I have been reading The Urantia Book. In it was one sentence that was uttered by Jesus as he talked to his disciples. It perfectly captured me and all that I have been trying to fight against, yet failing every day:
“You are hardly worthy of the kingdom when your service consists so largely in an attitude of regretting the past, whining over the present, and vainly hoping for the future.”[i]
Nothing captures my attitude better than this one line. As I try to learn to love, show kindness to all, and to control my thoughts – my mind seems to continually return to either past mistakes, complaining about my present circumstances, or worrying about possible future events. All totally useless and wasteful expenditures of mental energy.
Whereas, I should compartmentalize the past – after reviewing and determining the lessons I should have learned. I should concentrate on improving myself in the present, by doing my job, helping my family, learning about Spiritism and the spirit world, or helping others.
And, lastly, continue on with my present duties, and worry about the future as little as possible, because the next lesson is coming up and I can do absolutely nothing about it. Whatever the spirit realm and I planned before my birth to help me pay for past debts or accumulate new experiences is going to happen. I can certainly try to save some money for possible happenings and continue to educate myself, but beyond that my scope of freedom is limited. The rest is merely building up nervous energy that would unbalance my Chakras (force centers is the word used in Spiritist literature).
Hence, to remain in harmony, like a grand piano that is played and sends out waves of beautiful music, stay in the moment. Remain working on edifying tasks. The past is past and the future is determined. We have only these seconds at our disposal to continue our spiritual ascendance.
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Urantia Foundation. (1955). The Urantia Book. Chicago: Urantia Foundation.
[i] Urantia Foundation., The Urantia Book, Urantia Foundation, p. 1726