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Timing and Practice

Timing and Practice

"Say not ye, there are yet four months and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest." John 4:35 Someone emailed this week asking about the timing of manifestation. How long does it take for deliberate intending to "work?" This is a frequently asked question in which "timing" refers to how long it takes for a deliberate intention to manifest in the outer world of fact. As the Course explains, this is one of the things that we have to release, because concern about...

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What We Want

What We Want

It's remarkable how much easier it seems to be for some of us to give attention to what we don't want than to what we do. For example, I might ask a student what he wants, and the reply is: "I'd like to have a lot more money. I'm pretty tired of being behind in the bills, just struggling all the time, never getting ahead." Or a student, when asked what she wants, might answer, "It would be great to meet a really great partner. I have such a history of bad relationships, and I just don't want to get...

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Confusions

Confusions

Field theory spells out a number of requirements for the practice of deliberate creating that you simply won't find elsewhere. And the failure to acknowledge the fundamental role played by these requirements leads to all manner of confusion. Here is an example. A student phoned us once to ask a question about the method for deliberate intending. Five minutes into the conversation, we learned that her boyfriend of three years had decided that he was ready to be with someone else, and had let her know this by leaving her a message on an answering machine. As this student described the...

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Availability and Willingness

Availability and Willingness

The Particle self has a tendency to react to things, a tendency consistent with the Particle intention that holds that "the world is cause and I am effect." In this entry, we want to examine the notion of availability, because we can understand a lot about our life by turning our attention to those things to which we're willing to be available. Note that these things may or may not agree with what we want—that is, we can be available to things that we don't want as readily as we can to things that we want. It's a crucial point...

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Good and Better

Good and Better

To become skilled at “Field-think” and “Field-speak,” we need to let go of certain habitual ways of looking at things. One of these involves our insistence that there is any such thing as the “negative.” This is often not a bias that goes easily. Even advanced Field students often slip into the language of the morality play, deeming some of their experiences, typically associated with what they want, as good or positive, and others, typically associated with what they’ve had, as bad or negative. In this judgment, of course, they miss an important point that’s not only central to Field...

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