Seven Pillars of Enlightenment: The Avatar Mini-Courses
by Harry Palmer (Spiral Bound, 156 pages - 2006)
The seven Avatar Mini-Courses are your opportunity to see and feel how empowering the Avatar tools can be. This attractive workbook presents the mini-courses in the order that Harry intended for them to be completed.
One typical northwest day, I woke up to discover I had put myself in a situation that went against everything I believed in. My business partners did something unethical and, being part of the corporation, my reputation was now on the line. I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. Why hadn’t I seen the signs? How could I have been so blind? I felt disgusted and sick at the same time. There seemed to be no way out of this horrendous hole I’d dug myself into.
A friend suggested I do the Belief Management Mini-Course. My first thought was, Doesn’t she see that my problem is much bigger than that? It would take a much longer process, more books and deep discussions to come up with a solution to this huge problem. But, wanting a place to start, I read a few pages and completed the first exercise. The mini-course gave me the incentive to step outside my virtuous self and see things from a more expanded perspective. Within half an hour, I discovered how my beliefs were tangled into the whole mess. It was shocking and at the same time empowering to notice them and realize that in changing my beliefs, my experience would change as well. For the first time that day, I felt like I could breathe. There was a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
It was easy to see how my business partners’ behavior affected me as well as our clients. Their actions had a ripple effect. To be at the receiving end of it was harsh. It had me curious how my actions affected others. I spent the rest of the day carrying on in my usual ways, paying particular attention to each person’s disposition after the interaction. It was an eye-opener. The more I witnessed the effect I had on another being, the more attention I paid to being kind. It felt good and just got better and better. The day that started off in dark despair turned into a light feeling of euphoria and heart-felt connection with all of humanity. The mini course turned out to be a major life changing experience for me.
At this point, I felt inspired to do the Forgiveness Option Mini-Course. It guided me in learning how to forgive my business partners. In doing Exercise #2: Burdens of Life Worksheet, I realized what I could have done to prevent the situation. It was one of those realizations that make you go “hmmm.” I was amazed at the gratitude I felt toward my partners. They were the conduits for this particular life lesson of mine. Once I had a clearer understanding of the situation, I could be more present and put my attention on what I wanted to create. I was even more committed to living a life of integrity. So, what to do about my business situation? I used to think that forgiveness meant letting things slide and cutting people slack. Au contraire! When we truly forgive, there’s no blame. We simply lose interest in making ourselves vulnerable to people we don’t trust. Forgiveness allows us to tap into a deeper level of discernment. It’s an act of self-love and ultimate care. It’s about personal responsibility and giving ourselves relief from self-sabotage. From this place we are in a stronger position to make a positive difference in the world.
I could go on and tell you how I got back on track with the Basic Life Alignment Mini-Course, but I think you get the idea. These mini-courses work! I’m grateful to my friend for recommending them and to Harry Palmer for writing them.
Pamela Ziemann (Washington, USA)
Author’s Preface: World Lessons
Awareness: Basic Attention Management
Insight: Belief Management
Determination: Basic Will
Perspective: Creating Definition
Compassion: The Forgiveness Option
Integrity: Personal Integrity
Alignment: Basic Life Alignment
The Next Step
There are word lessons and there are world lessons. A word lesson is an effort to convey an experience via spoken or written symbols. A word lesson can be informative or enjoyable or inspiring. A word lesson is an expression of someone’s belief. A word lesson can be a very nice thing, but it should not be confused with a world lesson.
A world lesson is something that you live through. It’s something you encounter and deal with in life. And from the world lesson you emerge changed, more experienced, wiser. A world lesson is an experience. It does not require translation into symbols or sounds for you to remember it. It becomes part of what you know, of how you define yourself to yourself. A word lesson seldom has this impact.
A world lesson becomes a word lesson as soon as it is expressed. What you know becomes a belief as soon as it is expressed. A word lesson can convey descriptions and instructions, but as far as experience, it is a pale substitute.
Your study of the mini-courses begins as a word lesson describing exercises and conveying instructions, but as you participate, it changes to a world lesson. The word lessons of the mini-courses are insignificant compared to the world lessons you create by your participation.
So, go beyond reading the words. Seek an experiential clarity of what is encountered. Bring it into your tent and try it on. If you’ve been studying about the taste of apples, go eat an apple.
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