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Be A Creator

I love truth! Especially when it comes from unexpected sources.

Several years ago I found myself in a bout of seasonal depression, mixed with a bit of despair from where I was (and wasn't) in life. I felt stuck, and as though life had dealt me an unfair hand.

It was the end of December 2012, when I was directed to a Forbes web article, which I don't normally read. It featured ten suggestions for making New Year's resolutions. It was a good read, all in all, but suggestion number nine had a doctrinal ring of truth unparalleled from any secular source I've come across. Not to sound overly dramatic, but it changed my life.
#9 - What is the outcome you want? What stands in your way? How do you overcome these obstacles? These three simple questions will keep you from being victimized by any situation. Creators change the world. Victims just bi*ch about stuff. (Forbes)
I thought about apologizing for the expletive in the article, but to be honest, its raw boldness slapped me out of my narcissism, helped me wake up to who I was meant to be, and helped me gain control of my life rather than be controlled by it. Additionally, the Spirit confirmed its truth to me as a principle I was ready for comprehending and implementing in my life.

The doctrinal basis for this secular, though inspired, advice is best articulated in the Book of Mormon by Father Lehi when he discussed God's children as creatures that act, not to be acted upon (2 Nephi 2:26); or in Forbe's vernacular, we are meant to be creators that create, not victim's to be victimized.

As inspired as the author was, I would add a condition to one of his points: asking the three simple questions alone will not prevent us from being victimized. Rather, asking, and then answering those questions with the assistance of the Holy Ghost, and then acting in faith upon the answers received is what will lead to the true power of being a creator.

Inherent in the author's remarks is the idea that we create our own circumstances and character - whether positive or negative. This thought was frequently emphasized by nineteenth century, British author and philosopher, James Allen. In his book "As a Man Thinketh", he said
*Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.

As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.
My shortcomings are more frequent than I care to admit, but I've had some successes. Shortly after I read the Forbes article I enrolled in graduate school and completed a Master of Science degree. So many times throughout the program I felt inadequate, and like giving up. I ultimately passed my final examination I believe with the highest grade of my class. My diploma represents more than a scholarly credential to me. It signifies the overcoming of the victimization I had previously shackled myself with, and the recognition of one of the most inspired truths I've come to know - The key to my success or failure lies within.

May your New Years resolutions and every choice you make in years to come be driven by the creator within you.

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*As a Man Thinketh, James Allen. Chapter 1:

THE aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them. This applies equally to those acts called "spontaneous" and "unpremeditated" as to those, which are deliberately executed.

Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.

"Thought in the mind hath made us, What we are
By thought was wrought and built. If a man’s mind
Hath evil thoughts, pain comes on him as comes
The wheel the ox behind....

..If one endure
In purity of thought, joy follows him

As his own shadow—sure."
Man is a growth by law, and not a creation by artifice, and cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things. A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harbouring of grovelling thoughts.

Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. By the right choice and true application of thought, man ascends to the Divine Perfection; by the abuse and wrong application of thought, he descends below the level of the beast. Between these two extremes are all the grades of character, and man is their maker and master.

Of all the beautiful truths pertaining to the soul which have been restored and brought to light in this age, none is more gladdening or fruitful of divine promise and confidence than this—that man is the master of thought, the moulder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.

As a being of Power, Intelligence, and Love, and the lord of his own thoughts, man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.

Man is always the master, even in his weaker and most abandoned state; but in his weakness and degradation he is the foolish master who misgoverns his "household." When he begins to reflect upon his condition, and to search diligently for the Law upon which his being is established, he then becomes the wise master, directing his energies with intelligence, and fashioning his thoughts to fruitful issues. Such is the conscious master, and man can only thus become by discovering within himself the laws of thought; which discovery is totally a matter of application, self analysis, and experience.

Only by much searching and mining, are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul; and that he is the maker of his character, the moulder of his life, and the builder of his destiny, he may unerringly prove, if he will watch, control, and alter his thoughts, tracing their effects upon himself, upon others, and upon his life and circumstances, linking cause and effect by patient practice and investigation, and utilizing his every experience, even to the most trivial, everyday occurrence, as a means of obtaining that knowledge of himself which is Understanding, Wisdom, Power. In this direction, as in no other, is the law absolute that "He that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened;" for only by patience, practice, and ceaseless importunity can a man enter the Door of the Temple of Knowledge
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  1. Thank you Eric! Wonderful insights as we begin the new year! Many, Many thanks for all your efforts with the Podcasts and for all you (and your wife and family) are doing to move the work forward. Thank you for your years of study and preparation which are now blessing many. May God's richest blessings be yours always!

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  2. Thanks for your kind remarks Noni. And may the Lord bless you as well! Happy New Year!

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  3. I love your podcast on the hidden bloodline of Christ. I've listened to it several times. I've always wondered what is in the Apocrypha writings. Can you send me a link or info on how I could read more of them?

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