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Seeing What Is Present

by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff


That which is permanent is seldom known to the 5 senses. It must be perceived by another capacity. Until this capacity or organ of perception is awakened, we are like heedless children playing with fire. Sooner or later, our actions will cause problems for us.

The complete individual, or enlightened person, is able to temper their expectations with reality. Often it is our reaction to daily events and not the events themselves which pose the more lasting problem.

We must learn to view and accept what is present, not what we want to be present. By clouding reality with expectation and personal desire, for a time, we become off center. This lack of balance, in turn, prevents us from perceiving what is before us.

The capacity, or necessary attitude, to view what is actually present may be learned. Some liken this technique to a transparency, a method of seeing, by which we set aside temporarily our personal desires.

This capacity and others, is the birthright of humanity and is taught to those who are capable of using them in the proper way. This spiritual view is a matter of function; it is available so it may be used to benefit others. By learning to view what is actually present, we are then able to perceive higher or spiritual realities which manifest in this realm.

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