a mouse reminder

A few months ago I dreamed about a mouse. That’s all I remembered. A mouse and the words “one thing at a time.” Of course Del with his years of nature and American Indian study, was quickly able to share with me the definition of “mouse.” It turns out that “one thing at a time” is exactly what a mouse represents.
I’ve had this lesson before. It started with sunflower seeds. I was pulling the clothes out of our hamper and noticed a huge pile of sunflower seeds in the bottom. I thought perhaps that one of us had left the seeds in our pocket after feeding the birds.
I quickly realized that there was something else going on when I found seeds in Del’s shoes, in the bin under the sink, in my plastic clothes holder, in fact almost anywhere there was a container that was partially hidden we found sunflower seeds.
Eventually we discovered that we were hosting a chipmunk that over time became bold enough to sit and watch us working at our desk. He accumulated one seed at a time and over a short period of time; the pile of seeds had become enormous.
After I had the mouse dream Del bought me a tiny ceramic mouse that took up residence on my desk by my computer and phone. I kept hearing him say to me as I juggled papers, phones, people and needs, “One thing at time.”
Sometimes I wanted to say, “That’s easy for you to say. What do you have to worry about Mr. Mouse? All you have to do is gather food, stay out of harm’s way, and snuggle with your family at home. I, on the other hand, have more to do everyday than can ever get done. I have to be a master of multitasking.”
Neither the mouse nor our friend the chipmunk seemed to buy this excuse. They continued telling me “one thing at a time.”
Then it dawned on me. Although doing one thing at a time is probably a good lesson plan, what they were trying to tell me is, “One thing at a time.” Yes, “One thing - One thing!” One Principle at a time, One Thought at a time; One thought about the Truth of who I am and who you are.
Yes, it finally dawned on me, and just as the rising sun begins the illumination of what is already present, never gone, only hidden in the dark, I discovered what I had been missing.
I had been forgetting that all that is ever needed or wanted is present now. Imagine that! If I would simply begin with One thought at a time, using Spiritual Perception than the multitasking, the responsibilities, the pressure of not being able to complete everything, would be resolved.
This cannot happen starting with a perception of a capable multitasking human being that can’t ever keep up, be good enough or wise enough. This can only happen beginning with a perception that I am a Spiritual Being. As a Spiritual Being I am all that One Mind Is, One Love is. The “One thing at a time” is the thought and excepted awareness of only One cause and One creator.
This one thing at a time Spiritual Perception eliminates time, pressure, needs and responsibility. One thing at a time is One thought at a time. The one thing at a time awareness of One omnipresent eliminates the past and the future. The one thing at time awareness of One omniscience power eliminates judgment. The one thing at a time awareness of One omnipotence reveals only Love in operation.
Human perception produces complicated stories and will remain forever an enigma. Human perception is never one thing at a time. It is the past, future, judgment, fear, and discouragement. It is certainly never freedom. Spiritual Perception is thinking and acting from the standpoint of Spiritual Being. One thing at a time is all that exists in Spiritual Perception. Spiritual Perception is infinite freedom.
Although beginning with human perception problems can appear to be solved, they are never dissolved. Spiritual perception dissolves the illusion of being separate from the One. Within Spiritual Perception there is nothing to be solved, only God expressed.
It’s simple really. “What you (and I) perceive to be reality magnifies.” Why not choose Spiritual Perception and the Truth of our Spiritual Being and experience infinite Freedom?
As for me, I plan to keep Mr. Mouse on my desk until I stop forgetting. He will continue to remind me: “One thing at a time, and make it Spiritual Perception.”

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