Publish Snippet from Pat Matson, Author
Welcome to a blog about my writing. Glad you’re aboard. I’m going to share a few paragraphs from one of my books. Here’s one from “My Cats Have Seen Me Naked.”
This is a book about learning how to love myself while still moving about in a rather large body. It’s doable. I did it.
“We are an appearance-oriented society. We judge from our first five senses, and boy, can our judgments be harsh. You’re most likely reading this because you’re fat. You may even be obese. Either way, you know what harsh judgments are about.
The decisions I made about myself became set in stone as this is the way it is for me: I’m obese; I weigh 300 pounds and I wear a size 22. Diets don’t work any more for me. People judge me constantly by my appearance. Their judgment is often cruel. They have no idea how hurt I am inside. When I’m told to create a new picture of how I really should look, I cannot. I just don’t know what she would look like weighing 165 lbs and in a size 12.
I should tell you here, though, that although I hold those concepts about size and appearance about myself and I am working to change them, I do not hold the common concepts others have formed about obesity: I do not have high blood pressure. I do not have diabetes. I am fluid in my movements. I hold myself erect and I am more flexible than many thin people. I know I will never die from the so-called effects of obesity. For me, it’s not about internal conditions – it’s about size.
You’ve heard that such a thing as Cause and Effect exists. Do you know that it is one of the laws in this mental universe? That’s right. Cause and Effect is a law. In a mental universe, those who can think are the lawmakers, because thinking is causative. Let that one soak in on you. Maybe a re-read would help.
Your mind thinking has been causing things all along. It’s one of those invisible things I mentioned before. It causes your experiences. More importantly, it causes your appearance. Oh good grief! Can this be true? You better pray that it’s true, because it’s your way out.
I’m here to tell you that it is true. Your thought is causative and what it causes is called the effect. Here it is in a very simple description.
Your mind is Cause. Everything you can see is Effect.
If that is surprising to you, let yourself exhilarate in a moment of joy, because this knowledge is the beginning of solving the problem of your mistaken sense of obesity.
The part of you that thinks is one of the things I refer to as invisible. This part of you is spirit itself and it is goodness itself. You are goodness itself and you are just so loveable.
I learned that the invisible part of me that is spirit and goodness itself is untouched by what happens to my appearance. It’s inside me, patiently waiting for me to discover it. I learned that my mind is conscious. Ask yourself: Am I conscious? You’ll get an answer and then you will know that you are mind and conscious, too.
I learned that as well as being conscious, I was also consciousness because only consciousness could have answered my question. Being consciousness makes you and me mental individuals. If you can think, you must be mind itself, because only mind can think.
You are good. You cannot be evil. If you think that God is good, perhaps goodness itself, with what could he possibly create evil? It’s simply not possible. He does not possess the raw ingredients. He’s only got Good to work with. Most religions teach that God is the Allness of Good. In this allness, you’d have to ask yourself “With what in that Allness of Good would God have to use to create evil?” I say there is nothing. And if there is nothing, what would God create from that Allness of Good? Only what is good. I say there is no evil strongly in the face of stories about the devil that have been wrong for centuries and that we all swallowed whole without using our ability to reason to see how little sense they make.
The Bible tells us that God is of too pure eyes to even behold evil! So if the Bible is correct, and even God cannot look upon evil, then I think the writer’s are saying there is nothing evil to behold. Evil is the absence of good. There is only good, and you are that. For my money, believing that a good God creates, permits or condones evil is like saying that black is also white; that fat is also thin; and that good is also evil. It just doesn’t make common sense! I know some of you are now thinking about terrorists and car accidents and dead babies. I won’t begin to explain the good inside those seemingly evil things. I will only say that you have to take the long view to see that good and frequently it takes a long period of time as well. I realize more explanation might be required.
If you can embrace this concept, you have taken one more step along the path toward complete understanding and one more step toward freeing yourself from the mistaken idea of obesity you’ve got wrapped around yourself.
You are an individual. You came through to this life as an individual and you are going to leave the same way – as an individual. So if the alpha and the omega of your life is individuality, so is all the stuff in the middle. You are out there thinking and deciding on an individual basis. Should I believe this? Could this be true? Ah, yes, I like this one. I believe it. Oh no, this one is silly. I don’t believe it. This is how your individuality works inside your mind.
I learned through study and through using those lessons that goodness, mentalness, and individuality are the foundation of life being both mental and a science, a science understandable and useable for the betterment of your health, wealth, and happiness.”
I wrote this book in 2006. I began to lose weight after I processed through all this. To date, I’ve lost 80+ pounds and I’m still losing.