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     “What you want also wants you. If you seek the celestial, the celestial also seeks you. There are no unanswered requests in the universe. If we do not like what we are receiving, we can learn to ask for something different.”

July Monthly Lessons

From Vernon Howard Classes

     Here is a wonderful opportunity to take these powerful truths and put them to use in your daily life. The goal is self-enrichment and the result is new life-command. Remember, the knowledge in these lessons already exists in your higher nature. You need only ascend to the location within yourself. Other people have understood them and so can you.

The Supermarket Exercise

     Regardless of whom you talk to from now on, you’re going to stay apart from their life. You will not enter into their life; you’ll stay in your own life. You won’t be in the shadow world that they live in and which is reaching out to pull you into it.
     Yes, all lost people want to pull you into their lost desert but now you’re an alert and awake spiritual student. And you go down to the supermarket and you meet someone. You’re both so unaware that your carts bump. But now you look up at that other person and first there’s the sad condition known as automatic nervousness and jitteriness when the eye contact comes. Right? Nod your heads yes. Why? There’s a reason for looking and seeing and understanding, but there’s no reason for you to immediately go into their world, which means the same thing as losing your world.
     The basis of you getting wrongly involved with anyone is the fact that you want something from him or her. That’s it. If you didn’t want anything, you’d be quite different. But being a perpetually insecure nervous man or woman you want to try to give your burdens to them.
     You want to get rid of something, so you get involved in the shadowy world. Now there’s no other way you can behave as long as you’re the way you are. They can entice you because you’ve surrendered to them in an attempt to give them your troubles. Oh, didn’t you tell them about that near-collision you had?
     You cannot stay as you are, as the world is. You have to stop. What you have to do next is, right when that urge starts to boil and bubble inside you when you meet that person, you will notice the first little urge you have to pour your griefs out into the whole world.
     I want to tell you something strange and fascinating. It is wrong, hurtful for you to continue to chatter to anyone and tell them your griefs, to try to use them to get a false sense of security. That is anti-spiritual and you’re supposed to be pro-spiritual. You’re compulsive in exploiting other people.
     You heard the words and it stopped right there in your mind and didn’t go beyond it. I know that. You don’t know that, and I’m going to prove it to you.
     I said, you must not enter another person’s world but stay strong, alert and aware and upright and innocent whenever you meet anyone in the supermarket or anywhere else. You must remain strong and not be petty and not selfishly use other people.
     It went into your mind and it stopped there and you think that you understood what I said. And you haven’t the slightest notion of what I said. You merely have the words without the music. I will prove it to you. There’s going to be a Monday and a Tuesday and you’re going to do it again and again. And pour out all your griefs, your own troubles.
     Now, that means that you’ve got an awful lot of work to do. And that work consists of taking the information, the facts you’ve been given and letting them go beyond your mind, beyond your intellect.
     Be a true spiritual warrior, man or woman. Side with the part that says, “I’m going to study from now on. I’m going to practice. I’m going to do the supermarket exercise.”
     All this is for the sake of something that exists that is pure and marvelous and good for you that you don’t know exists yet.

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Stop Seeking Comfort

     Listen and obey this spiritual instruction: you must never again ask for comfort, sympathy from anyone. You have the habit of seeking comfort when something goes wrong, when disappointed in love, finances, whatever. You give comfort to yourself if no one will. For example, blabbing your problems, food. All comforters are miserable comforters. It changes nothing.
     Truth is about changing your nature, uplifting it. By that standard alone, you should never want sympathy.
     There is a state that has nothing to do with that. You can’t afford to continue with your dilatory spiritual practices anymore. You have to get busy! Your energies are so wasted and you don’t know it. You have to stop remaining a victim of dark forces.
     The quality of your thought and feelings is extremely low. That is draining you. Who you really are has no need of, doesn’t want a word of comfort, sympathy, or consolation from anything or anyone. It doesn’t need it. Only the false needs the false. The true doesn’t need the false.

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