This is a two parter. At this first line of text, I’m not sure if there’s a connection or not. Let’s explore.
Opinions – The MKMMA path has suggested that we eliminate all opinions. I kind of get that. Council from scripture teaches to not judge others. At the end of the day, we really don’t know another’s circumstance, desire, limitations, experience or any other factor that may or may not have influenced or tempered their words or actions. To judge in our hearts or openly in our words or actions, is manifesting our own limitations. We are expressing, silent or spoken, an opinion. My Mom always used to say that “the thing you dislike about someone else is the very thing you dislike about yourself”. Interesting.
It was suggested that if we’re a world class expert in a chosen area of study or field, we than carry guarded permission to express our point of view. Even then, “facts” change every day with new discoveries. Care must be taken.
And what of the worst opinions of all. Our opinions of self. Fear, I have been taught and have experienced far too often, is the greatest tool of the Adversary of all things good, to limit our growth and contribution. And how? By promoting self doubt. “I’m such an idiot”, or “I can’t do that” or “I’ll never understand that”, or “I can’t afford that” or other such things. I’m fighting the “can’t afford” demon right now. But aren’t we world class experts of our own lives? Can we not accurately render an opinion in these things? Yes and no. We can accurately say, “I made a mistake” but then say “I will do better tomorrow”. We can say “I don’t possess the strength or understanding to do that today, but I will find the information, practice the skill or develop the strength so that I can do that thing successfully”. We can say “That idea or principle is not making sense to me right now. Let me take a few minutes, clear my head and then sit down again. I may need to do a little research and seek the guidance of a teacher, but nothing is outside of my ability to comprehend.” We can say “I don’t currently have enough money in my pocket today to purchase that thing, but I can be of service to others, and their returned kindness, whether in financial exchange or some other form will provide me with the very thing I desire or better”.
Strike every self limiting thought, barbed comment or insult directed at yourself. You are speaking about, and to a being with divine heritage. You are abusing a child of God. Stop it!
Edison. Ok, not really Edison. But electricity, and I guess Edison is certainly connected to that. In the Master Key this week, at 6-9 it offers that “…our faith must be strong enough to generate enough a current of sufficient strength to bring our purpose into manifestation.” Current. Let me share what I understand about electricity. This comes not so much from any kind of classroom instruction but rather from sticking my fingers in places they didn’t belong. I have developed a healthy respect for the potential of electricity.
There are two major descriptors of electrical power : Voltage and current. Voltage is the thing that makes impressive sparks. Short out something with high voltage and you can have a great though fleeting light show. But what of current. Current, to my understanding is the silent killer. You can have a pretty low voltage, but if there is enough available current, and you become a solid conductor, it will kill you. Current is the thing that does the work. If the device that creates the electricity is capable in it’s design, the current is limited only by the thing which it’s passing through. Consider a number of light bulbs. If you put in a 25 watt bulb, you will have limited light. If you put in a 100 watt bulb the room becomes much brighter. The power to the home has not changed. What has changed is the device that that same power is flowing through. The current has increased. The bulb was the limiting factor.
Of course, our homes have limits designed into them for safety. Most single circuits are limited to 15amps. The problem with increasing current is it increases heat. Too much heat=fire. Not good. If you tap into the available current and take it beyond the design, you pop a breaker.
So what of us and the current spoken of in the Master Key? Many of us have experienced those bursts of excitement and momentary commitment to a cause. A big spark. Lots of noise and a microsecond of effort, but then it’s over. There wasn’t enough current to sustain the effort. In the Master Key text, faith is the dynamo.
The faith to keep going can be taxed. Current, or the amount of work that can be done is only limited by the supply and the conductor that carries it. We have enough examples in history to suggest that there have been individuals with seeming unlimited supply and more than adequate capacity to execute the task at hand. I would suggest that for the most part, we are by design that same in every capacity to the “great ones” with possibly the exception of faith and commitment, but faith and commitment are not matters of design. They are matters of choice.
So, a connection between Opinions and Edison? Yes, yes there is, as Phineas would say. There’s a condition in computer logic called an endless loop. In programming I don’t believe an endless loop will cause any physical damage, but the program will stop running. In audio, an endless loop could be described as feedback. In our lives an endless loop can send us to the 8th floor (in Windsor, that means the psych ward). “I must – but I can’t…” is an endless loop. “I must” is a decision, and often a good one. “I can’t” is an opinion and not productive. Put unlimited current behind this experience and we’re going to break something. But put that current behind “I may not be able to accomplish this task today, but I will push forward until I can do it in my sleep…”, and we change ourselves, and bless the lives of others.
An oversharing of opinions might get you uninvited to dinner parties. Oversharing of limiting opinions about ourselves will ensure us to manifest the Thoreau observation that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. May that not be our legacy.