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     “There is no real happiness for those on the wrong side. The greatest pleasure in life is the security of the true side. You can vainly try to win over the world or you can nicely be over the world. Your task is to change your operating center from strained imagination to relaxed reality.”

Monthly Lessons Archive 1999

  • January 1999

         This sentence should be enough for you to study for the next year:
                   STUDY INSTEAD OF FIGHT
         In order to do that you have to be aware of how much you fight life. Try to see the wide variety of ways you fight, resist, strike out, cry out, instead of just standing there and studying your condition. Example: Watch your resistance to something higher than you.

         Suppose you are in a thick jungle with a cabin in the center. Your friends come and visit you. Among them are the hyena, the vulture, the little lamb and the crocodile. You begin to notice how these friends have taken over your home. They eat your food, watch your TV and come and go as they wish. You finally decide to take a stand. You go out to the porch where they are relaxing and tell them:
        “This is my home. This is my life. I am going to take charge of it from now on. Don’t you dare come knocking on my door again and five minutes later try to con me. You are either going to behave in a right relationship to me or you can just turn out into that dark jungle and stay there. What I am trying to tell you is that from now on there is a new relationship between us in which I, a working human being not a fawning human being, am in charge of you and this jungle. And if you forget, I will remind you again. I will remind you until you hear and you may disappear.”
         Most of the animals snarl and retreat into the jungle. They know they cannot con you any more and the only place they can live is in the jungle. A few remain. They are the ones who want something different than being an animal.
         You find out there is no loneliness as long as you are what you’re supposed to be: a self-complete human being not needing animals at all because the animal part of you has gone.

         Have the courtesy and decency to let other people think the thoughts they want to think instead of you imposing your thoughts on them. The reason you do this — yelling, interrupting and wanting to be the center  of the conversation — is because you want to try to prove to yourself that your thoughts are real; that they are important and that they back up a very real person.

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