Every part of your world; every tiny detail you experience, is purely a product of your mind. Knowing this, and living from that knowledge, is freedom beyond your wildest imagining.
Student: I believe that the problem is that many of my thoughts and beliefs are unconscious to me. Therefore, what obstructs knowing my Source are the thoughts in my mind that I am not conscious of.
Teacher: You have invented imaginary “places” in the mind for which to conceal your fear. These places, or layers of your mind, are not real, but you do believe that you have much to hide. There are NO unconscious "levels" of the mind through which to safely lock away your fear.
You simply project it "outward" and there is where it is revealed to you as separate from you. However, in your refusal to accept ownership of the parts of your mind that you fear, you refuse to acknowledge parts of YOU and this is the purpose of your projection. This refusal is what you call “unconscious.” But, make no mistake, you are aware of all the thoughts you idolize as "truth."
Student: You’re saying that I do not have an unconscious and that the things of my mind that I do not wish to know because of fear, I do not repress, but project outward into my consciousness and it is there that I see it apart from me.
Teacher: The world IS you and you are your world, but you have projected your belief that the “experience” of a world is external to you and thus, you hide from what you fear. Therefore, it remains where you place it and, although you frequently suffer from it, you believe it is not your responsibility simply because it is NOT a part of YOU.
If you continue to believe in the "experience" of an outside world, there is no doubt you will fear what you believe is "outside" and, therefore, it must continue to victimize you. This must continue until you take responsibility for the origin of what you SEE and see differently. Essentially, in seeking freedom from victimization, you seek freedom from yourself, because you are victim and victimizer.
Student: What about the "pleasure principle" and my need to reduce inner tension?
Teacher: You have no idea of what is pleasurable, so why take the trouble of assigning it to some vague and unknowable place that you have labeled as “unconscious.”
How could you know what is in your best interests when you have no idea who or what you are? I continue to ask this question and you have yet to answer, although you continue to "live" as if the answer is known to you.
Conducting your “life” based on self-deception is unreliable and has failed to bring you pleasure of any permanence, but has clearly allowed you to fluctuate between pain and pleasure, often in complete confusion as to which "state" you experience. Do not rely on your old and worn out mental constructs of what you believe is in your best interest. Merely admit that you do not know and leave your ‘self’ open to learning, otherwise you will remain confused and victimized.
Student: I certainly know when I am in pain as opposed to pleasure.
Teacher: Once again, you have confused the body WITH the mind in your denial that the body is a delusion OF the mind. Pain, as a bodily stimulus, is easily recognizable since you do believe you are a body and the body must survive for the self to "live." Pain merely informs you of this obscure and confusing need to "survive" and, in that function, you embrace it.
Imagine if you were infinite and had NO end; what use for "pain" in that which cannot die? Obviously, pain would have minimal effect in alerting you to bodily needs, since a body that “lives” forever could not embody a "self" that believes in death.
Yet, physical pain does NOT concern you as much as the "suffering" that you require in order to maintain awareness of your "existence." Would you choose to suffer, if suffering were completely under your control? I teach that it IS, simply because you cannot die. Only that which dies can suffer.
Pure, unconditioned joy is impossible to that which is concerned with survival and you interpret suffering as symbolic of your being “alive.” Imagine if you did NOT suffer, how would you know your “self”? If the self could NOT suffer, it would experience only joy. Essentially, this is our goal because you do demand unconditional joy and there is NO reason why you should NOT have it, since it is the gift that awaits your acceptance.
Nothing else exists.... except in your mind.
Student: But there is no doubt that we perform irrational behaviors based on reasons we are not aware of?
Teacher: There is much you are not "aware of," but denial is a choice and not some deep dark place of unknown and unknowable “drives” and “motivations” that victimize you against your will. Look to your world and there you will clearly see what you contend is unknown to you. "There" is where you placed it, in fear of what you made that contradicts what you ARE.
You cannot hide from the mind through the mind. But you do believe you can hide from the mind through a "world." I teach that there is nothing to hide FROM. Nothing you now believe makes any difference to the Truth.
Student: But what about my upbringing and social conditioning? Clearly, these early factors influence my behavior.
Teacher: Once again, this is only true because you require it. Make no mistake, you require your own victimization. The self-identity that you worship must suffer from a past that will culminate in a future that you have determined must include your death. This is what you fear more then anything in your world and this is what you “repress” and defend against by simply projecting it outward INTO your world. However, recall that I teach that there is nothing outside your mind.
Student: But what about the ego? You have frequently used that Freudian term to indicate what it is that I must transcend.
Teacher: You seem very committed to “transcending” what you believe is REAL and, make no mistake, your self or "ego" suffering makes it very REAL for you. But if you did NOT suffer through it, how real could it be?
Your suffering makes it REAL!
I ask that you transform what you believe, otherwise you will experience sacrifice and this will only serve to intensify your commitment to an "ego." To "transcend," or rise above, merely asserts that you are somehow below "something" that must be above you. You are below NOTHING, not even God.
I have used the term “ego” because you know it well and we can only work with what your mind provides. You believe you are a mind in a body and within that mind is an ego that you associate as your “self.” This association serves only to dissociate from Truth. That was the purpose you gave it and now I teach a new purpose for the BELIEF that you demand be “you.” Do not become confused by your own absurd concepts, but allow me to aid you in transforming what you once believed was true.
I only provide that which you desire to know, WHEN you desire to know it. I can provide all that you would ever need. As to "when" you need it, that is your choice.
I teach that all the contents of your mind are available for observation and you observe these “unconscious” processes in every moment. Yet, WHAT you observe is not as important as HOW you observe it. There is only one way to see your "world" and that is what you require I teach you. I will fulfill my function, because it is your purpose that I do so.