Thought and Purpose

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent accomplishment. – (pg. 30)

What is thereby important is only that such a setting of a Ziel exists, because a thought can in fact only be intelligently fulfilled and brought to fruition when there is a definitive intention – that is to say , a definitive setting of a Ziel. – (pg. 176)

With the majority the barque of thought is allowed to drift upon the ocean of life. Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. – (pg. 30)

Unfortunately, most human beings allow their thought-boats to drift unchecked on the ocean of conscious and unconscious intentions and unconscious setting of Ziele…[which] are, in truth, a destructive purposelessness; a vice of senseless drifting…But truthly no human being should allow such drifting to come about…With the might of correct, healthy and positive thoughts, in righteousness, the human being is even able to prevent catastrophes and destruction. –(pgs. 176-178)

They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, troubles, and self-pitying, all of which lead, just as surely as deliberately planned sins (though by a different route), to failure, unhappiness, and loss, for weakness cannot persist in a power-evolving universe. – (pg. 30)

Unfortunately, it is characteristic of many human beings that they do not see – let alone have – any central evolutive sense in their lives: a serious reason for why they fall prey all too easily to petty anxieties and problems as well as to wretchedness, grief, sorrow, worries and self-pity, and so forth – as the booty of their own weaknesses. (…) That all then leads to failure, unfortune, disadvantage and loss as well as to many kinds of harm. (…) But weakness can never survive, because, in a universe which mightfully demands evolution, everything weak must inevitably go under. – (pg. 178)

A man should conceive of a legitimate purpose in his heart, and set out to accomplish it. He should make this purpose the centralizing point of his thoughts. It may take the form of a spiritual ideal, or it may be a worldly object, according to his nature at the time being; but whichever it is, he should steadily focus his thought forces upon the object which he has set before him. – (pgs. 30-31)

For that reason it is necessary that every human being sees, finds and fulfils a legitimate sense in his/her life. According to the creational laws of evolution, in order to fulfil this sense, it must – by means of striving – be made the central point of one’s thinking. One’s striving for the fulfillment of the evolution can thereby be very manifold and can have a purely spiritual foundation as it can a purely consciousness-based or purely material foundation… depending upon the present nature of the human being. (…) But no matter what the Ziele is, the human being should constantly align the powers of his/her thoughts with it. – (pg. 178)

He should make this purpose his supreme duty, and should devote himself to its attainment, not allowing his thoughts to wander away into ephemeral fancies, longings, and imaginings. This is the royal road to self-control and true concentration of thought. – (pg. 31)

Each human being should make the sense of life – as such as Ziel – his/her highest obligation, along with the conscious fulfillment of the Ziel, and therefore he/she should entirely dedicate himself/herself to the conscious reaching of his/her Ziele…[whereby]…then he/she must not allow himself/herself to stray or slip into firm or fleeting fads and wrong wishes, yearnings and imaginings or into desires and the like. This self-control belongs to the ideal way of self-control…[and] thought-concentration… – (pgs. 178-180)

Even if he fails again and again to accomplish his purpose (as he necessarily must until weakness is overcome), the strength of character gained will be the measure of his true success, and this will form a new starting point for future power and triumph. – (pg. 31)

But even if one repeatedly fails while striving towards a Ziel, that does not necessarily mean that the Ziel is unreachable…Therefore, failure to immediately achieve a life-Ziel often means only a momentary failure, which must necessarily arise because one’s own errors and weaknesses must first be resolved and overcome. But if the effort is constantly, consciously driven onward then there is also a strengthening of all required qualities, as a result of which a success is guaranteed. Along with many other values, newly-gained character strengths become the benchmark of true success, and these will form new starting points – for the future strengths and the future… – (pg. 180)

Those who are not prepared for the apprehension of a great purpose, should fix their thoughts upon the faultless performance of their duty, no matter how insignificant their task may appear. – (pg. 31)

Human beings who have not yet achieved a willingness for creating a smaller, bigger or greater life-Ziel, or are simply not yet capable of it, should equip their thoughts with a sense of striving for the fulfillment of their human and evolutive responsibility. That means that one’s thoughts must be concentrated on a flawless carrying-out of the creationally-given obligation. Whether the worked out and set task is insignificant plays no role thereby. – (pg. 180)

Only in this way can the thoughts be gathered and focused, and resolution and energy be developed, which being done, there is nothing which may not be accomplished. – (pg. 31)

And only by gathering and focusing the thoughts into a useful striving for a setting of a Ziel can a resoluteness also arise for following through and for the achievement of the Ziel. And only thereby does the enormous energy, in turn, develop…And once this step is completed, there is actually no longer anything which could not be achieved by the human being by means of the might of his/her thoughts. – (pgs. 180-182)

The weakest soul, knowing its own weakness, and believing this truth – that strength can only be developed by effort and practice, will at once begin to exert itself, and adding effort to effort, patience to patience, and strength to strength, will never cease to develop, and will at last grow divinely strong. – (pgs. 31-32)

Even the human being who is the weakest in every form can become strong in himself/herself and grow, if – in the knowledge about the real existence of these – he/she is assiduous in adding one effort to the next, one realization and one strength to another; if he/she forms and expands his/her patience and builds up a willingness for real modesty…Truthly, every human being has time to learn in each of his/her lives and to never stop doing so…and therefore to evolve such that his/her spirit-form evolutively climbs to such heights that one day it can become one with Creation itself; that is to say, it can unite with it. – (pg. 182)

As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking. – (pg. 32)

Just as physically weak human beings can build themselves up, and strengthen themselves physically and even psychically by means of an intentional, patient and careful physical training, also human beings with weak thoughts are able to strengthen themselves and build themselves up, if they form their thoughts correctly… – (pg. 182)

To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully. – (pg. 32)

But that means that weaknesses and purposelessness must be combated and dismantled and a new start has to find its place in one’s thoughts. (…) New setting of Ziel must be carried out and failure must only be accepted on the way to the reaching of the Ziel. No achievement of a Ziel can be attained without forward and backward steps; without failures and successes. (…) Therefore the human being must also make use of the circumstances of his/her failure, so that he/she becomes discerning and strong and knowing in his/her thinking, in order to stride fearlessly towards his/her evolution, determinations and future, with constant efforts to achieve mastery in the forming and management of his/her thoughts. – (pgs. 182-184)

Having conceived of his purpose, a man should mentally mark out a straight pathway to its achievement, looking neither to the right nor to the left. – (pg. 32)

Once the human being has found his/her very own sense of his/her life, as well as the creational sense of his/her life, he/she is then able to manage himself/herself such that, for the sake of the achievement of the recognized sense, he/she mentally follows a straight way and makes an effort to make as few errors as possible. In this form the human being makes an effort to swerve as little as possible left or right…. – (pg. 184)

Doubts and fears should be rigorously excluded; they are disintegrating elements which break up the straight line of effort, rendering it crooked, ineffectual, useless. – (pg. 32)

But that is bound with the necessity of rigorously excluding anxiety and doubt because they are evil elements of disintegration which are able to break or bend every straight line of every evolutive effort, and can make all efforts useless, ineffective and can ruin them. – (pg. 184)

Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplish anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in. – (pg. 32)

Anxious and doubtful thoughts never lead to progress and success…Anxiety and doubt…always lead to failure and loss in some form. (…) If any of these aspects arise, whereby especially anxiety and doubt play an especially negative role, then all good thoughts end and lose themselves in a chaos of unfulfillable purposelessness. Even strong thoughts end the moment anxiety and doubt creep into them. The active power as well as all other energy of the thoughts is thereby lost… – (pgs. 184-186)

The will to do springs from the knowledge that we can do. – (pg. 32)

The human being’s will to act is anchored in his/her knowledge: in the knowledge that he/she can always do, and not do, whatever he/she likes. – (pg. 186)

Doubt and fear are the great enemies of knowledge, and he who encourages them, who does not slay them, thwarts himself at every step. – (pgs. 32-33)

From that it follows that anxiety and doubt are the greatest enemies of knowledge…If the human being lets in anxiety and doubt, and encourages them to appear and take effect, instead of knocking them down, then he/she not only thereby reduces his/her entire world of thoughts, rather, step by step, also his/her true personality and desired personality. – (pg. 186)

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure. His every thought is allied with power, and all difficulties are bravely met and wisely overcome. His purposes are seasonably planted, and they bloom and bring forth fruit which does not fall prematurely to the ground. – (pg. 33)

But if a human being overcomes his/her anxiety and doubt, then he/she thereby also overcomes his/her failures…then every thought is connected with such a power that it becomes the realizing might, which absolutely nothing at all can resist. In this state the human being bravely confronts all difficulties and overcomes them by means of his/her knowledge and by means of his/her wisdom. Thereby the evolution and, with that, also the sense of life, are fulfilled; consequently, knowledge, lived practical experiences, and wisdom, can continue to bloom and form fruit which no longer prematurely falls to the ground and rots. – (pg. 186)

Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force; he who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations; he who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers. – (pg. 33)

A healthy, positive thought, which is fearlessly held and formed and is clearly created, and is connected with an effectively valuable life-Ziel, becomes the creating power – the creative might – which can in fact no longer be countered by any opposition. And human beings who know that and have made that knowledge their own are always ready to turn towards that which is higher and is more evolutive, and thereby to also develop themselves to a higher degree…they no longer have any senselessly wandering thoughts or uncontrollably fluctuating feelings as a result of which they could still be thrown off track. And all those human beings who live this way…become increasingly conscious and intelligent leaders of themselves and of the might of their thoughts. – (pgs. 186-188)

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