"Now is the accepted time"

A large proportion of the discontent, worry, in a word unhappiness in the world, comes from fearing the future or regretting the past; therefore it comes from that which is provably unreal. How so? Well, the future has not yet come, else it would not be future. How can it be said that a thing which never came into existence has in the final sense any reality? This being admitted, does the future really exist?

Now, let us assume that some one may suddenly seem to manifest certain inharmonious symptoms. Simultaneously mortal mind—always officious, insinuating, accusing, itself the sole cause of these symptoms—begins to set up "in the dark recesses of mortal thought" (Science and Health, p. 102) its scarecrow, an image in this same mortal thought composed of the advanced stages of the particular disease that mortal mind has decided to express on the body. Let us note that these advanced stages, the things which the subject fears, are all in the future, which, as has been shown, does not in reality exist. Immediately fear of the approach of these advanced stages proceeds to install itself in the mortal consciousness; and as "fear hath torment," the victim of these false processes is already discontented and worried, in a word unhappy. Job's saying, "The thing which I greatly feared is come upon me," is therefore applicable in this case, for fear flings wide open the doors of consciousness to any suggestion that is ready to enter. The victim, knowing not how to ward off aggressive mental suggestion, is apt to submit to the inevitable and proceed to manifest the disease.

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