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Have you ever wondered why the events in your life happen the way they do? Doesn't it seem sometimes that you have no control over what happens in your life? We're not talking about things like the weather, or the latest government policy, but things like, "why don't I have enough money?" or, "why can't I find that perfect relationship?"
It turns out that the universe, like a computer, has an operating system. A computer operating system is a series of instructions that allows the user to access the computer's components and to run the software programs that allow him or her to perform useful work. The operating system of the computer has rules that it must follow in order to make everything inside the computer work properly. The process by which this is accomplished is actually quite complicated, but the operating system takes care of it all, invisible to the user.
The universe also has an operating system, which I am calling the Universal Operating System. Is it possible, do you think, for an infinite creation like the universe to operate randomly? If you ponder that for a minute you can see that in order for anything to work properly it must be well designed. The telephone has anumber pad and a display that allow you to use it; the stove has dials to control the cooking temperature. All devices, in other words, have an interface that allows the user to communicate with the machine and direct its proper function. Inside the device, the components are hooked together in the most efficient manner.
The universe is no different than your telephone, computer or household appliance, in the sense that it provides a way to interact with you in an intelligent fashion.
It turns out that the universe has been designed to directly interface with your thoughts and feelings.
The Universal Operating System is a subtle energy system that interfaces directly with each and every human being on the planet. Of course there is no way to prove this objectively, but there is a way to prove it to yourself. The purpose of this book is to describe the universe's interface so that you can use it to make your life better. In order to do this we have to start at the beginning, and talk about consciousness.
Throughout history, consciousness has been assigned a non-physical origin. It is only within the past hundred years or so that mankind, in his zeal to accurately describe the physical universe, has lost touch with his spiritual nature. In this book we say that self-awareness, being non-physical in nature, exists independent of physical structures or containers (bodies) and that it is eternal. We do this because when life is viewed from such a perspective it becomes easier to understand, and such assumptions, when fully understood, supply an inner feeling of power, joy, and well-being. These feelings are fundamental to life itself, and all beings, no matter how evolved, strive for them.
In this book, we take the position that the universe is well ordered and has been designed for well-being; that life is meaningful and can, and should, be joyful. We take the position that a human being has a physical, a mental, and a spiritual component and that the spiritual component, consciousness, is paramount in importance. Why is consciousness paramount? Because it is the animating and directing principle of the universe.
Science has already systematized the laws of matter and energy and we will not argue with them; however, in Chapter 2, we will propose an interesting twist on scientific laws that provide a new and empowering way to look at life and the universe.
Fortunately, just as there are laws describing the behavior of matter and energy, there are also a few general but powerful principles that describe how the universe responds to human beings (and other life forms as well). Knowledge of these fundamental principles can make life easier and a lot more understandable.
The universe's operating system provides a user interface, but it is a little different from a computer or a machine. However, the components are all recognizable and we will be describing them as the book goes along. By the time we are through you will have all the information you need to enjoy life more and worry a lot less!
You can and should test the principles in this book yourself to see if they work. The whole idea is to present material that a person can use in life to change conditions for the better; a bunch of theory that cannot be applied is, in my opinion, useless.
The good news is, you don't need to know any math, you don't have to be a holy man or a guru, you don't even have to be smart! All you have to do is follow some simple, but very powerful guidelines. It's so easy, even a child can do it.
When we say that you can use the Universal Operating System (UOS) to change conditions for the better, we are not saying that you can learn to levitate chairs, wave a magic wand and create a pot of gold, or create world peace. You can, however, learn how to improve the way you feel about yourself. And you can learn how to attract a good relationship, or find a better job, or get along better with your kids. These are things well worth achieving!
Learning about the operating system of the universe is a lot like learning a new software program. If you understand how to work the software, you can actually get results. If you do not, you are fumbling around with incomprehensible menus and just going by trial and error, and what you get is often totally the opposite of what you wanted. Understanding the universe's operating system allows you to be in control of the "software" that runs the universe, instead of it controlling you.
Because we are working in the spirit-mind-body framework, we have to make a few assumptions about the nature of consciousness itself in order to get a grip on how and why the UOS. works the way it does. So here goes!
What is Consciousness?
Even though it's impossible to say for sure what consciousness is, we can make some broad, general statements that most people can agree with. After all, every person is to some degree an expert, because if you are alive, you are conscious.
We will begin by saying that consciousness is the animating principle of the universe. The animating principle has been understood by every culture that has ever existed on earth, and has been called chi, prana, Spirit, Ka, life force, etc.
In our model, when a person or an animal dies, the animating principle leaves and the body decays. When a flower wilts, the consciousness of the flower leaves. When a one-celled amoeba dies, the consciousness of the amoeba departs. Everything that lives is conscious!
As human beings we don't really think that flowers and insects and amoeba's have consciousness. But for the purposes of this book, we will say that they do. The animating principle of consciousness is the Source behind all of the biological life on our planet.
Quality vs. Quantity
We begin our discussion of consciousness by describing it as a static. A static is defined as something that is self-aware, but which has no moving parts and no mass; a pure potential or causative influence that has unlimited scope. In other words, consciousness exists independent of matter and energy, which means that all life forms continue after the body dies. This concept is ancient, and is known as reincarnation.
A quality is an observable characteristic, feature, or aspect of the animating principle. In physics we might call it a scalar, a dimensionless quantity with magnitude, but no direction (time is an example of a scalar). In this sense consciousness, although itself not measurable, may exert an effect or influence which is observable.
A quantity, on the other hand, is something that can be seen, felt, or heard by the senses of the body, and/or is measurable or detectable with instrumentation.
In the physical universe we can observe the qualities people exhibit. We say: "He has character" or "She is full of life." These are reasonable statements but they cannot be accurately quantified. If asked, "Why do you say she is full of life?" we may observe that she is always cheerful, has lots of energy, and participates in many activities. But it would be hard to write a mathematical equation to describe the quality called 'full of life.' The reason qualities cannot be accurately specified is because they stem from consciousness itself, which may change its mind at any time and so exhibit entirely different characteristics. For example, a person (let's call him Moe) who is angry a lot might decide to lighten up and take things less seriously, and will demonstrate remarkably different characteristics from that point on.
We cannot observe how Moe changed his behavior patterns because that process is invisible to us, but we can notice how much more friendly Moe is to his family, friends, and co-workers. We cannot know precisely why Moe changed either, but Moe does. Moe has used the most powerful tool of consciousness to alter his behavior and feel better about himself: he has made a new decision. One of the things we can say about consciousness is that it has the ability to think, to decide, to prefer. A decision or a preference leads to a new state of BEING, and from that state of being, a new way of feeling, and a new set of actions will result.
A decision, in other words, is a very powerful thing, because before one can act, one must have made a decision to do so. The content of this decision will determine what actions will be taken. If one wanted to bake a cake, one would not randomly throw ingredients together; one would operate off of a recipe. You would not walk across the street without thinking about the possibility of oncoming traffic. These statements are obvious but their importance is often missed.
All action is preceded by thought.
There has never been an action that did not involve a decision first, even if it's as simple as turning your car into your driveway. It is obvious that you could decide not to turn into your driveway after a day of work; you may decide, on an impulse, to go to the gym, or to the bar, or to see your girlfriend. To quote the Buddha, "All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make our world."
The importance of thought, and being, is mostly not understood. Action is considered far more important, for it is action, it is said, that gets results. Yet all of that action is based upon a state of beingness. For example, James might want to learn how to play the piano. First he assumes the beingness of one who can learn to play the instrument. In other words, you have to BE something before you can DO it. You have to have the idea of it, before you can start. The better James is at assuming this beingness, the faster he will learn. I assure you from personal experience and observation that if you cannot BE a person who can play the piano, you can never learn to play.
Before James knows how to play he says, "I want to be a piano player." After a few years of study and practice, he can say "I am a piano player." Both of these statements use a form of the verb to be. One might say, "Yes, but the only reason James can say he is a player is because he can do it." True enough, but that is not how we look at it! We say, "I am a piano player," we don't say, "I do piano playing." Why is that? It's because we instinctively recognize the power of thought and the primacy of consciousness as source for all of our actions. We understand that being encompasses doing; or, in other words, that action is a subset of being. Being is first, then action, then results. This might seem trivial and obvious, but it is not! In order to change your situation, you need to create a state of being within yourself exactly matching what it is you want to accomplish. Around this idea is a very important principle in the Universal Operating System, and we will discuss it in great detail.
Without a clear and firm decision about something, there can be no concrete results. We have all seen people who just drift along in life; they never seem to have a direction and wander aimlessly from one job to the next, from one relationship to the next. I remember asking such a person, "What do you want out of life?" At first she was startled, as if the idea had never occurred to her before; finally, after several tries, she shrugged and said, "I don't know."
Consciousness has the power to decide, and when a person does so, he or she creates a state of beingness, or orientation, which guides action. When James decides to be a piano player, we do not see him take saxophone lessons, or enroll in a martial arts class. Of course, he might do this as a result of other decisions he has made, but again, those decisions will guide his actions in those areas.
The conditions of your life are a precise combination of all of the decisions you have made.
Everything you do is preceded by a choice; your own choice. One might say, "Yeah, but if you're forced to do something by circumstances, or by physical violence, then it's not your choice." We will see later on that although this is an accurate statement on the surface, it hides a more fundamental truth. We will see that a person is always at source-point over his or her life! We will also see how the decisions you make directly affect your feelings and emotions, and how you can use the power of consciousness to feel better.
A decision, or a choice, or a state of being is an example of a quality. As we said before, it's impossible to observe a decision, we can only see the effects of the decision. However, a quantity is much easier to understand, for one can just look around and observe it. The chair you are sitting in, the floor, the tree in the backyard, the sun, moon and stars are quantities, for they can be seen and felt.
The difference between a quantity and a quality is that the former can be known directly from observation, and the latter cannot. The actions of James may be quantified, but not the motivations; we may say, "James practiced for 2 hours today," but that might not tell us how James practiced: we might have to write a book just to describe that!
Science has based its entire system of thought upon the idea that, "If something is observable, it is valid." And this is a good way to operate, because opinions vary. It is always possible to tell whether something is good or not by looking at it, and using it. However, we can get into trouble in life by always basing our decisions only on what we are able to observe, for if what we are observing is repellent, we are stuck! If there is not enough money for instance, then thinking and talking about the lack of money will not be beneficial. Later on, we will discover how to get out of that trap.
Consciousness Is Eternal
We know that every person and every life form, in order to enter the physical universe, has to be born, and has to die. But what is birth and death? It's funny, but birth and death are the two single most important events in anyone's life, but they are largely ignored by science and in our schools. We say, "Well you're here, what difference does it make how you arrived? And there's nothing you can do about leaving either." That is true, but birth and death are ignored not because they are not extremely important, but because our scientific framework cannot agree on how and why these events occur. In the spirit-mind-body paradigm, however, the explanation is simple: birth is the animating principle entering a body, and death is consciousness leaving the body.
We look at the lifeless body and say, "Father is dead. He lived a good life, but now he's gone." However, all we know for sure is that the body is no longer alive. What happened to the animating principle, the personality we referred to as "father?"
Let's try to answer this question with an analogy ...
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