The Remembrance Exercise
The Overself remembrance exercise has a peculiar potency of its own despite its informal and unprogrammed character…
This act of recollection requires no effort, no exercise of the power of will. It is an act of turning in, through and by the power of love, toward the source of being. Love redirects the attention and love keeps it concentrated, sustained, obedient.
It is needful to reserve a part of one’s being, consciousness, or thought, for this unique remembrance, which is of a value set apart from all others.
The method of this exercise is to maintain uninterruptedly and unbrokenly the remembrance of the soul’s nearness, the soul’s reality, the soul’s transcendence. The goal of this exercise is to become wholly possessed by the soul itself.
… When the remembrance becomes ceaseless flow, the Overself will bring him a remarkable fruitage of grace. When he turns habitually inwards toward the Overself, grace can operate more readily in all matters. When the grace starts working, this is likely to remove a number of internal and external obstacles in his path–sometimes in a seemingly miraculous manner–and eventually bring him to a truer self-awareness.
Under great strain and amid grave dangers, the aspirant will find courage and endurance in the talismanic power of remembering the Higher Self. It is always there.
We keep nearly all our attention all the day on ourselves and only a slight part of it on the Overself. It is needful to change this situation if we want a higher state of consciousness. This is why the exercises in remembrance are much more valuable than their simplicity suggests.
The thought of the Overself may easily open the gate which enters into its awareness.
Constant remembrance of the Overself’s presence becomes a way to counter the much more evident presence of the body and the world–that is, the illusion of matter.
… If the effort to remember the Overself is kept up again and again, it attenuates the materialistic mental tendencies inherited from former lives and arrests the natural restlessness of attention. It eventually achieves a mystical concentration of thoughts akin in character to that reached during set periods of meditation, but with the added advantage of not stopping the transaction of worldly activity…
While a man’s mind is full of himself, he shuts out the influx of the Overself. This remains just as true of meditation times as of ordinary times. He must empty out all these earthly interests, all these personal concerns, and even, in the end, all these egoistic spiritual aspirations by transferring his attention to that which is beyond the ego. He must think only of the Overself–of its nature and attributes, of its tokens and signs of presence, of its reality and eternity.
To put oneself regularly into the practice of this remembrance is to come within the cheering warmth of these higher truths.
Man is like an actor who has become so involved in the interpretation of his role that he has forgotten his original identity. It effectively prevents him from remembering who and what he is.
The Christian grace before, the Hebrew thanksgiving before and after meals, were prescribed for the same reason that the Muhammedan’s brief five-times-a-day prayer was prescribed. And this was to bring the remembrance of life’s higher purpose into everyday living.
In this matter the words of the Koran must be taken literally: “Believers hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off all business.”
To forget self but to remember Overself – it is as simple as that, and also as hard as that.
He should train himself in the Overself remembrance exercise (1) until it becomes quite easy and effortless, (2) until this inward concentration has been set in habitual motion, (3) until the remembrance continues of its own accord and (4) until its practice has become firmly and successfully established as ceaseless flow…
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