In The Soul Aflame, Alice Howell says, “There are as many miracles to be seen through a microscope as through a telescope.”
We spend more time looking through our telescopes. We zoom all the way back to our childhood to look for the 25,000th time at some old nasty trauma. We pull that telescope out to look back over and over at old slights and hurts and heartaches. All this time we spend resurrecting pain could be spent putting some joy of today under a microscope, adjusting the lens to expand it until it became even bigger to us than some old Frankenstein from the closet of our past.
When we are not telescoping backward we are telescoping forward into some imaginary future event we desire. Imagination is a marvelous gift to us and it is useful as a tool to expand the possibilities in present moments. It is less useful as a magic rug to fly away into some fuzzy future wonderland.
We know we can take a microscope and hold it over a piece of paper and it will multiply the power of sunlight and actually set fire to the paper. Using the sun to represent our spiritual nature, we can use the microscope of our attention and hold it over those past painful experiences to literally burn them out of our consciousness. We can see that pain was not our only experience at that time in our life and take a close look at other experiences we loved.
Even if we are microscoping an old love affair and seeing nothing but the bad in it we can hold the microscope steady until we see some good.
Do you want people to only remember the bad you did to them when most of your time was devoted to doing good to them? You know you do. So why think of nothing but the bad someone did to you. Look clearly at the good, acknowledge it from the heart, and then move on to your life as it is right now and live it without dragging around millstones from the past.
The main use of your mental microscope is not to heal the past or rocket into the future but to see the “little things” in your life at this moment. You will soon discover that there are no “little things.” Anything that is pleasant right now can be viewed through the microscope of your awareness until it becomes big enough to crowd out the anxieties that keep you from savoring it.
Draw a mental circle. Put your tiniest joy in it. Now expand it until it reaches the outermost limits of the circle. Give your little joys your full loving attention today and you won’t need yesterday’s pain or tomorrow’s unreality to play with.
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