170. Tempering the Mind to Cease All Thoughts
1 My biggest goal is to see you all restore your original hearts and that you will remain unmoved regardless of anything desirable you will encounter from now on. Desires can be limited to desires without thoughts.
2 People usually say “when the desirable is out of sight, the mind remains unmoved.” People normally do not move when they do not see desirable things. Strivers of the Lord of Universe Church, however, have to be tempered to a level that even if they see the desirable things in front of them, they remain unmoved. This depends on the level of tempering the mind.
3 “Unmoved” means the mind rests. As soon as the mind moves, it cannot control itself, which may lead to chaos. A Dao cultivator needs to remain unmoved, and at the same time, take it a step further and remain quiet in mind, with a peaceful disposition so he will not take offense.
4 Cultivation, training and reflection are all parts of tempering the mind. Tempering the mind takes it one step further. It requires one to stop thinking. As you temper your mind, you need to stop thinking improper thoughts and turn all improper thoughts into proper ones.
5 When all your thoughts are proper, you begin to gradually turn proper thoughts into no thoughts. This is why I have been telling you that you need to have no mind and no thoughts while practicing quiet sitting.
6 What method can we use to temper our mind and cease thinking? Strivers of the Church have been asked to follow the Twenty Watchwords, the Code of Life, as soon as they were initiated into the Church. We ask everyone to reflect and repent daily. “Admit your errors and correct yourself” is the way to temper your mind and stop thinking.
7 Tempering the mind is paying attention to things that you do in your daily life, in your dealings with people and matters and with all other aspects. You need to pay attention even when you are eating and sleeping, otherwise when will you find time to temper your mind?
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, the Anthro-Celestial Cultivation College, June 9, 1993