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Mental Associations

A mental association reaching for God is no different than a mental association reaching for Heroin. Although these will produce different outer results, the same inner bondage for both holds true…

Mental associations to what’s occurring determines the energy you will live by and this is because the mental associations are tied into your emotions which is what gives them life. It’s never truly about what’s occurring, it’s always the mental association to it that determines how you will respond. Using the example of food shows how prevalent this is. Food is needed to live, but how about dessert, see how the mental association to dessert makes the emotion of pleasure arise. Nothing inherently has an association to it, if we didn’t have tastebuds our eating habits would be different and this would be because the mental association to pleasure wouldn’t arise and manifest in the need to be satisfied by food or dessert. Without tastebuds we would eat when we were hungry, not to say that we don’t now, but I know in my case food and especially dessert is used for quench the thirst of pleasure. I don’t eat food that I don’t like and dessert is definitely eaten strictly to provide pleasure. The mental association to things determines how strong the grip is.

Look at some of the most glaring labeled addictions in our society and see why it’s nearly impossible to break free from their hold. The mental association to anything being used as a coping mechanism runs deep, but what’s not understood is the less glaring one’s have the same mental pull as the one’s that wreck havoc and even kill. One uses programs to break free from the mental association to something, only to substitute it for another mental association (a program) and although the outer results may be different, the same bondage to a mental association hold you captive. A mental association to God is no different than a mental association to Heroin; different outer results, but the same inner bondage. Until this is understood, the mental association to whatever the Conditioned Mind uses will keep you in bondage to whatever is being reached for…