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Body 101 (Part 2)

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You’ve read the last post, and by now you have your list of questions written down. You will be referring to these questions many times. Having them on paper eliminates the anxiety of trying to remember them during a “listening session.”

If listening is the greater part of learning, then hearing is the prelude to knowing. This blog post is about being God-taught by hearing the voice of “your” God Consciousness. It is not enough to listen. Listening must progress to hearing and conclude with knowing. It is the knowledge of Truth that frees you from the false ideas about your Body.

How To Begin A Listening Session

Unless you have your questions memorized, begin by reading over your list. Approach each session with an open mind. The answers most likely will surprise you. As expected, none of your answers will support ideas based on a material concept of your Body.

Next, settle in and ask the question that is uppermost in your Mind. If closing your eyes works for you, then close them. Now, you simply listen intently for the answer. Give it a minute or so and then proceed to the next question. You can, if you decide, go through your entire list of questions in one session. I never do.

I’m always asked how long a listening session should be. I can’t tell you that. Whatever feels right to you. Sometimes it may span two or three minutes. Other times, it may be much longer. The essential thing is that your listening sessions be approached with joy and enthusiasm.

Where Are The Answers Coming From?

Sometimes you will have a listening session where nothing is heard. It happens all the time for me. Nevertheless, you want to cut out any unnecessary delays to hearing the answers to your questions. This means you must understand that answers are not coming “to” you from a God outside of you. We are through with that kind of dualism.

All of the answers are already within your Consciousness. They are bubbling up within you. To tell the Truth, you are the answer to every question. This fact, understood, eliminates the delay caused by time and distance.

Don’t Despair

Ideally, every listening session will result in your hearing the answer to one or more of your questions. If you’re anything like me, you start your sessions with the hope that the answers come quickly – without delay.

That can happen, but to be honest, for me, it doesn’t often happen like that. Sometimes you have to ask repeatedly, for many days. Don’t despair. The answer is worth the wait. An answer heard gives you both a new view and a new experience of your Body.

Whatever you do, don’t drop the ball. Don’t get so frustrated that you completely abandon your listening sessions. One day, you’ll look back and say, “Allen, this is the best thing I’ve ever done.”

How To Handle “The Mosquitos”

The other day my brother called and asked me how to handle those pesky little thoughts that buzz about in your mind. It seems as soon as you decide to listen, thoughts about the new lawnmower; the grocery list; the booster shots; etc., come up.

You try fighting them, but like mosquitos, they keep coming back. Give those thoughts exactly what they want – attention. Rather than fighting them, tell them, “I promise I’ll give you a few minutes when I’m done.” Usually, something like this keeps them at bay.

One thing I know for sure is that if you are serious about hearing, you will find an effective way to deal with these thoughts.

The Answer

When an answer is revealed, you will naturally go into contemplation mode. That’s a good thing. You will probably contemplate the answer for many days. And it is possible that your listening sessions become contemplation sessions. In this case, that’s a good thing. In a short while, you will get back to your list.

In your journal, you have your list of questions. That journal should also contain the answer to your questions. You will refer to these answers many times – mainly for inspiration.

Again, I encourage you to enjoy the entire process.

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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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