We do it too often.
We go through life finding ourselves looking for help on the outside.
When we look for help on the outside we are looking for a second cause of our lives?
So what are second causes?
It is where you believe that anything other than you is responsible for your life and is the cause of what has been created thus far in it.
We tend to learn to believe something on the outside is to blame or is at cause for our challenges or circumstances. How could we be responsible for everything that has transpired in our lives? We didn’t consciously choose that failure or that random act of violence did we?
It is where you could believe that – possibly a God outside of yourself is punishing you or testing you or giving you what you desire based on your deserve-ability or worthiness or something you have to earn by doing something to please the outside higher power. It could be that you feel that you are the victim of circumstance or conditions. Where something causes you to react or create the life you don’t want or like.
Second causes are always easy to use to blame others or other things especially when you grow up not knowing the law or the Law of Attraction principles or ideas.
STRICT religious BACKGROUND
As I grew up in a very strict religious background I found myself believing that God was testing me with every temptation and I was totally unworthy of the goodness I was taunted with. A good life, a good home. a good wife. a good bank account, good friends, etc. etc.. If I didn’t get them it sure that it was my fault because I wasn’t worthy or sinned in someway for Heavenly Father etc etc.
I was taught that God was letting "Satan" tempt me everyday in every way. That he had millions of invisible followers that were energetically shouting at me to commit “sin”. All my power seemed to be coming from God. My power and the causes of my life was on the outside of me according to the experts I grew up listening to – who of course had my best interest at heart, right? Right?
I believed that I was not strong because I was taught that I was not strong. Especially not strong enough to pass temptation after temptation without someone else’s help on the outside of me spoon feeding me the power to do so. The church I grew up said it was “Christ Jesus” who I had to rely on. But then I was told that I couldn’t pray to him specifically because I had to go through the Father. I thought this was weird when I heard it.
BRAIN WASHING BY AUTHORITY FIGURES IS NORMAL
Little did I know the brain washing I was taught was that I was weak and needed other people who were in superior positions to me. They taught I needed authority figures in my life. Which were the authority figures in my life. When authority figures sells you on their authority as legitimate you have to wonder why they are screaming so loudly about respecting them and listening to them. Obviously you have a need for parents or someone like them to take care of your person as you are a baby since you can’t physically take care of yourself.
I found as I got older I was waiting to ask permission to live my own life. I needed God, the parents and the church leadership to make me less of a sinner. Practical waiting for permission to breathe it felt like.
Supposedly from what I learned as a young person all real power resided with others. Or so I was educated. The power never was in me. The power to be saved or redeemed I was taught was in my doing a good job of begging to be saved, helped, or to be worthy to have the desires of my heart. And who was teaching me these things? Church leadership and family, friends, teachers etc.. Did I agree with them? Just as long as there wasn’t anything else to contradict the info in my experience – I didn’t know any different. Have you been there too?
Now if you have gone down this same path or close to it you came to find those beliefs were just plain ole’ HOGWASH! Some, might call it “off the mark” or “a sin” or what I would call F. B.S.
F.B.S, equals False Belief Systems.
I was caught in a system that I was taught those beliefs that said I was a sinner from birth or in my case after 8 years old. Now it was a great system to grow up to….escape….so that I had some scriptural knowledge of the bible so when I happen upon Neville years later I would get many of his ideas I was exposed to quicker than if I hadn’t been exposed to the Bible.
TEMPTATIONS ONLY EXIST IN YOUR MIND
Now as I believed in my earlier years “in temptation” I would avoid it and do everything not to have it in my life. Then when temptation came in any area I would fervently pray day after day to escape it. Today I look back and see what I bought into – and it proves to me with hindsight that what Neville and Blake says is really true –
“what seems to be seems to be”.
I believed it in as Neville has spoken about in one of his lectures. I believed certain things were a temptation and felt wrong or evil because I had a desire to partake of them. And still when I didn’t partake I still felt that guilt from considering it or “being tempting.” As this Neville quote will explain to you that when you believe something you actually believe it is that way - because “it seems to be” that way. So I bought energetically into it as the truth because I imagined what I was “being tempted” was true. So it seem to be that is was true – I just had no idea I was creating reality along with it as I imagined it into being! Have you ever done this?
Now lets go to Neville’s quote.
From THE LAW OF ASSUMPTION
“We see by this that it is not superior insight but purblindness that reads into the greatness of men some littleness with which it chances to be familiar, for what seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be.
Experiments recently conducted at two of our leading universities revealed this great truth about the law of assumption. They stated in their releases to the newspapers, that after two thousand experiments they came to the conclusion that, “What you see when you look at something depends not so much on what is there as on the assumption you make when you look. What you believe to be the real physical world is actually only an assumptive world.” In other words, you would not define your husband in the same way that your mother would. Yet, you are both defining the same person. Your particular relationship to a thing influences your feelings with respect to that thing and makes you see in it an element which is not there. If your feeling in the matter is a self-element; it can be cast out. If it is a permanent distinction in the state considered, it cannot be cast out. The thing to do is to try. If you can change your opinion of another, then what you now believe of him cannot be absolutely true, but relatively true.
Men believe in the reality of the external world because they do not know how to focus and condense their powers to penetrate its thin crust. Strangely enough, it is not difficult to penetrate this view of the senses. To remove the veil of the senses, we do not employ great effort; the objective world vanishes as we turn our attention from it. We have only to concentrate on the state desired to mentally see it; but to give reality to it so that it will become an objective fact, we must focus our attention upon the desired state until it has all the sensory vividness and feeling of reality. When, through concentrated attention, our desire appears to possess the distinctness and feeling of reality; when the form of thought is as vivid as the form of nature, we have given it the right to become a visible fact in our lives. Each man must find the means best suited to his nature to control his attention and concentrate it on the desired state. I find for myself the best state to be one of meditation, a relaxed state akin to sleep, but a state in which I am still consciously in control of my imagination and capable of fixing my attention on a mental object.”