a paradox of the true spiritual path, but the more conscious we become
of what limits us, the more limitless becomes our life. So, take as
long as you need to understand the lesson that follows. It’s intended
to shed much-needed light on one of the more deceptive dark states that
stands between us and the freedom for which we long.
The only purpose discouraged feelings serve is to keep your thoughts on
And with your attention fixed in this fashion – on what seems
impossible – there’s no room for discovering what is possible – for what you can do.
Let’s cover this important discovery one more time.
The only thing that feelings of discouragement do is keep you busy doing nothing
except feeling sorry for yourself,
which is the perfect guarantee that your sorry situation will remain
hopelessly the same. Enough is enough! You don’t have to put up with
one more discouraging moment, let alone a life filled with its
darkness. There is another choice you can learn to make besides falling
into those familiar feelings of failure. Use this next higher idea to
help you start thinking about those old discouragements in a new way.
we suffer over what we aren’t able to do, have, win, or work through,
our attention in these moments is riveted on our own thoughts, thoughts
that are busy telling us we’re somehow stuck. Maybe you can recognize
some of these heavy-hearted inner voices. They say in one way or
another . . .
never get out of this mess.”
• “I’m too
stupid to learn these things.”
• “I must
have done something terrible to deserve this!”
no point in going any farther.”
• “This is
on the surface of things, these all-too-familiar whispers of defeat –
these dark voices that reach our inner ears, speaking to us with our
own voice – seem to be genuinely concerned with our unfortunate
condition. But a deeper look into this covert operation reveals these
troubled thoughts are up to something totally different. There is an
unseen “conspiracy of limitation” taking place within our own
consciousness! Follow the next four ideas all the way to their stunning
conclusion. They show us that self-illumination and self-liberation are
one and the same power.
1. The more these gloomy voices talk to
us, the more discouraged we feel.
2. The more discouraged we feel, the more
certain we are that we have no other choice but to feel that way.
3. The more convinced we are that we have
no choice, the less
choice we have.
4. The act of identifying with this dark
inner dialogue actually produces the dead end we fear!
end up being able to go no farther with our wish for broader personal
horizons because, unbeknownst to ourselves, we now believe that there’s
no way to get past where we
now perceive ourselves to be limited
or tied down. The key idea in this part of our investigation lies
within the word perceive, because – for the purposes of this exercise –
the word perceive
rhymes with deceive. And that’s precisely what this faulty perception
is: a self-deception. Here’s proof.
There are no
dead ends in real life.
You must prove this bright fact to yourself, and here’s a good place to
start: in any given moment, there is always something higher you can do
with your life than sit there and suffer over what you think you can’t
have, or do, or be. Why wallow when a small amount of interior work
will act to change your reality?
Here’s one example of a new and higher inner action to take when faced
with the presence of any discouraging inner state: See
that the size of the discouragement you feel is directly proportional
to the size of your insistence that life conform to your demands.
Then, having verified this truth for yourself, dare to quietly drop
that self-defeating demand.
first time you bring such a light to bear on any discouraged thought or
feeling, it will fade from view – much as shadows do when the sun
reaches its mid-day zenith. Their departure leaves you with fresh new
energies that not only grant you “new eyes” through which to see how
you can proceed with your wish, but that also grant you the strength to
begin the next leg of your quest.
For instance, maybe you’ve
felt discouraged because you wanted to learn something new – a higher
skill or a difficult lesson – but felt sure that certain limitations of
yours placed this possibility beyond your abilities. And so you
resigned yourself to feeling discouraged. While this kind of
self-defeating behavior is commonly accepted as natural, it’s totally
unnecessary. You can do something much higher!
falling into those familiar feelings of futility over yourself, work to
deliberately drop those discourage-filled thoughts that are telling you
the limit of your present view is the limit of your possibilities. Who
you have been
matters only to
those dark states that want you to remain that way so that they can
continue to rule the day. Refuse to dwell in discouragement over who
your own thoughts are telling you you’ll never be. Just get started
working on who, and what, you are right now!
In other words, do
what’s in your power and refuse to be discouraged about anything else.
And keep repeating this new conscious action one step at a time, over
and over again. It is
in your power to learn whatever it takes – one lesson at a time – and
make it all the way to your designated goal.
one last special thought to help summarize this important life lesson
in liberating ourselves from the limitations of discouragement:
conversation you permit yourself to have with dark and discouraging
thoughts guarantees you’ll wind up with a dozen good reasons for why
you feel so dark and discouraged. When it comes to any
negative thought, the first word you have with it is the same as giving
it the last word with you.
these higher lessons in self-liberation until you’re free of all
feelings of futility. You’ll soon see how this new action gives you the
last laugh on discouragement. ###
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