The Whole Universe Will Open Up to Us
I hope the above title has caught our attention because reading the following can create that “a-ha” moment for each of us. Let’s get real, we all have different experiences, backgrounds, education, beliefs and aspirations …and, again, those aspirations and everything else on the list is different for each of us.
So then what, “just one thing,” do I need to accept and the whole universe will open up to me?
…oops let’s stop right there! I just now asked if the “universe” was the term that would be most appropriate to use in this article and it was abruptly brought to my attention that something in my own religious background has been extremely limiting. That background includes a prodigious amount of time spent in memorizing various Bible passages that seemed to jump out at me at the time.
One of these I found in three different Gospel accounts: Jesus was recorded as saying, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, if he loses his soul” and, again, I committed it to memory.
In the early 1970s, I met a guy who was extremely wealthy. He had founded two fast food restaurants, both of which went on to be giant national franchises and were later purchased by world-wide conglomerates.
The words he said to me were simple, but profound, on several different levels: Since he was openly and avowedly a “Bible believing Christian,” I felt comfortable in asking him how he dealt with the passage quoted above about gaining the whole world and losing one’s soul.
“From the time I was a little kid,” he told me easily, “I dreamed of owning a restaurant that was centered on an ice cream parlor. When I found out I could have Jesus in my life and an ice cream parlor, both the dream and Jesus became real.”
That statement sowed seeds in me that grew and enabled me to watch several Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Muslims (in alphabetical order) and many people, involved in other religions, realize that they didn’t have to stop being attached to any particular religion to know Jesus and have him become real in their lives.
By the way, Jesus is so alive and real in my life that I call him (with his permission) Jay. As long as I’m writing in this vein, Jay has also introduced me to the guy, the world thinks of as “The Buddha” …also alive right now and eight others known by purported followers of each to have started “religious movements” and who are all alive at this moment, sitting with me around a conference table, all with intimate or “pet” names we use when talking with one another, including Jay.
The foregoing sounds a bit weird, I realize, but quite true for me …which in, no way, do I insist that it has to be real for you.
This, finally, with publisher Ryan Bruce, sighing impatiently, brings us to the point of asking, just what is “real” anyway? While realizing that we still haven’t reached the point of addressing the question related to the above title – meandering has a tendency to drive him nuts (in my view, a short trip – grinning, Mr. Publisher, no disrespect intended).
Since I’ve been writing about my ten advisors, also referred to as “my mental mastermind” and equal members of the “Board of Directors of my life,” Ryan has become a bit more open about engaging in the same imaginary/mental gymnastics with the same basic results as I’ve experienced …that is, his “team,” as he refers to it, has taken on a life and a group personality all of its own, while revealing rather interesting individual personalities of each member as well.
If the direction of this piece is making you a bit uncomfortable, I should share something that came into my inbox earlier this week: “In order to grow, we must expand our comfort zones. It is important to remember that we must stretch the comfort zone without breaking it. Welcome the uncomfortable!”
For me, the safety valve that keeps my comfort zone from exploding is simply to ask my (and your) SPIRIT-PARENT or Source or, perhaps, “the Force” or “God” …if one of those terms is more comfortable for you, if what I am thinking or imagining is for my better good; and putting a hold on whatever it is that is troubling me to consider, until I get a green light to proceed.
Ryan introduced me to another factor that has been a life changer for me, that is, also asking the Master Mental Processor (MMP), the term he coined and we now use in place of the “subconscious,” if it has any input in the process …WE HAVE NOW ARRIVED AT THE POINT OF ADDRESSING THE QUESTION ABOUT THE ABOVE TITLE … “what is this …just one thing?”
This one thing is acquiring the willingness to identify both those values we need to keep in order to maintain our individual personal integrity and dismiss those perceived values that are limiting and need to be removed. Both are stored in the MMP …and the MMP, along with whatever “Infinite Being” you acknowledge as Supreme Ruler of your life, hold the key to the door of self examination and self actualization that allow each of us to maintain our individual personal identity while stretching our individual comfort zones without breaking them.
Ryan believes that a Virtual Reality Workshop under the auspices of www.lightchoiceworks.com is a valuable tool in helping individuals make the determination of which values need to stay intact and which need to go, again, for our individual better good.
How will you know if this is an appropriate tool for you to acquire this, “just one thing,” of willingness to identify those things safely and deeply stored in the MMP? As Ryan and I have maintained, lo these many years together, go directly and ask …is this for me?
The only recommendation we make and have always made, is to go now and do so – in fact we prefer participants who have already gone directly and asked, in that way, we can be assured that we are all fellow sojourners and co-learners, with one purpose: The total Integration of the Mind.
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We hardly have to think about the fact that just because something tastes good, does not, necessarily, make it good for our health, correct?
We are continually bombarded by advertising about something being great tasting and the continual messages prove to be far more powerful than our good sense might otherwise dictate. We all have our own examples of the truth of this.
Scientific research is currently providing dramatic truth about the power of the subconscious parts of our minds, with new information coming at us almost daily. What some personal growth gurus are doing with the information might fall into the same category as the above referenced advertising about less than healthy foods that taste great.
The Integration of the Mind, a brand new Brad Cullen book and an accompanying fun-exercise manual designed to help the reader apply some of the exciting truths contained in the book, called The Companion, together, are a complete package that will be released quite soon.
I wrote the following two paragraphs in The Companion:
“Much has been learned recently related to the fact that the conscious mind doesn’t hold a candle to what the subconscious can process in the way of bits of information. The subconscious has been scientifically proven to be able to process multiplied billions of bits of information, per second, faster than the conscious part of our individual minds; this superiority led Ryan Bruce to coin the term “Master Mental Processor” (MMP) as a replacement for “sub-conscious.”
“While the MMP is superior from the aspect of being able to process much more information than the conscious parts of our individual minds, let’s also realize that it is the MMP which stores false information and beliefs that dramatically limit our abilities and potential – so let’s not get too wrapped up in worshipping its supposed superiority.”
Writing and producing the book and the accompanying manual have been a life-changing process for both Ryan and me. To say we are excited about the package is way understated; plus a new website that is still under construction, a small (maximum number of participants is 12) group process called, Virtual Reality Workshops as an integrated package has us focused as perhaps never before!
The new branch of the science of biology called Epigenetics, (the term means above the genes) has proved that we can actually rewrite our DNA …which is great news for people who have a family history which is peppered with tendencies to be stricken by any number of diseases that “run in the family” …Ryan and I have seemingly arrogantly portrayed ways of overcoming such familial predisposition for many years and, what do you know, science confirms what we’ve been saying!
Epigenetics proves that we can exchange our current biology for a brand new biology. In our new package we demonstrate one effective way of doing exactly that via the total Integration of the Mind – all parts of the human mind, which includes every one of the neuro-processors attached to each of the billions of cells throughout these body-bags we occupy.
As stated above the new website www.lightchoiceworks.com is still under construction, but you can go there now and get an introduction through some free podcast downloads, just click on the “Downloads” tab and have a listen.
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This article was prompted from three (now four) e-mails opened early this a.m. (just after making several notes I asked, “what now,” and received a nudge to go to my inbox and, sure enough, there was a fourth), which was from a friend who received the invitation to attend a workshop from Ryan Bruce, publisher of Brad Cullen books and sponsor (and webmaster) of the website, which carries my (Brad Cullen) articles about spiritual topics.
The first three basically asked, “Why should I take you up on the offer to participate in one of the pilot project workshops?” The fourth was merely a comment that it would be intriguing to see what kind of results the invitation garnered.
Here’s the answer: The latest scientific research into some of the workings of the human mind have been exciting to Ryan and me because so much of the research confirms things we have been saying, from our own experiences, for the past 17 years of our collaboration.
Let’s enumerate some of what the research has demonstrated point-by-point and what the Virtual Reality Workshop (vrw) could (no guarantees, of course) do for participants to make positive changes that they desire …not only emotionally, mentally and spiritually, but even physical improvements:
1. There are myriad ways to simplify our lives and make them far more satisfactory …some are complicated, long range and costly …Ryan’s and my position has steadfastly been, find what works for you and go for it. Utilizing our imaginations to change negative realities in our lives has proved extremely beneficial for us and a vrw is merely an introduction to the process of becoming happier and more productive. The latest research confirms imagination is a key and vrw is one possibility for you.
2. Neuroscientists increasingly agree that the reality which exists within each of our minds differs from the reality in the imagination of everyone else. Therefore, from my humble, non-scientific point of view, it is time for each of us to take control of our own imaginations to create a better reality …Ryan and I both attest that our realities have improved immensely on our journey together and we’ve witnessed the improvements in countless others.
A vrw may help you, how will you know, if you don’t try it?
3. Nobel peace prize winner, Eric Kandel (do yourself a favor and Google his name) won the prize in the year 2000 for demonstrating that a single nerve cell from a sea slug can be taught to become more curious about its surroundings …and when it does – IT CREATES NEW NEUROPATHWAYS which allows it to send and receive an ever-increasing amount of information with other organisms. In other words, it develops an increased ability to IMAGINE.
Will a vrw do this for you? How will you know if you don’t try it? If a single cell from a ridiculously simple organism can take on mind-blowing powers, imagine what you, you who has unlimited potential can gain!
4. We’ve been talking a lot lately about what researchers are proving related to the functions of all parts of the human mind. I’ve taken the view that the human mind is composed of three basic parts with myriad sub-sets in the three: The Conscious, which is our thinking and planning part, which in our lives, moment by moment, can hold only about four bits of information, in the memories we consciously bring into view, but only for brief periods. We tend to believe that we are conscious of hundreds of things at once …neuro-researchers have proven this to be untrue.
The second part of the mind, according to Brad Cullen’s (hereafter bc) non-learned, non-scientific) hierarchy), the sub-conscious, for which Ryan coined the term, “Master Mental Processor” (mmp), is recording all this stuff which is contained in our memory banks (more unscientific terminology from bc), but our conscious minds (without some specific training and help) cannot access.
The third part (again, ala bc) is the super-conscious which is our direct connection to what I refer to as our SPIRIT-PARENT and others may refer to as Infinite Intelligence, God, and whatever other terms or names each of us might prefer to use to indicate that “something” which is beyond or above our ability to even begin to understand – again, a current bc belief which you may not necessarily share.
A vrw can be an interesting tool to get all three parts and their subsets to integrate into one whole that makes this life far more satisfying and simple …again, how will you know unless you try it?
5. Neuro-scientific research has also proven something that may have seemed obvious to many of us and that is that all of us have selective memories. Ten eye- witnesses to a crime or even an accident often have ten WIDELY differing memories as to what happened; which, again, proves what the researchers are saying from a scientific basis, that is, when we have intense negative feelings and prejudices about anything, such as fears, worries and doubts we need to remember that the feeling has less to do with what is going on presently and more to do with the feeling we had at the time of some past incident.
Another thing proven by recent research is that the human mind prefers to record and place negative feelings above positive feelings such as, joy, happiness, peace and the like, as a mechanism for self preservation; in other words, to protect us in the event of future dangers. This can, rather obviously, be a veritable, mental cesspool, producing tension and stress – stress and tension, another scientifically proven source of all sorts of emotional and physical discomfort and even disease.
Can a vrw help you begin to sort out which memories and feelings to keep because of their value and which you need to replace because they are doing you harm? Ryan and I believe they will help, but how will you know unless you try?
Now I want to add a whole bunch of other research-engendered thoughts, but my dear friend and publisher, Ryan Bruce gets a bit upset with me when I go on and on about anything, but the above referenced three e-mails asked why and hopefully this will give you a taste of what I told them and what you may be asking.
Try a vrw …you might like it. If not, you can move on to something else.
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