solutions). If these usual ways of talking to yourself were effective, you would be happy, peaceful, serene and loving — here and now. Instead of using your past way of talking to yourself, just keep going over the Twelve Pathways. Remember that their purpose is to keep you centered, tuned in, conscious and loving. They are not designed to help you manipulate the people and things around you to make them fit your inside addictions. The Twelve Pathways will help you reprogram your mind so that ALL of your addictions become preferences — and then you can live peacefully. The more you are uptight, the more important it is for you to stop worrying about the outside condition that you feel makes you upset. Instead, concentrate on the inner addictions or expectations with which you hassle yourself.
The Twelve Pathways will show you what it means to be truly alive. You will look back to your present state of consciousness and realize that you have been far more dead than alive. Everything you need will come to you in a seemingly miraculous fashion as you live with these Pathways. The peace, love and effectiveness that you have always wanted will be yours.
Be aware at all times of which Center of Consciousness you are experiencing.
You will discover that working on your consciousness is the most fulfilling thing you can do in your life. Whether you are driving a car, reading a book, or even caught in an addictive argument with someone, you can always add to the beauty of your outside drama if you are constantly aware of what Center of Consciousness you are using.
Everything you do has aspects on all levels of consciousness. We can enjoy life on all levels — and not just be hung up on the lower three Centers. For example, if you are making love, you can be aware of security aspects (the Security Center), or you can just enjoy the groovy feelings (the Sensation Center), or you can be conscious of the submission or control aspects (the Power Center). You can be aware of love-making as an act of pure acceptance of another and an experience of unconditional love (the Love Center). The act of love-making is another manifestation of the way the world offers you everything you need (the Cornucopia Center). Or you can watch the entire drama from your Center of Centers (the Conscious-awareness Center).
As you constantly uplevel the Center of Consciousness that you are experiencing, you will find that each time you go up one Center of Consciousness, you interact with more and more people. You will also liberate more and more energy. For example, if you are totally preoccupied with security, you will not have much energy for seeking sensations and power. And you cannot feel close to people when your consciousness is concerned solely with your security. On this level people are objects to be manipulated. You find increasing involvement with people and increasing energy as you up-level to the Sensation Center, the Power Center and then to the Love Center and the Cornucopia Center. Each Center generates more energy and lets you relate to more people than the previous Center. Each Center opens the door to an increased enrichment of your life.
Your awareness of which Center of Consciousness you are experiencing and your use of the Twelve Pathways to continually guide you are the Living Love Way to meditate. And you do this all
the time in your busy life so that your entire life becomes meditation. In the Living Love Way, meditation is not a holy ritual to be performed once or twice a day. It is a method for consistently seeing things clearly and consciously — here and now.
Link the suffering with the addiction to get the intellectual and emotional insight that it is your addictive demand that is causing your suffering.
To tune in to the enormous effectiveness of the Living Love Way, it is essential that you become increasingly conscious of each of your addictions and the way it generates a series of events that make you suffer. It is important that you notice how each addiction involves your ego and your rational mind — which, instead of letting go of the addiction, begins to churn out a rational solution which triggers another round of problems in your life.
Changes leading to happiness come most rapidly when you can fully engage both your ego and rational mind (two of your most powerful faculties) in the game of helping you eliminate each addiction. Many addictions will rapidly melt away as soon as you consciously experience that the suffering they cause is actually due to the addiction. Some of the deeper addictions that were programmed into your biocomputer with pain during the first two or three years of your life require more inner work and more living through to fully experience the extensive ramifications of the pattern of suffering they are bringing into your life. The key to the Third Method is to consciously connect all of the suffering in your life with the addictive, emotion-backed models and expectations that you keep telling yourself you must have to be happy.
This Method is so basic and fundamental that it is difficult to overstate its importance. If you are extremely upset and you don’t remember the Pathways, the Seven Centers of Consciousness, or any other Method, this Third Method (that calls for pinpointing the addiction and connecting it with the unhappiness and suffering in your life) should be able to help you become conscious again! Resolve now that you will never again let your ego and rational mind try to convince you that the outside world is doing it to you — that others are the cause of your suffering. Whenever you lay the responsibility for your emotional feelings on the people and things around you, you perpetuate your entrapment in your security, sensation and power programming. To break loose from these lower consciousness traps, you must always take full responsibility for what you are experiencing and get to work as quickly as possible on the addiction that causes you to reject emotionally what people are doing or saying.
By taking full responsibility, you give your ego and rational mind an entirely different direction in which to operate. They begin to work on helping you to reprogram instead of egging you on to manipulate and fight the people in your life. This changed direction of regard from the outside world to your own inner programming is the key to benefiting from this unusually rapid Method of consciousness growth. If you become an expert at pinpointing the addiction that you are using to trigger your fear, anger, grief, resentment, or jealousy, within several months you may be able to enjoy the Fourth Center of Consciousness much of the time. Your energy, perceptiveness and love will soar to create a new you.
See yourself go through the following four steps in your process of liberation:
To become competent in applying the Third Method, you should develop your own technique for becoming aware of which addiction is causing you to feel alienated from the here and now in your life. You may wish to ask yourself such questions as: What is happening right now? (In answering this do not use your rational mind or your ego to justify, intellectualize, or interpret. Just give the facts of what is happening, such as who, what, when, where and how.) What specific emotion am I experiencing? (In answering this tell what you feel — not what you think. Words that describe emotional feelings are: anxious, harried, bored, lonely, shy, irritable, annoyed, frustrated, confused, sad, depressed, disappointed, worried, afraid, resentful, hostile, angry, jealous, grief-filled, guilty, tense, nervous, embarrassed, etc.) What am I telling myself right now? What pains or tensions are being evoked in my body at this moment? What do my posture and face look like? What is the dance that my rational mind is doing to prove me right and everybody else wrong? What do I want to change in the outside world instead of doing the inner work of changing my own response to it? What sort of phony front is my ego trying to maintain? What past events were particularly painful so as to give my biocomputer this programming that makes me upset when a similar event happens? Have I suffered enough? Do I really want to be free from this automatic response whenever the here and now of my life checks me out? Exactly what am I rejecting in the here and now? What am I rejecting about myself? What threat does this person or situation represent to me? What is the worst that could happen? Could I accept this and still be happy? What am I defending? What am I hiding? What is it about me that I think people can’t love? What do I imagine the other person is thinking? What mask am I wearing? What dances are my pride and my prestige making me perform? What am I demanding in order to feel happy and enough? Of myself? Of others? Of the outside world? What is the model I have of the way I should be, must be, or have to be? What is the model of the way I should be treated? What are the specific details of the model that I have of the way the world should be in order for me to be accepting, loving, and flowing? What Center of Consciousness am I operating out of? If a magic genie were to appear at this moment and this genie had the power to alter the situation exactly as I instruct, what request would I make of this genie?
Once you have pinpointed the addiction, your next step is to reprogram it into a preference. When you reprogram, you use your will and determination to give clear, firm operating instructions to your biocomputer. You tell it that you want it to function in a different way in processing incoming data in the future. This means that with intensity and conviction, you put a new operating instruction into your mind. Reprogramming works most effectively if you repeat the reprogramming instruction many, many, many times. The next chapter, which deals with Consciousness Focusing, gives you additional information on how to give a knock-out punch to your heavier addictions.
Always remember that the key to using the Third Method is to look deeply within yourself to find the emotion-backed demand that you are using to upset yourself. It’s this simple. Just become more consciously conscious of the cause-effect relationship between your addictions and the resulting unhappiness and you will be on the escalator that can take you directly to the Fourth Center of Consciousness.
Use the Catalyst ALL WAYS US LIVING LOVE as a tool for cognitive centering.
Your growth into higher consciousness can be more rapid if you keep a Catalyst going in your mind as a foreground figure against which all of your sensations, feelings and thoughts are the background. This constant repetition helps you to calm your mind, to increase your powers of concentration, to broaden your perceptions, to permit your intuitive wisdom to emerge, to free you from your addictions and to keep you feeling great.
The Catalyst ALL WAYS US LIVING LOVE can be slowly and silently repeated to enable you to continuously tune in to that part of you that does not see others as him, her, or them — but always us. Oneness is yours when you feel everyone as only us — when you see things through the eyes of others and feel things within their psychic space as though it were your own.
After you have accumulated several hours of experience with
the Catalyst, you will probably feel its vibrations and implications on deeper and deeper levels. Since only one thing can receive your full attention at a time, this centering technique can crowd out negative thoughts and feelings and replace them with the vibrations of Living Love. This enables you to control your racing mind-stuff whenever you wish.
A repeated phrase constantly recaptures your attention. The Catalyst ALL WAYS US LIVING LOVE may be used to change your mood in a positive way. When you are disturbed or have an upsetting experience, you can repeat this phrase over and over until you feel calm and centered. Through consistent practice, it will develop increasingly greater effectiveness.
This tool for cognitive centering can be most effective if you:
One of the most powerful of the Living Love Methods is the technique of Consciousness Focusing. This Method is explained in detail in the next two chapters.
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