The Blackboard in the Kitchen has a special ‘testbed’ relationship to The Ecology of the Soul. It’s where I chalk up ideas as they occur, usually late at night, so I can look at them again in the morning and see if they’re any good. Some are, some aren’t. Some go into The Book – The Ecology of the Soul: Unlock Your Seven Powers of Spiritual Success – some won’t. This one starts you pondering about the verbal, as well as the meaningful, relationship between the ideas ‘inspire’ and ‘breathe’; and it suggests that you plant a ‘Power Seed’ – a meditative kick-starter, a simple, single thought to occupy the 60-second ‘Magic Minute’ you are giving yourself, to focus specifically on the state of mind you want to achieve. Is it peace, power, stillness, accuracy, energy?
We deal with Power Seeds, more and more of them. They don’t have to connect directly to a specific state of mind, in fact much of their appeal comes from their random nature. They are the link between Mind and Action – a way of making behaviour change real. But there will be times when you need to get a grip on the underlying consciousness that is generating the uneasy, downward-moving mindset. The Substrate.
This one also captures the moment when The Enemy made it into The Book with his very own chapter. We met him a while ago, on the earlier boards that follow (in true logical sequence we go last first), but here is where I decided he had to have a proper presence in The Book. No point in filling a big book with wonderful, blissful, powerful, spiritual things to work on but ignore the negatives that keep people from even getting started, right?