Following is a section from Chapter XIV: The Science of Ascension.
What is the essence of security? How does one become truly fearless? What are the mechanics of peace?
The science of Ascension involves a process of systematic unlearning. From birth, we have all structured certain beliefs, based on our own direct experience.
Some of our beliefs are obviously useful to continuance of our physical lives.
But it is also true that other beliefs are self-defeating and counterproductive. If we believe we are failures, this is the kind of experience we will continually draw to us. If we believe that life is hard, that we are unloved and perhaps even unlovable, that we are unhappy, that we are unworthy, will we experience an easy, effortless life of love and joy? Only by changing our underlying networks of belief can we hope to experience the future we – at least intellectually! would prefer.
Unmaking or unlearning old belief patterns is extraordinarily difficult by consciously attempting to unmake them or change them. But it is possible to change deep-seated belief patterns easily and effortlessly. This is done by the introduction of a few new seed thoughts. These seed thoughts have the unique and invaluable characteristic of systematically and effortlessly expanding the conscious boundaries of the individual’s mind. Each of these seed thoughts has the result of unmaking past belief patterns that keep our lives from unfolding in a healthy and harmonious way.
The Science of Ascension is a systematic and graduated method-ology for developing the mind. “Ascension” means to rise above. This creates a state of problem-free living. “Problem free” does not mean challenge-free: life does not become flat or passive. Problem-free does mean that inner stability is greater than any challenge from life; the greater inner creativity available for use is greater than any problem. Any challenge can be and is met and solved in the simplest, most graceful and most beneficial way once this state has developed.