By Richard Kieninger


All the things that you do and that happen to you is your life. If you do not take charge of the events in your life, then other people might take charge of you, or you may just drift. The Lemurian Philosophy points out that we are solely responsible for the occurrences we enjoy or suffer in our private affairs and business transactions. The neutral nature of Existence does not favor or limit anyone. We are each of us entitled to control as much of the world as we are able to handle. The Universe responds to human powers of mind regardless who uses them. If a man believes he is down and out, the Universe will reflect back to him an environment corresponding to his images and emotional tone for as long as he thinks that way. If he maintains attitudes of enthusiasm, happi­ness, expectant success, and a determination to actively strive for the accomplish­ment of a worthy goal, the Universe reflects these conditions in the physical reality of his life.


The self-help books and courses that promote wealth consciousness tell us that those who enjoy the best that life has to offer—i.e., the wherewithal to accomplish dreams and exciting activities, having friends and love—all stem from one’s personal attitudes about his self-image and his level of expectation. These success-oriented courses point out that a person must take charge of him­self and become consciously responsible for everything he hopes to have and to occur in his life. Success begins in self-attitude, and this in turn depends upon one’s emotional make up. It has long been demonstrated that while skill and education are valuable adjuncts to achievement, they are not the final determi­nants of success. If that were so, then we could expect a college degree to be the passport to riches and happiness. We must also keep in mind that there are important and attractive aspects of life other than the marketplace in which to be successful, but the means to attain them follow the same principles.


Being a loser is a state of mind which keeps a person from even trying—he expects that any effort would come to naught in the long run. He feels he doesn’t deserve success, or that the demands of success would be too strenuous or beyond his coping, or that the world or God is against him. The loser is most likely a person who suffers from guilt, anxiety, or apathy. One’s internal re­sponse to these three conditions is emotional dejection.


To bring about an attitude conducive to success, one’s negative emotions and their underlying causes must be corrected: Feelings of guilt can come from engaging in activities that are underhanded, immoral, or illegal and which in turn produce the low emotional tones that allow one to continue to do those things that are detrimental to the welfare of others and oneself. The cure is to discipline oneself to stop doing what is eroding self-esteem. It is impossible to feel good about yourself when you are sneaking sex with someone else’s spouse, gypping your business associates, smoking pot, getting drunk, or manipulating others. Another source of guilt lies in subconscious causes of which the sufferer needs to be made aware through knowledge of psychology or through therapy. These subconscious causes usually relate to fearful suppression of sexual explo­ration or suppression of anger when one was a child. Anxiety is another effec­tive crippler of confidence. It has been demonstrated scientifically that a person is unable to learn or to work effectively while in a state of anxiety, whether short-term or chronic. By definition, anxiety is a diffuse, unidentifiable fear from a source in the subconscious mind, and it therefore cannot be dealt with, escaped from, or overcome directly. Apathy is the emotional condition of one who has given up and doesn’t care what happens next. All the above conditions can be overcome through determined action on the part of the sufferer. of course, it would be far superior to have a culture which does not impose negative and crippling attitudes in the first place—and that is what Adelphi is working to restore—but a person must deal with himself in the here and now. There is much practical psychology which he will learn thoroughly while undoing the restrictive attitudes put upon him by society, and with this knowledge he can help interrupt the repetitive cycle of parents and institutions passing down unhappiness and ineffectualness to their children.

How does one go about raising his emotional tone so that he may achieve a success consciousness? Bringing one’s unconscious experiences of pain and unworthiness into awareness where they can be dealt with in the light of adult understanding has been expressed in the paragraph above. But there are more easily accomplished actions which go along with self-analysis and which greatly enhance the chances for more effectively and speedily arriving at a state of healthy, happy, enthusiastic maturity. Essentially, these actions involve chang­ing one’s environment to conditions more conducive to positive emotions. Envi­ronment includes people and places like family, job, and neighborhood. Tem­pestuous, angry, unhappy surroundings produce disturbed individuals, and one should remove himself from such negative conditions if he hopes to improve his emotional tone. While dealing with angry, unhappy, non-sane people, one can­not help but be dragged down. Get such people out of your life and cut commu­nication lines with them. They are poison. It is better to end a marriage to a person whose presence keeps your emotions chronically negative. Even the Bible states that, “A man’s enemies are they of his own house.” When you are in a congenial atmosphere where friendship, agreement with your ideas, and up­lifting, authentic communication are prevalent, your emotional tone rises.


A person must not permit himself to live in a squalid neighborhood or apartment; for this will inevitably offend his esthetic tone. Engaging in or being entertained by the arts is food for the spirit of man. “If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a hyacinth,” is a worthwhile adage to follow for the uplift of the soul through appreciation of beauty. Good nutrition and care of one’s physical vehicle are essential to a sense of well-being. The fatigue incident to poor health habits—lack of proper rest (due to a short sleep time or to high noise pollution during the sleep period preventing real relaxation), a junk-food diet, caffeine and nicotine, the use of chemical crutches—produces nervousness, accident proneness, and a loss of stability which inescapably results in low emo­tional tone. Inactivity is also destructive to the individual. One should always have a hobby or sports activity or an educational course as a challenge. If one has the blues, some sort of physical activity—planting a garden, sprucing up the house, washing the car—will perk one up. Indeed, learning job skills or techniques for improving self-understanding or ways to uplift the quality of life all contribute to a person’s improved sense of self-esteem. The best of all pos­sible activities for bringing a person up to enthusiastic emotions is to engage in working toward a worthy, long-range goal which is important to him.


Virtually everyone experiences positive emotions when he becomes suc­cessful, has a happy marriage, has meaningful work, and makes himself a lik­able, friendly person. This almost sounds like a paradox to the loser: “Sure, I could be happy too if I had all those things. But you say I can’t get there unless I first develop a success attitude and high-tone emotions.” Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The process is an ever-improving cycle mutually dependent upon the interplay between confidence and success. Success breeds confidence, and confidence encourages the reaching out for more areas in which to expect success. Everyone grows step-by-step, and the alternate rungs of the ladder which one must climb by his own effort are called “confidence” and “success The greater the command a person has over himself, his circumstances, and the things around him, the higher his emotional tone becomes and stays. The truly mature person seeks and enjoys responsibility. If he is promoted to a position beyond his skills or is asked to meet impossible standards, he must have the sense to change positions lest his all-important success attitudes and emotional tone deteriorate.




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