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Many people use the word GROWTH in a very unconscious and confused way. They have a vague feeling about the word. But feelings are only the beginning of the possibilities of growth: They must be developed into clear ideas; otherwise, they are merely associated with imaginations.

One of the first requirements for self-growth is an attitude of studentship. Do you have a desire to grow? Very good. Do you discover that your desire does not lead to results? Very frustrating. What may be missing is the attitude of studentship. You may assume that you are already quite developed inwardly. This is a totally inadequate assumption and makes any real growth impossible because it is an erroneous ego attitude. If you begin to think of yourself consciously as a student, then the growth direction can open up for you. The ego is a cover-up for our inferiority. As a result of it, we either believe that we have arrived at a high state of development or go into the polarity of thinking we are absolutely no good.

The studentship attitude is beyond these polarities, (superiority or inferiority). Studentship exists when our intelligence is active rather than when our memory dominates. The open mind thinks "I am where I am. I strongly desire to improve." It has a sense of itself and of its state and begins to think actively in specific terms about improving its understanding and its knowledge. Studentship can arise only from a sense of 'I' consciousness. When we do not have some sense of self-consciousness, then we must compare ourselves with others, either favorably or unfavorable. But our actual state has nothing to do with anyone else's state. The ego state exists when we are not in touch with ourselves intuitively; therefore, we must compare ourselves with others. When we have the courage to live from the inner voices of our own authority, we can become students and make real progress. Then we experience a real joyfulness and a growing sense of self-fulfillment.

Lewis
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