The only thing that holds us down is what we do not yet know about ourselves. This insight explains why our ability to learn the truth about ourselves, to increase our level of self understanding, is the same as being empowered to raise our own life level.
If we want to grow inwardly, free ourselves from the ties that bind, we must find new ways to learn the truth about ourselves. These higher discoveries call for higher learning. If it helps, look upon this important part of your inner education as a way to better understand what’s been keeping you from learning.
Think of each of the following eleven laws as individual magic strands of a flying carpet. Make it your aim to weave them together in your mind. Then watch how these lessons combine to effortlessly lift you to the next higher and happier life level.
The First Law
Nothing Can Stop You From Starting Over
The greatest power you possess for succeeding in life is your understanding that life gives you a fresh start any moment you choose to start fresh. Nothing that stood in your way even a heartbeat before stands there now in the same way.
It is all new, even if you cannot as yet see it that way. You have only to test the truth of this fact about the newness of life to discover the incredible freedom that waits for you just behind it. And then nothing can stop you. You will know the real secret and the perfect power of starting over.
The Second Law
Do Not Be Afraid To See When Something Does Not Work
Learn to be sensitive and to listen to the inner signals that try and tell you when something is not working. You know what they are. Frustration and resentment to name just a few.
The presence of these emotional troubles are not trying to tell you that you cannot succeed, only that the road you have insisted upon taking so far does not lead where you want. Learning to admit when something is not working is the same as teaching yourself what will.
The Third Law
If It Does Not Flow, There Is More To Know
Learn to recognize all forms of strain — whether at work, in your creative efforts, or in your relationships — as being unnecessary. The friction you feel mounting when busy at some labor is never caused by the task at hand, but by what you do not yet know about it.
This means the only real reason for your strain is that you have got hold of a wrong idea you do not yet see as wrong. This new insight allows you to release yourself by showing you what you need to know. Flowing follows your new knowing.
The Fourth Law
Do Not Take The Easy Way
There is no getting away from what you do not know, which is why any time you feel compelled to go around a problem by taking the easy way, that problem always comes round again. And isn’t that what makes life seem so hard?
Learn to see the “easy way” as a lying thought that keeps you tied up and doing hard time. Getting something over is not the same as having it completed. And as this insight grows, so will your understanding that the whole idea of the “hard way” has always been just a lying thought as well.
Now you know: the complete way is the easy way. So volunteer to make the “hard way” your way and learn the real easy way.
The Fifth Law
On The Other Side Of The Resistance Is The Flow
There are often times when it feels as though you cannot go any farther in your work or studies. But you can learn to go beyond any blockage. Make the following clear to yourself.
Those moments — when it feels as though you are least able to get beyond yourself — are not telling you that you have gone as far as you can go, but only reveal that you have reached as far as you know — for now.
This higher self-knowledge about your true inner position allows you to see the resistance you are feeling for what it really is: a threshold, and not a closed door. Walk through it.
Nothing can stop you. On the other side of the resistance is the flow. Learning to go beyond you is the same as entering into the new.
The Sixth Law
Watch For The Opportunity To Learn Something New
Everything is changing all the time. That means life is an endless occasion for learning something new. But this means more than meets the eye. Just as you are a part of everything, everything is a part of you.
The whole of life is connected. And your ability to learn is part of the wonder of this complete, but ever-changing, whole. Learning serves as a window, not only into the complex world you see around you, but through it you may also look into the you that is busy looking into the world.
And when you have learned there is no end to what you can see about the amazing worlds spinning both around and within you, you will also know there is no end to you. So stay awake. Learn something new every day. You will love how that makes you feel about yourself.
The Seventh Law
Learn To See Conclusions As Limitations
If you approach the possibilities of learning about your life as being limitless, which they are, then it follows that any conclusion you reach about yourself has to be an unseen limitation.
Why? Because there is always more to see. For instance, let yourself see that all conclusions are illusions when it comes to the security they promise. There may be security in a prison, but there are also no choices behind its confining walls. Learn to see all conclusions about yourself as invisible cells.
For that is what they are. The seeming security these conclusions offer are a poor substitute for the real security of knowing that who you really are is always free to be something higher.
The Eighth Law
Have No Fear Of Being Afraid
Fear cannot learn, which is why you must learn about fear if you ever wish to be a fearless learner. So, the first thing you must learn is how to get past your fear of being afraid. Here is how.
The next time a fear of some kind tries to fill one of your moments, try to see the difference between the fact of your situation and your feelings about it. This is the right use of your mind.
For instance, it is a fact that interest rates change. It is not a fact you have to get scared when they do. That fear is not a fact of life, but only becomes one for you as long as you insist that life performs according to what you think are your best interests.
As you learn to see that these fearful feelings do not belong to you, but only to your wrong thinking, you cease to be afraid, even of your own fears.
The Ninth Law
Never Accept Defeat
As long as it is possible to learn, you need never feel tied down by any past defeat in your life. Here is the real fact: nothing can prevent the inwardly self-educating man or woman from succeeding in life. And here is why: wisdom always triumphs over adversity.
But to win real wisdom calls you to join in a special kind of struggle. And if this battle had a banner under which to rally, here is what would be written upon that higher call to arms: “But I can find out!” Yes, you can learn the facts.
You may not know the real reasons why you feel so lonely or worried at times, but you can find out. And you may not understand how you could have been so blind to that evil person’s real intentions, but you can find out. Take these four words that are freedom’s battle cry. Use them to defeat what is defeating you.
The Tenth Law
Learn To Let Go Of Painful Pretense
Most people approach their troubles with one of these two non-solutions: they either pretend their problem is not a problem, or they pretend they have solved their troubles with temporary cover-ups. But their pain remains. It doesn’t have to be this way for you.
You can learn to let go of painful pretense. Here is how. When facing an old problem, what you do not want is another “new way” to deal with it. What you really want is to learn something new about the true nature of what has a hold on you.
To go far, start near. When faced with any pain, let go of what you think you know. Act towards your trouble as if you do not know anything about it.
This new solution is the only true one because the truth is you do not know what the real problem is. Otherwise you would not still have it. Letting go of what you think you know puts you in the right place for learning what you need to know.
The Eleventh Law
Persistence Always Prevails
If you will persist with your sincere wish for higher learning, you can not help but succeed. Persistence always prevails because part of its power is to hold you in place until either the world lines up with your wish or you see that your wish is out of line.
But, for whichever way it turns in that moment, you have won something that only persistence can pay. See the following: if you get what you think you have to have to be happy and you are still not satisfied, then you have learned what you do not want.
Now you can go on to higher things. And should you learn you have been wearing yourself out with useless wishes, then this discovery allows you to turn your energies in a new direction: self-liberation.