Lesson 24


“I do not perceive my own best interests.”
In no situation which arises do you realize the outcome that would
make you happy.Therefore you have no guide to appropriate action,
and no way of judging the results. What you do is determined by
your perception of the situation, and that perception is wrong. It is
inevitable, then, that you will not serve your own best interests.Yet
they are your only goal in any situation which is correctly perceived.
Otherwise, you will not recognize what they are.
If you realized that you do not perceive your own best interests,
you could be taught what they are. But in the presence of your
conviction that you do know what they are, you cannot learn. The
idea for today is a step toward opening your mind so that learning
can begin.
The exercises for today require much more honesty than you
are accustomed to using. A few subjects, honestly and carefully
considered in each of the five practice periods which should be
undertaken today, will be more helpful than a more cursory
examination of a large number. Two minutes are suggested for each
of the mind searching periods which the exercises involve.
Practice periods begin with repeating today’s idea, followed by
searching the mind, with closed eyes, for unresolved situations about
which you are currently concerned. The emphasis should be on
uncovering the outcome you want.You will quickly realize that you
have a number of goals in mind as part of the desired outcome; and
also that these goals are on different levels, and often conflict.
Name each situation that occurs to you, and enumerate carefully
as many goals as possible that you would like to be met in its
resolution.The form of each application should be roughly as follows:
“In the situation involving _____, I would
like _____ to happen, and _____ to happen,”
and so on. Try to cover as many different kinds of outcome as may
honestly occur to you, even if some of them do not appear to you to
be directly related to the situation, or even to be inherent in it at all.
If these exercises are done properly, you will quickly recognize that
you are making a large number of demands of the situation which
have nothing to do with it.You will also recognize that many of your
goals are contradictory, that you have no unified outcome in mind,
and that you must experience disappointment in connection with
some of your goals however the situation turns out.
After covering the list of as many hoped-for goals as possible for
each unresolved situation that crosses your mind, say to yourself:
“I do not perceive my own best interests in this situation,”
and go on to the next.

BRITNEY ADDED: Todays lesson makes us aware that we do not perceive our best interest, because we do not realize the outcome that would make us happy. We are still only seeing what we think is true, instead of what IS true. "What you do is determined by your perception of the situation, and that perception is wrong."

In order to transform our minds to RIGHT perception, we must admit that we DO NOT know our best interests, from here our willingness will carry us along the path to learning it!

Todays exercise requires much more honesty than we are are accustom to using before. A few subjects, honestly and carefully considered in each 5 practice periods which should be undertaken today, will be more helpful than a larger examination period. Today we are becoming very specific in looking at ALL "Hoped-for-goals" that we have for each unresolved situation that crosses the mind. Once we recognize the goal/want for a particular situation, we can apply the thought "I do not perceive my own best interests in this situation." And from here, we can let our thoughts go free... and move on to the next. Each active exercise in mind searching need only be applied for 2minutes.

Enjoy todays lesson!

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