Our mind produces the experiences of ignorance, pain, enlightenment and happiness so it is the master of our inner character and our outer circumstance. All of us want to be happy and are filled with pure consciousness, but this pure consciousness is blocked in the mind by ignorance. The key to opening the door to knowledge and pure consciousness is held by the ‘doer I’ part of the mind. If we want to experience a particular good, the ‘doer I’ must become conscious of it and demonstrate it because it is the ego that gives us the path for our personal expression. It provides or blocks the avenue through which pure consciousness can work. The mind is like a garden because it can be cultivated or permitted to run wild, and the results are either useless weeds or an abundance of fruit. By weeding out negative thoughts and cultivating positive thoughts, our minds discover that we are the master-gardener of pure consciousness.
The thoughts built into our character have brought us where we are today either happy or unhappy. If we are sad, we can’t learn, grow, evolve and progress to a place where we are happy and content until we find a place in our minds that is in harmony with our surroundings. When out of harmony, we learn by suffering and by cultivating happiness. As individuals, we have the choice to direct our minds wherever we choose so we may fall to the level of our desires or rise to the heights of our good deeds.
Taking responsibility for ourselves in a deeper way, we understand that it is the duty of an evolved being to give reality to the best convictions. This expression of pure consciousness needs the same courage and self-sacrifice shown by Christ because to gain Christ consciousness takes honesty. We have to realize who we are in our own way. The ‘pure I’ feeling can be felt, but can’t be totally understood because it is the symbol of the higher part of our mind. It is a treasure buried within us in the pure essence of our being, a seed that becomes a tree in order to shade others.
As Christ consciousness is in us so also is Our Father’s heavenly kingdom. Since we are in a quest for happiness and the essence of our being, this consciousness is a pearl of great price. It is a sacrifice, until we start imitating Christ consciousness and forget the brutal pursuit of crude active pleasures and the pain they bring to us. When pleasure no longer becomes the chief purpose of our life and the joy of God’s kingdom is realized, the ego dominated slave is set free to follow the deepest nature of our being as our mind steps out of the chaos of life and steps towards Christ consciousness to enter God’s kingdom in pure consciousness and bliss.