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How To Make Lasting Impressions

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Every object radiates force from which impress something of itself upon surrounding objects. If you burn a hole through a piece of paper, you can capture the impression that the flame left behind. That impression will last until the remaining paper biodegrades if it is not destroyed beforehand.

Whether we are conscious of this fact or not, we continually imprint our personal history upon our surroundings. As we impress upon our surroundings, we influence others, and they in turn influence us. It is in this creative ordinance of things that each person as part of society is connected to others through reciprocal effects. Still, although we each influence others and are likewise influenced whether through social or racial ties, no two persons thoughts will ever correspond in every detail.

The human mind may be likened to a [fresnel] lens, or any shiny surface, capable of gathering invisible power currents the same way it would absorb the rays of the sun. And when concentrated on one spot of a flammable material, the reflected light can produce a combustible flame. By virtue of the one "law of radiation," we humans produce combustible power that awakens us emotionally in our daily life. The thing is, this fire either burst forth in the glimmering beauty of enthusiasm for the good – to heal, animate, inspire, and advance the lives of others; or, to singe and destroy with envy, jealousy, hate, bigotry, among other vices.
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A fresnel lens

Distinction Between Impression and Inspiration

It is necessary to make that clear distinction between impression and inspiration: two distinct mental organs that act upon the nervous system. Inspiration, also called revelation or flash, is the receptive organ of spiritual ideas in the form of intuition; however, the basic thought of the inspiration must first proceed from the receiver. Such is the working of the Law of Reciprocal Action.

Inspiration, that which beckons you to reconnect with whatever it is that you truly feel, forms an impression on the nerve sheet, based on the quality of its force. Impression, according to one Merton Holmes (Lectures on Mentology), is “the psychometric [astro-biological] organ, which receives and senses the quality of force, either nerve force, organic (vital) or inorganic (chemical) forces.”

This force that run through the nervous system is electromagnetic in nature. Magnetically, it binds the molecules of the body in their organic patterns; electricity, it allows the senses to receive all impressions assailing us. Many a nervous system, however, are overly sensitive to assailing impressions, notably of those who live in hot temperatures.

Environmental Influence Upon Human Conduct

There are prime conditions that favour the development of human life in one place on the planet than another. The torrid (tropical) zones are definitely not the favourable condition – the reason it is called the unhealthy zone. In fact, extreme summertime heat even in the healthier, temperature zones fairs no better. Why?

Extreme heat gives rise to the sensation of weakness that discourages all exertion of mind and body, imparting suggestions of inability to any possible course of action. We die if your body temperature rises above 106°—107°. The blood begins to sleep, in the same way cooking food above 120°F destroys the life-giving energy of plant nutrients.

Normally, when an impression forms in the [conscious] mind, it sets up its own peculiar vibration of the nerve fibres and cells. If our mind already contains an impression, which was in part similar to this new one, like a long-used musical instrument, which has become tuned to more and more delicate and exact sound vibrations, the nerve cells acquires a more perfect power by repetitions. These similar ideas then get stored up in the same parts of the brain. This forms the basis of the important law of association in memory and reasoning. Each organ excites its neighbour to action. Essentially, when we stir up one thought we arouse those that lie in the cells under or near it.

But, extreme heat, which tends to keep the skin moist from perspiration, exposes the extremities of the nerves to impressions from every source, and more so in the torrid zones. Excessive sensibility – even upon the most normal mind – is almost sure to produce, in a greater or lesser degree, a frivolity and inconstancy of mind. What causes this to happen?

We perceive the three-dimensional world through our senses – the servants (or tools) of our spirit’s will. The senses furnish us with the ability to feel, to respond to stimulus, to sense our surrounding environment.

Generally, in hot temperatures the senses become opened to all impulses. But each new impulse exceed preceding ones so rapidly, none of them can make any permanent impression, each effacing the other in quick succession. Why is this a problem. There is no continuity: consecutiveness and connectedness of thoughts and feeling; poring over things till they are done. This explains why new beginnings, no matter how challenging, can find one full of enthusiasm, which soon goes cold, if success is not immediate.

Climatic Heat + A Heating Diet = Indolence

Now add to the mix of the excess sensibility of the nerves a diet that overheats the blood in which the predominant elements are chiefly composed of fatty meat, refined flour or sugar. Such high-carbon items can leave a person so obtuse, dull, or sleepy, one can neither exercise mind or muscles, in that remarkably little food for either brain or muscle is found in any of these items. Torpor will be found to be in exact proportion to the excess carbons over their proper proportions, as nourishment for every faculty.

Excess heat whether brought about by climate or diet can retard or drive out the light powers (inspirations) that generate your high intellectual and moral faculties. In its present evolutionary stage, however, we cannot change our environment, if we do not want to live as aliens and make matters worse. The same goes for the foods that grow naturally in these different climatic zones where our bodies developed. The cosmic order of things determine our environment in which we live and the foods adapted to it. But one can guard against frivolity and inconstancy of mind in the choice of foods for one’s nourishment.

It is not to say that diet alone can produce intellectual and moral excellence; this is entirely left up to your capacity to intuit. Nonetheless, whether in the torrid zones or the more healthy temperature zones, the choice of foods can help to limit the stress on the central nervous system, thereby opening an ever-broader channel for the mind to experience fully and permanently the reception of inspirations upon the nerve sheet, thus improve on impressions.

Continuity Alone Brings Fulfilment

As with our 24-hour day cycle, a healthy central nervous system allows us to dwell on, and pore over, an idea or instructions till the task on hand is completed. It does not allow our thoughts to wander, our attention to be distracted — even when we have to attend to a great many different things in quick succession such as to break up the prolix, long-winded monotony caused by excess. This activity within the nerve impulses constitutes three phases:

  • The Emotional Phase: the warmth generated from the attachment to fondness for, or liking of something, for the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system, which, in activating the brain, gets transformed into thoughts surrounding the idea.

  • The Mental Phase: the excitement that produces thoughts, which influences the bodily nerves and produces sensations; essentially, the connectedness of thought and feeling that gives will a clear track on which to exercise its force.

  • The Psychic Phase: all vibrations come under the influence of the will (to action). One dwells on and pores over an idea or instructions, until the task on hand is completed. In performing the task at hand, one, not just temporarily but with constancy and permanence, resists competing factors (external stimuli which allows the mind to wander or distract attention); never indulge diversity or variety in anything; suppress all passions, and dwell patiently on one thing until it is done. Few, it is said, can take thoughts to this phase.

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