Updated on December 5, 2022
Doug Tales 95: Natural Law, Part Five
Doug Mendenhall taught that everything goes through cycles, yet everything has a rhythm or a pattern to it. What seems to be random is actually very orderly. Everything around us happens with purpose (D&C 122:7). There is nothing left to chance. Doug taught that the Savior knows how to rise above negative parts of a cycle. Jesus Christ knows how to balance both positive and negative thoughts in the consciousness. The key to success in mastering the fifth natural law principle is finding harmony and balance. Doug shares the basics of these concepts in I See…Awake! (2015), on pages 45-46:
Natural Law Principle 5: Everything flows in and out in rhythm.
An LDS Church authority explained to me, “As far as heaven opens to you, hell opens just as wide.” It’s like they get equal time. God allows the pendulum to swing in both directions.
Brigham Young gave us his opinion: “So when individuals are blessed with visions, revelations, and great manifestations, look out, then the devil is nigh upon you, and you will be tempted in proportion to the vision, revelation, or manifestation you have received.” (Journal of Discourses 3:206)
For a deeper analysis of this principle refer to Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), chapter three. [This book chapter is titled, “How Deep Does the Rabbit Hole Go?” and has been reproduced in the Doug Tales series on this blog at: Doug Tales #35, “Just As Wide,” posted Oct. 11, 2021; #48, “What Joseph Smith Said and Did, Part Two,” posted Jan. 10, 2022; #49, “What Joseph Smith Said and Did, Part Three,” posted Jan. 17, 2022; and #66, “Evil Assumptions,” posted May 16, 2022. An audio recording of the chapter is also posted on this blog’s Audio page.]
The interesting thing is, this can be overcome by higher levels of consciousness. I remember my sighted friend Kitten telling me once that when someone gets to a higher level of understanding (consciousness), they will realize they don’t need to be bothered by the Adversary any more. More will is required to move consciousness to that level and to obtain that degree of enlightenment. It is the will to obey our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to make His will ours.