Archive for September, 2009

172 – Living It

We spend much time studying the Work when it would serve us better to spend some time living it. It won’t do us much good if it remains in the Intellectual Center.

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172 – The Thing

There’s something in us that prevents our forward progress and development. This Thing must be recognized and rendered passive. It’s not what you think it is. It’s deeper than that.

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171 – The Light

Esoteric schools tell us that it is the Light that purifies us and heals us. What part do we play in the Light healing us?

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171 – Wrong End

There is a proper way to enter this Work. That path is rather grown over with weeds and not nearly as attractive as the way the False Personality would rather enter. This is a surprisingly effect gate that keeps the majority of people on the other side of the gate.

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170 – PayPal

The idea of payment in the Work isn’t well understood. How we know that is because it’s not practiced much. It would be good for us to create the force of understanding in ourselves concerning this profound universal principle.

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170 – Grand Theft

Ordinarily we don’t think of ourselves as thieves and liars but a little light reveals some unexpected things when we look inside ourselves. It’s not pleasant to see but if we wish to develop internally it can’t be avoided.

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"No good deed goes unpunished."

The person most frequently credited as the originator of the phrase is playwright Clare Boothe Luce. Also credited have been playwright Noel Coward, writer Oscar Wilde, journalist Walter Winchell and the late Washington Post writer Bill Gold. The original idea is probably an ancient proverb.

Appearing cynical on the surface, a closer examination of human nature reveals the False Personality to be incredibly vengeful and petty due to its hubris.

Plato has Socrates say, "An unexamined life is not worth living." The reason no good deed goes unpunished is because most people are living lives not worth living. If you feel a sting, that probably means you are spending more time and energy examining the lives of others than you are examining your own.