This month we studied Lecture #58: The Desire for Happiness and Unhappiness. This is a truly fascinating lecture with a twist and turn that will leave your head spinning. If we don’t get the happiness we “demand,” we are prone to punish ourselves as a way of gaining some control over life to which we feel helpless. For homework, try answering as honestly as you can these two questions:
- What is it that I absolutely demand of life?
- If I can’t/don’t/won’t get it how do I cope?
This month we studied lecture #106, “Sadness Versus Depression”. Sadness as a genuine emotion is an enriching experience for the soul – and will not leave a scar. On the other hand, depression is an affliction that prevents us from relating to others. Dissolving depression helps us overcome painful feelings, but also liberates faculties which will work for us in life and not against us. You are invited to do the following homework assignment: Recall a time in your life when you were deeply sad and a time when you were depressed. Write about both of these experiences and see if you can tell and feel the differences between the two experiences.
This month we studied lecture #180, “The Spiritual Significance of Human Relationships.” The Guide teaches that the inner conflicts needing to be faced and addressed show up in our human relationships. Our relationships can be a yardstick showing us where we are stuck and where growth is needed in our lives. Suggested homework: Write in your journal about a disharmony you are experiencing in one of your relationships. It can be with a partner, boss, family member or friend. Describe the situation in your journal. Then look for what inner problem(s) in you are called into play by the disharmony. If you don’t see anything, in meditation ask your higher self that you be helped to see your part. See what eventually comes to you.