"When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then will you enter the kingdom." ~~ The Gospel of ThomasAs I see it, mind and body are one. In other words, my body and my experiences are physical manifestations of the beliefs I have in mind.
From time to time, I walk up this particular hill. I usually find by the time I get to the top, my muscles are aching and I'm feeling slightly out of breath. Before I walked up the hill again, I decided to use a different strategy. Instead of looking straight ahead of me towards the top of the hill, I decided to just look down and focus on every step I was taking. I treated every step I was taking as if it was the only step I was taking. It didn't feel like I was walking up a hill at all. When I got to the top, I was full of energy and raring to go.
What I was effectively doing, while walking up the hill, was playing tricks with my mind. You see it is the mind that makes me see contrasts, differences and polarities i.e. ascending/descending; big/small; happy/sad; high/low; inner/outer; life/death; love/hate; male/female; more/less; rich/poor; up/down etc. In the eyes of Spirit, my True Self, everything is equal. Therefore, when I treated the bottom of the hill and the top of the hill as the same, I felt the same, which in my body felt like I was doing nothing.
I play the same tricks when I'm walking up long flights of stairs. Let's say I am walking up 50 steps. Every step I take, I count it as one. Because my mind only thinks I've only climbed up one step, my body feels like it's only climbed one step, therefore, I feel no fatigue.
When I go on my long walks, I treat the distance as the same. In other words, it makes no difference whether I'm walking a mile or 10 miles, it's all the same; and I feel like I've done nothing.
I believe there is only one day repeating itself. In other words, every day is the same day. It doesn't matter to me that we have collectively agreed to number the days and years in ascending order, it's the same day to me. Whether the day is hot or cold, it's the same day. Whether the day is in spring, summer, autumn or winter, it's the same day. How can I age when I'm only living one day? I believe that's the secret of eternal youth. Stop counting the days and treat every day as the same, and your mind has no choice but to let your body appear the same i.e. ageless.
Listen up, mind! There are no contrasts, no differences and no polarities; all things are equal.
All is one.
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