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Introspection

Edit Your Movie

When you have clearly visualized and felt the new ideal behavior that you would prefer to express at the next opportunity, discard the old piece of that movie, the part you donít like. Throw it on your cutting room floor, put it in the trash. If youíve learned the lesson of that unpleasant film clip, benefit by it and throw it away. You donít need it anymore. Youíve been willing to learn from it. Youíve studied it. You faced the pangs of conscience, or fear or doubt. You have learned. Youíve done your part.

You may also, at this point, clearly see what you can do to make amends, or to whom you should apologize on the morrow.

Now, go on with your movie. Let the film roll again. As the film rolls, stop it at the good points. Notice them. Clarify them. But also, love yourself enough to stop at the unpleasant points too. You can change them now, here in your easy chair. You can create a more ideal you. You can avoid so much suffering and continual rejection if you will study your life.

When you become an expert at this practice you can rapidly accelerate your opportunities for success. Instead of dragging through life, learning only from trial and error, you can easily redirect your consciousness in a short time by becoming more conscious and aware. You can enrich every other area of your life. Furthermore, youíll become a more thoughtful person. You wonít forget the good parts of your day, nor the good done you by others so constantly.

The question may occur, "What if I, in the safety of my easy chair, create a new section in my film clip ó a new way that Iíd ideally wish to behave ó but then I go out into that situation again in a few days only to find I fall back on my same old ways, ways I disapprove of, ways I thought I had conquered?"

Donít be discouraged. Keep in mind that as you do this practice you are truly changing your tendencies. Remember how powerful tendencies are? When you find that one period in introspection had not changed an old, deeply ingrained habit, simply determine to keep up the practice one day at a time, until this new state of being becomes your tendency, becomes your habit.

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