1. 1 Where there is no conflict, the soul is free. It is free to go where It chooses to go, and be what it chooses to be, and it is free to create and uncreate bodies for itself, to change them, manipulate them and discard them at will. So that soul and body are at one with each other, and the soul is in complete control of the body.

2 And conflict ls of the mind.

3 And the mind comes between the body and the soul, separating them, taking control of the body from the soul and then imprison- ing the soul within the body which now belongs to it. Thus it controls the body and through the body the soul. So the being is trapped.

4 And the mind is a machine created by the soul for its use in manipulating the body. But instead, the mind takes over the control of the body and uses it to imprison the soul. And that is the human predicament.

2. 1 Now the mind is a structure, the members of which stem from the basis of an equal conflict. And each part of the structure is an identity, a type of existence, brought into being in order to maintain the balance of the conflict. For the balance is im- perfect, it is a balance of struggle, it is unstable.

2 And each side of the conflict continually moves to add new identities to the structure in order to maintain the precarious equilibrfum. And each identity is a member of the structure.

3 So the mind evolves as an expanding structure, the members of which are all calculated to maintain a balance, and thus, a rigid control of the body. It is as though each member, each identity added on either side of the conflict leaves the other side slightly under strength, which means a new member, a new identity must be added there in order to make up ior it. But the new member more than evens the balance and another is needed to compensate. And so it goes on. A balance, but not a stable balance. A balance that needs constant embellishments, constant additions of support to maintain it. Because the mind functions by the use of solutions, additions rather than sub- tractions. Always it adds to itself, builds upon itself, com- plicates itself. Once an identity is built into one side of the structure, it becomes embedded. It cannot be taken away in the ordinary process of evolution, and soon it is buried beneath other members, submerged by the addition of more identities included to maintain the balance of the mind.

4 And the body is under the control of this growing structure of identities, and each identity represents a motive force to man- ipulate the body in accordance with the requirements of that identity.

5 The identity of a happy person guides the body in directions that will bring the being happiness according to the terms of the identity. .The identity of a frightened person will draw the body into situations where that identity is caused to mani- fest. The identity of a powerful person activates the body in such a way as to bring about the reality of that identity. And so on. And each identity works to motivate the body in the direction of its own fulfilment.

6 And the body is held between the multiple pressures of all the different identities that form the complex structure of the mind. And it moves within a tiny sphere, balanced by the myriad prodding �ngers that push it in a myriad different directions at once. And the scope of its ability, the extent of its power, the magnitude of its strength, the range of its move- ment, the limits of its changeability, all are minute because it is imprisoned within a cage of conflicting forces.

7 And the mind is located in the brain. And the brain is a part of the body, and is restricted with the body by the paralysing impulses of the mind. So the brain is limited in scope to a mere fraction of the power it could have without the mind’s control of it.

8 And the soul is linked to the body. The soul owns the body. The body belongs to it and it belongs to the body. And the soul is within the body, identi�ed with the body, responsible for the body. It has invested its power and energy in the creation of the body and in its own habitation of the body. It cannot float free of the body, unless it can �rst manipulate the body according to its choice; change it, uncreate it, re- create it, and transmute it into other dimensions.

9 It cannot break free of the body until it has control of the body. Until then it is chained to the body, and in as much as it is chained to the body, it is itself the prisoner of the mind that controls the body.

10 So the mind and all its members, all its conflicting identities that go to make up its vast and complex structure, all its compulsive motivations, which are the forces by which it causes the ldentities to manifest outwardly through braln and body, the mind Is Frankenstein’s monster to the soul. And the soul, by reason of its subjection to the mind, is the hopeless would-be fugitive, trying all ways to escape from the rigid structures of the mind, but inextricably enmeshed; identi�ed with every separate identity contained within the structure of the mind, and thereby locked within the con�nes of the body that manifests these fdentitles.

11 That is the human predicament.

3. 1 But if a man is tied to an immoveable structure by a thousand different cords, each knotted in a different way to a different part of the structure, will he escape by straining at the cords? Will he set himself free by moving away from the structure, pulling all the cords taut and straining to break them? No, he will simply draw the knots that bind him tighter than ever, and at the same time he will feel the chaf�ng of the cords upon his body, and the harder he pulls the greater his pain, and the more desperately he tries to drag himself away the greater his anguish and his sense of failure and futility. He is a prisoner, and unless he accepts the fact that he is a prlsoner, he will suffer horribly and expend his energy worthlessly whilst his condition deteriorates until �nally he collapses in a state of total exhaustion.

2 And so it is that the soul is trapped within the body, and shackled by the force of the countless identities to the gigantic structure of the mind. There is no escape by fleeing, no free- dom in trying to pretend the mind and Its conflicting pressures are not there, or that the soul Is not linked to it by a web of unbreakable ccrds. That way there is only pain; only the anguish of frustration, only the torment of continual failure, only the agony of disillusionment.

3 Resistance to what Is, is the most agonising and exhausting occupation of all. To �ght against the truth, to push out the relentless knowledge of reality, is like �ghting a forest �re with a bunch of twigs.

4 Yet there Is a way to freedom from the mind. There is a way to rise above that all-controlling mass of crippling identitles. Just as there is a way to freedsm for the man who is tied by a thousand cords. For if such a man were to trace each separate cord to the poInt where it jolns the great structure that imprisons him, and examine the nature of the knot that joins it, it Is a simple matter to untie the knots one by one, and �nally, having examined learned the secret of and then released each knot in turn, the man is free and can detach from the structure that so recently had held him captive.

5 And so it is with the soul if it desires freedom from the mind. For the soul is the seat of awareness; the core of knowledge, the root of purity in a being; and the soul has the power to trace each link with the mind, back to the identity that sits at the base of it. It has the power to look at the identity, see the full nature of the identity, and thereby untie the knot by which it is �xed to the identity. The soul has the power to look at each identity in turn and by knowledge of it, by true vision and understanding of it, to break the llnks with all the identities that between them keep the soul a prisoner.

6 But the soul may not like what it sees. Remember that the soul created the mind that fathered these identities, and there- fore the soul can be said to have created them itself, and not all of them are pleasant to look at or know about. Many are hideous masks taken from the Pit itself. Others by comparison are magni�cent, vast in the scope of their capabilities and powers, but long since buried beneath more petty, more restricted concepts, and thereby illustrating how far the soul has fallen through its identi�cation with the machine that it built for itself.

7 What shaming, terrifying, horrifying realities for the soul to look at and to recognise as belonging to it, caused and created by it, and then enacted to the full by it. But if the soul is willing to face these things, to look at them, to know them and to accept them, then and only then can it release itself from them, and thus become free - free to control the body it has created for itself. For that body is no longer subject to the crippling dictates of the mind, and can be changed and manipulated, uncreated and recreated in any shape or form at will. And the soul can take the mind that it created, reduce it to its simplest terms, strip it down to its basic structure, discard the complicated network of identities and sub-identities, cut away the jungle of minor balancing-mechanisms, substitutes, justi�cations, solutions, all built in to be ready to hand when required by some frail inadequate manifestation of a frail inadequate identity, eliminate all the conglomeration of supports that made the structure ponderous, inef�cient, sorely restricted and hopelessly unwieldy, and the soul can use the machine that it created. The soul can use the mind to manipulate the body and the braln, but the mind as the simple basic structure that it originally was, and not the vast unhandleable monster that it had become.

8 And in order to strip away the identities which the soul does not require in his machine, the sout and the body must detach from them. An identity lives by use. As long as either the soul or body enacts an identity, encourages it to manifest, defends it, gives it life, it validates lt, and validation is life. So the identity remains and grows stronger. And as long as either soul or body resists the enactment of an identity, �ghts against it, surpresses it, tries to distort it, it equally gives it life. Resistance is recognition, which ls validation, which is life. So again the identity remains and grows in strength.

9 And as long as the soul and the body are tied to all the identi- ties of the mind, then either they are enacting them, behaving identities, or they are resisting them, refusing to behave according to these pressures. Either way the identities are vali- dated, and thereby given life. But if when the soul unties the knot that binds it to a certain identity, it abandons that identity altogether, breaks all contact with it, then the identity becomes invalidated. It is recognised neither by support nor by resistance. It is ignored and therefore it dies.

10 Only if the soul decides to maintain its link with an identity freely and by choice for the purpose of the game, even though the soul is no longer forcibly tied to that identity, then the identity remains validated, used, enacted, and thereby given life.

11 So when the soul is free of the mind, it can choose what part of the mind it will preserve for its use. And whatever part it chooses, whatever identities it decides are usable for its pur- poses, with these it can maintain a link, and the link will keep them alive; whilst the others, with which it maintains no link, will die of the invalidation. No more is needed to eliminate them than the simple process of starvation. Starvation by non- use, starvation by desertion. The soul can starve the unwanted identities of the mind, starve the useless parts of its struc- ture, the burdens of restricting and crippling conflicts, out of existence.

4. 1 But do not underestimate the value of the mind. It is not the mind that is evil. It is not the mind that is wrong or at fault. It is what a being does with the mind that is right or wrong, creative or destructive.

2 The man deludes himself who blames science for the hideous wea- pons he has created in order to destroy himself. Science is for man’s use. If he chooses to make it his enemy, that is his choice. Science is not inherently in opposition to man.

3 Nor is the mind the natural enemy of the soul. If a being chooses to be imprisoned body and soul by his mind, if he chooses to let his mind run riot and grow into a monstrous ogre that rules his body and traps his soul and shackles him to a whole universe of gross identities that drive him into a tiny corner, blind him, weaken him, reduce his scope, and make him but a shadow of his true nature, if he relinquishes his own basic power of choice, in favour of the vast conflicted structure of the mind, that is his choice. And if he blames the mind for his predicament and �ghts against it, resisting, suppressing, trying to conceal the strange and diverse pressures that have evolved within it, he only worsens his position. He solidi�es the mind’s control of him and digs his grave the deeper. He is no nearer to freedom, nor further from the ultimate nightmare of the Bottomless Pit.

4 But if he recognises that the mind he creates is as he creates it, and the relationship he has with his mind is the relation- ship he chooses to have with his mind, if he recognises the true extend of his choice with regard to the nature of his mind and accepts it, then he has taken the �rst step towards freedom from the mind’s control, detachment from the mind’s identities, and a recovery of the scope of choice with which he began the game.

5 And if the being goes on to detach himself body and soul from the con�nes of the mind, and to starve out of existence all the unwanted identities contained within the mind, then is his freedom complete. And not only is he released from the heavy shackles of compulsive conflict, but also he has a powerful machine within the bounds of his control; a machine that obeys him, works for him, acts for him, and provides for him a vital and highly ef�cient link that joins soul and body and enables them to function as one unit, instead of two separate barely connected entities.

6 He has a mind, but not a mind of conflict, not a mind divided, with one half inverted to oppose and balance the other, not a mind that isolates itself by its own dual polarity and plays a private internal game against itself in which it entangles the being’s soul, not a mind created out of rejection and a need for personal superiority, but a mind of pure energy; a store of power by which the being generates and perpetuates its own eternal life-cycle, a GOD-given force by which the being main- tains his link with his creator, and returns validation for his existence to the one who gave him life.

7 For thus was the cycle intended, and for this purpose was the energy given, that the two-pole existence of Creator and crea- tion might evolve; life given and validation returned. And only through the being’s rejection of this pure and timeless cycle did the monster of the dual mind come into being. For the being, choosing to cast off from his Creator and seeking to become God unto himself, took the power which had been bestowed upon him, took the energy which gave him life, divided it, inverted one half and set it against the other. And to one half he harnessed his body, and to the other he harnessed his soul. And the battle began. And the monster of the mind was born.

8 And thus were both body and soul subjected to the power of the struggling mind, and thus were they both imprisoned within a massive structure turned upon itself, distorting itself, infla- ting itself, all in order to gain supremacy.

9 But now, if the being will starve the ugliness and the conflict out of his mind, re-invert the upended half of his divided power, and preserve only the identities that give him the means of validation of his GOD, then he can re-establish his link with his Creator, rejoin the cycle that he once discarded for what he judged to be a greater game - but what became disaster - and rediscover the joy of choiceless harmony with Him who first reached out a Mighty Hand and gave him life.



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