The ego has programmed us to condemn others and ourselves for having in the past, experienced difficult and tiring times. It tries to convince us that we experienced such times because we were unwise, bad, unworthy or not spiritual enough. Today, let us practice reversing the thinking of the ego’s mindset. Let us consciously choose to see and understand those times as the blessings that they truly were. Let us look back at our past, and see how those difficult times, actually brought us some of our greatest life lessons, wisdom and experience. If our past experiences brought us all these gifts, then were they really ever bad in the first place? If they helped us grow, gave us the opportunities to heal, and developed us into 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 recall, 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. Now looking back, reflect upon the gifts your past has offered you, and be grateful to all those who were a part of your learning curve. Today, let us offer our past, and everyone from it, gratitude for who we are today. As we align with gratitude we 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 minds. We do so by acknowledging all the gifts that the past has offered us, and of the more conscious beings that it has helped us become.
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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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