Mind Building - Page 1

HUMANITY can build up their mind and make it what they will. In fact, we are mind-building every hour of our lives, either consciously or unconsciously. Some of us are doing the work consciously, and those who have seen a little below the surface of things have taken the matter in hand and have become conscious creators of their own mentality. They have become masters of themselves. They assert the "I," and compel obedience from the subordinate mental faculties. The "I" is the sovereign of the mind, and what we call WILL is the instrument of the "I." Of course, there is something back of this, and the Universal Will is higher than the Will of the Individual, but the latter is in much closer touch with the Universal Will than is generally supposed, and when one conquers the lower self, and asserts the "I," they become in close touch with the Universal Will and partake largely of its wonderful power. The moment one asserts the "I," and "finds themself," they establish a close connection between the Individual Will and the Universal Will. But before they are able to avail themselves of the mighty power at their command, they must first effect the Mastery of the lower self.

Think of the reasonableness of Humanity claiming to manifest powers, when they are the master of the lower parts of their mental being, which is subordinate. Think of a person being the master of their moods, passions, animal appetites and lower faculties, and at the same time claiming the benefits of the Will. Now, I am teaching the middle way, which seems to me to be a talk of strength. I am speaking of Self-Mastery - the assertion of the "I" over the subordinate parts of oneself. In the higher view of the subject, this "I" is the only real Self, and the rest is the non-self; but our space does not permit the discussion of this point, and we will use the word "self" as meaning the entire person. Before a person can assert the "I" in its full strength they must obtain the complete mastery of the subordinate parts of the self. All things are good when we learn to master them.

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