ATGW 17 • Master System 5 - REFERENCES: The Fabric of Life

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Adapted form ATGW 394

What are references?

References are all the experiences of our life that we have recorded within our nervous system-everything we have seen, touched, tasted, smelled-stored away in the giant file cabinet of our brain.

How does our state determine our references?

The emotional state we are in radically impacts which files (memories, emotions, feelings, sensations, i.e. references) are available to us.

Do references determine our beliefs?

References are the building blocks of our beliefs, rules, and values. However, it's not our references, but our interpretation of them, the way we organize them, that clearly determine our beliefs.

Which references play the largest role in our life's experiences?

It all depends on what we get reinforced for. Reinforcements help create foundations for our destiny.

Are all references picked up consciously?

Some references are picked consciously, others unconsciously.

Do all references come from our experience?

Some references result from experience you've had yourself, others consist of information you've heard from others.

Are references accurate?

Like all human experience, references become distorted, deleted, and generalized as you record them with your nervous system.

What is the relationship between beliefs and references?

Many references ar organized to support beliefs. If you believe you are intelligent, it's because you have activated certain references to support that feeling of certainty. Reference experiences act as "table legs" to support the idea, or "table top" that you are intelligent.

Do our references limit our beliefs?

No. We have enough references within us to back up any idea we want: that we're confident and that we're weak, that we care or that we're selfish.

How do we expand our references?

Pursue new experiences. Explore the wealth of literature, myths, poetry, music.

What is the value of reading a book?

You start thinking like the author, and use your imagination as he would. You carry his references long after you have turned the last page.

What does it mean to use contrasting references?

Using ennobling and negative references to give us a higher vision and empower ourselves.

How can we use new ennobling references?

To motivate us and raise our standards.

How do we use new negative references?

To keep our problems in perspective.

Leaders are ...

Readers

We need to consciously stand guard at the doors of our minds to make sure that ...

... whatever we're allowing to enter will cause our lives to be enriched.

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