So, the truth is, there's not one path. The truth is, there's not only one right path. The truth is, all paths can be made to be the right path. The truth is, that every individual has a different path. And that different path that every individual is launching incrementally and amending constantly--that true path is known by Source and is guided by Source if you will pay attention to the way you feel.
Abraham's information about choosing our reality by deliberately choosing our thoughts appeals to me. It is exactly what I was looking for and it works well for me. As Abraham says above, there are as many paths as there are individuals, and I wanted to mention two others that come readily to my mind.
Lester Levenson and Leslie Temple-Thurston both used processes of thinking themselves to a place of connection to spirit that I desire.
Leslie had been a mystic since childhood and had a profound altered state experience in 1971. She had the insight that seemingly polarized points of view -- intuition vs. empirical evidence of the world -- are actually one and the same thing, unified.
During 1986-1988 Leslie entered a time of extensive reflection and inward turning discovering techniques for consciously finding unity in a world which seems to be about polarity.
I read Leslie's book, The Marriage of Spirit, several years ago and especially liked the use of squares where each corner of the square is an aspect of polarity that is out of balance. Leslie has an excerpt of the chapter on squares here and uses the example of fear and control where the four corners are 1) fear of being in control 2) fear of being out of control 3) desire to be in control 4) desire to be out of control. We are usually in one corner more than another, but often bounce to another corner or two. Her technique teaches a way of coming to a place of unity, getting us out of the box altogether.
She has a gentle, loving spirit that makes her book interesting and easy to read. She shares details about her life and how she came to understand the way to unity for her. The Marriage of Spirit offers a wealth of practical details illustrating different techniques for coming to a blessed place of loving self and coming to peace with the experience of being in this world. Workshops and support for these techniques are offered through CoreLight,the organization Leslie founded.
I read Lester's autobiography, No Attachments, No Aversions, after I had been studying Abraham. Lester was successful, but in 1952 when he was 42, he faced severe health problems from a heart attack and stress. A doctor told him his life would never be normal again and he might have a year or two to live. Lester went home and stayed in bed for several days even considering suicide. Instead he chose to look at his life and what was important to him.
He questioned everything in his life, sought answers in books, looked at his thinking and came to the understanding that he felt happiness when he was loving someone else. He reviewed his entire life and came to a place of peace and health that lasted until he left this earth experience in 1994 at the age of 84.
Lester shared his discovery by creating The Sedona Method. I did not feel drawn to The Sedona Method, but I loved reading his story. He describes himself as an ordinary man and I was inspired by how he brought himself into a connection with spirit that lasted the rest of his life.
Leslie and Lester made their discoveries during profound periods of deliberate focus on their thinking. We can create anything we want, including the time to be that deliberate. But it can also be done right now. This minute.
We know that few of you can just quit your jobs today and start dreaming your way into success because there is this buffer of time, and the creditors would be banging on your door very quickly. So we are not saying stop all action, and start dreaming. We are saying dream a little more and act a little less. We are saying that 10 or 15 minutes of focusing and visualizing until you find the feeling place of success is the equivalent of many thousands of action hours. When you hold a thought purely--which means that you just don't contradict it--for 17 seconds, another thought that is like it joins it, and there is a lot of power in that joining....
Abraham-Hicks, Boulder, CO, June 5 & 6, 1999
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