Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Past

“…perceive a brother [every person you encounter] only as you see him now. His past has no reality in the present, so you cannot see it. Your past reactions to him [them] are also not there, and if it is to them that you react, you see but an image of him that you made and cherish instead of him.” Question your illusions, “ask yourself if it is really sane to perceive what was, as now. If you look upon your brother [this way], you will be unable to perceive the reality that is now.

“You consider it ‘natural’ to use your past experience as the reference point from which to judge the present. Yet this is unnatural because it is delusional. When you have learned to look on everyone with no reference at all to the past, either his or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. For the past can cast no shadow to darken the present, unless you are afraid of the light. And only if you are would you choose to bring darkness with you, and by holding it in your mind, see it as a dark cloud that shrouds your brothers and conceals their reality [as Christ, as spirit] from your sight.

“This darkness is in you [in your ego small self, not in them. Of course it is within them, too, when they abide with their ego small selves instead of their big Selves as Christ/spirit].”

“To be born again is to let the past go, and look without condemnation upon the present. The cloud that obscures God’s Son to you is the past, and if you would have it past and gone, you must not see it now. If you see it now in your illusions, it has not gone from you, although it is not there.”

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