How To Get What You Want

dareI taught high school for many years. Mostly, I worked with kids who had difficulty in school. Some had emotional troubles or couldn’t learn, or couldn’t concentrate. Some had extreme situations at home. Some had no homes. My job was to teach reading or study skills. I couldn’t fix everything.

It’s a tricky business to teach kids who don’t seem to want to learn. Or can’t learn. You must establish order and let them know you are on their side. I found the work difficult but rewarding. Imagine the thrill of seeing a teenager move from third grade reading skills to sixth grade in one semester! I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder of a student in my life.

But it wasn’t all miracle working. Many of my students had years of failure in previous classrooms. It was a challenge to motivate them. Some students tried and gave up. Some never tried. Some were there because juvenile court sent them and they’d be incarcerated if they skipped. Some came because there was heat in the building or free food.

My classrooms were orderly, friendly and safe. The classes were on their grade level so many of the kids learned fast. Others learned sporadically and others learned nothing at all. I did the best I could with what I knew.

There wasn’t much real help. If I complained about a student, administration suspended him for a week and that certainly didn’t help him learn. So I almost never complained to the authorities.

Most of the educational theories were nonsensical but there was one counselor who helped me. Charlie and I would sit in the lunchroom and talk. I complained, and Charlie listened because he wanted to be supportive. We both thought he was letting me “vent” but he actually helped me more than he knew or I ever expected.

One day, I was complaining about a student and Charlie gave me the golden key to understanding.  He explained, “He doesn’t know how to get what he wants.”

You and I know what we want and that’s a wonderful thing. Our desire brought us here. We are in this marvelous teaching to learn how to get it. I thank God that I am privileged to teach Science of Mind to adults who can generally learn easily what they need to do in order to attain their goals.

Those of us who have been around a bit know some general ways to approach our goals. There is great power in the Science of Mind teaching because it offers a logical framework for how to bring more good into our lives.

We know what we want and we know how to get it. The basic formula is simple. Most of us have heard it so often that it sounds like a cliché. Change your thinking and change your life.

Those really are the rules. Nothing changes until the mind changes. First we identify the goal. Then we change our thinking so we attract it. Of course, even when we know that we need to change our thinking, we sometimes falter. Why do we hesitate? Sometimes we forget to stop looking at the problem and never begin looking at the solution.

Another reason for faltering is that we can’t quite believe that it works. We don’t trust the spiritual law because it sounds like improbable magic. Lack of trust is easy to fix.

In Science of Mind, you are never asked to step out on faith without proof. You can build trust and test everything yourself. You can make a scientific experiment to the truth of the system. New Thought came into being in a scientific era and you can use scientific inquiry to develop trust .

You can build your trust experimenting on your own. You can prove that changing your mind works. Once you decide to try it, the best way to do it is make an organized, scientific experiment.

The way to get more trust in using the process of changing your mind to change your life is to keep records of your consistent spiritual practice. I dare you to select a goal that seems reasonable and use your spiritual practice consistently and record your progress for a period of time. I suggest at least three months for a fair trial.

You need a simple goal for this experiment. Don’t want to make it too difficult for yourself since your goal is to test the process. Don’t select a huge goal that might means months or years of work ahead. For example, if you desire increased prosperity, select an amount you can imagine easily. Don’t start with a million. Perhaps a hundred or a thousand dollars?

After all, you are simply building trust at this point. When you’ve had practice getting what you want you can up the ante. Remember, it is your consciousness (or thinking) that must change. Whether it is a hundred or a million is all the same to God but the process works through you and you are probably not ready to envision, believe and accept a million in three months.

Now, build a part of your daily spiritual practice around your prosperity goal. Specifically visualize your dollar goal and keep a record of what comes in. You will learn how to get what you want more effectively through this exercise and you will believe it because it is your personal record.

If you take it a step at a time, the process will work efficiently for you. You already know what you want. You already know how to change your thinking. You can build your spiritual practice easily. Read books on prosperity. Take care to be grateful for what you have and everything you receive. Say your prayers daily. Spend time imagining money coming in. Keep a record and tithe ten percent to your spiritual center or spiritual source.

At the end of your experiment, you will have your goal and much more trust based on your own experiment. You will have scientific proof that you know how to get what you want and that is a wonderful thing.

Note… I suggested practicing prosperity because money is easy to count but the same process works on all life-affirming goals as long as you are not trying to control another person’s actions. It works on finding new friends, being healthier, travelling new places and finding new work.

Isn’t it exciting?  You know how to get what you want! What a gift we have in this teaching.

Ask Yourself

What do I want to try first?

How shall I set my goal?

What is my plan of action for my spiritual practice?

How will I keep my records?

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2 Comments on “How To Get What You Want”

  1. Rev Nancy says:

    Thank you, Jane, for your posts and this one in particular— I love you story about the student not knowing how to get what he wanted, and plan to share it with my congregation Sunday, as I speak about integrity. This is a great example of why we get ourselves into trouble by being out of integrity! I will credit you! I bless you, Nancy Rev. Nancy Herrick Center for Spiritual Living Twin Cities 612-388-8223

    • janeclaypool says:

      Dear Rev. Nancy,
      It gives me great pleasure to know that you find my words helpful in your ministry. I appreciate your comments and wish you well in your wonderful work.
      Love,
      Jane.


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