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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things now

Lesson 8

My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.

This idea is, of course, the reason why you see only the past. No one really sees anything. He sees only his thoughts projected outward. The mind’s preoccupation with the past is the cause of the misconception about time from which your seeing suffers. Your mind cannot grasp the present, which is the only time there is. It therefore cannot understand time, and cannot, in fact, understand anything.

The only wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions. Very few have realized what is entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything at all.

The purpose of the exercises for today is to begin to train your mind to recognize when it is not really thinking at all. While thoughtless ideas preoccupy your mind, the truth is blocked. Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas is the first step to opening the way to vision.

The exercises for today should be done with eyes closed. This is because you actually cannot see anything, and it is easier to recognize that no matter how vividly you may picture a thought, you are not seeing anything. With as little investment as possible search your mind for the usual minute or so, merely noting the thoughts you find there. Name each one by the central figure or theme it contains and pass on to the next. Introduce the practice period by saying:

“I seem to be thinking about__________.”

Then name each of your thoughts specifically, for example:

I seem to be thinking about (name of person) about (name of object), (name of emotion).

And so on, concluding at the end of the mind-searching period with:

“But my mind is preoccupied with the past thoughts.”

This can be done four or five times during the day, unless you find it irritates you. I you find it trying, three or four times is sufficient. You might find it helpful, however, to include your irritation, or emotion that the idea for the today may induce, in the mind searching itself.

Personal Notes: It seems pretty much ever morning first thing I need to do a form of this exercise to clear the altar of my mind for what God has fresh and new for me right now. This exercise has proved to be very beneficial for me in making sure all the recesses of my mind are tidied up, whatever might be hiding there to block my vision for the present or delay the Miracles for me to receive and give are removed that Truth may enter in. Lets get this done friends, so we all may flow in the Rhythm’s or HIs Grace. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friends.

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