Thought may be one of the most significant, yet least understood, factors in evolution. The process of thought, if people consider it at all, is generally believed to be a purely private matter having a momentary bearing on themselves alone. They are apt to be completely unaware of the complicated ramifications and consequences of even the most seemingly insignificant thoughts formed in their minds.
为了表明思考的重要性，西方智慧教义告诉我们，宇宙中所存在的一切事物，它们首先是一种思考。 最初是在希腊写成的《圣经新约》用“理性”这个词来解释“话语”和在话语之前的思考这两方面。话语可能被认为是思考的一种明显的形式—— 一种建立了所有的形式，并且根据超自然的知识使他们牢记在心的声音。进化为一个潜在的上帝的人有着潜在的创造的能力。他现在正学习如何创造；他有思考的能力，他可能会说出他的想法。当他还没有能力独自实现他的想法的时候，他可能会通过他的谈话获得其他人的帮助。随着进化的继续，当他能够通过他精神化了的喉头发出的语言直接进行创造的时候，这个时代最重就要到来了。通过一系列物质化的体系，学校教育是必要的，这样他就不会犯错误。人还没有在精神上得到发展，如果他现在已经能够通过话语直接进行创造了，他的创造物将是不完美的，是有害的。
To illustrate the importance of thought, the Western Wisdom Teachings tell us that everything that exists in the universe was first a thought. The New Testament, originally written in Greek, uses the word "logos" to mean both "word" and the thought which precedes the word. Word may be considered the manifested form of thought -- a sound which built all forms and, according to occult knowledge, ensouls them. Man, evolving as a potential God, has the latent faculties of creation. He is now learning to create; he has the capability of thinking and he may voice his thoughts. When he is not capable of carrying out his ideas by himself, he may secure the help of others through his speech. As evolution continues, the time eventually will come when he will be able to create directly by the word emitted from his spiritualized larynx. Schooling, through a series of physical embodiments, is necessary so that he will not make mistakes. Man is not yet spiritually developed and, if he were able to create directly by the word now, his creations would be imperfect and detrimental.
The great majority of people have formed the habit of listless thinking, which makes them incapable of holding onto any subject until it is thoroughly mastered. Although thoughts which flit through the mind may be good, bad, or indifferent -- mostly the latter -- the mind does not usually hold on to any one of them sufficiently long to learn its nature. Thought-control is often very difficult to attain. Once attained, however, the possessor holds within his hand the key to success in whatever line he may be engaged.
Thought force is the most powerful means of obtaining knowledge. If it is concentrated upon a subject, it will burn its way through any obstacle and solve the problem. If the requisite amount of thought force is brought to bear, there is nothing that is beyond the power of human comprehension. So long as we scatter it, thought force is of little use to us, but as soon as we are prepared to take the trouble necessary to harness it, all knowledge is ours. Since thought is our principal power, we must learn to have absolute control of it, so that what we produce is not illusion induced by outside conditions, but true imagination generated by the Spirit from within.
This is one reason why students of the Rosicrucian Teachings are urged to perform the daily exercise of concentration, regularly and with persistence. They are taught to fix their minds unwaveringly upon a single subject, becoming so absorbed in it that all else is successfully blotted out of consciousness. Once a student has learned to do this, he is able to see the spiritual side of an object or idea illuminated by spiritual light, and thus he obtains a knowledge of the inner nature of things undreamt of by a worldly man.
We speak of thoughts as being conceived by the mind, but just as both father and mother are necessary in the generation of a child, so also are both idea and mind necessary before a thought can be conceived. Ideas are generated by a human Ego in the spirit-substance of the inner worlds. This idea is projected upon the receptive mind, giving birth to a thought. Thus when each idea clothes itself in a form made of mind-stuff, it is then a thought, as visible to the inner vision of a sufficiently developed clairvoyant as a child is to its parent.
Thus we see that ideas are embryonic thoughts, nuclei of spirit-substance from the inner worlds. Improperly conceived in a diseased mind they become vagaries and delusions, but when gestated in a sound mind and formed into rational thoughts they are the basis of all material, moral, and mental progress.
At the present time, however, the mind is not focused in a way that enables it to give a clear and true picture of what the Spirit imagines. It is not one-pointed. It gives misty and clouded pictures. Hence the necessity of experiment to show the inadequacy of first conception, and of bringing about new imaginings and ideas until the image produced by the Spirit in mental substance has been reproduced in physical substance.
我们最多能够通过精神塑造与形式有关的这样的图像。因为人类的精神直到我们进化的地球时代才开始，所以，它现在处在它的形式或“无机物”的阶段。 (见 The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception p. 426) 因此，在我们的活动中，我们局限于形式和物质。我们可以想象使用三个低等王国的物质形式来工作的方法和途径，但是与生命没有任何关系。我们确实可以把活着的树枝嫁接到活着的树上面，或者是把动物活人身上活着的部分移植到到其他活的部分上面，但这并不是我们正与之共事的生活，它仅仅是形式。我们正在创造不同的条件，但是已经占据了这种形式的生活仍旧继续如此。创造生活已经超出了人的能力，除非他的头脑变得灵活。
At best, we are able to shape through the mind only such images as have to do with form, because the human mind was not started until the present Earth Period of our evolution and, therefore, is now in its form, or "mineral," stage. (see The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception p. 426) Hence, in our operations, we are confined to forms and minerals. We can imagine ways and means of working with the mineral forms of the three lower kingdoms, but can do little or nothing with living bodies. We may indeed graft living branch to living tree, or living part of animal or man to other living part, but it is not life with which we are working; it is form only. We are making different conditions, but the life which already inhabited the form continues to do so still. To create life is beyond man's power until his mind has come alive.
许多人认为，所有这一切都是来自其他事情的结果，他们没有考虑任何新的建立的可能性。那些研究生命的人通常只是提到退化和进化。然而，在他们中最高级的现在正在寻找另外的因素，他们称这种因素为渐成说，是创造的推动力。 早在1787年，卡斯帕沃尔夫就发表了Theorea Generationis，在那里他展示了在卵子的发展中，有一系列新出现的卵子，它们之前就由已经消失的卵子预示了。在较低等的生命形式中，它们的变化很快，这种渐成可以在显微镜下面显示出来。
Many people believe that all that is results from something else, and they give no considerations to the possibility of any original new building. Those who study life usually speak only of involution and evolution; those who study the form, namely, the modern scientists, are concerned with evolution only. The most advanced among them, however, are now beginning to find another factor, which they have called epigenesis, the creative impulse. As early as 1787, Caspar Wolff issued his Theorea Generationis, wherein he showed that in the development of the ovum, there are a series of new buildings not at all foreshown by what had gone before. In lower forms of life, where changes are rapid, epigenesis can be demonstrated under a microscope.
Ever since mind was given to man, this original creative impulse, epigenesis, has been the cause of all our development. It is true that we do build upon that which has already been created. There is also something new, however, due to the creativity of the Spirit. Thus it is that we become creators. If we only imitated that which had already been laid out for us by God, it would never be possible for us to become creative intelligences -- we would simply be imitators. And, again, thought lies behind all that is created through epigenesis.
我们已经被置于一个物质的世界，这样我们可能学会正确的思考以及以建设性的方式渐进的发展。让我们以一个想到一个主意的发明家为例。这是一个突然出现的观点，好没有经过塑造。 但是，这个发明者会在他的脑海中逐渐地把它形象化。他在思想中形成了一个机器，这个机器有轮胎，并且以这样和那样的方式运转，在他的这个精神的想象力之前需要去完成必要的工作。 然后他开始为这个机器画出图纸，而且即使是在那个阶段，它被不断的修改也当然是必要的。因此，我们看到物质的条件向发明者表明他的思想哪里是不正确的。当他为了完成这项工作用合适的材料创造这台机器的时候，通常来说，需要更多的修改。他也可能必须要放弃第一台机器，然后去创造完全不同的一件。这样，具体的实际条件已经使他检测到了他推理中的缺点。它们迫使他在他的最初的思想中作出修改，从而生产出可以运行的机器。
We have been placed in this physical world so that we may learn to think aright and develop epigenesis in constructive ways. For instance, let us take the example of an inventor who gets an idea. The idea is not yet a thought; it is a sudden insight which has not yet taken shape. Gradually, however, the inventor visualizes it in his mind. He forms a machine in his thought, and before his mental vision that machine appears with the wheels revolving this way and that, as necessary to accomplish the required work. Then he begins to draw the plans for the machine, and even at that stage it will most certainly appear that modifications are necessary. Thus we see that already the physical conditions show the inventor where his thought was not correct. When he builds the machine in appropriate material for the accomplishment of the work, more modifications usually are necessary. Perhaps he may have to discard the first machine and build an entirely different one. Thus the concrete physical conditions have enabled him to detect the flaw in his reasoning; they force him to make the necessary modifications in his original thought to bring out a machine that will do the work.
In mercantile, or philanthropic endeavors, the same principle holds good. If our ideas concerning the various matters in life are wrong, they are corrected when brought into practical use. Thus it is absolutely necessary that we dwell in this physical world and learn to wield the power of thought - - a power being held in check to a great extent at the present time by our material conditions.
To illustrate the importance of thought, let us mention that all that is in this world which has been made by the hand of man is crystallized thought: the chairs upon which we sit, the houses in which we live, the various conveniences we use -- all these were once a thought in the mind of man. If it had not been for that thought, the thing would never have appeared. In similar manner, the trees, flowers, mountains, and seas are the crystallized thought forms of the Nature Forces.
在这个世界里，在我们不得不在了解一件事物之前先去调查和研究它。 然而，已经能够在其中的一个精神世界中活动的神秘调查者把这个世界称为思想，他们发现那里是不同的。当我们希望了解那里的特别的东西的时候，我们把我们的注意力放在上面，这件事情好像就可以跟我们对话。它发出的声音立刻就给出了有关它的本质的短语的清楚的理解。我们获得了一个对它的过去的历史的认识；它的整个故事被展现出来，我们就好像跟我们调查的这件事情一同经受过所有那些经历。 但是，所有这些信息很快的在脑海中经过，所以，它既没有开始也没有结束。 在思想的世界中，现在的这个是最棒的，在这里并不存在时间的界限。
In this world we are compelled to investigate and study a thing before we know about it. However, occult investigators who have been able to function in one of the spiritual worlds, called the World of Thought, find that it is different there. When we wish to know about any particular thing there, we turn our attention to it and the thing speaks to us, as it were. The sound it emits at once gives a luminous comprehension of every phase of its nature. We attain to a realization of its past history; the whole story of its unfoldment is laid bare and we seem to have lived through all of those experiences together with the thing we are investigating. All this information, however, flows in upon us with enormous rapidity in a moment, so that it has neither beginning nor end. In the World of Thought, all is one great NOW, and time does not exist.
When we want to use this archetypal information in our Physical World, therefore, we must disentangle and arrange it in chronological order with beginning and ending before it becomes intelligible to beings living in a realm where time is a prime factor. That rearrangement is a most difficult task, as all words are coined with relation to the three dimensions of space and the evanescent unit of time; hence, much of that information remains unavailable.
Many people contend that we have a right to think what we will, and that wicked thoughts, if not translated into wicked deeds, are not harmful. This is far from true, and the power of wicked thoughts, just as the power of good and beneficent thoughts, is great indeed. Through the course of centuries, for instance, man's evil thoughts of fear and hatred crystallize into what we know as bacilli. The bacilli of infectious disease are particularly the embodiments of fear and hate, and, therefore, they are also vanquished by the opposite force -- courage. If we enter the presence of a person infected with contagious disease in fear and trembling, we must assuredly draw to ourselves the poisonous microbes. If, on the other hand, we approach that person in a perfectly fearless attitude, we shall escape the infection, particularly if we are prompted by love.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus tells us that "the man who has looked upon a woman with desire has, in fact, already committed adultery." When we realize that "as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he," we shall have a much clearer conception of life than we do if we take into consideration only men's acts. Every act is the outcome of a previous thought, but not necessarily the thought of the person committing the act.
If a tuning fork is struck and another tuning fork of the same pitch is in the vicinity, the second one will ring in concert with the first. Likewise, when we think a thought and another person in our environment has been thinking along the same line, our thoughts coalesce with his and strengthen him for good or evil, according to the nature of the thought.
When we go into a jury box and see the criminal, we behold only the act; we have no cognizance of the thought which prompted it. If we have been in the habit of thinking evil, malicious thoughts against someone, these thoughts may have been attractive to that criminal. On the principle that a saturated solution of salt will require only a single crystal to make it solidify, so also, if a man has saturated his brains with thoughts of murder, the thought of murder that another person sends out may prove to be the last straw and destroy that last barrier which would have kept the murderer from committing his evil act.
Therefore, our thoughts are of vastly more importance than our acts. If we always think right, we shall always act right. No man can think love to his fellow men, or can scheme about how to help them spiritually, mentally, or physically without also acting out these thoughts. If we cultivate such thoughts, we shall soon find sunshine spreading around us; we shall find that people will meet us in the same spirit that we send out.
If, then, we see meanness and smallness in the people whom we meet, it would be well to ascertain if we ourselves are not causing such qualities to emanate from us. The man who is mean and small himself radiates these qualities and whoever he meets will appear mean to him because his thoughts will have caused something of identical pitch in the other person to vibrate.
On the other hand, if we cultivate a serene attitude and thoughts that are free from covetousness and are frankly honest and helpful, we shall call out the best in other people. Therefore let us realize that it is not until we have cultivated the better qualities in ourselves that we can expect to find them in others. We are thus most certainly responsible for our thoughts. We are indeed our brothers keepers, for as we think when we meet them, so do we appear to them and they reflect our attitude. If we want to obtain help to cultivate better qualities, then let us seek the company of people who are already good, for their attitude of mind will be of immense help to us in calling forth our own finer qualities.
It does not always appear easy to rid ourselves of evil thoughts, and most of us cannot help but encounter people or situations which call forth negative thinking, try as we will to fight it. But there is a simple way of dismissing such unwanted thoughts which does not involve "fighting them" at all.
Both like and dislike tend to attract a thought or an idea to us, and the added thought force which we send out to fight evil thoughts will keep them alive and bring them to our mind oftener, in the same way that quarreling may cause a person we dislike to waylay us for spite. Instead of fighting, therefore, let us adopt the tactics of indifference. If we turn our heads the other way when we meet a person we dislike, he will soon grow tired of following us. On the same principle if we but turn away with indifference when thoughts of evil come into our minds, and apply our minds to something that is good and ideal, we shall find in a short time that we are rid of the evil thoughts and have only the good thoughts we desire to entertain.
Thus we see how far-reaching and powerful thought really is. All things, whether for good or ill, can be accomplished with it. Indeed, the power of thought is one of the strongest forces known to man. Only when mankind comes to an understanding of the true nature and proper use of this divine force can humanity free itself from the fetters of materiality and continue the upward path towards becoming a self-conscious Creative Being.
2010-11-16 16:24 编辑：kuaileyingyu
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