Preoccupied With Past Thoughts

RenewalIn harmony with the Tao,
the sky is clear and spacious,
the earth is solid and full,
all creature flourish together,
content with the way they are,
endlessly repeating themselves,
endlessly renewed.
When man interferes with the Tao,
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equilibrium crumbles,
creatures become extinct.
The Master views the parts with compassion,
because he understands the whole.
His constant practice is humility.
He doesn’t glitter like a jewel
but lets himself be shaped by the Tao,
as rugged and common as stone.
Tao Te Ching v39

Line and Feather

The World I SeeLet Go, Let God
God and I are One.
The poem “This Is the Year,” by Russell Kemp, begins “Wonderful, wonderful, fortunate you, This is the year that your dreams come true!”
I may think that my needs are too insignificant or too large for prayer. In Truth, all of my heart’s desires are in the infinite care and power of Spirit.
God and I are One. Keeping this thought in mind, I easily release any personal struggles or concerns and place my faith in the universal love of the one Presence and one Power. I let go and let God.
I am worthy of my dreams coming true, so after letting go, I trust. The Universe conspires to ensure my happiness. I am divinely supported in living my highest potential. One with all that is, I enjoy a thriving and prosperous life.
The Father and I are one.—John 10:30
Daily Word

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WholenessMy 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 one 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 actually 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.
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 a person], about [name of an object], about [name of an emotion],
and so on, concluding at the end of the mind-searching period with:
But my mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.
This can be done four or five times during the day, unless you find it irritates you. If you find it trying, three or four times is sufficient. You might find it helpful, however, to include your irritation, or any emotion that the idea for today may induce, in the mind searching itself.
A Course In Miracles ~ 8

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Forgiveness 9. . . Is Strong To Serve
The Good, The True, The Beautiful
We beg you to hold true to the good, the true and the beautiful, to be positively good in you outlook upon life, and positively attune your minds and your souls to the influence of the messengers from other worlds. They are looking to you, to respond and to believe and to become channels for a continual outflowing of the Christ Spirit to stimulate and beautify all life.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle

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