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October 28, 2005

The Five Modes of Thinking: Studies in Science and Thinking

by Ozodi Thomas Osuji, Ph.D. (Seatle, Washington) --- INTRODUCTION In this paper, I will describe the five modes of thinking known to man, or, at least, known to me. The five are: (1) God/Christ, unified mode of thinking; (2) Ego, separated mode of thinking; (3) Ego, separated and idealistic mode of thinking; (4) Holy Spirit directed ego, separated mode of thinking: this has two levels, absolute Holy Spirit directed mode of thinking, in which case the individual is not in this world (5) and the lesser level of it where the individual is ego driven but occasionally listens to the Holy Spirit and does as the Holy Spirit directs him to do; this is where most people are.

I will not necessarily be sequential in making this presentation for the points were pieced together from disparate notes. Nevertheless, by the end of the presentation, the reader would be able to identify the five modes of thinking and decide which one he is employing at any point in his thinking.

This paper is meant for those already searching for God, those alienated from the extant world; the paper would probably not make much sense to those comfortable with the world, as we know it.

Human beings are always thinking. They cannot, not think, for to be a human being is to think. If one ceased thinking one would cease being.

To be alive is to think. Living is thinking; thinking is living. The individual is always thinking and thus is always living.

Life is eternal. Thinking is an eternal process. Thinking takes place in this world and in all other worlds, including in the world of God.

The universe is a thinking universe. However, there are many modes of thinking in the universe. The goal of this paper is to describe the various modes of thinking, so that the individual, since he is always thinking, recognizes his mode of thinking, and where he feels that his thinking is not yielding the results he desires modifies it. One cannot, not think; all that one can do is think differently.

Each mode of thinking brings its own results. Some modes of thinking bring peace and others bring conflict. If one desires peace, one must think in the mode that brings peace. On the other hand, if one desires conflict, one thinks in a mode that brings conflict. The choice is up to us. Peace or war? Choose.

In eternity there is no choice, but in time there is choice. In our world we have the illusion that it is up to us to choose, so we must choose the mode we want to think in. In realty, in eternity, we are always thinking in unison. But we chose to seem to think separately and that choice produced our current world.

The world is the opposite of heaven. Heaven is union; the world is separateness. Heaven is sameness and equality; the world is a place of differences and inequality. The world is a place of opposites, a place of contradictions and paradoxes: good and bad, black and white, night and day, pleasure and pain. In this world, we must seem to choose, so let us then know what we seem to be choosing.

The goal of this paper and Real-Self Fellowship, in general, is to help us choose to think in a manner that would produce peace and joy for us. If you do not share this purpose, please stop reading, now. You are perfectly free to choose to live in conflict and pain.

THINKING AND BEHAVIORS HAVE CONSEQUENCES

The Son of God, you, each of us, has the freedom to choose to think and behave as he pleases. However, since there is a law of cause and effect in the universe, whatever one chooses and does have its effects. One cannot escape from the consequences of ones choices.

In reality, in heaven, we really do not have choices for we are always as God created us and cannot choose to be different. But in the world of dreams and illusions we seem to choose and our choices have effects in our dream setting; not real effect, for reality remains as God created it, unified, but temporary, dream effects.

If one chooses to think in a manner that conflict is inevitable one must accept that reality. On the other hand, if one prefers peace, as we do at Real-Self Fellowship, one must think in such a manner that peace is the inevitable result.

Science of Thinking, of which this paper is part of, aims at enabling us think in accord with our real self. Our real self is unified spirit.

When we think in accord with our real self, with unified self, we are peaceful. When we think as our real self, unified self, we think in tandem with God and all creation; we think in a unified manner. This means that we stop thinking in ego, separated manner. It means giving up our current self, the separated ego self.

If we did this, give up our egos, we would not be in this world of space, time and matter. We would reawaken in the world of unified spirit. We would return to thinking as we do in eternity, what Christians call heaven.

One cannot be on earth, a place of separation, and simultaneously be aware of heaven, a place of union. That is impossible.

One is either aware of union or separation, but never both at the same time. Thus, if one completely returned to unified thinking, Christ/God unified thinking, one would exit from this world of ego/separated thinking.

Alternatively, one remains in this ego/separated world and its thinking and do one of two things. One can give ones thinking over to the Holy Spirit to guide one.

If one completely permitted the Holy Spirit to guide one, one would say nothing unless the Holy Spirit told one what to say.

If one listened to the Holy Spirit one hundred percent of the time and spoke with his voice, that is, through his guidance, one would also exit from this world of separation. But in as much as one still has some wishes for separated living, albeit directed by the Holy Spirit, one would be in what we might call by several names, including purgatory, real world, happy dream, heaven’s gate, near heaven, near God, Bramaloca etc.

Finally, one can choose to be in our world of separation, retain ones ego and occasionally over rules ones ego thinking and choose to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Thus, occasionally, one does not do what ones ego self asks one to do. One overlooks ego reason, which amounts to overlooking the ego’s call for vengeance and defensiveness.

In this world, we live in bodies and bodies are vulnerable. We see environmental factors attack us. Body must be defended to stay in being. If, for example, one did not eat food, one would not live in body. We need food, medications, clothes, and shelter to protect our bodies. If we did not wear clothes, particularly during the cold winter months in Alaska, we would die within twenty-four hours. Life on earth, which is lived in body, which is life in separated, ego state, must be defended for it to exist.

Without defense, that is, defenselessness, the earthly individual’s body dies. However, one can choose to occasionally not defend ones body and ego and momentarily, therefore, die to their awareness.

When one dies to the awareness of the ego one awakens to the awareness of unified spirit. When one does not defend the ego self one remembers unified spirit self.

If one is occasionally not defensive, one is occasionally listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. One is occasionally thinking from the perspective of the Holy Spirit.

During the moments one thinks from the perspective of the Holy Spirit one is near heaven. In this mode of thinking, one is still in ego state, but an ego guided by the Holy Spirit. One thinks in ego, separated thinking, hence is in this world but occasionally permits ones self to think like God does hence momentarily escapes from this world and come near to God, and eventually returns to this world’s mode of thinking and see ones self in this world.

This world’s primary mode of thinking is ego, separated thinking. If you are reading this material you are in the world of separation, which means that you have identified with the ego and think as an ego.

There are essentially two types of ego-based thinking. Ego normal thinking; this is what we might call normal persons’ thinking. Ninety nine percent of the people on earth are essentially normal most of the time. That is, most people think in ego normal mode. Here, the individual accepts that he is separated from God and from all people. He sees space and time between him and God and all people. He sees himself as living in a body. He accepts that what he sees with his physical eyes are facts and live accordingly. He is living in ego reality. He is not fighting with ego physical reality. He is a well-adjusted human being. He is a medical doctor, an engineer, a lawyer, and or a scientist; in short he is the normal human being. He is at home in this world. He is able to compete in this world and successfully do what the world asks of him to adapt to it; he is adapted to the realities of this world of space, time and matter.

The other type of ego thinking is what psychoanalysts used to refer to as neurosis. Here, the individual sees himself as he is, sees the world as it is and concludes that they are not good enough. He sees the world of separation, space-time and matter but does not like what he sees. He then uses his imagination to recreate and improve the world in his mind. He images himself as an improve person, he images other people as improved persons and he images animals, trees, every thing he sees in an ideal form of them.

Karen Horney, in her Book, Neurosis and Human Growth, describes this type of person very accurately. She described me to a T. Since I became self aware, which is, at least, by age six, I have rejected myself, rejected other people, rejected social institutions and used my thinking to image ideal alternatives to them. I then aspired to bringing my ideal forms into being.

I rejected my real self and created an ideal self, a replacement self, a substitute self and attempted to actualize that merely imaginary ideal. Of course, the imaginary is not the physically real. The self one imagines in ones mind is not the self in ones body. The self in body is imperfect, weak and vulnerable. The ideal self is purely ideational and therefore can be made perfect. My ideal self can seem invulnerable but my physical self is in body and experiences pain and hurt. Simply stated, the ego ideal is not the ego real.

The person who rejects the ego real self and pursues the ego ideal self is called a neurotic. He feels anxiety from not attaining his ideal self. The neurotic always lives with free-floating anxiety, for he defends his ideal self and is afraid of it failing.

Let us see how this works in real life. When I was in school, I wanted to be an A student. My ideal self preferred to make As in all my examinations. Therefore, during examinations I feared not making As. I experienced tremendous anticipatory anxiety, fear of not making As in future examinations.

When I made Bs I felt devastated. Bs was not part of my ideal self-image. My ideal self-image is that I am an A student. A very intelligent person, I believed does not make Bs, he makes As at all times.

Since I did not make As at all times, I did not live as my ideal self-image. Therefore, I felt anxious most of the time.

SECULAR AND SPIRITUAL CURE FOR NEUROSIS: GIVING UP THE IDEAL SELF, THE EGO AND ACCEPTIONG THE REAL SELF, THE UNIFIED SELF


The neurotic looks externally for affirmation of who he is. He invents an ideal self concept and translates it to an ideal self image and presents it to the rest of the world to affirm. Whenever he is around people or even not with people but merely thinking about them his primary preoccupation is how they see his self image: do they accept his ideal self image or not? If he fears being rejected, not his real self being rejected, for no one can reject the individual’s real self, it is his ideal self that fears being rejected and since it is false it must be rejected, he feels anxiety. (Karen Horney called it Basic Anxiety.)

Generally, he withdraws from other people. He avoids other people and in avoidance reduce his anxiety but not eliminate it for he still fears other people’s rejection of his ideal self. His life is wrapped around having his ideal superior self accepted by himself and by other people. This ideal superior self is not real and must be defended at all times least it is exposed as the false entity it is.

In social isolation, withdrawal from other people, the neurotic manages to convince himself that he could be his ideal self, which he is not and needs not even want to be that false self, a self trying to be which gives him nothing but anxiety, pain and suffering.

(There are many types of neurotic persons; the one that I have just described is called avoidant personality disorder, the shy person.)

What is healing for neurosis? It is letting go of the ego ideal. The individual must let go of identification with his ego ideal, must stop all wishes for a superior self, must give up all wishes for a special self that he himself invented to replace his real self. He must give up the substitute self, defense of which causes him a lot of pain and anxiety and interferes with his interpersonal relationships. He must stop looking outside himself for a self and instead look inside where his real self is.

The real self is created by God and does not look like ones body. It is not anything that the individual invented as a concept and transforms into a self image. The real self is not a concept and is imageless; the real self is an idea, the idea of God’s son in the mind of God. It is the self that God created; it is whole, holy and unified with God.

The individual needs do nothing to make the real self real; it is real because God created it and what God created is real and eternal.

The real self is inside one and one does not need other people to validate it, to like it or not. It does not matter what people in the world, in the dream, in an illusion that does not even exist say about the real self.

The real self is eternal, permanent and changeless. The real self is the son of God as God created him, unified with his father and with all his brothers in eternity and is immortal.

The real self is formless spirit and is not in physical form; it is an idea in the mind of God. Ideas leave not their source. The real self is always in the mind of God where it was created as the extension of God.

When neurosis is healed the individual feels calm, peaceful and happy. Why so? Because he is no longer looking externally to other people and the world to approve the false ideal self he invented to replace his real self with. He is being the self God created him as, the self he is given by God, not the self he gave to himself. He has rejected the self he made, the craven idol, the antichrist, (the ego is the antichrist) and accepted the self that God created, the unified Christ, as his real self. He is no longer in competition with God trying to create himself by giving himself a false self, but has accepted that God created him by accepting the real son of God that God created.

He is happy to be the child of God. That child of God is inside him, not outside him. The Child of God, the Christ in him, is the one who went into sleep, forgets its real identity as the holy son of God (holy is contraction of whole, the whole Son of God, meaning joined to God and all creation, not the unholy Son of God, the separated ego self) and invents the ego self and the ego ideal self and tries to become it.

The son of God is the dreamer of dreams and the thinker of earthly thoughts. He is not his earthly thoughts, for the dreamer is not his dreams. He is the conceptualizer and the image maker. When he recognizes that he is the maker of the self concept and self image and gives up trying to make concepts and images for himself and for other people and becoming them and just accepts the self that he already is, the self that God created him as, the holy self, he is now innocent, sinless and guiltless for he has stopped sinning.

To sin is to make a different self, the self concept and self image for ones self and try to be it. To sin is to make a false self and use it to separate from God and try to go make it seem real. When one stops trying to make the ego/neurotic/psychotic false self real one is no longer separating from God and is sinless and does not feel neurotic affects like guilt, fear, anger, sadness, depression, paranoia, shame and pride. One knows that the internal self is all worth and is magnificent, for God is magnificent and what God made is magnificent, not the grandiosity the neurotic self gives itself but the grandeur that God created his son as, a grandeur given to us by God, not the false grandiosity one gives to one by ones self.

A healed mind is a person who thinks differently, for mind is thinking, from thinking separately to thinking in a unified manner. What this means is that he loves his real self, not his ideal self, he loves all people’s real selves and he forgives what the ego selves do on earth. He is a prodigal son who is now returned to his father, to his home and is being how his father created him and wants him to be, unified.

A healed mind looks inside himself and experiences God inside and gives him thanks, as God gives thanks to him, his son, after all he was created by God to be a companion for his father and brothers. He closes his eyes to the external world and what it says of him and sees inside, his real self, the Christ self. He sees the face of Christ in himself and all his brothers and loves them all.

He seeks a vocation that he truly loves and has aptitude in doing and does it not to get attention for his ego ideal but because he has interest in doing it and loves doing it. Such a Holy Spirit directed vocation generally contributes to the rest of the community, in a positive manner. In our own case, we contribute to the community by living our real self and showing people how to live out of their real self, in atonement, in at-one-ment with the whole, in union with God and all his creation hence in peace and joy. We engage in our profession of writing on the science of thinking, to enable all people to think in such a manner that peace and joy results for them.

The neurotic has a pattern of behavior: he presents his ego ideal to others, uses its ideal standards to criticize others and nobody can ever live up to his ideal self and its deal standards. People feeling unfairly criticized by him, to judge and criticize is to attack, so he is psychologically attacking people and they feel upset and attack him in self defense. They attack him because he did not love them; they attack him because they are asking him to love them and not criticize them. But instead of recognizing their attack on him as their call for love for them, when love is missing, and love them, to love himself, he feels unjustly attacked and counter attacks people. He may even avoid people to go retain and maintain his false ideal ego.

What he needs to do is see his attackers as sending him a message; the message is that he needs to give up his ego ideal for himself and for other people and stop using it to make life hellish for all people. To be a neurotic is to live in hell, a hell of ones making. To overcome neurotic thinking, that is, to not think from ego ideal stand point but to think from love and forgiving stand point, is to feel released from all the pain, anxiety and suffering that neurotic thinking patterns induce in the individual. This improves the individual’s interpersonal relationships.

A healed mind, a mind that now joins other minds that think forgiving and loving thoughts, not separating thoughts that maintain the false ideal self, has healed relationships. One is now one with all people; one is no longer judgmental and critical; one is accepting of all people hence at peace and joy with all people. Life becomes a joy, a happy dream.

There are those who go from garden-variety neurosis, like what I had, to psychosis. The psychotic is an exaggerated neurotic. He sees the ego real, his body and self, as not good enough. He sees the world of other people as not good enough. He uses his mind to construct ideal self for himself, and for other people and an ideal world. In reality, nobody is ever ideal. The psychotic to be adolescent is thus in a dilemma. Before he is age twenty-five, he recognizes that his ideal self and world is not going to occur in the world of reality. But he fervently wants that ideal self and ideal world to occur. So what to do?

He flips over and imagines that he is living in that ideal self and ideal world. He images that he is living in the world of ideation, the mere imaginary, the world he wished existed but that does not exist in the real world. That is to say that he tunes out our ego real world and lives in his own imaginary world, in the world of fantasy.

Real-Self Fellowship (RSF)

(Seattle Center)

600- 1st Avenue, Suite 325

Seattle, WA. 98104

(206) 464-9004

Ozodi@africainstituteseattle.org

Posted by Administrator at October 28, 2005 02:05 PM

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