Category Archives: Consciousness

It’s Not Supernatural (Part 2)

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Supernatural Or Super Natural?

Would it surprise you if, right where you are, it started raining money? Why would it surprise you? Would you call it a supernatural event? Most so-called miracles are not supernatural. Rather, they are super natural. If it were necessary for money to rain all around you, it would be the most super natural thing in the world.

THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE AND ITS EVIDENCE

Let’s look at the story of Christ Jesus feeding the multitude in the wilderness to understand why this so-called supernatural event is a most natural one.

Christ Jesus’ seminar went on for hours. By mid-day, stomachs were growling. During one of the short breaks, the disciples sidled up to Christ and whispered, “Master, the people are hungry. Let’s send them to the village to get something to eat, and bring them back later.”

Christ said, “No, we’ll feed them right here.” “With what?” asked the disciples. “There are only a few loaves of bread and a few fish – hardly enough to feed thousands of people.” Christ replied, “Just sit them down.”

Christ kept his eye on the spiritual principle: INFINITE SUBSTANCE (ABUNDANCE) IS EQUALLY PRESENT, AND EVERYWHERE PRESENT, AT THE SAME TIME. THIS ONE SUBSTANCE IS ALWAYS PRESENT IN THE APPROPRIATE FORM.

Keeping this principle in mind; Jesus understood the following facts:

  • Spiritual Principle is not bound by material laws.
  • Spiritual Principle is not governed by time or space.
  • Spiritual Principle and its Evidence is ONE. What’s true of the principle is true of the EVIDENCE.
  • Since Spiritual Principle and its Evidence is one, the Evidence does not require human intervention to occur.

This Is Why The Natural Seems Supernatural

To onlookers, it appeared as if Jesus took a little bit of food and turned it into a lot of food. It looked like a supernatural occurrence. But not to Christ Jesus. Cognizant of this Principle, he knew only abundant Substance was present. He knew there was no lack to contend with.

It appeared supernatural only to those looking at the Evidence (of the Principle) without considering (or knowing) the Principle behind the Evidence. No miracle was performed here. It was super natural.

This Is All You Need To Do

Should it ever appear that you are in need of something, don’t be fooled into doing something about it. First, get to the Principle behind the seeming need, then contemplate the four facts listed above.

In the first paragraph of this post I asked if it rained money all around you, would you consider it a supernatural event. I don’t know how you answered. Yet now, you would say, “Allen, if it seemed as though I needed money at the time, it would be no surprise. To be in need would be supernatural. That goes against every spiritual principle I know.”

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Wonderful Things Are Happening!

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Below are two e-mails I received from a reader of Absolutely Yours who lives in the United Kingdom. Let’s call him Ahmed.

[First Communication]

Hi Allen,

I understand that I haven’t yet experienced illumination, but how come, then, I can demonstrate many things?

For example: Last Friday I needed to get to a gathering and I was running late, I placed my attention on Omnipresence and out of the blue, a friend, who I thought was already at the meeting place, offered to give me a lift (he changed his itinerary).

Also, I was at a supermarket. I needed mackerel. There was none there. I went back to the car and then asked my wife: isn’t God the only Presence? I immediately went back in the supermarket and asked a lady who worked there and she pointed me to the item in the very place I had looked but a moment before.

[Second Communication]

I feel I have to share this with you. I am buzzing!

Wonderful things are happening to me in the form of demonstrations; especially with “Presence”. This word is doing wonders for me! Just half an hour or so ago I was stranded at a lay-by where there is no pavement for pedestrians. I needed to get home. I rang a couple of taxis but “you have to give us an exact address otherwise we can’t get to you”. I was panicking but then I was so relieved when I thought of “Presence”. Then I said: “I am not even gonna say anything. I just know that God is the only Presence. Can God be stranded?”. Two minutes later, a van dropped a workman right next to me and I asked him for a lift to my house. Without hesitation, he said: “Yeah ‘course jump in mate”.

I know it’s not extraordinary to give someone a lift but what caused that van to drop that chap right at my feet when I needed a lift the most?

I got home and opened my laptop to tell you about it. I am sooo happy.

I am now wondering what illumination is like. I am already buzzing! as we say in England.

GIST: I haven’t experienced Illumination, and I don’t Self-Question; yet wonderful things happen.

QUESTION: Why can I demonstrate these things without Illumination and Questioning?

An Often Ignored Aspect Of Illumination

I love when readers reach out with an email asking for clarification about something I’ve written. You too have probably thought, “This Allen guy keeps playing the same tune over and over – Self-Questioning and Illumination – but I’m experiencing so much good stuff without it.”

Read my posts carefully, and you’ll see that I do stress visual Illumination. However, visual Illumination is just one aspect of Total Illumination. There’s aural Illumination and many others. One overlooked aspect of Illumination is Spiritual Conviction. Spiritual Conviction is more than blind faith. It brushes aside the seeming and locks in on what IS. There is no effort involved. It’s automatic and it’s spontaneous.

Spiritual Conviction does not try to change a situation from bad to better. It knows, no matter what the seeming, only God is present. Watch how this plays out in Ahmed’s experience.

Spiritual Conviction In Day-To-Day Living

In the first instance, those phantasms – time and space – teamed up to suggest that he was “running late.” Totally ignoring both impositions, Ahmed turned his attention to the FACT of timeless, spaceless Omnipresence. Because of his Spiritual Conviction, the action of turning his attention was automatic. The ride, collapsing both time and space, was incidental to his Spiritual Conviction.

In the second instance, the illusion of absence (mackerel) reared its illusory head. But did it derail Ahmed? No. He said to his wife, “Isn’t God Omnipresent?” Effortlessly, Spiritual Conviction kicked in, and Ahmed knew that God, the All, could not be absent from Itself. Therefore, there could be no absence in the universe. Again, the found mackerel was incidental to his Spiritual Conviction.

When Conviction Is Not Enough

Does Ahmed’s experience invalidate Self-Questioning and Illumination? You know better. Haven’t you, like many of us, had times when Spiritual Conviction was not enough? Usually this is the case with the body and money.

Despite your conviction of God’s Allness, the pain persisted, the swelling increased, the fever lingered, the tumor grew. The days turned to weeks, and the weeks turned to months, yet things didn’t get better.

This is the wonderful opportunity to appreciate what Self-Questioning has to offer. Just a simple question like, “What more do I need to know?” will do the trick, providing you listen for the answer . More on Self-Questioning can be found in the first chapter of my book God is All . Self-Questioning triggers greater Realization of God’s Allness. For example, in Ahmed’s first example, a greater Realization of Omnipresence would’ve taken time and space completely out of the picture. I mean being there without going there. It has happened for a few enlightened individuals.

Seeing What You’re Saying

About Illumination: I do stress visual Illumination, and here’s why. Visual Illumination is seeing this universe as it is. We say God is Spirit and God is All, and all the while we keep looking at a material world loaded with material objects. This is a dualism. An experience of Illumination, no matter how fleeting, obliterates this dualism by seeing the world as Spiritual Substance.

Imagine sitting on your living room sofa. In front of you is a marble coffee table. To your left is a grand piano. Chairs flank the sofa, and artwork hangs in gold frames on the walls. It’s a typical day. Suddenly, the room is flooded with light. All the furniture is there, but the wood, metal and marble are not. In their place is pure Light. This is Illumination. “God is Light.” What’s the benefit? You’ll never again be deceived by the appearance of a material universe. Nor will you consent to material restrictions.

Again, I stress Illumination (particularly visual) because only in Illumination is your seeing and your saying in one accord.

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Be Done With Illusions and Appearances

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The Promises

You will never be deceived by illusions again.

You will never be victimized by the appearance of disease, lack or discord again.

That’s what I’m promising you, reader, if you follow the suggestion of this post. In the best case scenario, you will never even seem to see or experience an illusion. Yes, this is possible because what follows also facilitates illumination – seeing what Is.

Its Power Is Unmatched

If you’ve read my books, and this blog, you know I advocate Self-Questioning. This is a practice of asking questions of “your” God Consciousness and listening for the answer. The power of this practice is unmatched.

From the previous post, you and I have realized that illusions are nothing – no thing at all. They have no power, simply because they have no presence. Oh, I know they often seem real, but they aren’t. With what you and I know about the nature of illusions, let’s bring Self-Questioning into the mix.

This One Question Covers All The Bases

Ask this question of “your” Infinite, Indivisible, All-Knowing God-Consciousness.

Since God is All, who sees or experiences an illusion (or appearance)?

Helpful Hints

Below are some helpful hints as you begin your listening adventure:

  • Don’t reason out the answer. It must be Revelation.
  • The answer may not be revealed immediately – not even the first day. Since the answer is literally life-changing, it’s worth the wait.
  • Don’t strain for the answer.
  • The answer is Self-Revelation. It is not coming “to” you from an outside source, but from within.
  • Enjoy!
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Freedom From Illusions

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The Question

One of our subscribers asked this question:

What principle (example: Eternality, Health, Life, etc.) corresponds to freedom from illusions? Is Freedom one of the Universal Principles that we can contemplate as we would, say, Eternality?

The person who asked this should be applauded. It’s obvious, by the question, that he perceives the possibility of living an illusion-free lifestyle. Many people profess God is All. Yet, they seem to believe that life is chock full of unavoidable illusions and appearances with which one must contend. Let’s explore the answers to the question.

First and foremost, everyone must enjoy the freedom to contemplate any word or phrase they feel compelled to contemplate. As long as that word or phrase is in some way associated with God’s Allness, you have the green light. So, go for it.

Freedom Is A Tricky Word

However, there are some suggestions to consider. Look up the definition of the word freedom. Below are two of the definitions I found.

  1. “Absence of subjection to foreign domination”
  2. “State of not being imprisoned or enslaved”

Whatever dictionary you use will offer similar definitions. Look closely at the definitions above. Isn’t it clear that freedom presupposes a duality? The possibility of one being dominated or imprisoned by another implies more than one. It’s very likely that the contemplation of the word freedom will have you wandering up and down the back roads of dualism.

Contemplate This Instead

Take the idea: there is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence – God. Contemplate it. Know that this One includes, and is, your very Being. In such a contemplation, you’ll find no “other” to enslave the One. You’ll find no “other” subjecting the One to adversity or hardship. You will find that the One is free to be what it Is.

Confusion About Illusion — Is It Really There?

The question concerns freedom from illusions. What is an illusion? Webster’s Dictionary gives two pertinent definitions:

  1. “A thing wrongly perceived by the senses”
  2. “A misleading impression of reality”

These definitions say all that needs to be said about illusions. They state clearly that the illusion is not present. However, something is there.

If you mistake the fire hydrant in the distance for a dog, something is there – the fire hydrant. Seeing the dog is the fire hydrant wrongly perceived by the eyes. The fire hydrant is present. The illusion, the dog, is not present. That’s all you need to know about illusions and appearances. They are not present.

You know the Truth: God is All. Therefore, you know what is present, and that’s all you need to deal with. An illusion is an absence – a nothing. No one needs to be free of nothing.

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All You Need To Know About Revelation

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I write a lot about Revelation. Outside of a few authors, not much is written about it. In this post, my intention is to share what is essential to know about Revelation and clear away some of the cloudy misconceptions about it. Let’s get right to it.

REVELATION IS A NATURAL EXPERIENCE

There’s nothing supernatural or mysterious about Revelation. Although it doesn’t seem to be, Revelation is your natural experience. REVELATION IS YOUR MIND KNOWING GOD’S ALLNESS, FRAMED IN THE WORDS AND LANGUAGE THAT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH. If you are French speaking, you will not experience Revelation in Farsi. Furthermore, Revelation may be experienced without words, but that’s for another post.

Your Mind, being the Mind of God, is always knowing God’s Allness – even now.

Revelation seems mysterious because it’s often experienced as occasional flashes of spiritual insight. Yet, Revelation is happening all the time.

Do you remember, as a child, being totally engrossed in a television show or computer game only to hear your mother say, “Didn’t you hear me?” No, you didn’t hear her, because your attention was focused elsewhere. It’s the same with Revelation. It’s going on all the time, but while you are focused on the fiction of human phenomena, you don’t seem to “hear” it.

REVELATION IS SELDOM EXPERIENCED WHEN YOU ARE TRYING FOR IT

Some people, serious about this “God business,” approach prayer with the same exhausting effort of a professional bodybuilder working out in the gym. They strain and labor for Revelation. The prayers and meditations are laced with anxiety. Nothing good ever comes out of this.

Most often, Revelation is experienced while you are sipping coffee at a neighborhood bistro, leisurely strolling the neighborhood, or gently squeezing the kumquats in the supermarket.

Your quiet time of contemplation opens the gates of Revelation, but you may not experience it while praying or contemplating. The important thing is this: stop trying.

REVELATION = DEMONSTRATION

This is the magic, but often ignored, formula. No Revelation = no demonstration.

While nearly drowning in a sea of debt, Linda Little repeated the words “All that the Father has is mine.” She said the words all day, every day, for weeks. Sinking deeper in debt, she said to me, “Allen, this Truth stuff doesn’t work.”

“Linda,” I said, “you repeated the words of Christ Jesus. Were they revealed to you, or were you merely saying words you read in the Bible?” She confessed that she was merely repeating words she read.

This is not witchcraft where mere incantation leads to demonstration. The formula restated is: TRUTH REVEALED = TRUTH DEMONSTRATED. Yet …

REVELATION IS NOT CAUSATION

Revelation does not cause good things to happen in your life. Revelation does not heal your body, nor does it fill your wallet. And, of course, Revelation does not make God be present.

Imagine that you are searching for a small gold screw in a dimly lit room. You need more light, so you grab your new LED flashlight. Shining it on the floor, you exclaim, “There it is! Right in front of me!”

Did the flashlight create the screw? Did it place the screw in front of you? Or, did the flashlight merely reveal the presence of the screw?

Revelation merely reveals the presence of what is already present. It reveals the whole body right where the sick body seemed to be in a darkened sense of reality. It reveals ever-present abundance right where lack seemed to be.

In Truth, there is no cause AND effect. There is just God being All.

YOU ARE THE REVELATION YOU ARE SEEKING

The reason why Revelation is a normal experience is because YOU ARE THE REVELATIONS THAT YOU SEEM TO SEEK. This fact eliminates all the unnecessary struggle.

Yes, you are the Revelation. You are the source and essence of Divine Revelation. Precept by precept, we are going to see why this is true.

  • God is All
  • God, being All, is the absolute Truth
  • Only Truth can be revealed
  • Truth revealed is God revealed
  • God is the Revelation
  • You and God are One
  • YOU ARE THE REVELATION

Contemplate these ideas. For the next few weeks, review them daily. Presently, you will see for yourself that everything written above is true.

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How To Read A Spiritual Book

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Most, so-called Truth students, have shelves (or piles) of Truth books, and they’ve read all of them once or twice. Usually, a few favorites are kept on the nightstand for quick access when inspiration or comfort is needed.

There comes a time when every sincere “student of Truth” thinks, “I’m tired of merely reading these books. I want to be the books. I want my life to be a living testimony of these statements I’m reading.” Reader, what about you? If you had the choice of reading a hundred Truth books or having your life be a living testimony of just one of them, which would you choose?

Books are wonderful. And Truth books, when well read, are awesome. No writer of a Truth book intends for you to be shackled to their work for a lifetime. The book is intended to be a springboard to higher realization and grander living. A Truth book, well read, should leave the reader happier, healthier, more successful and prosperous. If, after reading a book from cover to cover, your life is the same, that book was not well read.

In this post, I’m offering two methods of book reading that I promise will deliver more of what you were hoping from your reading. At first glance, both methods seem slow – slothfully slow. Yet, both will fulfill the mission of your living the book, and not merely reading the book. Let’s get to the methods.

METHOD #1 – SNAIL’S PACE  METHOD

  1. Select one of your favorite books.
  2. Start reading from the very beginning (the introduction if it has one).
  3. Read until a word, line, or paragraph grabs your attention and STOP!
  4. Write the word or line, and the page number.
  5. Shelve the book until later.
  6. For 7 days, contemplate your selected word or passage.
  7. Take it into your daily silent listening, asking your Consciousness for greater understanding of it.
  8. Once the 7 days are up, grab the book and continue until another word or passage grabs your attention.
  9. Repeat steps 4 through 7.
  10. Continue until the entire book is read.

METHOD #2 – QUICK-READ METHOD

Because you do read an entire book, this method seems faster.

  1. Select one of your favorite books.
  2. Read the entire book within a week, if possible.
  3. Highlight only words or passages that grab your attention.
  4. Once you’ve finished, reread only the highlighted sections.
  5. Choose one of those highlighted sections. [Choose wisely because you will be working with this section for an entire year.]
  6. Contemplate that section every day, followed by a brief period of silent “listening.”
  7. Throughout the day, remind yourself of the Truth in that highlighted section.
  8. In prayer, ask your Consciousness for greater clarity and understanding of that passage.
  9. At some point, the contemplation of that section will reveal more Truth.
  10. Take the newly revealed idea and follow steps 6 through 8.
  11. Repeat with each new Revelation.

The brilliance of this reading approach is the opportunity to witness for yourself that a single statement of Truth contains all Truth.

Whichever method you choose, you will never be the same. I trust you will try these suggestions. Please let me know how it goes for you.

 

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Revelation Is A Normal Experience

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The Backstory

Here’s the backstory of this post. Before Marie Watts (The Ultimate) “passed,” she talked incessantly about her latest manuscript. “This book must be published,” she said. “It’s the most radical thing I’ve ever written.” I was just as excited about its publication as she was.

The book was never published. However, I knew the manuscript was kept in a box of her private things, and occasionally, when I talked to Jacqueline, her granddaughter, I hinted at the manuscript. She never took the bait. For a few years I wondered what could be more radical than her last books. I wanted to see that manuscript. What follows, in this post, is how I satisfied my curiosity.

Why Did They Throw My Book Away?

My first book, God is All, has seen more trash cans than a city sanitation worker. I’ve seen folk toss the book aside in a fit of suppressed rage. Others have confessed to throwing it away – even burning it. And it’s all because of a few sentences in the first chapter of the book. Granted, those few sentences compel the reader to confront what they truly know about God.

Here is the excerpt: “We cannot live parasitically off of another’s realization of Truth … however each and every person must come into his own recognition of who and what he is via revelation and realization.”

These words provoke the reader to think the following: “Everything I know about God, and everything I know about my spiritual identity, I’ve learned from a book or a tape. Nothing has been revealed. I’ve been living parasitically off of Joel Goldsmith, Marie Watts, Alfred Aiken, etc. I really don’t know anything. Hmmph, I don’t like the way this book makes me feel. I’ll show him just what I think about his book.” Right here you can see God is All flying into a nearby trash receptacle.

You Already Know All The Truth There Is To Know

Often, I open my seminars by asking “How much of what you know about God is from something you read or heard?” Asking for a show of hands, I proceed, “How much of what you know about God is by direct inner revelation?” No hands go up.

Where I’m going with these questions is summed up in these words. ALL THE TRUTH YOU WILL EVER READ OR HEAR IS ALREADY IN YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. IT WAS THERE BEFORE YOU EVER READ OR HEARD IT, AND IT’S BETTER TO GET IT THERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE.

Don’t Settle For Quotitis

Along the way, I’ve met many people in the advanced stages of “quotitis.” Perhaps you’ve met some yourself. These people can quote long passages from the Holy Bible, Science and Health, and books by Joel Goldsmith, Marie Watts and Alfred Aiken. But, spend a day walking in their lives. There is no evidence they have ever heard or read a word of Truth. Until Truth is Self-Revealed, all you have are letters and sounds. No demonstration. The Golden Formula is Revelation = Demonstration.

Why settle for quotitis when you can experience direct Revelation? I know Revelation seems to be a supernatural experience reserved for the really serious. Not so. Revelation is a natural and constant experience of the one Infinite, Indivisible Consciousness – your Consciousness. I try to make this fact clear in the Prayer Project.

Try This Instead

Now, let’s move this blog post from theory to actual experience. Before we proceed, I acknowledge that here, lately, I’ve been playing a one-note Samba. What follows is nothing you haven’t read before. The question is: Are you doing it?

For the next few weeks, keep up your so-called spiritual practice, which hopefully includes a period of silent “listening.” Be sure you are not working on specifics, or even hoping that some situation will be worked out. Proper prayer is not the place for that. In your listening, let this be your attitude: “In these moments of silence, I’m letting Consciousness revel in its own Illumination.” Then be still (with no other motive in mind), and I guarantee you will experience how natural Revelation is.

In case you’re wondering how I satisfied my curiosity about Marie Watts unpublished book, it was by realizing any Truth in that manuscript is already in Consciousness – mine and yours.

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Success Is Normal

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This excerpt is by Marie Watts from the booklet Success Is Normal

If it seems that you are not being successful in your business, your profession, or your employment, it is necessary to be specific in your realization that you are the universal Principle, Success, in action as your business, your profession, or your employment.

But do not attempt to block off your business or your professional success from the entirety of your successful Existence. The universal Principle is inseparable. It cannot be divided into blocks or areas of success. It simply will not be apparent completely unless you are aware that this Principle is complete, omnipresent, and equally present and active everywhere and eternally.

In like manner, if you seem to be unsuccessful in your home, it is necessary to specifically recognize the fact that success is omnipresent. Thus, it has to be present and evidence in and as your home. But, of course, you will not attempt to limit this Principle to your home.

What we are pointing up here is the fact that the indivisible nature of the Principle, Success, must be realized if you are to be conscious of being completely successful. But this does not mean that you should not be alert and recognize success to be present in any specific activity that might temporarily seem to be unsuccessful. The Infinite Principle remains the same successful activity, whether it is evident as universal activity, the activity of adding a column or figures, or baking a cake. And because you know that you are the I that I AM, you also know You are this universal Principle in action.

You are not concerned with being a success. You know that you are successful because you are the very Principle called Success. Thus, you do not labor, struggle, plan, or strain to accomplish being that which you already are.

 

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You Really Do Know What To Do

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“I don’t know what to do. Please help.”

Sometimes trouble seems overwhelming, and you reach out for help. Although you have read all the books and heard the stirring sermons, you feel like you don’t know what to do. To anyone who is seeking a spiritual solution to a seeming problem, I am stepping out on the skinny branches to make this bold assertion: YOU DO KNOW WHAT TO DO.

First, let’s start with the fundamental FACT that you are the living presence of Infinite Intelligence. Know-how is the warp and woof of your Identity. This supports my original assertion that YOU DO KNOW WHAT TO DO, and what follows is a suggestion to make this very practical.

Most likely, as I previously stated, you have read an assortment of spiritual books. You’ve attended lectures and have been exposed to a lot of information on spiritual living. You might even be a class-taught Christian Scientist. Plus, you pray daily in listening, God-focused prayer. All of this helps. What follows involves a lot of imagination, but it’s not the mental trickery of visualizing your good.

If you feel like you’re in a jam and want a spiritual resolution, find a quiet place to sit. If you can, place another chair in front of you and imagine someone sitting there. This imaginary person is coming to you for consultation. Their problem is exactly the same problem you seem to have. So have them spill it all out just like you would to a practitioner or counselor.

Now that you’ve heard it all. Advise them of the spiritual approach to their dilemma. Lay it out step-by-step. Keep “advising” until you sense a clarity in your approach.

Am I right? Don’t you see that you do know what to do, and even how to do it? The challenge is in this next step. DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU ADVISED YOUR IMAGINARY PERSON TO DO – AND DO IT CONSISTENTLY.

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