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It happens.

It steals up on us.

And if it’s lurking about, you can be sure its companions are close behind.

What is this “thing”? Yes, the press of time. We’ve caught it in the act before and have made an ever-so-solemn oath to never let it do so again. But, guess what? It’s done it.

Joan and I went to a doctor of alternative medicine this week. Yes, the Living ECK Master goes to healing specialists and consultants too. Listening to others, he knows, is a sound practice. After all, the individual members of the Vᴀɪʀᴀɢɪ Order also serve as advisers. (In truth, though, their fees—none—are more reasonable.)

The doctor’s receptionist, a usually placid woman, had some hairs on her head a bit on the wild side. (Had she been pulling at them?)

“Have you noticed things speeding up a bit?” I asked.

Surprised, she looked up. This was a switch: her job was to make patients comfortable and not show any of her own distresses. It was an expected function of her office. But she said, “Why, yes, have you?”

“Time’s gone crazy,” I said.

“What do you do about it?”

“I’m working on it,” I said and disappeared into the other room to wait for the doctor.

So what do you do about time gone mad?

The first step is to recognize that the press of time has once more slipped past your guard. Second, look inside. This step is an all-important one. It’s time to relearn old lessons and know that any change to outer conditions starts with us. So look inside, look inside.

The press of time is like finding your home once again filled with heaps of unused, unneeded junk. The more there is, the more there is to trip over and collect dust. It takes time and effort to deal with useless, unnecessary things, so it’s time for a housecleaning.

Let one thing go. Don’t worry, your world won’t fall apart. Tomorrow, cut out or cut down time spent on some project or activity—something not essential for health or well-being. You can do that!

And your body and its world will further benefit from some supportive remedies. An important one—let’s see if you can guess what it is.

Sure, the Spiritual Exercises of ECK.

Funny, isn’t it, how the press of time not only steals up on us, but steals from us? It slips away with the time once spent with the Mᴀʜᴀɴᴛᴀ, Soul’s doctor.

Remember the comment at the beginning of this letter about the companions of the press of time?

These robbers travel in a band. The press of time is the ringleader, so watch out when it’s about. It brings illness, unhappiness, sloth, pickiness, anger, greed, lust, vanity, and undue attachment to things.

Ah, so you recognize the last five! They slipped right up on you.

Those five passions of the mind come ever and ever again. Keep an eye out for them. Then, too, open your heart to the Master’s love so the press of time and its companions leave the theater of combat in defeat. You’ll garner peace.

—Sri Harold Klemp

The Master Adviser has just given several excellent tips for spiritual health and well-being. Continue your consultation with him inwardly for more insights.

Is there an outer action you also need to take?