Consider, from acting out of faith, we apply the principles, or being virtuous. Then, through experience we come to knowledge. Rather than some sort of intellectual undertaking, experiential knowledge should be the benchmark in which things of this nature are measured.
Regarding ‘The List’, below is considered the underlying theme from which to operate from;
TO SEARCH FOR THINGS BEYOND OUR GRASP IS FANTASY, WHEN THAT WHICH LIES WITHIN OUR REACH WE SEE HAS NOT YET BEEN COMPLETED, YET HOLDS THE KEY, TO THAT WHICH THROUGH RIGHT ACTION OURS WILL BE. THE SIMPLEST THINGS IN LIFE WILL MAKE US FREE.
Consider below image, as we expand our awareness on the mental level.(i)
As we expand our awareness we move through a series of expansions of awareness. It is important when working on our list we start by completing things from a position of simplicity to complexity, this way building on successful achievements.
What is also important is to take off our list areas in which we have the ability to clearly visualise and have adequately mastered. For example we may put on our list to be a better person or a loving husband. Try and be specific and that way a practical way can be discerned in dealing with these situations.
This may not be possible to start with, but it is important to gradually become more in control of our lives, or being Yang. Moving from a victim role level where our ability to only visualise generally, or intellectualise in a given area is being considered.
Once we deal with this specific situation in more detail both from a physical, emotional and eventually mental perspective, we can then look back on the list an upon review find that yes, we have progressed in this area and this item can now be taken off. The phrase ‘it is good” resonates within us as we feel accomplishment in this area. Thus we acknowledge the source of creativity within.
This practical guide to dealing with life is simple yet highly powerful.
What it does not suggest in Dr Ray’s book is the use of a “mission statement”. In analysing this concept Morrison argues that this should be the case because the list is “less suitable for items which are of a more ongoing nature” and that these types of beingness positions should “remain indefinitely” on the list [ii].
Countering this position, it is argued that this is actually an intellectual position being taken, rather than approaching things from a hologramic perspective. Within Dr Ray’s material, particularly in Book Two of Logic in Sequence, it is clearly understood why this should not be the case. Consider ‘Desire vs Desirelessness’.
To the intellectual mind we are not capable of seeing through the veil of resistance and in our minds we are justified in suggesting, for example “I will never be good at this”, or “ I will never be able to master this”, and to us, we are totally justified and programmed to believe this to be the case.
Actually, we must approach this concept from a position of being willing, to recreate the resistance to be unwilling to be the effect, then move through the unwillingness to be the effect, and finally, being the effect.
Or, simply put, we are willing to be responsible for re-creating the resistance to the resistance of being the effect. All the “I can’ts”, “shoulda”, “coulda”, and emotional fear positions we take.
By taking the position of permanently putting the “mission statements” onto the list concept we dramatically limit the parameters of the concept. So much so, that the end product is actually the opposite of what the LIST concepts achieves ie – the continuation of resistance, as opposed to its resolution in the mental body.
Why, because in our own mind we are acknowledging that we will never be able to create or fulfil this mission statement.
Consider; if we desire something, yet at the same time believe or know we don’t not have what we desire, we continually create this concept of not having what we want. Thus, the position by Morrison is in fact diametrically opposed to what the List concept is designed to do.
If one were to follow this principle set out by Morrison in How We Heal then the outer effect would the perpetuation of resistance, comfort zones because as we admit to ourselves we will never be able to achieve a certain area of mastery, the universe responds with exacting precision and creates this environment.
How do we measure mastery? By the clarity of visualisation in a certain specific area. As yourself, can I see clearly in 3 dimensions with full colour and feeling? If so, then perhaps consider why it is still on the list. Remember – be specific. If we render our lives to a series of generalities, again, we will create this vague nebulous reality which we are never able to overcome, similar to reaching out and trying to grab air… as we reach out and squeeze, the air escapes and we left clutching at the air, literally.
As we overcome each individual resistance we expand our minds and horizon ad infinitium. This concept is very subtle yet needs to be rammed home so that false and misleading interpretations of principle are weeded out and thoroughly given the introspection they need.
As we come through a conservative victim role perspective where we are seeing through resisting eyes, rather than through the clear reflection of emotional and mental discernment, we believe and are totally justified in our thinking that we can never create that which we desire.
Morrison also suggests that the focus on the list is primarily on the “outer” world, rather than the underlying choices of beingness, which guide us through life. Again, any area we do not have mastery over should be on the list.
The underlying beingness is a moment by moment choice, that actually, can initially be put on the list also. However, if we acknowledge that we will ‘indefinitely’ never reach this achievement then, rest assured, we will not.
By focusing on the outer to the exclusion of the inner we will also create a pattern of identification with one end of the duality perceived to the exclusion of the other, thus creating a situation where we, by focusing our attention on the outer, we perpetuate it.
Because we are identified with one side of a duality and acknowledge that the other side is beyond our grasp we then create, either from the mental level, or through resistance, the continuation of the resistance, or the non-completion of the desired ‘mission statement’.
It is paramount to understand that when we exclude one side of a duality in favour on another we create resistance which create our very belief systems that we are bound by. This in turns determines our choices which then create more pre-determine choices of beingness.
Thus, this brief summary seeks to amplify and accurate the List as a tool for karmic completion, not, the perpetuation of resistances as Morrison suggests.
The list is a tool of karmic completion which if done correctly results in a systematic resolution of duality on the mental level. It is not just a mechanical tool where we focus on the outer doingness. It is the attitude that underlies what we do that is f most importance.
Remember, “TO SEARCH FOR THINGS BEYOND OUR GRASP IS FANTASY”, start from the simple items first, encompass on the mental level.
The reality is that people are justified in seeing things the way they are programmed. Therefore, seek purification, over justification, then, eventually sanctification [iii].
I look forward to sharing more of my thoughts on the list, and answering any queries or counter arguments that people may have encountered. Through collaboration, reasoning and faith, we grow….
Through intellectual consideration alone, we trap ourselves into the effect of what we create in the first place…Remember, we must eventually assume the position of being yin & yang simultaneously to resolve the resistances and, to complete items on the list.
Enjoy & until then,
[i] Ray, J. (1990) Book One, Logic In Sequence. Chapter 11
[ii] Morrison, D (2006) How We Heal. Pg. 300-301.
[iii] Ray, J. Visualisation and Consciousness Class, Step 1.