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All wisdom and all virtues such as bravery, gentleness, kindness and steadfastness already exist within you in perfect form.
Vices and imbalances such as cowardice, weakness and clumsiness are caused by not accepting the various aspects of yourself.
Virtues in your everyday life can be developed by simply accepting the various aspects of yourself and allowing them back into your life.
This guide will show you how.
The simple but powerful techniques contained here will enable you to:
*Be calm and relaxed in every situation*
*Eliminate habits and self limiting beliefs by dealing with their root cause*
*Increase your capability in any field of endeavour*
*Increase physical and mental vitality*
*Understand yourself and those around you*
*Improve your character*
+Much more than you now believe possible.
How to Read this Book
Secondly, as you read and apply the knowledge and exercises within this book, your awareness about the previous chapters
will correspondingly increase. Therefore it is very useful that you reread previous chapters and continue to apply yourself to
the earlier exercises as you progress. You will find that any parts you may have found difficult to understand will become
clear in the light of the increased awareness that you have gained from later chapters. The varied exercises are designed to
compliment and enhance each other, so when you are familiar with the text, it is natural that you combine the various
techniques as you see fit.
The various Human languages are distorted and incomplete maps of a beautiful and universal conceptual matrix. It is wonderfully symmetrical and interconnected. It is intimately related to every part of your life.
Just as a small number of letters can combine to make countless words and just as all the myriad substances in the world are formed from a comparatively few chemical elements so all the concepts and situations, in their infinite variety, are made up from a limited number of simple conceptual elements. The branch of the universal matrix that we are concerned with now is the virtue matrix. The universal matrix of virtues is the ideal blueprint for our character's development. In fact our true nature, underneath the various false beliefs and rubbish, is identical to it. All the parables and teaching stories in the world are contained within it. By its' very nature it is beyond dogma and sectarianism. It is, in short, the underlying unifying bridge which connects all spiritual and mundane schools of thought.
Virtues come in pairs which are complimentary to each other: the opposite of a virtue is always another virtue. If we internally prefer one virtue to its opposite partner, it becomes over extended and imbalanced whilst its partner becomes
weak and stunted.
Examples of the Virtuous Opposites
Most people believe that the opposite of STRENGTH is WEAKNESS but this is not so. WEAKNESS is actually a LACK of STRENGTH. The opposite of too little force(WEAKNESS) is too much force(ROUGHNESS). The actual opposite of STRENGTH is GENTLENESS. They are a single state. Perfect STRENGTH must also be perfectly GENTLE otherwise it would fall into ROUGHNESS. Perfect GENTLENESS must also be perfectly STRONG otherwise it would fall into weakness.
The opposite of perfect HUMBLENESS is perfect MAJESTY. They are a single state. It is impossible to be ARROGANT without also being INSECURE. These concepts have to do with self worth. REVERENCE and AUDACITY have to do with the worth of others. Lacking REVERENCE for someone we fall into rudeness. Lacking AUDACITY we fall into idolization. So HUMBLENESS, MAJESTY, REVERENCE and AUDACITY are all connected by the concept of worth. Every virtue is a member of a specific group of four virtues connected by a simple concept.
*Exercise One: Overview*
Every virtue is associated with a particular basic concept such as danger, information or resources etc. Try and group the virtue pairs according to their nature. For example bravery and caution are connected with danger. Honesty, discretion and openness etc are connected with information.
Is the virtue active or passive, giving out or keeping in, to do with the self or the non self? Does the positioning of the virtues in your matrix reflect these qualities?
The idea of symmetry is not an intellectual ornament. It helps us to see all the virtues as equal and thus removes the many prejudices and preferences picked up from particular past experience. Furthermore rigorous symmetry will reveal gaps in your knowledge or unnecessary repetition of the same concept under a different name. Your matrix should be perfectly
complete at the same time as being perfectly simple: clarity and comprehension will be the result.
Summary of Exercise One: Overview
It is unlikely however that you will attain that level of coherence on your first try. You will no doubt have a ragged and incomplete matrix with some degree of error. As you progress with the other exercises, come back again and again to this exercise to revise your work. I promise you that an inherent beauty, symmetry and completeness will emerge for you and you will not regret the effort you have spent. By calling forth your innate understanding and by focussing on the virtues, many inner prejudices and false notions will automatically fall away from you. You will then begin to embody the qualities necessary for a truly fulfilling and successful life. We will study the matrix further in a later chapter.
Beliefs can only exist in semiconsciousness. Think for a minute and you will see that it is so. If you are truly aware of
something, no beliefs about it form: you just experience it directly as it is. Throughout your life beliefs and hypnotic
suggestions have been collecting in the areas of semiconsciousness within you. It is probable that right now you have many
negative and false beliefs about yourself and the world around you.
There are thousands of self help books that will tell you how to change your beliefs and teach you how to think positively.
Most will produce positive effects in your life if you apply a little effort. Unfortunately the effects can be short lived: The
root of the problem is missed. It is like chopping the tops of weeds or sculpting a hedge. In a while the weeds will grow
back and the hedge will become untidy again. Nevertheless, clearing away the beliefs is a useful exercise in order to tackle
the root: semiconsciousness which is caused by not accepting the various inner parts of ourselves.
Two attitudes towards truth
The other type of person is loyal to the truth- whatever it might be- over their own beliefs etc. Such a person is humble
enough to realise that they don't know it all and has a natural curiosity about the world around them. If someone like this is
proven wrong, they are not defensive: in fact they are delighted for it means they have moved closer to the truth.
So what type of person are you? If you can sincerely and whole heartedly perform the following exercise, then you have loyalty towards the truth whatever it might be.
*Exercise Two: Letting Go of False Beliefs*
Now, still relaxed, simply allow yourself to love Truth. Trust in it and be open to it. It is entirely beneficial and safe to do so. You can do this exercise any time silently and easily. Eventually it will no longer be necessary as you will have totally
and naturally reintegrated the correct attitude into your everyday life.
Summary of Exercise Two: Letting Go of False Beliefs
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