137. Practice Is Built over Time
1 When we are practicing, there are a few criteria to heed. Simply put, these are: “Dwell on nothing. Let everything go. Put everything down. Focus on nothing. Put all thoughts down. Think of nothing.”
2 “Dwell on nothing. Focus on nothing.” “Dwell” means to linger; do not linger at any place. “Focus” means to fixate. Do not fixate on anything. Everything you have experienced in your entire life, from the past, present or even the future, put them all down. Do not think about them. Keep all thoughts away from you.
3 Everything of this world, whether good or bad, right or wrong, me or other people, should not be thought of, and neither should everything of the heavenly Dao.
4 Allow many of the delusive and distracting thoughts to come and go. One thought comes and another thought goes. They come and go, and go and come. Let them come and go as they please. Do not chase them. To “chase” means to stay with the thought. Do not look back. “Think” of nothing.
5 Perhaps when you first start doing it, you will find it difficult. As you continue to do it each day, in time you will reach that goal naturally. Your mind will ultimately change and you will have nothing left. By then you have emptied your mind from all thoughts naturally.
6 The result of “letting everything go” and “putting our thoughts down” is to have an empty mind and void of thoughts. Although in the beginning it is difficult to achieve, in time it will become habit-like and you could empty your mind routinely and spontaneously. This is what we say that “Practice is built up little by little over time.”
The Third Teachers and High Level Church Officers Class, July 17, 1991