21 Thinking A Lie

Thinking a lie disorders and upsets the mental atmosphere and perturbs thinking.

  • This is so even with the little lies of daily life, like those uttered while one brags or boasts, or the unuttered lies of self-pity or self-conceit.
  • They have an effect which reaches further than might be supposed.
  • More serious is the result of lies spoken to slander, to make trouble between people, to defraud in commerce and trade, to deceive in politics to get votes, legislation and positions, or to stir up a revolt or a war.
  • Thinking a lie tends to throw thoughts out of their orbits in the mental atmosphere, so that they may be interfered with in their exteriorizations.
  • It tends to incapacitate the thinking from showing one a truth, from presenting in words even what one is capable of thinking, and from arriving at correct conclusions. From all this, stupidity or insanity may result. Insanity is often a physical result of lying.

Lying prevents a human from knowing things as they are and so delays or defeats the education of the doer.

  • It is the chief factor that prevents happiness.
  • Thinking a lie causes a sound as does the thinking of any thought.
  • But that sound jars and shocks the worlds, and in them the thoughts of whatever has been taken to be true.
  • A lying thought soars and rolls in the mental atmosphere and then passes into the life world and affects and shakes up that world and the life planes of the other worlds, and the mental atmospheres of other people to whom it might be related.
  • There it spreads the contagion of falsehood and confusion.
  • In the worlds the reverberation of that lie booms on and every boom tolls out the name of the liar.
  • This is so even before the lie is spoken or written; the thought produces this effect.

The doer to make progress must see its path through the world and must see things as they are.

  • So only does one gain knowledge of the conscious self in the body, that is, accomplishments in the noetic atmosphere through thinking: to know what to do, and what not to do.

By self-deception, and deceiving another involves self deception, the doer loses its powers of discrimination and becomes unable to tell the true from the false, the right from the wrong, the existent from the nonexistent.

  • So the purpose of its mundane experiences is frustrated.

When the lying thoughts are exteriorized, the outer life becomes a fabric of lies and deceptions.

  • So a liar is forced into troubles and hardship, while some of his lies appear also as diseases of his body.
  • To these physical ills is added the mental confusion and blindness which is the mental destiny of a liar.
  • That mental state sometimes deprives a liar of the faith and confidence that guide human beings through adversity.
  • The mental atmosphere of a man is not only honest or dishonest, but may at the same time be clear or confused, light or cloudy, active or inactive, well or poorly endowed, and it shows to which of the four classes he belongs, according to the amount, quality and aim of his thinking.

A man's thinking is done within limits set or allowed by his mental atmosphere and these have been created by his former thinking.

  • If that was honest, if he thought about things as they were perceived to be true, if his thinking was straight and fair, not devious and deceitful, the diffused Light will now be more easily focussed and will be more plentiful, will show more truly that which he thinks about, will facilitate his thinking, will remove the fog and obstacles in the mental atmosphere and transform its character so that it will be clearer, lighter, more active and better endowed.
  • Then his present thinking goes on within wider limits and with greater clarity, activity, directness and success in discerning the truth about things.

His former thinking made his present mental atmosphere and that conditions his present thinking.

In every case thinking is the outcome of desire for the thinking.

  • The desire is as a rule not for honest thinking, and therefore people who see things as they are, are rare.

The kind of thinking that is done by the run of human beings shows what their desire has been.

  • Their desire was not for honesty in thinking, not to see things as they were, not to act as honest thinking would have shown them how to act, but to reach to and possess the things which now are still their objects in life.
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