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...rather than just reading the story, it will be a little bit like you're actually participating. If you will read the story with the intention of DELIBERATELY NOTICING the things described in the previous paragraph, you will get a much better idea of how this stuff works and how you can apply the principles that I learned from my Teacher in your own life to make it what you want it to be.
I'm tossing you this opportunity to actually participate in the story and learn from it, instead of just reading it and thinking it's interesting but not applicable to your own life.
In my story the tyrant is easy to see, and so is the loving and supportive friend. As you go through this adventure with me, see if you can spot the various Swords of Truth that I used over and over again to deflate that giant thumb. And as you spot them, know that you can do the same thing! You really can change your life by neutralizing your programming. Have fun!
I'm going to start you off with one Sword of Truth, so you have an idea of what you're looking for as you progress through this story. This is the first thought of Truth that I ever deliberately used to change my perception of what I was experiencing. It is very subtle, and if I did not NOW recognize just how powerful it was THEN, I don't know that I would really call it a Sword of Truth.
But in looking back, I see that-subtle as it is-it definitely qualifies, so I'm going to give it to you.
In August of 1999 I had a thought that I'd never really considered before. That thought was, "There's got to be a better way. There's got to be a better way for me to live than this!" Now, this thought had bounced across my mind manytimes before. The difference between those times and this time was that this time there was a part of me that was willing to believe it. My previous version of that thought was always something like this, "I wish there was another way for me to live." Or maybe, "If only there was another way for me to live." Do you see the difference? Unspoken, but strongly implied, were three additional words - "but there isn't." So it would have looked like this, "I wish there was another way for me to live, but there isn't." Or, "If only there was another way for me to live, but there isn't."
And then the thought wandered into my mind and stuck, "There's got to be a better way for me to live than this." Without this thought, and a willingness to believe it, none of the events in this book would have happened the way that they did. If I hadn't been able to believe this thought (even the tiniest little bit), when I found my Teacher on TV the following month, I would have said, "Baloney," when I heard what she had to say. Okay, that's not exactly the word I would have used, but I'm sure you get the idea. At any rate, I would have changed the channel and I would have continued to live under the thumb of the tyrant until I died, which would have been sooner rather than later.
Throughout this manuscript I mention over and over again that my Teacher and her work saved my life. Since this manuscript was completed I have come to a more accurate believing than that. What I've come to know-and finally give myself credit for-is this: Her Teaching had a profound effect on my life, yes, but it was my willingness to put to use the things that she taught that actually caused my life to change. She did not-she could not-do it for me. I had to take the steps myself.
At one point in the manuscript, I actually came close to saying it this way, but I wanted to say it here and now, because I want you to keep it in mind as you read the story.
Without my first Sword of Truth that said, "There's got to be a better way for me to live than this," which I remember saying to myself often during the weeks leading up to that fateful day in September, I would not have heard a word that my Teacher said when I found her on TV.
And without a willingness to take the things she said and apply them in my own life, I would have died young at the hands of another.