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“A life situation arises.

 

A person thinks that it, the situation, needs to be changed.

 

The person then prays FOR the situation TO change.

 

The person does not see that the situation that he/she wants changed

was brought about BY THAT PERSON.

 

It would then be very foolish for that person

to now ‘pray’ for it to change.”

 

Desert Spirit

 

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Guidance Requires A Change In Mind

 

Copyright August 2008

Desert Spirit 

     Today I begin a new section in my study:


“ ARE CHANGES REQUIRED IN THE LIFE OF GOD'S TEACHERS? ”

     And this is one of the major themes of inner healing.

     We have seen time and again how beings attempt to make life changes due to the situations or circumstances in which they find themselves. And we think that by changing situations that somehow this will change US.

     The deception here is that a situation is what we find ourselves IN, and usually this is seen as an external event; a relationship, a job, etc. From the idea rises the error of attempting to change the externals to make the internal different. If I am in conflict within me, then I think changing the perceived SOURCE of my conflict will change me and will pacify or end the conflict in me.

     So we go about changing jobs, changing relationships, changing careers, changing where we live, changing behaviors foreven under the deception that these will change US. Yet with each external change we find that our thinking is the same, and so in the 'new' situation we still have the 'old' conflict.

     So it takes great, great understanding to see that no external change of true value and permanency is going to occur until we make an inner change. And this is usually THE LAST STEP that an individual will undertake.

     In A.A., for example, the literature states, “The main problem for the alcoholic centers in his mind and not his body

     So this is very clear. When Bill W. was speaking about this, it had to be from a Divine Source. Many have made the mistake of equating the mind with the brain, and so it would read,

“ The main problem for the alcoholic centers in his brain and not his body. ”

      But the sentence Bill W. writes would make the brain not part OF the body. So the MIND of which Bill W. speaks must be something that is beyond the brain, something not IN the body OR the brain. The mind must then be non-physical. And what is within the individual that is non-physical but his or her thoughts?

     And so the sentence would read,

 “ The main problem for the alcoholic centers in his thoughts and not his body. ”

      This COMPLETELY CHANGES the sentence and its meaning.

     So to go back to the theme of my new section, the situation that an individual thinks he needs to change is actually in his thoughts.

     In actuality, the ‘situation’ is how the mind is situated in how it thinks about itself.

     Now you have mentioned to me several times that "M" felt his prayers were not being answered. And of course this can only be true if "M" is making the requests he himself feels needs answers. And so "M" would see that he has not Received Step 1.

     If "M" received Step 1, he would realize a person whose life is unmanageable could not possibly know what answer he needs to his life situations. If he did, then he would not have MADE the life situation that he now thinks needs an answer.

     This "M" struggles with, not finding an answer to "M's" prayer, is exactly what my lesson is speaking about:

     A life situation arises.

     A person think that it, the situation, needs to be changed.

     The person then prays FOR the situation TO change.

     The person does not see that the situation he/she wants changed was brought about BY THAT PERSON. It would then be very foolish for that person to now ‘pray’ for it to change.

     This is the most common mistake people make in early recovery - the idea that the situation must change FIRST before the person begins to consider making changes WITHIN HIMSELF or within herself.

     So if we discover that our situation we are in is one WE MADE, then it would be smart to not try to change it but rather begin to see, “I am responsible for this situation based on what I think of myself and others

     And in this kind of thinking we would not be praying for a solution to it or praying for a change in the situation.

     Then we could consider the next step - that if I am responsible for the situation, then is there a way to change it without thinking I have the answer?

     This would then lead one to ‘pray’ for an answer that is not of the person, such as, “I do not know what the best change for me would be in this situation but if there is a God perhaps God sees a change in the situation for me

     Now there is another element to this. It is to consider that the situation was brought about BY Spirit. Then, the question would be, “Why would You, Spirit, place me in this situation?”

     From there we would see that the situation is a lesson, and the lesson is one through which Spirit would guide us. This then would be an actual application of “My life is unmanageable because my mind is under my guidance, and so I look to Wise Guidance to guide me through this situation