Roy Masters from ‘How Your Mind Will Make You Well’
Each time you do this exercise, you are creating an increased ability to observe and thereby control your thoughts from within yourself—not because you are told to, but because the exercise makes it so.
Each time you do this exercise, you will create a greater awareness of the present; and the unpleasant events of the past become less and less important—dissolved in the light of reality—not because you are told to, but because the exercise makes it so.
You should not dwell morbidly on the past or worry about the future.
Wait until the reason for your problem surfaces, and when it does, notice any resentment against being shown.
Your exercise will help you to keep your awareness in the present—not because you’re told to, but because the exercise makes it so.
The exercise will clear your mind and cause you to realize simple principles that will be revealed to you in the place in your mind where resentment, judgment and worry arise.
“You should not dwell morbidly on the past or worry about the future.”
Be aware of your silly ego-needs and then realize that no one can fulfill them. Be aware of the folly of looking outside to others for fulfillment. Look at your impatience, and in realizing your need for patience, patience will come.
See what causes frustration and impatience. Surely it is some form of ambition for yourself or for someone.
Realize the folly of that ambition.
Now, having more compassion, you need not let things upset or frustrate you, not in the slightest degree, especially those little unkind, unfair and dishonest things that people say and do to you to motivate and downgrade your ego to raise theirs.
You really ought not be annoyed inwardly or outwardly, not that you must suppress your anger.
Observe your impatience, which you used as a means of getting ego-drive energy and for judging others.
See the need to overlook and make allowances right at the moment, not because you have to, but because you want to.