Today, as in times past, there is a great deal of discussion about the creative potential of the mind—how much you can affect your own experience by changing or redirecting your thinking, by affirming that which you desire and by overlooking or setting aside that which you do not desire…
The mind is creative. It creates fantasies. It creates nightmares. It creates scenarios. It creates explanations for the past. It creates new ideas for the future. Your mind was created to be creative. It is creative.
But this creative power of the mind is meant to serve something greater than itself. Without its position as being in service to a greater power, well, the mind is self-fulfilling. It is self-serving. It is consuming. And it will struggle and it will fight, it will blame and it will condemn when it is deprived of its goals.
Your body is a beautiful instrument. It is marvelous in what it can do. But its real value is determined by what it serves. If it serves a conflicted agenda of the mind, then the body will do destructive things to itself and to other bodies and to the world around you.
Likewise, your mind is a fabulous instrument of communication. It is creative. It can comprehend the past. It can plan for the future. Indeed, the mind is a great membrane between your worldly existence and your spiritual reality. It is perceptive and creative, even to its own detriment, even to its own disadvantage.
So certainly re-orienting the mind to create things of value and meaning is very important, and many people are becoming aware of this. They realize that they determine their experience to a great degree by how they evaluate what they see around them, how they associate themselves and disassociate themselves. They see the power and the potential of the mind in this regard.
However, what many people do not see is that the mind is meant to serve the greater power of Knowledge within the individual. If you are unaware of the great endowment, this great power, the mind will be reckless. It will be self-serving. It will be judgmental. It will be a harsh and oppressive ruler in your life and potentially in the lives of others.
Here the creative power of the mind and its greater potential in the future become undermined because it does not really serve the greater power within you. For in the true hierarchy of your mind, there is the body serving the mind, the mind serving the Spirit and the Spirit serving the Creator.
But if this true hierarchy is not established within your life and experience, then you will try to think and believe that you know what is best for you and for others, and you will attempt to assert this into the world. And here again, you see the seeds of conflict. You see the self-serving nature of this approach. It is fundamentally in error, not because the mind is not creative—the mind is creative. It is in error because the true hierarchy of your Being has not been recognized and established.
If the mind serves itself, it will be fundamentally competitive and destructive. It will always want more of what it thinks it wants and needs. Beyond meeting certain basic survival requirements, it will always want more. It will never have enough. It will want more of this and more of that—more pleasure, more security, more recognition, more approval, more power, more dominance, more beauty.
All these things become addictions of the mind. They cannot be satiated. You want more. You gain more. You are not satisfied. Of course, most people do not even have enough to really live a balanced and harmonious life. So the more you want for yourself, the more you draw from the limited resources of the world and the more you deprive other people.
You cannot escape this predicament. You cannot come up with a new idea, a new scheme or a new plan to resolve this fundamental problem. That is why God has placed Knowledge within you, for only Knowledge knows how to resolve this.
Only Knowledge knows how to provide advancement, security and fulfillment for you. And only Knowledge knows how to do this in such a way that it does not deprive others or the world, and that your pursuit of safety, security and fulfillment becomes beneficial for others because it is guided by Knowledge.
Your intellect, as creative as it is, cannot figure this out. It does not have this depth of wisdom. It is not connected to life sufficiently. It does not have the clarity and the comprehension to do this.
That is because the mind is a vehicle of expression. Its source is the great endowment, and the source of the great endowment is the Creator of all life. Whether you are a religious person or not, whether you practice within a faith tradition or not, this is the fundamental reality of your life.
If you are unaware of Knowledge, you will be constantly striving to get what you want and avoid what you do not want, and you will be in constant judgment, frustration and indignation over the behavior and the thoughts of others and the condition of the world. The end result is you will be nothing more than a consumer, and you will be adding nothing more to the world than more judgment and condemnation—adding to the fuel of conflict that is already raging here.
There are some people who believe that everything that happens to them is the result of their own creativity, however misguided. But what they fail to see is that everyone else is creating their reality too, and that the impact in the mental environment—the environment of thought and influence—is so much immensely greater by what everyone else is creating than what you individually can create that to think that you can produce all these results for yourself simply by directing the will and the power of the mind is to ignore the will and the power of all other minds.
This assumption, then, certainly reinforces and is based on the belief in Separation. It does not take into account the effect that minds have upon one another. It does not recognize the impact and the influence of the mental environment. Though it may proclaim that everyone has the potential to recreate their experience, it does not take into account the fact that the mental environment is completely dominating for most people—to the point where very few people even have original thoughts. They are simply recycling all the influence that they are absorbing and have been absorbing since the day they were born.
And because human beings are essentially social creatures, they will always tend to associate with whatever group they identify with, whatever group they think is giving them promise and purpose, meaning and security.
The freedom of the mind, then, is really not possible within the mental environment. It is but a little light surrounded by millions of other lights. The only way out of this predicament is for the mind to follow Knowledge because Knowledge is not influenced by the mental environment. It is the only part of you that is beyond influence or manipulation from any source.
That is why it is your foundation for freedom. It is indeed Knowledge that will create a new life for you, create a new reality and a new experience for you. Only it has the power to do this because it is unaffected by the mental environment in which you live.
To think that you could create your reality without this is to invest yourself in an immense fantasy, an immense self-deception. It is based on ignorance and arrogance.
You do not realize the impact of all the social and religious conditioning around you and what you have done and will do to accommodate whatever group or network of people that you associate with. You will realize how shallow your understanding of things really is, what an oversimplification your basic ideas really are. And in a moment of real sobriety and self-honesty, you will realize how little you really understand of anything.
This moment of sobriety, though perhaps painful, is a moment of humility. And with that humility, you can gain a new understanding, a new recognition, of where your true power resides. Because personal power has very little power, it is a blind and presumptuous assertion, an assertion without a true foundation and without a true direction.
For the true foundation and the true direction can only be provided by Knowledge. And Knowledge is not something you can control. You cannot make Knowledge want what you think you want. You cannot make Knowledge give you what you think you must have.
Knowledge is more powerful than the mind. It knows why it is here. It is here on a mission because you are here on a mission. Unaware of this mission, you will keep trying to satisfy the deeper needs of your soul by acquiring people, possessions and experiences. You will be in constant fear that you could lose all of these things, which are threatened by so many different things.
It is a hopeless attempt at fulfillment. It is the attempt to make Separation work. It is the attempt to be God in your own universe and to fulfill yourself as God in your own universe, but it is essentially hopeless.
Having a new idea or a new possibility, what is this going to do but simply cast you on another hopeless journey and use up more of your precious time in the world chasing another idea? The mind is desperate, but in the end, eventually, you must yield to the recognition that you yourself do not create reality. You only interpret reality. And the creative power of the mind is meant to serve a Greater Reality that exists both within you, within the great endowment of Knowledge, and beyond you, in Knowledge in the whole universe.