1 Our mind is influenced by the environment and by circumstances. Now that we are cultivating the Dao, we need to use our thoughts to change these circumstances. In a way, this is like creating a miracle.
2 Most people, including the Dao cultivators, do not have a firm Dao mindset. This is a common problem. As circumstances change, our thoughts change accordingly.
3 Once people see wealth, power, and beauty in front of them, they find them irresistible. Once the mortal mind has shifted, the Dao mind becomes ruined. So, that is the reason why we say “put the mortal mind to death and bring forth the Dao mind.”
4 The human mind is the mortal mind; the ordinary mind, which could easily be seduced by drinking, sex, insatiable thirst for wealth, anger, the seven emotions and six desires. As soon as the circumstances change, the mind follows suit.
5 Many people cannot resist these temptations to the end; hence, they result in losing chastity. When a woman becomes unfaithful to her spouse, she loses her chastity; when a man succumbs to the temptations of fame and wealth, he also loses chastity.
6 Cultivating the Dao is all about using your mind to turn circumstances around. Let your mind create or change the circumstances, yet it requires determination and persistence.
7 To cultivate the Dao is to cultivate the mind. By cultivating yourself to be steadfast, your mind settles down. Once you become determined and persistent, you will continue to be a striver of God.
7 修道就是要修心。修不動心，心定下來了，有定力了，永久都是 上帝的同奮。
8 Do not take the word “striver” lightly. To be a striver requires one to be consistent with proper speech and actions. Ordinary people are influenced by circumstances. Strivers of the Lord of Universe Church are required to use their minds to turn circumstances around and not allow themselves to be manipulated by circumstances.
9 To be of such unbending determination and persistence comes from the cultivation of righteous qi that cannot be manipulated by circumstances.
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, November 6, 1991