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Dr. Claude Brodeur, PhD

Concept-Therapy and the Evolution of Consciousness

What is Concept-Therapy?  It is a philosophy of life based on the fact that our lives are profoundly influenced by the ideas that are stored in our heads, ideas about life, about religion, about right and wrong, about God, about education, about sex, about marriage, about parenting. 

It is also a course of instruction designed to assist the student in a perfectly logical and factual way to discover and change those beliefs that are in the way of our health, happiness and success. The students are taught ways of improving life by working with ideas alone.  We say: if you choose, you can change your thinking and thereby change your life for the better. First, of course, you must believe that a better life is possible, a life of greater health, abundance, and peace.

Contemporary psychologists have a different name for Concept-Therapy. They call it Cognitive Behavior Modification.  Dr. Thurman Fleet, the inspired founder of Concept-Therapy, was a pioneer in the field of Cognitive Behavior Modification.

The gist of the theory is this. Change a person's thinking and his life will change.  Ancient Wisdom put it thus: as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.  The same idea, just differently expressed.  Most of you probably believe that attitude is important, that a person's attitude can make the difference between success and failure, happiness and unhappiness.  What people have not always known is how to change attitudes.  Concept-Therapy offers a course of instruction intended to do this in a lawful,  natural, safe and progressive manner.

Dr Fleet does more than suggest that ideas play a vital part in our lives.  He suggests what part they do play and how we can use this knowledge to advantage.  As we grow up, we are presented with all kinds of ideas, some are accurate and some are distorted.  Some are true, some are false.  Some are clear, some are confusing. 

We get ideas about right and wrong, good and bad, heaven and hell, God and the Devil, about morality and immorality, about health and disease.  All kinds of rules are suggested to us, rules that supposedly will enable us to live good, happy and healthy lives.  Moreover, if we don't follow these rules, we soon discover that we can get punished, or made to regret our transgressions against the rules.  But we also discover that if we do follow some of these rules, our lives can also become equally miserable.  We are caught in a dilemma.  What are we to do?

Some people begin to question the wisdom of the rules that others have laid down for us to follow. They begin to do some thinking for themselves, to look for their own answers to questions which may trouble them.  They start wondering if they have to believe everything they've been told.  They begin to check what they have been told with what their senses report to them and what reason tells them.  They start looking for clear, straightforward, and honest answers to their questions.  To such a person Concept-Therapy has a definite appeal.

As soon as they  begin their Concept-Therapy course of instruction, they soon realize that they are a soul evolving in consciousness for better or worse according to the nature of the basic concepts operating in the subjective fabric of their personality.  What an extraordinary suggestion! What a concept! Examine it. Test its validity in your own life.  If what I have just said is so, what a secret you have.  You know a fact that many do not know, namely, that our lives are becoming better or worse depending upon the nature of the basic concepts that we hold in our minds, shaping our lives very slowly over the years for better or worse, much of the time imperceptibly.

Are some ideas more important than others?  This question  is fully examined in the Concept- Therapy course of instruction as well as in the seven phases of Conceptology.  Ideas which are considered more important than others, which serve as a foundation for building a logical, scientific and lawful conception of  life are called basic concepts. In the Concept-Therapy text and the subsequent phases of Conceptology, the student is invited  to develop an understanding of these basic concepts so that the student can get the Big Idea and thereby take charge of his own life. 

The course of instruction is so arranged as to help the student progress in a lawful, natural, logical and gradual manner, at his own pace and without unnecessarily disrupting the routine of his life.  This is an important feature of the Concept Therapy course of instruction.  Sometimes students and teachers fail to notice this feature of the instruction.  They may try to push or pressure an individual to abruptly change his life, without sufficient understanding.  This can be so disruptive as to cause great harm.  So watch out for this, in any course of instruction which promises utopia right now, without allowing time for understanding and for growth.

The Phases of Conceptology
Following the Concept-Therapy course of instruction are seven other courses called phases of  Conceptology. The word "conceptology" means the scientific study of ideas.  These Conceptology courses are sequenced to help the student along the path of greater understanding and application of the principles presented in the introductory or basic course of Concept-Therapy.

The student is promised that the study of these phases will help us evolve in consciousness, eventually gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of the laws of our being and the laws that run the universe.  We are promised further that the more we evolve in consciousness, the greater control we will have over life, making us more helpful to others by coming more in harmony with those around us; that we will come to have a greater respect for our own life and for all life.  Then he will want to give up those thoughts, words, and activities which are harmful to life. He will want to dedicate ourselves to all that is beneficial to life.

The first three phases  may be described as a science of mind, that is, a science of how the mind works.  The next four phases are different in character from the first three. They constitute a science of the soul.  As far as I know, Dr. Fleet is the first person to offer a course which can safely, naturally and surely advance a soul in consciousness so that the student may experience what philosophers like Bucke call "cosmic consciousness".

Phase Three occupies a place of special importance.  It represents a transition phase in the evolution of the soul's consciousness, bringing us from the awareness of the fact that he we have a mind to an awareness in us of power expressing through us to a degree greater than any other creature. We are brought to an awareness of the fact that we are a soul capable not just of a superior mental life but open to a spiritual life and all the powers attached to the attainment of that dimension of life.

As Dr. Fleet advanced in his own understanding of Concept-Therapy, and as he witnessed his own difficulties and those of students struggling to apply  the ideas contained in the Concept-Therapy instruction, he wrote the phases, one by one.  Dr. Fleet applied himself to this task because he was confident that there were souls in the world who wanted to advance in consciousness, who wanted to live in greater harmony with all life, who wanted to experience inner peace.

With these thoughts in mind, let's take a brief look at each of the phases.  I can't tell you every idea that's contained in each phase, but I can try to give you the main theme of each phase. 

Phase One
Phase One explains to the student how the mind works, especially how ideas get fixed in the mind.  To understand phase one the student learns about the principles of hypnosis.  The student is not taught how to become an hypnotist, but the student is taught how the mind works influenced by suggestion. The student is taught the difference between thinking for himself and being unduly influenced by the thinking of others. 

The student learns how the principles of suggestion can be used constructively as well as destructively.  The destructive use would be not only to fix in the mind negative suggestions, but also to use suggestion to manipulate and exploit people.  This is sometimes done by politicians by salespersons, by religious evangelists, by teachers, by parents, and by advertising agents.  I am not suggesting that all these people would deliberately use the techniques of hypnotic persuasion to gain their ends, but they use them nevertheless, even if they are ignorant of the fact.  The technique works whether or not you know you are using it.  The law of gravity works whether you know about it or not.  It forever operates, because nature is like that.  The mind works like that. 

The principles of suggestion forever operate, because the mind is like that.  Once you understand the principle of gravity you can use that understanding in helpful and creative ways.  So it is with the mind.  Once you understand the principles of suggestion,  you can use that understanding in beneficial and creative ways to help yourself and others.

In Phase One we learn how the mind through the use of suggestion can affect the body's normal functioning.  This phase contains many remarkable facts that anyone who wants to understand themselves would want to know.  We talk facts here, not theory.  An idea fixed in the mind can make the body tense and over a long period of time this tension can build up to cause harm to the body and create ill health.  We also teach the student how, conversely, through proper use of the mind we can reduce tension and the harmful effects of tension. 

Phase One also teaches the student how fixed ideas can interfere with our mental faculties like memory, imagination, sight, hearing, taste and smell.  The demonstrations given to the student in this phase of instruction can be very dramatic if the student has never considered the extent to which the mind can influence the normal functioning of the body and the senses.  The student gets hands-on experience in this phase to test the validity of the ideas presented to him in this particular course.

Students may get unduly fascinated with the phenomenal demonstrations of Phase One.  This could cause him to lose sight of the real point of this phase of instruction.  He must be careful not to put too much value on the demonstrations in Phase One to the neglect of the other phases of Conceptology.  Try to get the Big Idea.  The point of Phase One is to convince us that we have far more control over our own minds if we choose to exercise that control with knowledge and understanding, which is to be gained from a mastery of the principles of Concept-Therapy through the proper application of them.  Having this control, we can better direct our lives to produce positive benefits for ourselves and for others.

Phase Two
Phase Two may be described as a course in the principles of psychoanalysis.  The student can learn from the study of this phase of Conceptology what drives him to do the things he does. We learn in this course about the urges or instincts which impel us to behave as we do in ways sometimes very similar to other creatures of the animal world, of which we are a part.  We learn to analyze and understand our fears, our phobias, our complexes, our dominant urges so that together with the understanding gained from Phase One we can liberate ourselves from their harmful effects and become in tune with the infinite, or God within, by changing wrong ideas which have been fixed in our minds and gradually arrive at the point where we can enjoy greater peace of mind and greater self assurance.

Phase Three
Phase Three has a special place in the Conceptology course of instruction.  It is a phase of transition, by means of which the student's interest can be turned from a study of mind to a study of spirituality.  It presents to the student the suggestion that spirituality, like mind, can be properly an object of scientific study and understanding.  In it we learn about our relation as human beings to the laws of nature.  Our ideas about God and the relationship of God to our universe are examined in this phase. 

The reason for considering ideas like natural law, God, and the universe is to prepare the student for the idea that there is such a thing as cosmic consciousness. We can attain it very naturally and scientifically through a study and application of principles learned from the study of the science of spirituality.  By completing this course the student enters the spiritual path of personal development and begins to want truth above fantasy and to desire to do what is right.

Phase Four
Phase Four is the first phase to introduce the student to the higher path, to the science of soul, or to what we may also call spiritual science.  The lower path is involved with the study of mind.  It's important for the student of Concept-Therapy to be mindful of the fact that there is a higher path, one higher than a science of mind.  The student who gets overly fascinated with Phase One and with the production of hypnotic phenomena may lose sight of the fact that there is a higher path, and a power higher than the power of the mind.  This would be the power of the soul. 

In Phase Four, the instructor asks the you to examine your concepts of good and bad, religion, God, the Devil, and the question whether there is a superphysical world with the possibility of a life after death.  At this point in the course of instruction in spiritual science, you are given Ten Rules to guide you in developing the spiritual powers of the soul.  Having learned about these Ten Rules, you are then encouraged to return to the lower path and apply the rules in your daily life, at home, at work, and when socializing with friends. 

In this phase, the student is made aware of what was only intimated in the Concept-Therapy course of instruction and the first three phases of Conceptology, namely, that each of us is the master of our own thoughts, that we are the molder of our own character, that we are the shaper of our own destiny.

Phase Five
In Phase Five of Conceptology, we are told about the importance of developing our faculty of perception; we are instructed about the different dimensions of knowledge and their corresponding dimensions of consciousness. The purpose here is to enable us by using our faculty of perception to distinguish between the true and the false, between reality and illusion, between fantasy and fact, between right action and wrong action.  This power of discernment belongs properly to the soul, not to eht mind.

In this phases we are brought to understand as never before the importance of having a proper philosophy of life. The focus now is on the purpose of lifWe are taught the meaning of enlightenment and the principles of discernment so that we can see things from a much higher perspective than someone who looks only with the mind's eye.  In this phase the student gets a glimpse of a higher understanding of the concept of freedom.

Phases Six
Phase Six describes what can happen to a soul iwho quests for cosmic understanding.  Again, we are encouraged to examine from every perspective possible our concept of God and our idea of life, and  our understanding of the meaning of life. A profound understanding of the creative power indwelling in all life, that power which gives existence to and sustains existence in every living thing is the focus of this phase. 

The student is given a deeper understanding of right and wrong, and the choices that lie before one who lives among people who may have no idea that there is more to life than eating, sleeping, drinking, working, playing and making and spending money.  There are so many different philosophies of life.  Who is right and who is wrong?  What are we to do?  To whom should we listen?

The soul begins to realize more profoundly than ever before that there is only One Life, yet that One Life finds expression in many lives.  So many different expressions of that One Life, each going its own way, yet only a small part of a cosmos beyond the comprehension of the human mind, so vast, so complex, so coordinated, so unfathomable in the vastness of its many parts. 

In this phase, the soul is exposed to the idea of illumination, the ultimate achievement that proceeds from enlightenment. With illumination come all the extraordinary spiritual powers like clairvoyance, clairaudience and the other treasures of spirituality.  This is the promise given to those who sincerely and with determination dedicate themselves to the study of the principles of Concept- Therapy and understand the proper application of them.

I would like to sum up the Big Idea of Phase Six in Dr Fleet's own words:

The Divine Power - the Creator of Life - is filled with Goodness, Peace, Purity.  It is the ultimate of Intelligence.  It is Power.  It is Life.  It expresses itself through form, at every level of expression, from the electron to the human.  It is in us.  In that inner sanctuary of our own nature - hidden perhaps from objective view - "nestles the seed, perfection."  It is like a "sleeping giant" waiting to be awakened, to probe through the darkness into the light of a higher spiritual awareness.

Any Organization or Movement that is patterned along principles directed toward leading the groping Soul, from the plane of darkness through the "Transition" to the plane of Light, is a job worthy of great soldiers.  It takes dedicated Souls to assist others to bridge the gap from the Lower to the Higher Dimensions of Awareness.

Now it would seem that other people who go into this work, who pursue the study and teaching of this philosophy, must have placed in their consciousness genes that incline them toward this type of expression as to give them pleasure in order to [be able to] persevere when difficulties arise and opposition confronts them.  Perhaps the Creator of Life has already placed into men and women these kinds of genes that incline them toward gaining "pleasure" from the "Transition" from the Third to the Fourth Dimension of Consciousness.  Perhaps through the awakening of the higher consciousness of thousands of such individuals, the seeds of a great Movement will germinate and spread. [This no one knows.]

Phase Seven
Phase Seven continues the thread of the previous phase and expands more on concepts that the student of spiritual science must understand if you wish to achieve illumination and live a higher life, concepts like those of god, spirit, life, the one and the many. Here the student explores the different ways in which the One Life expresses.  You learn that this One Life can express through us in any one of three ways, that we have to choose how it will express.  The student learns that each of us expresses through some inclination which comes from within.  That inclination follows the degree of enlightenment that the individual soul has attained through diligent study and application of the principles of spiritual science. 

This Phase closes with the advice, to quote directly from the text:

Henceforth let your thoughts concerning this Higher Life be much as if your thoughts were directed toward the pursuit of some profession after graduation from school.  Let it be a strictly legitimate proposition of reason.  Eliminate from your mind all the superstitious and irrational ideas that you have gained from writings and teachings centered on this subject of living a Higher Life....Try to reason, Soul.  Try to eliminate from your mind the superstitious ideas that will not stand the light of reason.  Set out, now to make the journey to your goal, the Temple of Wisdom.... If what all the great Masters of religion have taught is true, then set forth on the journey to earn the prize for yourself.  Do not expect that you can go along in your Lower Life, all during your physical or bodily life, and then by some miraculous method you can be made perfect after you die. 

Many have been lulled into a stupor by thinking they can reach the Higher Life by lip service.  But it does not work that way, Soul.  It must be lived. Live, my friends, such as to become One with the Greater Life.

In the words of Dr Fleet::

Go, Soul, and we trust that you will finally find your heart's desire.  When one uses Wisdom to reach the "omega point," or union, he now walks in the sunshine of Real Life.  The darkness has been obliterated.  He is the Light, and his vibrations become an attractive power.

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