Here’s a metaphor.
When I was young I had a radio. I could control the volume, I could tune the dial into a radio station, or search for new stations. I had some preset buttons for stations. The radio had an aerial that I could point in various directions and try to get a better signal.
The one thing I couldn’t control was what was coming through the airwaves.
I would suggest our minds are very similar. We can control somethings but not others. For example I have little idea what thoughts will pass through consciousness in any given moment, yet there do seem to be some presets – my Monday morning waking up thoughts are quite consistent, for example.
I think that this kind of metaphor links what can appear different worlds such as the Three Principles and a more active cognitive and technique rich approach such as self hypnosis. There is much I can do to tune into useful thoughts, productive habits and nurturing feelings.
What is coming through the airwaves is not up to me. I can do quite a bit about what I tune into.