When we don't take care of things in the moment, they get backed up and we feel overwhelmed. But life never brings us anything at the wrong time! That's why everything in nature works so miraculously. Notice how the tides move, the earth rotates, and the trees grow. Notice how everything is perfectly timed––how our bodies work, how a child develops. God never makes a mistake.
So, when something enters our awareness, that's the moment to take care of it. Don't pay that bill tomorrow, take out the trash later, or make the bed when you get back. When you see it, do it! Don't prioritize anything––life has already done that for you.
• Forget spiritual mastery.
• Master being human and you'll get to the same place.
One Saturday afternoon, I had an impulse to check my throat in the mirror. I opened wide, and in the back of my throat I saw what appeared to be a brown growth I had never noticed before. My mind instantly went back twenty-five years, when my father was diagnosed with a cancerous growth in his throat.
I kept checking my throat, and every time I looked, the brown growth seemed larger. My heart rate accelerated, my blood pressure elevated, and my head and brow were drenched in sweat. My arms and legs turned cold, and I had a sudden attack of diarrhea.
The moment before, I was living in bliss, and now I was dying. My mind filled with the scenario I had always feared. Tomorrow - Sunday - I would be in the hospital, receiving the fatal diagnosis. By Monday my life would be over, and everything I had worked for would be meaningless.
After dwelling on this for a while, I picked up the phone and called a doctor friend. He asked, "What's wrong?" "Stephen, I'm terrified. Both of my parents had cancer when I was a kid."
"I don't understand - what's the problem?"
"My parents are both alive and healthy now, but cancer has always been scary for me, because we never spoke about it openly."
"I still don't understand what's wrong."
"Well, I looked in the mirror this afternoon, and there was a brown growth in the back of my throat. It looks like a mole or something."
He asked me a few more questions, then told me to feel the bump with my finger. When I finally managed to squeeze my hand back there and pull it out, on the tip of my finger I found a little piece of the chocolate macaroon I had eaten for lunch. Is there heaven or hell, or do we just create them with the mind?
Excerpted with permission from Wisdom from an Empty Mind. Originally trained as an optometrist, Jacob Liberman's life changed in 1976 when his poor eyesight instantly cleared during a profound meditative experience. From that moment on, he began questioning the standard beliefs and practices of vision and general health care. His search for a new model of healing led him to the field of light and color therapy—and to the realization that light could be used not only to heal our bodies, but also to heal our lives. In 1991, Jacob's first book, Light: Medicine of the Future (Bear & Company) established him as an authority in the field of light and color therapy. His newest book, Wisdom from an Empty Mind, is a compilation of one-page essays and accompanying quotes. For more information www.jacobliberman.com