The ego has programmed us to condemn others and ourself for having experienced difficult times in the past. It tries to convince us that we had these experiences because we were unwise, bad, unworthy or not spiritual enough. Today, let us practice reversing the thinking of the ego’s mindset. Let us choose to see and understand those times as the blessings that they truly were. Let us look back at our past, and see how the difficult times actually brought us some of our greatest life lessons and wisdom. If our past experiences brought us all these gifts, were they really ever bad in the first place? If they helped us grow, and gave us opportunities to heal and become wiser and more compassionate beings, then how could they be negative or unfortunate?
Once you begin to recognize your past in this manner, would gratitude towards it and to those involve in it, not become the appropriate response? If you can learn to express gratitude for your past difficulties, can you not also use this same mindset to awaken you to the gifts that the present moment is forever offering you? If you can begin to recognize your current difficulties, as just gifts that are waiting to be unwrapped, understood and appreciated, how much more peace of mind and joy could you experience in the now? If you can start to understand and appreciate your past, even and especially the tough times, as useful and helpful, could your current and future tough times not also be viewed with this same level of peace, gratitude and understanding? The final say of how you choose to define and carry your past, is yours. Would appreciation, understanding and peace, not better companions, than anger, guilt and pain?
When we end up dealing with people and situations in a “negative,” abrasive, non-loving manner, it occurs in order for us to learn how to deal with such interactions in a more positive, peaceful and loving manner. These experiences help us better see and understand how truly unproductive and unworthy of us this way of being and interacting with each other is. Once we start to recognize how unhelpful this way of being is, we will naturally begin to look for a better way. Let us recall, that because God is Love and All, that all our experiences, regardless how they have been defined by the ego, are used by God for good. The gift of time, better helps us see, understand and appreciate, the gifts that reside within each and every moment and interaction. Thanks to the knowledge and wisdom accumulated from our life experience, we can then begin to search for and focus on, a more compassionate and peaceful way of co-existing on this planet. Understanding how each moment is used by God to help us grow and heal, shows us that each one of our steps along our journey, has a higher purpose. Little by little, thanks to our accumulated knowledge, we release ourselves from our own judgments, anger, guilt, suffering and pain. This in turn helps us reach a certain level of peace in regards to our past. Now, at peace with our past, that life experience, the one that you once judge yourself and others for, become tools on our life’s tool belt. It will be this same life experience that you once put yourself down for, that others will listen to, because in your story, they will hear their own. In the story of your victory over your challenges, they will find their hope for healing, freedom and peace.
Today, having a better understanding of our past, let us practice developing a greater trust and appreciation for the sacred nature of the journey that we have co-created with God. Let us better understand how every step on our journey’s ladder is used to help us reach our desired destination, the state of peace. The state of peace is an energetic representation and reflection of one who understand that her past has been gifted to her. It has and is helping her in reach a deeper level of self-awareness, and a higher level of consciousness. Understanding this, what else but gratitude could we have for all those who were a part of our past? Everyone, in their own ways, helped us become who we are today. They helped us develop a deeper level of self-awareness and a greater trust in our sacred co-creation with God. Understanding this we now know that everyone, in their own way, is here to help us. Knowing this, how much more peace of mind and joy could we experience along the way? Living our lives in this manner, what kind of light and example could we begin to set for those still feeling and carrying anger, resentment, guilt, shame, hate and pain, in regards to their past? Thank to our life experience, now we are better able to explain to our fellow travelers, that it is indeed safe, that their journeys have a purpose, that they will overcome their struggles, and that all will be ok. This is everything our past and those in it have offered us, the opportunity to become a brighter light. They have been part of a process that has helped us become a wiser being, a liberator of pain. Thank in part to them, we are now a physical representative of our Creator, of Love on Earth, and thus a blessing to all who we encounter along the way.
Today, if the ego tries to use your past to haunt you, stop its line of thinking and remember the legitimate lessons and wonderful wisdom that you have accumulated thanks to your past experiences. You would never be this higher conscious version of yourself if it were not for your past. Reflect on the gifts that your past has offered you, and be grateful to all those who were a part of your learning curve. Let us offer our past, and everyone from it, gratitude for who we are today, and by doing so experience peace, both expressions of Love, of the Divine in us. Today, let us use the ego’s efforts to haunt us with our past — to instead practice taking back control of our own mind. We can do this by acknowledging all the gifts that the past has offered us, and how it has helped us become the more conscious being that we are today.
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All glory to God.
Peace, Health, Happiness, Love, Laughter, and Light.
James Blanchard Cisneros
Author of the book “You Have Chosen to Remember”
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My beloved son died in a car accident April of 2016. I lost my desire and will to live without him. The pain of his loss was tremendous, much more than words could ever capture!! The excruciating pain has come from looking back at all the mistakes I made with my son. He co-created many challenges in his life and I was supposed to be his protector, the one he could alawayscount on to be there for him, and I have hated myself since, for his suffering and not being who he needed me to show up as for him a lot of the time. I Loved him from the moment I knew I was pregnant, and when I held him, I knew I Loved more than life itself. No one can help me with this deep pain I feel and regret!! Today is my Birthday. I was drawn to read this message before I did anything else. There was one sentence that I k ow and from Source that pierced through my pain for the first time since I lost my son. I am so. Verry Grateful to You James for opening your beart to receive this profound and very powerful message from Source!!! I will need to spend some time allowing this message,but particularly that sentence into my being!! Thank you Source, Zacariah and you, James for the most needed gift on my Birthday! Love and Light!!
Thank you Sharon for being a member of our community.
I am sorry for your loss. No one can truly understand your pain other than maybe those who have been through it. It may be of use, when you feel ready, to look into joining a group of people that are dealing with the grieving process.
Anytime that you feel lost in those feelings of pain, grief and guilt, practice placing your thinking aside and asking your son Zacariah, who is now in a place of perfect love, how he would want you to proceed, how he would to begin to think and heal. Let him help guide you, through his love, through your process.
Every time, something seems to work, to help lift you a little up and away from your pain, grief, guilt and despair, write it down, think about it, use it more, refine it, and learn it, so that you may one day teach it. Do so, so that every step forward along your sacred path to healing, has a greater purpose, a purpose that may in some future date help in the healing of others.
Always, without judgment, allow yourself to feel whatever it is you belief that you need to feel, but also always, even if its just five more minutes each day, focus on the light, on Zacariah love for you and your love for him, and then use this energy to propel towards your healing.
Do so, so that when you and Zachariah meet again, you will do so with your arms wide open and your held held high.
At the present time I am gong through a trying time with my granddaughter and have siad something that really disturbed her and I have gotten an emial from her that is very hurtful but in the long run I hope soon we will get back to seeing one anohter and maybe have a lap sitting time to really share some of my thoughts and love to her as I once or really more than once did wiht one of my nieces who was at the time like in her 20s our granddaughter is only 13 but is havign a very hard time with life . Thanks for your very so far insopirationaly book and thanks for this writing verymuch needed at this time. Please pray fro a restroed realtionship with this family. Rough times lately and we need some respite.