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     “What you want also wants you. If you seek the celestial, the celestial also seeks you. There are no unanswered requests in the universe. If we do not like what we are receiving, we can learn to ask for something different.”

Take Charge of Life Archive 2

     This is an ongoing series of articles written by New Life Students who have been attending classes for a number of years. They have experienced the benefits of coming to class on a regular basis for themselves. Life throws challenges at us all the time so why not learn to deal with them consciously and effectively. Read and enjoy these helpful and insightful essays which will cover a wide variety of life topics.

  • Paul Wolfe

    Resistance to the Disturbance Is the Disturbance by Paul Wolfe
         I was working on something that needed to be taken care of this morning and noticed that there was quite a bit of negativity going on. The mind said, “The person who left this like this should be taking care of this; don’t they know any better than to leave a mess?” and of course “why am I (always) the one who has to clean it up?”  I’m sure you know what I mean because it’s the same for all of us. The mind is looking for something to affirm its existence, to prove that it knows best. Often it chooses to judge others as a way to affirm itself.
         Vernon gave us a lesson that can help: “Resistance to the disturbance is the disturbance.” My experience this morning is a perfect example of this lesson. I found something that needed to be taken care of (the disturbance) and set about taking care of it (a right thing to do) and then went into negativity over it (the resistance) which is really what the disturbance was, the negativity. It is completely possible to simply take care of what needs to be done without going into “mental movies” about it. You can even enjoy the whole thing.
         Because of this work, something happened in the middle of the disturbance. This something (Truth) made it apparent to me that I was upset about something a sleeping human being did because I was an unaware, sleeping human being myself. That changed everything about what I was doing – it was no longer a burden; in fact, I enjoyed it.
         When I’m working on something related to the work, I like to get an idea of the topic and sit with it for a few days. I picked the topic for this exercise several days ago and was planning to write about it today. When I got up and checked my email this morning, I was reminded, once again, that when we have a higher intention, we get help that we didn’t expect. The Secrets of Life quote for today is from 700 Inspiring Guides to a New Life, #199:
         “The more unusual an experience the more value it has for those who are tired of self-shackles. The entire secret is to take the unusual or the unpleasant experience with conscious attention, not with the habitual fear or resentment. Self-shackles are cut with something stronger than shackles, and conscious attention is a thousand times stronger. Practice this secret power.”
        
    This was a perfect fit for the topic, and the right power to apply to the disturbances in our lives. If we’ll do the work, we’ll get the help, ALWAYS. No right effort goes unrewarded.

  • Regina Netherton
  • Doug Stewart
  • Karen West
  • Eric Pendleton
  • Ann Pendleton
  • Dave Netherton
  • Katherine Pascal
  • Katherine Pascal 2
  • Kyle Rickert
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   “Thanks for the TAKE CHARGE article entitled Relax and Receive. Being able to find the lost papers by relaxing reminded me of an expression in golf. It goes like this: “effortless power will always triumph over powerful effort,” referring to the tendency to tensely hack at the golf ball. The effortless power is allowing something higher to come in. This power is only given in a relaxed state.”

— Man in California  via e-mail

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