Thought of the day

What Is Thoroughly Understood Will Not Repeat Itself

In self-awareness there is no need for confession,
for self-awareness creates the mirror
in which all things are reflected without distortion. 
Every thought-feeling is thrown, as it were, 
on the screen of awareness to be observed, studied and understood 
but this flow of understanding is blocked when there is condemnation or acceptance, 
judgment or identification. 
The more the screen is watched and understood—
not as a duty or enforced practice, 
but because pain and sorrow have created the insatiable interest
 that brings its own discipline—
the greater the intensity of awareness, 
and this in turn brings heightened understanding.
You can follow a thing if it moves slowly; 
a rapid machine must be made to slow down 
if one is to study its movements. 
Similarly, thoughts-feelings can be studied and understood 
only if the mind is capable of proceeding slowly; 
but once it has awakened this capacity, it can move 
at a high velocity, which makes it extremely calm. 
When revolving at high speed the several blades 
of a fan appear to be a solid sheet of metal. 
Our difficulty is to make the mind revolve slowly 
so that each thought-feeling can be followed and understood. 
What is deeply and thoroughly understood will not repeat itself.

The Book of Life - June 21

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