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The Logic of The Cure

John, at 22, always had his heart set on becoming a lawyer. He saw it as his chosen profession following in the footsteps of his father. How shocking it was the moment he flunked out of law school. He was humiliated and dejected as never before. He thought his future had suddenly slipped down the drain. He felt like he had to start all over again, against all odds, deprived of his dreams. He carried these negative feelings to varying degrees just as one lugs a backpack up the mountain.

Years later, in retrospect, he looks back at those emotionally turbulent times with puzzlement. “There’s always going to be setbacks in life, I don’t know why I took that one so seriously,” he thought to himself. “Of course there are other careers out there, and I can see now that enjoyment of any job is really in the eye of the beholder.” He wonders, “Why couldn’t I see at the time that failure is a part of life, and that it’s only a problem if I dwell on it? Look at all the enjoyment I missed out on because of my perceptions of life at that time. Look at all the unnecessary stress and distress that I suffered out of ignorance. If I could only re-do my youth knowing what I know now!”

It's a shame that we all aren't issued a user’s manual for the human mind. If you think we don't need one, think back to your teenage years of all the pain and suffering that looks unnecessary in retrospect. Who wouldn't say, "I can't believe all the worry and angst I suffered 10 years ago that makes no sense now." It doesn't take a mental giant to conclude that we will look back to life right now in puzzlement about the unnecessary distress.

Imagine that you could have that understanding and wisdom about the human experience now instead of in retrospect. The principles of mind, consciousness and thought serve that purpose. When realized, these principles provide the understanding of the human experience that protects us from the ravages of our own minds -- our thinking and emotions. The principles provide a deeper view of the human experience. They allow us to go through even the most turbulent times gracefully and without the downward spirals that would otherwise occur. On the positive side, the principles show us easy access to original thought, creativity, changes of heart and new outlooks.

In short, the entire human race suffers from the same psychological dilemma -- we get trapped in the thoughts and emotions that seem like real life to us. Most often, those around us can see that we’re being tricked by and fooled by our minds, but we are too caught up in it to see it ourselves. The principles essentially set us free from the prison of our own thoughts that is entirely self-created.

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