ELIAS: “This evening, we shall be entering as students of The Great and All-Knowing Teacher of Elias in the classroom of Acceptance 102! (We all lose it. Elias was very humorous tonight! Keep in mind that the delivery of the following was extremely comical and jocular.)
RETA: I like that!
ELIAS: As the prerequisite is Acceptance 101 of Self, Acceptance 102 being the continuation in acceptance of other individuals and their belief systems and how to be approaching and addressing to other individuals, for this question is posed many times. Therefore, the professor will now be instructing in step-by-step ‘methods’ ... (grinning at Reta, and we all crack up again)
RETA: Well, I think it’s about time!
ELIAS: ... of how you may be addressing to other individuals approaching you with regard to their experiences within the present shift, and also within their belief systems. I will be answering your questions subsequently, after our brief lecture. (Laughter)
We begin with the scenario that an individual may be approaching you – the much-studied students – (we all lose it again) and may be inquiring of you for information with regard to their experiences and in relation to their belief systems, which they of course do not know that they hold. But you, in your great wisdom, recognize that they hold belief systems, unlike yourselves! (Grinning) As the individual approaches you and is inquiring of you for your great wisdom, your response, as Step Two, shall be initially not to be responding. This is your Step Two. Step One is the approach of the other individual. Are you writing this down, Dehl [Reta]? (We all lose it again)
RETA: Well, you see, I flunked out of 101! (Wild laughter) Maybe I’m not supposed to be in 102!
ELIAS: (Laughing) We shall be skipping you ahead! I shall move slowly, that you may be writing all of these steps for your method down carefully and not missing a word! You may also acquire a tape, if you are so choosing, for your remembrance! On sale now at your local forum! (Much laughter)
Step Two is, as I have stated, to not be responding.
Step Three would be – (to Reta) write carefully! – to be listening carefully to the expression of the other individual and assessing within you, engaging your inner senses, the situation and the position of the other individual; assessing within you, taking into account – (to Reta) you are not writing! (laughter) – their very strong belief systems, which they are very unaware of, for they are not ‘enlightened’ yet, for they have not engaged Acceptance 101!
Step Four would be to be intuitively responding to the other individual.
Step Five would be to be arranging your language to be accommodating and accepting of the other individual’s belief systems.
Step Six is to be reminding yourself that your point is not to be changing another individual’s perception or belief systems.
Step Seven is to be reminding yourself that your point is to be offering information in a helpful manner, and not to be concerning yourself with responsibility of another individual’s reality.
Step Eight is to be reminding yourself that another individual’s reality is their reality, and IS REALITY! (Pause, staring at Reta)
ELIAS: You have eight steps presently? (Grinning at Reta)
RETA: Yes! (Somebody says, ‘She does!’ inspiring much laughter)
ELIAS: Very good! Step Nine is to be placed before Step One ... (To Reta) You may draw an arrow above Step One! (Grinning widely)
ELIAS: ... to be engaging presently!
RETA: Engaging presently??
ELIAS: Correct, with all individuals that you are within contact of.
RETA: I have already begun that!
ELIAS: Ah! She has accomplished Step Nine before Step One! (Much laughter) I am acknowledging of your great accomplishment!
RETA: It takes a little while, but I’m doing it!
ELIAS: Very good! This is the end of the lecture of The Great Elias, Professor of Acceptance 102, and you may all now be asking your questions, which I shall very seriously consider answering!
DREW: Well, I have a question. Dehl [Reta] could tell me better which step it is, but one of them was to offer helpfulness after listening intuitively, trying to understand. If we’re not attempting to change their perception or their belief systems, what direction is this helpfulness supposed to take?
ELIAS: That you may relate information to another individual, within the context of their own belief systems, to be helpful to them in acknowledging to them that they are not experiencing unusualness or non-reality or lunacy.
DREW: So we’re talking about when people come to us with questions or experiences directly related to the shift as opposed to any mundane, daily ... (Elias is grinning at Drew) Well, alright!
ELIAS: I express to you ... (To Reta) Note under Step Eight!
RETA: Okay! (Reta was very funny tonight too!)
ELIAS: ... that individuals shall be experiencing, within their mundane everyday life, experiences in conjunction with this shift. (To Reta) Place [an] asterisk after this note, that you may be remembering of this information! You may call this a footnote. (Grinning)
DREW: Just for clarity, I’m a little confused about that Step Nine, what it is and how it comes before One. Can you just explain it one more time? (You’re so serious, Drew!)
ELIAS: This would be your activity in this process; engaging other individuals ...
DREW: So it’s the engagement ...
ELIAS: ... not necessarily merely waiting FOREVER for other individuals to be approaching you! Take the initiative! (To Reta) Place another asterisk by this statement! (Laughter)
RETA: Take the initiative. What has happened to me is, in the last few months, instead of holding back on some conversation – because I’m with an awful lot of people – I have sort of pushed into a lot of them and asked them what their beliefs are in different things. And because we’ve been working a lot of overtime lately, there’s one individual I’ve had to work with, and when you have the private time and you have to stop and wait for machines and all that, you have time to talk. And instead of talking about the business or things like that, I will start talking about their belief systems and how they compare. And it’s a darn good opening, and it works! And the one person that I talk with a lot finally opened up and said how many books about this he’s read. Now, I would not have known that had I not opened the conversation, of course, and then I told him a lot. And now I’ve had five other people, because of him, come and ask me questions. So, there’s no doubt about it. You have to engage them.
ELIAS: Very good, Dehl [Reta]! (Laughter)
STELLA: I have a question. Well actually, it’s not a question. I kind of do stuff like that, engaging people, and I don’t necessarily ask them anything. For instance, I have jelly beans on my desk, and the reason I have the jelly beans is not so much because of the jelly beans, but because people stop over at my desk. And I have some little cards there, and people sometimes just take the time to maybe relax for one moment, one second, and they might ask or they might say how they feel. Usually, that’s what happens. They’re saying, ‘Oh, I’m terrible or horrible or great!’ or whatever, and usually I listen to just what they’re saying. It feels really nice, and so they go back to whatever they were doing and they have a different attitude about what they’ve been doing ... so far. So I do engage a lot of people in that way.
For instance, the last time I brought this guy – it was my ex-boss Mario, and I think you remember him – and he’s not the type to have come to something like this. And then he called me the following day wanting to know more about it, but in a way that I knew he’s not really interested, and I picked up on it. So what I said to him was, ‘Look. Just experience whatever you’re experiencing. It’s okay. You don’t have to go crazy over this. Do whatever.’ Because I know where he’s coming from, and so I was able to just, you know ... whatever the experience. I don’t know. I don’t know what the experience is for him, and I don’t quite care in a way, you know? I really don’t. It’s sort of like, I open myself up and I do whatever, and if they take it, fine. If they don’t, it’s fine too. I do what I have to do for me, most of the time.
ELIAS: Note ‘A’ upon exam results for perfect engagement of all of these steps! (Applause and laughter)
BOB: Teacher’s pet!
STELLA: I always wanted to be a teacher’s pet! I was never able to speak up, and now I do! (Much laughter)” [session 217, September 14, 1997]
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