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Take Charge of Life Archive

     Here is a new and exciting 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.

  • Moe Janosec

    Silencing the Demander by Moe Janosec
         One of the illustrations given by Vernon Howard that has really stuck with me was when he described a man heading out every morning with a basket of 100 preferences. And how wonderful it would be for this man to end his day with only 99 preferences, and a weakened 100. He said that such a man would be on his way to a truly new life!
         On the face of it, “preference” doesn’t sound so bad. But it isn’t just preferences that cause us trouble. That’s a gentle way to put it. We can see more clearly that many of these “preferences” are often outright demands. The false self is a demanding nature that has led us to believe that it is us, and it’s been wreaking havoc in our lives for years. It loves to engage in shouting contests (external or internal), simmer with resentment, gleefully demand its own way, and generally damage anything it touches. If not identified and gotten rid of, this very low nature will ruin everything in our lives. It will destroy employments, families, friendships, marriages, and our chance at true life. Nothing is too big or small for it to moan and carry on about - including something as relatively benign as … what the weather should and should not be like.
         We’ve just come out of a period of several heavy snowstorms where I live, and I’ve spent most of a couple weeks moving a lot of snow around. My complaining nature certainly wasn’t going to miss its chance to further drain me. As I headed out to shovel again, “It needs to stop snowing!” entered my head. This time however, I just mostly ignored it. I didn’t give that voice much attention at all. I worked to simply be more conscious while shoveling snow, and actually enjoyed it to some extent. Later I also was surprised to realize that I had more energy after shoveling than I had when I began. Eureka! That’s what we have to remember, apply and experiment with for ourselves. We must be reminded frequently what we’re really supposed to be doing with ourselves during our day. This is an example of the actual, practical application of truth principles that lead to the way out!
         A reminder is in the NO booklet on page 35, under “Summary of Practical Truths,” #6: “Remember that there is something wrong with an angry demander. You are not required to serve his demands.” That applies whether the demander is outside or inside.
         Rational thought can be beneficial, logically helping me to see I’m capable of shoveling snow again. It won’t cause such physical distress that I simply can’t handle it. That in turn can help me to see the absurdity of complaining about the weather. I can understand I’m not thinking clearly toward this situation. But the underlying problem is the low nature of this intrusion - of this demanding, complaining self that feels it’s at the center of the universe. It requires that any and every whim be instantly gratified, or “There’s going to be hell to pay.”
         The whole point is for us to take our lives back and to become completely free of this very low nature that has been wrecking everything all along. The next time the outraged ego, the unappreciated “me,” the driven mover-and-shaker rears its ugly head - we must see it for what it really is. Just watch it go ballistic, all by itself. Don’t even give it the time of day. Don’t let it engage you. Just relax because the false self has a difficult time controlling a truly calm and relaxed human being. This demanding nature will eventually give up and fade away. You’ll see and feel the difference. Eagerly take on this exercise and be astounded by the level of relief it provides. The demanding nature can be silenced!

  • Dr. Lynne Wooldridge
  • Judith Anderson
  • Doug Stewart
  • Regina Netherton
  • Bill Brown
  • Katherine Pascal
  • Dave Netherton
  • Kyle Rickert
  • Paul Wolfe
  • Katherine Pascal 2

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