The roots that are in my mind are filled with clogged up ideas. I don’t really understand how these ideas came to be. Perhaps they were rules that were forced upon me or someone else’s standards. They surely are not my thoughts or my wishes. I would rather have a blank mind and use my heart to make decisions. If I used my heart more frequently, I’m sure that situations would turn out for the best of everyone. I know that this isn’t just me. A lot of people are like this. There is hope.
Using our mind to come to conclusions, win an argument, or in any act in which we are trying to feel better about ourselves doesn’t help any situation. The more we use our minds to show our love the more screwed up this world becomes. Love is not a mindful attitude. It is a heart filled expression. If we truly love from the heart there wouldn’t be chaos, arguments, sadness, the list goes on and on. Instead, we could see each other with patience, love,and, kindness. We would see each other through the eyes of the Lord.
It’s so hard for me to remember that the Lord lives within me. It’s hard to remember that the Lord lives within everyone. Even the atheist who doesn’t believe. Everyone is born with the Lord in their heart. I decided to start a visual experiment. I am visualizing a picture of Jesus on the chest of everyone I encounter. It’s really cool, actually. It makes me realize how awesome every single individual is and how similar and different we are. Also, it helps me to see things as they really are, in the present moment. It helps me see people not in the past, not in the future, but as they are “right now”.
This experiment taught me three lessons. First, I believe it taught me the key to forgiveness. I’ve realized that my eyes see things as they are but it is my mind that puts meaning to objects and experiences. The only way my mind can assign a meaning to an object is from a past experience. So technically, our minds live in the past. If I look at a person without seeing my past experiences attached, there is not an experience, and I’m seeing them as who they are “right now”. This means that I have tricked my mind into forgiveness. This really means, I am seeing them with love from my heart. I was able to stop looking at people with judgement. I could stop allowing my mind to assign past experiences and start looking at people in the present and loving them now. That is truly forgiving and forgetting.
Another lesson I learned is that our minds can control our worries. Again, it’s because our minds base everything off of experience from the past. It wonders and causes us to worry about the future, based on ideas from the past. Sometimes I worry about retirement. I have no grounds to worry about it. But, all the commercials I see on TV make me worry. I have taken all the necessary actions to ensure a good flow of money. All this does is cause me to get in my head and worry about something that isn’t worth worrying about. If I remember to stay in my Christ centered heart. I stop worrying.
Third, I remembered that I used to look at everything in the present. We all did. We were born this way; to see everything brand new for the first time. It brings new meaning to the verse Matthew 18:3: And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. I’m not saying that we should be like children in the sense of not being responsible in our lives. I’m saying we should look at all of our experiences with our hearts and an open mind. Open mind meaning a blank mind without assigning past experiences to things.
Obviously, people should get out of the head and into the heart. Pull the dead roots out and start growing different fruits. This is not an easy task. However, once done we will be able to enjoy life to the fullest, and enjoy our present, and that is a PRESENT. That is your GOOD SPARK.