MKL 14.31: For your exercise this week, concentrate on Harmony, and when I say concentrate, I mean all that the word implies; concentrate so deeply, so earnestly, that you will be conscious of nothing but harmony. Remember, we learn by doing. Reading these lessons will get you nowhere. It is in the practical application that the value consists.
Hmmm, practical application? Application…to apply: to put to use, to bring into action. Harmony: agreement, accord; consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts. How does one “DO” harmony? I kept asking myself.
It seemed that every time I read MKL 14 and went to sit, concentrating on harmony, my mind was a complete shit show. I found myself focusing on what felt inharmonious in my life and how it would be playing out if it were more harmonious…but then I was not meditating at all, and certainly didn’t feel in harmony afterwards.
MKL 14 intro:
You have found from your study thus far that thought is a spiritual activity and is therefore endowed with creative power. This does not mean that some thought is creative, but that all thought is creative. This same principle can be brought into operation in a negative way, through the process of denial.
It follows that if you deny unsatisfactory conditions, you are withdrawing the creative power of your thought from these conditions. You are cutting them away at the root. You are sapping their vitality.
Remember that the law of growth necessarily governs every manifestation in the objective, so that a denial of unsatisfactory conditions will not bring about instant change. A plant will remain visible for some time after its roots have been cut, but it will gradually fade away and eventually disappear, so the withdrawal of your thought from the contemplation of unsatisfactory conditions will gradually, but surely, terminate these conditions.
You will see that this is an exactly opposite course from the one which we would naturally be inclined to adopt.
It will therefore have an exactly opposite effect to the one usually secured. Most persons concentrate intently upon unsatisfactory conditions, thereby giving the condition that measure of energy and vitality which is necessary in order to supply a vigorous growth.
Ha! Despite reading this everyday before my sit, I was doing exactly as I was instructed not to! By thinking on the inharmonious things I was actually giving them mental energetic fuel to persist!! Unfortunately I didn’t have this realization until I reached out to Mark and Davene with that very question…How does one “do” Harmony? Simple answer: you don’t.
You’re already in harmony…with all that exists around you. You just have to see it!!
What? Mind blown.
MKL 14.26: But the thought must be clear cut, steady, fixed, definite, unchangeable; you cannot take one step forward and two steps backward, neither can you spend twenty or thirty years of your life building up negative conditions as the result of negative thoughts, and then expect to see them all melt away as the result of fifteen or twenty minutes of right thinking.
MKL 14.29: If you wish harmonious conditions in your life, you must develop an harmonious mental attitude.
MKL 14.30: Your world without will be a reflection of your world within.
My thoughts had certainly not been steady or fixed, and my outer world most certainly was a reflection of my inner world…chaotic. No doubt this natural law was in perfect play.
This week coming we should be moving on to a new exercise, a new lesson…but I obviously have more investigation to do in this realm of Harmony. I will concentrate on all the things which are in complete Harmonious flow in my life. And if they continue to allude me then I will strive just to steady my mind. Just to steady my mind. And maybe just to listen…to other things in Harmony.