If anyone is curious about getting a 'feel' for Ken Keyes Jr.s material, here are some selections.
There was discussion some time back about various authors who might have been influential for BK.
One named was Ken Keyes Jr.
Those interested can get a few samples of Keyes material here.
Reprinted from HANDBOOK TO HIGHER CONSCIOUSNESS by Ken Keyes, Jr., Fifth Edition, Copyright 1975 by The Living Love Center
Addictions" always cause unhappiness sooner or later. "Preferences" never do. When an addiction is not satisfied, you feel upset or unhappy. When an addiction is satisfied, you feel momentary pleasure, relief, or indifference. When a preference is not satisfied, you simply feel indifferent ~ it was only a preference after all.
But when it
is satisfied, it adds to the texture and beauty of your life.
It is vital that you fully understand that growth lies wholly in reprogramming your automatic emotional programming~~it is not necessarily aimed at changing your external actions. You can do anything you prefer as long as you are not addicted. It is not the external circumstances that constitute your addiction~~it is only your inside emotional programming that must be changed. And the wonderful thing is that it is fully within your ability to do so~~where as up to now you may have been hopelessly trying to manipulate the outside world to conform to your addictions
( I welcome the opportunity (even if painful) that my minute-to-minute experience offers me to become aware of the addictions I must reprogram to be liberated from my robot-like emotional patterns.)
~~~How do you spot your addictions? It's easy. You just notice the desires and expectations that you use to make yourself feel upset in various life situations. By tuning in to your minute-minute stream of consciousness, you discover the addictions that make you feel worried, anxious, resentful, frustrated, afraid, angry, bored, ect.
You thus use every uncomfortable emotion as an opportunity for consciousness growth.
Everyone and everything around you is your teacher. If your washing machine won't work, you are being checked out on your ability to peacefully accept the unacceptable. If you are addicted to your appliances always working, you will suffer. If you prefer them to operate well, you will not compound your problem by superimposing your uncomfortable emotions on the here-and-now realities of repairing them.
( I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now~~unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future. )
~~~If you are not enjoying every here-and-now moment in your life, it is because your addctions (otherwise known as desires, attachments, demands, expectations, emotional programming, models of how life should treat you) are making you dwell in the dead past or the imagined future. Thay are keeping you from "being here now." All there is in your life is the eternal now moment~~
and your experience of this moment is created by the programming in your head.
You can only be here now when you instantly accept emotionally whatever happens in your life. If you wish to change something~fine. Do it. And you can make really effective changes when your mind is free of emotional turmoil.
We can always find things we can magnify to threaten our security, sensation, and power addictions. Or we can consciously perform whatever action is needed and then turn our attention to enjoying everthing we have to enjoy. And we always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have~~and not worrying about what we don't have.
( I take full responsibility here and now for everything I experience, for it is my own programming that creates my actions and also influences the reactions of people around me.)
~~~Whenever you feel unhappy, your emotions are telling you that people and things are not fulfilling the addiction patterns you have programmed into your biocomputer. But you usually do not talk to yourself in this realistic way. Instead, you blame your unhappiness on somebody or something outside of you. When you take full responsiblity here and now for all of your feelings and for everything that happens to you, you never again blame the people and situations in the world outside of you for any unhappy feelings that you have. You realize that is an evasion to blame "others." You've been doing it to yourself!
You can stop being a mechanical, computer-like person who views himself as "pushed around" by the world when you realize that only you can "push" yourself. You begin to see the connection
between your emotional programming and your suffering. You start doing something about it--which means reprogramming yourself.
Your mind creates your universe. Your perceptions are the "picture" you create from the energies you receive through your various senses from the people and things around you.
Your perceptions are thus a joint phenomenon
of observer and the observed.
You receive a feedback from the peole and things around you that continually modifies your processing of incoming sensory data.
Your predictions and expectations are thus self-fulfilling. Since your consciousness creates your universe, all you have to do to change your world is to change your consciousness! It's the only way to live in a beautiful, joyous world.
( I accept myself completely here and now and consciously experience everything I feel, think, say, and do ( including my emotion-backed addictions) as a neccessary part of my growth into higher consciousness. )
The Living Love Way to Higher Consciousness is based on the instant emotional acceptance here and now of that which you previously regarded as unacceptable in your life. Acceptance simply means that you won't cause yourself emotional conflict because of your current perceptions. Emotional acceptance doesn't mean that you have to continue living the rest of your life with any particular person or situation.
To grow in the Living Love Way, you do not have to drill yourself and criticize yourself with military precision. Just experience everything in an accepting, relaxed, and conscious way - and realize that evey one of your experiences is perfect for your here-and-now growth into higher consciousness. Your addictions will gradually fade away when you use the Living Love Pathways to
consciously interpret your moment-to-moment stream of consciousness.
Don't push the river - just experience the river consciously from the vantage point of the Twelve Pathways.