Nothing comes into experience uninvited.

This Principle sits loudly among the Eleven Principles, guiding us to examine the
contents of our consciousness whenever we experience some form of ignorance. It
appears to be coldly accusatory. It can even be misused as a stinging rebuke when
there is a problem, if applied harshly to ourselves or, judgmentally, to another.
However, this Principle is not to be seen in a personal way, but as demonstrating a
universal law. Dr. Hora has said that an experience is neither “voluntary” nor
“involuntary”:  it “not involuntary.” This brilliant use of the double negative reveals
the dynamic of the Law of Correspondence and leads us to contemplate Principle #7
of Metapsychiatry in an appropriate way. This Principle points to the immutable truth
that there are no random experiences, no chance encounters, no mysterious
occurrences or inexplicable sicknesses. Everything of the outer world – the visible
and tangible realm – is a manifestation of thoughts, the conscious and unconscious
thoughts we entertain.(1)  Metapsychiatry does not offer facile answers to human
suffering. Rather, it is interested to shed new light on it, to reveal the dynamic
between thought and phenomena. It is possible through the method of the “Two
Intelligent Questions” (or the “Three Rs”)(2) to discover the constituent thought
(“meaning”) which is outpicturing as our disturbing experience – individually or
collectively. What we cherish, what we hate or what we fear, is what will be
outpictured.  What this particular Principle reveals is that there is a direct
correspondence between the thoughts (fantasies, dreams, beliefs, values and
mental preoccupations) which we entertain and that which we experience – as
individuals and as a community. This Principle is an apt crystallization of an
existential truth which Metapsychiatry calls the “Law of Correspondence” or the “Law
of Attraction.”

Because thoughts are units of energy, they tend to manifest:  thoughts tend to
transmute into visible form and become our experiences.(3) This idea could be
summed up in these words:  “Be not deceived…for whatever a man soweth [in
thought], that shall he also reap [in experience]” (Gal. 6:7). Actually, all that we are
ever experiencing is thoughts – the conscious and unconscious, suppressed and
repressed, thoughts which prevail in consciousness and in the collective
environment.  We are, it is important to know, equally at risk to experience the
flipside of these thoughts. For instance, if we want very much to be successful or
liked, and we are dwelling in thoughts that support that invalid interest, we might
actually invite being rejected and ignored, and not understand it at all. It is
comforting to know that just because we experience something, whether it is pleasant
or unpleasant, like pain, rejection, failure, difficulties, lack, upsets, symptoms,
sickness, disease – even death – it does not make it real. (“Real” means it belongs
to divine Real-ity.)  Experiencing is an aspect of the dream and belongs to the world
of “what seems to be.”

Life seems to be synonymous with having experiences. This notion ensnares all of
us in the darkness and hypnotism of materialism and “doing” (operationalism).
Human beings are attached to the dream of experiential living, whether painful or
pleasurable. The only way we can rise above the dualistic aspect of experiential life,
with its buffeting of pleasure and suffering, is for the contents of consciousness to be
transformed through truth-realization. The transformation begins to occur as we
gradually wake up to discover our true identities as nondimensional spiritual
consciousness, dwelling in the Mind of God, and become interested in cleansing
consciousness of those thoughts coming to us from the “sea of mental garbage,”
which is the repository of the world’s collective garbage thoughts. This repository of
ignorance is designed to confirm a separate, autonomous self, and its intention is to
pervert the truth-of-being. It is a helpful correction and protection to remind
ourselves often: “Only God’s thoughts constitute my true being” (Thomas Hora).
When our attention is reoriented, and our thoughts are formed by the One Mind
flowing to us from the “Ocean of Love-Intelligence,” our experiences seem to
change. Just as quantum mechanics states that phenomena are transformed by
observation, so can our perception of reality be changed by our thoughts about
ourselves and our lives. “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look
at change.” If we understand the dynamic of experiential life – that there is a
correspondence between thoughts and our experiences – it will not allow us to
indulge in complaining, in blaming, in scolding, in guilty feelings, self-pity, or in
judging ourselves or others harshly. Instead, it will point us to examine the kinds of
thoughts we are entertaining and to make use of what we uncover therein to dissolve
any impure thoughts which are present. It is of primary importance here to
understand that it is the nature of consciousness to receive thoughts. (Thoughts
“obtain.”) Consciousness does not produce thoughts – it just acts as a transponder.
Metapsychiatry meticulously identifies the variety of thoughts from the “sea of mental
garbage” whose aim it is to delude us and confirm us as existing apart from God.
One of the great benefits of this teaching is to alert us to the harmful and destructive
vibrations which influence us – overtly, covertly and subliminally – and to
depersonalize them. Depersonalizing them allows us to realize the truth of our pure
and invisible divinity and the enlightened life we yearn to know. Because our
experiences mirror back to us our equivalent state of mind, they help us to see if we
are on the “right track” (“As within, so without”). Therefore, it is important not to feel
ashamed or embarrassed if we have a problem or symptom, but instead to see it as
a message, alerting us to uncover some existentially invalid thought which might be
hidden and needs to be expunged. A metaphor to facilitate understanding of this
Principle is to see human life as a movie: consciousness is a projector, a thought is a
frame of film, and the picture manifesting is our experience. If our experience is
inharmonious or distressed, we are given an opportunity to learn something through
it and to evolve spiritually beyond the present picture by examining the “frame,” the
contents of our consciousness, and correcting it. If, however, our experience is
harmonious and good and promotes overall well-being, our “frame” is spiritualized;
we can then be grateful to God for receiving Its Loving and Intelligent guidance. Our
“movie,” our reality, reflects the quality of our consciousness.  Sufficiently awakened
on the spiritual path, we can reach a point where we have stopped inviting
experiences. Events will come to our attention – not into our experience – and we will
be able to respond dispassionately with love and intelligence to whatever experience
appears before us. An honest confrontation with the dynamic and truth of this
Principle is what will enable us to reach that point. Diligently applying it, step by step
along the way, will ultimately bless us.

(1) An existentially invalid pattern of thought, which we do not realize is invalid, or a secret or repressed
thought, of which we are unconscious, can invite an unpleasant experience which renders that experience
“not involuntary.”

(2)  The Three Rs of Metapsychiatry are to recognize, regret and, then, reorient consciousness. Mistaken
thought processes and invalid value systems are corrected as we acknowledge them, are willing to be
embarrassed by, and regret, the presence of ignorance in our consciousness, and, then, turn our attention to
spiritual ideas and principles, which align us with truth and redeem us.

(3) See Principle of Transmutation of Thought Energy.
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