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Likewise, wherever you are right now, concentrate more on developing positive thoughts and feelings than on your actual circumstances. Keep your vision, and develop the mental traits that will get you where you want to be. Your circumstances will change as a result. Don’t mistake stages of growth for the end result.

Years passed and three farmers persevered. They had braved all the difficulties and now their trees were bearing fruit. Way up high in the boughs of their trees they could see the beautiful red fruit, just as they’d dreamed. But the problem was, they couldn’t reach it.

One farmer grabbed a nearby stick and decided he would knock his apples out of the tree. He swung and beat all the apples out of the tree. Later as he collected them he saw how bruised and broken they were. After the fall, rolling in the dirt, the apples were quite damaged. As he bit into them, their sweetness was mixed with dirt and small rocks. He felt disappointed and unfulfilled with such unpleasing fruit.

You’ve set out on a path toward a certain goal, you haven’t quite arrived, so you get impatient and do something, anything, to try to make it happen. Have you ever done this? If so, you’ve probably found it usually backfires in some way, like this farmer’s impatience. His failure was a result of being too impetuous, which is the wrong use of will power. He tried to force the outcome when he came upon a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. When you trust your Silent Master to bring about a certain manifestation, and you begin to see the results, you must keep trusting all the way to the end. This will sometimes require some patient listening on your part, a willingness to let your Silent Master give you direction when necessary.

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You didn’t become an adult immediately after you were born. There were lots of stages in the process. You didn’t necessarily know when you were five where you would be when you were ten. You didn’t know at ten where you would be at twenty. Just so, when you set out to change your life, you may not have a total overview of the events leading you to a certain outcome. So you don’t want to give up merely because you don’t yet see yourself where you want to be. Every event in your life is teaching you something. To take the straightest path to your goal, make use of every little bus stop along the way.

Think of the biblical story of Joseph, whose brothers were jealous of him, and, during a journey, abandoned him and left him to die. Worse, he also eventually landed in prison and became a slave. Do you think he “knew” that all of this was leading him to a position of political power in Egypt? Not very likely. More likely he was probably tempted to be angry, resentful, and unforgiving. After all, he had everything taken from him his family, his wealth, his freedom. Yet, all along the way, through everything that happened to him, he remained loyal to his integrity and inner worth. No matter where he landed, he expressed positive inner qualities, and his unique talents finally raised him to a position of power (serving as the right hand assistant to Pharaoh). Unfortunate events he experienced were all leading somewhere, and fortunately, he did not indulge in impatient resentment; he held onto his integrity until a good end was reached.

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A year had passed and now the trees were in bloom. There were flowers on the branches everywhere and the trees were truly beautiful. One farmer walked up to his tree, and when he saw the beautiful flowers, he thought they were the fruit. He bit into one and spit it out. It tasted terrible! This wasn’t the beautiful fruit the stranger had brought to the village. He couldn’t believe he had worked for so long, only to grow the wrong thing. Instead of an apple tree, he had grown a flower tree. He felt betrayed, used and unforgiving. He tore off all the flowers, kicked the tree, and turned his back to walk away forever.

Another sad ending because of impatience. The fourth farmer’s impatience was a result of not understanding that growth usually comes in stages. This would be farmer didn’t realize that out of the flowers come the fruit! He impatiently destroyed an important part of the fruit development process. Are you this kind of farmer? Do you get frustrated and give up too easily? Or are you willing to be aware and alert so that you know when you’ve reached just a stage or plateau in your growth?

True enough, the flowers aren’t good to eat. True enough, half way to your goal isn’t being there. But since flowers are a necessary part of the growing process, they can be used for just what they are beautiful flowers that can be simply admired and enjoyed until later development brings the fruit. Sometimes you will have to rely on your intelligence to realize that you haven’t failed, but rather that you are in a stage of growth that will develop further. Don’t give up your aims until you’ve made an effort to thoroughly analyze where you are.
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Months passed and the small trees grew higher. Now they stood as tall as the farmers and were starting to fill out. The growth had seemed to take a long time, and one farmer was starting to feel a little aggravated by his tree. He had given up so many things for this tree, he thought. He was no longer able to do all the things he had done before. His friends would stop by and want to go places, but often he had to stay and take care of his tree. Many of them had been laughing at him, wondering why he was wasting away his life on this stupid tree. Now more and more he was asking himself the same thing: Why was he doing this? Finally, he decided the tree had become a prison to him. He kicked it down and went off to be with his friends, feeling free and yet somehow strangely empty inside.

Hopefully you won’t fall prey to this farmer’s type of impatience. This third farmer couldn’t remain clear as to what his priorities were. His impatience or giving up was a result of not clearly defining what he wanted. You either want an apple tree or you don’t. You either want Self Discovery or you don’t. If you do, then that goal has to remain a priority until the goal is won. You don’t respond to temptations and distractions no matter what their source.

When you make something a priority, you go beyond trying to win the goal. Merely trying puts your desire into the future, which you will always be in the process of trying to reach someday. Instead, a commitment to a priority means you see yourself already there. You will keep that vision until you are there. This farmer lost his vision by giving power to distractions that gradually took hold of him. No wonder he felt strangely empty when he walked away. When you give up a personal vision, you throw away a part of yourself your power. Giving up means giving away your power, and here, he gave his power to most unworthy subjects, friends who had laughed at him. Know your priorities.

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Now we begin to see the problem of impatience. Instant results are wonderful, but the problem is, they seldom exist. This farmer’s impatience was a result of not trusting the growing process. He didn’t trust that an apple tree would come after the sprout, if only he could wait patiently during a period of development. Instead, after waiting only a very short time, he abandoned the project because he didn’t have a completed apple.

Are you this kind of farmer? We seldom get instant results when we work on developing ourselves. You may see only a little change at first. But the little change should be a big reminder that change is happening, and that your full growth will surely come if you have patience. That’s all that matters. The speed at which you grow does not matter. If you are trying to overcome your shyness with the opposite sex, for instance, be happy with yourself if you find you can look at someone with interest. Then you can be happier still when you are able to actually start a conversation. Be happy with small steps until you reach your goal.

Many weeks passed and the trees belonging to the other farmers sprouted branches, and started growing rapidly. At this point, one farmer started to grow weary of the routine, every day getting up so early to water, remove the weeds, every day so much work. After a while he got preoccupied with other things he was doing, and started forgetting to come to water and weed. Finally one day when he remembered to visit his tree, he found it had withered from lack of water and care. At first he was heartbroken, but soon he was preoccupied again with all the other things that had kept him busy.

Here we have another kind of impatience. This would be farmer drives home the lesson on remaining loyal to your objective, resisting distractions that take you away from your goal. Here, impatience is the inability to remain committed long enough to see your goal come to fruition. Do you do this? Are you this kind of farmer? He started out with the best efforts, and ultimately he even regretted his negligence, but he lacked the fiery energy to stay loyal to his goal and continue the work until the apples manifested. Remember that we discussed the best way to resist distractions to let go of what distracts you. This farmer proved he was able to detach, but he detached from the wrong thing. He let go of his goal! And he had only himself to blame. Stay loyal to your goals.

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The stranger showed them tiny seeds altogether different from the fruit they had just eaten, and invited the villagers to plant them. Seven excited would be apple farmers came forward, took the seeds and planted them. They all worked very hard to do everything the master told them to do for planting, because each of them really wanted a crop of these luscious red apples. Each began dreaming of the day they would taste them.

Isn’t this how you react when one day you finally realize what you want out of life, and you also realize you can get it? Just as the stranger showed them the means to get the desired apples, you have learned that there are specific tools (such as those in this book) to help you reach your goals. The process of Self Discovery – or as in this story, the process of apple farming – then begins, and you’re on your way with excitement and anticipation.

Days passed and nothing happened. One would be farmer started to get discouraged. Already it had been over a week and no apples had appeared. Then one day a tiny green stem started to poke its head up through the soil. The farmer was furious. “This sprout doesn’t remotely resemble an apple tree,” he grumbled. Thinking of all the hard work he put into tending the field, he stomped on the plant, and marched off in a huff, discouraged, disillusioned, and angry.

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Patience

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PATIENCE

I emphasize the inner power of patience during the rebirth stage because you are bound to make mistakes as you try to bring out new aspects of yourself. You also need patience to help you wait for the outcome you desire to create. Patience involves love and loyalty. Waiting doesn’t mean sitting back and hoping; waiting means you love yourself enough to patiently stay loyal to your truth until your outcome is manifested. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, find a new career, or create a better relationship, patience will be necessary as you work toward your goal.

Patience is so important in the rebirth stage of Self Discovery, that I tell a story of Seven Farmers and Apple Trees to illustrate the perils of impatience. Just as you used self discipline to remain loyal to your goals, you need mental discipline to overcome the enemies of patience.

Once there was a village of people who had never eaten an apple and never seen an apple tree. One day a stranger came to their village and presented them with their first apples. They tasted the fruit, and they were awed and inspired by the strange but wonderful and delicious taste. “How can we have this?” they asked with desire and enthusiasm. “What can we do to obtain fruit like this?” The stranger replied, “Believe it or not, you can grow this fruit from these tiny seeds.”

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Possess Without Being Possessed

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Possess Without Being Possessed

If you can be surrounded by objects, persons, events, or whatever, without fear of losing them, and if you really understand that all material things are impermanent and subject to change, loss, and gain, you are on your way to true freedom.

How much stress is in your life because of the struggle to prevent loss or change of some kind? How much of your precious time is stolen from you because you constantly have to manage, care for, repair, or clean objects that are not that important?

Since everything material sooner or later will disintegrate or disappear somehow, you will find your truest freedom in discovering happiness and satisfaction apart from possessions. We live in a material world where we need material objects for survival, but we do not need to be attached to these objects for happiness. Happiness is a quality you already possess within your Silent Master consciousness that can never be shaped by material loss or gain. The more you strive to release yourself from attachment to material objects and limited thinking, and find this true state of happiness within, the more indestructible your freedom will be.

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An Open Mind Helps Remove Unwanted Attachments

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An Open Mind Helps Remove Unwanted Attachments

One of the things we are most attached to is our point of view. This particular attachment makes it difficult for us to understand the feelings and motivations of others. Sometimes in my seminars I hold up an ordinary object like a cup or cassette, and ask four people to sit around me and describe what they see. I encourage them to freely speak their mind. Before long, they’re arguing with each other about what the object “really looks like” because their points of view are so radically different. From this discussion, they get an opportunity to experience how a person’s individual point of view is typically quite inflexible, and how one will emphatically argue without really listening to someone else.

An open mind means you are willing to consider other points of view, and that you will take other perspectives into consideration before drawing iron clad conclusions or making black and white judgments. This open minded stance will not only help us get along better with each other, but will also help us intelligently evaluate the quality of our government, our leaders, and our laws.

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Let go of negative attitudes if you want to create new good in your life

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And that brings me to a second point. When you say “I should have that promotion, not her” you’re saying that there are a limited number of promotions to go around. So what if that person got the particular position you wanted? Why limit yourself and stop there? You can get what’s right for you also. Maybe it’s not time yet. What if another, better job is taking form right now? It’s possible the reason you didn’t get this promotion is because it would keep you from being available for this better job. But by resenting, you’re saying only one person can get a good job.

When you say, “I hope this person fails because they don’t deserve it,” you’re saying that good can be destroyed or taken away from people. If you believe that good can be taken away or destroyed for another person, then you’re making yourself a victim of this belief as well. The feeling of resentment hangs in your mind, covering your life like a gloomy umbrella.

By resenting this person, you’re also hanging onto all the other negative beliefs that will keep you in state of loss. As long as you hold the resentment, have this attachment, you will not be free to use your thought and emotions to create your own good. These false beliefs will create more negative situations, encouraging you to feel more resentment, and the cycle will go on and on until you stop it. How do you stop it? By understanding why you must let go of these mental qualities, and then using your will and intelligence to do it.

Since holding resentment can prevent you from focusing your energy on your own good, doesn’t it make sense to give it up?

For practice, think about a few other negative qualities like anger and self pity, or whatever you might be holding right now, and analyze the beliefs that go with these feelings, just as I did for resentment. I think you will easily convince yourself of the need to let go of negative attitudes if you want to create new good in your life.

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