Equanimity and Emotional Reaction

It is not the particular negative experiences we have gone through in the past that destroys our happiness, but rather our emotional reaction to those experiences carried in our memory. Many people suffer complete defeat without having really been defeated; others give up after the first time anything goes wrong. It is one of the aims of psychosomatic medicine, analytical psychology, and psychiatry to drain out the negative emotional reactions to previous experiences. There is just as real an infection of the mind as an infection of any part of our physical body. Almost invariably our negative reactions to life, our unhappiness, and perhaps most of our physical disorders are based upon unhappy experiences that are buried, but buried alive, in our memory. But yesterday can have no reality to us other than as our reaction to it. It can have no real existence of its own in today other than the lengthened shadows of yesterday. And so it is that the memories of yesterday are carried over into today. Thus making today happy or unhappy. So the reactions of today are descriptive of what we will experience tomorrow. 

One of my favorite reminders is:

You illuminate or darken your life by the ideas to which you consent.

Neville Goddard – Awakened Imagination

So, I ask you, to what ideas do you consent? 

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not arrived, and I live in an eternal present filled with an everlasting good. There is nothing unhappy or distressing in my consciousness. I have no fear of yesterday nor do I anticipate tomorrow with anything other than enthusiastic expectation. Everything good in my experience creates my future. I have no fear in looking backward or forward, but realize this is the eternal day in which I now live. Today is big with hope fulfilled, with love and a life well lived. Tomorrow will provide its own blessings. 

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind and always remember:

Memories do not trap us, clinging to memories does.

So Make the most important thing the most important thing.

Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life

And So It Is

Centers for Spiritual Living

Adopted By Charley Carlin RSCP Retired
From the Writings of Ernest Holmes

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