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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 2007

  • January 2007

         We can always do something good for ourselves and the evidence of that will now be presented. Please just relax. Start with your physical self, your arms and maybe your jaw, and notice now where you are unnecessarily tight and tense, then just let it drop. You see when you sit back and relax, that makes you conscious of the tension and pointless anxiety that you had just three seconds earlier. When you’re nervous you don’t know you’re nervous. You feel it but you don’t know it. When you carry the burden of the world around, you don’t know that it’s on top of your shoulders and head. All right, constantly throughout your day go through the little temporary discomfort of deliberately allowing yourself to become comfortable.

        It’s not shameful to be scared, it’s not shameful to be angry, these are states. What is shameful is to refuse to admit it. Your body knows when you are angry, your voice knows when you’re afraid, why can’t we simply say, “Look how astonishing, I’m far worse off than I ever believed I was. Well what do you know.” Now with that honesty you have the facts on hand and you can then go on to say, “You know there must be a lot more of those things in me, there must be a lot of pretense, fakery, and there must be an awful lot of me that says I know when I really don’t because I have no gold. Instead I’m carrying a sack of rocks around on my back and it’s pretty burdensome and pretty painful.” See what a little self-honesty can do for a human being.

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     “Isn’t Vernon the greatest? I thank God he came to me and that somehow I was able to appreciate him straight off the bat.”

— Man from Australia via e-mail


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