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Sanity, Insanity Sanity, Insanity and Common Sense and Common Sense written by: written by: Rick Suarez, Ph.D. Rick Suarez, Ph.D. Roger C. Mills, Roger C. Mills, Ph.D. Ph.D. Darlene Stewart, M.S. Darlene Stewart, M.S. Review by: Amy Romanus Review by: Amy Romanus

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Page 1: Sanity, Insanity

Sanity, Insanity Sanity, Insanity and Common Senseand Common Sense

written by: written by:

Rick Suarez, Ph.D. Rick Suarez, Ph.D. Roger C. Mills, Ph.D. Roger C. Mills, Ph.D.

Darlene Stewart, M.S.Darlene Stewart, M.S.

Review by: Amy RomanusReview by: Amy Romanus

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Albert Einstein Albert Einstein once stated……………once stated……………

“ “ The world we have made as The world we have made as the result of the level of the result of the level of thinking we have done thus thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same cannot solve at the same level at which we created level at which we created them.”them.”

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Life as a perception…..Life as a perception…..

Originates in thought.Originates in thought.

Human beings live in the Human beings live in the reality of their own reality of their own thought-created thought-created perceptions.perceptions.

Life is lived from the Life is lived from the inside out rather than the inside out rather than the outside in.outside in.

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Beyond a specific realm of details Beyond a specific realm of details lies a deeper understanding……lies a deeper understanding……

Realizing the principle of Realizing the principle of what the mind is and how what the mind is and how it functions to generate it functions to generate individual and cultural individual and cultural realities made up of realities made up of specific details, beliefs, specific details, beliefs, values, opinions, attitudes, values, opinions, attitudes, perceptions and behaviors.perceptions and behaviors.

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This new “tool”This new “tool”

Is not an external device, Is not an external device, belief system, or ritual, belief system, or ritual, but a realization of an but a realization of an understanding that exists understanding that exists at a deeper level of at a deeper level of consciousness………….. a consciousness………….. a consciousness that is as consciousness that is as accessible as the air we accessible as the air we breathe. breathe.

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There is a way to understand….There is a way to understand….

The complete range of The complete range of human experiences human experiences which include not only which include not only problems, but also states problems, but also states of happiness or mental of happiness or mental health.health.

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There are principlesThere are principles

That have held That have held consistently across the consistently across the entire range of human entire range of human experience.experience.

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Like the principles Like the principles of mathematics......... of mathematics.........

These principles These principles impersonally describe a impersonally describe a function and the impact function and the impact of that function on a of that function on a system of experiential system of experiential variables.variables.

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Four Principles of Human Four Principles of Human Psychological FunctioningPsychological Functioning

1. The capability of each human being to formulate 1. The capability of each human being to formulate thought and the thought system that each thought and the thought system that each human being has created.human being has created.

2. The separate reality of individual differences that 2. The separate reality of individual differences that every unique thought system creates.every unique thought system creates.

3. The capability of human beings to understand the 3. The capability of human beings to understand the nature of their own psychological functioning.nature of their own psychological functioning.

4. Feelings and emotions as indicators of the quality 4. Feelings and emotions as indicators of the quality and direction of human psychological functioning.and direction of human psychological functioning.

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Principle One: Principle One: AA Human being has the Human being has the capacity to think and what that person thinks capacity to think and what that person thinks has the power to shape one’s personal reality.has the power to shape one’s personal reality.

Thought is the dimension that Thought is the dimension that determines the quality of our determines the quality of our experience at any given time.experience at any given time.

The contents of our thoughts The contents of our thoughts (beliefs, values, theories, and (beliefs, values, theories, and assumptions) are an effect of assumptions) are an effect of the fact that we are thinking.the fact that we are thinking.

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The Common Denominator…The Common Denominator…is every human being’s ability to think is every human being’s ability to think which underlies all the content of what is which underlies all the content of what is thought about.thought about.

Cannot exist at the level of thought Cannot exist at the level of thought content because no two people have the content because no two people have the same thought content; So, content is a same thought content; So, content is a variable.variable.

The ability to think enables the individual The ability to think enables the individual to create a variety of content.to create a variety of content.

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The Thought SystemThe Thought SystemOur ability to think facilitates Our ability to think facilitates storing and developing a storing and developing a personal thought system.personal thought system.This system is a sophisticated, This system is a sophisticated, interwoven network of habitual interwoven network of habitual thought patterns, that interpret thought patterns, that interpret our experience.our experience.This system includes concepts, This system includes concepts, judgments, attitudes, opinions, judgments, attitudes, opinions, assumptions, beliefs and assumptions, beliefs and expectations.expectations.

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A bundle of associationsA bundle of associationsLike a computer stores bits of data we use this Like a computer stores bits of data we use this thought system as a basis for interpreting our thought system as a basis for interpreting our experience in the present from the perspective experience in the present from the perspective of our experience in the past.of our experience in the past.

Past experiences exist in the present in the form Past experiences exist in the present in the form of thoughts.of thoughts.

Thoughts facilitate navigation by storing Thoughts facilitate navigation by storing contents such as our address and phone number contents such as our address and phone number so that we can recall it when we need it.so that we can recall it when we need it.

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Central Themed Thoughts… Central Themed Thoughts… are called beliefs and there is a are called beliefs and there is a

unique interdependence and unique interdependence and logical connection among the logical connection among the thoughts or beliefs.thoughts or beliefs.

Beliefs result in certain Beliefs result in certain

perceptions and behaviors perceptions and behaviors which, in turn, will elicit a which, in turn, will elicit a particular response.particular response.

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Example……Example…… If a person believes that someone of If a person believes that someone of

another race cannot be trusted….another race cannot be trusted…. The person will perceive the situation in a The person will perceive the situation in a

way that conforms with and validates way that conforms with and validates their system of thinking. So their belief their system of thinking. So their belief

will be validated in the external will be validated in the external situation.situation.

THUS…A person who believes THUS…A person who believes that someone of another race that someone of another race cannot be trusted is a person cannot be trusted is a person

who will never experience someone from who will never experience someone from another race that one can trust.another race that one can trust.

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The Experience……The Experience……

That comes out of our separate reality That comes out of our separate reality is real to us regardless of how non-is real to us regardless of how non-existent they may be to others, or existent they may be to others, or how non-existent they are in fact.how non-existent they are in fact.

There is a direct connection between There is a direct connection between personal beliefs and personal personal beliefs and personal

experiences.experiences.

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A Thought System is……A Thought System is……A perceptual filter through which people A perceptual filter through which people

screen and interpret all incoming data, as screen and interpret all incoming data, as perception is based on interpretation.perception is based on interpretation.

The content of thought The content of thought becomes the perceptual becomes the perceptual

filter through which filter through which we screen events, situations we screen events, situations

and people to create our and people to create our moment to moment reality.moment to moment reality.

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Because, we have a thought systemBecause, we have a thought system

To one degree or another we all To one degree or another we all unconsciously interpret our experience unconsciously interpret our experience to mean what it has meant to us in the to mean what it has meant to us in the past ……….past ……….

So, we continually So, we continually contaminate the contaminate the present with our present with our memories of the past.memories of the past.

We innocently believe that We innocently believe that our thinkingour thinking is is TRUTH with a capital T and the world TRUTH with a capital T and the world exists as we personally interpret it.exists as we personally interpret it.

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Each Human Being…Each Human Being…has the capacity to has the capacity to take a thought - created world and bring it to life.take a thought - created world and bring it to life.

Thought produces reality that Thought produces reality that becomes our experience.becomes our experience.

We have thoughts about We have thoughts about people, objects and events.people, objects and events.

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We Assume…….We Assume…….

That our thoughts are fairly reliable That our thoughts are fairly reliable descriptions of the thing they descriptions of the thing they represent………represent………

But, this is not But, this is not always the case.always the case.

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““On Being Sane in Insane Places”(1973)On Being Sane in Insane Places”(1973)Brilliantly demonstrated how easily a Brilliantly demonstrated how easily a

misperception of reality could be shaped by misperception of reality could be shaped by even Doctors misdiagnosing (psuedopatients) even Doctors misdiagnosing (psuedopatients) as having a mental illness… a type II error.as having a mental illness… a type II error.

Even more interesting is Even more interesting is how easily the misperception how easily the misperception of reality illustrated in this of reality illustrated in this experiment could be reshaped experiment could be reshaped into an opposite misperception into an opposite misperception …..a type I error.…..a type I error.

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““On Being Sane in Insane Places”(1973)On Being Sane in Insane Places”(1973)A follow-up experiment was carried out A follow-up experiment was carried out

among the staff of a research and among the staff of a research and teaching hospital, who doubted that teaching hospital, who doubted that such errors could occur at “their” such errors could occur at “their” hospital. hospital.

To test the possibility, the To test the possibility, the psychiatric staff was psychiatric staff was informed that during the informed that during the next three months……….. next three months………..

one or more pseudopatients would try one or more pseudopatients would try to gain admission to their hospital.to gain admission to their hospital.

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The ResultThe ResultOut of 193 patients admitted for psychiatric Out of 193 patients admitted for psychiatric

treatment….treatment….

41 were judged with a high level of 41 were judged with a high level of confidence to be pseudopatients by at confidence to be pseudopatients by at least one staff member. least one staff member.

23 patients were suspected of being 23 patients were suspected of being pseudopatients by at least one pseudopatients by at least one psychiatrist.psychiatrist.

19 patients were suspected of being 19 patients were suspected of being pseudopatients by one psychiatrist and pseudopatients by one psychiatrist and one staff member.one staff member.

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What is interesting about these results?What is interesting about these results?The experimenters never sent any The experimenters never sent any

pseudopatients to the hospital….pseudopatients to the hospital….

The only thing that was sent was The only thing that was sent was a “thought” (an a “thought” (an

expectation) expectation) and the and the pseudopatients pseudopatients suddenly suddenly “appeared.” “appeared.”

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This characteristic of a thought system..This characteristic of a thought system..

Exists to point out that the acceptance of a new idea Exists to point out that the acceptance of a new idea is limited to, and affected by, the existing content. is limited to, and affected by, the existing content.

A system of thought will A system of thought will reshape the new idea to reshape the new idea to conform to the context of conform to the context of what is already accepted.what is already accepted.

If this new idea is not compatible to existing beliefs, If this new idea is not compatible to existing beliefs, that new idea will be attacked or disregarded. that new idea will be attacked or disregarded.

THOUGHT SYSTEMS MAINTAIN THEIR OWN INTEGRITY!THOUGHT SYSTEMS MAINTAIN THEIR OWN INTEGRITY!

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Thus, the key to the solution is....Thus, the key to the solution is....To realize that thinking is a To realize that thinking is a voluntaryvoluntary function, it function, it

is something that we do.is something that we do.

Thoughts have no life of their own, separate and Thoughts have no life of their own, separate and apart from the thinker.apart from the thinker.

To understand this we To understand this we must make the distinction must make the distinction between the content between the content of thinking and the of thinking and the capability to think. capability to think.

TO RECOGNIZE THE FUNCTION OF THOUGHTTO RECOGNIZE THE FUNCTION OF THOUGHT

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Common Denominator RevisitedCommon Denominator RevisitedAgain, the Again, the abilityability to think is the common to think is the common

denominator (denominator (Independent VariableIndependent Variable) because ) because that is what gives the human being the power that is what gives the human being the power to formulate to formulate content content or details of what is or details of what is thought about (thought about (Dependent VariableDependent Variable).).

Our reality is self-created Our reality is self-created and we have the power to and we have the power to change that reality by change that reality by continuing, dropping or continuing, dropping or sustaining a pattern of sustaining a pattern of thoughts that hold together thoughts that hold together that reality.that reality.

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The Existence of Thought SystemsThe Existence of Thought Systems

Is revealed by perceptions, feelings, and Is revealed by perceptions, feelings, and behaviors that result from it.behaviors that result from it.

When human beings do not When human beings do not recognize the voluntary recognize the voluntary nature of their ability to nature of their ability to selectively utilize their own selectively utilize their own thought system, they have thought system, they have

no choice but to unconsciously function no choice but to unconsciously function within the limits of their thought system.within the limits of their thought system.

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Unconsciously Living Within the Unconsciously Living Within the Limits of A Past Thought SystemLimits of A Past Thought System

Means that an individual Means that an individual will perceive life in the will perceive life in the form dictated by the form dictated by the

content of his or her past content of his or her past without ever realizing without ever realizing

what is behind his or her what is behind his or her experience in the present.experience in the present.

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When a Individual is Conscious of When a Individual is Conscious of What a Thought System Is…What a Thought System Is…

One can more appropriately One can more appropriately utilize the information within utilize the information within it as he or she consider it as he or she consider necessary.necessary.

So the activated thought So the activated thought system will determine system will determine exactly what an individual is exactly what an individual is experiencing at any given experiencing at any given moment.moment.

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Traditionally ……Traditionally ……

One would try to find and understand the One would try to find and understand the sources of feelings or reactions by sources of feelings or reactions by examining the details of an external examining the details of an external situation.situation.

This methodology has been This methodology has been compared to analyzing a compared to analyzing a picture on a movie screen in picture on a movie screen in order to find the source of order to find the source of

the the picture. picture.

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True UnderstandingTrue UnderstandingOnly occurs when we leave the picture Only occurs when we leave the picture

and discover the existence of the and discover the existence of the projector.projector.

The function of The function of thought thought exists as the exists as the projector projector of the of the content of content of thinking.thinking.

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Principle Two: Principle Two: The content of each person’s The content of each person’s thought system is unique …thought system is unique …

Because it is based on his or her personal stored Because it is based on his or her personal stored interpretation of experiences in the past.interpretation of experiences in the past.

It is virtually impossible It is virtually impossible for any two people to for any two people to

have identical thought systems. have identical thought systems.

EVERYONE LIVES IN A SEPARATE REALITYEVERYONE LIVES IN A SEPARATE REALITY

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Our Thinking tells us….Our Thinking tells us….That what we personally perceive is the only That what we personally perceive is the only

reality that exists, it is not only accurate, its reality that exists, it is not only accurate, its absolute.absolute.

In order to see another In order to see another person’s separate reality we person’s separate reality we must realize that “ours” is must realize that “ours” is only one view of many only one view of many possibilities. possibilities.

With this realization, we are able to see with With this realization, we are able to see with objectivity, other people’s realities.objectivity, other people’s realities.

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A Reality is…A Reality is…An apparency or how something appears to be.An apparency or how something appears to be.

There are many levels of reality implicit in any There are many levels of reality implicit in any observation.observation.

Whatever we Whatever we perceive in perceive in life, whether it’s a life, whether it’s a movie, movie, or our family, or our or our family, or our job, it is job, it is “real” only because “real” only because it appears it appears so by the virtue of so by the virtue of our our perspective at the perspective at the moment.moment.

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With the realization that With the realization that Individual Thought Individual Thought SystemsSystems Work to create personal reality Work to create personal reality

We are able to look beyond our own frame of We are able to look beyond our own frame of reference to see our own biases and reference to see our own biases and prejudices for what they are.prejudices for what they are.

We begin to see the content of our own thinking We begin to see the content of our own thinking as a product of our conditioning, and we begin as a product of our conditioning, and we begin to take our negative thoughts less seriouslyto take our negative thoughts less seriously

We no longer attach our self-esteem to whether We no longer attach our self-esteem to whether or not another person accepts our thoughts.or not another person accepts our thoughts.

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As this happens… We become As this happens… We become

Less reactiveLess reactive

Less defensiveLess defensive

Less tied to our personal view of things.Less tied to our personal view of things.

By using “Common Sense” By using “Common Sense”

we can see how all people we can see how all people function psychologically function psychologically in this way.in this way.

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This Understanding……..This Understanding……..

Allows us to feel secure in the face of Allows us to feel secure in the face of another person’s reality, or another another person’s reality, or another culture’s frame of reference.culture’s frame of reference.

People begin to see People begin to see their their interactions with interactions with others others as a predictable as a predictable result of result of the interactions the interactions between between separate separate thought thought systems.systems.

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The Solution……The Solution……To any problem is to realize that the To any problem is to realize that the

perception of the problem is the perception of the problem is the function of our ability to think in function of our ability to think in

conjunction with the level of conjunction with the level of conscious understanding that conscious understanding that

thinking is taking place.thinking is taking place.

Our thoughtsOur thoughtsformulate the reality that we formulate the reality that we

experience moment by moment.experience moment by moment.

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Not Realizing……..Not Realizing……..That we are the one who is doing the That we are the one who is doing the

thinking, we give our power to our view thinking, we give our power to our view of reality and then live in the world of of reality and then live in the world of its effects.its effects.

We have unknowingly We have unknowingly lived our lives wrapped lived our lives wrapped up in the contents of our up in the contents of our own thoughts, operating own thoughts, operating within the details of our within the details of our

beliefs, fears, and judgments. beliefs, fears, and judgments.

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We have lived in this world of We have lived in this world of thought……thought……

Without realizing that we are the ones who have Without realizing that we are the ones who have accepted and continue to give life to these accepted and continue to give life to these

thoughts in the first place.thoughts in the first place.

The moment that we realize The moment that we realize that we are living in a that we are living in a world of thought that is world of thought that is our own creation, we are our own creation, we are

on the road to easier, on the road to easier, more satisfying lives.more satisfying lives.

WE FIND A WAY OUT OF THE LIMITED FIELD OF PERSONAL WE FIND A WAY OUT OF THE LIMITED FIELD OF PERSONAL THOUGHTTHOUGHT

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Principle three: Principle three: How a person’s conscious How a person’s conscious knowledge of his or her psychological functioning affects knowledge of his or her psychological functioning affects personal reality. personal reality.

People in the course of their day, move in People in the course of their day, move in and out of more or less rational states of and out of more or less rational states of mind.mind.

Observations of all kinds of Observations of all kinds of people in everyday life people in everyday life confirms that everyone goes confirms that everyone goes in and out of different mood in and out of different mood levels, and that the quality levels, and that the quality

of of our perception changes as our perception changes as our our mind changes.mind changes.

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In Addition….In Addition….

In more rational states of mind, one is able In more rational states of mind, one is able to recognize that the way that they saw to recognize that the way that they saw things in a “bad mood” was distorted in a things in a “bad mood” was distorted in a negative direction (e.g. they had over-negative direction (e.g. they had over-reacted or thought that things were reacted or thought that things were

worse than they were).worse than they were).

A level of consciousness A level of consciousness is degree to which a human being is aware is degree to which a human being is aware

that he or she is using an ability to think that he or she is using an ability to think to formulate experience in life.to formulate experience in life.

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These Mood Changes….These Mood Changes….are not linked to external changes in any are not linked to external changes in any systematic way, but rather fundamentally systematic way, but rather fundamentally

altered the way that the person “perceived” the altered the way that the person “perceived” the significance of the external events.significance of the external events.

Whatever we believe (think) Whatever we believe (think) to be happening in our world to be happening in our world is what we experience to be is what we experience to be true, regardless of whether or true, regardless of whether or

not our belief is factual.not our belief is factual.

REALITY IS FORMED THROUGH THOUGHTREALITY IS FORMED THROUGH THOUGHT

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Without the recognition that…Without the recognition that…Realities are formed through thought, individuals Realities are formed through thought, individuals

have the sense that perceptions, feelings and have the sense that perceptions, feelings and behaviors are being thrust upon them from behaviors are being thrust upon them from

some outside source. some outside source.

Without the knowledge of the Without the knowledge of the nature and function of thought, nature and function of thought, people have no sense of choice people have no sense of choice

or or responsibility of what they see, responsibility of what they see, what they feel, and how they what they feel, and how they

act.act.

THEY FEEL AT THE MERCY OF THE REALITY THEY THEY FEEL AT THE MERCY OF THE REALITY THEY ARE CREATING.ARE CREATING.

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Realization is a function of one’s Realization is a function of one’s Level of ConsciousnessLevel of Consciousness

The level of consciousness is knowledge The level of consciousness is knowledge one has about the function of thought. one has about the function of thought.

Understanding the function of thought Understanding the function of thought shows us that the source of our thinking shows us that the source of our thinking

is within ourselves, and this is within ourselves, and this knowledge gives us a sense knowledge gives us a sense of volition in regard to the of volition in regard to the

use of that function.use of that function.

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In A Lower Level of ConsciousnessIn A Lower Level of ConsciousnessOne becomes caught up in the contents of One becomes caught up in the contents of

their own thought system with no their own thought system with no understanding that what they themselves understanding that what they themselves

are perceiving is a direct result of their own are perceiving is a direct result of their own thought.thought.

Stuck in one’s personal reality Stuck in one’s personal reality beliefs are not seen as beliefs are not seen as

thoughts, thoughts, but as truth.but as truth.

People will defend their separate reality even People will defend their separate reality even though the costs them their feelings of well-though the costs them their feelings of well-

being and peace of mind.being and peace of mind.

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Unless that person…….Unless that person…….Lets go of their personal beliefs long Lets go of their personal beliefs long enough to see that there is more to life enough to see that there is more to life

than what he or she thinks…than what he or she thinks…

That person will That person will nevernever see see the existence of separate the existence of separate realities and will not change realities and will not change

the low level of the low level of consciousness. consciousness.

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When Locked into our own Separate RealityWhen Locked into our own Separate Reality

We really have no choice other than to analyze, We really have no choice other than to analyze, judge, criticize, blame, accuse, agree or judge, criticize, blame, accuse, agree or

disagree, or get into disputes of right or wrong disagree, or get into disputes of right or wrong because we go through life using only our own because we go through life using only our own

personal view as the ultimate personal view as the ultimate absolute standard. absolute standard.

He or she will tend to react with the same He or she will tend to react with the same automatic response, and blame these automatic response, and blame these

responses on other people, things or events in responses on other people, things or events in the external situation.the external situation.

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At Higher Levels of ConsciousnessAt Higher Levels of Consciousness

An individual is able to see his or her reality An individual is able to see his or her reality as resulting from an acquired thought as resulting from an acquired thought system.system.

With this realization, With this realization, individuals are free to individuals are free to choose not respond to choose not respond to this system to create this system to create

and and maintain a negative maintain a negative realityreality

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At Higher Levels of ConsciousnessAt Higher Levels of ConsciousnessAre characterized by feelings of self-esteem, Are characterized by feelings of self-esteem,

optimism and happiness.optimism and happiness.

In high levels…. In high levels…. People are motivated, People are motivated,

productive and creative productive and creative naturally.naturally.

These positive feelings do not have to be earned These positive feelings do not have to be earned they are a byproduct of a higher level of they are a byproduct of a higher level of

understanding.understanding.

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Regardless of the Details Regardless of the Details Of our personal circumstance, Of our personal circumstance,

In a higher levels of consciousness we have In a higher levels of consciousness we have an overall sense of well being and a hope an overall sense of well being and a hope for the future.for the future.

We have a natural feeling of We have a natural feeling of gratitude for simple gratitude for simple

pleasures pleasures and are able to see and are able to see beauty in beauty in life.life.

WE ARE IN A STATE OF MENTAL HEALTHWE ARE IN A STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH

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As One’s Level of ConsciousnessAs One’s Level of ConsciousnessDiminishes….Diminishes….

One becomes entrenched in a negative One becomes entrenched in a negative view of life and they perceive this view as view of life and they perceive this view as the only reality that exists.the only reality that exists.

They believe that other They believe that other people live in exactly people live in exactly

the the same reality.same reality.

Conflicts occur when people are locked into Conflicts occur when people are locked into their own separate reality.their own separate reality.

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Once the level of consciousness Once the level of consciousness begins to rise….begins to rise….

People will see that reality is subjective.People will see that reality is subjective.A shift in the level of consciousness is the A shift in the level of consciousness is the central variable involved in the process of central variable involved in the process of

change.change.

Positive changes in people’s experience of Positive changes in people’s experience of life result from the rise in their levels of life result from the rise in their levels of

consciousness.consciousness.

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Higher LevelsHigher LevelsBring with them the ability to realize the fact of Bring with them the ability to realize the fact of

separate realities and the ability to see how separate realities and the ability to see how people, including oneself, are causing their own people, including oneself, are causing their own

problems by being attached to misconstrued problems by being attached to misconstrued versions of reality.versions of reality.

A person’s experience of life, A person’s experience of life, the very quality of their reality, the very quality of their reality, Will always fluctuate with theirWill always fluctuate with their

Conscious level of understanding.Conscious level of understanding.

This fluctuation is what is referred to as “ Mood.”This fluctuation is what is referred to as “ Mood.”

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A High MoodA High Mood

Is a higher level of consciousness and Is a higher level of consciousness and psychological functioning.psychological functioning.

We are less connected to We are less connected to our our conditioned thinking and conditioned thinking and

therefore we see life with therefore we see life with increased objectivity.increased objectivity.

Change to a high mood is what makes the Change to a high mood is what makes the difference in perception, so the feeling is a shift difference in perception, so the feeling is a shift in our own mood (from bad to good) that in our own mood (from bad to good) that changes the level of consciousness.changes the level of consciousness.

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Each Level of ConsciousnessEach Level of Consciousness Represents a Different RealityRepresents a Different Reality

We experience many different levels of We experience many different levels of consciousness, or moods, many times even consciousness, or moods, many times even

during the course of a day.during the course of a day.Problems result when Problems result when people drop into a lower people drop into a lower level of consciousness, level of consciousness, which activates their which activates their conditioned, fearful, or conditioned, fearful, or

negative beliefs, thereby giving negative beliefs, thereby giving their low level of functioning a realistic form their low level of functioning a realistic form which produces more negative perceptions.which produces more negative perceptions.

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Understanding the Function of ThoughtUnderstanding the Function of Thought

Allows us to not become attached to negative Allows us to not become attached to negative particulars that result from low level thinking.particulars that result from low level thinking.

One can recognize this One can recognize this low-level thinking, and low-level thinking, and

let the mood pass so let the mood pass so that that a higher level of a higher level of

consciousness can consciousness can be achieved.be achieved.

Awareness of a bad or good mood is the Awareness of a bad or good mood is the directional guide that alerts us to determine directional guide that alerts us to determine whether or not we are in a high conscious statewhether or not we are in a high conscious state

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Principle Principle FourFour: : Feelings and emotions are Feelings and emotions are indicators of the level of consciousness…indicators of the level of consciousness…

Every human being knows when he or she is Every human being knows when he or she is feeling good.feeling good.

Feelings are indisputable Feelings are indisputable indicators of a person’s indicators of a person’s level of functioning level of functioning whether high or low at whether high or low at any given time.any given time.

Positive feelings result from a high mentally Positive feelings result from a high mentally healthy state of mind whereas, negative healthy state of mind whereas, negative

feelings result from maladaptive levels of feelings result from maladaptive levels of consciousness.consciousness.

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Negative feelings …. Are a guide Negative feelings …. Are a guide That signals us the moment that our level of That signals us the moment that our level of understanding drops and we begin to turn that understanding drops and we begin to turn that

level into a negative reality through our level into a negative reality through our conditioned thinking.conditioned thinking.

Negative feelings are not Negative feelings are not stored up like an air balloon stored up like an air balloon

or pus in an abcess. or pus in an abcess.

They are not forced upon us from the outside.They are not forced upon us from the outside.

THEY ARE CREATED MOMENT BY MOMENTTHEY ARE CREATED MOMENT BY MOMENT by thinking at a lower level of consciousness. by thinking at a lower level of consciousness.

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Feelings are an Internal CompassFeelings are an Internal CompassAs we begin to understand the real significance As we begin to understand the real significance behind what we feel we can get past the pitfalls behind what we feel we can get past the pitfalls of life, regardless of the details or the conditions of life, regardless of the details or the conditions

that exist around us.that exist around us.

When we begin to use our When we begin to use our feelings as directional feelings as directional

guides guides to our to our consciousness, we stop consciousness, we stop pursuing negative emotions pursuing negative emotions

and begin to seek positive and begin to seek positive feelings and that is the route feelings and that is the route

to mental health.to mental health.

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Positive Feelings…….Positive Feelings…….Like optimism, enjoyment, interest in life, Like optimism, enjoyment, interest in life,

creativity, productivity and motivation signal that creativity, productivity and motivation signal that an individual is in a higher level of consciousness.an individual is in a higher level of consciousness.

Positive feelings let us Positive feelings let us know that we are know that we are

headed headed in the right in the right direction and direction and that that whatever we have to do, whatever we have to do, we we are in a good state of are in a good state of mind to do it. mind to do it.

When we are feeling good we are operating at our When we are feeling good we are operating at our best at a higher level of functioning.best at a higher level of functioning.

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In The End…In The End…We can clearly begin to see that we are at We can clearly begin to see that we are at

the mercy of personality traits, habits, the mercy of personality traits, habits, learned behavior and insecure states…learned behavior and insecure states…

ONLYONLY

When we do not realize When we do not realize how these things are how these things are

connected to connected to thought in thought in certain levels of certain levels of consciousness.consciousness.

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As we gain a practical working knowledge As we gain a practical working knowledge of these principles…….of these principles…….

We will be able to regain our power, take We will be able to regain our power, take responsibility for our own feelings as the responsibility for our own feelings as the effect of our thinking and therefore…..effect of our thinking and therefore…..

Improve the quality Improve the quality

of our lives…….of our lives…….