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  1. 1. 1 The Only Truth
  2. 2. The Only Truth by James Marcuse
  3. 3. ContentsForeword 2Chapter ICollecting the evidence of Magic 6 Human Mind - tool of great power 13 How to use magic for a successful change? 20Chapter IIExperts’ statements 27 Evangelists of truth 38 Secret societies - secular search of mystic energ y 44Chapter III10 puzzles of success 51 1. What do You really want? 55 3. Courage 62 5. Frugality 70 6. Training 72 7. Right thoughts 74 8. Planning 78 9. Resources 79 10. Seizing the opportunity 85Chapter IVFinancial success - real business ideas 87 How to become an online millionaire 93 Make profits from Green Power 98 The world of elderly people and improvement of life quality 101 Find your place in the new world of communication 104 Million on entertainment 107Epilogue 110Acknowledgements and about the author 111
  4. 4. Foreword 1 Foreword A ir thick with dust is filling every inch of his chest. Muf- fled noises of battle row makes his armor vibrating.Coldness of the cave where he hid himself makes his hands sha-king. But he feels neither fear nor unease. What the Knight feelsis sweet calmness and pure clarity. Now nothing will stand onhis way to fulfill his dreams. Impetuous feeling of enlightenmentstruck him suddenly. With glimpses of eternity he acknowledgedmystery, truth that he was so fiercely looking for all of his life.The Only Truth. The Knight believed that before his eyes arosemythical Philosopher’s Stone. Templar’s red cross on his armoryfar more important to him than any other symbols, shone proudlyin fragile rays of light. He actually wasn’t interested in conqu-ering Unbelievers nor plundering. His participation in The Fo-urth Crusade was just a cover. In that terrible hot April 1204 heand other members of secret society conquered walls of city ofConstantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire, just to find theOnly Truth. Knowledge which gives those who posses it, power tochange the world. His world. Name of that Knight was Robert deRidefort, son of Templars’ Grand Master, who was secretly sentto find precious knowledge among treasures of the East brutallyrobbed by crusaders. Since that day his name has been forgottenfor ages and his story became a mystery. Until today. By the decision to write this book stood a deep need to share
  5. 5. 1 The Only Truth precious knowledge. Truth which suddenly appeared before our eyes just as it did before that Knight. We’ve heard his story. So- mehow it has survived and has been found. It is not public. Kept enviously by the group of very powerful people. As we moved back to that moment, we risked our lives learning it. What the Knight wrote was unbelievably simple. We had that truth before our eyes all the time, yet we didn’t see it. Wisdom which was de- eply hidden in us as it is hidden in you now. It is not a book about becoming a millionaire. You are one alre- ady. It is a guide how to discover a millionaire in yourself. We would like to tell you what it is like to see the world always in a good mood, smiling back at you. How to have a million of creati- ve thoughts and sweet clearness of mind. It is possible. During our work on this book we have learned much about ourselves. It has changed the way we see the reality. In the past, when people were far closer to the mystical part of life, religion was ahead of reason, and spirit more important than matter, it was much easier to understand mystery. Yet this great wisdom was known only for a few, who kept it hidden very de- eply. Because people knew importance of The Only Truth they had sought it all their lives. At that times, it was an unbelievable treasure, source of wealth and power and that’s the reason why it was so carefully preserved. This Knowledge hidden in teachings, religious texts, passed through centuries by secret organizations is now accessible. Knowledge which has helped people to achieve personal happiness and prosperousity for centuries. We can use it.
  6. 6. Foreword 1Today we are hardly able to feel that almost religious enlighten-ment, experienced by The Knight. It is much harder for us to un-derstand this basic truths and mystery. Nowadays, we hardly belie-ve in miracles. We don’t see the spiritual part of life anymore. Wecan’t count on even a little moment of privacy, single cave, clarityof our mind. The Knight wouldn’t achieve such extraordinary wis-dom if he lived in our times. There is too much information. Ourmind is much too often flooded with garbage. We can’t find theright way to read our desires and acknowledge our abilities. Mo-dern society has given us more freedom to express ourselves thanat any other time in history. We start to think as individuals so dif-ferent from other people. But it is a delusion. No matter what wedo we are representatives of the species that can’t live without asociety. We are social animals. It is the core of our humanity. Eventhough we are seemingly completely different personalities, withvarious personal goals, visions of future and motives we are madeof the same clay, we are thrown by the same category of feelingsand desires. The greatest challenge for all philosophers and thin-kers in the history of human kind is to seek something that bindspeople, something that is common, rather than particular. Theorythat describes everything. There is such truth.There are no easy recepies for life. Some of them may look veryattractive, they can be presented as recently discovered but all ofthem appear from somewhere. This is a simple guide about beinghappy and successful. Constructed by puzzles of wisdom found invarious places and different times. Our society has much stron-ger bindings with the past that we have ever supposed. We live
  7. 7. 1 The Only Truth completely different life in comparison to the past, but we are the same people. If You were asked to tell the only and most important truth abo- ut life, being happy and successful, what would it be? This is an investigation for the basic truths that are common for all of us no matter of origin, culture and race. In the name of those who have no faith, lost it or just reject the idea of God’s existence. It is a recepie for bringing wealth, strength and happiness by our own effort, using the most powerful tool in the universe - our mind and will. Receipt for being happy and prosperous. Secret of magic rules to become a millionaire. In this book we will try to find a path that is common for the greatest civilizations in the history of human kind. The one and the most important truth about life is the mystery hidden beneath words and practice, between sentences of this book. There are extraordinary similarities in religions and te- achings of West and East. Studying them we can make a great step to find foundations of what binds people, that common purpose. The Only Truth.
  8. 8. Foreword 1 Chapter I Collecting the evi- dence of Magic In this chapter You will: • discover magic, open your eyes on new side of life • believe that there is a positive energy around you and therefore possibility of an intimat change in your life • make your dreams come true by welcoming positi- ve energy into your life • learn secrets of the most powerful tool in the uni- verse - human mind T here is magic in our life. Magic described by spirituali- ty, non-material reality, positive energy, love and God.Miracles? They happen even if we don’t believe in them. Theyoccur naturally as an expression of love, they mean life. Everyday we are experiencing this positive power, watching extraordi-nary life beings, feeling surrounding us energy. Discovering thisvibrations by yourself will immediately open many opportuni-ties. In chapters below we will try to find glimpses of such magicin our lives and explain using ancient wisdom and teachings ofgreat, enlightened minds how to use energy deeply stored in us.
  9. 9. 1 The Only Truth The undiscovered capacity of our mind - the greatest tool in the universe. This energy can gain a form of love, Divine Spirit and other spiritual form within human soul. The core of our existence. Led by words written by Templars we start to experience new, better living. We start to feel our heart beating, birds singing and solutions instead of misery. We can actually feel the magic of life. We felt a deep need to share it and see if we are not alone in that experience. During our work we have received dozens of testimonies for positi- ve energy. Our friends, family, friends of our friends, and also their friends, people who we have never met, all of them send us emails with proofs of miracles and a blessing change. They are more im- portant then any book or theory ever written. Because it is a real life. Hereunder we would like to share with you some of that stories.
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  11. 11. 1 The Only Truth Have you heard about survivors of most recent earthquakes in Chile or Haiti? In Port-au-Prince soon after Haiti’s disaster re- scue team found young brother and sister who had been buried for seven days, two stories under the flattened three-story buil- ding. In the town of Jacmel, 27 miles south of Port-au-Prince, Elisabeth Joassaint, 23-day old baby girl, was found laid amid the rubble without without water, food and fresh air for eight days when finally she was miraculously found alive by re- scue teams. Isn’t that magic? Isn’t it a God’s favor? What abo- ut other disastrous catastrophes. Just google “miraculously su-
  12. 12. Foreword 1rvived” and there will be hundreds of such examples. There iscountless evidence of positive, healing and rescuing energy.What is that positive energy which gives a helping hand in li-fe-threatening situations? What makes one person happy andprosperous with generous gifts of luck while the other is lost inblack hole of bad luck without hope to exit? How does it work?To find out what truth lies beneath these questions people mustcarry out the work on their own, by acknowledging the exi-stence of this positive energy and by identifying it and welco-ming in their life. Remove obstacles made by yourself to theawareness of love’s presence. We shouldn’t wait for a signi-ficant event in our lives, an event that would shake our world. Now is the best time for a change.We are accustomed to laziness. Habits of old thinking rule our world.Switching your consciousness into mysticism will give you powerto deal with any adversity, you will endure any tough period of timein your life. It will convert hostile environment and your enemiesinto your friends and light any darkness which covers your path oflife. Before you start opening on what is called magic, love or spi-rit, the most important lesson is that it is not a shelter, it won’t pro-tect you from pain and tough decisions. It will give you strength tosolve even the toughest problem, wings to see brighter side of life,and better understanding of your own existence, source of energy
  13. 13. 1 The Only Truth which makes everything possible. Having an access to this power is synonymous with a more intense life, wider and sharper con- sciousness, more profound understanding of our own existence. It lies at our gates. But we are separated from it, we cannot assimilate it. Except abnormal moments, we hardly know that it is beside us. This book is not only a roadmap for success. It is an exchange a repla- cement of darkness into light, of ignorance into understanding. It is a handbook of you – a guide that helps you find the way to true yourself. The Only Truth lies in you. It is the wisdom of confidence. Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? It is possible. And you are the only one who is able to teach yourself that state of mind. That is what time is for, to learn just that and nothing more. Do not be afraid of this statement. If you learn what the fear is, you will be no longer in the dark side of life. Choose what you want. Light or darkness, knowledge or ignorance are yours, but neither of them at the same time. In union lies the truth. Everything that is not real must disappear, as darkness disappears in light, so ignorance fades away when knowledge dawns. We need to clear our thoughts, free our minds from the habits of negative thin- king. Only an open mind, perception without deceit, will be more helpful in the search for truth, the only honest searching. Truth is in you. It can be neither lost nor sought nor found, recognized or
  14. 14. Foreword 1unrecognized, real or fake in your eyes. If you hide it, it becomesunreal because you have hidden it and surrounded it with fear.To begin a journey to the Only Truth you need to step out of thedarkness, thick air of your thoughts, give up anxiety, face your fearand welcome light. The more you look at fear the less you see it,and what it conceals becomes clearer. As long as you perceive thebody as your reality, that long you will perceive yourself as lonelyand deprived. And that long you will perceive yourself as a victim ofsacrifice, justified in sacrificing others. The key lies in your mind.You have spent your life in bringing truth into illusion, reality intofantasy and walked the way of dreams to a yet deeper sleep. Eachdream has led to other dreams, and every fantasy which seemed tobring light into the darkness but made the darkness deeper. You fellinto that blackness so completely that you could hide from truthforever in complete insanity. But the light is still in you. Wake up.
  15. 15. 1 The Only Truth Human Mind - tool of great power What kind of magical machinery do we have in our heads? What sort of miracles is it capable of? Even that we have disco- vered how our brain works, science still hasn’t explored our min- d’s potential. Strange and imponderable is the power of human mind! We do not understand the method by which it uses every circumstance, every individual, every physical thing within its re- ach, as a means of transmuting desire into its physical counter- part. Our brain is a powerful tool. It is predisposed to faith expe- riences and is able to communicate with much invisible energy. What we think and how we respond to the world and induce ac- tions, comes from consciousness. It is the level which engages us in the world, and is capable of responding to deeper and hardly accessible layers of our mind - subconsciousness and supercon- sciousness. Although observable, our awareness - finite forms of activity such as thinking, mental images experiencing and reacting to emotions, is in fact far beyond that. Sensations, thinking and emotions are not actually intentional in the first place. Conscio- usness is a state of pure Is. It is not interested in traveling in time, as thinking usually is. Life, Being, is present. Consciousness is the ego, it made us lifeless perceivers instead of lively creators.
  16. 16. Foreword 1 We perceive ourselvesas as we wish to be, rather than we are.There is no other place to live in our world than Reality. Our egosupplies us with knowledge of ourselves that seems to be the onlytrue one. Ego is on a different level than other part of our psy-che, and does not understand it. It can ask questions but remainsunreliable as a source of true answers. In other words, we cannotperceive ourselves correctly, we have no true image of ourselves.Word “image” is always perception-related and symbolic, it isnot a product of learning. Perception involves selectivity at eve-ry level as well as continual process of accepting and rejecting,organizing and reorganizing, shifting and changing the focus.You feel because you think about yourself to be in a speci-fied state of mind. When you feel tired, it is because you jud-ged yourself as capable of being tired. In reality, you arenot really capable of it, but you are very capable of weary-ing yourselves. Constant judgement is a real torment, evenof your own feelings. That’s why you need to give it up. Breathe in and breathe out, feel, don’t analyze it, justlive. We can change our world, but not everything depends on us.
  17. 17. 1 The Only Truth Judgment is a kind of reassurance, it gives us false belief that we can be sole authors of reality. You also fear that someday judg- ment will be used against you will also use the term. To wha- tever extent it is used against you, it is due only to your belief in its efficacy as a weapon of defense for your own authority. Our thoughts can move world but not inspire it. This is a job for subconsciousness. It is the repository of our previous learnings, experiences and beliefs about the world, the storehouse of all your thoughts and feelings. As subconscious mind, is referred to as soul in spiritual literatu- re, superconscious mind can be referred to as God, or Universal Mind, the Source of all power, all knowledge, all love, peace. It is the previously described positive energy, magical part of our life. The superconscious mind is omnipresent, one mind expressing through all, and each human mind is only an individualized center of consciousness of this supreme mind. Contrary to the popular opinion, your mind is not in your body, your body is in your mind. The only limitations of yours are the ones you keep in your brain, especially deep inside of a subconscious mind.
  18. 18. Foreword 1The way to overcome them is by aligning your conscious and sub-conscious minds with the superconscious one, engaging it. It re-quires changing the beliefs you hold in your subconscious mindabout yourself or about the world-around you. Because they arefaulty in general. Change the way you perceive yourself and youwill change the way subconsciousness works. Freud emphasisedthat by conceiving different levels in his view of the psyche as inde-finitely irreconcilable. Each one wants different things and obeysdifferent principles. Consciousness is the one which perceives oris aware of impulses from both the subconsciousness and the su-perconsciousness. It is the level of perception, but not knowledge.Neuro-Theology, the field of science which specializes in explo-ring superconsciousness, proved that spiritual experience of fe-eling one with universe and loosing sense of self does happenfactually and causes brain activity. It blocks areas in the frontof brain (in parts that are involved in concentration) and in theparietal lobe (one of the parts of the brain that helps a personto orient in a three-dimensional space). Using the newest brainimaging technology, researchers have been analyzing what my-stics call nirvana and Christians describe as a state of grace.The subconscious mind consists of a field of consciousness, inwhich every impulse of thought that reaches the objective mindthrough any of the five senses, is classified and recorded andmay be recalled or withdrawn at any time. The subconsciousmind works day and night, through method of procedure, unk-nown to human. It draws upon the forces of infinite intelligen-ce for the power with which it voluntarily transmutes one’s de-
  19. 19. 1 The Only Truth sires into their physical equivalent, making use, always of the most practical media by which this end may be accomplished. You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan desire, or purpo- se you wish to transform into a concrete form. There is plenty of evidence to support the belief that the sub- conscious mind is the connecting link between the infinite mind of man and Infinite Intelligence. Just follow the history of pe- ople’s beliefs and religion. Along with examples of deceit from sorcerers there were real miracles. Isn’t it evidence for power of our mind? Subconsciousness is the intermediary through which one may draw upon the forces of Infinite Intelligence at will. It is at the top of our head’s management. It is the one who gi- ves orders to our consciousness and whole world in a form of vibrations. But it works in the highest skyscraper at the upper floor where access for ordinary people is strictly prohibited. If you want to get in touch with it you must be like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. You have to find a tricky way, finest tools and use all your abilities to complete this mission. Such as faith. It is the head chemist of the mind. If you have faith, and strong creative thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up it’s vibration and translates it into its spiritual equivalent. Faith is a state of mind which may be induced, or created, by affirma- tion or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through
  20. 20. Foreword 1the principle of auto-suggestion. The emotions of faith, loveand sex are the most powerful of all the major positive emo-tions. When the three are mixed, they have the effect of “co-loring” the vibration of thought in such a way that it instantlyreaches the subconscious mind, where it begins to take shape.Human emotions both rule the world and establish destiny of the ci-vilization. People are not influenced less by reason in their actionsthan by feelings. The creative faculty of the mind is set into motionentirely by emotions, and not by cold reason. Emotions are a primi-tive signaling system by which your brain tells you if you’re doingthings that enhance or diminish your survival chances. Its functio-ning consists of the activity of the five senses, as well as thinkingand emotions that are related to what the senses sense. Controlof the mind, through the power of will, is possible for everyone. Control comes from persistence and habit. There is no other road to genius than through voluntary self effort. “The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heaven of Hell, a hell of Heaven”. ~ John Milton
  21. 21. 1 The Only Truth You believe what you project. This is an immutable law of the mind in this world. By obeying the law of mind you can arrive at diametrically op- posed results. Everything depends on what you think. You will finally become what you worship when you think, live, move and become one with this infinite vibration of positive ener- gy. Whatever you may want will spontaneously and effortles- sly appear in your life, often instantaneously after the thought occurred to you. As you think a thought and next moment you see it manifested in front of you, you feel as if the world around you is only a projection of your thoughts, which, in fact, it is. You have in fact absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts. This is the most significant and inspiring of all facts known to human! If you fail to control your mind, you may be sure you will control nothing else. You cannot change your mind by changing your behavior, you actually can change your mind.
  22. 22. Foreword 1 How to use magic for a suc- cessful change? Discovering positive energy as well as its potential and pre-sence is one thing. The other one, requiring our effort in big-ger extend, is to get to know how to use it. Learn a secret howto make miracles come true and how to change your life. It isa surprisingly easy teaching, more complicated in implemen-ting than learning. All begins in the fact that we are all surro-unded by the energy. In different times, cultures, and religionsit had various names and different definitions. It was nature it-self, polytheistic gods, karma, monotheistic God. It embodies in aform of life beings, nature, man. We have an access to this ener-gy. We can make it change the world in the way we anticipate.Start from changing your thinking, the way you perceive theworld. One of the principles by which we all should live is Chri-stian The Golden Rule to behave toward others as you would havethem behave toward you. You cannot behave appropriately unlessyou perceive accurately, because appropriate behavior depends onthe lack of level confusion. It always results in variable realitytesting, and therefore in variability in behavioral appropriateness.In learning to escape from the illusions you have made, your greatdebt to each other is something you must never forget. Wheneveryou react egotistically towards each other, you are throwing away
  23. 23. 1 The Only Truth the graciousness of your indebtedness, and the holy perception it would produce. The way to perceive for Golden Rule behavior is to look out from the perception of your own holiness, and per- ceive the holiness of others. The emptiness engendered by fear should be replaced by love. All destructive thinking is dangero- us. You should fill your minds with love because otherwise your thought _may turn against you instead of being in your favor. Picture this rule by an example. I have a friend Mary, who has a very tough character. She always says what she thinks, no matter who is she talking to, a friend, complete stranger or employee. She is beautiful, very ambitious, independent, but not success- ful. She accomplished much in advertising but she is not satis- fied. Her personal life is different from what she has expected. Once she said to me. “Tell me straight. Why people don’t like me? I don’t give a damn about it, but I’m curious”. “I think that is the reason - because you don’t give a damn about it”, I replied. “But maybe deep inside you actually care?” “Don’t be ridiculous”, she answered. “What do I need people for?” “Maybe to be happy?”, I asked. “I see no connection”. “People shape reality, everyone their own, but when they meet it mixes and influences one another. You can’t pre- vent it from happening, whether you like it or not. What you can do is just to try to create the best possible image
  24. 24. Foreword 1 of yourself in the world of people you meet. True image. You as you want to be not as you want other people to see you”, I tried to explain. “But it is absolutely not my concern! ”, Mary said. “No, you create a certain image of yourself and you stick to it, even that it is not true you. You want to be seen as an unapproachable fortress, because you are afraid. You fear that someone could hurt you as they did in the past. But denying influence of other people on your life is insanity. Only by presenting true you in relations with other people will help you to accomplish it, and be hap- py.” She didn’t answer, just slammed the door.I hadn’t heard a word from her for a long time. But one day shecalled and said that I was right and she was going to change herlife. She realized that something in her behavior was wrong. Shemissed something. She thought that only by assertiveness and self-independence she would reach success. That the world is cruel, andshe must act appropriate and shouldn’t have any sentiments towardsothers as others behave towards her. But it was a wiscious circle. Ihope that with a help of this book she and others will succeed in it.
  25. 25. 1 The Only Truth “Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Seek answer in your mind, the greatest and the most powerful unk- nown in our universe. What people are not aware is that we are all allowed to use this tool. Our world filled with this universal power adapts to the nature of the thoughts we hold in our minds. It converts them into reality. Yet only few realize that. Only handful believe in it. In consequence, only few obtain happiness and success in their life. The abilities man now possesses are only shadows of his real strengths. All of our functions are equivocal and open to a question or doubt. This is because we are not certain how we will use them. People prefer to believe that their thoughts can- not exert real control because they are literally afraid of them. Many psychotherapists attempt to help people who are afraid by de- preciating the power of the wish. They persuade them that they can think whatever they want without any real effect at all. You believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think because it is
  26. 26. Foreword 1only at this level that you can exercise choice. The truth is that the-re are no idle thoughts. All thinking produces a form at some level. What you do comes from what you think.You cannot separate yourself from the truth by “giving” autonomyto behavior. Both miracles and fear come from thoughts, and if youwere not free to choose one, you would not also be free to choosethe other. By choosing the miracle you reject fear. In religions a me-dium for miracles is a prayer which is a way of asking for something.It is essential to remember that only mind has the ability to create.The body does not really exist except as a learning device for themind. This learning device is not subject to errors of its own becau-se it was created, but not creating. It should be obvious then, thatcorrecting the creator, or inducing it to give up its miscreations, isthe only application of creative ability which is truly meaningful.Thought cannot be made into flesh except by belief, since thoughtis not physical. Yet thought is communication, for which the bodycan be used. This is the only natural use to which it can be put.
  27. 27. 1 The Only Truth “Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt Our thoughts shape our reality. We are able to change our life in the way we dream. But to put this truth in motion we have to obey rules. At first we should have a clarity of what we want. It can’t be a wish nor hope but It should be a very strong de- sire . The stronger it is the more influence on reality it has. When a man is determined enough to do whatever it takes to ful- fill his dream, he will accomplish it. Of course on condition that he will follow principles revealed in following chapters. I cannot be an action at any costs. It should be in friendship with positi- ve energy, much more giving than taking. If one wants his de- sire to fulfill he needs to visualize it, learn it shapes in mind, see it as already existing thing. Feel growing thirst to have it. Determination to be in the position he dre- ams about. People wish many things, they often visualize it, but it is more of a faint feeling rather than certainty of posses- sing thing which already exists. Assurance that the
  28. 28. Foreword 1piece of our future has already been accomplished and it isonly up to us to come to that point of life. This sureness comesfrom unshakable faith. Faith in oneself , own abili-ties, is a favor of heaven, people’s goodwill and our future thatwill come. Break the worry habit and start to believe in your-self. Who will vote on you if not you? Self-confidence makesyou stand like a rock on the fate’s road. Faith gives you fuel foryour persistence in standing back of a single desire. If your willis strong enough life will find way to offer you op-portunity to realize your dreams .When the time comes, it appears often in a different form, andfrom a different direction we have expected. Sometimes, it ap-pears in a form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps thisis why so many fail to recognize the opportunity. What is alsoimportant on our way to become successful is that we should ra-diate our positive energy around. Tolerance, and anopen mind are practical necessities of the dreamer of to-day. Those who are afraid of new ideas are doomed before theyhave started. Never has the time been more favorable for the pio-neers than at present, with such wide access to sources and infor-mation, with so much freedom of being who you really want norwith a helping hand of superior, improved every day technology.
  29. 29. 1 The Only Truth Chapter II Experts’ statements In this chapter You will: • learn that rulership of thoughts in our life is scienti- fically proven • discover what is common in teachings of the gre- atest minds in the history of human kind in subject of means to attain personal happiness and success • learn what kind of mysteries were the secret gathe- rings so determined to preserve through ages T here are truths in ancient wisdom so powerful that can move world but they won’t change your life unless you truly want it. You will learn that you are not the only one in the history of a human kind who seeks recipies for happiness and success, which has always been the most hidden and deeply kept secret. Even if you gain access to this secret knowledge, you will have doubts and second thoughts about their effective- ness. Because we refuse to believe what we do not understand, cannot see on our own eyes and feel by our own touch. We naively think that our own limitations are the proper measure of limitations. That the only thing that exists is what science can prove. That there is nothing more than reason.
  30. 30. Foreword 1But that point of view is no longer dominant. We have the freedom ofchoice what to believe in and the ability to resist the influential and ho-stile and to spirit political correctness and majority’s will. Religion is anexperiencing revival. Science has learnt it’s lesson trying to explain my-stical, and not quite scientifically proven laws of nature. Theology andphilosophy give a helping hand in discovering the beginnings of our uni-verse. Psychology of happiness will give arguments for those who do notbelieve what was stated in previous chapters. You will learn that this truthis older than you can imagine. It reaches back to more than 2500 years! Positive psychology Success is a skill.Everyone can learn how to achieve it. Throughout the centuries it hasbecome a secret, due to the lack of knowledge jealously kept by privi-leged groups. We are very lucky that we live in times when one of theprimary goals is to reveal such secrets. This illuminates unknown pa-ths of life and plants there reason. Science has given the argumentsthat what was written in previous chapters is true. Positive psycholo-gy has proven that our thoughts do have influence on reality. That pic-tures from our mind are followed by people’s emotions, how they be-have in our presence, and what they think about others. Spirals of
  31. 31. 1 The Only Truth misfortune and happiness are terms used to describe a relationship be- tween nature of our thoughts and events happenning one after another. In their social experiments, scientists prove that happy and optimistic pe- ople influence reality by causing more happiness and luck. On the other hand, people accustomed to misery and negative thoughts attract more bad luck. The psychology of success teaches that you have to keep things in perspective. Successful people never allow negative thoughts to hurt them. Negative thoughts affect your feelings and negative feelings affect your tho- ughts in a vicious, unending circle. Happiness is an inseparable element of success. Only people with positive attitude are able to fulfill their dreams. “Success is not the key to happi- ness. Happiness is the key to suc- cess. If you love what you are do- ing, you will be successful.” ~ Albert Schweitzer Since its beginnings, psychology has seemed to be obsessed with human failings. Freud with the idea of psychotherapy taught that human beings are troubled creatures in the need of improvement, which in his opinion is a hard task. According to him, our nature has been governed by deep, dark drives that we could only tenuously control. Theories of human suscep- tibility to authoritarianism (by T.W. Adorno) explain that we are ready to give up our freedom in order to feel safe and suppress our fear of loneli- ness, lack of social connections and anxiety and confusion when it comes
  32. 32. Foreword 1to decision making. Fear has always been a major factor which expla-ined unnatural and unreasonable human actions. It also appears in crowdpsychology which transforms us into puppets, mindless pieces of biggercreature. During all 20th century scientists tried to explain what motivatespeople for certain actions, mostly bad ones, instead of looking for a keyfactors which should be implemented into lives in order to obtain success.Positive psychology took the opposite direction. It is a new branch ofpsychology that seeks to understand positive emotions such as joy, opti-mism and contentment, things that make life worth living. Positive psy-chology endeavours to understand how individuals, groups, organizationsand societies thrive and flourish, and how this new knowledge can beapplied to foster happiness, health and fulfillment. It focuses on people’sstrengths and virtues rather than flaws. People didn’t evolve for happi-ness, we evolved for survival and reproduction. That’s why, we are sen-sitive to danger. That’s the reason why fear is such an influential adviser.Pleasure and the positive-reward system is for the purpose of the op-portunity and gain. And pleasure involves risk, taking a chance that canoverride some of your fear at that moment. Psychologists say that nega-tive emotions help us to survive individually and positive emotions helpto do so collectively. They claim that positive emotional mind sets wi-den our range of thoughts and actions, fostering play, exploration andcreativity. We become open to new ideas and new experiences. Thesestates help us create lasting personal resources, such as social connec-tions and knowledge, which we can then draw on during trying times.
  33. 33. 1 The Only Truth “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi Happiness is a life goal for most of us. It is always at the top of our hierarchy although explained in different ways. Don’t be- lieve others who say differently. We are egoists, we need to bre- ath, eat, be happy. It’s as natural as the sun and stars. But our bra- in doesn’t know that, it was programmed to help us survive. It is a powerful tool for adaptation to changing reality, not obtaining happiness. We need to use it’s abilities and reprogram it to serve us in the way we anticipate. Studies say that most influence on our state of happiness or lack of it is caused by random events rather than our estate, education or personal fe- atures. Weather, traffic, lack of sugar when you want to prepare morning coffee or your colleagues’ negative attitude are more important for the sta- te of your mind than factors considered to be the solid basement for hap- piness. The lesson which psychologists derive from that fact, is a call for constant work on yourself, building happiness step by step, realizing that achieving that blessing peaceful state of mind needs much of our effort.
  34. 34. Foreword 1Almost as much positive energy as happiness gives us Joy, but unlikeit, is not all about me - it is connection. The mystics have linked joy toconnection with a power greater than themselves. Contrary to joy whichstimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (controlling “rest anddigest” functions), happiness activates the sympathetic nervous system(which stimulates the “flight or fight” response), and is largely cogniti-ve. It’s a state of mind, not an emotion.. We can laugh with either joyor happiness but weep only from grief or joy. Happiness displaces pain,but joy embraces it. Such is the case of farewell, without the pain, thereis no joy of reunion. Same with captivity, we can’t feel joy of freedom. Happiness is a place to visit, not a place to live in.It’s just as the child’s idea that if you drive far and fast enough, youcan get to the horizon. No, the horizon’s not a place you get to. Hu-mans hold fast to a number of wrong ideas about what makes themhappy. Ironically, these misconceptions may be evolutionary necessi-ties. There is a conspiracy between genes and culture to keep us in thedark about the real sources of happiness. If a society realized that mo-ney would not make people happy, its economy would grind to a halt.Psychologists say that people often are wrong thinking the source of theirhappiness is an attachment to the present, the belief that we will feel thesame way in the future as we feel today. They provide proofs that peopleare rationalizers. They are much more resilient than they realize. Ratio-nalization is an invisible shield that protects us from psychological pain,but we don’t realize that we are carrying it. Human mind is constituted
  35. 35. 1 The Only Truth to make the best of the situations in which it finds itself. But people do- n’t know they have this ability, and that’s the thing that bedevils their predictions about the future. Positive psychology tries to discover tech- niques of being happy. Researches has demonstrated that it is possible to become happier, regardless of one’s life circumstances or temperament. Happiness strategies. Enhancing pleasure. In other words - Pleasant Life. Psycholo- gy claims that we can be happy by savouring, being aware of pleasu- re and of giving deliberate conscious attention to the experience of pleasure. We can enhance it by memory building, taking mental pic- tures or physical souvenir of the event we found joyful, and remini- scing about it later with others. The single strongest predictor of the level of pleasure is sharing with others, seeking out others to share the experience with and telling others how much you value the moment. You should also be proud of yourself. Tell yourself how great you are and remember how long you have waited for this to happen. Pleasure can be derived through senses by sharpening perception of the moment. Focus on certain elements and block out others, allow yourself to become totally immersed and try not to think, just sen- se. Using prospection we can look into the future and discover what will make us happy. It is also a way to learn what should be the goal of our life.
  36. 36. Foreword 1Mindfulness is a state of mind which anchors us with reali-ty in that very moment of our life. It is worshipped by philo-sophies of East because of its positive influence on our mind.Mindlessness makes us act and interact automatically, without much thinking.Mindful attention to the present moment can be developed throughmeditation and mindfulness-based therapies. Thanks to mindfulnesswe can focus our perspective and sharpen our experience of the pre-sent moment. Avoid forming habits. Rapidly repeated indulgence inthe same pleasure does not work. Neurons are wired to respond to no-vel events, and not to fire if the events do not provide new information.Seek out a variety of experiences and spread out pleasurable eventsover time. Surprise yourself or others with small presents of pleasure.Engagement. It is the way to Good Life. The most fundamental findingfrom positive psychology is that strong personal relationships have thegreatest impact on your satisfaction from life. Opposite to income, forexample, level of which has a surprisingly small effect on your happiness.You should cultivate personal relationships, invest timeand energy in your friends, partners, colleagues and fami-ly rather than unimportant and useless products of our times.
  37. 37. 1 The Only Truth This enables us to confide and discuss problems and generate a sense of community, trust and belonging. The very happy people have rich and ful- filling social life, they spent the least time alone, had good relationships with friends and had a current romantic partner. Having a work-related mentor – a wise and trusted professional friend with whom you can confidentially discuss work-related matters can also contribute to a sense of being related. Psychology claims that to engage truly in relations, you first need to know yourself. Identify, cultivate and use your strengths at work, in family life and in your leisure time. We can derive happiness from engaging in a specified activity. It must be an action for our own sake, challenging, requiring our skills, involvement and concentration, with immediate feedback and providing us with a sen- se of control and a feel of time stop. It can be sports, games, art or hobbies. Participating in this activities make people feel happier, more cheerful, stronger and more active. They concentrate more, feel more creative and satisfied. This should motivate us to look after our physical health, get enough sleep, have regular exercise and diet, rest and relax every day. Optimal sleepers, sleeping an average of six to eight and a half hours per night, are reported to have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, hi- gher levels of environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relations with others, purpose in life and self acceptance than suboptimal sleepers.
  38. 38. Foreword 1Finding meaning. To live Meaningful Life is to be grateful about goodthings in your life, trying to remember causes of your successes and peoplewho have contributed to it. Research demonstrates that writing down threegood things that took place today and reflecting on your role in them lastinglyincreases wellbeing and decreases depression. Forgive, let go of anger andresentment, give another chance and you will receive it also in return. We-igh up your life, reflect on the progress you are making in working towardsyour major life goals and make changes in your life to match your priorities.We should learn from negative things of our past instead of remem- bering them, move forward.Situations that seem impossibly bad turn out not to be so, while goals thatseem incredibly important are only a small part of life. Be satisfied with‘good enough’ – go for ‘best’ only when it really matters. Giving and perfor-ming small acts of kindness does not only make you feel good about yourself,it enhances your connection with others and brings you positive feedbackfrom others. Psychologists say that the key element to build personal hap-piness is to find source of meaning, larger principles - religion, philosophyor spirituality. They are stable groundwork for successful life, giving youstrength, supplying you with faith and offering ready answers and rules,essential when it comes to making decisions. They emit positive impulses,motivate you to take an action and bless you with the feeling of self-fulfil-lment. Engage in activities that are meaningful to you, that are motivating,offer security, challenge, some autonomy and which you can take pride in.‘Be content with who you are and be yourself’, say experts of happi-
  39. 39. 1 The Only Truth ness. Care solely about other people’s approval and you will fore- ver be their prisoner. Identify your personal talents and strengths and live your life in such a way that enables you to use them to the fullest extent. Develop a sense of control. It is important to know that you have some influence over what happens to you. Learn to be optimistic. Be positive but remain realistic. Learn to challenge your automatic negative thoughts, dispute pessimi- stic explanations and reframe situations in a positive light. We are, gene- rally, too busy trying to squeeze more and more activities into less and less time. Quantity influences quality, and we compromise on our hap- piness by trying to do too much. Learn to say ‘no’ without feeling guilty. Psychology defines the term in which we can measure level of our per- sonal happiness and success. Wellbeing refers to a positive state of mind that gives quality to our lives. In psychological literature, it is postula- ted to combine life satisfaction, or how we think our lives turned out to be, and affect, or what we feel about our lives. Wellbeing is related to personal satisfaction, engagement, hope, gratitude, mood stability, me- aning, self-esteem, resilience, contentment and optimism. It involves recognizing our strengths and developing our interests and talents. This leads to us being creative, playful and involved in what we are doing. As we said before, psychologists prove that popular belief that people wo- uld be happier if only they could alter the major circumstances of their lives, such as income, material possessions or the weather, is false. It is an almost
  40. 40. Foreword 1meaningless factor in making us happy. In majority of cases, our wellbeingis influenced by factors of genetic set point and voluntary control. These aretemperament and personality traits in the first case and kindness towardsothers, regular exercise, participating in cultural life, adopting a positive at-titude, and identifying and striving for meaningful goals in the second one.We aren’t good psychologists, especially in the matter of self-esteem, but we cope well with adaptation to a change in our life. Evangelists of truth Greatest examples of importance of thought and its influence on re-ality come from religion. It has always been a sphere in which faith was afundamental factor. It is very apparent in Christianity, which was built onfaith. It is the core of this religion, no matter how many people may haveperverted, or misinterpreted the meaning of this great force, and no matterhow many dogmas and creed have been created in its name, which do notreflect its tenets. That began with a simple idea, born in Christ’s brain. Itschief tenet was, “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”.Christ went back to the source He came from, but His idea keeps marching.The sum and substance of the teachings and the achievements of Christ,which may have been interpreted as “miracles”, were nothing but producesof the state of mind known as faith! Some teachers of religion, and many
  41. 41. 1 The Only Truth who call themselves Christians, neither understand nor practice faith. Ide- as are intangible forces, but they have more power than the physical brains that give birth to them. Every great leader, from the dawn of civilization until the present, was a dreamer. Christianity is the greatest potential power in the world today, because its founder was an intense dreamer who had the vision and the determination to see realities in their mental and spiri- tual form, before they had been transmuted into physical form. They have the power to live on, after the brain that creates them has returned to dust. “The kingdom of Heaven is within you.” ~ Jesus The word “within” is unnecessary. The Kingdom of Heaven is you, said Je- sus. Christmas is not a time, it is a state of mind. The Christ Mind wills from the Soul, not from the ego, and the Christ Mind is yours, teaches Christianity. You, too, have a kingdom which your Soul has created. It is you who creates the world, who shapes reality. The tool to do it is your mind supported by love and faith. Christianity assures that love will enter immediately into any mind which truly wants it, but it must want it truly. Your worth is not esta- blished by your teaching or your learning, nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish it. Your worth was established by God. One of the first known emphasis on the importance of mind control and creative function of thoughts was explained by Buddha. The groundwork
  42. 42. Foreword 1for Buddhism’s ethics is belief in Dharma - form of natural universal lawwhich governs both the physical and moral order of the universe. Dharmaoccurs as an order and regularity in behavior of natural phenomena onlyfor enlightened beings such as Buddha. It is an energy which manageseverything which is alive. In The Four Noble Truths Buddhism underlinesthat our existence is suffering (Duhkha), caused by craving, the humanneed of possession (Samudaya) and can have an end in Nirvana (Nirodha),enlightenment. To achieve Nirvana and understand the Four Noble Truthone must go trough Noble Eightfold Path steps. This path is the trainingthat Buddhists teach and is passed down from generation to generation.What matters for us, is that steps on this way are very similar to those onour way to success. We need to learn from Buddha that our thoughts be-come reality and that’s the reason why we should always think positive. “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.” ~ BuddhaWho am I? It is the basic question that most of us fail to answer. We knowwhat we like. We are professors in reading our simplest and basic desires.We know if we like chocolate, sex, sun or a Bloody Mary cocktail. But arethese answers describing who we really are? Can we tell what is good forus in the long term? Happiness is far too often misunderstood as momentsof quick pleasure. We should realize that joy of living is far more connec-ted to calmness, clarity and personal fulfillment rather than excitement,laugh and replenishment. The most basic teachings of Buddhism expla-
  43. 43. 1 The Only Truth in what steps we should undertake on the way to learn true ourselves. Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism: 1. Right understanding of oneself as one really is. 2. Right thoughts of renunciation which are opposed to sense-pleasures, kind thoughts which are opposed to ill will and thoughts of harmlessness which are opposed to cruelty. 3. Right speech refraining from falsehood, stealing, slande- ring, harsh words and frivolous talks. 4. Right action refraining from killing, stealing and lack of chastity. 5. Right livelihood earring one’s living in a way that is not harmful to others. 6. Right effort which is the root of all achievement. means the need of constant develop of our mind, the endeavor to discard evil that has already arisen, prevent the arising of evil, develop and promote good. Buddha teaches that attaining happiness and Enlightenment depends on one’s own efforts. One must put the Teaching into practice before the de- sired results can be obtained. Mindfulness with regard to body, feeling, mind and mental objects. It is the awareness of one’s deeds, words and thoughts. Meditation means the gradual process of training the mind to focus on a single object and to remain fixed upon the object without wa- vering. What makes action good or bad is a matter of intention and choice. The psychological springs of motivation are described in Buddhism as ‘roots’. Greed, hatred, and delusion are the bad ones and their opposites – non-attachment, benevolence, and understanding – are the good ones. The Five Precepts, list of precepts in Buddhism, comparable in the in- fluence to the Ten Commandments of Christianity, are real milesto- nes on the way to find similarities between Buddhism and Christiani- ty. The Five Precepts are undertaken as voluntary commitments in the
  44. 44. Foreword 1ceremony of ‘going for refuge’ when a person becomes a Buddhist. The Five Precepts: 1. I undertake the precept to refrain from harming living creatures. 2. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking what has not been given. 3. I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual immorality. 4. I undertake the precept to refrain from speaking falsely. 5. I undertake the precept to refrain from taking intoxicants.For us who seek just a way to be happy and live in peace and harmonywith ourselves, nature and fate, walking along the path of Zen - prac-tical, more laic part side Buddhism’s teachings is much easier than at-taining the enlightenment. It is a source of an ancient wisdom fromwhich we can derive our happiness, prosperity and which may helpus to adapt to the change. It is a way of living that has remained forthousands of years and still affects lives of societies. It is the practi-ce of mind and spirit. Far East’s societies proved that this great know-ledge based on ages of experience could be a key to build wealth.Don’t believe in easy and fast recepies for improving your life. There aren’tsuch. Even if there are people who tell you otherwise. Zen helps to discover whoyou really are, to understand your own inside, “I” and what you truly need. Simplicity, mindfulness, calmness, enjoying every single breath, extracting the most from a particular moment.
  45. 45. 1 The Only Truth Zen literally means meditation and chooses direct, experiential realization through meditation and dharma practice. In contrast to many religions, Zen underlines the priority of practice over texts and verbal discourse on meta- physical questions. It is what should interest us most on our way to achieve success. The aim of Zen practice is to discover nature of the mind within each person, through meditation and mindfulness of daily experiences. It requ- ires seeking internal answers, “introspection”. Zen will give You new per- spectives and insights on existence which ultimately lead to enlightenment. “Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can chan- ge our world.” ~ Buddha In order to take advantage of Zen teachings in business activities, first you need to accept changes as a constant. The value of the plan isn’t mindless implementation in a guessed-at future but planning a process. Planning enhances vision and understanding of the past, present, and future, it is the management of change. Use planning to remain mindful of the direction you want to move in. Understand how, as you move through business time, you were always different from what you thought you’d be. You do that by leaving tracks (the plan) which you can use to trace changed assump- tions (plan vs. actual). Correct your course as your assumptions change, remaining mindful of the long-term direction and short-term necessity. Connection to the word of spirit, and your own mind are led through re- gular practice - meditation. As we previously mentioned, wisdom em-
  46. 46. Foreword 1bedded in Zen and Far East philosophy is just another way to tell us whatwe can achieve using just our open mind and strong will. Such know-ledge can be found in teachings of different religions, philosophies, ide-as, doctrines and movements. Each one, even the most exotic, has oneroot and purpose. It is to give us the solution for being happy. Underthe rulership of mysticism, Christianity, which taught that each live isruled by fate, not our will, Western societies gather this highly restric-ted knowledge in secret organizations. The most important lesson that weshould derive from what has been written, is that everything depend onus. We should follow the capacity of our mind. Change is complex andneeds training. Happiness and Enlightenment depend on our own efforts. Secret societies - secular se- arch of mystic energ y Secret societies do exist. They have played an important role in theworld’s history right up to this day. But we are wrong about the purpose oftheir existence. Their primary goal was not to rule the world but to preservesecret knowledge which allows that. Mystery that can move the world cre-ates history, stands behind all great events of our times. Their purpose wasto build and preserve precious acquaintances, which are a real tool for bu-ilding power. An official dominating establishment history does not men-tion secret societies. The privilege of access to the mystery of our mind andmechanism which rule our reality was strictly limited for a very long time.
  47. 47. 1 The Only Truth There were various secret groups which kept that knowledge deeply hidden. Accounts of elders or priests who guarded the forbidden know- ledge of ancient people. Prominent men, who were meeting in se- cret, directed the course of civilization are recorded in the writings of all people. But in contradiction to secrets revealing best-selling novels, such fiercely hidden knowledge is simple. It is always about what in- terests people the most, their personal happiness, future and power. One of the most influential groups which has survived to temporary ti- mes are Freemasons. It’s the world’s largest fraternal organization, that according to some authors, evolved from the guilds of medieval stone- masons and originatesd from the once powerful and wealthy Knights Templar order. There are also links to more dark and mysterious alche- my, occult sciences and the idea of natural magic and man (microcosm) as the image of macrocosm. Sorcerer, who is said to be the Predecessor of a Mason was a true explorer of the universe’s secrets and embodi- ment of uniqueness. Freemasonry today is a worldwide political, religio- us, economic and social body, an organized society of men symbolical- ly applying the principles of operative Masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building. Principles which rule their lives were always connected to the capacity of human mind. They have al- ways worshiped enlightenment. Does it sound familiar to you? Isn’t it a main goal of religious and philosophical movements stated previously? Groundwork for Freemasonry is the ritual and symbolism. Masons use it to teach moral and ethical lessons of the principles of “Brother- ly Love, Relief, and Truth”. Apart from differences in rites, languages, symbolism, teachings and philosophical roots we can summarize all of so fiercely hidden knowledge into a basic message. Think, use your
  48. 48. Foreword 1mind. Let the main purpose in your life be not what makes you feelbetter in the short term, but what makes you proud of yourself. All the-se secrets have but one father - our mind, not our personality. Mindwhich is treated as an external tool to fulfill our goals and manageour body. Tool that needs to be taken care of, given regular check-up.During Freemason’s secret initiation before candidate’s eyes cock, ho-urglass and death skull are being put. Meaning of this act is connectedwith alchemy, ancient practice devoted for achieving an ultimate wisdomfinding method to change base metals into gold, and “elixir of longevity”.Hourglass is a symbol of time turning all forms of matter into nothing.Black color and skull are symbolic visualizations of death and rot, exten-ded before a candidate. Path which a candidate must walk starts fromhumility and sign visible in every Masons’ Lodge - V.L.T.R.L.O.L (latin.:Visita lnteriora Terrae, Rectificandoque, lnvenies Occultum Lapidem)which means “Visit Earth’s Interior and through purification you will findThe Secret Stone”. The Candidate sits in the Chamber of Meditation andis told to write down his philosophical last will, which helps him to deter-mine his relations with the world, God and other people and is a pass tothe temple. Putting down all his metal belongings is a symbol of leavingwealth and honors as well as habits and superstitions. He uncovers his leftpart of chest and left foot which means sincerity, humility and respect.During all his initiation ceremony, the candidate for a Mason is havinghis eyes covered to underline his attachment to the world of darknessand chaos. He is released to the light at the end of the process. Lightis one of the most important symbols in Freemasonry. It is regardedas cognition and pure mind. Initiation ceremony ends for a new Ma-son by handing him his attributes - The Square and Compasses carved
  49. 49. 1 The Only Truth into stone, two of principal symbolic tools always found in a Lodge. It means wisdom, the power of creation as well as restraint and limita- tion of desires, balance between physical and spiritual forces, active- ness and passiveness, Heaven and Earth. It is an image of perfection. Masons search truth by killing their ego and withdrawing from its aspects in a form of materialism, the urge to dominate and the selfishness. The ri- tual of initiation is like a training of mind. Its importance is underlined by the fact that it is the most deeply hidden secret of Freemasonry. Only can- didates who pass this test correctly are able to read clearly Masonic sym- bols. The state of mind shaped during initiation, ability of reading symbols correctly and knowledge written in them are that precious treasures hidden before eyes of an ordinary man. Mason’s lodge, where members of this society meet, is retreat from the outside world. They seek spiritual rebirth there. Every mason is in search of becoming a better man, not better than someone else but better than himself would otherwise be and therefore an exemplary member of society. As in many religions, death for masons doesn’t mean the end, but opening on a new, superior and more perfect phase of life. They refer to God as “The Great Architect of the Universe”. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real trage- dy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ popular among Masons quota- tion, by Plato
  50. 50. Foreword 1Powerful people found great benefits in membership in Masonry. Freema-sons where America’s Founding Fathers (Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jef-ferson, William Paterson), Presidents (Gerald Ford, Harry Truman, bothRoosevelt, Andrew Jackson, James Monroe, George Washington), Vice-Presidents, Senators, generals, Kings and Queens, Prime Ministers (Win-ston Churchill), religious and international leaders (Arafat, Garibaldi, Bo-livar, King Hussein, Jesse Jackson, Oral Roberts), great families, businessand economic leaders (The Rothschilds and the Rockefellers, H. Ford, W.Chrysler, A. Citroen, C. Hilton), movie actors and directors (John Wayne,Clark Gable, Walt Disney, Houdini, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Rodgers), mu-sicians (Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Duke Ellington, Puccini, Lo-uis Armstrong, Nat King Cole), writers (Shakespeare, Voltaire, Kipling,Tolstoy, Pushkin, Doyle), astronauts and pilots (Neil Armstrong, CharlesLindbergh), architects, medicine, sports, and many others… An impressi-ve list, isn’t it? So much great names but just few whose personal data andfact of membership was public. What if they all derived their greatness fromlodges? What if being a Mason helped them to amass power and fortune?But there are more secret societies, even more mysterious and significant.Skull and Bones, the Brotherhood of Death in other words, is one of theoldest student secret societies in the United States based on Masonic inspi-red rituals. Members of this group, sworn to silence, are the most influen-tial people in this world. Both Bush presidents, senator John Kerry, BarackObama’s economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, banker Lewis Lapham, poli-tical adviser Tex McCrary, politician Averell Harriman, influential Ameri-can publisher Henry Luce, president John F. Kennedy’s advisor McGeorgeBundy and Rockefellers - what mystery are they keeping? They are Hege-lians, professing that the State is almighty, and seen as “the march of Godon earth.” The selection procedure for new members of The Order has not
  51. 51. 1 The Only Truth changed since 1832. Each year 15, and only 15 - never fewer, are selected. The enlightened Knight at the beginning of this book was a member of The Knights Templar, The United Religious, Military and Masonic Or- ders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta. Officially crusaders, a religious military group formed in the 12th century, in truth secret society formed in one purpose: to disco- ver and preserve The Only Truth. We know little about them. We can’t tell the difference between the legends and facts. Their version of truth died, only particles of it remained. As well as the Illuminati. They were main characters of several bestseller books. They are known as a ra- dical movement of freethinkers, founded during The Enlightenment. They did not require belief in a supreme being and were said to seek to overthrow organized religion. It is believed that they wished to cre- ate One World Government based on humanist and atheist principles. There are others. Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn, A Bilderberg Me- eting, The Priory of Sion, The Rosicrucian. The first is said to have been the forerunner of a majority of modern Occult groups and have had the belief system largely taken from Christian mysticism, Qabalah, Hermeticism, the religion of Ancient Egypt, Freemasonry, Alchemy, Theosophy, Magic, and Renaissance writings. The Bilderberg Group is the name given to a group of highly influential people who meet ever year in secrecy. The topics di- scussed are kept secret. The structure of the meetings is that of a conference - usually held in five star hotels around the world. The Priory of Sion is be- lieved to have had long history starting in AD 1099, famous Grand Masters (Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci), and deeply hidden and thoroughly preserved truth - descendants of Jesus and his alleged wife Mary Magda- lene as members. Religious revival seek also still believed to be present,
  52. 52. Foreword 1The Rosicrucian, a gathering of alchemists, secret knowledge explorers.They focus on finding a path to harmonious development of mind and heartin a spirit of unselfish service to mankind and an all-embracing altruism.Secret societies still exist, we can be sure of it. Seductive charm of my-stery, man’s need for affiliation and power explain their existence. Eventhough they still act behind the curtains, pull invisible strings of power,their limitless influence is not so obvious any more. The knowledge so de-eply hidden by them is now more accessible than ever. Choose the direc-tion of mind improvement. Learn from Masonic symbols the importanceof self-control, balance and brotherhood. Look at the world differently.
  53. 53. 1 The Only Truth Chapter III 10 puzzles of success In this chapter You will: • learn 10 principles of success • mix of reason and spirit - key to be successful in life • discover what you really want, make it your bur- ning desire and believe that it will happen • be determined to accomplish your dream • fill your mind only with right thoughts: love and you will be loved, believe in yourself and others will believe in you H ow to find a path to success? How to find determination to reach it and fulfill your dreams? How to drag on our page this infinite source of energy to improve our life? How to make proper choices? In previous chapters we’ve proved that our life can be changed. We- ’ve found that there is magic, not as a paranormal activity, but positi- ve, creative energy which surrounds us. We have learned that we are not alone in this world with that thinking, that there are glimp- ses of this truth in major religions and teachings of great minds of our world. There are secret societies that made it their greatest secret.
  54. 54. Foreword 1We have to find and accept that positive energy. If we do so, we willimmediately become part of a brighter side of life, members of luckiersociety of smile. Before each step we make, our mind sends signals toforces that rule our fate, we are the ones they should be merciful to.That invisible source of energy, which tries to balance world by givingto those who search for it and welcome and taking back from thosewho don’t share its principles, who are blind on its presence. Love isthe key to the life of health, wealth and happiness. It is easier to be he-althy if you are happy. And it is easier to be happy if you are in lovewith what you are doing. Spirit is the key, but in the puzzle of suc-cess reason is an equally important element. Let us say it once again.In the puzzle of success, reason is an element as important as spirit.Being rich has as much materialistic meaning as spiritual. Furthermore, ifwe want to achieve particular goals, we need to count not only on propi-tious circumstances but have also a workable plan. In this part of the book,we will try to find reasonable factors of success, prosperity guaranteed oncondition supplemented by positive attitude, friendship with energy andthe presence of mind to seize the opportunities. You have to be well pre-pared for gifts from luck. This is a factor which appears only for thosewho accept magic, love or what they will see as positive energy in them-selves. Readiness means that you should always keep your perceptionsstraight. You must be ready to listen, willing to learn, and able to do so.If you have a bulldog desire to fulfill your dreams, you must forget abo-
  55. 55. 1 The Only Truth ut apologies and alibis. Your faith in yourself and in the future which you have before your eyes is about to happen, time won’t permit any excuses. It will give you strength in the moments of temporary defeat. Mistake that should give you more motivation regarding the rule that eve- ry failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. Before suc- cess comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of people do. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. The most common mistake which most of us don’t realize, is misinterpre- tation of reality. Far too often we aren’t aware of reality, we don’t perce- ive truly seeing only illusions. We need to look on others as we see them now, their past and our former behaviour have no relevance to the present. If you remember the past as you look upon others, you will be unable to perceive the reality that is now. You consider “natural” to use your past experience as the reference point from which to judge the present. Yet this is unnatural because it is delusional. When you have learned to look upon everyone with no reference to the past at all, either theirs or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. For the past can cast no shadow to darken the present unless you are afraid of light. We are all wrong about the world because we have misjudged ourselves. We cannot see the truth because we judge it as false. Positive energy gives you only what you have given to it. Whatever you hold as dear you think is yours, the power of your valuing will make it so. Even in seemingly difficult moments you shouldn’t be bothered with what everyone says about your primary goal. It is your desire, you ca-
  56. 56. Foreword 1n’t loose faith at any second by such words of discouragement. But itdoesn’t mean that applying lessons of this book make you infallible.Proper and reasonable criticism is sometimes invaluable in the matterof tactics and your plan’s implementation. It could be that blessed luckwhich can suddenly change your life just like a miracle. We hope thatthis book will be such a helping hand. But for now let’s look hereunder. There are 10 fundamental principles of success. 1. Finding out what you really want 2. Faith 3. Courage 4. Determination 5. Frugality 6. Training 7. Right thoughts 8. Planning 9. Collecting resources 10. Seizing the opportunity
  57. 57. 1 The Only Truth 1. What do You really want? Be true to yourself. It is a basic question of our life. The question “What do you want?” must be answered. You are answering it every minute and every second, and each moment of the decision is a judgment which is anything but in- effectual. To answer it sincerely one should cut out from noisy reality and look deep inside himself. Even an apparently most complicated situation has a simple solution. All you need is to learn what people really want, what their purpose is. It is the core of their action, even a subconscious one. For first and foremost, we must know what we want, and be determined to stand by that desire until we realize it. Money, education are worthless without initiative, faith, and the will to win. Its effects will follow auto- matically until the decision is changed. But your decision can be unmade as well as made. Remember though, that the alternatives are unalterable. All you need to learn is what you and other people really want. Before the greatest achievements were accomplished, at first, and for a time, but a dream. It is the seedlings of reality. The world is filled with abundance of opportunity which the dreamers of the past never knew. You should start with crystallizing your dream. Putting it in a form.
  58. 58. Foreword 1Placing in future reality, giving colors, feelings, sounds, will liven upin your mind. Yet it is very important to visualize it as a third person.Make it a fact that will happen in the future, where you look at your-self from a distance. Along with regular visualization strong will to ac-complish it should follow - almost obsession to make it happen, an over-whelming feeling that nothing could stop from putting your dream intoan action, certainty you will overcome any obstacle. You should anewin your mind the fire of hope, faith, and courage. If you have these sta-tes of mind, and working knowledge of the principles described in thisbook, all else that you need will come to you, when you are ready for it. You should anew in your mind the fire of hope, faith and courage.Second step, after crystallizing your primary dream, is to create the rankof your goals. Find out what lays deep inside yourself and motivatesyou to make choices. It is a hard task, because we are lousy psycholo-gists, especially considering ourselves. You have to be ready to changeyour life and feel strong need to start implementing this ingredients ofsuccess. Discover and apply stimulus to make a first step - well-definedpurpose supported with all of our energy, power and effort. You need tostick to your desire until it becomes dominating obsession of your life-and-finally, desire which can outwits mother nature and transmute itselfinto its physical equivalent. To believe that you can perceive the realworld is to believe that you can know yourself. Yet the swiftness withwhich your new and only real perception will be translated into know-ledge will leave you only an instant to realize that this judgment is true.
  59. 59. 1 The Only Truth Perception is a choice of what you want yourself to be, the world you want to live in, and the state in which you think your mind will be content and satisfied. It chooses where you think your safety lies, at your decision. It reveals yourself to you as you would have yourself be. And it is always faithful to your purpose, from which it never separates, nor gives the sli- ghtest witness to anything the purpose in your mind upholds. Perception is a part of what it your purpose to behold is, for means and an end are never separated. And thus you learn what seems to have a life apart has none. You need to be present. But how do you get there? This work tells us how: when you’re acti- vely noticing new things, you become more aware of context and per- spective. You end up with a healthier respect for uncertainty, something we are taught to fear. Our baseline state should be mindful, it’s how we should feel virtually all the time. Mindfulness is the essence of chari- sma, when people are there, we notice. When you don’t take the world as given, but as full of possibilities, it becomes endlessly exciting.
  60. 60. Foreword 1 2. Faith Certainty of oneself and self-confidence are essential in achievingsuccess. Who will push your dreams into accomplishment if not you? Youmust acknowledge that you have the ability to achieve your life goals. Youneed to believe in yourself. If you lack it, you will be apprehensive, fru-strated, resentful, and demoralized. Your behavior will be passive. Avoidtaking initiatives and constantly seek reassurance. Where to seek sourceto derive such certainty? Start from believing that self-confidence is a skillthat can be acquired. That you are as well worth it as others. Derive it justfrom who you are, your inalienable dignity as a human being. No matterwhat your deeds, attributes and origin are you are worth to believe in. Start from believing that self-confidence is a skill that can be acqu- ired.You will fulfill your dream. Be who you want to be on condition ofa strong desire built on unshakeable faith. You should demand ofyourself persistent, continuous action towards attainment of yourdream. Knowledge, the process of reproducing thoughts into re-ality, should result in discipline of your thought’s concentration. You should regularly picture yourself, who you intend to become.
  61. 61. 1 The Only Truth Work on your self-confidence visualizing it regularly in your mind. If you think you can, life sooner or later will think the same. Behave as self-confident people do, adopt their postures, thoughts, and ac- tions. Be flexible. Do not be afraid of change, whenever road that you follow turn suddenly in unknown direction. Do not look back at your mistakes analyzing them thoroughly. Leave them behind and look straight ahead. Only people who do nothing make no mistakes. Being kind and self-understanding to yourself will help bn building your confidence. Stop to form self-punishment mistakes. Be proud of what you’ve done. Success means being fair to yourself and to others. You need to be fair and assertive, know how to balance aggression and passivity, how to strike a balance between reflecting and reacting. As- sertiveness is based on the idea that your needs, wants, and feelings are neither more nor less important than those of other people. You have the right to make claims for yourself clearly and honestly, as long as those claims don’t impinge on the rights of others. You have to believe witho- ut any doubt that you have the same rights as anyone else. Think befo- re you act, but don’t avoid taking action. Assertive people are able to express their anger clearly and appropriately, focusing that anger on the behavior, not the person. Being assertive means thinking highly of your- self and others as well as and knowing exactly what he or she wants. There is not a problem in any situation that faith will not so- lve. There is no shift in any aspect of the problem but will make solution impossible. For if you shift part of the problem el- sewhere, the meaning of the problem must be lost, and the solution to the problem is inherent in its meaning. Is it not po- ssible that all your problems have been solved, but you have re-
  62. 62. Foreword 1moved yourself from the solution? Yet faith must be whe-re something has been done, and where you see it done. Asituation is a relationship, being the joining of thoughts. If problems are per-ceived, it is because the thoughts are judged to be in conflict. But if the goal istruth, this is impossible. Some idea of bodies must have entered, for mindscannot attack.By faith, you offer the gift of freedom from the past, which you re-ceived. You do not use anything your brother has done befo-re to condemn him now. You freely choose to overlook his er-rors, looking past all barriers between yourself and his, and seeingthem as one. And in that one you see your faith is fully justified. Faith is always justified.Faith is the opposite of fear, as much a part of love as fear is of attack. Reasonwill tell you that the only way to escape from misery is to recognize it, and gothe other way. Truth is the same and so is misery, but they are different fromeach other in every way, in every instance, and without exception. One illu-sion cherished and defended against the truth makes all truth meaningless,and all illusions real. Such is the power of belief. It cannot compromise. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish.
  63. 63. 1 The Only Truth There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to re- ceive it. No one is ready for a thing, until he believes he can acquire it. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire fa- ith, courage, and belief. Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty. Faith is the head chemist of the mind. When faith is blended with the vibration of thought, the subconscious mind instantly picks up the vibration, translates it into its spiritual equivalent, and trans- mits it to Infinite Intelligence, as in the case of prayer. Faith is a state of mind which you may develop at will, which may be induced, or created by affirmation or repeated instructions to the subconscious mind, through the principle of auto-suggestion. Any impulse of thought which is repe- atedly passed on to the subconscious mind, is finally accepted and acted upon by the subconscious mind, which proceeds to translate that impul- se into it physical equivalent, by the most practical procedure available. Give your desire a feeling, have strong faith, especially in yourself, put your plan to accomplish it into motion and your thoughts will start to shape reality in the way you want. Resolve to throw the influences of any unfortunate environment, and to build your own life to order. By taking mental assets and liabilities, you will discover that your greatest weakness is lack of self-confidence. This handicap can be surmounted, and timidity translated into courage with the aid of the principle of autosuggestion. The application of this prin- ciple may be made through a simple arrangement of positive thought impulses stated in writing, memorized, and repeated until they become
  64. 64. Foreword 1a part of the working equipment of the subconsciousness of your mind. 3. Courage Feel self-esteem, sureness of your own value - opposi-te to fear, our greatest enemy. When you are afraid of everything, youare acknowledging its power to hurt you. Whenever you are afra-id, it is a sure sign that you have allowed your mind to miscreate. Fear arises when you think that you will loose something.You are afraid because you have not made up your mind yet. You aredivided, not sure what to do. There are no principles which could helpyou to choose right direction. Each path is covered by the black mistof the unknown. This uncertainty throws you into the tight grip offear. Only your mind can produce fear and only you are able to over-come it. Fear appears when there is lack of love. It produces inevita-ble strain because willing and doing become discordant. You cannotovercome it by better doing, but it can be corrected by higher willing. Love and fear are insane - they make up a private world which cannot be shared.
  65. 65. 1 The Only Truth Love and fear are our two most basic emotions. They are contradictory except for one common thing: they are all insane. They are made of si- ghts which are not seen and sounds which are not heard. They are me- aningful only to their maker, only he perceives them and so they have no meaning at all. Beside illusion, what disturbs us most in our way to happiness and peaceful mind, is anger. It creates false picture of reali- ty, deludes us into the teeth of destructiveness, converts into a machi- ne driven by emotions rather than thoughts. Anger cannot occur unless you believe that you have been attacked, that your attack was justi- fied, and that you are in no way responsible. If you do so, it means that you do not understand what love is, because love cannot be destroyed. The mind that accepts an attack cannot love and loses the awareness of being, induces feelings of unreality. Feel week and vulnerable to attack. It devotes you to nothing. But you do have power to change this destructive course. It is you and your thinking that lead you to this point, and your own thinking can also save you from it. You are able to direct your thinking as you wish, remember that and appreciate yourself, your friends, and other people. When you do not appreciate, you cannot love. Whenever you are afraid of what you are, you do not appreciate it, and therefore reject it. Fear makes appreciation impossible and welcomes anger as a most influential advisor. You become therefore more capable of hurting somebody and yourself. The only way to have peace is to act peacefully towards others. We are afraid that we may receive what we wish for.