is frequently a mystery and many, perhaps the vast majority, never find out. This course willserve to start - or spur - you on a journey of discovery that will take many years. You will, of necessity, be alone on this adventure. Please note that I said alone, not lonely. #3, whenachieved, will give you a powerful tool that can help you in myriad ways. To use it you will haveto alter your belief structure about “how things work”. Odds are that you do have this capacityalready. If not, you would not have registered for this course. #4 keeps changing along with your life situation, as well as your evolving views on #2.The first objective will be largely met. You will work indefinitely on the second. The analyticaland intuitive exercises that you learn and practice will give you many “aha!” experiences thatshould provide both direction and encouragement. The third is unpredictable. Some of you will be able to accomplish it immediately; others will have to work on it for a long time before itsuddenly falls into place. You will certainly make some headway with the fourth objective. Thiswill be relatively easy if the quote that follows makes sense to you, somewhat more difficult if itdoes not.
“Don’t aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going tomiss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue...as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”
More on the objectives of this course:
I expect this course to have a profound impact on your life - in school and decades beyond. If it does not, then we will both have failed. I am notspeaking egotistically as the instructor of the course. What I am saying is that we will discussfearsomely important “meaning of life” issues from the point of view of immediate personalrelevance. Such discussions can greatly clarify your thinking and help you align your values and belief-systems with what you do on a day-by-day basis. In fact, this is what the course isdesigned to do. It is also designed to get you started on custom building your ideal life. Consider this vision:
You wake up in the morning suffused with an ineffable feeling of joy, a deep sense of well being. You go to work, to a job you love so much that you would pay for the privilege of doing it. You labor intently but are so focused that time flies by unnoticed. At the end of the day you are invigorated, brimming with more energy than when you started. You havea penetrating awareness of the course you are charting, a clear knowledge of your placein the scheme of the universe. Your work feeds this, is congruent with it and brings great contentment and peace.
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You face obstacles, big ones and small ones, perhaps more than your fair share of them.You understand very clearly that their purpose is to test your mettle, to bring out the best in you even as the abrasive whetting stone serves to finely hone the knife. So you plow onindomitably, sure of what you want to achieve and yet unconcerned about results. At times it seems as if you are riding on the crest of a powerful tidal wave, as if the universeitself is helping you, working with you and through you. Locked doors open mysteriously. Incredibly fortuitous coincidences occur. You accomplish prodigious feats, feats youwould never have imagined yourself capable of. Yet it would have been perfectly okay if