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How many times have I had the opportunity to choose Freedom and instead chosen to revisit the past?
Millions? It’s impossible to guestimate.
What I do know is that I make at least 10,000 choices a day. Every day, all day, every 5 seconds (at the very minimum) I’m making choices. I’m choosing what I’ll think about.
Imagine that every thought that enters your mind is like a flaccid balloon – a balloon with no air. When the thought arrives in your mind, it’s just an outline of a thought that has been, like dust on the wind, floating around in what Ernest Holmes calls, “the race consciousness.”
Thoughts appear like a cloud in the sky of our mind, we can CHOOSE to agree with them and if we do, then that thought becomes our thought. When we decide to fully think a thought, it’s like we’re putting air into a balloon – it’s our precious life energy – our attention, our agreement our affirmation that we’re investing in that thought.
Throughout the course of the day we each might easily have 10,000 thoughts – ten thousand “balloons” that we have filled with our precious energy and attention. They become the form of our life. They take up space in our awareness and in our experience.
“All thought produces form at some level.” A Course in Miracles
Form is our experience, our emotions, our life and our thoughts.
All form is produced by thought.
Thought is the ONLY thing that produces form.
The ONLY way to have a NEW EXPERIENCE is to have a NEW THOUGHT.
I’ve learned to replace the thoughts that bind me to the past with a thought that is new – a loving thought, a kind thought, a thought that I think with the Love of God in my heart. This practice has created an entirely new experience of life for me. It’s created a life I enjoy, that has very little fear in it – especially by comparison to what I used to experience.
We can build that spiritual muscle and achieve tremendous fitness of mind and heart!
It can feel as though we’re repeating the past on a regular basis. It can become depressing and discouraging to feel as though we’re recreating the same errors again and again. The old thought is that the way out of that pain and suffering is to do something different. However, the fastest path of quantum leaping out of repeating the past is to give the heavy lifting of figuring it out to the Higher Holy Spirit Self. If we forget to do it, and find ourselves suffering, we can begin in that moment. And then, our liberation is at hand!
When faced with the opportunity to think the thoughts from the past again, and feel those emotions again, I prefer to choose Freedom. Not always, but sometimes I’m just not done with the past and so I think the old thought and feel the old feelings before I remember to have a new thought. Yet, more and more consistently I am aligned with a new thought.
This is my spiritual fitness program for my liberation from suffering.
Today and every day I ask myself, will I choose Freedom? Spiritual fitness and liberation? Will I choose Love? It’s up to me. I say YES! What will you say today?