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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 2001

  • January 2001

         You get involved a hundred times a day in vagrant unnecessary thought, one of which is the false belief that you must get involved in other people’s problems. It can be a small difficulty such as not having enough money or a large difficulty such as a serious illness. When someone comes up to you with his problems you automatically go into the “right” reaction, which could be sympathy, advice, making a decision and so on. You will see that you really resent doing this. The next time it happens just watch the other person and say to yourself “What has that to do with me? Why are you crying on my shoulder?” This reaction is very unacceptable to your false self and can be an authentic new experience for you because you are breaking out of the rut of your old habits. Never do anything to keep your image of being a nice person in place.

         Try to be consciously kind to another person, even to the point of wearing yourself out. Try to do things for others. Little things. For example, someone asks you for directions. You deliberately, consciously help them because they won’t help themselves — but they ask you — do it for them. The value in this is to see your own resentment.
         Do something for another person consciously so that we break down this self-interest we have all the time. This is an exercise in becoming an aware person. (You will know when not to do something for another.)

         Write 10 to 15 single sentences each beginning with the same three words, “I will remember.” Examples:

    I will remember to use the devil to destroy the devil.
    I will remember not to be a burden to anyone.
    I will remember that I always need more effort.

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     “Spiritual warfare 101. Too bad I am over 50 before getting this lesson. Self-command, it’s as valuable as all the treasures in the universe and yet the least sought after. Strange humans. Something is always jerking our inner chain.”

— Scott C. via e-mail

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