Friday, September 5, 2008
A Time to Remember, and a Time to Forgive and Forget
I am elated with the response to the blog and the new course. To be honest, I am surprised and a little taken aback that there is such an enthusiastic audience not only ready and willing, but eager to begin the next step and get to their next new lesson. I can only say that I am very thankful for you guys hanging in there all this time and remembering who we truly are, what we are truly about, and what we have come to this world to do.
Some things have happened over the past few years regarding the words and descriptions of the past from people I thought I knew that, frankly, have surprised me, to put it lightly. It is amazing how different people can see the same set of circumstances in completely different ways, and have entirely different memories of whatever actually happened.
If there is anyone reading this who feels any lingering hurt or anger associated with any of my past words or actions, I humbly ask for your forgiveness. If I said or did anything that caused any pain to anyone on any level, it was only that I did not know what I was doing at the time, or that I was unaware of the impact my words and actions might have on another. I was living my life the best I knew how at the time, and I can say in all honesty that I have learned a great deal over the last 10 years or so. It has been an intense time for me, but the end result is that I have matured in a good way.
Anyone who knows me is very aware that I am no saint, that I am quite human in all ways. I wrote in the earliest lessons back in the 70s that there isn’t a holy bone in my body, and nothing has changed since. Neither am I some self-righteous do-gooder who goes on the Internet to point out the mistakes and imperfections of others. I admit my mistakes and move on. There is no need to pout.
On the Internet you can read of people condemning or persecuting this path or that teacher, finding fault after fault, as though the negativity they are spewing into the atmosphere is a sensible alternative to what they are complaining about or blaming for their current condition or past experience.
It is easy to say a method or practice or path “doesn’t work” if we never actually apply it in our own life. Too many people do this. I practiced that path for thirty years and all I got was trouble. The question is, were there any actual efforts made to be in harmony or to think constructively? Were there actual efforts made to replace the limited patterns and tendencies of the mind and ego with something more pleasant and expanded? Were there sincere efforts to replace negative thoughts and emotions with positive ones? No path works if we don't do the work.
Having said the above, this is about as much as I will ever say regarding the past. Please read my comment in the "comments" section below the “Entering a New Era” entry of this blog to see more of what I have to say about the past, if interested.
We can feel our remorse for past words and actions, which is purifying, and we can extend our heartfelt apology and genuine invitation to begin anew in the present moment, and then it is entirely up to the other whether they wish to meet in present harmony or not. Can there be forgiveness and forgetting of all that came before now? Who knows? We can only speak for ourselves, and for me there is only the ongoing process of forgiving and forgetting. The past is over. As of now I already don’t even remember what I was talking about.
The past is over. Once we are in harmony with it, we are healed.
All that matters now is the Truth of the present moment, and the future we are creating and living into.
The future we live into is up to us, as we are creating it now as we go, through the creative power of our current thoughts and actions.
We can be whoever we want to be, and create a life of harmony, balance, and beauty forever. Nothing stops us except our own limited understanding and our own contracted awareness. We are not limited by the past unless we persist in bringing it into the present and recreating it all over again. Otherwise it is gone. Forget about it. Let it go. Live new here and now, and let’s create something beautiful and fulfilling to move into from here. Let's move on in lightness and freedom.
For the most part, who we think we are right now is only a concept we are heavily invested in—yet one that we are manifesting and living out as a seeming reality in space and time. Who we think we are is what is often referred to as the ego. The ego works in tandem with the conditioned mind, and actually identifies with our definitions and descriptions of ourselves, with the memories stored in the subconscious, and considers all this to be its own life.
The mind describes and defines the world of the present moment as it was conditioned, as it learned from others when very young. Then the ego identifies with these concepts and habitual ways of thinking and believes itself to be this person we consider ourselves to be. It is the character in the movie of our life that we identify with as being who we are.
Yet who we truly are goes back eons, way before this body was ever conceived even as a spark of an idea, much less as a miraculous physical formation. The splendor of our own inner Self exists right now in all its glory, if only we have the inner vision to perceive it. The magnificence of our own Being is hidden from us by the conditioned mind and ego. For this reason alone there is work to do.
Our higher nature already exists in all its fullness. Yet contracting thoughts, negative emotions, and egotistical melodramas cause us to focus on our lower, more limited nature, and we have our anger about it and our resentment and our depression and our irritation and all the rest of it.
Ultimately, simple as it seems, all we must do is to experience the Truth of the present moment, which is our greatness, our beauty, our purity, our perfection, and our divinity. Yet, due to the conditioned mind and ego, we are concerned with conditions and circumstances that bring our awareness far away from the peace and the fullness of our true nature.
This is known as delusion, which is basically seeing things other than how they are. Delusion is seeing things as they appear to be, or as we think they are, instead of how they truly are. A major aspect of spiritual work is attaining freedom from delusion.
For now, be careful how you describe things, and what descriptions of current situations or past events you accept from others. Any description of the past, especially where more than one person was involved, is simply one perspective of the whole, and is never in itself the gospel concerning what actually happened. The low-minded will wallow in their own contracted descriptions of things, while the high-minded will continue to rise, grow, and experience a refined awareness.
In this context, “low-minded” refers to negative thinking while “high-minded” refers to positive thinking.
In every moment, consciously or subconsciously, we choose one or the other, and we can go either way in each and every new moment. How we think determines our perception and experience of ourselves, our world, and other people that we know. We experience life as we describe it to ourselves. Use your God-given creative power of thought wisely, and as a result you will live in a great sense of completeness and contentment in your own life.
You are a Creator, and you create your own life as you go along. Never allow anyone to tell you otherwise. Know the Truth in your heart and live it throughout each day.