Did anyone have any luck with the homework exercise? If you try, can you remember to keep at it? I do it from time to time and I will assert to any and all that it produces energy. If I told you there were free money, would you go get it? Well, this IS free AND valuable, much more valuable.
I must also tell you something now that you may not want to hear. You will need to learn this technique if you ever hope to gain enough energy to take advantage of lessons 26, 27 and 28. There is truth in them, and there is power as well; but a small amount of a power of a certain kind is necessary to be able to wield the greater power, like in a transistor or a switch.
The technique is a method to insulate yourself from the loss of energy that comes from ANY expression of negative thought or emotion. It is easy enough to do, but nearly impossible to remember to do it. The killer is that you must do it ALL DAY long. NOT everyday; just ONE day, but all day. You must do it at least once so that you will know that it can be done. You will begin to see what it means to have a will, to do a thing purely because you intend it and for no other reason. Think of it like training your dog, one concentrated session and the hard part is done, only you will be training yourself. Are you ready for the lesson? Are you sure? Okay, here we go.
So you think you are in control, if not of the world around you, then at least of what you think and what you think about? You are not. To think so is a lie. You disagree? Then prove me wrong. Most of us have less mental discipline than the five year old that just learned how to think but can hang onto an idea for as long as it takes. The tragedy of the human condition is not that so many have been wandering around lost for so long; but rather that the solution has been so easy but so neglected. But you must DO this; not think about doing it, or imagine doing it, or wondering about it, but DO IT. Do it now, if you like, but tomorrow for sure.
Leave a note on the alarm clock if you have to, but start with the very first moment of waking. For many, saying a prayer in the morning is nothing new. This time, say it first thing. Then say it again. And again. Try another one if you like, mix them up and keep 'em coming. Memorize some psalms, or passages of scripture, or something you have written or make one up. Scripture works very well because there is no hint of false purpose and the whole point is to avoid even the appearance of negativity. Kind of like counting to ten, or ten thousand to regain control. You will become like an actor in a play, reciting your lines and playing the part, thus not allowing any other actor on that stage, for a time.
Get up, set about the business of your day as always, but keep reciting your lines to yourself. If you need to speak, by all means do so, but when you are done, go back to reciting your lines at the place where you were interrupted. Even if it takes hours, it doesn't matter, God is patient and He will wait for you.
Keep at it all day, if you can. What have you got to lose? What is the effort and what is the reward? Is it worth it? At the end of the day, you will have spent a day in prayer, interrupted only by the necessities of living.
I will tell you of its worth, but you may not want to hear this either. The power spoken of in psalms 26, 27 and 28 is real and is meant to be yours. Really yours, to keep and use in this life and the next for in many ways the two are joined. Time does not begin at our death, and will not end when the wind blows away the chaff.
You must take up this power, for it will be needed as soon as psalm 29. Without it you may still read along and even be interested in many other spiritual matters, but you may not be able to stand firm when the fire comes, and it might consume you.