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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Under absolute bondage

Remember that thoughts are things and must express through their creator. 

We are under absolute bondage to thought. Thought-forms surround us and draw their life from us. If evil, they tempt us to pour out fresh force in evil channels that they may gain more life, for thoughts similar to themselves supply them with energy, while thoughts of purity withhold life from them. 

If thou wouldst not be slain by them, then must thou harmless make thy own creations, the children of thy thoughts, unseen, impalpable, that swarm round humankind, the progeny and heirs to man and his terrestrial spoils. 

Create thoughts of purity, chastity, control, etc., and divert the physical force by at once beginning some definite line of work; if not in building up your character, then in some kind of mental work, realising that you are consciously using your creative force. Sit down and write an article embodying just what you desire to create within yourself or your idea of what perfect purity means. If this is not convenient, begin some task with your hands, something that will involve manual labour and require thought and energy for its execution. Do some kind, unselfish act for another that will necessitate thought and careful planning not to wound; something that would remain undone but for your efforts. Take a tramp out in the open to some objective point, observing the harmony and beauty of Nature, and realise how everything in Nature has its normal place and natural use. Realise that you are asserting your prerogative as a creator and that the sex-force is the motive power which you are using.

If you do any of these things you will not have to puzzle yourself about how the force is transmuted into mental energy or with finding out the particular path by which it reaches the brain, and yet you will divert its expression from the physical organs to the mental plane in a perfectly normal way. If you furnish the thought-forms and the Will to create purity, the forces will follow out your directions without your having to go into particulars. Above all, you will divert your attention from the physical expression of this force.

If you should have a failure in following this plan, waste no thought upon it, but pick yourself up and with more determination than ever strive to create around you thought-forms of purity, and of helpfulness to others, for these must express through you and will strengthen you for the future.

Put your failures behind you. Give them no more force by thinking of them or worrying about them. Live each day and each night for itself, for if you can conquer one day at a time, you conquer all.

Hundreds of students have followed this plan and have found it practical. You can do the same. But do not expect to master this question in a day. This force is like any other, it sweeps you off your feet only when you place yourself under it. Harness it by your will power and you are its master and it a most wonderful servant.

Letters from the Teacher, Teachings of the Order of the 15, transcribed by Harriette Augusta Curtiss and F. Homer Curtiss, Curtiss Book Company, Los Angeles, California, 1913