Conditions Necessary for Perfect Success

in the practice of perfect success, the first necessary condition is the view of perfect success itself—the view that failure is an integral part of succeeding and that, ultimately, there is no such thing as failure. Thus, one must have faith and trust the One life-power and the light-power in oneself, completely confident of one's eventual success. This means, basically, that we must live from within and thus maintain a view of higher consciousness. Anything that contradicts this illumined view must be discarded, and we must proceed without doubt of our ultimate success. We must believe our perfect success is a present truth.

The second condition is consecrating and dedicating our action to the divine, and the invocation of the divine presence and power into it. The action must be given over to the divine, and we must surrender ourselves completely to all of the circumstances, situations, and events that occur as part of the process. This is not an idle surrender,- it is a dynamic one. We must exercise to the fullest possible extent all our personal effort and energy, actively cooperating with divine grace in the process. In so doing we give the action over to the divine for fulfillment. and we become conscious that we are intimately connected to an exhaustless source of abundant energy, knowledge, resource, opportunity, and possibility—in short, abundant life Thus, through the act of consecration we link ourselves to the infinite and eternal and are able to draw freely upon the One life-power to accomplish our purpose.

The third condition is a complete commitment to the activity on all levels of one's being—spiritual, mental, vital, and physical—a complete dedication of oneself to the activity. One must make a clear and conscious decision, with a full determination and direction of desire towards one's chosen aim, without any reservation or withholding of oneself on any level. A complete commitment of oneself releases the full range of one's energy and generates an overwhelming enthusiasm that converts determination into effective action. It is such commitment that brings about an integration and harmony of all levels of consciousness and allows us to focus the full force of c ur being upon a chosen activity. Where there is a withholding or oneself, an internal conflict is present and one's release of energy is correspondingly limited. This will impede one's success. In truth, the lack of a complete and total commitment and resulting inner conflicts are often the cause of failure in efforts of most ordinary individuals. As Yeshua says to the church of Laodicca in the Book of Revelation, rather than be lukewarm, it is better to be hot or cold, which is to say, to be completely commuted or to abstain from the activity altogether. Complete commitment is founded on the knowledge and understanding of the requirements necessary for an activity, as veil as the role both opposing and assisting forces play in the process. Only then can one be completely committed to a given action.

The fourth condition necessary is completely positive thought, emotion, speech, and action—a totally positive attitude. 3y "positive" is meant free from any form of negativity, gross or subtle, sucih as pride, arrogance, envy, jealousy, impatience, anger, doubt, fear, and so on. It is not that we must be a perfect tzaddik or realized individual to practice perfect success. It is that, in the chosen activity, we must seek to uplift the vibration of our consciousness and generate a completely positive field of energy. We must act with faith in ourselves, others, life, and the divine, completely confident and envisioning our ultimate success. We may be acting purely for our own benefit early on, which might be considered selfish, but we are certainly capable of doing so in such a way that our actions do not cause any harm or injury to others—for to harm or injure others is to compromise our own prosperity, success, health, and happiness. To be completely positive means that all our energies are fully released and flow out in a constructive and productive self-expression on all levels. Getting entangled in conflict, whether internal or external, or any other counterproductive actions are a waste of time and energy, and more often than not will prevent success. We need to act from our highest personal values and put forth our best with respect to every aspect of the action. Affirmations and creative visualization are cmcial to this condition If one is wise, one will extend positive thought, emotion, visualization, speech, and action to everyone who might be involved, and envision the success of others in their endeavors as well, for the success of others will contribute to one's own success.

The fifth and final condition is perfect performance of the activity. We must make a complete and exhaustive effort on a practical and physical level. Attainment in any field of human activity requires that we are fully present and involved, are willing to invest an enormous amount of time and energy, and have a conscious physical execution of the action. Perfect success requires that we give our all to the action, and seek to move with composure and grace—a harmonious movement, every aspect of which we seek to refine and perfect in the process. This applies to all levels of activity—material, psychic, and spiritual.

Thus there are five principal conditions for the perfection of success:

1. The View of Perfect Success

1. Consecration to the Divine

3. Complete Commitment

4. Completely Positive Energy

5. Perfect Performance

Along with these conditions we may, perhaps, include a sixth condition. As in all spiritual practices in Gnosticism, one must exercise one's own creativity in the application of the practice, adapting the practice " j oneself, one's life, and the prevailing flow of what is transpiring. As a general rule. Gnostics tend to leave a great deal of room in methods of spiritual practice for innovative and creative adaptation. To some extent, all spiritual practice must be adjusted to fit the needs and capacity of each individual, and thus be applied in a way that works for the individual. One must be creative in one's practice of perfect success.

We may now look to an afterword for our successful completion of this book!

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