Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Free to release the past

We can learn lessons from our past, but with a warning: The past also carries with it our past perceptions, our past selves. These may no longer be helpful or relevant. The past does not ever have to equal the future. Therefore, we are free to change our future.

We don't actually carry the past with us, but rather our perceptions of the past. Our perceptions are based on our beliefs at the time, and often are less than accurate memories. Reality fades and only shadows remain. 

We fear the shadows, the feelings, the perceptions that we carry with us. Fear comes from either the past or worry of the future. Shadows and specters of the future can not hurt us. They do not have any power except what we give them with our attention. Neither are here in the present moment. In the present we are free to choose our thoughts, our feelings and our actions. Right here in this moment we are free. Free from the past, free from the future, free to make different choices.

"I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become." -- Carl Jung

Always remember: The Past does NOT equal The Future!

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